Cyprus Ports Authority goes ahead with extension of Lemesos port western basin quay

Lemesos port in Cyprus will be further extended and upgraded with the construction of an additional 500-metre quay. The signing of the contracts with the successful tenderer is now a reality and therefore the construction works for the extension to the existing port’s quay on its western basin, thus reaching to a total 1270m, will […]

Landmark ECJ ruling on liability limitation for cargo theft

Rotterdam-based law firm AKD says a recent landmark decision of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg definitively puts its weight behind forum shopping to limit liability under the CMR Convention in carrier-friendly countries. This is a boon to the Dutch jurisdiction and specifically comes at the expense of the courts in Germany.  The ruling […]

ClassNK receives authorisation from Finnish Flag

Classification society ClassNK  has earned authorisation from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency to carry out surveys for Finnish flagged vessels. The agreement allows ClassNK to perform surveys for SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line and other international conventions, as well as perform audits and issue certificates on behalf of the Finnish Government. Speaking on the occasion, ClassNK […]

Epic Gas expands fleet and sets up new London office

Singapore-headquartered Epic Gas has announced that, following the company’s recent order of two 11,000cbm vessels from Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan, it has added two more similar-sized newbuilds to its expanding fleet. The two 11,000cbm vessels will be long term bareboat chartered in from Kumiai Senpaku, of Japan. The first vessel will be built by […]

InterManager President highlights ‘interesting times’ in New Year message

The shipping industry has shown great resilience in battling through the recent economic downturn, according to InterManager President Gerardo Borromeo. But he urged caution following a recent jump in new build tanker orders, stating: “We live in interesting and challenging times”. In his New Year message to InterManager members, Mr Borromeo said: “As we have […]

ITF calls for careful consideration over P3 network following global summit

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is making a call for careful consideration and consultation over a proposal to create the largest ever shipping alliance to operate on global trades. It comes in the wake of a Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) summit in late December which was called between US, EU and Chinese delegates to discuss […]

IACS Council adopts new harmonised Common Structural Rules

At its 68th session of the IACS Council meeting, held on 18th and 19th December in London, IACS unanimously adopted new harmonised Common Structural Rules (CSR) for oil tankers and bulk carriers. The new rules will apply to all oil tankers over 150m and bulk carriers over 90m in length contracted for construction on or […]

Interim report on MOL Comfort casualty released

Following the loss of the container vessel MOL Comfort on 17th June 2013, ClassNK established a special Casualty Investigation Team in order to investigate and determine the cause of the casualty. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) further established a Committee on Large Container Ship Safety to develop measures to ensure the […]

Navis builds on Singapore success

Navis Engineering has completed work on its latest project involving fast-growing Singaporean offshore specialist Miclyn Express Offshore (MEO), following the commissioning of the DP2 system onboard the 70m ROV and diving support vessel Resolution. After successful sea trials and a christening ceremony at the Keppel Bay Marina, Singapore, the vessel has departed for Indonesia, on […]