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Seafarer health must be made a priority to tackle the rising tide of obesity among seafarers warns the International Maritime Medical Association (IMMA), which represents health professionals from throughout the shipping industry.

“The ocean is a very dangerous place and only truly fit Able Bodied Seamen should be allowed on board,” warns Michael van Hall, IMMA President.

Concern is growing at the rise of obesity levels among crew. Read More…

Gothenburg cuts its port tariff

The Port of Gothenburg has decided to adjust the port tariff for a period of 12 months as a result of a number of factors, including an economy that is under severe pressure.

“We are aware that the new pricing model was introduced in the midst of a difficult recession and by temporarily adjusting the current tariff we aim to create better conditions for our customers,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Port Read More…

Wilhelmsen in e-commerce move

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has taken its latest step in the process of refining its e-commerce solution in order to provide further cost efficiencies to the market and speed up the adoption of e-commerce.

The company has moved its e-commerce service to ErgoGroup. ErgoGroup is a major operator in the e-commerce industry and will provide significant advantages to customers and the market in general.

ErgoGroup is a $1bn turnover company with over Read More…

Wärtsilä and Samsung sign gas ships JV

Wärtsilä and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have signed a co-operation agreement to develop gas-fuelled merchant vessels. The intention is to jointly develop next-generation ships with efficient and competitive propulsion machinery concepts that meet or exceed the demands of future environmental regulations.

The focus of the Wärtsilä/SHI joint study will be on utilising liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel for operating vessels. This is especially relevant in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). Read More…


Thomas Kazakos, Director General at the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, talks about the issues facing shipping on the island

Orderbook cancellation rate at an all-time high

The total ship building market saw a raise in cancellations during January with a total of 60 orders cancelled, higher than the monthly average in 2009, according to the latest Fairplay Shipbuilding Market Forecast. January was the third consecutive month of declining orders since October 2010 but early indications point to an improvement during February.

Contracting of new dry bulk vessels in 2009 was cut by almost two-thirds from the Read More…

DNV opens Miami GCC

Norwegian class society DNV has announced plans to open a new Global Cruise Centre in Miami that will enable it to respond more quickly to local customer demand and serve as a hub for a network of DNV cruise ship service centres around the world.

According to DNV Maritime’s COO Tor Svensen, he increasingly global nature “of our customers’ operations is a key driver behind our decision to establish a Read More…


Shortages of skilled and qualified seafarers could have an immense impact on the global economy and are being exacerbated by the negative impact of crew criminalisation and the escalating problem of global piracy, warns InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry whose members represent more than 200,000 seafarers.

“Legislative measures following an accident or incident have made the seafarer increasingly susceptible to criminalisation, and a rising incidence Read More…

Fincantieri’s reverse factoring deal strengthens supplier relationships

Fincantieri has strengthened its relationship with its suppliers by signing a reverse factoring agreement, initially for three years, with Bank Paribas member BNL Group and the latter’s factoring specialist Ifitalia, to allow suppliers to the Italian shipbuilding giant to unfreeze credit and to draw on liquidity.

The agreement, covering more than 5,000 companies with combined annual purchasing turnover in excess of Euros 2 bn, allows Ifitalia to take on the Read More…

ClassNK commits ¥2.2 Billion to joint GHG reduction programme

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda has annopunced that the Japanese classification society will commit ¥2.2 billion ($25 million) in research and funding as part of its participation in a national joint R&D program to reduce maritime greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ClassNK’s commitment will cover more than 25% of the project’s total budget of ¥8.5 bn ($95 million) through 2012.

Mr Ueda, who will become the Chairman of the International Read More…

Liberian Registry breaks 100m gt mark

The Liberian Registry has breached the 100m tons gross mark with the delivery of the 50,792 dwt bulk carrier Sanko Mercury at Oshima Shipbuilding Company in Nagasaki.

“In the past five years alone, the Liberian Registry has grown by 40m gt,” said Scott Bergeron, Chief Operating Officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry. “That is twice the growth rate claimed Read More…

SMITV travels to Dubai to talk to ITM President Lars Modin