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Bolidt covers karting joy at sea

The world’s first full-scale shipboard racetrack is now on the water, in a project which has brought the best out of German karting technology specialist RiMO Supply and Dutch decking specialist Bolidt for owner Norwegian Cruise Line.

The 326m long, 167,800gt Norwegian Joy entered the water at Germany’s Meyer Werft in March, offering a glimpse of surface from Bolidt that has been extensively used for road works, car parks and Read More…

MVS helps cadets get life at sea with a good CV

A group of young nautical cadets keen to improve their chances of a career at sea have teamed up with the Fleetwood unit of a national maritime charity for real work experience opportunities.

The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has 24 active units around the coasts, estuaries and waterways of the United Kingdom. The organisation’s aims are to help to keep the UK’s maritime tradition alive by training and delivering practical Read More…

Epic Gas announces end-of-year results

Singapore-based Epic Gas today (Thursday) announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the year ended 31st December, 2015. The year 2015 shows revenue of $130.3 million, up 11% on the previous year. Vessel calendar days were up 19% over the year and adjusted EBITDA of $29.8 million was up 25% over year. Adjusted general and administrative expenses of $1,150 per vessel per calendar day were down 22% over year Read More…

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…