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Port of Hamburg moves more cargo by rail and is well equipped for further growth

In Germany’s largest universal Port of Hamburg more than 135 million tons of seaborne cargo traffic are cleared annually. A major share of this freight reaches or leaves the port by rail. If you look at the shares of various modes of transport on the overland seaport-hinterland routes, then rail is in pole position in Hamburg with 48.2%, ahead of trucking with 41.4% and inland waterway with 10.2%.

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ShipMoney extends Agreement with Helikon Shipping

ShipMoney has extended its Maritime Payment Services Agreement with Helikon Shipping into a long-term multi-year relationship.

Welcoming the extension, Michael Papaioannou, Managing Director of Helikon said: “The ShipMoney Program is very well received by our crew members, providing them with a range of remittance options while onboard saving them time and money while in port.  For our company, the Program has streamlined our onboard crew payment process, reduced our costs Read More…

The Shipowners’ Club announces charity partnership with The Mission to Seafarers

The Shipowners’ Club, the mutual P&I insurer in the small and specialist vessel sector, has announced a strategic partnership agreement with international seafarer welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers.

As part of the agreement, the Shipowners’ Club has been named 2019 Gold Sponsor for the Mission’s ongoing Seafarers Happiness Index, bringing greater scale to the programme and allowing the Mission to reach more seafarers across the globe.

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Gulf of Guinea piracy continues to threaten seafarers

Members of the shipping community, flag states and agencies from Gulf of Guinea gathered at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a day-long symposium on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea.

The event, co-sponsored by BIMCO, IMCA, ICS, ITF and OCIMF, featured speakers from regional maritime agencies as well as shipping officials, academics and military staff.  The shipping industry, along with seafarer groups, organized the event Read More…

North P&I Club named ‘Legal Department of The Year’ At Northern Law Awards

North P&I Club’s in-house Corporate & Legal Team has been named ‘Legal Department of the Year’ at the recent Northern Law Awards. The award recognises their outstanding work in delivering a solution to ensure that all business divisions within the North Group can continue to successfully operate in a post-Brexit landscape. The complex legal solution was delivered on time and within budget across multiple jurisdictions.

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Palfinger signs joint venture with Chinese lifeboat manufacturer Neptune

Palfinger Marine, headquartered in Salzburg (Austria), and Jiangyin Neptune Marine Appliance Co, headquartered in Jiangyin (People’s Republic of China), have entered into a global sales and service cooperation agreement.

One of the main pillars of the agreement is the establishment of a joint venture in China. The joint venture will be named Palfinger Neptune Marine Shanghai Co Ltd with registered offices in Shanghai and Jiangyin. Each party will own 50%.

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Marine engineering schools project receives charity funding boost

Seafarers UK in partnership with Sea Cadets have launched the next phase of their joint Marine Engineering Pathway schools project. This aims to reach 37,500 school children across the UK over the next three years with STEM-linked taster sessions and workshops in marine engineering.

Since the launch of this project in 2016, Seafarers UK and its co-sponsor and delivery partner, Sea Cadets, have been working together to inspire and engage Read More…

Shippers demand efficiency and technology brings that, says Cogoport President Flemming Frost

Digital practices and technology adoption are bringing greater productivity, effectiveness and profitability in the shipping and logistics industry, Cogoport President Flemming Frost told industry leaders yesterday (Wednesday) at a major shipping conference in the Netherlands.

Speaking at the Evofenedex SCM Summit in Zoetermeer, Mr Frost said the time is now ripe for technology to play a much bigger role in shipping, in order to drive efficiencies for all concerned.

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ROMAS project completes first phase of remote machinery operation testing

Classification society DNV GL, automation systems vendor Høglund, ferry operator Fjord1, and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) have completed the first testing phase of the ROMAS (Remote Operation of Machinery and Automation Systems) project. The results were presented for the first time at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo this week.

As ship systems become more complex, operators increasingly rely on the suppliers of individual systems to operate and maintain Read More…

KVH announces KONGSBERG as first partner for KVH Watch IoT Connectivity

KVH Industries today (Thursday) announced that KONGSBERG is its first major partner for KVH WatchTM IoT Connectivity as a Service. KVH Watch will provide connectivity for Vessel Insight, a new maritime data infrastructure solution from KONGSBERG’s Kognifai digital ecosystem.

“KVH’s fast, global, and reliable connectivity provides Vessel Insight users with connectivity options for end-to-end solutions that deliver the real-time monitoring and intervention benefits of machine-to-machine IoT,” said Vigleik Takle, Senior Read More…

Total Marine Solutions and NAVTOR Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Total Marine Solutions (TMS) and NAVTOR have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), allowing for the integration of Ocean Guardian’s environmental rules into NAVTOR’s voyage planning software, as well as to allow NAVTOR to offer Ocean Guardian’s environmental planning tool as a stand-alone system.

Developed by TMS, Ocean Guardian is a digital tool that provides shipboard operators with immediate access to environmental regulations around the world. Ocean Guardian removes the Read More…

UECC contracts Survitec for nine-vessel SOLAS 360 service

Norwegian ro-ro operator UECC (United European Car Carriers) has signed a nine-vessel service and certification agreement with Survitec, representing the largest single contract the safety service supplier has received to-date for its new SOLAS 360 service.

The five-year contract, signed in April, for the servicing and inspection of the vessels’ life-saving appliances (LSA), follows the 2018 introduction of the novel servicing arrangement.

Baba Devani, Managing Director Marine Division, Survitec, said: Read More…