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New due diligence tool aims to help businesses uphold their responsibility to protect human rights at sea

A wide-ranging set of guidance has been issued to help enterprises using shipping services to protect the human rights of seafarers, as hundred of thousands are still stranded on ships due to COVID-19 imposed travel restrictions.

The Human Rights Due Diligence Tool is a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Read More…

ClassNK certifies Alpha Ori’s AssetAI as Innovation Endorsement for Products & Solutions

Leading Classification Society ClassNK has certified AssetAI, developed by Alpha Ori, as Innovation Endorsement*1 for Products & Solutions, under its certification service for innovative technologies.

In July 2020, to promote the spread and development of innovative technologies, the Society launched Innovation Endorsement as a swift certification service in cooperation with technological front runners to establish appropriate evaluation criteria. Among the certification categories, “Products & Solutions” covers digital equipment and software Read More…

Good Travel Management acquires Company Travel

Good Travel Management has concluded an agreement to acquire the customer base and ongoing client servicing activity of West Yorkshire based Company Travel.

Company Travel is a long established and well-respected business with expertise in travel management in key sectors such as Engineering, Manufacturing, Renewables and Construction.

Commenting on the acquisition, Kevin Harrison, Managing Director of Good Travel Management said: “The acquisition of Company Travel, following on from our partnership Read More…

OneLearn Global Launches and Signs up to the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change

Recently launched OneLearn Global, created to provide modern-day training solutions to serve the maritime, energy, hospitality and industrial sectors, has immediately signed up to the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change.

Joining over 750 other signatories, who have pledged to work together across the value chain with industry stakeholders, organisations and governments to implement practical crew change solutions, “OneLearn Global will do everything possible to impact key decision Read More…

IMO Council membership demonstrates Jamaica’s worth says Transport Minister

Membership of the International Maritime Organisation is important for strengthening Jamaica and the Caribbean region’s global position in the maritime sector according to its Transport Minister Robert Montague.

Speaking during Jamaica’s virtual launch event to kickstart its campaign for re-election to Category C membership of the IMO Council for 2022-2023, the Honourable Minister Montague said re-election would “communicate to our nation and the world at large that we believe in Read More…

ÈTA Danica combines global crewing solutions with local knowledge

High quality global crewing provision combines with in-depth local experience in ÈTA Danica Crewing Services, a new venture which has started operations in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.

ÈTA Danica provides ship operators with a single point of access to more than 70,000 officers living in the areas covered by Danica’s eastern European manning network as well as Danica’s crew management systems and training services.

This joint venture Read More…


Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) has continued its recent expansion by agreeing a strategic partnership with the highly respected Norwegian ship owner and operator Seatrans AS.

The joint venture company will be named Stödig Ship Management AS and will operate out of Seatrans’ offices in Bergen Norway. All Seatrans’ staff will remain employed in the company.

Welcoming the move, Mark O’Neil, President and CEO of CSM, said: “In Columbia Shipmanagement we recognise Read More…

DNV Awards AiP for New LNG Fuel Tank Insulation

Risk management and assurance experts DNV, have granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) to PASSER Marine for the development of a new LNG fuel tank insulation system.

The new concept is designed for prismatic ‘type B’ LNG tanks – which according to IMO rules require a partial secondary barrier – and includes a leakage detection system capable of safely managing and containing fuel leaks.

Svein Konradsen, COO of PASSER Marine Read More…

Energy Technology Experts Merge to form eCap Marine

Following the need on ships for emission-reducing energy technology, eCap Mobility and Hybrid Port Energy have both merged – to become eCap Marine.

Since the merger in January this year, the combined companies have been successfully offering a diverse range of technological solutions for environmentally-friendly energy sources, in professional and leisure shipping and port and energy technology, including LNG, methanol, ammonia and hydrogen.

Managing Director of eCap Marine, Lars Read More…


Denis Petropoulos, Chairman of the Baltic Exchange, has been appointed Vice Chair of the LISW21 Board of Advisors and will succeed Lord Mountevans as BOA Chair for LISW 2023.

His appointment brings valuable continuity and succession to this important position. Lord Mountevans will step down as BOA Chair after LISW21 in September, and the LISW21 BOA and Steering Group are indebted to the valuable contribution he has made to this Read More…


The Navigazione Montanari Group has secured a €35m loan from the illimity Bank to help renew its fleet.

The six-year loan has been granted to Euromont Shipping, a company wholly owned by Navigazione Montanari, and is backed by the Italian export credit agency SACE through its Garanzia Italia facility.

Founded in 1889, the Navigazione Montanari Group has been operating for more than 120 years in shipping products for the oil Read More…

Bureau Veritas publishes rules and guidelines on ammonia as a marine fuel

Bureau Veritas (BV) has released an Ammonia-Prepared notation and has developed a Rule Note for ammonia as a marine fuel to support ship owners, designers, shipyards, and charterers in advancing their journeys toward using ammonia and a zero-carbon future.

Ammonia-Prepared is applicable to new-builds and certifies that a ship has been designed and constructed to be converted to use ammonia as fuel at a later date. The notation targets the Read More…