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Wight Shipyard Co to launch hybrid patrol vessel

UK shipbuilder Wight Shipyard Co (WSC)’s newbuild hybrid vessel promises to set new industry standards in the patrol and pilot sectors helping operators including port and river authorities, Police, MOD and Royal Navy meet strict new pollution standards.

The port environment is becoming an even stricter environment to work in when it comes to environmental regulation and clean air requirements. Port authorities, harbour and river patrols now require a vessel Read More…

UK flag widens criteria to allow more ship owners to join

The UK Ship Register has expanded its ownership eligibility, allowing more exceptional shipping companies to flag to the UK and take advantage of its 24/7 customer services and no annual flag tax.

The criteria has been widened beyond the current areas of the UK and Europe to include Commonwealth countries and bring the UK in line with Red Ensign Group partners . The UK Flag is an International Register (not Read More…

LR awarded RO status by the Italian flag Administration

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been awarded RO (Recognised Organisation) status by the Italian flag Administration and is now authorised to issue statutory certification on its behalf to all seagoing ships sailing with the Italian flag.

In line with its new RO status, LR will establish an Italy branch of LR Group Ltd so the classification society can fully support Italy and the country’s ship owners. As LR will be authorised Read More…

Port of Dover Cargo to make its Breakbulk Europe debut

The Port of Dover’s Cargo team will be showcasing its cargo terminal facilities in Bremen, Germany for the first time next week, at the world’s largest event for cargo specialists.

Dover Cargo Terminal’s exceptional location, efficiency and fantastic cross-channel ferry links makes it the first choice for many of Europe’s leading freight carriers.

This year, the Port will be delivering one of the most important cargo projects in North West Read More…

Winners of The Mission to Seafarers’ Awards revealed

International seafarer welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers has announced the winners of the 2019 Seafarers Awards at its annual Awards Dinner in Singapore.

The awards recognise seafarers, shore-based staff, volunteers and companies around the globe who have made outstanding contributions to the welfare of seafarers both at sea and ashore.

The winner of each category was chosen by judges Capt Mike Meade – Chief Executive at M3Marine Group, Simon Read More…

ECSA marks European Maritime Day 2019

European Maritime Day (20th May) was established in 2008 by the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission as part of the EU Maritime Policy to raise the awareness of the seas and their importance.

This year, the annual event will be held over two days, 16th-17th May, at the Lisbon Congress Centre in Portugal. The theme of the event is “blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional Read More…

Kitack Lim to outline future of ocean regulations at Nor-Shipping 2019

Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will be taking the stage at Nor-Shipping 2019’s Ocean Leadership Conference on 4th June to talk about the future of maritime regulations.

He will join an elite group of global thought leaders at the Thon Hotel Arena Lillestrøm, adding to a programme designed to deliver insights on issues ranging from cyber security, to economic strategy, sustainable development, geopolitical forces, future Read More…

Svitzer divests its Portuguese business

Svitzer has today (Wednesday) announced that it intends to sell its Portuguese marine operations to Pioneiro do Rio, Serviços Maritimos, Lda., a company which has Rui Cruz, the current Managing Director of Svitzer Portugal, among its owners.

The operation in Portugal has faced declining volumes and the synergy between the Portuguese ports and Svitzer’s remaining European and global portfolio has proven limited. Svitzer’s operation in Portugal covers three ports: Lisbon, Read More…

New survey from ICS and ECSA paints positive picture for seafarer internet access

A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) reveals that not only is internet access for seafarers for personal use onboard ships more widespread and available than previously imagined, but also that the positive benefits associated with this access outweigh the feared safety concerns around the technology.

The responses to the survey carried out by ICS and ECSA, with support from Read More…

New mental health awareness training for the maritime industry

A new training course will provide management-level personnel on shore and onboard ships with an introduction to mental health awareness.

The one-day course, provided by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), is also suitable for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of mental health at sea and how to support crew, including seafarers and those who support them. Delegates can expect to gain a better understanding Read More…

Strait of Hormuz attacks ‘deeply worrying’ says former senior military officer

Itai Sela, CEO of Israel-based cyber security specialist Naval Dome, and a former senior officer in the military, has commented on the recent attacks on tankers operating near the bunkering port of Fujairah.

He said: “It is deeply worrying that four tankers have been attacked outside the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. Our indications are that these incidents could develop to include cyber-attacks on vessels operating in the region.

“It Read More…

Topaz Energy and Marine installs FUELTRAX for advanced fuel data reporting

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore energy logistics company, is partnering with FUELTRAX, a smart, real-time marine fuel management solution, on advanced fuel tracking and reporting.

Topaz has installed FUELTRAXEFMS across 21 of its vessels operating between Nigeria and Azerbaijan for data storage and surveillance. FUELTRAX delivers an electronic record of activities using automated operational and fuel data collection, coupling it with precise in-transit efficiency recommendations for vessels located anywhere Read More…