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A jumbo vision at the Port of Montreal

The Bickerdike Basin at the Port of Montreal played theatrical host to an operational extravaganza as it witnessed the transhipment of a 784 tonne vacuum tower measuring 50.6 metres long, 16.8 metres wide and 13 metres in diameter – the largest ever piece of equipment to transit through the port.

This monumental piece of equipment, used by the oil industry to process crude oil, was loaded in Spain onto Read More…

The Chamber of Shipping hits back at Government slam on shipping industry emissions

In response to an attack on the UK shipping industry’s failure to address its climate change emissions from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, the Chamber of Shipping has shunned the accusations as “unfounded,” writes Amy Kilpin.

With claims that the International Maritime Organisation has acted irresponsibly in the industry’s inaction against emissions and that it “is not fit for purpose” in its governing role, a defiant uproar Read More…

Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement raises €26,350 for cancer-sick children

In its dedication to charitable causes, Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement has extended the wing of opportunity to children affected by cancer by organising a 10km charity walk in aid of the “Make a Wish” Foundation.

Raising a total of €26,350 in donations to the fund, the event was held on 30th May in Limassol, Cyrpus and saw a hoard of committed charity-goers emblazoned with the slogan “BSM to make a Read More…

Scottish vessel awarded ‘Green Passport’

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited’s passenger and vehicle ferry Canna has become one of the first ships in the world to receive an Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) in accordance with the requirements of the new Ship Recycling Convention.

Underlining its commitment to environmental standards, the vessel has been issued with a Lloyd’s Register ‘Green Passport’, officially termed an IHM, followed by a training workshop for CMAL staff alongside a Read More…

Economou backs $300m Green Recycling Initiative

George Economou and broking house Banchero and Costa Spa have both invested in the Green Recycling Initiative launched two weeks ago. The $300m GRI aims to integrate the needs of steel producers to be able to produce ethically sourced steel from traceable scrap and the needs of shipowners to recycle ships in a more environmentally friendly manner.

The launch investors were Italy-based Siba Ships and Netherlands-based Seaarland Shipping Management. The Read More…

SAMTRA hone up pilot training with new STCW compliant course

Tackling the crucial human factors involved in vessel operation, SAMTRA has launched its first Bridge Resource Management for Pilots course to focus specifically on the competency and performance of the pilot on the bridge.

Complying with new regulations and developed in accordance with the STCW 95 convention, IMO Resolution 960 and USCG Code of Federal Regulations, the three-day course incorporates use of simulator exercises in the effective use of integrated Read More…

Stratos deploys crew comms on 100 MISC Berhad vessels

Stratos Global Corporation is to provide a customised and cost-effective crew-communications solution for MISC Berhad’s entire fleet of more than 100 merchant vessels.

Underlining the importance to maintain crew numbers by providing them with the capacity to communicate remotely onboard their vessels, the AmosConnect Crew communications solution is part of MISC’s “We Care” crew-retention program.

The service complies with the latest ITF recommendation in providing MISC crewmembers with cards to Read More…

First ballast water treatment for tankers

In the first move for ballast water treatment for the tanker sector, Alfa Laval’s chemical-free ballast water treatment, PureBallast, is to be installed on two new bitumen tankers for petroleum product supplier Nynas.

One of Europe’s leading suppliers of bitumen, Nynas’ two petroleum tankers are to be built at China’s Wuhan Nanhua Huanggang Jiangbei Shipyard, scheduled for delivery in 2010, and will pave the future for ballast water Read More…

Stealth Maritime takes delivery of three newbuildings

Harry Vafias controlled Stealth Maritime has announced three more newbuildings to its managed fleet.

They are the Stealth Chios which is a 114,000 dwt Greek-flagged crude aframax which was delivered this week from the New Times shipyard and which starts a five year charter to a US-based charterer.

Secondly the Marshall Islands-registered Gas Astrid, a 3,500 cbm pressurized LPG carrier was delivered last month from Kanrei shipyard in Read More…

New pocket checklist could reduce onboard fire risk

Lloyd’s Register and the UK P&I Club have highlighted the problems of the risk of fire and explosions at sea by producing a pocket guide they hope will reduce incidents and avoid the threat of port state control detentions.

The Marine Fire Safety Pocket Checklist is the latest in a series of booklets produced by the P&I Club insurer and brings together deficiencies found by PSC inspectors in ports around the Read More…

You can make the sick redundant but be careful!

Logistics & transport businesses are being warned of the dangerous issues involved with making employees redundant while they are on long-time sick leave.

At the same time they are being told to “go ahead with extreme caution”, by employment law specialist, provided by Tollers Solicitors.

According to Tollers, bosses can still legally make staff redundant even if they are currently unable to work.

“It’s a myth surrounding redundancy that Read More…

ITIC interventions show power of ship arrest

The latest Claims Review produced by the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) provides evidence that, although ship arrest should in many respects be considered a last resort in the dispute resolution process, it remains a powerful weapon by which to influence settlement.

In one case reported by the club, a ship agent arranged for the towage of an oil major’s rig through the Suez Canal. The oil major considered the Read More…