Institute of Export expands its Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in International Trade, in drive to boost export skills

Institute of Export expands its Foundation Degree in Professional Practice in International Trade, in drive to boost export skills

Serving more than 2, 000 members in commerce, finance and banking, the Institute of Export & International Trade has announced the latest move in its drive to enhance UK export performance.

The initiative takes forward the aspiration of the Institute  to equip individuals involved in export to meet the business challenges of the day.

With this emphasis on raising professional standards, the Institute has added an extensive new module to its two-year Foundation Degree in Professional Practice of International Trade.

Developed in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, the programme will build in considerable flexibility to fit around the daily business commitments of participants.  The enhanced course will be launched in September 2013.

The new module will help students develop analytical, technological, communication and learning skills.

Lesley Bachelor, director general of the Institute, said that the degree would “position …

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Braemar Adjusting expands its London Team

Braemar Adjusting continues its development and expansion with the recruitment of experienced and new young personnel to its London-based loss adjusting team.
Geoffrey Thomas, Braemar Adjusting Regional Managing Director, said: “We welcome Alan Tucker, Richard Collins and Patricia Castro to our team here in London. Following the recent opening of an office in Dubai, we have been exceptionally fortunate to have found and recruited three people with an excellent mix of experience and new talent to expand our loss adjusting operation in London.”

Alan Tucker holds a BSc. in Maritime Law/Insurance and Naval architecture and is currently part way through an MBA in …

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Blue MBA appoints Henrik Christensen as its China/Hong Kong Ambassador…

Henrik Christensen

Blue MBA appoints Henrik Christensen as its China/Hong Kong Ambassador to champion regionally the renowned maritime business strategy course

Shipping industry virtuoso Henrik M Christensen is to take on the role of Ambassador in the China/Hong Kong region for the world-renowned Blue MBA – the Executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics at Copenhagen Business School.

Mr Christensen has built an enviable reputation in his 40 years in the shipping and supply chain industries. He is chief executive of Corporate Capital Consultants, founder of Guinea Shipping Corporation, a director of Global Logistics Shield, founder of China Logistics Club, …

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WSS opens Myanmar office to service opportunities in natural resources and offshore market

Bjorn Tonsberg
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has opened its first office in Myanmar (formerly Burma) as part of its global expansion programme.
Since Burma has opened up to foreign investment following recent political reform, WSS has made plans on how to offer its customers a direct service from inside the country. The company has concluded the time is right to play a role in shaping Myanmar’s ports, shipping and offshore service sectors.
Myanmar is rich in natural resources and activity in the offshore and energy sector is growing rapidly. Bjorn Tonsberg, WSS Vice President, Asia Pacific says: “With borders to China, Thailand, …

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Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice

Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice. Susan Ottaway’s stirring account of two courageous women agents behind enemy lines

By Georgina Natzio

After France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the sisters Jacqueline and Eileen (Didi) Nearne, Anglo-French, fluent French speakers, made the dangerous journey to Britain  and joined the  war effort.  Applying to the Ministry of Labour stressing their language abilities,    Jacqueline, the eldest, was introduced in autumn 1942 to Maurice Southgate for whom she would work as a courier trained and deployed by the Special Operations Executive (SOE).  They would, Susan Ottaway records in her powerfully written book Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice develop a highly …

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Greece, Propeller Club: George Xyradakis takes over from Antonis Faraklas

George Xyradakis

The elections for the New Board of Governors of the International Propeller Club of the United States, International Port of Piraeus, took place at its General Assembly on Wednesday, July 16th, 2013 at the Metropolitan Hotel.

George Xyradakis of XRTC Ltd, took over from Antonis-Stamos Faraklas of Chartworld Shipping Corporation and Yanna Pavlopoulou took over from Deppie Foros-Tsirozidis as Secretary General – women’s power!

