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SAMTRA hone up pilot training with new STCW compliant course

Tackling the crucial human factors involved in vessel operation, SAMTRA has launched its first Bridge Resource Management for Pilots course to focus specifically on the competency and performance of the pilot on the bridge.

Complying with new regulations and developed in accordance with the STCW 95 convention, IMO Resolution 960 and USCG Code of Federal Regulations, the three-day course incorporates use of simulator exercises in the effective use of integrated Read More…

Stratos deploys crew comms on 100 MISC Berhad vessels

Stratos Global Corporation is to provide a customised and cost-effective crew-communications solution for MISC Berhad’s entire fleet of more than 100 merchant vessels.

Underlining the importance to maintain crew numbers by providing them with the capacity to communicate remotely onboard their vessels, the AmosConnect Crew communications solution is part of MISC’s “We Care” crew-retention program.

The service complies with the latest ITF recommendation in providing MISC crewmembers with cards to Read More…

First ballast water treatment for tankers

In the first move for ballast water treatment for the tanker sector, Alfa Laval’s chemical-free ballast water treatment, PureBallast, is to be installed on two new bitumen tankers for petroleum product supplier Nynas.

One of Europe’s leading suppliers of bitumen, Nynas’ two petroleum tankers are to be built at China’s Wuhan Nanhua Huanggang Jiangbei Shipyard, scheduled for delivery in 2010, and will pave the future for ballast water Read More…

Stealth Maritime takes delivery of three newbuildings

Harry Vafias controlled Stealth Maritime has announced three more newbuildings to its managed fleet.

They are the Stealth Chios which is a 114,000 dwt Greek-flagged crude aframax which was delivered this week from the New Times shipyard and which starts a five year charter to a US-based charterer.

Secondly the Marshall Islands-registered Gas Astrid, a 3,500 cbm pressurized LPG carrier was delivered last month from Kanrei shipyard in Read More…

New pocket checklist could reduce onboard fire risk

Lloyd’s Register and the UK P&I Club have highlighted the problems of the risk of fire and explosions at sea by producing a pocket guide they hope will reduce incidents and avoid the threat of port state control detentions.

The Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist is the latest in a series of booklets produced by the P&I Club insurer and brings together deficiencies found by PSC inspectors in ports around the Read More…

You can make the sick redundant but be careful!

Logistics & transport businesses are being warned of the dangerous issues involved with making employees redundant while they are on long-time sick leave.

At the same time they are being told to “go ahead with extreme caution”, by employment law specialist RedundancyManager.co.uk, provided by Tollers Solicitors.

According to Tollers, bosses can still legally make staff redundant even if they are currently unable to work.

“It’s a myth surrounding redundancy that Read More…

ITIC interventions show power of ship arrest

The latest Claims Review produced by the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) provides evidence that, although ship arrest should in many respects be considered a last resort in the dispute resolution process, it remains a powerful weapon by which to influence settlement.

In one case reported by the club, a ship agent arranged for the towage of an oil major’s rig through the Suez Canal. The oil major considered the Read More…

GAC in Bibby lay-up alliance

The GAC Group has formed a strategic alliance with Bibby Ship Management and DehuTech AB to provide owners/operators and ship management companies with even more options under its GAC Ship Lay-Up Solutions (GLUS) service package.

Under the partnership, UK-based Bibby Ship Management handles technical management and crew management, while Swedish DehuTech covers the dehumidification aspect of laying-up of vessels, including sale and rental of dehumidifiers. These key service features greatly Read More…

Çiçek delivers Frecciamare

Turkish shipbuilder Çiçek Shipyard has delivered the 3,087dwt double-hull tanker Frecciamare to the Italian shipowner Ciane Anapo Spa. Based in one of Italy’s major ports, Augusta, on the east coast of Sicily, Ciane Anapo is part of the Novella Group, headed by Marco Novella, and specialises in coastal tanker and bunker operations.

Frecciamare was completed as Chem Flower, the first of four identical vessels now being built by Çiçek Shipyard Read More…

MSC Splendida completes trials

MSC Splendida – the second in MSC Cruises’s luxurious Fantasia class of cruise ships – successfully completed its sea trials at the weekend.

The company’s new flagship left the Forme Joubert dock at STX Europe shipyard in St Nazaire, France, at 1500 on Thursday 21 May and headed out to the Ile d’Yeu and Belle-Ile for 72 hours’ sailing in the open sea. These trials made it possible Read More…

Containers and oil lead Marseilles Fos recovery

January-April throughput at leading French cargo port Marseilles Fos saw the container and oil sectors maintain their recovery from the world economic crisis, although bulk trades continued to suffer.

Box traffic at Fos, which mainly handles deepsea east-west trades, reached 225,726 teu for a 1% improvement on the first four months last year, while total container throughput of 284,715 teu saw the Q1 deficit of 21% reduced to 11%.

Containers Read More…

Alexander appointed to PLA Board

Helen Alexander has been appointed as a non executive Member of the Board of the Port of London Authority (PLA) with effect from 1 June 2009.

Ms Alexander was recently nominated as president of the CBI; she is also a non-executive director of Rolls Royce plc and Centrica plc. Formerly chief executive of the Economist Group, a position from which she stepped down in 2008 after eleven years, she has Read More…