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UK P&I Club releases ‘Ask an Expert’ video on grain contamination claims

The UK P&I Club has released the latest video in its online ‘Ask an Expert’ series, featuring Chris Ellyatt from CWA International on the increasing number of grain contamination claims and their causes.


The Club continues to see a number of grain contamination claims and Chris Ellyatt explains it is often difficult to work out if these claims are due to the inherent contaminants at the load port, or Read More…

The path to global trade interoperability

By Jacco De Jong, Global Head of Sales, Bolero

2020 was an unprecedented year in which we saw seismic paradigm shifts and disruptive changes across society and the global economy. Many companies and industries were pushed over the figurative technological tipping point, and business has been transformed forever as a result.

Digital transformation has alleviated significant pressures and, in some cases, brought great riches to those able to adapt but Read More…

Weathernews heads for the top as the ‘one stop shop’ for weather risk and voyage optimisation services

Tokyo-headquartered WNI Weathernews is already a heavyweight in the maritime market having supported ship masters and shore operators on millions of voyages over the last 50 years. Many may not be familiar with the name but that’s about to change as it aims for pole position as the preferred single source of digital fleet management services designed to minimize risk and maximise profits.

As a major source of greenhouse gas Read More…

IMO regional pollution centre (REMPEC) assists with oil spill incident in Israel

The IMO-administered Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) is assisting the competent authorities of Israel with technical expertise regarding the beaching of a large quantities of tar balls on the Israeli shoreline.  

The cause of the pollution is yet to be identified. As of 23 February 2021, 1,000m3 of tar balls have already been collected.   

REMPEC is supporting the identification of the source of the pollution by obtaining information from satellite images from Maritime Read More…

Danica welcomes Russian seafarer vaccination

Russia, a major hub for seafarers, has now recognised seafarers as keyworkers and begun giving them COVID-19 vaccinations as a priority group – a move welcomed by Danica Crewing Services, a leading supplier Russian seafarers.

Danica Managing Director Henrik Jensen reports that Danica crew members are among the first to receive the vaccination in Saint Petersburg.

He commented: “We are delighted to have the first seafarers vaccinated. It is a Read More…

Freeport East will boost offshore wind investment

The proposed new Freeport East, centred on the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich, will turbo-charge the development of an offshore wind hub according to the partnership of businesses and public authorities backing the bid.

George Kieffer, Chairman of the Freeport East Project Board, said: “The UK is the world’s largest market for the development and deployment of offshore wind and Freeport East sits right at its heart. The southern North Read More…

Consequences of COVID pandemic affect Port of Hamburg’s 2020 throughput

Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg performed better than expected in the fourth quarter of 2020. The upward trend has been noticeable since the third quarter. Seaborne cargo throughput in the fourth quarter was even around 3% higher than in the same quarter the year before. Container throughput was just 1.2% lower year over year. However, total throughput in 2020 amounted to 126.3 million tons, 7.6% below the Read More…

Britannia P&I supports Sailors’ Society Wellness at Sea awareness campaign

Britannia P&I has announced that, as part of its recently launched BSafe initiative, it is supporting Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea awareness campaign.

The campaign was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis and aims to increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues, motivate crew and provide practical support to help seafarers through challenging times.

The awareness campaign, which reflects Sailors’ Society’s experience in wellness training and supporting mental Read More…

The Mission to Seafarers launches new e-learning modules for seafarers

International seafarer welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers has today announced the launch of its new e-learning modules as an extension to its WeCare programme. In response to the added pressures on seafarers during COVID-19, the two face-to-face programmes are being moved online to provide greater accessibility.

WeCare was launched by The Mission to Seafarers in January 2019. The goal of this ambitious new initiative was to address an issue Read More…

DNV GL joins Smart Maritime Network to enhance industry cooperation on digitalisation

Classification society DNV GL has joined the Smart Maritime Network, an initiative dedicated to supporting collaboration and standardization in the development of IT systems for the shipping sector. Bjørn-Johan Vartdal, Head of DNV GL’s Maritime Incubator, and Magnus Lande, Head of APAC for Veracity by DNV GL, will also join the Smart Maritime Council.

DNV GL has been committed to using its position as an independent third party to build Read More…

KVH partners with Smart Ship Hub for KVH Watch Maritime IoT solution

KVH Industries announced today that remote vessel and voyage management platform Smart Ship Hub is now a KVH Watch Solution Partner and will offer KVH Watch services as part of its wide range of remote technical and operational management solutions.

The Smart Ship Hub platform provides performance advisory and predictive diagnostics for vessel performance optimization as well as remote video-based maintenance and surveys and a wide range of related services Read More…

UK Club delivers positive result in challenging conditions

The UK P&I Club has today (Thursday) announced its renewal results for 2021.

The Club’s primary goal at this renewal was to find a balance between the needs of the Club’s Members on the one hand, and the Club’s commitment to maintaining balanced underwriting and sound financial planning to secure the long term stability of the Club.

Despite the challenges of a remote renewal, the UK Club delivered a strong, Read More…