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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

GAC in Bibby lay-up alliance

The GAC Group has formed a strategic alliance with Bibby Ship Management and DehuTech AB to provide owners/operators and ship management companies with even more options under its GAC Ship Lay-Up Solutions (GLUS) service package. Under the partnership, UK-based Bibby Ship Management handles technical management and crew management, while Swedish DehuTech covers the dehumidification aspect […]

Çiçek delivers Frecciamare

Turkish shipbuilder Çiçek Shipyard has delivered the 3,087dwt double-hull tanker Frecciamare to the Italian shipowner Ciane Anapo Spa. Based in one of Italy’s major ports, Augusta, on the east coast of Sicily, Ciane Anapo is part of the Novella Group, headed by Marco Novella, and specialises in coastal tanker and bunker operations. Frecciamare was completed […]

MSC Splendida completes trials

MSC Splendida – the second in MSC Cruises’s luxurious Fantasia class of cruise ships – successfully completed its sea trials at the weekend. The company’s new flagship left the Forme Joubert dock at STX Europe shipyard in St Nazaire, France, at 1500 on Thursday 21 May and headed out to the Ile d’Yeu and Belle-Ile […]

Containers and oil lead Marseilles Fos recovery

January-April throughput at leading French cargo port Marseilles Fos saw the container and oil sectors maintain their recovery from the world economic crisis, although bulk trades continued to suffer. Box traffic at Fos, which mainly handles deepsea east-west trades, reached 225,726 teu for a 1% improvement on the first four months last year, while total […]

Alexander appointed to PLA Board

Helen Alexander has been appointed as a non executive Member of the Board of the Port of London Authority (PLA) with effect from 1 June 2009. Ms Alexander was recently nominated as president of the CBI; she is also a non-executive director of Rolls Royce plc and Centrica plc. Formerly chief executive of the Economist […]