Antonis Faraklas

The newly formed board, with the executive board first, has as follows:



George Xyradakis – President
Gregory Timagenis – 1st Vice President
Dimitrios Fafalios – 2nd Vice President
Yanna Pavlopoulou …

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ITF slams latest Philippines outrage

The late Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin

2 August 2013 – The ITF has expressed its outrage to the Philippines government over the second murder of a transport trade union leader in less than three weeks.

At the beginning of July Antonio ‘Dodong’ Petalcorin, president of the Network of Transport Organizations, was shot outside his home. Now Kagi Lucman, president of the Notre Dame Village Operators and Drivers Association – part of the ITF-affiliated National Confederation of Transportworkers’ Unions – has been murdered after dropping his children at school. He is the sixth Filipino transport trade union leader to be murdered …

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Earthquakes releasing methane from ocean floor

Earthquakes Contribute to Global Warming by Releasing Methane from Ocean Floor (Photo : Reuters)

Earthquakes contribute to global warming by releasing the highly potent greenhouse gas, methane, from the ocean floor.

A study conducted by Swiss and German scientists has uncovered a natural source of greenhouse gas emission – methane.  Researchers emphasize that climate scientists need to consider the amount of methane being released as earthquakes rip open ocean floors, in order to better understand the various sources of greenhouse gases.

Researchers from the University of Bremen discovered that an underwater quake that occurred in Pakistan 70 years ago …

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London International Shipping Week

Norman Baker
London’s crucial central role in the global shipping industry was highlighted when members of the international maritime community and representatives of the UK Government gathered to officially launch the first ever London International Shipping Week (LISW) last night.
Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, spoke of the important role maritime business plays in both the UK and global economy as he addressed more than 100 guests gathered at the London offices of Norton Rose Fulbright, overlooking the Thames at sunset.

“The maritime sector currently contributes up to £14billion to the UK economy, ” he …

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LNG propulsion to be major focus at the 2013 SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference

Second Annual Conference will Feature Dedicated LNG Workshop

NORFOLK, Va. – July 30, 2013 – (Marine NewsWire) The practical challenges of using Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel will be a major theme of the 2013 SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference, Oct. 22-24 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn.

“A number of major shipping companies are placing orders for new LNG-powered ships and others are considering converting their existing ships to run on LNG, ” said Frank Soccoli, co-producer, SHIPPINGInsight. “That’s why we’re putting a major emphasis on LNG as an alternative fuel for ships at this year’s Fleet Optimization …

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Diana Shipping Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2013

ATHENS, GREECE, July 30, 2013 – Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, today reported a net loss of $5.2 million for the second quarter of 2013, compared to net income of $17.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2012.

Time charter revenues were $40.0 million for the second quarter of 2013, compared to $57.6 million for the same quarter of 2012, mainly due to reduced time charter rates. The decrease in time charter revenues was partly offset by revenues derived from the increase in ownership days resulting …

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Launch of joint concentrated inspection campaign on propulsion and auxiliary machinery

Richard Schiferli

29 July 2013 – The Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated

Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-1. The scope of the CIC is the safety of propulsion and auxiliary machinery, especially the working order and maintenance of the main engines, auxiliary engines, auxiliary equipment and their related alarm systems. Special attention will be given to familiarity of the crew with safety and emergency procedures with regard to these systems.
This inspection campaign will be held for three …

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The 100 Series Rules: An international model set of maritime Rules for the Use of Force – An Update –

David Hammond

The 100 Series Rules: An international model set of maritime Rules for the Use of Force – An Update

The comments within this article comprise the personal opinion of the author and do not constitute any measure of formal legal advice whatsoever and howsoever read. Formal legal advice may be obtained on instruction.


Over the past two years, the 100 Series Rules (“the Rules”) have been conceived, researched, drafted and finally published in soft-copy form as of May 3, 2013 as a first edition. They are a first for the commercial maritime industry and go one step …

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The Victor Restis saga

Within the last 48 hours, following an arrest warrant on embezzlement and money laundering, Victor Restis has to challenge all accusations and fully defend his corner.

