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Crowley crew demonstrate environmental stewardship with at-sea rescue of sea turtle

Crew onboard the Crowley Maritime Corp-managed USNS Invincible demonstrated their commitment to environmental stewardship by saving a distressed sea turtle, which had become entangled in nets and fishing lines in offshore waters near Southwest Asia.

The at-sea rescue on 29th March, which the crew dubbed ‘Turtle Ops’, was performed when the crew had no pending operations, and could be executed safely and efficiently.

To aid the entangled turtle, the crew Read More…

Assessment key to skills on the bridge, NI Command Seminar told

The second of The Nautical Institute’s 2017 series of Command Seminars continues to focus on navigation accidents and their causes, a topic that is receiving considerable attention in the maritime industry.

Nautical Institute (NI) President Captain Duke Snider FNI gave the opening address at the Seminar in Cape Town, South Africa, while Sobantu Tilayi, CEO of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, gave the keynote address. The main theme was Read More…

Human error blamed for 75% of marine liability losses

While huge strides continue to be made in improving marine safety, human error remains, by far, the most important factor in marine liability claims and losses, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) in its Global Claims Review: Liability in Focus.

Human error has long been regarded as a major cause of incidents in the shipping sector. It is estimated that between 75% to 96% of marine accidents can Read More…

VIKING Nadiro has a firm grip of the market

In 2016, Nadiro, a subsidiary of VIKING Life-Saving Equipment, reported a profit before tax of DKK1.1 million, against a deficit in the previous financial year.

Based in Svendborg, Denmark, the company develops and manufactures a unique hydraulic system for lowering lifeboats and releasing them in the water in emergencies. The Drop-in-Ball system is marketed and sold through VIKING’s global sales organisation and complies with the international SOLAS regulations.

“We have Read More…

Port of Felixstowe welcomes new ‘North Europe Turkey Express’ (NET) Service

The Port of Felixstowe has welcomed the first call of a new service connecting North Europe and Turkey. Known as the ‘North Europe Turkey Express’ (NET), the new weekly service is jointly operated by Cosco Shipping and OOCL.

The first call for the new service was made at the UK’s largest container port on Saturday (8th April) by the 1,924teu Delphis Finland.

Commenting on the inaugural call, Clemence Cheng, Chief Read More…

Videotel programme focusing on crew health promotes good practice to aid ship efficiency

Keeping seafarers fit and healthy is essential for their personal well-being, as well as safe running of the ship

Videotel, part of KVH Industries, has produced a series of 10 programmes with accompanying workbooks that explore the many aspects of crew health onboard. The “Healthy Living at Sea” series highlights many important areas, including the benefit of eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, disease prevention, and proper working patterns to Read More…

ABB’s Marine Academy gains certification from DNV GL

ABB’s Marine Academy has been recognized by classification society DNV GL for meeting its standards for maritime training.  Operating in six locations around the globe, ABB’s Marine Academy aims to reduce vessel downtime and improve safety through education. ABB was awarded the DNV GL SeaSkill certificate following an extensive audit by the classification society and it will be valid for the next five years.

With electrical systems playing a greater Read More…

Maritime industry must place importance on recruiting fully trained and qualified staff to run kitchens

Employing fully trained and qualified catering personnel is just as important as ensuring vessels are manned by qualified Officers, says training provider Marine Catering Training Consultancy. (MCTC)

As nutrition is vital to crew welfare, properly qualified and trained catering staff is important in maintaining a healthy and efficient workforce.

The maritime industry is struggling to cope with a shortfall in qualified officers with the right skills set to work on Read More…

WaterFront expands global ship agency network

Global ship agency company WaterFront Maritime Services (WaterFront), has expanded by adding five new network partners across North and South America as well as the United Kingdom.

The move provides the ship agency company with a further 57 offices and access to more than 400 staff, in addition to WaterFront’s proprietary network of 299 offices in the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Asia.

Effective from 1st April, 2017, the Read More…

Maritime industry to hold ‘China Day’ during LISW17

Maritime UK will draw on the successes of its very recent trade mission to Shanghai by organising a ‘China Day’ during the forthcoming London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17), due to be held in Britain’s capital from 11th to 15th  September.

The ‘China Day’ event will focus on issues related to trade with China and give participants an opportunity to understand more fully, market trends and business opportunities.

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Port of Felixstowe hosts Export Hub

The Port of Felixstowe has hosted a visit by the Department for International Trade’s Export Hub as part of the Exporting is GREAT campaign.

The Export Hub brings together advice and practical guidance for all businesses on how they can find customers overseas for their products and services.

Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said: “The Port of Felixstowe Read More…

Admiral Peter Brady made special envoy to IMO

Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been appointed Jamaica’s Special Envoy to the IMO.

Following his appointment, Admiral Brady will lobby for Jamaica’s candidature to Category C of the IMO Council.

Admiral Brady has a wealth of experience to help in his newly-appointed role, having been the chief technical delegate for Jamaica at the IMO for a number of years.

He also sits on Read More…