Seafarer survives four days at sea with fractured spine after fall

A Filipino seafarer is recovering in hospital after fracturing his spine falling from a ladder on 14th November. Adriano Gicos, 55, was descending into the ship’s hold when he slipped and fell four metres, while travelling from Singapore to Brazil. Colleagues who witnessed the accident had to use a crane to get him back to […]

ABB enables groundbreaking trial of remotely operated passenger ferry

Ice-class passenger ferry Suomenlinna II was remotely piloted through a test area near Helsinki harbour, proving that human oversight of vessels from anywhere is achievable with today’s technologies. With this historic trial in the Finnish capital’s port last week, ABB and Helsinki City Transport took the next step in autonomous shipping. In the remote trial, […]

Standardisation of port call data one step closer

Following a successful Industry Input Workshop in May 2018, on 29th November the second Industry Input Workshop was held to discuss and agree on global data standards (GDS) for port call data, allowing machines to understand each other, such as to connect the berth planning of the terminal to the navigation information of the ship. […]

North P&I Club’s Alan Lo retires after 23 Years with the Club

After over 23 years of service, Alan Lo, the Director of North’s Hong Kong office, retired on 30th November. Mr Lo has served the Club and its members with distinction throughout this period and has been a respected ambassador and a good friend and colleague to all at North. Mr Lo started his career with […]

Swiss Climate EcoCare and Korean Register sign MoU for IMO DCS services

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between Korean Register (KR) and Swiss Climate EcoCare to provide enhanced IMO DCS (International Maritime Organization, Data Collection System) services to the maritime industry. The MoU was signed in Hamburg, Germany on 22nd November in presence of Philipp Ahrenkiel, Managing Director at Swiss Climate EcoCare GmbH and […]

Thome Chairman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Olav Eek Thorstensen, Executive Chairman of the Thome Group, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tanker Shipping and Trade’s annual conference held in London on 20th-21st November. Looking back over his 50 years in the maritime industry, Mr Eek Thorstensen recalled the early days of third party shipmanagement and how he realised that Thome […]