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Adoption of fully automated shipping will take decades, not years

The UK is the second least supportive nation in their attitude towards the development of unmanned vessels, according to a study across six territories (UK, US, Australia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong), and the least supportive of autonomous vehicles more generally.

The new report, published by global law firm Kennedys, polled over 6,000 people as well as gaining insights from key industry leaders in the transport and insurance sectors.

Fewer Read More…

International Maritime Prize for 2018 presented to ‘IMO Joe’

The prestigious Maritime Prize for 2018 has been presented to Joseph J. Angelo, a former United States Coast Guard (USCG) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) senior executive who participated in International Maritime Organization (IMO) meetings for many years, providing leadership on a number of key regulatory developments.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim presented the prize on Monday (25th November) at the annual IMO Awards ceremony. Mr Lim outlined Read More…

“Our Oceans: Our Future” – new film showcases stories of science and innovation

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and ITN Productions Industry News have co-produced Our Oceans: Our Future, an industry film that draws attention to the challenges facing the oceans and showcases stories of science, innovation and sustainability that are transforming the marine sector.

The one-hour news and current affairs-style programme investigates the latest global developments in sustainable marine science.  Presented by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, Our Oceans: Read More…

Preparations intensify as global sulphur cap looms

IMO 2020 requirements for ships to cut sulphur oxide emissions enter into effect in just over a month’s time. This will significantly reduce air pollution from ships with positive benefits for human health and the environment.

The new requirement means that the global limit for sulphur in fuel oil used onboard ships will be reduced to 0.50% m/m (mass by mass). Within designated emission control areas (ECAs), the limit will Read More…

NYK and Dualog sign cutting edge R & D contract

Tromsø-based Dualog and Tokyo-headquartered NYK, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, has signed a long-term Industrial Research and Development project agreement.

The agreement is supported by Innovation Norway, and will see the development of digitised products and services across a testbed of 50 vessels with a view to eventually being rolled out across the company’s-owned fleet of 250 ships.

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government’s most important instrument for Read More…

InterManager thanks seafarers for supporting its Enclosed Spaces Campaign

Seafarers who are helping to make working life at sea safer for their industry colleagues have been honoured by InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management sector.

InterManager is leading industry calls for improved safety measures to avoid crew members losing their lives while working in dangerous, enclosed spaces.

A key component for InterManager’s campaign to address these dangers is feedback received from the seafarers who regularly face Read More…

CSA 2020 disappointed with Malaysia decision to prohibit open-loop scrubbers

Members of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 have expressed disappointment in Malaysia’s decision to prohibit the use of open-loop exhaust gas cleaning systems in its coastal waters.

The Malaysia Shipping Notice (MSN 07/2019), published on the 12th November, states that ships calling to Malaysian Ports are advised to change over to compliant fuel oil or change over to closed-loop/hybrid systems before entering Malaysian waters and ports.

“We are disappointed in Read More…

GAC opens in Gibraltar

As part of its ongoing European growth strategy, the GAC Group has opened an office in Gibraltar to provide shipping and logistics support to its global customer base.

GAC Gibraltar offers a full range of ship agency, husbandry and freight services, as well as ship-to-ship transfers and bunkering through GAC Bunker Fuels, to a variety of owners, operators and sectors including the energy industry.

Strategically located at the entrance to Read More…

North P&I Club opts for 7.5% General Increase at February 2020 Renewal

Directors of North P&I Club have decided to set a general increase of 7.5% on P&I and FD&D premiums for the 2020/21 Policy Year. The increase is considered necessary to maintain the Club’s financial strength and stability in a climate of rising International Group Pool claims and premium erosion.

According to North’s Chairman, Pratap Shirke: “The marine insurance landscape has been challenging, and during this time we have persisted with Read More…

Port of Hamburg strikes growth in first three quarters

Germany’s largest universal port, Port of Hamburg, says seaborne cargo handling in the first nine months of 2019 proved highly satisfactory.

The growth trend evident since the beginning of the year was maintained. With seaborne cargo throughput up 3.2% at 104 million tons, growth in Hamburg clearly exceeded the figures from its major competing ports in Northern Europe. These reported an advance averaging 1%. Container handling at seven million TEU Read More…

The Swedish Club points bridge crew in right direction

Containers tumbling into the sea, environmental damage – with reports of navigational error a seeming fact of life The Swedish Club has launched a new edition of Navigational Claims, which aims to provide an insight into the causes of these incidents and offers comprehensive loss prevention advice in order to avoid them.

The Swedish Club’s Loss Prevention team has reviewed its claims history, using its comprehensive bank of statistics to Read More…

Seafarer survey shows internet access is a key benefit for senior staff

Shipping companies should be aware that it is not only salary levels that determine which employer a seafarer selects – fringe benefits are playing an important role in attracting and keeping senior staff, a crew survey has revealed.

Access to the internet (both free or paid) tops the list of must-haves for today’s seafarers, while other attractive benefits are medical insurance, pensions and paid certification.

The Seafarers’ Employment Condition Survey Read More…