Engine room fires – old lessons not learned

“Lessons are still not being learned when it comes to preventing engine room fires,” according to Graeme Temple, Regional Director for Braemar SA’s Far East operations, following a review of incidents taking place in 2013. “Last year we attended a significant number of engine room fires – the industry is still experiencing far too many […]

ICS Chairman praises IMO efficiency at World Ocean Summit

ICS Chairman Masamichi Morooka praised the environmental work of the IMO when he addressed delegates at the World Ocean Summit in San Francisco yesterday (Tuesday). It was in response to a suggestion, endorsed by most of the delegates, that the United Nations might establish a World Ocean Organization to tackle the crisis developing with respect […]

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office launches Admiralty e-Nautical Publications

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched a number of its leading Nautical Publications as e-books for the mariner – allowing bridge crews to add Admiralty Notices to Mariners (NM) updates faster and more accurately, and giving them easier access to information they need. Bridge crews can add weekly NMs next to each relevant […]

New and existing members boost London P&I Club tonnage entry

The London P&I Club has increased its membership by almost two million gross tons over the past year, reflecting the entry of further tonnage with the club by existing members, and the addition of new members from China, Greece, Singapore, Turkey, and the UK. Ian Gooch, Chief Executive of the club’s management team, said: “The […]

Howden’s Netherlands marine and liability broking operation launched

Howden Broking Group, part of Hyperion Insurance Group, has announced the opening of a new Rotterdam-based marine insurance operation. The start-up will work predominantly in the Dutch Marine and Liability sectors, including Construction and all associated risks. The team is led by Jan Oosterom and Martin Besemer, formerly of Rotterdam brokers Concordia de Keizer. Adrian […]

Guidance on security certification for seafarers agreed

Guidance on training and certification requirements for ship security officers and seafarers with designated security duties has been agreed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to address practical difficulties seafarers have reportedly experienced in obtaining the necessary security certification under the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping […]

Liebherr Container Cranes commissions seven straddle carriers at Rotterdam terminal

Liebherr Container Cranes has commissioned seven straddle carriers at ECT Delta Terminal in Rotterdam. The Liebherr machines are capable of stacking one over two containers high, have a safe working load of 40 tonnes and are supplied with a Stinis spreader. The straddle carriers operate in the landside interface zone, shuttling between the automatic stacking […]

Severe disruption anticipated at Port Metro Vancouver following trucker industrial action

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) warns that this week’s industrial action by truck drivers serving Port Metro Vancouver is expected to severely impact Canada’s largest and most diverse port. A strike notice has been issued to the port authority by the United Truckers Association, who have voted for a 48 hour strike commencing Wednesday 26th February. […]

Tata Steel reports strong outlook for offshore pipe industry in 2014

The European outlook for the offshore pipe industry in 2014 is positive, according to a recent report conducted by Tata Steel, a leader in the supply of innovative deep-water pipe line solutions. The study, conducted by Europe’s second largest steel producer, points to high energy demand from Africa, Asia and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and […]

Azerbaijan, Estonia and Qatar approve use of ADP in lieu of paper

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office has announced that Azerbaijan, Estonia and Qatar are the latest flag states to confirm their approval for the use of digital nautical publications to satisfy SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) carriage requirements. This decisions means that the 400 plus vessels flagged by these three jurisdictions are now permitted to […]

UK P&I Club announces a positive 2014 renewal

The UK P&I Club (The UK Club), one of the oldest shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, has announced its renewal for 2014 following the closure of the renewal season on 20th February. The Club has reported another positive result with a net increase of a million gross tons of mutual business, mutual owned tonnage […]