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Thomas Miller acquires Brookes Bell

Thomas Miller, the international provider of market leading insurance services, announces the acquisition of international marine consultancy, Brookes Bell, for an undisclosed consideration.

Brookes Bell is a leading marine technical and surveying consultancy with offices in Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. It has served the marine and energy industries since 1903, providing specialist services in areas including emergency response, casualty investigation, salvage and wreck removal operations, scientific cargo Read More…

Liberia opens state-of-the-art maritime training institute

Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf officially opened the Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) at an inauguration ceremony in Marshall City, Liberia, on 5 January. The state-of-the-art facility is named after John G Bestman, former Liberian finance minister and a member of the board of governors of the Central Bank of Liberia.

Under the management of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), LMTI has undergone a massive renovation and facility Read More…

HRH The Princess Royal launches Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy, St Mary’s Campus

Southampton Solent University’s new £6 million home for officer cadet training and first certification courses has been officially launched by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The Princess Royal visited Warsash Maritime Academy at the University’s St. Mary’s Campus on Thursday 18th January.  Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque inside the building, which is located within the grounds of City College and a short walk from the city centre Read More…

Maritime UK sets up ‘Women in Maritime’ taskforce

Maritime UK has established a Taskforce to address fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector. 

The Taskforce brings together leaders from across the maritime sector to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in maritime, and crucially within senior roles across its shipping, ports, marine and business services industries. 

Achieving a balanced workforce at all levels in the maritime sector will undoubtedly improve culture, behaviour, outcomes, profitability Read More…

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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