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Lloyd’s Register readies shipping for “seafarers’ bill of rights”

Lloyd’s Register has developed a voluntary assessment programme designed to support the practical implementation of the forthcoming ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) on new and existing ships.

Not yet mandatory, the MLC, a significant development in international shipping described as a ‘bill of rights’ for maritime labour, is expected to come into force by 2012. But ratification may take place even earlier.

The convention has been drafted Read More…

Posidonia shines as Greece turns on the heat to lure its owners back

Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis was the most prominent of the invited VIPs as Posidonia 2008 opened its doors to the world’s shipping industry.

And he used the occasion to press home Greece’s eagerness to lure home the large number of London-based Greek ship owners who have become disillusioned with the British government’s recent non-dom tax reform plans.

Addressing invited guests at the opening ceremony, Mr Karamanlis said: Read More…

Top two managers to set up in Dubai

V.Ships and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement have agreed to open offices in the much heralded Dubai Maritime City as Dubai steps up its efforts to attract managers and owners away from established maritime clusters like Cyprus.

John Ewing, Chief Commercial Officer at the Dubai Maritime City, told SMI that the world’s top two ship managers had agreed to open up a small presence to begin with but they would Read More…

BIMCO presses the ‘green’ button

BIMCO is to prove that the shipping industry is as green as it says it is by initiating a study aimed at documenting that the sector, preferably going back 35 years, has acted increasingly environmentally consciously and must stand out as an environmentally responsible industry with the focus on sustainable development.

The owners’ association, which is headed up by its President Philip Embiricos, also pledged to stay proactive Read More…

MARAD survey says there are US shipping jobs a plenty

There are jobs a plenty in the US maritime industry according to a survey by the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, with almost two-thirds of the operators of US-registered vessels claiming they had trouble in the past year finding enough qualified people to fill all their posts.

“The maritime industry is a great place to look for long-term employment now,” said Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton. “It used Read More…


Jamaicaʹs flag is flying high in China with the launch of two new container ships which will operate in the Chinese coastal trade.

Jamaican ambassador to China, His Excellency Wayne McCook and Calvin Chen, deputy registrar for China, are pictured beside one of the new Jamaican‐registered ships: the newly named, 7,545 gross tonne container ship CCL Moji (ex‐Panjang).

The CCL Moji and its sister ship the CCL Osaka Read More…

A&P Tyne completes Nordcape refit

A&P Tyne, part of the A&P Group, has completed the annual refit of the 14,087gt ro/ro cargo ferry Norcape for P&O Ferries. She arrived at the Hebburn yard on March 26th and left today (May 23rd).

At peak times, over 100 personnel were employed with all contract work completed in line with the original schedule. She will return to service between Tilbury and Zeebrugge.

A significant part of Read More…

Dubai Maritime City – One year ahead of schedule

Construction of Dubai Maritime City, the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre and a member of the Dubai World Group of companies, is one year ahead of schedule.

More than half the warehouses and workshops are operational as is the 3,000 tonne ship lift while the the larger 6,000 tonne ship lift is standing at more than 70% completion.

According to Nawfal Al Jourani, Chief Marketing Officer, Dubai Maritime City, Read More…

Long Beach $750m redevelopment project could cut air pollution

Air pollution would be cut in half on the west coast of the US following a proposed $750 million, 10-year project, to redevelop the Middle Harbour in Long Beach Port, California.

According to a draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement (EIR/EIS) released by the Board of Harbour Commissioners, the Middle Harbour Redevelopment Project would cut air pollution at two port terminals by 50% or more from existing levels Read More…

Sekkesaeter leaves ‘Barber’ in favour of Teekay


Geir Sekkesaeter, the highly vocal President of Wilhelmsen’s former Barber Ship Management arm, is to trade Oslo for Glasgow and leave the company to head up shipmanagement operations at Teekay.

The news, which is still under public wraps at Wilhelmsen Ship Management, was broken to staff at the end of last week. It is not known when he will leave but sources close to the company hinted at him Read More…

Brussels calls on ‘wise men’ to help protect European shipping

The European Commission has invited a think tank of industry ‘wise men’ to help it come up with ideas to protect Europe’s maritime cluster and to ensure a future flow of European seafarers.

It is part of a planned strategy to improve and maintain the strength of European shipping over the next 10 years.

The personally invited group, which is composed of high ranking executives from a wide Read More…

Vanuatu warns against excessive PSC in Gabon

Vanuatu has warned ship owners to be on the look out for port state control officials in Gabon who it claims continue to “harass” vessels for the smallest deficiencies and to ensure that all forms of paperwork onboard ship are in order.

Such deficiencies, it claims, include a failure to have copies of seafarer documentation applications stamped with the flag state stamp confirming receipt, a misdemeanour that can Read More…