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SeaRoad Tamar farewells Tasmania

The SeaRoad Tamar will today depart Devonport, Australia, for the last time at 5pm 31 March 2021 after 30 years of strong service across Bass Strait.

Built in Australia in 1991 at Carrington Slipways, Tomago NSW (Near Newcastle), SeaRoad Tamar is the last roll-on roll-off monohull vessel built in Australia. The ship was purpose built for its first owner, ANL, before being sold to Holyman Shipping, operating as Coastal Express Read More…


MCTC, the leading international catering management and training provider, has transformed seafarers into high calibre chefs showcasing their techniques and skills through its annual Cooking Competition.

Galley crews were invited to create their own award-winning recipes or bring their own twist on a special variation of a well-known ‘Sweet Pie’ recipe and they created gastronomic delights resembling works of art with food carvings and complex recipes. Chefs were also challenged Read More…

Svitzer highlights multilateral collaboration that ensured refloating of Ever Given in Suez Canal

Global towage operator Svitzer has today highlighted the collaborative efforts of a number of key partners, coordinated by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), to refloat the Ever Given, after six dramatic days of work.

Svitzer contributed to the multilateral effort to free the vessel with two tugs and four full crews operating in shifts, spanning some 20 people. Svitzer’s two vessels added to the total 13 tugs assisting in the Read More…

CSSS calls for more Stella Maris Rose Gardens in support of seafarers

The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has established a Stella Maris Rose Garden at its specialist maritime care home to celebrate the centenary of the seafarer charity Stella Maris, formerly known as the Apostleship of the Sea.

The garden, designed for the seafarers’ home in Banstead, Surrey, UK, is thought to represent the first Stella Maris Rose Garden planted by a maritime-related organisation since the cultivar was introduced in April last Read More…

COLUMBIA blue – the sky is not the limit

The Columbia Group is propelling its involvement in the leisure and lifestyle markets to the next level by combining its various business lines and brands in the Super Yacht and Cruise sectors under one holding entity called COLUMBIA blue.

While the existing business lines and specialised offerings of Swiss Ocean and Columbia Cruise Services (CCS) will be maintained and further developed, COLUMBIA blue will offer a diverse portfolio of services Read More…

Seafarers and aircrew need priority COVID-19 vaccination

The heads of five UN organisations have called for maritime and air transport workers to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination, given their key role in supporting global trade and mobility, which is essential for a sustainable socio-economic recovery.

Maritime and air transport rely on seafarers and aircrew. They are key workers, required to travel across borders, which may – though contrary to WHO recommendations – result in the need for Read More…

Statement from IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim on MV Ever Given incident

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has issued a statement about the incident involving the MV Ever Given, which ran aground in the Suez Canal on 23 March 2021.

The IMO has been closely monitoring the incident involving the MV Ever Given, which ran aground in the Suez Canal on 23rd March 2021.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: “I offer my encouragement to the Egyptian Authorities, as well as the salvors, tug Read More…


100% occupancy of all three dry docks has characterised A&P Falmouth’s’ performance over the last six months – with some docks occupied simultaneously by multiple vessels. 

 The largest ship-repair complex in the UK, A&P Falmouth carried out repairs and maintenance on more than 40 commercial vessels and nine defence vessels between September 2020 and February 2021 which, according to Business Development Director Andrea Sabbion, is ‘testament to the flexibility of A&P’s Read More…

Bob Sanguinetti to step down from the UK Chamber of Shipping

Bob Sanguinetti has decided to step down as Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping to embark on a new role as Chief Executive of the Aberdeen Harbour Board, taking up his new role later this year. The recruitment process for a replacement will begin shortly.

John Denholm, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping said: “Bob has been a great servant to the Chamber over the last three Read More…

St Kitts & Nevis Register confirms its strong commitment to compliance following cocaine find

Vessels flying the St Kitts & Nevis (SKAN) flag that engage in illegal activities face immediate de-registration.

That’s the tough message being circulated by the International Registrar of Shipping & Seamen after a SKAN registered vessel was intercepted off the West African coast carrying six tonnes of cocaine.

The 4,400dwt Najlan was immediately de-registered as a result of the interception that exposed the illegal drugs haul.

Liam Ryan, International Registrar Read More…

Moving From Discussion To Delivery

Capital Link’s Decarbonization in Shipping Forum will take place on Wednesday & Thursday, April 14 & 15, 2021 from 8:30am – 3:30pm GMT as a digital event.

Decarbonization is the next frontier for the industry to conquer adhering to specific objectives and timeframes. Despite the fact that the industry has to achieve specific emission reduction objectives within defined timeframes, there is significant uncertainty across the board.

This two-day event held Read More…

The Swedish Club: Resilience in the face of volatility

Resilience in the face of volatility during an extraordinary year. That was the message from The Swedish Club at its first quarter 2021 board meeting yesterday, held virtually from Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Club finished 2020 with an operating profit of USD 3 million; record free reserves at USD 231 million; and confirmation of the Club’s A- ratings as stable by S&P Global Ratings and A.M. Best.

The year ended with Read More…