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Damen’s Casper Vermeulen wins Marine Lifetime Achievement Award

Casper Vermeulen, who is retiring as UK Sales Manager for the Damen Shipyards Group, was last week presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 Seawork International commercial marine and workboat exhibition in Southampton, UK. The presentation was made by Andrew Webster, Managing Director of Mercator Media, the company organising the event.

After handing over the award, Mr Webster said: “Casper is a very worthy winner of the Seawork Read More…

CMP ups the antifouling ante with new Selektope product

An antifouling product containing the bio-repellent ingredient Selektope® has been launched by Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP).

The increasing diversification in the range of Selektope®-containing products available to ship owners suitable for different vessel requirements demonstrates the versatility of the antifouling ingredient. It also demonstrates a growing commitment to the technology as demand from ship owners for antifouling coatings comprising Selektope® intensifies.

The product Sea Grandprix 880 hs plus is the Read More…

ABS issues approval in principle for floating LNG power plant concept

The classification society ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for a floating LNG power plant and Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) design concept developed by Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation.

“As the energy mix shifts and global demand for gas increases, concepts like this will reshape how energy is supplied,” said ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens. “By working closely with Chiyoda, we were able to help Read More…

Australian Senate highlights security gaps after double murder investigation

Australian Border Force (ABF) officials will be back in the hot seat today as the Senate Inquiry into Flag of Convenience (FOC) Shipping resumes.

It comes in the wake of double murder findings by the New South Wales Coroner  investigating the deaths of two foreign seafarers aboard the FOC MV Sage Sagittarius in Australian waters in 2012. A third crew member was found dead in the vessel’s coal loader when it Read More…

Seaspan ULC appoints Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer

Seaspan ULC (Seaspan) today announced the appointment of Brent Hale as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

Mr Hale joined Seaspan in June 2015 as Vice President – Human Resources (HR). In this capacity Brent led the strategic reorganisation of HR at Seaspan – successfully implementing new HR and Labour Relations initiatives that facilitated rapid growth across the enterprise while significantly improving quality and efficiency.

In his new role as CAO, Mr Read More…

‘Next generation’ tankers to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel engines

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the engines, propellers, and fuel supply systems for four new tanker vessels. The ships will run on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel, and are being built at the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard in the Netherlands for Sweden based Erik Thun. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in the first quarter of 2017.

In 2014, the Scheepswerf Ferus Smit yard Read More…

AEO status a necessity to ensure frictionless borders, says CILT

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is encouraging all companies involved in the supply chain to become an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO), in order to ensure the UK operates frictionless borders post-Brexit.

Following the EU Referendum last summer, CILT has been working to present issues, solutions and advice regarding the practical implementation of a frictionless border for goods to the EU and the rest of the world.

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Record-breaking figures from Ocean Business

After review and analysis of attendance figures, the 10th anniversary Ocean Business, held at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK in April, once again exceeded all expectations with 4,350 attendees through the door from 61 countries.

Versha Carter, Group Director of Diversified Communications, said: “Visitor numbers were up by three per cent with an amazing 38 per cent coming from outside of the UK.  Not only did we have Read More…

IMO needs to finalise ballast water implementation dates

The global shipping industry – as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – has urged its global regulator, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to back a carefully crafted proposal, from a broad coalition of governments, concerning the implementation dates for installing complicated new ballast water treatment systems.

“If this pragmatic proposal is agreed, this would allow shipping companies to identify and invest in far more robust technology to Read More…

IRClass goes green and boosts environmental sustainability with two initiatives

Classification society Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has adopted two green initiatives – an in-house solar rooftop plant as well as a reed bed system – to continuously improve the environmental sustainability of operations at its head office in Mumbai, India.

Some of the unique features of the 72.6 kWp in-house solar rooftop plant include Canadian solar modules which were developed with the latest innovative cell technology – poly crystalline. Read More…

Freight forwarders’ body joins calls for softer Brexit

With Brexit talks due to get underway in Brussels later today, the British International Freight Association – – is calling for the UK negotiators to push for a deal that keeps the UK in the European customs union.

BIFA Director General, Robert Keen says: “Over the weekend, we heard the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond dismiss speculation that the UK could pursue a soft Brexit and remain Read More…

The Swedish Club appoints three new board members in its 145th year

Lars Rhodin, Managing Director of The Swedish Club, announced three new appointments to the board during the Club’s 2017 AGM held in Gothenburg on Thursday 15 June – the 145th since The Swedish Club was established in 1872.

Representing a cross section of the shipping industry, the three new board members come from different sectors and different countries, but share their commitment to shipping and to the pursuit of excellence.

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