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Steamship Mutual appoints new Head of Underwriting

Leading P&I Club Steamship Mutual has appointed Stephen Quartermaine as Head of Underwriting. Taking over from Chief Operating Officer Gary Rynsard, Mr Quartermaine will oversee and coordinate Steamship Mutual’s global underwriting strategy.

James Stockdale, CEO, said: “Stephen’s appointment is integral to the Club’s future financial success. The P&I market continues to experience record levels of large claims and in such a challenging environment, we must pursue a strong Read More…

GL launches new risk management committee

German classification society Germanischer Lloyd has set up a new ‘Technical Committee on Risk Management’ in response to the growing significance of risk-based approaches by the maritime industry. The new committee’s main objective is to facilitate and consolidate industry’s needs relating to the application of risk-based methods.

It will comprises representatives from all stakeholders of the maritime industry, namely ship owners and operators, ship builders and maritime systems’ Read More…

Irish Fleets set for expansion

The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has announced that seven Irish-based shipping groups are investing over $1 billion in expansion plans.

In the first six months of 2008, 21 new and second hand vessels were acquired, with a further 27 expected to be delivered over the next two years, mostly new. The largest single investment, of $700 million, is being made by D’ Amico Ireland, a Dublin-based company Read More…

Planning a greener cruise industry

High speed ships and floating islands will ensure a more environmentally friendly cruise industry, say fourteen Master’s students spending their summer holidays with DNV.

Their task during a six-week cross-disciplinary internship programme, “The year 2030 green cruise experience”, has been to design an environmentally friendly cruise concept where everything from leisure activities to the vessel itself is green and healthy.

The students come from China, France, Mexico, Norway Read More…

SIBA places $250m livestock order


Italy-based Siba Ships, the world’s leading maritime livestock transporting company, has placed a $250 million order for two state of the art livestock carriers to be built at Croatia’s Uljanik yard. The new vessels will carry 18,000 cattle or 75,000 sheep in comfort and security. Aimed at the thriving Australian livestock export trade, the vessels will enter service in 2011.

Mauro Balzarini, chairman of Siba Ships, said: “Our most Read More…

Marseilles sanctions Terrier appointment

A special meeting of the Port of Marseilles Authority board has sanctioned the French transport minister’s nomination of Jean-Claude Terrier to become director general in succession to Guy Janin, who has opted to retire after nearly three years in the post.

With varied public and private sector experience, 56-year-old M. Terrier has been DG at the Port of Dunkirk since March 2004 and is expected to start his new Read More…

Lloyd’s Register expands in human factors technical services

Lloyd’s Register has significantly enhanced its human factors technical services business by acquiring Human Engineering Limited, a leading supplier of ergonomics and human factors technical services worldwide.

The signing took place on July 23, 2008 in London, between Lloyd’s Register Transportation Commercial Director, Rod Evans, and Human Engineering’s Managing Director, James Amende.

“The acquisition of Human Engineering underlines our strategy to position Lloyd’s Register as the leading provider Read More…

Port of Townsville rejects Greenpeace claims

The Port of Townsville in Queensland, Australia has rejected as nonsense claims by the environmental group Greenpeace that the port is blockading a visit by the protest ship Esperanza.

It said it had not received an application for a berth for the vessel. It said in a statement: “All arrangements previously made by the vessel’s former agent were cancelled when that agent ceased to act for the Esperanza Read More…

Earthquake Shakes Port Complex – Tremor centered 40 miles away triggers some evacuations

A strong earthquake estimated at a magnitude of 5.4 shook the Port of Long Beach at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008, forcing the evacuation of the Port Administration Building. There were no initial reports of damage or injuries. The earthquake was centered in the Chino Hills area of Southern California, about 40 miles from the Port.

‘Napoli is second highest marine disaster after Exxon Valdez’

Recovery of the MSC Napoli, which grounded off the British coast last November, has become the second most expensive claim ever, according to marine insurance group The London Club.

In it’s 2008 Annual Report, London Club states that the total cost for the recovering the 4,700 teu containership’s cargo, cleaning up spilled oil and removing the damaged ship is now approaching $185m, making it second only to the Read More…

BV signs Russian vessel inspection deal

Russia’s Ministry of Transport has signed an agreement with Bureau Veritas authorising it to carry out statutory certification services for vessels registered under the Russian flag

Bernard Anne, BV Managing Director, said: “Russia is an increasingly important maritime nation with huge potential for growth. This agreement with the Russian Ministry of Transport provides us with a firm foundation from which we can assist ship owners developing business in Read More…

Coral Sea master jailed

A GREEK court has shocked the global shipping industry with a guilty verdict and a 14-year jail sentence on the master of the Coral Sea, Kristo Laptalo.

Capt Laptalo, a Croatian national, was arrested a year ago after the Greek coast guard found 51 kilograms of cocaine in boxes of bananas being discharged. He was also sentenced to 14 years in prison and fined €200,000.

The arrest, trial Read More…