‘Embrace the Logistics Hub’ Minister urges businesses

Development of Jamaica into a global logistics hub will prove a massive boost for micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSME) wishing to invest in, or grow their existing operations on the island, according to Anthony Hylton, Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce. Addressing the Jamaica Logistics Symposium in Kingston yesterday (Tuesday), Minister Hylton said […]

Is it time for a holistic approach to crew insurance?

“In 2014, does it still make sense for P&I Clubs to underwrite routine health and accident claims?” asks Robert Johnston, head of crew medical and personal accident insurance specialist Crewsure.  “We are advised that this year, a number of owners and their brokers are exploring buying low level healthcare insurance, which poses an interesting question […]

New course from Videotel helps cut costs in ECAs

With high profile carriers agreeing to continue a voluntary low-sulphur fuel switch while at berth in Hong Kong, the issue of emission controls is once again in the headlines. Stepping into this arena, Videotel has launched a new training course, The Practical Management and Switching of Fuels, designed to ensure that switching to low sulphur […]

Hutton’s Group strengthens its management team

With ambitious business development plans for 2014, UK ship supplier Hutton’s has invested in new core management positions to take its growing business forward. The Hutton’s Group has appointed a new Commercial Manager, Business Development Manager and Warehouse & Transport Manager to enhance its already successful enterprise which last year recorded a group turnover of […]

ClassNK newly registers more than 20 million gross tons in 2013

Classification society ClassNK has announced its official registration figures for 2013, revealing that new registrations of existing and newly built vessels totaled more than 20 million gross tons. The announcement was made this week following a meeting of the ClassNK Classification Committee, which reviews and certifies all changes made to the ClassNK register. Figures released […]

Gas carrier Epic St Thomas delivered from Sasaki

Epic Gas has announced that its 5,000cbm fully-pressurised gas carrier, Epic St Thomas, was delivered on Monday from Sasaki Shipyard in Japan. In attendance at the delivery ceremony was the vessel’s godmother, Ms Gina Fyffe, Executive Director of Integra, the global petrochemical trading group. Lars Vang Christensen, CEO of Epic Gas, said: “We are extremely […]

Herbert-ABS opens Singapore office

Herbert-ABS Software Solutions, which provides marine regulatory, load management, salvage and ship design software, has opened an office in Singapore to reinforce service and support for Asia-based ship owners, operators and shipyards.   The new office will be led by Director and Naval Architect Rob Tagg, who will expand the activities and strategic plans of Herbert […]

Troy Container Line announces express services From Italy

Troy Container Line, one of the world’s largest American-owned NVOCCs, has announced an improved express service from Genoa, Italy to New York. Along with its partner, Combi Line International Spa, the company will now offer a 10-day transit from Genoa and pick-ups throughout Italy. “Our knowledge and expertise of the importing process provides unrivalled service […]

Missing vessel feared hijacked by Nigerian pirates

Dryad Maritime is warning that the Liberian-flagged tanker Kerala may have been hijacked by Nigerian pirates.  The vessel, owned by Dynacom Tankers, has been reported as missing off the coast of Angola, having last been sighted seven nautical miles NNW of Luanda. The tanker’s disappearance may represent a significant extension of maritime crime emanating from the […]

Topaz acquires two modern anchor handling vessels

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company with primary operations in the Middle East and Caspian, today (Wednesday) announced the acquisition of two large and modern Anchor Handling Towage and Supply Vessels (AHTSV) at a purchase price in excess of $100million. The vessels, the Caspian Challenger and Caspian Endeavour, are sister vessels built […]