Celebrating 25 Years of recruiting seafarers

Norbulk Shipping is celebrating 25 years of training and recruiting seafarers from its management offices in Riga, Latvia. The crewing and training centre that is run by Hanza Marine Management, a partner company to Norbulk Shipping, supplies 4,000 seafarers to 150 vessels and supplies a wide range of crewing recruitment and training services to its […]

Hill Dickinson continues to strengthen commodities team with key partner hire

International law firm Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its commodities team with the appointment of leading lawyer Patric McGonigal. Mr McGonigal joins the firm’s London office from Hogan Lovells, Tokyo where he spent more than four years as head of the Tokyo international disputes team. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, he was partner in Barlow […]

Jeppesen and Navarino become digital services partners

Digital navigation and operations company Jeppesen has entered into a partnership with maritime satellite communications organisation Navarino to create a unique platform for chart data delivery via satellite. Announcing the news, the two partners underline that this is but the first step in a long-term collaboration focused on strengthening their digital navigation and operations and […]

AoS South Africa facing the future with confidence

Members of the Apostleship of the Sea from across South Africa met in Bloemfontein from 17th to 21st May to chart the future work of the charity. Serious challenges facing seafarers and fishermen were addressed by the national conference.  Fr Herman Giraldo, Durban port chaplain described the scourge of modern day piracy and the lasting […]

Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal reopens after £5m upgrade

Cruise passengers passing through the QEII Cruise Terminal in Southampton will start their holidays in style thanks to a multi-million pound project to upgrade its facilities. The terminal was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 1966 and now, 50 years later, has reopened following a joint significant investment of £5m from ABP Port of […]

Outdated systems placing maritime vessels at risk of cyber-attack, study suggests

Vessels are under significant threat of cyber-attack because many are carrying outdated software and were not designed with cyber security in mind, according to new research. But operators could easily mitigate against such dangers by updating security systems, improving ship design and providing better training for crews, the study led by Plymouth University’s Maritime Cyber […]

Build capability in maritime SARs says IMRF

Building capability rather than reacting to tragedy should be the priority for maritime search and rescue (SAR) according to the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) in a statement delivered at the World Humanitarian Summit. The IMRF supports the UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon’s push to find solutions to the widening funding gap and to move […]

ICS publishes Annual Review

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its 2016 Annual Review of maritime policy developments, in advance of the ICS Annual General Meeting, to be held in Tokyo from 1st-3rd June. This will be the final ICS AGM under the chairmanship of Masamichi Morooka (Japan), who will be stepping down after four years in […]

ClassNK releases latest Guideline for Noise Code

Classification society ClassNK has released its Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships (Second Edition). ClassNK released the first edition of the Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships in July 2014, when the Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships became mandatory, to provide the industry […]

BEST sets container handling record

Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) subsidiary Barcelona Europe South Terminal (BEST) achieved a new record when it moved 7,760 TEU on the call of Beatrice. A total of eight ship-to-shore gantry cranes were deployed simultaneously for the operation, on 16th May, achieving a peak Vessel Operating Rate of 221.3 moves per hour. Guillermo Belcastro, General […]