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MPC deploys FleetBroadband

Stratos Global Corporation, the global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, has deployed the Inmarsat FleetBroadband mobile broadband satellite service for MPC Steamship, a fast-growing shipping company managing 17 container vessels and bulk carriers.

FleetBroadband was deployed onboard the Yangtze River bulk-carrier vessel, which operates worldwide. With plans to double its fleet by 2011, MPC is evaluating and deploying the industry’s latest communications solutions to ensure peak Read More…

CMA CGM takes delivery of revolutionary new flagship vessel

The CMA CGM Group has taken delivery of its flagship vessel, the CMA CGM CHRISTOPHE COLOMB, one of the world’s largest container ships at 365m long and the first in a new generation of emissions-reducing vessels.

“This new giant of the seas is a strategic asset for CMA CGM while volumes and freight rates on the Asia to Europe market are recovering. Thanks to its size and equipment, this Read More…

IBIA warns over SECA conflict

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has warned that, from July next year, passenger ships operating in European territorial waters could, during the course of one single voyage, be subject to three different limits regulating the amount of sulphur content in the fuels they consume.

This situation results from a reduction, from 1.5% to 1%, in the maximum allowable sulphur content of fuels used by ships operating in designated Emission Read More…

Rear Admiral Worley to leave the US Merchant Marine Academy

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today accepted the resignation of Rear Admiral Allen Worley, Superintendent of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, effective January 4, 2010.

“The Merchant Marine Academy has gone through an important rebuilding year and is positioned for reaching the next level,” said Secretary LaHood.

“We are confident the Academy is on course to continue as the premier institution in maritime education. We Read More…

Tanker owners not looking on the bright side

Some tanker owners are anticipating prolonged depression of the markets through 2010, with little expectation of any rise in demand alleviating the considerable oversupply of tonnage and the barely breakeven charter rates currently affecting the industry.

As the market situation for tankers shows no signs of restoration anytime soon, spot rates remain at all time lows forcing lay-ups and floating storage, the latter of which has hit a ten Read More…

Wartsila wins Pipavav contract

Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s major ship power system integrator, has signed a ship design contract with Pipavav Shipyard of India. The contract calls for a total of 12 Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs) to be designed by Wärtsilä and built by Pipavav, for delivery to ONGC – Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd, which is the largest oil and gas producer in India. The yard is scheduled to begin production of Read More…

Tax-filing alert for UK shipping non-domiciles

Leading international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says completion of the 2008/09 tax return for UK non-domiciliaries operating in the shipping industry is likely to be more complex than in previous years.

Gill Smith, a tax partner with Moore Stephens in London, said: “This is the first year for which most non-domiciliaries who have been resident in the UK for more than seven years have to choose whether to Read More…

Magnificent Seven

Seven cruise liners have sailed into Valletta’s Grand Harbour with 7,478 guests onboard. These ships included the MSC Musica, MSC Splendida, Coral, Island Sky, Prinsendam, Arion and Seven Seas Navigator. A total quay length of 1.36km was used to service these vessels.

The ships berthed at the Valletta Waterfront’s quays: Pinto 1 – 2, Pinto 3 and Pinto 4 – 5; on Deep Water Quay as well as Read More…

Stop imprisoning our seafarers

The Round Table of shipping associations has called on governments to stop imprisoning seafarers without charge claiming that that the spread of criminalisation and unfair treatment will only jeopardise the global recruitment and retention of seafarers.

In a joint statement, BIMCO, Intercargo, INTERTANKO and the ICS/ISF said the shipping industry abhored the unwarranted criminalisation of seafarers in any jurisdiction and called on port and coastal state authorities worldwide to respect Read More…

Bibby Ship Management passes training milestone

Bibby Ship Management has announced it has trained more than 1,000 graduates at its dynamic positioning training facility in Mumbai.

The company opened the Sir Derek Bibby maritime training centre in April 2006 in response to a lack of this type of training facility in India.

Offering DP, GMDSS and welding training to seafarers, the centre has now seen 1,112 mariners through its doors for its DP courses.

Conducted over Read More…

NATO flagship evacuates casualty from merchant ship in pirate waters

On 31 October, the NATO Flagship in the Gulf of Aden, HMS Cornwall, received an emergency call over the radio from MV APL Hamburg and as she was only some 40 nm away, sprang to her aid. A crew member was critically ill and needed medical assistance.

The Royal Navy frigate is currently part of NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield task group combating piracy off the coast of Somalia.

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LR cleared to issue anti-pollution certificates to US flag vessels

The US Coast Guard has delegated authority to Lloyd’s Register to issue MARPOL Annex VI International Air Pollution Prevention Certificates (IAPP) on their behalf to US flag vessels.

The IAPP delegation completes the full suite of delegated authorities available to Lloyd’s Register for marine vessels as a recognised organisation with the US flag administration.

To formalise the new statutory authorisation, Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s Register, Read More…