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Contship Italia Group releases new business plan targets 2021-2024

Contship Italia Group, the Italian container terminal and intermodal branch of Eurokai, today unveils a raft of new initiatives aimed at enhancing its national and international developments.

In a wide ranging set of new targets and initiatives, the group will start work on achieving:

More than 1.8 million TEU new handling capacity, including gateway and transshipment capabilities, which are expected to be offered to global carriers by the end Read More…

IMO and Republic of Korea partner to address ships’ GHG emissions

Four-year partnership will support GHG reduction training in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The Republic of Korea and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have signed an agreement to establish a training programme to support developing States to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. This will facilitate the implementation of candidate measures to be adopted by IMO and the development of national action plans Read More…

Wikborg Rein appoints Ina Lutchmiah as new Managing Director of Singapore office

International law firm Wikborg Rein has appointed Ina Lutchmiah (Partner) as the new Managing Director of its Singapore office. The appointment further cements Wikborg Rein’s leading presence in the shipping and offshore sectors.

Lutchmiah already heads up Wikborg Rein’s transactional practice in the Asia Pacific region which encompasses both shipping and offshore energy projects (including renewables). In the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings, Ina was recommended for oil and Read More…


BT and Belfast Harbour today announced a landmark partnership to build a state-of-the-art 5G ecosystem within the Port.  The partnership will deliver a series of 5G-led innovations to accelerate Belfast Harbour’s digital transformation and help deliver its smart port strategic ambitions.

In a UK and Ireland-first, BT will build and manage a live 5G Private Network designed specifically to achieve the highest levels of ultrafast mobile connectivity, coverage, reliability and Read More…

UKHO launches new innovation challenge to accelerate geospatial data use in maritime risk and insurance sector

TAUNTON, UK – 27 OCTOBER 2020: As part of the ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme, the UK Hydrographic Office is inviting innovators and start-ups to develop new solutions for the maritime risk and insurance sector using ADMIRALTY data.

For the maritime insurance sector, access to accurate and reliable data is essential to help quantify risks faced by shipping companies and create the best insurance products to support their customers.

As part Read More…

Tanker hijacking brought to an end

Seafarers should not be allowed to get caught up in the crisis of political refugees or economic migrants, according to the UK Chamber of Shipping.

Speaking a day after news broke about the hijacking of the Nave Andromeda in the Solent, the UK Chamber said it was heartening to see the UK authorities take swift action to safeguard ship and crew.

Seven suspects were detained by UK special forces after Read More…

Lloyd’s Register selected for Australia’s Hunter Class Frigate Program

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been appointed as the classification society for Australia’s Hunter Class Frigate Program, the largest surface ship project in the nation’s defence history.

Through Hunter, BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, will deliver nine anti-submarine warfare frigates, known as the Hunter class, to the Royal Australian Navy.

ASC Shipbuilding recently awarded LR the contract to provide tailored Naval Classification and Certification Services for the Hunter program’s Read More…

Obituary – John Blom, NeKo Ship Supply Group

After a long illness, John Blom the owner and founder of NeKo Ship Supply, passed away on 21st October at the age 72.

John left his mark in the Ship Chandler Industry with a career of more than 50 years. He started at Aug. Kopcke & Co in the 1970s and in 2002 he crafted the NeKo Ship Supply Group where his knowledge and passion played a crucial role in Read More…

ITIC warns against letting speed affect accuracy

To maintain flexibility, charterers often request that the ship broker fix the vessels to discharge at a specified number of ports within a defined range. But it’s important that the broker clearly understands the definition of that range and which ports it includes, says the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC).

A recent claim handled by ITIC involved a fixture identifying a discharge in a north China range designated as “1-2 Read More…

MCA publishes annual report

The MCA’s annual report for April 2019 to March 2020 has been published this week, highlighting the work of the Agency for the 12-month period.

Although the report doesn’t cover the period where the effects of COVID-19 were felt most, it’s clear the MCA still had a number of challenges to deal with in terms of maritime.

Her Majesty’s Coastguard, the search and rescue service of the MCA responded to Read More…

Columbia Shipmanagement enters Italian market in joint venture with Premuda

Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) is entering the Italian market after agreeing a joint venture which will see it take on the full management of the entire Premuda fleet.

Group Premuda, controlled by Pillarstone, the industrial and financial platform that supports the relaunch of companies in temporary difficulty, has a fleet of 28 vessels under the control of the Genoese company and Finav, the Fund for credit management in the shipping sector Read More…

HHI, Hyundai Glovis, Liberian Registry and KR develop world’s first large size commercial hydrogen carrier

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, Hyundai Glovis, the Liberian Registry, the Korean Register and their partners have successfully developed the world’s first large Size and commercially viable liquified hydrogen carrier.

HHI Group’s Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) and Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) announced yesterday (Thursday)  that they have received the necessary Approval in Principle (AIP) for a 20,000 cubic metres class liquefied hydrogen carrier from the Liberian Registry as flag Read More…