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Berge Bulk Ship named in honour of the Isle of Man

The latest in a series of ships for the bulk carrier giant, Berge Bulk, has been named after the Isle of Man’s famous mountain, Snaefell.

Berge Bulk is one of the Isle of Man Ship Registry’s largest clients. It is one of the world’s leading independent dry bulk owners which owns and operates a fleet of over 70 bulk carriers, some of which are the largest ships on the water Read More…

Port of Antwerp scores 5th record year in a row

The port of Antwerp has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. In 2017 the port handled 223,606,610 tonnes of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year. Practically all sectors turned in an excellent performance: the container volume expanded in tonnage by 4.3% (123 million tonnes), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives by 5.7% (73.1 million tonnes), and conventional breakbulk such Read More…

Latest Expansion Begins at Port of Felixstowe

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, has officiated at a formal ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on the latest phase of expansion at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe.

Approximately 13 hectares of new paved container yard is to be constructed directly behind Berth 9 at the UK’s largest container port. The work will include the reclamation of 3.2 hectares of seabed.

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New Baltic Exchange LNG Panellists Group

Following an approach by leading Baltic Exchange LNG shipbroking companies, the Baltic Exchange has formed the Baltic LNG Panellists Group. The move comes as the Baltic Exchange looks to develop a new Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Index comprising several routes for the evolving LNG shipping market.  

Affinity, Braemar ACM, Clarksons and SSY are the LNG Panellists Group’s first members and they are currently assessing a range of LNG routes before Read More…

Britannia Sponsors translation of CHIRP Maritime Feedback into Tagalog and Launches New Loss Prevention Video

Britannia P&I Club has sponsored the translation of the CHIRP (Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme) Maritime Feedback into Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines.

One of the aims of CHIRP is to contribute to the enhancement of global maritime safety by providing a totally independent confidential reporting system for anyone employed in or associated with the industry to use.

Individuals can report on safety breaches, environmental issues, sexual harassment, Read More…

Maritime piracy and armed robbery reaches 22-year low, says IMB report

 

 

 

A total of 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in 2017, according to the latest IMB report.

It is the lowest annual number of incidents since 1995, when 188 reports were received. In 2017, 136 vessels were boarded, while there were 22 attempted attacks, 16 vessels fired upon and six Read More…

IFCHOR opens Dubai office and appoints new S&P Co-Director

Fast growing international shipbroking company, IFCHOR has opened a new office in Dubai. The office will operate under the name IFCHOR Middle East, and its primary focus will be on regional markets, covering the dry bulk markets.

IFCHOR CEO, Manu Ravano said: “Dubai is the hub of the expanding Middle East maritime sector and we are very excited about our first ever office in the region. IFCHOR Middle East will Read More…

IMO Sec-Gen reflects on the Sanchi tanker casualty

Our thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing from the oil tanker Sanchi, following a reported collision off the coast of China. I send my deepest sympathies to all their families and loved ones.

“I would like to commend all those who have been involved in the international search and rescue operations so far and in the efforts to battle the fire and contain pollution from the ship.

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Risk profiling is becoming more important to port state control inspections, says PaSea

Port State Control inspections are increasingly focusing on the risk profile of the ship under inspection with inspectors singling out the performance of the ship manager and the flag state recognised organisation (RO) as major factors to concentrate on.

Petros Achtypis, Chief Executive Officer of Cyprus-based Prevention at Sea (PaSea) (pictured), said PSC inspectors were changing the way they inspected ships with greater emphasis being placed on a vessel’s Read More…

Majority of Auxiliary Engine Damage Occurs Due to Human Error, warns The Swedish Club

An investigation by The Swedish Club into auxiliary engine damage has revealed that the majority of all damage takes place immediately after maintenance work. A key finding is that 55% of casualties occur within only 10% of the time between overhaul (TBO), corresponding to the first 1,000 hours or so of operation after overhaul. In most cases the damage occurs only a few hours after start up. The report, Read More…

Isle of Man Ship Registry 2017 review and 2018 outlook

By Dick Welsh, Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry

2017 has been a big year for the Isle of Man Ship Registry. In many ways, it has been a year of change for which we have been planning a long time. In April we introduced an entirely new way of working with our clients and the regulation of their ships. We delegated the three remaining statutory requirements of shipboard Read More…

Clipper Fleet Management joins Dania Ship Management in new partnership agreement

Dania Ship Management has announced plans to extend ship management capabilities to include dry cargo in a partnership agreement with Clipper Fleet Management, part of the Clipper Group.

The partnership, which strengthens the commitment by V.Group, Nordic Tankers and Clipper Group to create a compelling platform for Copenhagen based ship management solutions, will see the transfer of 28 shore-based employees and around 1,000 seafarers to Dania Ship Management.

With Read More…