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ICS pleased with IMO progress on environmental issues

Commenting on the outcome of last week’s meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents the world’s national shipowners’ associations – says it is pleased with the progress made by IMO Member States on a number of critical environmental regulatory issues that will have a profound impact on the future structure of the global shipping industry.

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ABP Humber and RBT join growing ABTO membership

ABP Humber has joined the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) as a full member, in what marks a significant milestone for the newly formed trade association.

Associated British Ports’ terminals in Hull, Grimsby, Goole and Immingham, which together handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo annually, contributing over £2.2 billion to the UK economy, join a growing ABTO membership-base that includes operators in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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Jamaica launches its candidacy for Category C seat on IMO Council

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) officially launched its candidacy in the UK for a Category C seat on the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Council last Thursday (6th July)at a reception at the IMO.

Addressing the IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, IMO delegates and specially invited guests, Director-General of the MAJ Rear Admiral Peter Brady hailed Jamaica’s candidature as “an opportunity to enhance Jamaica’s role on the international maritime stage.”

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Seafarers’ charity supports collision ship crew

The dangers of shipping and fishing should not be underestimated, says Apostleship of the Sea, following the recent collision of a tanker ship and bulk carrier in the English Channel on 1st July.

Media reported that tanker Seafrontier, which was loaded with petrol, collided with Huayang Endeavour en route to Lagos in Nigeria in the early morning of Saturday 1st July.

The tanker returned to the port of Antwerp for Read More…

HullWiper performs first cruise vessel hull clean in Copenhagen

The first hull cleaning of a cruise vessel using GAC EnvironHull’s diver and brush-free HullWiper has been completed in Copenhagen.

The removal of marine fouling from the DFDS Group’s 2,800dwt Pearl Seaways marked the latest in more than 550 hull cleans carried out by the pioneering remotely operated vehicle (ROV) worldwide. It took just 7.5 hours to complete the hull clean of the cruise ferry, which serves routes between Copenhagen Read More…

Chartco appoints new Chairman

ChartCo has today announced the appointment of Hans Gieskes as Chairman.

In addition to chairing a range of companies, including the successful AXIO Data Group, Mr Gieskes has been CEO and President of organisations such as Cision – global market leader of cloud-based software and services for PR professionals, and LexisNexis – global market leader for online information and services for legal and risk-management industries.  Almost all of his career Read More…

Seafarers’ Trust seeks centres to research seafarer suicide

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust is putting out a Call for Expressions of Interest for collaborating centres to undertake vital research into suicide among seafarers.

Centres interested in participating are invited to submit a form explaining the outline of their proposed research and the closing date for submissions is Friday, 1st September 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration by a panel of experts.

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Germany’s GDD forges strategic link with Zeppelin Power Systems

The engine specialists at Bremerhaven’s German Dry Docks AG (GDD) can step on the gas. MWB Marine Service started work on 1st July this year after the antitrust authorities gave the go-ahead for a strategic realignment. With Zeppelin Power Systems (ZPS) from Hamburg, the motor sector of the GDD Group has a strong partner at its side. At the Kaiserhafen site, the new company combines the tradition of MWB Motorenwerke Read More…

ClassNK releases Annual Report on Port State Control

Classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2016.

PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard Read More…

Last chance for seafarers to have their say on the future of wellness at sea

Working seafarers have just one month left to have their say on the future of wellness at sea by completing Sailors’ Society’s confidential survey.

The survey, which closes on 2nd August 2017, is exploring seafarer wellness and the root causes of illness and injury. More than 800 seafarers have participated in the survey to date.

Global maritime charity Sailors’ Society helps seafarers and their families around the world in times Read More…

IRClass releases Rules for LNG Fuelled Coastal and Inland Vessels and Rules for Pleasure Crafts

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has released Rules for LNG fuelled coastal and inland vessels in addition to its already established Rules for ocean going ships. In a significant move, which underscores the increasing importance of using cleaner fuels, these Rules will help the maritime stakeholders to promote environment friendly fuels for Coastal as well as Inland vessels.

The Rules for gas fuelled vessels have been developed based on a Read More…

ABS completes EU MRV monitoring plan assessment

The marine and offshore classification society ABS has completed a monitoring plan assessment for the lead vessel in the Prime Tanker Management fleet.

“Completion of this assessment represents a significant milestone for Prime Tanker Management,” said ABS Vice President for Global Marine, Peter Fitzpatrick. “As the first class organisation accredited to perform EU MRV assessments, ABS is leading the way in helping streamline and simplify the compliance process for ship Read More…