First steel cut for Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam

Holland America Line celebrated a significant construction milestone today (Tuesday) as the first steel was cut for Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in November 2018. The ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, and the block being built there will later be moved to the Marghera yard where the ship will be […]

Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission takes to the Thames

Lord Heseltine and members of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission took to the Thames recently for their first fact-finding trip. The group were hosted on the river by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and travelled the Thames from Tower Pier through east London as far downriver as London Gateway Port and Thames Oilport […]

ISS awarded NYK Liner agency in Australia

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the maritime and logistics service provider, has been awarded the NYK Liner agency in Australia. Part of the Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Group, NYK Line container services has appointed ISS to represent its New Zealand Singapore service (NZS) and North Asia-New Zealand (NZJ) service from July. Under this new agency agreement, […]

Report finds ship fires pose a real threat to maritime safety

Ship fires pose a threat to maritime safety in Europe with the highest risk on roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) passenger ships because a single ship may carry more than 1000 people and tens of millions use this transport. This is the main conclusion drawn from a risk assessment on ship fires produced by the Finnish Border Guard […]

RUSCON integrates terminal operations in Novorossiysk

RUSCON, the multimodal operator in Russia, is integrating its terminal operations close to the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk in order to increase the efficiency of the operation. RUSCON’s Novorossiysk and Yug terminals have been co-operating and using shared software since 2014 but this move will ensure that total throughput will increase and a greater […]

Maritime Cook Islands boosts China links via tie up with China Classification Society authorisation as Recognised Organisation

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI), the international ship registry, has authorised the China Classification Society (CCS) as a Recognised Organisation (RO), to conduct survey and certification of ships flying the Cook Islands flag. CCS is a full member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and is considered one of the world’s well-regarded, major classification […]

World’s newest passenger hovercraft named by America’s Cup hero Sir Ben Ainslie

Hovertravel’s two new state-of-the-art passenger hovercraft have been named by Sir Ben Ainslie as part of a traditional dedication and blessing ceremony conducted on the Isle of Wight, UK. The new craft, Solent Flyer and Island Flyer, are both liveried with a dynamic representation of the union flag which combines red, blue and the white […]

The Swedish Club puts root cause of incidents into focus

The Swedish Club has launched its latest publication, Claims at a Glance, which provides an insight into the full range of claims the Club has handled over the last five years, and is intended as a tool to reduce the frequency of incidents for both P&I and H&M claims. With prevention at its heart, it […]

Another daily rail service from the Port of Felixstowe

The 33rd daily rail freight service has been introduced at the Port of Felixstowe. Coming just seven weeks after the introduction of the 32nd daily train, the new service is operated by GB Railfreight and runs between the Port of Felixstowe and Rotherham. Commenting on the new service, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the […]

Main themes for European Shipping Week 2017 announced

The themes for European Shipping Week 2017 have been formally announced with the competitiveness of European shipping globally and the strategies being developed by the European Union and its respective bodies to foster that competitiveness sitting at the heart of the week’s events and debate. Digitisation and modernisation of the policy framework are indispensable for […]

World’s first ME-GIE ethane engine completed at Mitsui’s Tamano Works

Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding has announced that it has completed the world’s first ME-GIE ethane-operated two-stroke diesel engine. The engines will be for propulsion of three ethylene carriers, which will also carry ethane as cargo. The Mitsui-MAN B&W 7G50ME-C9.5-GIE is the first engine in a series of three for installation in three LEG (liquefied ethylene […]