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PIL to exit market to focus on North-South trade

As part of Pacific International Lines’ (PIL) continuous effort to optimise its network efficiency, the company will be withdrawing its services from the Transpacific market.

As a result of this service re-alignment, PIL’s last Transpacific sailing will be in March 2020.

The company says it has taken this decision as part of a wider strategic review of its business. Henceforth, PIL will focus on further strengthening its position in the Read More…

Korean Register launches new apps and online service for customers

Korean Register (KR) has released a newly-upgraded suite of online services for customers. Announced by KR Chairman and CEO Lee Hyung-chul yesterday (12th February), the new services include KR e-Fleet v2 for fleet management, KR e-MESIS v2 for managing the inspection and approval of material and equipment and KR EDAS v2 for electronic drawing approval.

Lee Hyung-chul said: “KR has been developing its own IT programs for customers for years Read More…

Industry figures to debate impact of technology on seafarers’ mental health at Singapore Maritime Week

Maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers has announced a major industry conference on the impact of technology on crew mental health and what this means for safety within the industry.

Taking place on 22nd April 2020 as part of Singapore Maritime Week, this free-to-attend conference features two expert keynote speakers: Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell and Nick Chubb, Founder of Thetius. They will speak alongside four Read More…

Port of Cork commences assembly of STS cranes for Cork Container Terminal

The Port of Cork has announced that it has taken delivery of two Liebherr post-panamax size ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes at the Cork Container Terminal in the Republic of Ireland. The assembly process has commenced on site and is due to be completed in the coming weeks.

The Port of Cork is the second largest port in the Republic of Ireland in terms of turnover. In 2019 the Port Read More…

PSA Marine achieves ‘exciting milestone’ with acquisition of Tramarsa Flota

PSA Marine has completed the 100% acquisition of Tramarsa Flota and its subsidiaries in Peru from the Grupo Romero. The Stock Purchase Agreement was signed by Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine and Marco Peschiera, CEO of Inversiones Piuranas and Grupo Piurano de Inversiones in Lima, Peru yesterday (Wednesday).

Tramarsa Flota was incorporated in 1994 and its head office is located in Lima, Peru. It is a premier port Read More…

Automatic ferry enters regular service following world-first crossing with passengers onboard

Kongsberg Maritime is proud to announce the world’s first adaptive ferry transit conducted during normal service. This landmark event, which took place last week on a vessel fully loaded with passengers and vehicles and demonstrated fully automatic control from dock to dock, is a key step forward in the integration of autonomous technology into everyday shipping operations. It was made possible by close collaboration between shipping company Bastø Fosen, KONGSBERG Read More…

London P&I Club presents practical advice on holds and hatches to enhance seafarer safety and reduce cargo claims

Recognising that around a third of all cargo claims and a significant number of seafarer accidents are connected with the use and operation of holds and hatches, The London P&I Club has, today (Wednesday), launched comprehensive guidance to help seafarers and ship operators protect themselves further.

A common-sense booklet generously illustrated with practical examples of best practice is being offered to all Club members and is particularly aimed at fleet Read More…

Busy start to the year for A&P Group’s North East facilities

Global ship repair, conversion and marine specialist A&P Group’s North-East sites have seen a busy start to the year with companies keen to take advantage of their world-class facilities and skilled workmanship.

All three docks across A&P Tyne and A&P Tees are scheduled to be full for the first two months of this year. Among the vessels to have benefited from A&P Tees’ facilities and workforce is the trailing suction Read More…

West of England P&I Club expands its New York office

Mutual marine insurer The West of England has today (Wednesday) announced the expansion of its New York office.

Senior Claims Manager Emily McCulloch transferred to New York from London at the beginning of the year and will be joined by Alton Peralta, a locally qualified claims adjuster with extensive experience of dealing with U.S. liabilities and especially crew claims under the Jones Act.

A qualified lawyer, Ms McCulloch has significant Read More…

Stream Marine Training expands its team

Stream Marine Training (SMT) has started the New Year with a bang by employing three new members of staff.

Martyn Thomas joins as Chief of Staff, Alex Ponomarev as Sales Director for the Technical Training division and Darren Payne as Chief Operating Officer.

Mr Thomas joins SMT recently coming from being the Global Head of Maritime Training at one of the world’s biggest safety training providers and previously held a Read More…

The Bahamas is one of the first Council members to present its annual assessment payment to the IMO

On 5th February 2020, The Bahamas continued its long-held tradition of making its annual assessment payment to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in full and in advance of the payment the deadline.

The contribution for 2020 was followed up by a courtesy call at the IMO’s London headquarters by a team of representatives from The Bahamas led by The Bahamas High Commissioner HE Ellison Greenslade and The Bahamas Maritime Authority Read More…

Coronavirus impacting the global shipping industry

BIMCO has given this market analysis, following the Coronavirus outbreak…

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has dented market sentiment and spooked markets around the globe. When China sneezes, we all catch the flu. This especially holds true for the commercial shipping markets, which remain heavily reliant upon China, both on the import and export side.

The virus spread coincides with the Chinese Lunar New Year (CNY), which marks the Read More…