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Maritime intelligence agency calls for urgent dialogue to prevent Somali piracy resurgence in 2015

A White Paper published this week by Dryad Maritime, the UK-based maritime intelligence agency, has outlined how a shift in US foreign policy could spark a resurgence of piracy East of Suez and in the Indian Ocean in the next 18 months.

David Hunkin OBE, Commercial Director, Dryad Maritime, said: “With the US strategic focus now firmly fixed on the Asia Pacific region and Iran ‘coming in from the cold’, Read More…

MLE organisers to host networking day

Mersey Maritime Group and Shipping Innovation, organisers of this year’s Maritime, Logistics and Energy (MLE) event in Liverpool, are to hold a day of high level networking designed to galvanise interest among all interested parties ahead of the big event in June.

To be held on Thursday 10th April, the networking day will kick off with the Mersey Maritime ‘IFB Hosts’ Event which will bring together all those businesses hosting Read More…

ITIC survey highlights high cost of English litigation for shipbrokers

A survey of London solicitors by ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts.

ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all of whom had previously been instructed on cases involving ITIC members – a hypothetical claim scenario involving a broker which had been cut out of commission. The solicitors were asked to estimate the costs that the broker Read More…

AtoBviaC Distance Tables now offered through Voyager Planning Station

AtoBviaC is delighted to announce that its BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables are now incorporated into the highly regarded Voyager Planning Station solution.

From this month, bridge personnel can take advantage of the distance tables while at the same time enjoying the state-of-the-art route planning, intelligent data management and quality of compliance provided by Global Navigation Solutions’ Voyager Planning Station.

Mike Bailey, Head of Product Development at Global Navigation Solutions, Read More…

Interim Report on MOL COMFORT Casualty Released

Following the loss of the container vessel MOL COMFORT on 17th June 2013, ClassNK established a special Casualty Investigation Team in order to determine the cause of the casualty.

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) further established a Committee on Large Container Ship Safety to develop measures to ensure the safety of large container vessels on 29th August 2013. ClassNK serves as a member of the Committee Read More…

Major contract for Ulstein

Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore are ordering two new OCV vessels through the company Island Ventures II LLC. One vessel will be built at Ulstein Verft, Norway, one in USA.

Ulstein Verft has been contracted to build a new offshore construction vessel of the ULSTEIN SX165 design. This will be the largest vessel built at the yard so far, as well as its largest single shipbuilding contract. The Read More…

Europort captures global industry mood

Two weeks before the doors open at Europort, Rotterdam, organiser Ahoy is finalising arrangements for the event that is promising to provide a benchmark for the ‘state of the global maritime and offshore industry’ in late 2013.

Alongside attendees at its Advanced Technology Conferences industry seminars and networking opportunities, over 1,000 exhibitors will be at Europort 2013, which takes place November 5th-8th at Ahoy Rotterdam. This year, companies from 39 Read More…

ECSA questions EC port initiative

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has welcomed the new Commission initiative on a new EU Port Policy but has questioned why it does not cover cargo-handling and passenger services, nor port labour.

Brussels adopted today a proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports. The legislative proposal is accompanied by a Communication entitled ‘Ports: an engine for growth’.

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EC launches port improvement proposals

The European Commission has published a new initiative to improve port operations and onward transport connections at 319 key seaports along Europe’s coastline, 43 of which are in the UK. The guidelines and legal changes being proposed will help port operators upgrade their services and facilities, as well as have more financial autonomy. Some 74% of the goods entering or leaving Europe go by sea, but one fifth of Read More…

‘Failure is not an option’ says Jamaica’s Hylton

When it comes to its long-ranging and dynamic plans to develop as an international logistics centre, failure is not an option for Jamaica, according to the country’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce. 

Addressing the Jamaica Parliament as his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate and speaking to the theme of Achieving Transformational Growth, the Hon. Anthony Hylton said: “Let me make it clear that, in this mission, failure Read More…





Crewsure has appointed G2 Crew Services, the recently formed partnership between Griffin Global Group Limited and Gulf Agency Company Limited to act as its global Correspondent. 

Crewsure provides medical and personal accident insurance directly to crew and is underwritten by the Munich Group, one of the world’s leading Insurance Companies. The benefits provided are tailored to meet the needs of crew and the latest requirements of the Read More…

SMITV talks to Panama’s Alfonso Castillero

The head of the Panama flag talks about the MLC and the state of the industry