Brussels takes UK to task over ship-source pollution

The European Commission is to take the UK to the Court of Justice for failure to respect EU legislation on ship-source pollution and on penalties for those responsible for polluting discharges. It also decided to send a reasoned opinion to the UK authorities for incorrectly transposing into national law legislation on the European vessel traffic […]

Ban Ki-moon backs IMO call to extend anti-piracy mandate

Anti piracy measures in the Gulf of Aden this week received a boost with the news that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is backing calls for an extension of the UN Security Mandate enabling navies to enter Somali waters to confront piracy attacks. Mr Ban has declared his support for the move and plans […]

Lomas takes over Intercargo secretariat reins

Intercargo stalwart Rob Lomas has taken over from Roger Holt as Secretary General of Intercargo while Mr Holt will stay on for a further year as consultant director to promote Intercargo and its work programme. Rob Lomas said of his appointment: “I am delighted to accept the endorsement of Intercargo’s Board and Membership for this […]

Pappadakis predicts push towards bulker quality

The drive in the dry bulk markets will be a flight towards quality with chartering interests increasingly demanding better and higher quality shipping services, according to dry bulk owners association Intercargo. In his annual Chairman’s report Nicky Pappadakis noted that while the port state control record of the dry bulk sector deteriorated over the last […]