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ABS strengthens digital and strategic leadership

Classification society has announced three key senior management appointments as part of the organization’s digital class strategy.

“As our markets are increasingly shaped by digital technology, ABS is setting the pace in digital innovation,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J Wiernicki.

“As part of our digital class journey, our entire organization is focused on digital developments and opportunities. By strengthening our digital and strategic leadership, ABS remains very Read More…

MSC trusts MacGregor expertise to boost productivity through improved container stowage efficiency on 31 vessels

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received orders to optimise the container carrying capabilities of 31 MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company vessels from six different ship series.

The work is designed to optimise ships’ cargo system productivity and earning potential. The orders were booked into Cargotec’s third and fourth quarter 2017 order intakes and deliveries are planned for completion towards the end of 2018.

“Container vessels are an integral part of the Read More…

IMO Assembly elects new 40-Member Council

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2018-2019 biennium:

Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.

Category (b) 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Read More…

UKHO revises ENC and ECDIS Maintenance Record

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office has published a revised edition of the ADMIRALTY ENC and ECDIS Maintenance Record (NP133C). First published in 2014, this publication is designed to help mariners demonstrate compliance with IMO regulations during Port State Control inspections, with easy-to-use checklists and templates to record ECDIS annual performance checks and software maintenance.

For the first time, the record now provides guidance to help bridge crews record and manage Read More…

Hansa Heavy Lift develops tailored solutions for floating unit customers globally

HANSA HEAVY LIFT has strengthened its position in the floating unit market after successfully completing a series of projects in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The moves included the transportation of 45 yachts in one consignment, as well as the safe delivery of two oversized barges and three tugs.

“We see much potential in the floating unit market. Our very adaptable heavy lift ships and engineering know-how ensures Read More…

KVH Videotel introduces LNG ‘Respond Level’ bunkering training course

KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course to help crew and port or terminal staff enable a safe bunkering process. The programme, based on guidelines from the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), has been developed in response to the increased use of LNG as a bunker fuel by operators to help them meet the low sulphur targets required by MARPOL Annex VI.

SGMF has defined Read More…

World’s first Class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller unveiled

Following a rigorous testing process, verified by Bureau Veritas, the world’s first Class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller, the WAAMpeller, has been unveiled at Damen Shipyard Group’s headquarters in the Netherlands. This ground-breaking success is the result of a close collaboration between RAMLAB, Promarin, Autodesk, Bureau Veritas and Damen.

The five-company partnership started pooling their collective resources and knowledge to develop the world’s first 3D printed ship’s propeller seven months Read More…

Bunker suppliers must prepare for the death of fossil fuels in shipping

Marine bunker suppliers should anticipate that there may no longer be significant demand for fossil fuels from shipping within as little as 25 years, if not sooner, and that the sector is now on an inevitable trajectory towards a future of zero CO2 emissions.

This was the message that the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) delivered to the Platts’ Mediterranean marine bunker fuel conference in Athens today (Thursday).

ICS is Read More…

New ATP stops its first cyber security attack before anti-virus companies even register it

GTMaritime says its new Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is showing great benefits just weeks into being launched.

The new security enhancement helped safeguard its customers whilst under a cyber-attack, whilst no antivirus companies even knew of its existence.

The sophisticated system, being implemented across all GTMailPlus accounts, stopped a virus in its tracks as it was headed for one of its vessels. The technical operations team found the virus had Read More…

Statement from the Chennai 6 and their families

From the freedom of their hotel in India today (Wednesday) Billy Irving, John Armstrong, Nicholas Simpson, Ray Tindall, Nick Dunn, and Paul Towers – collectively known as the Chennai 6 – have issued this joint statement on behalf of themselves and their families.

“After four long years, we, along with the 29 crew of the Seaman Guard Ohio, have been cleared by the Appeal Court. We want to thank the Read More…

International Maritime Prize for 2016 presented to Koji Sekimizu

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2016 has been presented to Koji Sekimizu, former Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim presented the prize on Monday at the IMO awards ceremony.

“Mr. Sekimizu has dedicated his career and his lifetime to promoting safety of life at sea and protecting the marine and atmospheric environment. Read More…

Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum agrees on major industry goals

Carbon emissions, safety and cyber security were at the top of the agenda at the annual Tripartite Shipbuilding Forum which attracted more than 100 delegates. At the end of two days of debate it was agreed that the industry needs to design ships differently and be more technologically innovative to reach world climate goals and counter cyber security risks.

For over 16 years, Tripartite has provided an opportunity for representative Read More…