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Ice load monitoring makes Arctic Navigation safer

A three-year research project initiated by DNV has led to the development of an ice load monitoring system that provides bridge personnel with real-time information about the actual ice loads on the ship’s hull and shows satellite information about the ice integrated into electronic navigation maps.

According to the Norwegian class societyu, shipping activity in ice infested waters is increasing and seasonal variation, combined with the effects of climate change, Read More…

Unitor owner freezes prices as credit crunch bites

Wilhelmsen Ships Service, one of the world’s largest ship suppliers, has bowed to market pressure and announced a price freeze on thousands of its products with immediate effect.

In a statement, the company said it reflected its continuing policy to adjust prices to reflect market conditions and to share reduced operating costs and cost savings with customers wherever possible.

David Tandy, President of Wilhelmsen Ships Service (pictured), said: Read More…

Wallem gets talking with its seafarers

Wallem has joined Bernhard Schulte and Maersk in realising the benefits of installing more crew-specific telecommunications onboard their ships by rolling out the Blue Ocean Wireless GSM solution to about a quarter of its managed fleet. As of 6th March, 58 vessels had been successfully installed with the service.

Following the move, seafarers from more than 50 vessels will be able to call and text their loved ones Read More…

Iridium replaces ‘lost’ satellite

Satellite Communications airtime provider Iridium has completed the replacement of the operational Iridium satellite lost in the collision three weeks ago with a non-operational Russian satellite. The unique architecture of Iridium’s fully-meshed network of 66 satellites enabled the continuity of service to Iridium’s customers while one of Iridium’s in-orbit spares was prepared and maneuvered into the constellation.

“I am particularly proud of the Iridium and Boeing teams that manage our Read More…

Danish shipping in continuous growth

The large decline in the shipping industry will not make the Danish shipping companies lower their expectations. The crisis means that it may take a longer time to reach the ambitious goals, but they will be reached, according to Danmarks Rederiforening.

“Danmarks Rederiforening expects to see Danish shipping industry come through the international economical crisis strengthened and to keep on expanding its market share”, said Jan Fritz Hansen, CEO of Read More…

Brady reappointed as STW committee chairman

Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, has been re-elected chairman of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Subcommittee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping.

This is the sixth consecutive time that Admiral Brady has been re-elected to this position, since his first election as chair in 2003.

Admiral Brady thanked the committee for itscontinued support and confidence in his work as Read More…

Kjerfve takes over at WMU

Dr Björn Kjerfve, Professor of Oceanography and Geography and Dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A & M University, has been appointed as the new head of the World Maritime University. He will take up his new post in May.

Dr Kjerfve, who has dual United States and Swedish nationality, has recently overseen the $115 million renovation of a scientific drilling ship, JOIDES Resolution, which forms Read More…

Global Alliance formed to tackle ballast water threats

A Global Industry Alliance (GIA) has been formulated through a union between the IMO, four major shipping corporations and United Nations agency bodies in a bid to address the threat of marine bio-invasions caused by the transfer of alien species in ships’ ballast tanks.

The IMO’s Ballast Water Convention has pushed for technological development into compulsory management of ships’ ballast water in preventing the spread of species through Read More…

DMC completes phase one marine project

Dubai Maritime City has announced a major milestone in the project’s development with the completion of phase one of its marina comprising 44 berths.

A total of 1,000 berths are set to be featured within Dubai Maritime City, adding a significant number to the much-needed space required for leisure boats and crafts that are expected to enter the market over the next few years. Officials within DMC estimate Read More…

Cremers warns against a drop in maintenance standards

Ship managers and owners should maintain high safety standards in the face of the current economic climate and need to make officers’ salaries and preventive maintenance costs less market dependent, according to the head of one of the world’s largest shipmanagement companies.

“As I know for sure, over the life span of a ship – correct and timely maintenance, combined with a happy and professional, experienced crew, is Read More…

IMO convenes Piracy think tank

An IMO working group charged with looking at ways to coordinate and share information over piracy attacks as well as establish a regional capability to help navies protect international shipping from acts of piracy and armed robbery in the waters off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden has been convened by IMO Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos.

Set up by the Contact Group on Piracy Read More…

Salvors warn of an increase in major casualties

Leading international salvage companies have raised deep concerns over an anticipated rise in the number of casualties at sea as safety and vessel maintenance dwindles as owners and managers look to cut costs across the board. This, they claim, is sparking alarming levels of operational risk.

“An increase in casualties will take place because of the financial constraints in the market. However conscientious an owner, operator or manager Read More…