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PwC appoints new UK head of Transport & Logistics

PwC, the international brand for member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers, has appointed Coolin Desai as the new UK head of its Transport & Logistics arm, responsible for leading and co-ordinating services to the industry across the country.

Based at PwC’s new More London offices at London Bridge, he brings 15 years’ experience of the sector to the role and takes up the post with immediate effect.

Mr Desai is also partner Read More…

Industrial action at Port of Southampton

Port health inspectors at the Port of Southampton are to join industrial action taking place across the city, in defiance of plans from the local Conservative-led council to force municipal workers into pay cuts.

According to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the council intends to issue all municipal workers with dismissal letters and new contracts to be signed within a 90-day deadline, or face termination of their employment.

Workers Read More…

Wärtsilä receives propulsion package orders for four new dredgers

Wärtsilä has been awarded a series of orders to supply propulsion solutions for four new dredgers to be built in China and the Netherlands.

The company, headquartered in Finland but with operations in 160 worldwide locations, will supply engines and fixed pitch propellers to Van Oord, the Netherlands-based dredging and marine contractor.

The equipment installation is for the Artemis, the second of two large self-propelled cutter suction dredgers built for Read More…

Graig order launches new generation container super feeders

Cardiff-based Graig Group has ordered a series of up to 26 fuel-efficient new generation MARLIN 2000 Blue design container feeders to be built at the major Jin Hai shipyard complex in China. The first two vessels are scheduled for delivery in August and September 2013 with subsequent vessels to be delivered in pairs every two and half months. Discussions on charters for the vessels are advanced with a number of Read More…


Videotel Marine International, in association with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), is pioneering a new voluntary Crew Knowledge and Proficiency (CKP) Testing System by randomly testing officers’ operational knowledge. These short tests are designed to complement the crew’s existing training programme and provide strong evidence of continuous objective assessment of officers.

Capt. Milind Karkhanis, Vice President, Videotel Training Services, has been instrumental in working with CDI to develop this Read More…

DDW delivers Crest Olympus

Drydocks World has delivered the Anchor Handling Offshore Support Vessel Crest Olympus from its shipbuilding yard in Nanindah, Indonesia. The vessel is being built for Singapore-based Pacific Crest at a contract value of $20.4 million.

Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World, said: “We have become a leading facility building sophisticated offshore support vessels with multi-task capabilities. They have played a significant role in inspecting, maintaining and repairing sub-sea Read More…

UK shipping competitiveness is under threat warns Moore Stephens

Leading accountant and shipping adviser, Moore Stephens, has welcomed the UK government’s decision to issue consultation papers on statutory residence and the taxation of non-domiciliaries. But it warns that the UK shipping industry faces a growing threat from other jurisdictions.

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs’ consultation papers propose a statutory residence test and certain changes to the taxation of non-domiciliaries with effect from April 2012. “These could have important implications Read More…

RINA granted US Coast Guard US flag approval

Genoa-based classification society RINA has been authorised by the US Coast Guard to conduct plan review and approval and initial and subsequent surveys for US-flagged cargo and passenger vessels. Under the agreement signed yesterday, RINA has received delegation for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and Tonnage survey and certification services.

The MOA delegating authority and establishing guidelines for co-operation between the USCG and RINA was signed at Coast Guard Headquarters Read More…

Bureau Veritas certifies first Philippines manning agency

Bureau Veritas has certified Philippines-based manning agency Maryville Manila for compliance to the Maritime Labour Convention MLC2006 on a voluntary basis making it the first manning agency to be certified by class society in the Philippines.

Claude Maillot, VP Ships in Service Management at Bureau Veritas, said: “The readiness of Maryville Manila to move towards voluntary compliance and certification under MLC2006 in advance of the convention coming into force demonstrates Read More…

London Club posts record free reserves to consolidate financial strength

The London P&I Club consolidated its financial strength by recording an overall surplus of $3.6 million for the 2010/2011 year of account. This lifted free reserves to $145.1m, the highest level in the club’s 145-year history.

The club’s continued policy of achieving controlled growth in its membership resulted in a five per cent increase, of almost 2m gt, in owned entered tonnage over the course of the year. The volume of Read More…

DNV acquisition boosts software portfolio

DNV has boosted its software portfolio with the acquisition of fellow Norwegian company Synergi Solutions.

As a provider of asset integrity software for the energy and maritime industries, DNV is now extending its portfolio to include risk based software for operational risk management.

Quality, Health, Safety and Environment is becoming increasingly complex in many industries and recognised systems for managing these risks vital, and Synergi Solutions provides customers with complete Read More…

Inmarsat announces key appointments

Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has carried out its plan to separate the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer by announcing two new key appointments.

With effect from January 1st, 2012 Andrew Sukawaty will become Executive Chairman and Rupert Pearce will become Chief Executive Officer. Mr Pearce will join the Inmarsat plc board as an executive director effective from July 6th, 2011.

Rupert Pearce, who currently serves Read More…