Shipping industry and unions launch fresh quarantine programme for seafarers to address Omicron travel concerns

Shipowners, seafarers’ unions and maritime employer groups are establishing their own approved international network of quarantine facilities to ensure seafarers can safely join ships, despite unpredictable changes to government border policies. The move comes as the Omicron variant spurs governments to close their borders to seafarers needing to leave and join ships. The Crew Enhanced […]

ABS grants AIP for Anglo-Eastern’s ammonia-fuelled Newcastlemax bulker design

An innovative ammonia-fuelled Newcastlemax bulker design from Anglo-Eastern Technical Services (AETS) has been granted Approval in Principle (AIP) by ABS. The dual-fuel vessel design sacrifices no cargo space by using deck-mounted IMO Type C tanks under the accommodation block on each side of the vessel. AETS has designed the system for retrofit to existing vessels […]

Saudi shipowners commit 100+ vessels to Columbia Shipmanagement Saudi Arabia

A leading group of progressive Saudi owners and operators have committed over 100 offshore assets to Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) Saudi Arabia. Hadi Hamad Al-Hammam, ATCO, BGMS, BAAS, High Seas and Naghi Marine have all confirmed their intent to engage with CSM Saudi Arabia on a third-party management, crew management or franchise basis. “We have demonstrated […]

Peninsula Completes $320m Singapore-based Credit Facility

Peninsula, the leading global marine energy supplier, announced the completion and renewal of its $320 million syndicated Singapore-based credit facility. This announcement follows the renewal of Peninsula’s European banking facility in May of this year and, together with the group’s other bilateral lines, provides a total funding package in excess of $1 billion. The Singapore […]

BV in world’s first international rescue exercise in a polar zone

Bureau Veritas (BV) has recently participated in the world’s first international search and rescue exercise (SAREX) in a remote polar zone. BV tested and certified maritime safety equipment onboard the polar exploration vessel Le Commandant Charcot, during a trial voyage to the North Pole organised by leading cruise ship operator PONANT. The search and rescue […]

Bringing Christmas cheer and support to seafarers

Stella Maris is bringing Christmas cheer and support to seafarers who are working harder than ever this year to ensure goods are delivered in time for the festivities. Its chaplains and ship visitors in ports in the UK and worldwide are visiting as many ships as they can to distribute Christmas shoeboxes and gift bags […]

North Star embarks on green transformation of UK fleet with Houlder sustainability study

  North Star, the UK’s largest ship operator servicing the oil and gas industry, has kickstarted its ambitious fleet decarbonisation plans with an in-depth sustainability study across its 44 offshore infrastructure support vessels. The results will deliver a roadmap to help the business futureproof its tonnage, enhance operational performance, and meet its net zero 2040 […]

Smarter navigational technology for London’s busier river

State-of-the-art, air traffic control communication technology is helping the Port of London Authority (PLA) improve navigational safety of visiting vessels on the tidal river Thames. A modernisation programme, focused on maintaining safety on an increasingly busy river, has seen the installation of cutting-edge equipment at the PLA’s navigational control centres in Gravesend and Woolwich. Used […]

UKHO launches Tidal API platform with expanded coverage for British and Irish waters

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched its new Tidal API platform, with expanded coverage for the coastlines of the British Isles and the Republic Ireland, as well as new tidal data information to support mariners in British and Irish waters. Following extensive research and development by UKHO, the new Tidal API platform is a […]

IMO sets International Day for Women in Maritime

The IMO Assembly has adopted a resolution proclaiming an International Day for Women in Maritime, to be observed on 18 May every year. The Assembly is meeting for its 32nd session from 6-15 December. The observance will celebrate women in the industry and is intended to promote the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women […]