Oman Drydock signals ‘driving ambition’ following 200th drydocking

Oman Drydock Company (ODC), based in the Middle East’s new mega city of Duqm , signalled its ‘passionate and driving ambition’ to catapult itself further into the region’s multi-billion dollar ship repair industry after completing its 200th drydocking since launching in 2011. A ceremony was held at the shipyard, which cost $1.5bn to build, to […]

InterManager calls for calm over possible Filipino officer ban

Ship managers should put in place sensible contingency plans to guard against a worst-case scenario should Filipino officers potentially find themselves banned from working on EU-flagged vessels. This follows concerns raised by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) over the ability of the Philippine Maritime Administration to fully and effectively implement all provisions of the […]

ICS Board prepares for important IMO meeting

The Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing national shipowners’ associations from 35 nations and over 80% of the world merchant fleet, met in London recently. The ICS Board agreed that ICS will continue to refrain from actively encouraging administrations that have not yet ratified the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention […]

ClassNK Chairman and President receives Global Lifetime Achievement Award

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda was honoured with the Global Lifetime Achievement Award at the Shipping Marine and Ports 2014 Leadership & Excellence Awards this week in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the maritime industry. The awards ceremony is held every two years by Jasubhai Media in conjunction with the […]

Inmarsat promotes SatComms Australia to Gold Service Provider Status

Inmarsat, the provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced that SatComms Australia, a provider of mobile and fixed satellite solutions, has been appointed as a Gold Service Provider. An Inmarsat service provider since 2005, SatComms provides services primarily to the maritime sector and, in recent years, has extended its business to Land and […]

Puerto Rico shippers to benefit from partnership

National Shipping of America (NSA), which operates a fortnightly service between Houston, Port Everglades, and Puerto Rico, has partnered with Rickmers-Linie (America) to provide more global connections to Puerto Rico shippers and greatly expand break bulk service opportunities to the island. Rickmers-Linie will also serve as general sales agent for National Shipping in North America. […]

London Club stresses need to observe passage planning and weather information

The London P&I Club says it has seen a rise over the past 12 months in the number of deficiencies relating to Temporary and Preliminary (T&P) notices to mariners, and an increase in negative findings in relation to the management of radio navigation and meteorological warnings. In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin, the […]

Maritime, Logistics & Energy to take centre stage at IFB2014

Britain’s Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses will take centre stage in the UK this June in what is being described as the business equivalent of the 2012 London Olympics. Over 250,000 business visitors are expected to descend on the northern UK city of Liverpool to attend the International Festival for Business 2014 – a six-week […]

RINA certifies Aggreko marine generators

International classification society RINA has certified the power generators which Aggreko provides for temporary marine use. The certification provides ship owners with the assurance that the generators meet all applicable SOLAS rules for temporary use on board a ship. Pino Spadafora, Area Manager, RINA Services, said: “This certification delivers peace of mind for ship owners […]

Saga returns to Gibdock

Saga Cruises has highlighted Gibraltar’s continuing attractions for cruise owners, returning to Gibdock for repair and maintenance work on one of the ‘grand old ladies’ of the cruise industry, the 24,492grt, 670-passenger capacity Saga Ruby. Delivered by Swan Hunter in 1972 to Norwegian American Line as Vistafjord, the ship is the last cruise vessel built […]