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Half a million seafarers across the world have benefited from revolutionary app

Half a million seafarers have benefited from an app that helps them as they move from port to port around the world, according to the charity that invented it.

Developed by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society, the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) Ship Visitor app is used internationally by 10 maritime welfare organisations, who provide chaplaincy to seafarers who are far from home.

Sailors’ Society’s CEO Stuart Rivers said: “Real-time Read More…

The Unifeeder Group becomes part of the DP World Group

The Unifeeder Group, the largest Pan-European feeder and shortsea operator, has announced the signing of the agreed acquisition of Unifeeder by DP World, a leading enabler of global trade and an integrated supplier to numerous supply chains, who operate multiple yet related businesses – from marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services to technology-driven trade solutions.

Under its new ownership, Unifeeder will benefit from DP World’s global Read More…

UK P&I Club highlights consequences of flouting maritime cabotage regulations

UK P&I Club, one of the leading providers of protection and indemnity insurance, has published a legal briefing on the main global cabotage regimes, highlighting the restrictions, exceptions, and penalties for shipowners who violate these regulations.

Maritime cabotage is the sea transport of passengers and goods between two sea ports located in the same country. Coastal trade, particularly in archipelagic countries and countries with long coast lines are an important Read More…

Ship agent liable for negligence leading to excessive dunnage disposal charges

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has recently reported a dispute in which a ship agent in Australia was held liable to its shipowner principal for excessive charges demanded by a contractor for the disposal of dunnage and other materials related to the packing of cargo.

The agent was asked by its principal to arrange for the disposal of the materials upon the arrival of the principal’s ship in Australia, where Read More…

Celebrating a fine FellowSHIP: 15 years of maritime battery and fuel cell research

Project partners Eidesvik Offshore, Wärtsilä Norway and DNV GL have announced the closure of the FellowSHIP research project. The cooperation has explored the use of battery, hybrid and fuel cell technology in the maritime industry for over 15 years.

“FellowSHIP has been a flagship research project,” stated Bjørn-Johan Vartdal, Maritime Programme Director for Technology and Research in DNV GL Group.

“The results from FellowSHIP have shaped our knowledge of battery Read More…

Specialist marine fire detection from Apollo at SMM Hamburg

Apollo Fire Detectors, specialists in the design and manufacture of high quality fire detection products for the marine and offshore market, will be exhibiting at SMM in Hamburg next month.

The maritime trade fair, which this year takes place from 4th to 7th September, attracts over 50,000 global industry visitors and boasts more than 2,200 exhibitors.

Following its successful attendance in 2016, Apollo will be exhibiting a selection of the Read More…

Breakbulk Events & Media supports Project Cargo Summit in Rotterdam

Breakbulk Events & Media, organiser of the world’s largest event for the project cargo industry, has announced its support of the Project Cargo Summit, from 12th-13th September at the Port of Rotterdam. The summit targets the northern European market, and its important role in the flow of oversized cargoes into and out of this region.

The Port of Rotterdam and its tenants have long participated in Breakbulk Europe, as well Read More…

Hospital ship sinking that shocked the nation remembered 100 years on

A Southampton-based maritime charity lowered its flag to half-mast today (3rd August) to commemorate the sinking of a hospital ship 100 years ago, which caused outrage across the nation when it was torpedoed in the English Channel, killing 123 people.

His Majesty’s Australian Transport (HMAT) Warilda was transporting hundreds of wounded soldiers from the French port of Le Havre to Southampton when, despite being clearly marked with the Red Read More…

Industry needs to take action today to meet the 2050 emissions targets

In a statement released to its blog, shipping technology start-up CargoMate has issued a call to industry to begin taking action today to meet the IMO’s ambitious target of a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.

In April this year, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee voted to introduce a target to reduce shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions by half from 2008 levels by 2050, and to create a long Read More…

Inmarsat reports solid growth in Interim Results 2018

Inmarsat plc, the provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today provided the following unaudited information for the half year and second quarter ended 30 June 2018.

Group revenue increased by 4.9% to $717.2m in the first half of the year predominantly driven by growth in Aviation and reflecting the company’s diversified and resilient growth portfolio.

Maritime showed solid performance supported by continued strong market traction with Fleet Xpress while Read More…

The 55th Aegean Sailing Regatta comes to a close

The 55th Aegean Sailing Regatta, which was organised by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club – HORC and this year was dedicated to the protection of the seas in cooperation with HELMEPA, came to a close on 30th July with the prize giving ceremony at the Aegean Naval Administration.

The motto “To Save the Seas” was spread by the crews of the boats participating in the Rally and that of the Read More…

Nigerian pirates kidnap 35 seafarers in Gulf of Guinea so far this year

According to security firm EOS Risk Group, Nigerian pirates have kidnapped 35 seafarers from vessels in the Gulf of Guinea so far this year. This information was disclosed in their half year review of Nigerian piracy activity in the Gulf of Guinea.

Nigeria continues to be the World’s epicentre for piracy activity. From January through June 2018, EOS recorded 34 Nigerian pirate attacks on merchant and fishing vessels in the Read More…