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FLAGSHIP-HCA enables accurate hull condition forecasting for improved maintenance and investment

FLAGSHIP, the Pan-European maritime transport project part funded by the EU, has successfully developed software that can forecast the condition of a ship’s hull over time to help improve the efficacy of surveys and reduce the amount of time a ship is out of service. FLAGSHIP-HCA (Hull Condition Assessment) is designed to accurately predict the condition of a vessel’s structure, coating and components, enabling ship owners and operators to schedule Read More…

ITIC warns on pitfalls of Master Service Agreements

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has warned its members about the potential pitfalls associated with entering into Master Service Agreements with their clients.

A Master Service Agreement (MSA) is frequently used when two companies engage in a long-term relationship involving a number of projects. The MSA will usually provide general terms covering the contractual relationship between the parties. There may also be separate agreements and negotiating provisions covering individual projects Read More…

Getting down to business: the views of Clay Maitland

On Thursday morning, 3 February, the International Maritime Organization will host a ceremony to launch the Action Plan to promote 2011’s World Maritime Day theme: “Piracy: Orchestrating the Response”. The proceedings will be headed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, and the Secretary-General of the IMO, Admiral E.E. Mitropoulos, and those invited include the Secretary-General of NATO, the Executive Director of the UN Office Read More…

PORTS CRIPPLED BY DISPUTES AND RISK MANAGEMENT

The port sector is being crippled by the burden of managing operational risk, according to an industry-wide survey.

Trelleborg Marine System’s poll reveals that a third of port operators, contractors and consultants are spending more, or even the majority, of their time managing operational risk. The results are hardly surprising given that one in five admit there has been an increase in disputes over the last 12 months.

Richard Hepworth, Read More…

Bureau Veritas issues guidance for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

International classification society Bureau Veritas has issued guidelines for the Classification and Certification of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines. The guidelines specify the environmental conditions under which floating offshore wind turbines may serve, the principles of structural design, load cases for the platform and mooring system, stability and the structural division and design criteria for the top structure.

The Guidance Note NI 572 covers floating platforms supporting single- or multiple-turbines with Read More…

MOL President Delivers New Year Message

Koichi Muto, President of Mitsui OSK Lines, has delivered a positive new year’s message to his colleagues, emphasising his firm’s successes throughout 2010 and noting how industry professionals should not allow the financial crisis to put them ‘in a rut’.

Mr Muto explained how, when starting out as President in June 2010, he developed a cautious outlook concerning financial targets, believing “without tremendous effort, it would be a struggle Read More…

Foynes Port receives major salt shipment for Irish roads

The port of Foynes, County Limerick, Ireland, has received an 8,000 tonne shipment of salt to supply the National Roads Authority, bringing fresh optimism that salt stocks to treat Irish roads will not be depleted this winter.

The delivery follows a particularly cold period from November to Christmas, where prolonged freezing temperatures led local authorities to issue concerns over dwindling salt stocks ahead of future cold snaps.

The order Read More…

ClassNK expands in Russia and Sri Lanka

Japanese classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has opened two new exclusive surveyor offices today in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Colombo, Sri Lanka, respectively. The new offices become the 117th and 118th offices (21 in Japan, 97 outside of Japan) in the Society’s global service network. The opening of the new offices continues ClassNK’s aggressive network expansion, which saw the class society open seven new exclusive surveyor offices around the Read More…

INCHCAPE SHIPPING SERVICES awarded GLOBAL HUB CONTRACT

Rome-based Eni Trading & Shipping (ETS) has signed up with British marine services company, Inchcape Shipping Services, for a major new global hub agency contract.

The global agreement will see ISS undertake hub agency services for Eni involving some 4,500 port calls annually across the world. ISS has been the hub agent for ETS international port calls since 2007 and this new agreement encompasses ETS’ domestic Italian, as well its Read More…

New version of Wärtsilä 32 engine released

Power solutions provider Wärtsilä has introduced a more powerful version for marine applications of its Wärtsilä 32 engine. First introduced in the 1980s, the Wärtsilä 32 engine is used by both the marine and land-based power plants markets.

In the marine industry the engine is used for both main engine and auxiliary engine applications. It is typically selected to power different types of tankers, container vessels, and offshore support Read More…

Bajpaee takes over BSM helm

Rajaish Bajpaee, past President and MD of Eurasia and Deputy CEO of the merged Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement group, has replaced Andreas Droussiotis as head of the world’s second largest third party shipmanagement company.

Mr Droussiotis, who is retiring after 36 years with the Schulte Group, will remain as a non-executive chairman for the next two years to allow for a smooth transition of control and to support the new CEO Read More…

VIDEOTEL TRAINING SERIES ADDRESSES SERIOUS RISKS POSED BY DANGEROUS BULK CARGOES

Dangerous solid bulk cargoes which have the potential to sink a ship are the focus of both new legislation and a new training package from leading maritime training expert Videotel.

On January 1st 2011, the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code – the IMSBC Code – officially comes in force. The IMSBC Code is mandatory under the provisions of the SOLAS Convention and supersedes the Code of Safe Working Practice Read More…