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Shipping Strategy Ltd joins Solis Marine Consultants Alliance network

Shipping Strategy Ltd has joined Solis Marine Consultant’s Alliance of partners established to enhance the Group’s global reach and range of expert marine consultancy services.

While the two businesses will remain independent, by bringing Shipping Strategy into the Alliance Network, Solis Marine will be able to offer clients a one-stop shop for technical and financial/strategic consultancy services where a particular project requires both.

The combined skillsets will be beneficial to Read More…

The marine industry in Cyprus and the COVID-19 vaccine

By Andria Kouloumi, Associate at Michael Kyprianou Advocates & Legal Consultants, Cyprus

As COVID-19 vaccines become more and more available there are feelings of excitement and trepidation in equal measures. With people starting to receive the COVID-19 vaccines in Cyprus, many questions are being raised by employers and employees alike, particularly whether employers can force employees to be immunized. Likewise, similar issues arise from a marine perspective with many shipowners asking Read More…

CJC fully on board with Team Elijah’s Star

Team Elijah’s Star’s attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean in aid of UK children’s charity Action Medical Research has attracted corporate sponsorship from maritime law firm CJC.

In December 2021, Team Elijah’s Star will take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – a 3,000-mile rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean – in support of Action Medical Research’s and their work to support babies born too soon. Inspired by the story Read More…

Liberian Registry will certify SQLearn’s e-learning maritime library and STCW e-courses

The Liberian Registry has signed an agreement with SQLearn to approve SQLearn’s library of e-learning courses and STCW e-courses for the maritime industry.

Amid the ongoing global pandemic, and lack of access to traditional education resources for many seafarers, SQLearn and the Liberian Registry are working together to bring innovative solutions and customized experiences to seafarers and shipowners to allow for the seafarers to continue to get the professional development Read More…

COVID-19 crew change crisis still a challenge – IMO Secretary-General

The crew change crisis caused by COVID-19 restrictions continues to cause challenges, despite some improvement in the numbers, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization has warned.

In a statement, Secretary-General Kitack Lim said that based on industry analysis, the numbers of seafarers requiring repatriation after finishing their contracts had declined – from a high of around 400,000 in September 2020 – to around 200,000 as of March 2021, with Read More…

A new wave of challenges facing the global shipping industry

By Nikos Gazelidis, Global Head Marine, ATPI

There’s no denying that the global Covid-19 pandemic has presented a new set of challenges, never seen before within the shipping industry. We’ve seen countries close their borders with little to no warning, significantly reduced air capacity and heightened costs, as well as a crew change crisis that left many seafarers stranded on ships.

In order to tackle these difficulties, leading companies within Read More…

Container stack collapse can result in PTSD for seafarers, warns CSSS

Container Shipping Supporting Seafarers (CSSS) has voiced concern over the physical and psychological impact of a container stack collapse on the seafarer.

CSSS, a volunteer group established in 2017 by Philip Eastell, believes that stack failure can result not only in physical injury or fatality but also cause post-traumatic stress disorders and similar conditions.

“To be working onboard a large vessel during a major stow collapse must be an extremely Read More…

Blue MBA Virtual Information Meeting

The Executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics (known informally as the Blue MBA) at Copenhagen Business School will be explaining all about its course which is tailor-made for shipping professionals at a virtual information meeting on 8th April 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Copenhagen time)

The unrivalled Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics is designed for high-potential shipping professionals so they can create a network spanning across functions and Read More…

Hapag-Lloyd acquires Africa specialist NileDutch

Hapag-Lloyd and NileDutch have signed a sale and purchase agreement where Hapag-Lloyd acquires all shares of the Dutch container shipping company Nile Dutch Investments (NileDutch).

With over 40 years of expertise, NileDutch is one the leading providers of container services from and to West Africa. The company is present in 85 locations across the world and has 16 own offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Singapore, China, Angola, Congo and Read More…

KONGSBERG secures contract to deliver full solution for ecosystem monitoring using autonomous vessels

Kongsberg Maritime is pleased to report that it has reached an agreement to supply Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) with four autonomous vessels. The scope of supply includes two Kongsberg Maritime Sounder USVs (Unmanned Surface Vehicles) and two KONGSBERG AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), which will form the practical basis of the institute’s long-term strategy to develop the monitoring and management of marine environments and resources.

The four autonomous vessels Read More…

Høglund bolsters prensence in South America and South Korea by signing two new sales and service partners

System integration specialist Høglund announced two partnerships today that add scale and reach to their presence in Brazil and South Korea.)

In Brazil, Høglund will work with M&O Partners, expert providers of global strategic and operational support connecting suppliers and buyers in the maritime and offshore industries. M&O Partners will work with Høglund by leveraging their strong professional network and their in-depth knowledge of the local market to create new Read More…

Consultation into Polar Code due to begin

Consultation on putting international rules designed to protect polar regions and those that sail on them into UK law, is due to begin today (Thursday).

The rules cover safety-related requirements for some of the toughest environments on earth including ship design, construction, and equipment as well as the protection of the unique eco-systems of the polar regions.

Known as the Polar Code, it is the international standard for shipping in Read More…