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ABS achieves new international safety standard

ABS has received the ISO 45001:2018 certificate, which demonstrates compliance with the new global standard recognising the management system for a safe and healthy workplace.

“This is a significant accomplishment that places ABS at the forefront of maritime safety practice and underlines our continued commitment to our 157-year safety mission,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “When you factor in our own industry-leading safety performance it is Read More…

Ocean Network Express upskills global workforce with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy’s distance learning

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy has announced that Ocean Network Express (ONE), a global container shipping company, has selected Lloyd’s Maritime Academy’s portfolio of distance learning courses for its workforce based in 23 countries within Europe and Africa.

Joost Brower, Head of Training & Development at Ocean Network Express comments: “Established in 2018, ONE was created from a merger of three Japanese liner companies, bringing together a really diverse group of people Read More…

Mexico Joins WISTA International

November 5, 2019 – The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) International officially welcomed Mexico to the global network of women in shipping at the 2019 WISTA International AGM & Conference in Grand Cayman last week. WISTA Mexico joins 48 other National WISTA Associations (NWAs) around the world. WISTA International has expanded significantly in the Americas in the last two years. “As a significant player in the shipping, trading Read More…

UK Government to support safe maritime trade and sustainable development across the Pacific and Caribbean

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched a five-day capacity building conference to help islands across the Pacific and Caribbean support trade and develop sustainable marine economies.

Led by government experts in maritime safety, seabed mapping and ocean science, the conference will help representatives to achieve these outcomes by developing legislation and regulations that support the safe use of our oceans.

Legislation and regulations that guide the sharing of maritime Read More…

ITIC reminds agents to beware of bankruptcies

ITIC, the International Transport Intermediaries Club, is seeing an increasing number of ship agents becoming exposed to the fall-out from the bankruptcy of their principal.

In the normal course of business, the ship agent will settle a range of suppliers’ invoices on behalf of the principal and then recover these costs from the principal once the port call is complete. However, if the principal enters bankruptcy, trustees are increasingly demanding Read More…

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) opens office in the Netherlands and announces participation at Europort

To further strengthen its presence in Europe, classification society the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has opened an office in the Netherlands.

The office is located in Leiden and has been operational for a while, being managed by IRClass’ London office.

“Opening an office in the Netherlands is important for IRClass,” said Mr PK Mishra IRClass’ Vice President and Regional Manager for the EU, “especially as we have recently been Read More…

Latest seafarers happiness report paints optimistic picture

After concerning reports earlier in the year, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report has shown a marked improvement in happiness levels amongst seafarers across all sectors of the industry.

The index, undertaken by The Mission to Seafarers and supported by P&I insurer the Shipowners’ Club, is a gauge for measuring the feelings and experiences of seafarers across the global maritime industry. Conducted every quarter, in the latest report overall seafarer Read More…

ECSA and ICS respond to piracy attack

The Norwegian flagged bulk carrier Bonita, owned by Ugland Shipping, was boarded by pirates, while she was at anchor off Cotonou in Benin, early Saturday morning. Nine crewmembers, including the captain were taken off the vessel.

The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) have jointly denounced the attack and are monitoring the situation closely. The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, member of both ICS and ECSA, Read More…

Container traffic at the Port of Gothenburg on the rise – despite uncertain market situation

The Swedish container market had a slight downturn during the first half of 2019 with a 1% fall, but the Port of Gothenburg is reporting a steady rise in both market share and volume. Between January and September this year, the figure stood at 4%, due largely to continued influx of hinterland rail volumes at the port.

Container traffic continues to grow at the Port of Gothenburg following a downturn Read More…

Hanseaticsoft to showcase innovative software that is revolutionising ship management at Europort 2019

Hanseaticsoft, a leading provider of maritime software, will use its presence at Europort (5th to 8th November) to showcase leading-edge technology that is set to drive the future of ship management. With ship owners constantly looking to drive further efficiencies and savings, emerging technologies offer an affordable and easy way to deliver on both goals.

This year’s Eurport, in Rotterdam, focuses on specialised ships and smart solutions that drive success. Read More…

CSA 2020 applauds DFDS on 10 years of successful scrubber operations

The Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has congratulated Danish ferry operator DFDS for 10 years of successful scrubber operation, with the exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) onboard the 37,939gt roro Ficaria Seaways achieving more than 50,000 running hours since 2009.

Ficaria Seaways, one of the first ro-ro vessels to be fitted with an Alfa Laval PureSOx system, operates inside the stringent European Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA), on the Gothenburg Read More…

Optimarin targets Benelux growth with Sandfirden

Optimarin is set to sign an agreement with Sandfirden Technics to consolidate its existing foothold in the key Benelux regional market. Sandfirden, a respected Netherlands-based supplier of equipment and services to the maritime industry, will become the sole regional agent for the leading ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist. In doing so, Sandfirden Technics will use its extensive local contacts and expertise to build on a position that has already seen Read More…