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Charalambos Manolis from Acheon Akti talks about what it takes to manage a ‘clipper’ cruise ship

Running on Waves is a unique sail cruise ship capable of carrying 45 passengers in absolute luxury. But how difficult is it to manage? SMITV travelled to Gdansk to find out!


American Club advises seafarers on environment protection

The American P&I Club has launched the first in a series of web-based e-learning modules designed to help seafarers protect the marine environment by familiarising them with the six annexes to the MARPOL Convention.

Produced in co-operation with IDESS Interactive Technologies Inc based in the Philippines, the modules are focused on the practical application of the MARPOL Convention onboard ship. They can be used anywhere there is a connection to Read More…

Stealth Maritime buys Geden aframax

Stealth Maritime has acquired a 115,000 dwt tanker from Turkey’s Geden Lines.

The deal marks the group’s second aframax purchase in recent months with a combined cost of $115m. Both vessels are currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.

Stealth chief executive Harry Vafias said both vessels had been secured on charter to Geden for five years along with two other aframax vessels the CV Stealth Read More…

New addition to Galbraith’s board of directors

Global shipbroker and consultancy house Galbraith’s has confirmed the appointment of Jiulong Huang to its board of directors. Mr Huang will also continue to serve as chief executive of the company’s Shanghai branch.

Charles Fowle, Chairman of Galbraith’s said: “We are very pleased to welcome Jiulong onto the board, where his experience will be invaluable. Our office in Shanghai, which was established in 2003, continues to help produce rapid growth Read More…

Turkey’s Çiçek Shipyard back in the repair groove

Turkish shipbuilder Çiçek Shipyard is to return to shiprepair activity when the 35,795 dwt Italian chemical tanker Maritea arrives at the company’s Tuzla yard on Friday this week.

The vessel, owned by Novella Group member Carichi Liquidi Societa Armatoriale (Calisa), will undergo an intermediate survey and general maintenance work.

“Maritea will utilise our specialist skills in this sector and provide an excellent reference when seeking further contracts,” said Berke Read More…

Japan Continues to Play a Strong Role in Marshall Islands Fleet Growth

Japanese shipowners, shipyards and ClassNK continue to play a major role in the growth of the Marshall Islands Registry, which is now the world’s third largest open registry with more than 2100 vessels and over 56 million gross tons.

Addressing a seminar in Imabari, Bill Gallagher, President of International Registries, Inc. (IRI), the Marshall Islands Maritime and Corporate Administrator, said: “Japanese shipowners are currently the sixth largest shipowning group in the Read More…

London P&I Club reports surplus and higher free reserves

The London P&I club has reported a surplus of $25.9m for the year to February 20 2010 and a 22% increase in free reserves to $141.4m.

The club said claims incurred net of reinsurance increased to $106.1m and while there was a significant fall in the aggregate cost of claims below $1m there was an increase in claims notified to the International Group Pool – three of which involved club Read More…

UK P&I Club warns over loading iron ore fines in India

The UK P&I Club has warned owners of the safety hazards associated with loading iron ore fines in Indian ports.

The warning follows incidents last year when two vessels capsized while carrying iron ore fines loaded in Indian ports and, with the south west monsoon season closing closer, the club is advising ship owners of their safety responsibilities.

Peter Harris, a senior claims director at the club said ship owners Read More…

Accord claims new lease of life for single hull tankers after phase out

Hong Kong-based Accord Shipmanagement is forecasting a surge of interest in single hull tankers across the world as the vessels are phased out this year.

“We are receiving enquiries from countries around the world where owners want to utilise single hull tankers in their territorial waters for transhipment purposes. Demand is mostly for use in the crude oil sector,” said Sanjay Shesh, Managing Director of Accord Shipmanagement.

“We are working Read More…

Drydocks World wins Hallin Marine contract

Drydocks World has won a contract to build a new state-of-the-art oil well intervention Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) vessel, representing a third order from integrated energy industries service provider Hallin Marine. The vessel will cost a total of $110m.

Designed by STX Canada Marine Inc, the diesel/electric CSS’s primary function is to facilitate repair and maintenance to an existing well, via chemical injection on braided lines, extending perforation tunnels Read More…

Thome expands in Indonesia on the back of a change in local cabotage laws

Singapore-based Thome Ship Management has opened its first office in Indonesia after the Indonesian government recently approved a law promoting internal seaborne trade.

“The new Indonesian cabotage law which will result in the increase in the number of Indonesian-flagged vessels trading in Indonesian waters is an opportunity for us to open our own office in Indonesia,” said Thome Group chairman and chief executive officer Olav Eek Thorstensen.

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Mitropoulos tells UN that co-operation is key to beating piracy

Multilateral co-operation, with coordinated patrols in high-risk areas, information sharing, intelligence exchange and hot pursuit following attacks can provide the means of reducing pirate attacks, the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization has told the UN General Assembly in New York.

Efthimios Mitropoulos said the global character of piracy and the “imperative” of combating it made it essential that states continued to establish effective co-operative mechanisms.

The informal meeting comprised Read More…