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IACS Council Focuses on Quality Operations, Transparency and Ongoing Modernisation

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has focused on Quality issues at its biannual meeting held in London this week.  Building on recent work done to revise the IACS Membership Criteria, agreement was reached to revise IACS internal benchmarking criteria for existing members along with an initiative to investigate ways to further strengthen the practical implementation of QSCS including the oversight exercised by the IACS Operations Centre.

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Container ship load planning systems are vulnerable says ethical hackers

Ethical hackers Pen Test Partners have highlighted a vulnerability in the load planning processes used by container ships.

“Intercepting and modifying the messaging used in bay planning can be relatively straightforward if you know what you’re doing,” said Senior Partner, Ken Munro.

“When asked to investigate this, we noticed a lack of security in the validation of the message’s integrity and a simple phishing attack is all it takes to Read More…

M.T. Solviken honoured by DNV GL for exemplary PSC Record

The M.T. Solviken, a crude oil tanker, was delivered from the shipyard in 2007. Since delivery, the Solviken has had 15 PSC inspections without a single Port State Control (PSC) observation recorded.

The vessel is managed by Wallem Europe. On completion of the latest PSC inspection which took place in Primorsk in Russia, the PSC Inspector made a point of highlighting this achievement to the vessel.

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Giant 20,000teu container ship berths at Port of Hamburg

MOL Triumph, one of the biggest containerships in the world, made fast in Hamburg at HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). The new flagship of Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is the first vessel with a loading capacity of over 20,000teu in the Port of Hamburg. Some 10,000teeu will be loaded or discharged at CTB for the MOL Triumph that is provisionally scheduled to leave the Elbe conurbation again Read More…

Designers should not treat water treatment as an afterthought

“Wastewater management presents a challenging dilemma that if not addressed in the design stages can impact a vessel’s operational flexibility,” ACO Marine’s managing director Mark Beavis told delegates yesterday (Wednesday) at a Royal Institution of Naval Architects conference.

Providing an overview of the technical challenges faced when designing and building systems for prestigious projects, such as mega yachts, offshore and naval vessels, Mr Beavis said that while water treatment is Read More…

Epic Gas announces first quarter results

Epic Gas today (Thursday) announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the interim period ended 31st March, 2017.

Highlights from the results show vessel calendar days were up 7% year over year to 3,569 and revenue of $33.9 million, up 5% year over year. Time charter equivalent revenues of $8,423 per vessel calendar day were up 3% from Q4 2016, but down 3% year over year.

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Oldendorff appoints Verifavia for EU MRV verification

Oldendorff Carriers, the owner/operator of dry bulk carriers, has appointed Verifavia, the emissions verification company for the transport sector (aviation and shipping), to verify its fleet of vessels in line with the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (EU MRV) regulation.

Verifavia Shipping will provide EU MRV services to Oldendorff, including the assessment of monitoring plans and verification of carbon emission reports according to the ISO 14065 standard and regulation Read More…

Clyde & Co expands regional IP Network with Kuwait Launch

Global law firm Clyde & Co has announced the completion of its network of intellectual property offices across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries with the addition of an office in Kuwait.

The office, which is part of the Clyde IP Services brand, provides trade mark and patent filing capabilities. It adds to the existing network, which also spans the rest of the GCC countries: Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar Read More…

Hyperloop arrives at Nor-Shipping 2017

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the company leading the charge to realise the concept of transporting people and cargo safely, efficiently and very quickly through vacuum tubes, is set to bring its own brand of disruptive thinking to Nor-Shipping 2017.

The firm, which encompasses more than 50 teams working together across 38 countries, is sending a delegation led by Co-founder and Chairman Bibop Gresta, who will speak at the maritime event Read More…

Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum opens way for East Med’s future cruise and yachting growth

The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, the biennial trademark event for the international cruise and yachting industries, will be held in Athens from 23rd to 24th May in the presence of key decision makers from some of the world’s largest cruise operators.

They will convene at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre to discuss strategies designed to reinvent cruising in the extended region of the East Mediterranean and Black Sea, as Read More…

Maritime industry needs protection says trade union

Nautilus International is urging all the major parties in the UK to put maritime policies at the heart of their manifestos for the 8th June general election.

To protect the jobs and livelihoods of the country’s 23,000 seafarers, the union is calling on all parties to commit to support British shipping and the employment and training of British seafarers.

Nautilus says it is vital that the next government takes urgent Read More…

Nautisk partners with MarineMTS to provide ENC auto-updates

Global maritime software solutions provider Nautisk has announced that it is working with MarineMTS to provide automatic ENC updates to vessels sailing with ECDIS.

Nautisk’s new Head of Innovation and Product Development Kjetil Bentsen said: “We approached MarineMTS to work with us to develop a service that would facilitate automatic updates of ENCs onboard vessels sailing global routes.”

“The solution that we are launching is revolutionary as it is non Read More…