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ClassNK establishes Global Research and Innovation Centre in Singapore

ClassNK used last week’s Singapore Maritime Week to promote the activities of its new Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC).

Joined by representatives from Nanyang Technological University, ClassNK Executive Vice President Tetsuya Kinoshita explained the rationale behind GRIC and the current goals for the centre.

In addition to research and development into creating new technologies and improving existing technologies in the fields of safe/smart ships and eco-technology, it is also Read More…

Mediterranean crisis – shipping industry comments on EU 10 point plan

Following the meeting of EU Foreign and Interior Ministers in Luxembourg yesterday (20th April) the European and global shipping industries have welcomed the increased attention that all EU Member States are giving to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. This includes the ’10 point plan’ adopted as a result of the impetus provided by the terrible tragedy involving the loss of hundreds of lives at the weekend.

The European Community Read More…

Suezmax shuttle tankers benefit from MacGregor’s Pusnes bow loading systems

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured contracts to supply Pusnes bow loading systems for three newbuild shuttle tankers intended for operations in Brazilian waters. The order was booked into first quarter 2015 order intake.

South Korean shipyard Sungdong Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd will install a Pusnes bow loading system on a 157,000 dwt Suezmax DP2 shuttle tanker under construction for tanker specialist Tsakos Energy and Navigation. The Greek Read More…

Ship manager fined for breach of US sulphur emissions regulations

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has confirmed that a shipmanagement company has been fined over a quarter of a million dollars in connection with a breach of clean air regulations in the US.

ITIC reports that an inspector of the California Air Resources Board, the clean air agency of the state of California, boarded a ship in July 2011 at a terminal in Los Angeles. The chief engineer was asked Read More…

Judiciousness needed to promote sustainable recycling of ships worldwide

In a position paper published earlier this week, European ship owners call for a swift ratification of the 2009 IMO Hong Kong Convention (HKC), which is aimed at ensuring that ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.

European ship owners also call for a smart application of the 2013 EU Read More…

Liberty One receives two ISO certificates from DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has certified maritime services provider Liberty One under ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for its quality and environment management system.

Matthias Ritters, DNV GL Regional Manager Germany, presented the certificates in Bremen to Dietrich Schulz, owner and Managing Director of Liberty One, along with Capt Jan Stahmer, responsible for health and safety, environment and quality.

“This is a milestone in the ongoing development of the company Read More…

Plans shaping up for European Supply Chain Day

Plans are beginning to take shape for the second European Supply Chain Day. The event, which took place for the first time last year, provides a chance to promote and raise awareness of the ever-increasing opportunities in the logistics profession.

Events will take place on April 16th throughout Europe, including Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Steve Agg, Chief Executive, CILT, said: ‘This is the second time we Read More…

Seafarers Awareness Week – ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’

‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ will be the theme for this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week (20th-28th June), aiming to not only raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers but also to highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people.

The focus of the campaign will be the promotion of education, training and recruitment services that can lead to employment in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy – Read More…

The MPHRP highlights the hardship inflicted upon seafarers and families

Responding to recent articles and reports on current levels of maritime piracy intentionally, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) highlighted the worrying trend that they appear to avoid the word ‘piracy’ in favour of “new forms of criminality”, specifically ‘attacks’ and ‘hijacking’.

The technical differences denoted by these terms aside, a basic truth is veiled:  that violent crime is committed against seafarers.

Of Somali-based piracy in the Gulf of Read More…

Bureau Veritas Marine appoints new Marketing Director

International classification society Bureau Veritas has appointed Paillette Palaiologou as Marine Marketing & Sales Director within the Marine & Offshore Operating Group. She is tasked with defining and leading Bureau Veritas’ business development strategy and priorities in the maritime market.

Paillette Palaiologou said: “In tight markets each client needs specific support and services. The strength of Bureau Veritas is the wide portfolio of experience we can bring to tailoring and Read More…

A steady course for The Swedish Club

The Swedish Club has announced a 2.5% General Increase for 2015, a move which continues to reflect the balanced approach adopted by the Club to the needs of its members and the demands of the global shipping market. This action consolidates the work it has undertaken in 2014, with, once again, a positive underwriting result and the forecast of a bottom line surplus for the full year 2014.

The Board Read More…

Oil spill at Quintero Bay, Chile

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) Chile is advising of an oil spill at Quintero Bay, Nr Valparaiso, Chile, following an incident yesterday (Thursday) at the Monobuoy Terminal when the MT Mimosa cut off hoses and cargo connection, resulting in a spill of around three cubic metres at sea.

Following the incident, ENAP (terminal owners) in coordination with the National Maritime Authority of Chile deployed a team of expert environmental personnel to Read More…