New Port Chaplain for London

As the shipping community gathered in London for the London International Shipping Week, seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea stressed that crew welfare must remain a top priority for the industry. Newly-appointed Port Chaplain for Thames and Tilbury Wojciech Holub believes the work of the organisation, which includes ship visits and practical support for seafarers, […]

Seafarers’ charity calls for more help for seafarers held in foreign jails

As the shipping industry gathered for London International Shipping Week, seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea called for more attention to the plight of seafarers jailed under dubious circumstances. The call for action came as a Ukrainian Captain was released from a Spanish jail after serving four years.  Still proclaiming his innocence, Captain Sergey Maslenikov […]

Fathom launch free in-depth guide to hull coatings market

Fathom, the information specialist on maritime efficiency, launched the second edition of its free publication series for the maritime industry entitled Fathom FOCUS Hull Coatings for Vessel Performance, at its third annual Ship Efficiency conference and exhibition. The publication offers an independent analysis of the anti-fouling hull coating solutions available on the market in addition […]

London still the shipping capital of the world

London is, without doubt, “still the shipping capital of the world,” according to the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Masamichi Morooka.  But he also suggested that the city should not rest on its laurels and that a truly world class centre would wish to retain its position for the very long term and […]

Merchant Navy Training Board showcases UK excellence in seafarer skills and training

The Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) held a reception during London International Shipping Week to showcase UK excellence in seafarer skills and training. The event, on Wednesday, also saw the launch of a booklet – Building Our Future – which contains case studies from young people working in maritime services. The booklet is a joint […]

ITF stages East Asia maritime action week

The International Transport Workers’s Federation has held its  third East Asia maritime action week at major ports in Japan, Korea, Russia and Taiwan. During the week, which ends today (Friday) joint inspection teams have been carrying out checks and enforcing decent pay and working conditions onboard vessels. They have also been promoting the Maritime Labour […]

‘Confidence and optimism’ from 175 most senior maritime figures

As London staged its first ever International Shipping Week it was revealed that 85% believe it is globally competitive and 74% predict growth during the next five years. One hundred and seventy five senior figures in UK shipping, ports and maritime business services have given an overwhelming vote of confidence for the sector’s increasing growth […]

‘Pirates are just sleeping’

  Despite it now being a year since a new Government was installed in Somalia, little has changed to quell the problems both on land and at sea including the risk of piracy attacks. That’s according to Mary Harper, Africa Editor for the BBC’s World Service, who gave her perspective on the country’s current situation […]