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InterManager Pledges Its Support For Crew

As 2010 heralds the Year of the Seafarer, InterManager – the international trade association for shipmanagers – has pledged to pull out all the stops in its support of crew members worldwide.

InterManager President Roberto Giorgi said: “Last year we were heartened by the support we received from throughout the shipping world as we fought for the release of the unjustly-jailed officers from the Hebei Spirit. Now, in the Read More…

IMMA launched to oversee seafarer health

A new trade association armed with a broad mandate to represent and promote the health and medical interests of the world’s seafarers, port workers and cruise passengers as well as improve shipboard hygiene is launched in London today (Jan 4th).

The International Maritime Medical Association (IMMA), as it is to be known, will look after the medical interests of those involved in the shipping industry worldwide and work to Read More…

Kuroya takes over at K.Line

Kenichi Kuroya, Managing Director of K Line Pte in Singapore and a regular speaker at Ship Management Internatiuonal conferences around the world, has been appointed as the new President and CEO of the parent company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line).

He will assume the post on April 1, 2010, when incumbent president Hiroyuki Maekawa will become chairman of the board with representation right. Prior to this, Kuroya will Read More…

Class NK releases new risk assessment guidelines

Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has released new ‘Risk Assessment Guidelines’ based on the results of implementation and extensive studies related to risk assessment methods, as the increasing risks for ship owners and managers are brought to a fore.

In the shipbuilding and maritime fields, a rule making process using a risk assessment technique called Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) has been developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and FSA standards Read More…

Two new orders for Island Offshore

Norway’s Island Offshore has ordered two platform supply vessels to be built at STX Europe in Brevik, injecting a much-needed boost into the shipbuilding industry after a prolonged dearth of newbuild orders.

Based on the same design as Island Commander and Island Chieftain delivered from STX Europe earlier this year, the vessels are scheduled for delivery during the last quarter of 2011 and the early part of 2012, totalling Read More…

Japanese lines push for cleaner shipping

Japanese shipping companies are continuing to invest in technologies for more fuel-efficient and emissions-reducing vessels, collaborating with manufacturers and adopting government-backed initiatives, at a time where climate talks are reaching the pinnacle of global importance.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has recently announced the development of a carbon dioxide-reducing, efficiency-boosting fuel additive for ships, created in conjunction with Japan’s largest fuel additive manufacturer, Taihokohzai. MOL intends to implement the new Read More…

Jumbo lifts record load

Jumbo Shipping’s HLV Fairpartner has successfully discharged the longest load in Jumbo’s 41-year history when two tanker barges were discharged at the port of Rotterdam. One of the barges, loaded in Nantong, China, weighed over 1,330 tonnes and had a length of 135 metres, the longest piece of cargo ever lifted by a Jumbo Heavy Lift vessel. The combination of length, weight and discharging method produced a record Read More…



SMI TV talks to Alex Taylor, MD of Hutton’s Ship Chandlers, about how the shipping crisis is affecting ship suppliers

DFDS snaps up A.P. Moller – Maersk’s sale of Norfolkline

Denmark’s DFDS has snapped up A.P. Moller – Maersk’s ro-ro operation Norfolkline for €346 million, forming much-needed consolidation in the European ferry industry.

The deal involves the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group obtaining 28.8% of the shareholding in DFDS, and in addition, the Maersk Group will buy shares in DFDS from Lauritzen Fonden, bringing the Group’s total shareholding in DFDS to approximately 31%.

The combination of Norfolkline and DFDS Read More…

Shipping could cut emissions by 30% at zero-cost by 2030

The shipping industry could establish a 30% reduction in emissions by 2030 at zero cost to the industry, according to a new study conducted by DNV in line with the discussions taking place at the COP15 climate change summit.

Covering ships from all market segments, both from the existing fleet and newbuildings projected to be built in the years to come, the results of the study reveal that shipping, Read More…


Inmarsat, provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has activated the 5,000th FleetBroadband terminal making it the fastest adopted maritime service in the company’s 30-year history.

Representing commercially active SIM cards passing operational traffic, the 5,000 FleetBroadband terminals activated through Inmarsat’s global partner network is a demonstration of the company continuing to take the maritime industry by storm.

FleetBroadband was launched in November 2007, and the latest member of Read More…

Maersk Group captures green technology project

Maersk Oil and Maersk Tankers, part of the Danish A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, have entered into co-operation Finnish utilities Fortum and Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) aiming to develop a joint carbon emissions abatement project in the area of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

With the aim is to capture, transport and store in excess of 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the project will combine carbon capture at the Read More…