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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

SMITV talks with maritime armed guards companies and the shipping industry about putting guards onboard ship

SMITV talks to Thome’s Carsten Ostenfeldt

SMITV used the recent Sea Asia show in Singapore to catch up with Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt, CEO of Thome Ship Management

ITIC warns on costs of US documentary disclosure

 ITIC has warned that onerous documentary disclosure rules in the US courts can drastically increase the cost to shipping interests of defending even without-merit claims. 

In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites a case involving the manager of a number of cruise ships which was sued by a shipowner in a US court for alleged failure to oversee maintenance, for negligence in the provision of manning advice, Read More…


The Eco Ship revolution may be on the horizon but these new ships will not replace the existing fleet overnight and ship managers are under increasing pressure to come up with solutions to save ship owners money when it comes to fuel efficiency and operation expediency, according to Simon Barham, Chief Operating Officer at Bibby Ship Management.

While slow steaming is an option, it can Read More…

Intercargo Calls for Swift Casualty Investigation into the Loss of the Harita Bauxite



The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (Intercargo) has called for an early casualty investigation following the tragic loss of the bulk carrier Harita Bauxite. 

The Panama-registered, 1983-built handymax ship which was reportedly carrying a cargo of nickel ore from Obi, Indonesia to China, sank on the evening of 17 February after suffering engine failure, possibly during poor weather.

Although ten crew were rescued Read More…