Amendments to SOLAS2020 reflect 20-year industry cooperation for greater safety

IMO’s Marine Safety Committee (MSC) adopted amendments to SOLAS2020 that raise the damage stability requirements for passenger vessels in the event of flooding caused by a collision. These changes used as a basis a series of EU and EMSA funded cooperative research projects conducted by academics, shipyards, ship operators, owners, classification societies and ship design […]

Ferry contract for Damen’s Swedish repair yard

Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet has won a contract for the refit and repair works of a Swedish ferry from Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration). Awarded after a public tender process, the contract refers to the Castella, a 77-metre long Ro-Ro ferry. Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, will complete the works between November 2017 and […]

Crowley honoured with Healthiest Company in America Award for fourth straight year

For the fourth consecutive year, Crowley Maritime  has been honoured as one of the Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health, which offers personalised wellness solutions. Crowley is among 156 companies nationally being recognised for helping employees improve their health, sometimes with life-saving changes. Over 1,700 Crowley employees and spouses participated in the company’s Live […]

Sinochem and Seagull Maritime collaborate on training initiatives

Sinochem Shipping has just signed a long-term agreement with Seagull Maritime to deliver cost-effective and competence-increasing learning onboard its entire fleet of chemical tankers. The company says it will allow it to effectively gain advantage in the chemical trade, with its fierce international competition. “There has been a shortage of skilled officers and crew to […]

Ince & Co advises shipping companies to plan for prolonged Qatar disruption

International law firm Ince & Co has advised shipping and transportation companies with cargo interests in Qatar to plan for a period of disruption and uncertainty, following the decision by a number of Qatar’s neighbours and other nations to cut diplomatic ties and close borders with the Gulf State. Major concerns have arisen among shipping […]

World’s first class developed electronic certificate service ‘ClassNK e-Certificate’ begins operations

Classification society ClassNK will commence operation of the world’s first comprehensive electronic certificate service for classification and statutory certificates from 15th June 2017. The service, ClassNK e-Certificate, will first be made available to Liberian-flagged vessels on the ClassNK register exclusively. ClassNK e-Certificate is the result of an innovative project aimed at reducing the workload onboard […]

Total and Ecoslops sign an agreement to establish a maritime oil residue processing unit in La Mède, near Marseilles

Ecoslops, an innovative technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residues, or “slops”, into valuable new fuels and light bitumen, today announced that is has signed an agreement with Total Group to set up a maritime transport induced oil residue waste-processing unit at La Mède, near Marseilles in the Bouches-du-Rhône. This agreement comes after the successful […]

Greater transparency needed to improve human rights in the shipping industry

At the recent Nor-Shipping event, The Mission to Seafarers hosted a panel debate attended by leaders in seafarer welfare to discuss the very real risk of modern slavery in the shipping industry. Introduced in 2006, the Maritime Labour Convention has been guaranteeing seafarers the right to decent work conditions, accommodation, food, and medical care, amongst […]

HELMEPA celebrates 35th anniversary

Hundreds of supporters and friends, along with Mrs Fotini P. Livanos, celebrated 35 years of operation of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA), last Tuesday at the Yacht of Greece –  an initiative founded by the late George P. Livanos. Members of Parliament, state officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, the Hellenic Coast Guard […]