At this stage we cannot express any view whatsoever, expecting that if he is not guilty on all, repeat on all counts against him and the accusations fail, those orchestrating this downfall – as the gossip says, within and outside Greece should go behind bars; if on the other hand the multifarious young businessman is found guilty of prolonged matters, he should stand an open public trial at Constitution Square in Athens together with …

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Laskaridis’ “Atmoda” trip from South Korea to Greenland via the NSR…

The m/v “Atmoda” following the “Tymyr”

Ever since my first IMarEST conference on Arctic Shipping  just over ten years ago, I have devoted a lot on this issue in forms of articles and now herein with more articles as well as mentionings/references in various live interviews, particularly with SBC TV. A lucrative market needs to be balanced and many geopolitical issues and, particularly the Middle Eastern one, which has nothing to do with Israelis and Palestinians, might be eased.

The Panamanian flag m/v Atmoda is Laskaridis Shipping first 2013  North Sea Route (NSR) transiting vessel on a westbound passage from …

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Run like a Spartan or Escape from Zombies

Ever done an Obstacle Race before?

Whether you have or not, we have got a race that will push you to your limits this autumn. We’d love to have you on our team so were giving the first four to sign up a free place and if you’re not the first  to sign up …

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GL Shares Best Practice in Ship Management Study Results

The new report will be presented at a series of events around the world.

Hong Kong,  2 August 2013 – Germanischer Lloyd (GL) will introduce the results of a joint global study on ‘Best Practice in Ship Management’, conducted with the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML), …

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Europort 2013 invites prospective partners to MariMatch

Online registration has opened for MariMatch, the unique brokerage event that gives visitors to Europort 2013 the opportunity to prearrange meetings with potential business partners in an informal setting.
Europort 2013, the main event for pioneers in maritime technology, takes place at the world-renowned Ahoy Rotterdam exhibition and conference centre, November …

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Luxembourg unions celebrate dispute victory

Cargolox protest

1 August 2013 – Unions in Luxembourg finally reached an agreement with management last week in a long-running dispute around collective working agreements for aviation workers.

The ITF and ETF-affiliated Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Luxembourg (OGBL) and the ETF-affiliated Luxembourg Confederation of Christian Trade Unions …

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Gibdock brings in first Technip ship

The “Wellservicer” at Gibdock
Gibdock has underlined its growing reputation in the offshore vessel sector by securing its first dry docking contract from Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry.
Wellservicer, a multi-role diving support vessel with subsea lift capability, has …

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Gibdock brings in first Technip ship

Gibdock has underlined its growing reputation in the offshore vessel sector by securing its first dry docking contract from Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry.
Wellservicer, a multi-role diving support vessel with subsea lift capability, has undergone an intensive and relatively complex class …

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U.S. President Barack Obama, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Visit TraPac Jacksonville

Updating programme for IMCA diver medic scheme

[caption id="attachment_5005" align="alignleft" width="200"] Jane Bugler

Work is under way on reviewing the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA)  Diver Medic Scheme which is widely used and taught by IMCA recognized schools around the world.  The scheme has changed little since its development in 1999, although there have been some significant improvements …

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Caution: World shipping markets are down!

John N. Faraclas

The following are the main points from the latest John Faraclas live over the phone from Milos island interview to Niki Lymperakis of SBC TV last Friday, the 26th of July 2013; please click below, listen and comment:

Niki Lymperakis entered the interview with the …

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All that glistens

Tuesday 30 July 2013 – The value of diamonds stolen in an armed robbery in Cannes at the weekend has been estimated at nearly £90m, making it one of the world’s biggest jewellery thefts, and highlighting the risks of exhibiting precious gems. (source:Lloyd’s of London)

The gems were seized from an …

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2012 ROV statistics from IMCA

Jane Bugler


Newly released remotely operated vehicle (ROV) statistics from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) show there has been an increase of members’ ROV-based construction, drill support and cable laying activities since IMCA started collecting figures on a worldwide basis …

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Dynagas takes delivery of two new ice-class LNG Carriers at HHI

The lead ships classed by Lloyd’s Register incorporate advanced design, containment and operational features as well as the ability to cope with the harsh operating environment of the Arctic and cold places.

