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New partnerships strengthen WinGD’s global training network

The appointment of two new WinGD training partners will provide easier access to high quality training for ship operators and crews.

Strategically chosen for their high qualifications and location in prime maritime geographical areas, WinGD has signed agreements with Giga Mare in the Philippines, and BlackSea Training in the Ukraine.

By partnering with these training facilities in these key global locations, WinGD extends its services offered to ship owners in Read More…

ICS Chairman calls for comprehensive revision of STCW seafarer training regime

Speaking in Manila, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Esben Poulsson, has called for a comprehensive revision of the IMO STCW Convention which governs global standards for the training and certification of around two million merchant seafarers.

STCW was reviewed in 2010 with the adoption of the ‘Manila amendments’ but the previous major overhaul of the STCW regime was last undertaken by IMO Member States over 25 Read More…

N2Tankers Aframax tanker pool launched by Reederei Nord and Synergy Group

Reederei Nord and Synergy Group, on behalf of Nissen Kaiun, have officially launched N2Tankers, a new Aframax tanker pool the two shipowning companies have set up as a joint venture.

N2Tankers brings the shipowning and operational expertise of Nissen Kaiun and Reederei Nord under one central umbrella administration for the first time. It will focus on generating commercial and technical management efficiency benefits for clients and owners by streamlining fleet Read More…

KVH Videotel announces plans to provide virtual reality training by OMS-VR to maritime industry

Recognising the appeal of virtual reality (VR) for engaging seafarers who need training as they enter and advance through the maritime industry, KVH Videotel and OMS-VR have announced a letter of intent to enter into an exclusive agreement to produce and distribute VR maritime training. Coinciding with the announcement, KVH Videotel will be providing a demo of VR training during the CrewConnect Global Conference in Manila today and tomorrow, November Read More…

Maritime e-procurement to change ‘beyond all recognition’ in next five years – new ShipServ research

ShipServ, the maritime e-procurement platform, has announced the output from its latest research whitepaper; “e-procurement in Maritime; 2021 and Beyond”, which analyses the current and future state of e-procurement within the maritime industry based on insights from leading Chief Purchasing Officers and Managers (CPOs/CPMs). The research showed that while maritime e-procurement is currently at an embryonic level in terms of its evolution – scoring ‘two out of 10’ – over Read More…

North P&I Club partners with ISWAN to launch new confidential helpline for crew

North P&I Club has launched its new ‘Mind Matters’ campaign including a confidential helpline for crew provided in partnership with the International Seafarer’s Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

The new campaign aims to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing at sea. It provides North P&I Club’s members and their crew with a number of resources and support materials to support their emotional wellbeing at sea and to provide guidance Read More…

Total Marine Solutions, Tototheo Maritime sign strategic sales partnership agreement

Total Marine Solutions (TMS) and Tototheo Maritime have announced a strategic sales partnership agreement whereby Tototheo will act as exclusive sales agent and customer service representative for Ocean Guardian in the Republic of Cyprus.

Developed by TMS, in collaboration with Brenock, Ocean Guardian is a digital tool that provides shipboard operators with immediate access to environmental regulations around the world. The software system removes the guesswork from environmental compliance, providing Read More…

Norwegian Prime Minister revealed as Future of The Fjords godmother

Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, has today been announced as the godmother of The Fjords’ award winning all-electric passenger vessel Future of The Fjords. The environmentally friendly 400 PAX ship will be christened at Gudvangen, situated in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed Nærøyfjord, on 17th November.

Future of The Fjords is the world’s first electric carbon fibre catamaran and the winner of Skipsrevyen’s Ship of the Year Read More…

UK Hydrographic Office contributes to UK government study into autonomous navigation

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has contributed to a new UK government-funded study on navigational requirements for autonomous maritime vessels.

The UKHO worked together with partner organisations L3 ASV and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to identify the future data requirements for autonomous shipping, and explore how navigational and wider geospatial data can be used to enable the safe navigation of smart and unmanned autonomous vessels.

The study, funded Read More…

Indian Register of Shipping plays central role at INMARCO

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) continues to play a central role at the International Maritime Conference and Exhibition (INMARCO) which is held every four years.

Organised by the Institute of Marine Engineers (India), this year’s INMARCO will see a packed programme of technical discussions and panel debates covering a wide spectrum of topics including maritime safety, environment, technology and security to oceanography and underwater technology.

A Platinum sponsor, IRClass Read More…

WaterFront continues global expansion with senior appointment

Global ship agency business WaterFront Maritime Services (WaterFront) has today announced the appointment of industry veteran Tormod Ognedal as its new Business Development Manager for Europe, to support the company’s continued growth and expansion.

After 17 years with Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) as Senior General Manager and having gained over 30 years’ experience in international shipping and logistics, Mr Ognedal has been appointed to oversee the expansion of WaterFront’s client Read More…

London Thamesport’s short sea role strengthened by containerships

Hutchison Ports London Thamesport’s growing reputation as a short-sea container hub has been further enhanced by Helsinki-based Containerships plc’s introduction of a second weekly service from Gdynia, Poland.

Containerships has chosen the Kent based port for its second direct service to and from the southern part of the UK. The service offers regular and fast connections with Poland, with improved service and transit times from Gdynia of three to four Read More…