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VeriFuel calls for cooperation and transparency across the marine fuel supply chain ahead of 2020

VeriFuel, part of Bureau Veritas, has urged the marine bunker sector, upstream supply chain, and fuel testing organisations, to embrace a new culture that promotes far greater cooperation and transparency in preparation for 2020 and beyond.

To mitigate the risks of an increasingly fragmented and complex bunkering marketplace, VeriFuel is calling on the industry to work together more effectively to find solutions that support the smooth transition to new fuels.

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StormGeo and DNV GL announce creation of new fleet performance management powerhouse

StormGeo and DNV GL have signed an agreement to consolidate their fleet performance solutions under one banner. The agreement will combine DNV GL’s ECO Insight and Navigator Insight solutions with StormGeo’s FleetDSS and ship reporting solutions.

The combination of these solutions will result in a new offering to the global shipping industry that will be able to provide a complete fleet performance portfolio, including route advisory, navigation and planning, and Read More…

Seafarer meets his four-month old baby for the first time

Seafarer Leo Laurente cuddles his four-month old baby for the very first time, having returned home to the Philippines from a nine-month contract at sea.

Leo, whose story we shared on the SMI website last week as he prepared to meet his son, Ezrah, for the first time, was supported by maritime charity Sailors’ Society while he was docked in the UK.

He said: “No words can describe how happy Read More…

Alfa Laval expands its PureBallast 3 training programme with three new sites for crew training

Compliance in ballast water treatment depends on crew knowledge as well as the ballast water treatment system itself and to help customers secure the needed competence, Alfa Laval is expanding its Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 training programme with crew training in Houston, Manila and Mumbai.

Alfa Laval will begin the PureBallast 3 crew training courses during the first and second quarters of 2019. The strategically located sites complement Alfa Laval’s Read More…

Britannia granted licence to underwrite business in Singapore and launches two Chinese language websites

Britannia P&I Club has been granted a licence to underwrite business from its Singapore branch.

The licence was granted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on 25th January and follows the recent further positive news of Britannia’s Hong Kong branch also receiving its underwriting licence from Hong Kong’s insurance regulator, the Insurance Authority.

The Singapore branch will be managed by Tindall Riley (Britannia) Singapore and is headed by John Read More…

UK Government to support safe maritime trade and economic growth across overseas territories

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has today (5th February) launched a five-day capacity building seminar to help UK Overseas Territories support safe maritime trade.

The seminar, delivered as part of the Government’s Overseas Territories Seabed Mapping Programme, will focus on international regulations, with sessions on maritime safety information training, best practice governance and maritime law. This guidance, given by experts at both the UKHO and MCA, will help each of Read More…

Intelligent Cargo Systems launches free port call efficiency tool

Maritime technology startup Intelligent Cargo Systems has today launched a free self-assessment tool for container ship operators. With just a few simple questions, the Port Call Calculator helps container ship fleet management teams to better understand how much port idle time is affecting their bunker consumption. The tool calculates a port call efficiency rating, with those scoring below 80% likely to be able to make significant bunker savings through process Read More…

Høglund Marine Solutions appoints JJ Ha as Managing Director, Korea

Høglund Marine Solutions, the global marine automation and system integration expert, has announced the appointment of JJ Ha to the position of Managing Director, Korea, effective January 1st, 2019.

Based in Høglund’s Busan office, Mr Ha will play a key role in strengthening Høglund’s relationships with ship owners and shipyards in Korea and driving the adoption of LNG and electric hybrid propulsion through Høglund’s crucial system integration and automation solutions.

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Poseidon Navigation Services puts its ‘Challenger’ software on 100 Tidewater OSVs

Poseidon Navigation Services has signed an agreement to install its back of bridge ‘Challenger’ software platform onboard 100 Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) owned and operated by Houston-based Tidewater.

The agreement, which follows hot on the heels of a similar arrangement with the global containership carrier Hapag-Lloyd, includes the digital supply of weekly updates to all the vessels’ bridge teams to ensure they remain compliant.

Welcoming the announcement, Thomas Gunn (pictured), Read More…

PIL and IBM collaborate to trial Lunar New Year delivery using IBM Blockchain Platform

Pacific International Lines has used an electronic Bill of Lading (e-BL) built on the IBM Blockchain Platform in a successful real-time pilot tracking shipment of mandarin oranges from China for the Lunar New Year celebrations.

With the use of IBM Blockchain powered e-BL, the trial has produced a significant reduction in the administrative process of transferring the title deed from five to seven days to just one second.

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Turkey accedes to ship recycling convention

Turkey, one of the five major ship recycling countries in the world, has acceded to the IMO Hong Kong Convention, the treaty for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling.

The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, covers the design, construction, operation and maintenance of ships, and preparation for ship recycling in order to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the Read More…

HELMEPA cuts its traditional ‘Pita’

In the presence of HELMEPA’s Honorary Members, the Board of Directors, the Chairman of the Ukrainian Marine Environment Protection Association- UKRMEPA, representatives of Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants and the staff of the Secretariat, Chairman Dr George Gratsos cut the traditional New Year pie, yesterday (30th January) at the association’s offices. The lucky winner of the “flouri” (coin) was Mr Michael Dalacouras, Deputy Treasurer of the Board.

Dr Gratsos wished all Read More…