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MLC 2006 ‘could attract’ more seafarers

The plight of the seafarer came under the spotlight at the 10th International Symposium on Maritime Health in Goa as speakers from the International Labour Organisation and the International Maritime Organisation both pointed to the need for greater attention to be given to their individual needs.

Addressing delegates at the International Maritime Health Association Conference, Dani Appave, Senior Maritime Specialist at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), welcomed the impending Read More…

MPA in S$2 million funding to tackle emissions

Through its Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is providing S$2 million to co-fund a project to reduce greenhouse gas and exhaust pollutants from ship emissions.

Developed by Ecospec Global Technology, a local research and technology company specialising in advanced emission reduction technology, the CSNOx system could contribute to global efforts in reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ships if successfully Read More…

Wilhelmsen Ships Service takes to the wind

Wilhelmsen Ships Service is facilitating one of the largest new green energy projects in the world, handling all the ships agency calls for the main contractor to the Belwind Project, a large-scale wind farm to be constructed on the Blight Bank, 46 km off the coast of Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Belgium has signed an agency agreement with Van Oord Belgie to act as full agent in Read More…

World Maritime Day goes green

Marking the 32nd celebration of World Maritime Day, this year’s theme, ‘Climate Change: a challenge for IMO too’ is grounding home the key environmental issues and responsibilities facing the shipping industry.

Addressing the international maritime community in acknowledgment of the landmark day, IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos highlighted the industry-wide efforts to protect and preserve the environment and actively reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping activity.

Drawing upon the breakthrough Read More…

Goliath under V.Ships management arm

Goliath, one of the world’s largest offshore construction vessels, has entered into V.Ships’ commercial and technical management.

The 180-metre Goliath, built at Dry Docks World, is a DPIII vessel equipped with a Liebherr 1,600mt lift crane – the largest revolving offshore crane in the world.

While the vessel is presently in heavy-lift configuration, a Remacut S-Lay pipe lay spread is also available. On board are two moonpools for Read More…

Alexander Papachristidis-Bove appointed Managing Director of Hellespont Steamship Corp

Alexander Papachristidis-Bove has been appointed Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Hellespont Steamship Corp, the Piraeus-based ship management and marine services company, with effect from October 1, 2009. He replaces Dr Mike Kennedy, who assumes the role of Managing Director of Hellespont Consultants Corp and remains responsible for the company’s newbuilding programme.

As part of a plan to streamline the organisation, the Hellespont Group’s entire Piraeus-based Read More…

Vanderperre, the grandfather of shipmanagement dies

The grandfather of modern day shipmanagement Captain Charles Vanperperre has died after a long illness.

Captain Vanderperre, who handed over the responsibility for the day to day operations of Univan to the management team some months ago, passed away peacefully on 19th September, in his 88th year. A private funeral will take place in Thailand this week.

InterManager, the international association of in-house and third party ship managers, Read More…

Women in demand in shipping and by pirates too

Somali pirates who seize ships for ransom hold more than 100 captive mariners, including a rarity in the male-dominated shipping industry — a woman officer, reports Associated Press.

Women like Aysun Akbay, a 24-year-old Turk, are slowly making inroads into the upper levels of seafaring, a profession more resistant than most to female command. Women have long worked on passenger ships, but they are increasingly enduring the risks and hardships Read More…

Graig Ship Management widens training scheme

Cardiff-based Graig Ship Management is widening its training scheme by sponsoring 20 Vietnamese officer cadets. Under an agreement with Ho Chi Minh City-based University of Transport and Dutch education provider STC Graig Ship Management will sponsor ten 2nd year and ten 3rd year cadets, both deck and engine, to complete their seatime leading to their first certificate and also a BSc in Maritime Studies on completion of training. Each cadet Read More…

Graig looks to ownership again

Cardiff-based shipping services entity The Graig Group, is looking to become a ship owner again by taking advantage of falling vessel values in the dry as well as wet sectors.

The company, which has 10 ships under management through its shipmanagement arm for three clients, nine of which are multipurpose vessels (MPP) and one ro-ro, is actively scouring the newbuild and sale and purchase market for the right vessels at Read More…

Trained to counter pirates

A step-change for the international maritime industry’s escalating war against piracy has been ushered in with the official opening of the Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre (MMWC), a UK based, non-profit organisation staffed by experienced maritime security specialists.

MMWC has been established to provide certificated counter-piracy training and ongoing operational support, to enable members to adopt a coordinated, structured and sustainable approach to mitigating the financial, operational and human Read More…

Inmarsat launches even cheaper ‘SQT’ calls home

From 1st October, seafarers onboard vessels that are using the Inmarsat FleetBroadband service will be able to enjoy cheap phone calls home with the introduction of Enhanced Super Quiet Time (ESQT) low-cost calling only for FleetBroadband users. The Enhanced SQT offer from Inmarsat, will apply across all three FleetBroadband variants, FB 500, FB 250 and the latest low cost entry terminal, FB150 and will apply all year round, at any Read More…