European ship owners support EU guidelines on places of refuge

European ship owners endorsed yesterday (Wednesday) the adoption of EU operational guidelines on places of refuge for ships in distress at sea, which were produced by the Cooperation Group on Places of Refuge, bringing together Member States, the European Commission and industry. Work on these guidelines started following the MSC Flaminia incident when a fire […]

Wrist acquires marine catering provider Garrets

Wrist Ship Supply today (Thursday) completed the acquisition of Garrets International, which provides catering services to over 1,000 ships worldwide. The Wrist company SeaStar Management will be combined with Garrets and will operate under the Garrets name. The acquisition will strengthen the global proposition to customers of both businesses and provide an enhanced ability to […]

Sailors’ Society funds eye and ear testing equipment for seafarers

Sailors’ Society, one of the largest seafarer support charities operating internationally, is funding free sight and hearing tests for seafarers in India. Seafarers often struggle to leave the port and so cannot easily access healthcare or other facilities. The new testing equipment at the Seafarers’ Home Kandla brings healthcare to the seafarer. Regular examination can […]

Maersk Line’s Samba service to call at DP World London Gateway Port

Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping line, has switched the UK call of its Samba service from Tilbury to DP World London Gateway Port. The first call on the service will be made by the Maersk Lanco on Monday, 21st March. The rotation of the service includes calls at Santos, Paranagua, Itajal, Buenos Aires, […]

Dry bulk shipping needs drastic measures or else risk further malaise

Dry bulk shipping is facing a perfect storm and requires drastic supply side measures if the industry is to return on course to profitability in the medium term, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Drewry estimates that if dry bulk ship owners collectively removed […]

Transas and XVR Simulation are forming a solid partnership

Transas has announced its new strategic cooperation with XVR Simulation to expand its maritime training capabilities and to deploy common complex projects in the safety and security simulation market. Transas and XVR Simulation have just entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was officially signed on the first day of the Transas Simulation User […]

People in distress should be rescued by all vessels at sea, says IMRF

Recent reports that some would-be rescuers do not fully understand the legal context of rescue at sea, and may have been deterred from helping people in distress because of possible legal action by local authorities seeking to counter trafficking activity are misplaced, according to the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). Bruce Reid (pictured), IMRF’s Chief […]

Yvonne van der Laan new Industrial Director Port of Rotterdam Authority

Yvonne van der Laan will commence her duties as Director of Process Industry & Bulk Goods at the Port of Rotterdam Authority on 1st February. Ms Van der Laan has over 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, the last 12 years in various management positions. She will succeed Bas Hennissen, who left in […]

Bureau Veritas to class luxury Polar expedition cruise vessel

Classification society Bureau Veritas is to class a new concept luxury expedition cruise vessel to be built for Australia’s Scenic group. The 165 m LOA vessel will be built at Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard for delivery in summer 2018. It will have lower berth accommodation for 228 passengers and 172 crew and will meet the requirements […]

Ship owners and seafarers’ unions team up to launch new guidance on the elimination of harassment and bullying

Maritime employers and seafarers’ unions have joined forces to publish new international ‘Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying’. The new Guidelines, developed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), can be downloaded from the ICS and ITF websites. These Guidelines have been launched in advance of an […]