MacGregor signs Letter of Intent on strategic cooperation with CSSC

MacGregor and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on strategic cooperation. The LOI was signed yesterday (29th October), at an executive level meeting in Beijing led by Lei Fanpei, the CSSC Chairman and Michel van Roozendaal, MacGregor President. MacGregor sees that this cooperation will further strengthen its presence in […]

Martin Bencher expands in North America

Martin Bencher Group, the Scandinavian-based shipping and freight forwarding company, has expanded in North America with an office in Vancouver, BC, Canada. “North America is a very important project market for the Martin Bencher Group and with an office in Vancouver, BC, Canada, we are in a better position to service existing and new customers […]

UK tax regime continues to provide stability for shipping and offshore maritime

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens has outlined a number of unexpected changes introduced by the UK Budget 2018 which could have implications for the shipping and offshore maritime industries. But it stresses that these are relatively minor alterations which will have a limited impact on what continues to be a stable tax regime […]

ABS aids Greek ship operators in meeting 2020 global sulphur limit challenges

Greek shipping industry stakeholders joined ABS for a workshop on drafting 2020 sulphur limit Ship Implementation Plans (SIP). Intended to help shipping companies and crew ready their vessels for compliance with the required sulphur content limit of 0.50% by 1st January 2020, the ABS workshop identified risks associated with design and operations of vessels in […]

Hong Kong has potential to be an even more attractive international arbitration hub

Hong Kong has the potential to become an even more attractive international hub for arbitration in the Far East if it develops a more global strategy and embraces foreign investment, according to Edward Yang Liu, Hill Dickinson counsel in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has its own unique advantages and favourable conditions and can provide convenient, […]

Rockin’ and painting for a good cause

On Saturday (27th October) Seafarers’ House, The Grind Kindness Rocks Project, and members of Church by the Sea gathered at The Grind Coffee Project in Fort Lauderdale to help bring a little bit of terra firma to the hardworking mariners who come to the shores over the holidays. More than a dozen volunteers painted rocks […]

Hill Dickinson Hong Kong boosts shipping practice with two senior hires

Commercial law firm Hill Dickinson has appointed two senior hires to join its Hong Kong office. Counsel and registered foreign lawyer Edward Liu and Counsel Antony Cowie both joined on 22nd October 2018. Mr Lui, a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and a lawyer in P.R China, joins the team as counsel from Reed […]

Denmark’s Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs confirmed as speaker

Denmark’s Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Rasmus Jarlov has now been confirmed as speaker at Copenhagen Shipping Summit. The Summit takes place in April 2019, where it will address issues related to the four main topics of the event:  The Future of Shipping, Maritime Recruitment Trends – Ashore and At Sea, Empowering Women […]

Optimarin wins order for 10 further BWT systems from Höegh Autoliners

Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has consolidated its relationship with Höegh Autoliners by securing a new agreement for 10 retrofitted systems. The contract follows previous individual orders over the past two years, with the USCG approved, UV-based technology now set to be on-board 15 ships within the firm’s advanced RoRo fleet. “This is arguably […]

BIMCO very satisfied with carriage ban and fuel quality reporting compromise

BIMCO said it was very satisfied with several developments at the meeting of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee at the International Maritime Organization 22nd-26th October. Two key developments were the adoption of the ban from 1st March 2020 on carriage of non-compliant fuel and the compromise reached on collecting data from the world fleet on […]

ICS welcomes IMO progress on environmental issues and constructive role of China in GHG debate

At the conclusion of this week’s critical meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), ICS has welcomed the significant progress made on some key environmental issues. ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson commented: “While attention was rightly focused on preparations for the 2020 sulphur cap, IMO also made very good progress towards implementing the ambitious […]