ITF president expresses condolences over latest docker death

International Transport Workers’ Federation President and Chair of its dockers’ section, Paddy Crumlin, has expressed the organisation’s condolences over the death of a docker in Bremerhaven, Germany. The 52-year-old crane operator was loading and unloading containers on Wednesday night when one of the structural members of his crane failed. The operator’s gondola then fell to […]

Dry bulk shipping market unlikely to recover until 2017

The dry bulk shipping market is not expected to return to profitability until 2017, despite a modest recovery in earnings anticipated over the next two years, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The dry bulk market has always been sensitive to demand fluctuations and seven […]

Hempel celebrates 100 years and 2,000 jobs

Recognising Greece as the world’s largest shipping market, Hempel chose Athens to kick off the Group’s centenary celebrations and invited customers from Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania to a party in the Acropolis Museum on Saturday. Hempel has had a permanent presence in Greece since 1952 as Hempel Hellas General Manager, Keld Laursen explained: “For […]

Naval architects count the cost of ship design errors

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says recent claims experience demonstrates that naval architects need to be aware of the need to protect against their exposure to liability for damages resulting from errors in design work. ITIC cites by way of example a case involving the operator of a passenger and ro-ro ferry service which appointed […]

Tatsuo Nishikawa wins DNV GL COMPIT award for 2015

Tatsuo Nishikawa has been announced as the winner of the DNV GL COMPIT Award 2015. The Japanese CFD (computational fluid dynamics) expert, working for the Shipbuilding Research Centre of Japan in Tokyo, was honoured for his paper’s contribution to the use of high-performance computing in the maritime industry, at the COMPIT Conference which took place […]

IUMI President raises concerns for marine insurance

Speaking at the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU) biennial “Marine Insurance Issues” seminar in New York yesterday (Thursday 14), IUMI President Dieter Berg raised a number of concerns currently facing the marine insurance sector. These were: Cyber threats – a growing reliance on IT, within shipping companies, ports & logistics and offshore, is increasing […]

Strategic conference programme at IMDEX Asia 2015 brings maritime security cooperation to the forefront

The International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) will return as a key feature of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition 2015 (IMDEX Asia 2015). The biennial invitation-only conference will see Chiefs of Navy, Directors-General of Coast Guard, government officials, key industry players and academia from around the world, gathering to exchange ideas and discuss challenges facing maritime […]