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New passenger ship and ferry sector leadership at Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas has appointed Andreas Ullrich as Global Market Leader, Passenger Ships & Ferries.

The classification society says it is a key role involved from the concept stages through the operational life of projects helping ensure that clients are able to make the best commercial decisions based on technical understanding to mitigate risk and promote safety.

Passenger ships and ferries are very important areas of activity for Bureau Veritas. Today Read More…

Marlink and Seagull Maritime collaborate for efficient online distribution of onboard training material

Marlink and Seagull Maritime have entered into a partnership to introduce a step-change in onboard training this year, creating an online, satcom enabled environment for the distribution and updating of e-learning material.

The partnership combines Marlink and Seagull’s respective domain expertise to streamline and automate e-learning content distribution and management. Additional functionality will be offered later this year to enable fully digitalised services with the Seagull software running on Marlink’s Read More…

MCI gears up for 2018 after a solid year of progress in 2017

International ship registry Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) is planning for another year of expansion after a solid performance in 2017.

Despite the continuing challenging times in shipping, MCI says 2017 saw it make significant progress on several fronts.

For 2017, MCI registered 130 new vessels and the fleet grew by 3.6%, from 557 vessels at the end of 2016 to 577 (as of 13th December 2017).

With 451,792 gross tonnage Read More…

Nor-Shipping sets sights on delivering ocean business opportunities for maritime in 2019

Nor-Shipping has announced it will seek to add value for its traditional maritime audience by exploring new ocean business opportunities next year.

Taking place across a series of venues in Lillestrøm and Oslo between 4th and 7th June, Nor-Shipping 2019 will focus on the theme of ‘ocean solutions’. This will see it showcase, as ever, the world’s leading maritime businesses, while also working to unlock the potential for the industry Read More…

UKHO conducts seabed mapping in Tonga to support blue economy

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has chartered a motor launch to survey the waters in the Kingdom of Tonga as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme.

State-of-the-art multibeam sonar equipment will be used to map key areas of the seabed in the approaches to the harbour of the capital, Nuku’alofa, on the main island of Tongatapu.

This information will be used to update nautical charts and publications, help Tonga Read More…

Damen Marine Components and Van der Velden Marine Systems announce merger

Damen Marine Components (DMC) and Van der Velden Marine Systems (VDVMS) recently announced a merger. As of 1st January the two companies are operating together as Damen Marine Components Netherlands (DMC NL).

DMC has been operating ever since the early eighties of the last century in the Damen Shipyards Group, whilst VDVMS has been operating as an independent part of the Damen Shipyards Group’s components division since 2013. So in Read More…

North P&I Club retains S&P ‘A’ rating and stable outlook

Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed North P&I Club’s ‘A’ financial strength rating and stable outlook for the 14th consecutive year. The rating covers North P&I Club and its subsidiary Sunderland Marine, collectively known as North Group.

The ‘A’ rating reflects S&P’s view of the club’s strong business risk profile and very strong financial risk profile. According to S&P, “North Group’s business risk is supported by the club’s Read More…

Sterling Global Marine acquires renowned survey firm Geoff Waddington & Partners

Sterling Global Marine, a surveyor of private and commercial vessels, has announced it has acquired marine surveying company Geoff Waddington & Partners. This move sees Sterling Global Marine become one of the fastest growing independent marine surveyors in the UK, allowing the company to significantly upscale its business across both the leisure and commercial industry sectors.

Sterling Global Marine has experienced rapid growth and success worldwide since its creation in Read More…

Red Funnel congratulates new female captain

Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight’s award-winning ferry operator, has welcomed the promotion of Alice Duncan to the position of Captain. The announcement coincides with International Women’s Day on 8th March 2018.

Starting out on a cadetship programme aged 18, Alice was fascinated by life at sea after learning to sail with her grandfather and hearing inspiring stories from her parents who both served in the Royal and Merchant Navy.

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MCTC launches onshore training services

Catering training and management provider Marine Catering Training Consultancy Marine (MCTC) has launched onshore training services in India to cater for its growing number of Indian trainees.

In addition to its onshore training facilities it already has in The Philippines, MCTC has now launched training for catering personnel in India who face many of the same challenges as Filipino seafarers, including time management and budget control.

MCTC has now launched Read More…

National maritime charity calls for Skill and Gallantry Award nominations

National maritime charity the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is calling on members of the maritime and rescue communities to nominate those who have demonstrated outstanding courage and expertise in aiding those in peril at sea, for its 167th Skill and Gallantry Awards.

Since 1851, the Society has presented the awards to those who have shown bravery and skill in rescues at sea and this year’s awards will be presented at the Read More…

FSC Oceans Drops Anchor in London

A new, privately-owned freight forwarding business with aspirations to hit the £10m turnover milestone in just a few years has started trading from its headquarters in London.

FSC Oceans is a start-up, based on Fulham High Street, led by Managing Director Shatha Aziz who is heading up a team of logistics experts with more than 100 years’ experience of their industry between them.

Moving to the UK from Iraq Read More…