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ECSA and ICS respond to piracy attack

The Norwegian flagged bulk carrier Bonita, owned by Ugland Shipping, was boarded by pirates, while she was at anchor off Cotonou in Benin, early Saturday morning. Nine crewmembers, including the captain were taken off the vessel.

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have jointly denounced the attack and are monitoring the situation closely. The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, member of both ICS and ECSA, Read More…

Container traffic at the Port of Gothenburg on the rise – despite uncertain market situation

The Swedish container market had a slight downturn during the first half of 2019 with a 1% fall, but the Port of Gothenburg is reporting a steady rise in both market share and volume. Between January and September this year, the figure stood at 4%, due largely to continued influx of hinterland rail volumes at the port.

Container traffic continues to grow at the Port of Gothenburg following a downturn Read More…

Hanseaticsoft to showcase innovative software that is revolutionising ship management at Europort 2019

Hanseaticsoft, a leading provider of maritime software, will use its presence at Europort (5th to 8th November) to showcase leading-edge technology that is set to drive the future of ship management. With ship owners constantly looking to drive further efficiencies and savings, emerging technologies offer an affordable and easy way to deliver on both goals.

This year’s Eurport, in Rotterdam, focuses on specialised ships and smart solutions that drive success. Read More…

CSA 2020 applauds DFDS on 10 years of successful scrubber operations

The Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has congratulated Danish ferry operator DFDS for 10 years of successful scrubber operation, with the exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) onboard the 37,939gt roro Ficaria Seaways achieving more than 50,000 running hours since 2009.

Ficaria Seaways, one of the first ro-ro vessels to be fitted with an Alfa Laval PureSOx system, operates inside the stringent European Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA), on the Gothenburg Read More…

Optimarin targets Benelux growth with Sandfirden

Optimarin is set to sign an agreement with Sandfirden Technics to consolidate its existing foothold in the key Benelux regional market. Sandfirden, a respected Netherlands-based supplier of equipment and services to the maritime industry, will become the sole regional agent for the leading ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist. In doing so, Sandfirden Technics will use its extensive local contacts and expertise to build on a position that has already seen Read More…

ChartCo and Marine Press merge to create OneOcean

Global integrated digital navigation and voyage compliance provider ChartCo has merged with Canadian award-winning navigation solutions provider Marine Press. The move will result in the creation of a new company, OneOcean.

Martin Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of ChartCo, announced the merger, saying: “Following the success of three recent acquisitions, we have been looking to further expand our business. We identified Marine Press as a like-minded partner that would complement our Read More…

WISTA International elects new Board Members and honours 2019 Personality of the Year

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou (WISTA Cyprus), CEO of Tototheo Maritime, was re-elected to serve a second term as President of WISTA International at the Association’s AGM on Grand Cayman this week.

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) also elected Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons, President of Total Marine Solutions (WISTA USA) as Secretary, and Fabiana Simões Martins (WISTA Brazil), as Board Member. Naa Densua Aryeetey (WISTA Ghana), Head, Shipper’s Services & Read More…

Vessel operating costs expected to rise in 2019 and 2020

International accountant and shipping adviser BDO says total operating costs in the shipping industry are expected to rise by 2.5% in 2019 and by 2.7% in 2020.

Responses to the firm’s latest annual Future Operating Costs Survey revealed that insurance is the cost category likely to increase most significantly in both 2019 and 2020. In the case of protection and indemnity insurance, the predicted increase is 2.0% for each of Read More…

ECSA launches strategic priorities for EU shipping policy for the next five years

In line with the new cycle of the EU institutions where the European Parliament has just started its mandate and the European Commission’s College is being composed, ECSA has published its new strategic priorities for 2019-2024.

Entitled “Sailing ahead – European shipping sets ambitious goals for its next chapter”, the publication outlines 10 priority areas which the European shipping industry will be focusing on.

“To be very clear, climate is Read More…

ECSA supports the establishment of co-programmed partnership zero-emission waterborne transport within Horizon Europe

ECSA has expressed its support for the move by the European Commission and Member States to establish a co-programmed partnership zero-emission waterborne transport in the framework of Horizon Europe (the EU’s future research and innovation programme).

As informed by the Waterborne Technology Platform, this partnership will allow the strategic European waterborne transport sector to develop knowledge, technologies and solutions that will enable zero-emission shipping for all ship types and ship Read More…

West of England teams up with law firm in Denmark to deliver seminar on current topics

Mutual insurer West of England P&I Club is strengthening its efforts to ensure its Members are fully conversant with the latest position on a range of legal matters.

The most recent seminar, which took place in October at the Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen, a country where West has many owner and charterer Members, was run in conjunction with Gorrissen Federspiel, a law firm in Denmark with strong international relations. The Read More…

Two Simons welcome seafarers to Southampton

Seafarers coming into Southampton port will receive a warm welcome and offer of support from international maritime charity Sailors’ Society’s newest recruits.

South African born Kendrick Simon brings more than a decade of chaplaincy experience, having served as a school and police chaplain and more recently managing the music departments and worship teams for several UK churches.

Mr Simon said: “Providing care and support is what makes my heart tick, Read More…