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New partnership between ISWAN and ShipMoney providing relief to seafarers in need

International maritime payment solutions provider ShipMoney has announced the launch of a new initiative: ShipMoney Cares.

The initiative launched yesterday (Monday) at the Crew Connect conference in Manila and will be available to seafarers and their families–including parents, spouses, children, and siblings–who can demonstrate that they or their family are experiencing some form of hardship that impacts their livelihood or income. ShipMoney Cares will be managed by ISWAN and is Read More…

ECSA welcomes the confirmation of new Transport Commissioner-designate Adina Ioana Vălean

On behalf of the European shipping industry, ECSA warmly welcomes the confirmation of Adina Ioana Vălean as the new Transport Commissioner-designate, after the hearing at the European Parliament held yesterday.

Of Romanian nationality, Ms Vălean has been active in EU-level policymaking as an MEP since 2007. She was rapporteur on the Connecting Europe Facility, a key EU funding instrument to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness through targeted Read More…

Maritime leaders address tomorrow’s solutions for the vessel industry

Asia Pacific Maritime 2020 returns from 18 to 20 March 2020 to focus on digitalisation

SINGAPORE, 12 November 2019 – The digital evolution is shaping the maritime future in multiple aspects – both onshore and offshore – and shipping organisations are facing pressure to operate more efficiently and profitably while catering to the increasingly sophisticated customer demands. As with any change, digitalisation was initially met with scepticism. But Read More…

Unique digital solution makes the Port of Gothenburg smarter

Quicker, safer, and less administration. These were some of the key outcomes when the Gothenburg Port Authority recently launched a data system designed to coordinate and monitor work at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port. The ultimate outcome is more rapid and more efficient handling of goods.

The Port of Gothenburg Energy Port is the largest open access energy terminal in Sweden, handling more than 20 million tonnes of energy Read More…

The ICS and ECSA call for immediate and effective intervention after yet another attack in the Gulf of Guinea

Following the attack on Norwegian-flagged bulk carrier ‘MV BONITA’ on 4 November, yet another incident happened later that day on Greek vessel ‘ELKA ARISTOTLE’ resulting in the abduction of four of its crew members.

The shipping industry is extremely concerned about the rise of armed attacks on merchant ships in the Gulf of Guinea. Such attacks on crew and ships are first and foremost a human tragedy certainly Read More…

3rd Annual Maritime Capital Forum Reinforces Singapore’s Role as Leading International Maritime Centre

Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) in conjunction with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), will be running the 3rd Annual Maritime Capital Forum from 18th to 19th November at the Fullerton Hotel Ballroom in Singapore. The two-day event is by invitation only and will provide a forum for some of the most powerful shipping companies to discuss both the opportunities and challenges facing one of the world’s most critical industries Read More…

ABS Issues Industry – Leading Guide for Firefighting for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers

ABS publishes broad range of notations to tackle cargo hold fires

(HOUSTON) The ABS Guide for Fire-Fighting Systems for Cargo Areas of Container Carriers has just been published, in an industry first. The guide is the first of its kind to address firefighting and safety systems of cargo holds of container vessels, the location of a series of high-profile fires onboard. “Container Carriers have grown much larger in recent years Read More…

Shell Marine signs fleet-wide lubricants and technical service contract in China

Shell Marine has today (Friday) signed a framework agreement with CCCC Dredging (Group) of China to supply marine lubricants and provide technical services across the Chinese company’s fleet. The strategic cooperation demonstrates Shell Marine’s ability to provide a comprehensive all-in-one service, reliably supplying lubricants and technical services around the clock wherever they are needed.

In addition to the supply of Shell Marine’s comprehensive range of lubricating oils designed for every Read More…

New joint guidelines from ICS and OCIMF to improve safety in polar waters

Maritime trade between Arctic destinations and the rest of the world is expected to expand and an increasing number of ships are now undertaking voyages in polar waters. Technical developments in ship design and equipment continue to facilitate more and more ship operations in remote polar areas, despite challenging and unpredictable sea and weather conditions.

The International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), adopted by the UN Read More…

London to host Global Maritime Forum’s 2020 Annual Summit

Maritime decision-makers from around the world will convene for the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit in London from 13th-14th October 2020.

UK Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, welcomed the announcement saying: “The UK’s maritime industry is thriving, which is why I am so delighted to welcome global leaders to the UK for the Global Maritime Forum Annual Summit next year. We are championing industry through our flagship Maritime 2050 strategy and Read More…

Autonomous harbour tug takes big step towards reality

The technology group Wärtsilä, in collaboration with PSA Marine, has achieved a breakthrough in its IntelliTug project. Following the successful installation of a first-of-its-kind Dynamic Positioning (DP) system onboard the harbour tug PSA Polaris, trials are now being carried out in the Port of Singapore under real-world conditions. This phase of the project implementation, which has been approved by Lloyd’s Register, moves the bar higher on safety standards for vessel Read More…

ABS achieves new international safety standard

ABS has received the ISO 45001:2018 certificate, which demonstrates compliance with the new global standard recognising the management system for a safe and healthy workplace.

“This is a significant accomplishment that places ABS at the forefront of maritime safety practice and underlines our continued commitment to our 157-year safety mission,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “When you factor in our own industry-leading safety performance it is Read More…