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Shell Marine secures big ship commitment from COSCO

Shell Marine has recently been awarded China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company’s (COSCO SHIPPING) largest marine lubricants order in 2017.  This order will include the full range of marine lubricants and technical services for seven out of COSCO SHIPPING’S 10 new generation Ultra Large Container Carriers (ULCCs) with capacities of approximately 20,000 TEUs each, ordered in 2015 and due to be in service from 2018-2019.  Shell Marine has supplied marine lubricants Read More…

VIKING welcomes new Country Director for Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Lebanon

Omur Izgili will take over as VIKING’s new Country Director for Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Lebanon on 1st January, 2018. He is succeeding Yasin Kasa, who has been appointed Senior Commercial Director for VIKING Asia based out of Singapore. Mr Kasa will remain an active member of the VIKING Turkey Board of Directors.

Mr Izgili, a Turkish national, joined VIKING’s Istanbul office in 2014 as Finance Manager. He said: Read More…

Britannia P&I’s preferred ‘hard Brexit’ location option

Following the Brexit referendum and the UK’s triggering of Article 50 in March, Britannia’s Board has been considering plans to preserve the ability of the Association to write non-UK EU business post Brexit (i.e. to preserve the current benefits of passporting).

Possible restrictions on the freedom of movement of staff between the UK and EU would not currently have a material impact on the Association, although this will be monitored.

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BMT awarded new funding for autonomous navigation

BMT will take the lead in a new £1.2million research project funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.  Collaborating with ASV Global and Deimos Space UK, BMT will seek to address the challenge of how traditional manned vessels can co-exist with autonomous systems in shared water space.  Deimos Space UK, the British subsidiary of Elecnor Deimos, will investigate how the exploitation of existing and future satellite capabilities can contribute Read More…

London P&I Club warns of increased risk at congested Chittagong anchorage

The London P&I Club has noted a marked increase in accidents involving ships at anchor in the Bangladeshi port of Chittagong, which it says has become an international hot-spot for anchor-dragging incidents.

The club notes that there has been a significant rise in the number of ships calling at Chittagong in recent years and that, as most bulk carriers discharge into lightering barges, congestion is increasing at the port’s outer Read More…

Marlink and Radio Holland strengthen their long-term partnership

Marlink and Radio Holland have concluded a partnership agreement whereby Marlink has acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business. The partnership builds on the complementary strengths and extensive expertise of the two leading technology companies and enables Marlink to further strengthen its global leadership in maritime VSAT.

Radio Holland will be the preferred global sales and service partner and offer Marlink’s satcom connectivity portfolio in combination with its well-established maritime electronics solutions. Read More…

IMRF and Inmarsat deliver first ‘train the trainer’ GMDSS course in Africa

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and Inmarsat have delivered the very first maritime search and rescue Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) course in Morocco.

Seven maritime search and rescue (SAR) professionals have taken part – five from Morocco, one from Senegal and one from Nigeria. They are all GMDSS trainers in Africa and will return to their respective regions to pass on the knowledge and training to their Read More…

ICS Chairman commends China’s positive engagement with IMO

The Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has praised the positive role played by the Chinese Government in supporting the global regulatory framework for merchant shipping provided by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).

In his keynote speech to the Marintec conference in Shanghai today (Tuesday), Mr Poulsson welcomed China’s close adherence to the implementation of national maritime regulations, applicable to visiting foreign-flag ships, in a Read More…

DNV GL at Marintec China: Classification steps up to the digital challenge

The maritime world is in the middle of a period of rapid change, with increasing digitalisation, new regulations and shifting markets. Classification societies can help to remove barriers, speed up the process, and assist stakeholders make the most of the new landscape, IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said at DNV GL’s press conference at Marintec China today (Tuesday).

“One of the major contributions of class in current times of transformation is Read More…

Jamaica elected to Council C Category of IMO Council

Jamaica has re-established its position at the heart of international maritime rule-making following its election to the International Maritime Organization’s Council.

Jamaica was elected as a Category C Council member on Friday and will serve until 2019.

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady previously chaired the former IMO’s Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) sub-committee between 2003 and 2012, now called the Human Resource Read More…

Next Sea Traffic Management project approved, EfficientFlow

A new Sea Traffic Management (STM) project has received EU funding from the Interreg Central Baltic Programme. EfficientFlow covers many aspects of Sea Traffic Management in the ports of Rauma, Finland and Gävle, Sweden, as well as STM-enabled traffic flow management for the many large ferries that sail through the archipelago between Sweden and Finland. The project will run 2018-2020 with a budget of €4.5 million.

Magnus Sundström, Head of Read More…

Somalia signs Jeddah Amendment on illicit maritime activity

Somalia has become the 14th signatory to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct – the instrument developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden that has been a key factor in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in that region.

The Amendment significantly broadened the scope of the Djibouti Code when it was adopted at a high-level meeting in Read More…