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SHIP RECYCLING MARKET: Braemar Seascope reports

Demolition Prices for elderly ships have fallen by a quarter in 2012 to date, and owners are encouraged to dispose of recycling candidates sooner rather than later, says Mark Williams, Research Director, Braemar Seascope.

Addressing the 7th Annual Ship Recycling Conference in London on 19th June, the Braemar Seascope Research Director told delegates that deflating international steel prices were likely to translate into lower offers for recycling tonnage in the Read More…

Fossil fuel free cargo ship set to transform shipping industry

Developments are underway at the University of Southampton to design the modern world’s first 100% fossil fuel free sailing cargo ships, in a project which aims to provide efficient and affordable low-carbon shipping in the face of rising fossil fuel prices and the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The project combines proven technology and a state of the art dyna-rig sail propulsion system with an off the shelf Read More…

ICS CALLS FOR RESUMPTION OF OECD SHIPBUILDING TALKS

At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris today (Thursday 21 June) the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will call on governments to resume negotiations on a new global agreement to eliminate market distorting measures from shipbuilding.

Speaking to governments attending an important OECD Working Party, ICS, on behalf of the world’s national shipowners’ associations (which collectively represent more than 80% of the world merchant fleet) will Read More…

Paolo Tonon appointed Vice President, Research & Development for Wärtsilä

Paolo Tonon, MSc (Eng), has been appointed Vice President, R&D of Wärtsilä Industrial Operations, making him responsible for the Research and Development of Wärtsilä products.

Mr Tonon, who joined Wärtsilä in 1998, has held several strategic, operational and technology positions. Prior to this current appointment he has, since 2009, been Vice President, Product Centre Automation, based in Norway, with responsibility for overall development and production of the Wärtsilä electrical & Read More…

Royal visit for Gibdock

As part of a three day Royal tour of Gibraltar in June, HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, set time aside to inspect work underway at Gibdock, the territory’s strategically located repair and conversion yard.

Accompanied by Gibraltar Governor, Sir Adrian Johns and Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, the Earl was welcomed by the Minister for the Port, Neil Costa, Gibdock Chief Executive, Joe Corvelli, Commercial Director, Richard Read More…

ITF demands Moroccan trade unionist’s release

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is demanding the release of a Moroccan trade unionist arrested for legitimate trade union activities – including helping the abandoned seafarers stranded in France and Spain by Comarit-Comanav’s cessation of operations.

The ITF learned that on 16th June, Said Elhairech, general secretary of the ITF-affiliated UMT (Union des Syndicats UMT des Transports) union and chair of the ITF ArabWorld Regional Committee, was arrested.

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VIDEOTEL MAKES VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO SAFETY WITH NEW COURSE

The wide range of operational equipment both dockside and onboard ship and can prove a challenge for surveyors but with its new Survey and Examination of Lifting Appliances training course, computer based training (CBT) company Videotel Marine International is working to improve the quality of the surveying and examination of lifting appliances; aiming to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused each year by lifting operations.

“When a Read More…

Somali pirates sentenced in France

Somali pirates who were found guilty of hijacking the French vessel Le Ponant in 2008 have been sentenced to a total of 24 years imprisonment by a Paris court.

Of the six Somali pirates, who were captured by French forces in a daring raid on land, with a 4×4 vehicle, arms and a part of the ransom, two were acquitted. One was sentenced to serve four years but this Read More…

Seagull security training gets NMA Flag State approval

Computer-based training (CBT) specialist company Seagull has been awarded Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) approval for a new, comprehensive ship security training package (available during September) which is in full compliance with the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code which came into force in January and stipulates stricter requirements for onboard security training, particularly crew training against piracy attacks.

Anders Brunvoll, Seagull Senior Course Instructor, said: “Getting NMA approval Read More…

Strike-Club

Strike Club reports uptake in demand for mutual and fixed-premium covers

The Strike Club, a market for insuring ship owners and charterers wanting insurance protection against delays in the marine trades, has reported continuing strong demand for its covers, whether for mutual entries or for its fixed-premium insurance covers for war risks, loss of earnings and bespoke delay risks. This was the positive message from the managers when the annual general meetings were held recently in Hamburg. The club is now Read More…

ICS presses for early IMO study into availability of low sulphur fuel

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose 36 member national shipowners’ associations represent all sectors and trades and more than 80% of the world merchant fleet, has called on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to accelerate a critical study into the global availability of low sulphur fuel for ships.

ICS has been expressing concern for some time about whether sufficient fuel will be available to allow ships to comply with Read More…

Thomas Gunn launches new generation VOYAGER

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Aegre lascivius rures iocari bellus syrtes, semper suis suffragarit Pompeii. Oratori Read More…