New guidance launched on methanol bunkering

The use of methanol as a future fuel is explored in new guidance published by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the Methanol Institute (MI). The new guidance in the Bunkering Technical Reference on Methanol outlines the procedures required for the safe bunkering of methanol and incorporates dedicated checklists to assist ship owners/operators, ports, bunker suppliers and […]

New Director-Maritime for The Japan Ship Centre

The Japan Ship Centre (JSC), established in London in 1965 as a joint office of the Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), has appointed Hirotaka Mori to the role of Director-Maritime, succeeding Takanori Maeda. Mr Mori will hold responsibility for the JSC’s research and analysis of maritime markets around Europe […]

U-Ming Marine and StormGeo announce expanded partnership

StormGeo, which provides weather intelligence, ship routing and fleet performance management solutions, has announced an expanded partnership with Taiwan shipping giantU-Ming Marine. The new partnership combines U-Ming’s platform with StormGeo’s ship-to-shore fleet and voyage management solutions, FleetDSS and ECO Insight. This move represents a significant first step in U-Ming’s strategy to integrate its entire digital […]

Mega-ship HMM Hamburg makes first call in Hamburg

With the first call of the HMM Hamburg, another ship of the so-called ‘Megamax-24 class’ headed for the port of Hamburg last night (Monday). The HMM Hamburg is one of 12 new container ships of the South Korean liner shipping company HMM (formerly Hyundai Merchant Marine) that are being delivered since April. The mega-carrier is […]

Lloyd’s Register partners with STC Global to bring a step change to HSE management through artificial intelligence

Lloyd’s Register, a professional services company specialising in engineering and technology solutions, has partnered with STC Global to use AI to unlock insight from the vast amounts of incident data captured by HSE functions but left untapped. Leveraging complementary expertise, the partnership will raise the game for HSE professionals by integrating Natural Language Processing AI […]

Rates slide but carrier performances continue to defy expectations

Despite the economic shockwaves engendered by the ongoing global pandemic, the world’s leading carriers continue to display signs of effective strategic management skills. Many of the industry’s key players are posting robust Q2 results, while, according to the latest XSI Public Indices report from Oslo-based Xeneta, global rates are still holding firm, albeit with August […]

DNV GL’s remote in-water ship surveys using ROV mark a world first

The world’s first in-water remote ship surveys using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) have been completed by lclassification society DNV GL. In-water bottom surveys using ROVs have now been carried out on three separate Wilson ASA-managed vessels with the first having been completed on the Wilson Fedje in December 2019 by a surveyor from Høvik. […]