Transas receives DNV-GL certificate for ECDIS

DNV-GL has issued an official certificate for the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS after Transas successfully passed type-approval in November 2015. The new generation of the Transas ECDIS is the first system in the market certified by DNV-GL according to the latest IHO and IEC standards. New IHO editions of S-52 and S-64 and new ECDIS […]

Reed Smith continues its expansion in South East Asia

Global law firm Reed Smith has announced the arrival of market-leading admiralty and casualty response lawyer, Richard Lovell, as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office. Mr Lovell (pictured) joins Reed Smith from Ince & Co, where he was head of shipping and managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office. He has almost 30 years’ […]

STCW 2010 – Employers need to be ready, says ICS

The transitional period for the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010) comes to an end on 1st January 2017.  To prevent last minute certification ‘logjams’, and potential difficulties during Port State Control inspections next year, it is important that maritime employers liaise closely with […]

Environment Commissioner Vella’s scrubber visit in Ghent

European Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella visited the DFDS vessel Magnolia Seaways in the port of Ghent on Friday where it was demonstrated how a scrubber functions onboard a modern day vessel and the challenges arising from the operation of such equipment. Following the visit, Commissioner Vella said: “The Commission supports innovation in emission abatement technology […]

IMarEST launches campaign to support seafarers

A campaign has been launched to support seafarers in developing their skills and demonstrating their competencies. The campaign, by the IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology), helps raise awareness of options available to seafarers to grow their knowledge while continuing their role at sea, such as e-learning higher education courses specifically relevant for […]

Stena Line reports a year of very strong passenger growth in 2015

2015 saw continued growth of Stena Line’s passenger numbers and car volumes on its popular Harwich-Hook of Holland route, building on the figures recorded in previous years. The ferry operator transported 158,000 cars in 2015 – 26,000 more than through the full course of 2014; and an increase of 20% year on year. Stena Line […]

Liberian Registry reaches 4,000-ship milestone

The Liberian Registry has reached a historic milestone with the registration of its 4,000th vessel – the 50,000 dwt chemical/product tanker newbuilding High Trust, owned by d’Amico Tankers Limited, Dublin. Scott Bergeron (pictured), CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said: “The Liberian-registered fleet continues […]

ABS, COSCO sign cooperation agreement

Classification society ABS has signed a Cooperation Agreement on Trans-Arctic Shipping Development with China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO). ABS Greater China Division President and COO Eric Kleess and Captain Meijiang Cai, Director of COSCO Safety & Technology Supervision Division, signed the agreement in Shanghai, China. ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Howard […]

RS and DNV GL sign cooperation agreement

Konstantin Palnikov, RS Director General, met with Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL Maritime CEO, at the Head Office of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping recently and during the talks, the sides expressed satisfaction at the positive experience of cooperation between the classification societies in dual classification of ships. As of today, about 20 ships are in […]

Norsafe takes major step forward to offer complete safety package to seafarers

Norsafe has become the first lifeboat manufacturer to provide STCW and Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOROG) compliant training courses for seafarers. This means that the company is the only lifeboat manufacturer that offers production, servicing and certified training in the operation and maintenance of lifeboats and lifeboat crew. Gaining STCW approval is very timely for […]