New CEO of UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency appointed

Virginia McVea will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), overseeing the work of the agency. She will begin her new role on Monday 3 April 2023, which follows the previous MCA Chief Executive Officer Brian Johnson’s retirement, taking over from Interim CEO Damien Oliver. In her previous […]

ICS publishes updated STCW Guide for the modern working environment

In recent years, shipping has rapidly developed and evolved to meet new realities, from working with low flash point fuels for net zero requirements to operating in polar regions, prompting changes to regulations in the IMO International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). STCW was designed to regulate the training […]

The UK P&I Club announces renewal for 2023

The Club continues to enjoy the continued support of its membership with 99% of members renewing. The combined mutual owned and chartered tonnage stands in excess of 260 million gross tons, following an increase in mutual owned tonnage to 152.5 million tonnes. Many existing Members supported the Club with additional tonnage and commitments for new […]

Gard reports strong renewal in a market seeking stability

Gard has announced yet another strong P&I renewal for 2023. Over the last 12 months, 17 million GT have been added, bringing the mutual tonnage to a total of 277 million GT, with 99.4% of the existing tonnage staying with the club. “This has been a good renewal season for Gard, in which we have […]

Inmarsat confirms successful launch of world’s most advanced satellite

Global mobile satellite communications network provider Inmarsat has announced the successful launch of its latest I-6 F2 spacecraft from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station aboard a flight proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch saw I-6 F2 lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, reaching a top speed of almost 40,000km/h as it left Earth […]

West’s premium exceeds US$300m for first time after successful renewal

A disciplined renewal has seen a West P&I premium increase of 9% on renewing mutual business, whilst the Club’s selective approach to growth throughout the year and at the renewal resulted in tonnage growth of 6m GT across the year. In a continuing strong show of support from its Members, 99% of tonnage offered renewal […]

Cyprus and UK sign MoU to increase cooperation in shipping

The Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) and the UK Department for Transport this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further strengthen shipping relations between the two states. The agreement includes a range of commitments designed to address current challenges faced by the sector. Drafted to align with the needs and objectives of each […]