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Pacific International Lines installs entire fleet with satellite communication

Singapore shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL), is installing satellite communication, or VSAT, on its fleet of around 100 vessels. Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology group, is one of the partners providing PIL with communications and cybersecurity solutions for 33 vessels in PIL’s fleet.

The enhancements are part of PIL’s digitalisation efforts to continually improve productivity on board its vessels and to enhance the well-being of its seafarers.

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Seafarer happiness increases to pre-pandemic levels, but report highlights risks of industry exodus

The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report from The Mission to Seafarers, highlights how happiness levels have increased, returning to the same levels seen pre-COVID in 2019.

The survey, conducted with support from Wallem Group and the Standard Club, suggests that COVID-19 related strains on seafarers are beginning to ease, and while support measures for seafarers have had chance to take effect, challenges with shore leave and ship-shore connectivity remain.

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TotalEnergies and Columbia Shipmanagement Enter Partnership to Foster Energy Transition with a focus on Shipping

TotalEnergies and Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore various collaborative opportunities to foster energy transition, especially in Transportation, with a focus on Shipping. 

TotalEnergies will work closely with CSM, a world-leading provider of ship management and maritime services, to accelerate the process of a ‘green revolution’ in shipping. This will be achieved by utilizing CSM’s decades of experience in the maritime sector Read More…

New surveillance solution from IEC Telecom enables ships to share real-time situational video and images with shore

High precision visual data transfer from ship-to-shore at low data rates is now possible thanks to an innovative new surveillance solution available from IEC Telecom.

Working in partnership with Norway-based visual communications specialist AnsuR Technologies, IEC Telecom is now able to offer a surveillance portfolio which can enable real-time transfer of video footage or photographs to help identify a vessel problem or enhance ship security.

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Hill Dickinson’s diversified practice is awarded new Hong Kong Government role

The diversification of services available from Hill Dickinson’s Hong Kong office is highlighted by the appointment of Edward Liu, partner, to Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Appeal Board (MPFSAB).

Edward’s two-year appointment to the MPFSAB, which was made by Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary, commences on October 25, 2021 and runs until October 2023. The appointment was made shortly before Edward’s recent successful completion of the training programme for Read More…

OneWeb and Tampnet sign agreement to further develop the next generation of offshore connectivity capabilities

OneWeb, the global communications network powered from space, and Tampnet, the largest offshore high capacity, low-latency, communication network in the world, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to outline a distribution agreement and a series of technology trials.

The arrangement will enable OneWeb to further develop its low latency, high-speed connectivity capabilities and expand its customer base in the offshore sector. In addition to providing access to its unrivalled Read More…

Summary outcome from Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships

Proposals for mid term measures to cut shipping emissions presented and considered

Various proposals for mid-term measures to reduce GHG emissions, including a number of submissions related to potential market-based measures, have been submitted and considered by an International Maritime Organization (IMO) working group. The session, held remotely, was attended by more than 350 participants from some 70 Member States, as well as from NGOS in consultative status with IMO.

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Nakilat and Karpowership sign MoU to collaborate in LNG-to-power market

Ship builders Nakilat and Karpowership have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the LNG-to-power market and jointly own and operate Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRUs).

Nakilat’s Chief Executive Officer Eng. Abdullah Al-Sulaiti said, “We are very pleased and excited to sign this agreement with Karpowership today. This fits very well with Nakilat’s long-term growth plan to expand and diversify our shipping portfolio and strengthens our position Read More…

ClassNK grants Innovation Endorsement to Weathernews’s CIM(Carbon Intensity Monitoring)

Classification Society ClassNK has granted its Innovation Endorsement for Products & Solutions to ‘CIM(Carbon Intensity Monitoring)’, the CO2 emission monitoring service developed by Weathernews Inc.

In July 2020, the Society launched Innovation Endorsement, to promote the spread and development of innovative technologies 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…

Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering (SHI-ME) selects state-of-the-art structural monitoring systems for two AFRAMAX tankers

Light Structures AS, the supplier of fiber optic condition monitoring systems for maritime applications, and Japanese shipbuilder SHI-ME have entered into an agreement for the delivery of comprehensive hull stress and fatigue monitoring systems on two newbuild 115,000 DWT AFRAMAX crude oil tankers due for delivery in Q2 2023 and Q3 2023.

Hull stress monitoring is usually the preserve of larger ships and platforms, or very specialized vessels, but its Read More…

Fire on Zim Kingston now out

The majority of the crew onboard the Zim Kingston have been evacuated after a number of containers on its deck caught fire.

The vessel, which is chartered by Zim, was en-route from Pusan to Vancouver and had encountered very heavy weather conditions. The vessel reported dozens of containers that fell overboard.

The Canadian coast guard and other local authorities were notified, and the vessel was instructed to anchor off the Read More…

Wallem Group appoints John-Kaare Aune as new Chief Executive Officer

John-Kaare Aune has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Wallem Group after a successful term as Interim CEO.

Having joined Wallem in 2019 as Managing Director, Shipmanagement, John took over as Group CEO on an interim basis in January 2021 following the resignation of Frank Coles. John’s appointment as permanent CEO, effective from 1st October 2021, recognises his hard work and commitment in overseeing Wallem’s operations during what has been Read More…