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ETF and ECSA welcome adoption of the Regulation establishing European Maritime Single Window environment

The EU Social Partners in the maritime sector, ECSA and ETF, have welcomed the adoption by the Members of the European Parliament of the proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment. They look forward to the soon expected formal adoption by the Council in order for the Regulation to enter into force and deliver on the much-awaited administrative simplification for shipping.

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Red Funnel’s new freight ferry arrives in Southampton

Red Kestrel, the newest addition to Red Funnel’s fleet, has just arrived at her new home in Southampton early this morning (18th April).

The new freight-only ro-ro vessel, sailed away from Cammell Laird’s famous River Mersey shipyard last week, following 14-months in development. Her arrival into the Solent was assisted by tug, Willpower, giving her crew a well-deserved rest following successful sea trails, and guaranteeing Red Kestrel’s safe, on-time arrival.

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North P&I Club – It’s time to prepare for the big switch

North P&I Club has updated its guidance on the 2020 Sulphur Cap for Members, helping them prepare for the big switch to compliance on 1st January 2020.

Following on from a comprehensive programme of events, training sessions and publications which have been rolled out over the past 12 months, North’s Members now have access to three new guides to ensure safe and compliant operations.

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Wärtsilä to supply software for new state-of-the-art Simulation Centre to meet needs of cruise, ferry and superyacht clients

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply and configure the software solutions for a new, state-of-the-art, purpose built simulation centre being constructed near Portsmouth, England. The centre is an expansion of the Maritime Skills Academy’s (MSA) training portfolio serving the Solent region, and is designed to meet the specific simulation training requirements of cruise, ferry and superyacht clients.

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Bringing Easter cheer to seafarers

Led by Seafarers’ House Chaplain Father Sanford ‘Sandy’ Sears, and Executive Director Lesley Warrick (in yellow hat), members of Church By The Sea in Fort Lauderdale, US delivered Easter baskets to the crew of a cargo ship docked at Port Everglades this week.

The church members received a warm welcome and were given a tour of the bridge.


Waruna Group selects Videotel Performance Manager to optimise crew training

The Indonesia-based Waruna Group, which has subsidiaries in shipping, shipyards, and ship building, has recently signed up to Videotel Performance Manager (VPM), a breakthrough solution for maritime training developed by KVH-Videotel.

Described as one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing players in the tanker market, the Waruna Group has realised the benefits of combining the extensive range of KVH-Videotel’s award-winning training content with the power of web-based data analytics.

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VARD completed on schedule delivery of luxury expedition cruise vessel

VARD, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialised vessels, has delivered its third expedition cruise vessel for PONANT. Le Bougainville, the latest PONANT EXPLORERS expedition cruise vessel, has set sail for its first cruise from Malaga in Spain.

The luxury 131m long, 184 PAX vessel, is the third in the series designed and built by VARD, following on from the delivery of Le Laperouse in June 2018 Read More…

ZIM joins TradeLens to drive transparency in global shipping

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services announced today (Wednesday) that it has signed on as a member of TradeLens, a blockchain-enabled digital shipping solution jointly developed by A.P. Moller – Maersk and IBM.

TradeLens uses blockchain technology to enable trust between multiple trading partners – from carriers to freight forwarders, customs officials, port authorities and more — when transacting in a digitised global trade documentation process. TradeLens ecosystem members get a single Read More…

Third Asian Marine Casualty Forum enjoys record attendance

The third edition of the Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) concluded with delegates calling for greater cooperation and continuing dialogue to address the major challenges now facing the marine casualty and salvage industry.

Following the tremendous success of the Forum last week, organisers LOC hope the AMCF will return for a fourth edition of the conference during Singapore Maritime Week in April 2021.

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ShipMoney rolls out electronic payments for crews on Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement fleet

Seafarers employed on Tsakos-owned vessels operated under its management arrangement with Columbia Shipmanagement will now be paid electronically as opposed to by ‘Cash-by-Master’, under an agreement signed with global maritime payments provider ShipMoney.

The deal means crewmembers will have complete control and access to their wages while onboard ship, including the timing and currency of remittances sent home. It will also dramatically reduce the need for large amounts of cash Read More…

Sailors’ Society launches Not On My Watch petition to make wellness training mandatory for seafarers

Maritime charity Sailors’ Society is petitioning the International Labour Organization (ILO) to make wellness training for seafarers mandatory in the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

The petition is a key part of the charity’s Not On My Watch campaign to combat suicide and depression at sea. The campaign is also calling on maritime companies to donate to the charity’s work with seafarers struggling with depression and to run wellness training for Read More…

Remote controlled RTGs at the Port of Felixstowe

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first remote-controlled Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes (RTGs).

The four electric-powered cranes were built by ZPMC in Shanghai and are the first of eight similar machines to be delivered over the next few weeks. The port also has two remote controlled ship-to-shore gantry cranes currently undergoing manual testing before being deployed in full remote mode.

Commenting on the latest equipment, Robert Read More…