ClassNK Tops 190 Million Gross Tonnes

As the world’s largest classification society, ClassNK continues to expand at an impressive rate and today, the Society’s Classification Committee confirmed its register has topped 190 million gross tones. The register listed 7,596 ships totaling 190.6m gt at the end of September, while a net total of more than 11m gt joined the society’s register […]


Assessment under the IMO’s Voluntary International Maritime Organization Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS) is a necessary rite of passage and not to be feared, according to Jamaica which is understood to be the third country in the Caribbean to undertake the voluntary audit. “We in Jamaica found the experience was rewarding and we firmly believe […]

ECA regulations threaten ferry lines

The public could see increased prices and greater road congestion while ferry operators will face service cuts and route closures following the introduction of new emission control area (ECA) regulations – ferry companies have warned MPs in advance of a Transport Select Committee meeting, to take place tomorrow (October 25th). The International Maritime Organization and EU member states […]


When a simple missed step can mean the difference between life and death, training comes into its own. Boarding and leaving a vessel at sea or anchorage can be dangerous and Videotel’s new training programme, Boarding and Leaving a Vessel at Sea, has been designed to tackle this issue and address the need for better […]

Kuang Ming Shipping Corp. selects AMOS for its bulk carrier fleet

Hong Kong-based SpecTec Asia Pacific East has entered into an agreement to supply SpecTec AMOS software and related services to Kuang Ming Shipping Corp. head office and its 14 bulk cargo ships. Kuang Ming currently operates in dry bulk cargo service worldwide and is scheduled to have a bulk fleet of more than 20 vessels […]

ITF: World Food Programme chartered ship ‘is substandard’

A ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and moored in Mombasa, Kenya has been exposed for its poor conditions and underpayment of crew following inspection by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). The vessel, named Sea Master 1, is being treated as an urgent case by Mombasa-based ITF inspector Betty Makena […]

Ground breaking ceremony at Dubai Maritime City for Goltens

Ship repair and maintenance company Goltens has held a launch ceremony for its new office and workshop facility at Dubai Maritime City (DMC), the world’s first purpose-built maritime centre. Goltens has a long-term Musataha ground development agreement with DMC for two plots measuring 23,000sq m, leased for a period of 25 years. Representatives from DMC […]