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Synergy Group launches nine-language helpline to reduce seafarer suicides and boots wellness at sea

Synergy Group has launched a new counselling service aimed at improving mental health support for sea and shore-based maritime personnel.

iCALL is a free psychological helpline for the worldwide maritime community available 24/7 in nine different languages via phone, email and the chat-based nULTA App.

“Numerous studies into the psychological health of seafarers have shown that large numbers of seafarers suffer from obvious manifestations of impaired psychological wellbeing such as Read More…

‘No time to lose’ in preparing for sulphur cap

With ship owners, ship managers and operators still coming to terms with the new low sulphur IMO cap there is an urgent need for them to focus on a ship implementation plan before the regulations come into force on January 1st 2020 according to Olivier Baiwir, CEO of Aderco.

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) will discuss proposals from Norway at their 73rd session in October covering implementation plans Read More…

North P&I Club strengthens global underwriting team

North P&I Club has further strengthened its underwriting team to meet the evolving needs of its global membership, with the appointment of a new UK-based underwriter combined with some operational changes to a number of senior underwriting roles.

Tom McLoughlin (pictured) joined the team as an Underwriter last week, bringing with him a range of marine experience from his former roles with insurance brokers Marsh in London, and a significant Read More…

BIMCO and industry partners to launch hull underwater cleaning standard

In response to growing concerns over the impact of hull biofouling on the marine environment, BIMCO and a group of industry partners have set out to create an internationally recognised standard.

The group consists of eight different organisations, including paint manufacturers, ship owners and cleaning companies, with the aim to take a holistic approach to establishing an international standard that will work in practice. The standard is expected to be Read More…

Intelsat and APSATCOM launch IntelsatOne Flex Maritime in Asia

Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, announced today that APT Mobile Satcom Ltd (APSATCOM) will become the first maritime solution partner to offer, in China, IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services.

Under the new, multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime services, interconnection, and backhaul to APSATCOM’s data centres. The award-winning IntelsatOne Flex for Maritime platform is a seamlessly integrated managed service that offers multi-layered global coverage Read More…

Damen appoints Sales Director for its new large RoPax division

Damen Shipyards Group has appointed Chiel de Leeuw to the newly-created position of Sales Director RoPax. This marks an important step in its strategy of expanding into the design and build of larger, one-off vessels in the offshore, cruise and RoPax sectors. In his new role, Mr de Leeuw will be responsible for creating new business in the RoRo and RoPax markets for vessels over 120 metres in length.

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ClassNK releases Guidelines for Vehicles Carrier Structures

Classification Society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Vehicles Carrier Structures. The Guidelines specify the technical requirements specifically related to the structural strength assessments of vehicles carriers by using direct calculation.

Vehicles carriers are designed with a minimum number of transverse bulkheads and partial bulkheads in order to increase cargo handling efficiency as well as to permit more vehicles to be loaded on board; this, however, means that the structures Read More…

UK’s largest marine simulation training centre to operate using Wärtsilä equipment

The technology group Wärtsilä has been selected to provide a full scope of marine simulators for a new training facility at Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, located in Southampton, England.

Scheduled to complete in spring 2019, it will be the largest marine simulation training centre in the UK. The contract with Wärtsilä, which was booked in September 2018, is linked to a five-year continuous service agreement.

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BLOC wins competition with blockchain shipping emissions MRV solution

Blockchain technology and governance specialist Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) has won Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve’s Coastal Communities Challenge, for its work in developing shipping Emissions Monitoring Reporting (MRV) solutions.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve’s Coastal Communities Challenge declared blockchain technology and governance experts, Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC), for its work in developing shipping Emissions Monitoring Reporting (MRV) solutions.

BLOC was selected from Read More…

Day of the Seafarer photo competition – winners announced

This year’s Day of the Seafarer campaign held its first-ever photo competition, providing a fascinating insight into the daily life of a seafarer.

The photo competition invited men and women working at sea to share photos of what a “Good day at sea” actually looks like, reflecting their experiences of a positive working environment.

The winning entry is a bold geometric composition, focusing on the deck of a ship and Read More…

Palumbo Group takes control of Viktor Lenac Shipyard

Palumbo Group has acquired Viktor Lenac Shipyard which now becomes a member of the largest ship-repair and conversions group in Mediterranean Sea. The move represents a strategic complement to Palumbo’s current shipyard portfolio.

Palumbo Group, with over 50 years of history, manages shipyards in Naples, Ancona, Messina, Savona, Marseilles, Malta and Tenerife giving work – directly and indirectly – to several thousand people, especially in the construction and repair of Read More…

Digital Ship’s Maritime CIO Forum Singapore looks at ‘Shaping the Digital Ecosystem’

The ever-growing use of onboard applications and increased data flows in shipping means that reliable data communications and platforms are even more critical. The opening session of the day at the Maritime CIO Forum, Singapore next Wednesday (10th October) will look at how evolution in connectivity is changing the maritime and transport landscape by improving operational agility, enhancing efficiency, creating a safer, more secure environment and enabling greater efficiency.

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