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NEW PRESIDENT FOR THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SHIPBROKERS

On 8th April 2021, Lord Mountevans FICS (Hon) completed his term as President of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and handed the helm over to Kevin Shakesheff FICS, a seasoned Institute advocate.

Lord Mountevans extended his tenure by six months to help guide the Institute through recent challenging times. “I would like to sincerely thank Lord Mountevans for his wise counsel and measured advice to senior officers and staff and Read More…

IACS announces Incoming Council Chair

Lloyd’s Register CEO Nick Brown to take up role on 1st July this year. 

The International Association of Classification Societies has named Lloyd’s Register CEO Nick Brown as its Incoming Council Chair.

This is the first time that the IACS Chair has been chosen by the Association’s Members and not by rotation, a move that follows governance changes announced in December last year. As part of those changes, Mr. Read More…

SEAFARERS ARE RISKING THEIR HEALTH WITH PROLONGED LOW CARBOHYDRATE DIET

The starkest warning yet that following fad diets can cause more damage than good has been delivered by catering management and training provider MCTC as it sees an increase in popularity by seafarers of the keyogentic (keto) diet.

The keto diet, favoured and promoted by many celebrities, is a high-fat, high protein, low carbohydrate diet which forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. According to MCTC, seafarers following Read More…

RS introduces POSIMOOR-FIX notation

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) introduces new class notation distinguishing mark POSIMOOR-FIX and specifies the existing requirements to position-keeping / position mooring systems of ships and offshore facilities. The relevant Circular letters (No. 312-11-1523c amending the Rules for the Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships and No. 314-51-1510c amending the Rules for the Classification, Construction and Equipment of MODU and FOP) are accessible at rs-class.org in the Online Information Read More…

Jumbo Shipping and SAL Heavy Lift launch Jumbo-SAL-Alliance

Joint venture creates a new commercial heavy weight in project and breakbulk shipping with a fleet of 30 advanced heavy lift vessels

Today, the heavy lift industry sees a new and powerful constellation unfold. Jumbo Shipping, the Dutch maritime heavy lift transport and engineering contractor, and SAL Heavy Lift, the German-based breakbulk and project cargo specialist, commence operations with their joint venture as the Jumbo-SAL-Alliance. Combining their fleets and all Read More…

KVH Increases Data Speed and Expands Coverage for AgilePlans Solution Designed for Smaller Commercial Vessels

Faster download speeds and worldwide coverage enhance the AgilePlans Regional offering

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that its AgilePlans® Regional solution designed for fishing vessels, workboats, and smaller commercial vessels now features data speeds as fast as 6 Mbps down/2 Mbps up and worldwide coverage providing vessels that typically work in regional waters with greater geographic flexibility.

AgilePlans Regional is a Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) subscription-based model Read More…

Panama Canal Authority postpones planned price hike following calls from shipping industry

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has said that it will postpone price increases on canal transit fees which were due to come into effect tomorrow.

The announcement follows a joint letter sent by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA), and European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA), expressing concerns over the speed of price increases that were expected to begin from 15 April 2021.

The proposed changes Read More…

Digital revolution brings new ways of serving remote areas

The advancement of digitalisation is now bringing benefits to businesses in hard-to-reach locations, transforming the way they operate and making life easier for customers in remote areas inadequately served by terrestrial networks.

As it unveils its connectivity solution, Voyager Edge, IEC Telecom says satellite-based solutions can bridge the digital divide and enable remote communities to have equal communication opportunities and to access the services that many city residents are able Read More…

UK Club issues crew health advice on grief

In collaboration with I.M.E.Q., Sophia Bullard, Crew Health Director at UK P&I Club, discusses the issue of grief and its impact on crew, exploring the stages, signs and symptoms of grief, as well as coping mechanisms:

“Loss is an inevitable, fundamental truth of life and grief is the emotional suffering we experience when we lose someone or something valuable to us. For seafarers, loss and the subsequent grief can Read More…

ICSHK – Webinar / 28-Apr / Post Pandemic – what will be the future of ship management

The Webinar is organized by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Hong Kong Branch) and co-organized with Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Singapore & Middle East Branch)

The Webinar will explore ship management’s possible future, post-pandemic, what other skill sets are required to run efficient ship management, do we need to change our mindset as ship managers? The panellists will cover different aspects of the ship management – IT, HR, Regulatory, Owner’s Read More…

U-Ming secures its First Sustainability-Linked Loan

U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation (“U-Ming”) (TSEC code: 2606), Taiwan’s largest publicly listed bulk carrier company, has secured its first Sustainability-Linked Loan (“SLL”) of USD45 million with E.SUN Commercial Bank, a testimony on its long-standing commitment and accountability on sustainability.

To secure the SSL, U-Ming underwent a rigorous due-diligence process that evaluated the company’s financial strength as well as ESG achievements. The SSL also incorporates an incentive scheme linked to pre-determined Read More…

Telenor Satellite announces revolutionary on-orbit life-extension service of its THOR 10-02 satellite in geosynchronous orbit

Oslo based Telenor Satellite, which delivers connectivity solutions for all maritime segments operating throughout the EMEA and North Atlantic regions, is delighted to announce the successful docking of Northrop Grumman’s MEV-2 (Mission Extension Vehicle) with its THOR 10-02 satellite. This represents the start of a new era for satellite communications, paving the way for a different approach to satellite servicing and life-extension possibilities.

Morten Tengs, Telenor Satellite’s CEO, Read More…