Launch of piracy response programme

An industry response to the human cost of piracy will be launched on United Nations World Maritime Day, 29th September. Maritime Piracy: a Humanitarian Response is a cross industry programme designed to help seafarers and their families, who are being left traumatised by the growing threat of modern, often violent, piracy – so far this […]

RINA marks 150th anniversary with Chinese celebration

International certification, verification and ship classification company RINA is celebrating its ties with China on its 150th anniversary. It also took the opportunity to celebrate the ties between Italy and China on the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification. RINA formed as a ship classification society in Genoa, Italy in 1861, is now a global multi-disciplinary […]

ClassNK Opens First Russian Office

ClassNK has marked the official opening of its first exclusive surveyor office in St. Petersburg on 14th September with a reception hosted by ClassNK Chairman and President and Current IACS Vice-Chairman Noboru Ueda, in an event attended by more than 80 guests including executives and representatives from throughout the Russian maritime industry. Among the many dignitaries […]

SaveOurSeafarers campaign wins support from UK and Filipino governments

Seafarers’ organisations, shipping companies and business leaders pushing for a solution in the fight against piracy have received a welcome boost from the British and Philippine Governments which this week have confirming their support for the global  SOS SaveOurSeafarers campaign. In the UK,  correspondence between members of the SOS campaign and the British MP Henry Billingham, Minister for […]

Marco Polo Seatrade gets bank backing

Netherlands-based shipowner Marco Polo Seatrade, which filed for chapter 11 on 29th July 2011, has received court approval to obtain fresh financing from Royal Bank of Scotland, one of its senior lenders. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of  Marco Polo has approved new financing to be provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland on a fully […]