Pentalver announces plans for permanent container depot at DP World London Gateway

Inland container service operator Pentalver has announced plans to develop a permanent container depot at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s new deep-water port. Pentalver has been providing empty storage, dry repair and reefer services at its temporary premises at DP World London Gateway since April 2014. Now it is to move ahead with a […]

The MPHRP highlights the hardship inflicted upon seafarers and families

Responding to recent articles and reports on current levels of maritime piracy intentionally, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) highlighted the worrying trend that they appear to avoid the word ‘piracy’ in favour of “new forms of criminality”, specifically ‘attacks’ and ‘hijacking’. The technical differences denoted by these terms aside, a basic truth is […]

DNV GL opens new Central China office in Nanjing

Classification society DNV GL has opened up a new office in Nanjing to support business growth in the area and be the centre for operations in Central China. Headed by Area Manager Chen Keng, DNV GL Central China covers most of the Jiangsu Province and follows the Yangtze River upstream to Chongqing and Sichuan. “Central […]

Moore Stephens says offshore maritime sector could be hit by new UK tax charge

International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says companies in the offshore maritime sector could be among those hit by a 25% Diverted Profits Tax (DPT) charge under draft UK legislation scheduled to enter force in April 2015. Under the draft legislation published by the UK Government in December 2014, the new DPT could potentially […]

ABB generates record Azipod orders in 2014 on icegoing and cruise ships demand

ABB has received record levels of new orders for the marine part of the group’s business, driven by solid growth in demand for electrical propulsion systems especially in the cruise and ice-going segments. In 2014, the company won orders worth $200 million to deliver power plants and Azipod propulsion systems to cruise customers and $900 […]

EMTI welcomes new US C1/D visa initiative for Ethiopian seafarers

The Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute (EMTI) has welcomed an initiative by the United States that will provide Ethiopian seafarers with a new class of C1/D visas. The new C1/D visas issued to Ethiopian crewmembers will now be valid for two years. Effective January 2015, the US extended the term period of C1/D visas for Ethiopian […]

Harding opens new service station in Dubai

Life-saving equipment supplier and service provider Harding is now strengthening the world’s biggest service network by opening a new service station at the heart of the maritime industry in Dubai. “Our goal is to further improve the quality of the services we provide for our customers in the Middle East,” said Regional Director for Africa, […]

New authority delegated to RS by the Maritime Administration of the Hellenic Republic

A new agreement governing the delegation of authority for statutory surveys of ships flying the Greek flag and shipping companies was signed between the Ministry of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean (Maritime Administration) of the Hellenic Republic and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The new agreement superseded the previous one of 2009. The […]

Adrian Tolson joins Aegean

Aegean Marine Petroleum has announced that Adrian Tolson has joined the company as Managing Director of the subsidiary, Aegean Oil USA. Mr Tolson was last employed as head of OW Bunker’s subsidiaries in North America. In his new role, he will develop new physical supply locations  and also assist in the marketing of Aegean as […]

Bureau Veritas Marine appoints new Marketing Director

International classification society Bureau Veritas has appointed Paillette Palaiologou as Marine Marketing & Sales Director within the Marine & Offshore Operating Group. She is tasked with defining and leading Bureau Veritas’ business development strategy and priorities in the maritime market. Paillette Palaiologou said: “In tight markets each client needs specific support and services. The strength […]

UNDP and IMO chiefs meet

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark met IMO Secretary-General Sekimizu at IMO Headquarters yesterday (Tuesday). The two highlighted their common commitment to sustainable development and discussed the important role of maritime transportation in building the economies of developing countries. They noted the two highly successful multi-million dollar Partnerships Projects, executed by IMO in […]