Liberian flag added to QUALSHIP 21

The Liberian flag has been included in the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) QUALSHIP 21 (QS21) roster for 2019-2020. QS21 recognises vessels and flag states which have successfully met specified safety and quality requirements and regulations when calling at ports in the United States. Alfonso Castillero, Chief Operating Officer of the Liberian Registry, said: “We […]

New ground-breaking Wärtsilä high resolution radar increases safety in busy ports

The technology group Wärtsilä has launched its RS24 high resolution radar, the world’s first commercially available K-band maritime radar. By detecting far smaller objects and at a much higher radar resolution than conventional S or X-band radars, the RS24 enables small vessels and other potential hazards close to large ships to be visible. This promotes […]

Shell Marine launches Alexia 40 lubricant ahead of IMO 2020 regulation changes

In support of customer preparedness for IMO 2020, Shell Marine is introducing Shell Alexia 40 – a new two-stroke engine cylinder oil specifically for use with engines running on 0.5% sulphur content Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO). With a Base Number of 40, Shell Alexia 40 has been developed to optimise equipment performance and […]

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) continues to grow its operations in Asia Pacific

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) is continuing to grow steadily in the Asia Pacific region – enhancing presence in key Asian shipping markets including Malaysia, Indonesia and China. The classification society had earlier received authorisation as Recognised Organisation (RO) from the flag administrations of Malaysia and Thailand and expects to attain recognition from other key […]

Sea Asia opens in Singapore

Global maritime leaders gathered at today’s Opening Ceremony of Sea Asia 2019, the 7th biennial conference and exhibition organised by UBM (Seatrade) and Singapore Maritime Foundation, as part of Singapore Maritime Week 2019. Marking the beginning of the three-day maritime event, the Opening Ceremony was attended by Guest of Honour, Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister […]

The Swedish Club reports robust underwriting performance in challenging market conditions

At the first quarter 2019 Board meeting, The Swedish Club reported that it had continued to deliver robust underwriting performance and preserve strong capital adequacy in 2018, amid challenging market conditions. A combined ratio of 99% was achieved. The investment was very volatile with the equity markets in free fall during December 2018. As a […]

North P&I Club’s Captain Savraj Mehta honoured with Indian National Maritime Day Award

India’s National Maritime Day Celebrations Committee has conferred the Eminent Overseas Maritime Personality Award on North P&I Club’s Chief Underwriting Officer, Captain Savraj Mehta, on the occasion of the 56th National Maritime Day Celebrations 2019. The Eminent Overseas Maritime Personality Award recognises and honours individuals for their sustained and outstanding contribution to the maritime sector. […]

Electronic information exchange now mandatory for ports

A mandatory requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange between ships and ports came into effect from yesterday (8th April). The aim is to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tons of goods which are traded by sea annually across the globe. The […]

EU ship recycling rules look like protectionism

Only nine shipyards, out of 26, on the EU list of approved recycling facilities are realistically open for ship recycling, and only three of the 26 could recycle a large ship (Panamax size or larger), a study commissioned by BIMCO shows. “The EU list is hard to take seriously. I called one of these “recycling […]

IEC Telecom launches Orion Edge+ to Asian maritime sector

IEC Telecom will launch its ground-breaking Orion Edge+ satellite voice and data communication solution during this week’s Sea Asia (April 9 to 11). Orion Edge+ provides high quality, reliable broadband with the ultimate cost effective operational benefits. It also provides flexible data plans with no long-term commitment. This flexibility makes Orion Edge+ ideal for busy […]