Bahamas records lowest ever number of annual PSC detentions

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has recorded its lowest ever number of annual detentions following port state control (PSC) inspections with only 24 ships being detained in 2018. The Bahamas’ Minister for Transport and Local Government, Renward Wells, said: “These results build on the BMA’s impressive track record of supporting its maritime clients comprehensively, rapidly […]

d’Amico Group winner of the 2019 SMART4SEA Energy Efficiency Award

d’Amico Group received the SMART4SEA Energy Efficiency Award during a prestigious ceremony at the Yacht Club of Greece in Athens last night. The SMART4SEA Awards include seven more categories, all focused on initiatives and individuals that foster Safety Excellence & Sustainable Shipping. Winners are chosen following a combination of open nomination and audience-vote. d’Amico Group […]

Lebanon prepares to host East Med Maritime Conference

The countdown has begun for Lebanon to host a major maritime conference this June, the hugely anticipated East Med Maritime Conference EMMC 2019, strategically sponsored by the Lebanese Directorate General of Land and Maritime Transport, Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Taking place on the 19th June at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, Lebanon, […]

ITIC e-learning video highlights dangers of switch bills of lading

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has produced an e-learning video for ship agents on the use of ‘switch bills of lading’, a second sets of bills used as a substitute for the original bills of lading issued at time of shipment. ITIC Legal Advisor Mark Brattman said: “There are a number of valid reasons why […]

European ship owners: priority is and remains a Brexit deal

Following yesterday’s discussions in the UK parliament and the mandate given to the UK Prime Minister to re-discuss Brexit arrangements with her European colleagues, European ship owners are calling upon all parties to seize this opportunity to avoid a no-deal Brexit scenario. Without a deal, the repercussions on the fluidity of trade between the EU […]

Survitec opens new state-of-the-art service and distribution hub in Singapore

Safety and survival specialist Survitec has opened a new service and distribution hub in Singapore to meet increased demand from customers across the Asia Pacific region. The extensive complex in Singapore’s Sembawang district covers a 7,153m2 area, of which 1308m2 is outdoors. With more than 200 personnel, it is Survitec’s largest service and distribution centre […]

Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber systems mark 10 years at sea

The arrival of 2019 leaves just one year until the global sulphur cap becomes reality, but it also marks a decade since the first vessel set sail with an Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber onboard. In 2009, the RoRo vessel DFDS Ficaria Seaways entered dry dock for an expansion of its cargo space. While the vessel […]

Costa Group CEO Michael Thamm appointed Chairman of CLIA Europe

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe has appointed Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia, as Chairman of CLIA Europe from January 2019. Mr Thamm succeeds David Dingle, Chairman of Carnival UK, who has served as interim CLIA Europe Chairman since Summer 2018. “I am grateful for my election as Chairman of CLIA […]

Optimarin says early order surge should make 2019 ‘best year ever’

In the quarter of a century since its formation in 1994, ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has never experienced a year quite like 2018. The Norwegian-headquartered firm has today revealed that the previous 12 months saw it sell more than 100 systems and achieve record revenues. However, according to company CEO Tore Andersen, 2019 […]