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West P&I Club and C Solutions launch Qwest

The West of England P&I Club and C Solutions have today announced the launch of Qwest, a joint venture between the two parties.

Qwest will offer responsive and fully scalable legal advice and fee cover structure for shipowners, operators, and charterers, as well as specialist cover for ship managers who do not have access to the benefit of an owner’s defence cover.

In addition to legal and claim consultancy, Qwest Read More…

Wärtsilä and Ocean Technologies Group partner to deliver transformational learning solutions to improve safety and efficiency at sea

Provider of maritime smart Simulation and Training solutions Wärtsilä Voyage, and maritime knowledge and technology solutions provider Ocean Technologies Group (OTG), have agreed to share their expertise and resources via a strategic partnership that will significantly enhance safety and efficiency in the maritime sector.

With complementary converging digital technologies and platforms, Wärtsilä Voyage and OTG will provide industry stakeholders in maritime learning – shipping companies, maritime training providers, manning agencies Read More…


Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) is strengthening its position in the German and Northern European market by appointing Johann Meyer as Geschaeftsfuhrer and Joint Managing Director of CSM Deutschland in Hamburg.

Mr Meyer will work alongside Carsten Sommerhage, CSM Deutschland Managing Director and Group COO, and have joint responsibility for all matters pertaining to this important office and area responsibility.

CSM Deutschland plays an important role in the company’s expansion plans Read More…

Maritime Week Africa 2021 celebrates record regional attendance

Petrospot is pleased to celebrate the success of its latest edition of Maritime Week Africa, the longest-running and most popular bunkering event in the African continent.

Hosted virtually for the first time, Maritime Week Africa 2021 accrued a considerable international audience along with impressive local representation from the African region. Delegates from 24 African countries comprised more than one third of the total nations represented within the international audience across Read More…

METIS first with predictive Poseidon Principles Emissions INDEX

METIS Cyberspace Technology has refined its cloud-based data acquisition and ship performance reporting solution to offer shipping’s first tool to predict the trade-off between emissions reduction and debt servicing for ships financed under the Poseidon Principles.

Designed to incentivise maritime de-carbonisation, the Poseidon Principles offer a framework for financial institutions to lend in line with International Maritime Organization goals to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 20 institutions have signed Read More…

ISOA signs Neptune Declaration

The International Support Vessel Owners’ Association (ISOA) which represents owners and operators of support vessels in the offshore energy sector, has signed the Neptune Declaration committing its members to play their part in promoting the important principles set out in the declaration.

These are: Recognize seafarers as key workers and treat them accordingly by giving them early access to COVID-19 vaccinations; Implement high quality health protocols; Increase collaboration between ship Read More…

Svitzer, Kongsberg Maritime, and ABS join forces to develop the world’s first commercial tug to be fully remotely controlled

Global towage operator Svitzer, Kongsberg Maritime, and ABS announced yesterday (Tuesday) that they have signed an agreement to jointly develop RECOTUG, the world’s first fully operational, and fully remotely controlled tugboat.

While Svitzer is bringing the needed operational experience, a newly built tug with crew as well as tug-specific technical solutions, Kongsberg Maritime will provide the remote control systems and the autonomous technology and lead the integration of systems and Read More…

North posts solid renewal results after P&I’s challenging year

North P&I Club has reported continuing growth in its diversified business lines and solid progress in raising premiums to reflect market conditions and is expecting to see a small tonnage reduction after a planned de-risking exercise.

The attention to risk, revenue and diversification leaves the global marine insurer in robust financial shape, despite COVID-19 challenges and what North Chief Executive Paul Jennings describes as “a very demanding renewal for our Read More…

MCTC strengthens its position in European market

International catering management and training provider MCTC has underlined its commitment to the important Greek and northern European markets by strengthening its teams in those regions with the appointment of two new Business Development Directors.

Vasiliki Stamati (Vicky), pictured, will head up the business in the Greek market while Sven Schröder, based at MCTC Germany office in Hamburg, will spearhead operations across Germany, Benelux and the Scandinavian markets.

Sven brings Read More…

Maritec advises ship owners on how to be IMO2020 compliant amid high sulphur warning

Singapore-based independent test and research facility Maritec is advising ship owners on how best to meet IMO 2020 fuel testing requirements following reports of excessive sulphur in some very low sulphur fuel oils.

In a Technical Bulletin issued to customers in December, Maritec reports several cases where tested VLSFO manifold samples have recorded a sulphur content of between 0.51 to 0.53%m/m, exceeding the mandatory allowable 0.50%m/m. The testing company says Read More…

Customisation is the future for vessel connectivity

In this digital age, maritime communications are set to move away from the ‘one size fits all’ approach to become fully customisable, predicts connectivity specialist IEC Telecom.

As it launches its new comprehensive suite of applications for use across a wide range of maritime sectors, IEC Telecom says having the flexibility to provide individual, customised solutions across fleets and even for individual vessels is the next step in the digital Read More…


The Standard Club has completed its renewal negotiations and is very well positioned to continue to support its members through these unprecedented times. The club has successfully renewed 95% of the expiring portfolio and welcomed a small number of high-quality new members. Many existing members have expanded their entries and in a number of cases consolidated their fleet into Standard from other clubs.

While the 2020/21 policy year is forecast Read More…