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Long Beach $750m redevelopment project could cut air pollution

Air pollution would be cut in half on the west coast of the US following a proposed $750 million, 10-year project, to redevelop the Middle Harbour in Long Beach Port, California.

According to a draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement (EIR/EIS) released by the Board of Harbour Commissioners, the Middle Harbour Redevelopment Project would cut air pollution at two port terminals by 50% or more from existing levels Read More…

Sekkesaeter leaves ‘Barber’ in favour of Teekay


Geir Sekkesaeter, the highly vocal President of Wilhelmsen’s former Barber Ship Management arm, is to trade Oslo for Glasgow and leave the company to head up shipmanagement operations at Teekay.

The news, which is still under public wraps at Wilhelmsen Ship Management, was broken to staff at the end of last week. It is not known when he will leave but sources close to the company hinted at him Read More…

Brussels calls on ‘wise men’ to help protect European shipping

The European Commission has invited a think tank of industry ‘wise men’ to help it come up with ideas to protect Europe’s maritime cluster and to ensure a future flow of European seafarers.

It is part of a planned strategy to improve and maintain the strength of European shipping over the next 10 years.

The personally invited group, which is composed of high ranking executives from a wide Read More…

Vanuatu warns against excessive PSC in Gabon

Vanuatu has warned ship owners to be on the look out for port state control officials in Gabon who it claims continue to “harass” vessels for the smallest deficiencies and to ensure that all forms of paperwork onboard ship are in order.

Such deficiencies, it claims, include a failure to have copies of seafarer documentation applications stamped with the flag state stamp confirming receipt, a misdemeanour that can Read More…

EMSA chief claims the crew shortage is already affecting ship safety

The shortage of crew coupled with the rapid promotion of unsuitable officers is already having repercussions on the safety side and it is up to the shipping industry to do more and to change its thinking on the issue, according to Willem de Ruiter, Executive Director of The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

In an exclusive interview published in the latest issue of Ship Management International, Willem de Read More…

US slowdown hits Panama Canal transits

 The decline in the US economy has taken its toll on Panama Canal transits in the second quarter of the year but movements of passenger and dry bulk vessels increased significantly, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP). These metrics are based on operations from January to March 2008, the second quarter of the ACP’s 2008 fiscal year, and are compared with Q2 of FY 2007.

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Biggi steps down from UK P&I board

UK P&I Club chairman Tullio Biggi is to retire from the Club’s board at its AGM in October.

It follows his decision to retire from V.Ships, the company he has represented on the board since first being elected a director of the Club in 1998.

He served as a Deputy Chairman from 2001 and was elected by his fellow directors as Chairman in October 2005.

The Board has Read More…

Pool claims’ heavy impact on UK Club results

Continued high claims levels and a turbulent investment environment shaped the outcome of the UK P&I Club’s financial results for the policy year 2007 with an increase in the claims retained by the Club and a slight reduction in those covered by the International Group Pool. However, the latter again had a huge impact on the Club’s results.

According to the Club, total funds were $992 million with net claims Read More…

Videotel launches ECDIS course

Videotel Marine International, a leading supplier of training software solutions to the maritime industry, has responded to the growing importance of Electronic Charts Display Information Systems (ECDIS) by launching a brand new course designed to explain current international law and clarify the differences between various the types of electronic charts.

According to Captain Milind Karkhanis, Videotel Vice President, the course includes exercises that simulate some of the key functions of using Read More…

HMS Bounty transits the Panama Canal

H.M.S Bounty pictured transiting the Panama Canal through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks as part of a world wind promotional tour celebrating the ship’s historic significance. Crossing Canal waters for the first time since the 1990s, the Bounty left St. Petersburg, FL on April 6th, and is scheduled to visit the US West Coast cities of San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, among others, before arriving Read More…

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement slams ‘Lady Chiara’ claims

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement has condemned claims by the International Transport Workers Federation that the 12 Filipino seafarers onboard the Liberian registered 27,350 dwt chemical oil tanker Lady Chiara had no fresh food and only contaminated water to drink and has commissioned an independent surveyor to inspect the vessel to back up its defence.

It has also lodged a complaint with the ITF over the matter and involved IMEC, Read More…

Braemar warns of orderbook cancellations

Up to 10% or 15% of the world ship orderbook is at risk of not being built because contracts will fail to achieve refund guarantees, according to one of the industry’s largest shipbroking groups.

The situation is worst in China, where it is harder and takes longer for smaller yards to obtain refund guarantees from their banks and will mean handysize bulkers bear the brunt of cancellations.

Speaking Read More…