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Bob Sanguinetti to step down from the UK Chamber of Shipping

Bob Sanguinetti has decided to step down as Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping to embark on a new role as Chief Executive of the Aberdeen Harbour Board, taking up his new role later this year. The recruitment process for a replacement will begin shortly.

John Denholm, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping said: “Bob has been a great servant to the Chamber over the last three Read More…

St Kitts & Nevis Register confirms its strong commitment to compliance following cocaine find

Vessels flying the St Kitts & Nevis (SKAN) flag that engage in illegal activities face immediate de-registration.

That’s the tough message being circulated by the International Registrar of Shipping & Seamen after a SKAN registered vessel was intercepted off the West African coast carrying six tonnes of cocaine.

The 4,400dwt Najlan was immediately de-registered as a result of the interception that exposed the illegal drugs haul.

Liam Ryan, International Registrar Read More…

The Swedish Club: Resilience in the face of volatility

Resilience in the face of volatility during an extraordinary year. That was the message from The Swedish Club at its first quarter 2021 board meeting yesterday, held virtually from Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Club finished 2020 with an operating profit of USD 3 million; record free reserves at USD 231 million; and confirmation of the Club’s A- ratings as stable by S&P Global Ratings and A.M. Best.

The year ended with Read More…

Biggest becomes bigger – Port of Gothenburg market share increases

The Port of Gothenburg is by far the largest container port in Sweden. Official figures recently published show that the port has grown even more in relation to other ports in Sweden and Europe.

Container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg rose by 0.5 per cent in 2020. This can be compared with recent figures published by the employer organisation “Ports of Sweden” and the government agency “Transport Analysis”, which Read More…

Hill Dickinson consolidates its position at centre of Hong Kong dispute resolution

Recognising Hill Dickinson’s capability and expertise in arbitration as a form of dispute resolution, the firm’s Edward Liu has been reappointed to Hong Kong’s Advisory Committee on Promotion of Arbitration. His new three-year term of office extends to 2024.

The Committee advises and assists Hong Kong’s Department of Justice in the promotion of arbitration in Hong Kong. Inviting him to be reappointed, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, Secretary for Justice praised Read More…

KVH Introduces High Performance, Easy-to-install TracPhone V30 Marine VSAT Antenna for Affordable Internet at Sea

Innovative system features single-cable, DC-powered design, integrated modem in the dome for higher signal strength and efficiency, and compact belowdecks unit with built-in Wi-Fi

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today introduces at the Palm Beach (FL) International Boat Show the TracPhone® V30, an ultra-compact Ku-band VSAT antenna designed to deliver data speeds as fast as 6 Mbps down/2 Mbps up for leisure and commercial boats wanting to experience the Read More…

New laws to restrict the way ships release ballast water into UK seas

Consultation begins today on new laws which would further protect United Kingdom coastlines by stopping international ships from discharging potentially harmful species into the sea.

The Merchant Shipping (Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments) Regulations 2020 would introduce legislation into UK law controlling the discharge of ships ballast water into UK waters.

Ballast water can contain aquatic species that are harmful to native UK ones and the Read More…

iMarine Software and ABS Nautical Systems Enhance Partnership to Solve Procurement Challenges for Shipping Industry

eProcurement platform SeaProc will provide best-in-class solution for clients

ABS Nautical Systems (ABS NS), a leading provider of Fleet Management Software and iMarine Software (SeaProc), an eProcurement specialist, have announced an expanded partnership to provide strengthened procurement solutions for the shipping industry worldwide via the AWS cloud-based eProcurement platform SeaProc.

SeaProc expertly powers a modern source-to-settle integrated procurement process between ship owners, operators and vendors. The use of APIs will Read More…

Another quality milestone for the Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry

It is clear that fleet age is the leading indicator of a greener fleet and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry comprises the world’s youngest blue water fleet with an average age of 9.4 years based on Clarksons Research’s World Fleet Register (Clarksons).

Furthermore, Clarksons has established “green” categories assigned to ships that invest in emission reduction technologies such as LNG fuel and alternative fuels, battery/hybrid systems, engine Read More…

Suez Canal blocked

One of the world’s busiest and most important shipping lanes has been blocked for hours after a container vessel, the 20,388 teu Ever Given, became stuck.

Ships are now queueing at both ends Suez Canal, which normally sees dozens of them transit between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea every day.

Strong winds were to blame for the Ever Given’s grounding and left it stuck sideways in the vital waterway, Read More…

Fourth IMO greenhouse gas emissions study – highlights published

The Fourth IMO GHG Study Executive Summary has been published. This study is the first iteration since the adoption of the Initial IMO Strategy on Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) Emissions from Ships in 2018, under which IMO Member States have pledged to cut GHG emissions from international shipping and to phase them out as soon as possible.

The study estimates that total shipping emitted 1,056 million tonnes of CO2 Read More…

Full complement of BMA documentation now available electronically

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is delighted to announce that all of its certification is now available electronically.

The Authority launched a suite of major enhancements to its online registration information system (BORIS) late last year meaning that companies registering for the service are able to digitally access many of the services offered by The BMA. The implementation of a move to full electronic certification is the natural extension of Read More…