Dynagas, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping arm of the George Prokopiou shipping enterprises,  has today taken delivery of Arctic Aurora, the second of two …

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Greek Shipping, unsolicited support, as always, the Motherland!

The following are the main points from the latest John Faraclas live interview to Niki Lymperakis of SBC TV last Friday, the 19th of July 2013; please click below, listen and comment:
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Niki Lymperakis entered the interview with the major story, that of the …

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BIMCO launch ship effieciency package for members

LONDON, JULY 2013: BIMCO have launched an exclusive package for its members to aide efficiency improvements within their operations.

The package, consisting of both a supportive guide to efficiency technologies and the market and a two-day conference and workshop summit, has been put together by Fathom, in recognition of BIMCO’s on-going …

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– Groupama 34 wins today’s in-port race in Gruissan
– All boats are leaving at 6:00pm for an offshore leg to …

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Insuring Royal Risks

Tuesday 23 July 2013 – As Britain welcomes the birth of a new royal heir, we take a fascinating journey through Lloyd’s archives and uncover the market’s long history of insuring risks associated with Royalty – including a policy insuring against Queen Victoria having twins.

Revealing the Blue Book

In the course of …

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Davies Turner delivers for UK retailers opening up overseas

With many UK retailers, not least in the fashion industry looking to
export markets for expansion, a leading British logistics company says
it has developed a complete support package which meets all their supply
chain requirements.

Davies Turner’s head of retail development, Dave O’Brien says that the
company has recently been inundated with requests for …

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“Advancing best practice in marine warranty and consulting – GL Noble Denton issues new Guidelines for offshore operations”

London, UK,  22 July 2013 – GL Noble Denton has issued three new Technical Guidelines for assessing and approving energy industry marine operations. These set the standard to which the independent technical advisor will conduct its Marine Warranty Survey and Marine Consultancy services globally, ensuring that clients are provided with best practice …

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ABS Surpasses 200 Million Gross Tons

Christopher Wiernicki
ABS Surpasses 200 Million Gross Tons
Class society continues strong growth
(Houston, TX—) ABS, a leading provider of maritime classification services, today announced that its registered fleet has surpassed 200 million gross tons. Approximately 12, 000 vessels representing 105 flag States currently are registered with ABS.

“This important milestone reflects …

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Insuring perishable cargo

International trade in perishable cargo is a growth area for container carriers, now accounting for over 90% of world maritime reefer transport capacity and making inroads to airfreight as well. As ever, reward can be countered by risk.

While perishable cargo is high paying freight, it can also produce a high …

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Weekly piracy bulletin

Vessel Hijacked
Incident Area:  Around 46nm SSE of Lome, Togo.
Vessel Type:  Product Tanker
Date:  Tuesday, July 16th, 2013: 0430 LT
Position:  05:29N – 001:38E

Armed pirates in two speed boats approached and boarded and hijacked a product tanker. They took hostage all crew members, stole their personal belongings and ordered the Master to sail …

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SATAWU strike at South African Airlines

23 July 2013 – ITF affiliate South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) announced strike action for last Thursday following a dispute over wage increases with South African Airlines (SAA).

SATAWU announced its intention to strike earlier this month, and was given a strike certificate by the labour court effective from …

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IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, remembered

The late Dr.Srivastava,
IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, remembered
IMO Secretary-General Emeritus Dr. C.P. Srivastava, KCMG, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritme Organization (IMO),   has died in Italy, aged 93.

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu expressed his sincere condolences to the Indian Government and Dr. C.P. Srivastava’s remaining family,  and also the …

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Lovely Rita*…err lovely weather…!

Regent Street, London, Saturday 3rd of August 2013, 16:45 BST; Any comment? – photo: courtesy John Faraclas

Lovely Rita*…err lovely weather…!

by the Beachcomber  …err John Faraclas

I am sure that over the last three months that you watch my live Friday interviews at SBC TV, in which the …

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