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ISHIMA set to expand in Japan

Singapore-headquartered ISHIMA, the ship management firm belonging to the Italian shipowner d’Amico Group, is aiming to expand its services to the Japanese shipowning market, reports Tokyo’s Kaiji Press.

It currently manages one ship each for two Japanese owners, but the company is advancing talks with four to five other owners from Shikoku’s Setouchi region.

ISHIMA’s shipmanagement fleetat present is made up of a total of 21 ships under technical management, with MR-type Read More…

Short Sea shipping awards under way in Ireland

The annual Short Sea Shipping Company awards are under way in Ireland with the winner of this year’s contest due to be revealed at a gala dinner in Dublin on November 26, writes Hugh Oram, Dublin

These awards are organised by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) and the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) and according to John Whelan, CEO of the IEA, they are designed to recognise the commitment to Read More…

ITM looks to officer ‘fixed contracts’

International Tanker Management boss Lars Modin is looking at introducing fixed contracts for officers on his managed vessels as a way on boosting crew loyalty and ensuring the recruitment and retention of the best officers available.

Admitting the process does have its risks, the ITM President and CEO said his plan was to target around 20% of officers for the fixed contracts.

He told SMI: “We need to Read More…

Free anti-piracy advice now available

The Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre (MMWC), a UK based, non-profit counter-piracy organisation, is to offer its ship support service free to ships in need.

This is the first time such an extensive counter-piracy consultation service has been available without cost to vessels and operators, and marks the beginning of MMWC’s plan to provide structured best practice across the maritime industry in the escalating fight against piracy.

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Thome to produce cartoon safety videos

Thome Ship Management has entered into an agreement with an Indian production company to make animated maritime safety videos for the shipping industry.

It has linked with Karishma Consultancy Services (KARCO) of Mumbai, to jointly develop high-end 3D animated marine safety videos.

Thome believes the 3D animated marine safety videos have several key benefits over conventional marine safety videos. They will allow the creation of ship models resembling the subject Read More…

DFM opens in Qatar

Dobson Fleet Management has become the first independent ship manager to be established in the state of Qatar by opening a new ship management office in Doha , Qatar, in partnership with three prominent local businessmen.

The new company, which will trade as DFM Maritime Qatar Ltd, will work to strengthen DFM’s presence in Qatar and the GCC area.

caption: Pictured at the opening ceremony in Qatar, from Read More…

Mubarak oversees growth of box movements at the Suez Canal

Hosni Mubarak, the President of the Egypt, has visited the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) to review the ongoing development and expansion plans of the five-year old facility. He was accompanied by a delegation of senior Egyptian Government Officials including Prime Minister, Dr Ahmed Nazif and the Governor of Port Said, General Mostafa Abd El Latif.

With a throughput of 2.4 million TEUs in 2008, the SCCT is Read More…

EU pushes for short sea shipping through new IT systems

The European Commission has propounded a boost in short sea shipping in Europe by encouraging EU member states to adopt unified modern electronic management systems.

Speaking at a shipping conference in Bulgaria, Christos Pipitsoulis of the Commission’s transport and energy directorate said there are several initiatives to bring to an end the old-fashioned reliance on paper original copies, which prevails in many countries in the EU.

Admitting that it is Read More…

ISSA backs managers’ call for owner transparency over late payments

The head of the trade body representing the world’s ship suppliers and chandlers has supported calls by InterManager President Roberto Giorgi for ship owners to be more upfront and transparent with their managers and suppliers when it comes to settling bills.

He will be seeking a meeting with the world ship managers’ body to look at ways both organisations can work together to ensure that cash flow problems can be Read More…

IBIA presses ahead with plans for industry qualification

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has been consulting with its members to help identify the best way to institute a professional bunker industry qualification, plans for which were first unveiled last year.

At the forthcoming IBIA Annual Convention, to be held in Singapore from October 12 to 16, IBIA chairman Chris Fisher will tell delegates that “IBIA is not looking to move further into the training sector, but many Read More…

MOL provides support to typhoon victims

President of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), Akimitsu Ashida, has announced a company donation of $40,000 to relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon ‘Ketsana’ which struck the Philippines at the end of September.

The company expressed its heartfelt sympathy for the disaster victims, and said it hopes they can return to normal life as soon as possible. MOL is making the donation through Manila-based Magsaysay-Mitsui O.S.K. Marine, which Read More…

Celebrating UK flag state performance

The Chamber of Shipping has commended the news that the UK has once again been placed as one of the four top registers in the world in the Flag State Performance Table, recently launched by the Round Table of international shipping associations.

“I am delighted to see this recognition of the UK-flag fleet as a world leader in quality shipping” said Jesper Kjaedegaard, President of the Chamber of Shipping. “At Read More…