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Action plan adopted for East Asia domestic ferry safety

A panel of speakers at the IMO Ferry Bali Conference Attended by delegates from several governments as well industry organization Interferry, the Regional Forum on Domestic Ferry Safety adopted an eight-point plan which, among other things, calls on Governments to assist ship‐owners and operators...
December 19th, 2011 | Health and Safety, IMO | Read More

HOT Port news from GAC – part 3

  Your daily news service from ports around the world (part 3) – In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Worldwide – World Holidays: 18-31 December 2011 * Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging at Western Dangerous Goods Anchorage and Quarantine & Immigration Anchorage DATE: December 17,...
December 17th, 2011 | Ports & Terminals | Read More

Swedish Competition Authority approves APM Te- Paves way for USD 115 million investment in Sweden’s largest container terminal deal– Paves way for USD 115 million investment in Sweden’s largest container terminal

 The Hague, Netherlands – The Competition Authority of Sweden has approved APM Terminals’ filing for the Skandia Container Terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden. On 11 October 2011, The Port of Gothenburg and APM Terminals signed the concession agreement to manage Sweden’s largest container terminal...
December 17th, 2011 | Ports & Terminals | Read More

The Netherlands becomes 21st country to ratify ‘bill of rights’ for seafarers

Tripartite delegates, including Hylke Hylkema (left, Nautilus), with the ILO Nautilus International has welcomed the news that the Netherlands has become the 21st country to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 – the so-called ‘bill of rights’ for seafarers. At a ceremony in Geneva this...
December 17th, 2011 | HR, Organisations | Read More

2011 IACS Council Meeting

 2011 IACS Council Meeting – The annual winter meeting of IACS Council took place in London last week.  Council considered the current position regarding the important project to harmonize the Common Structural Rules (CSR) which will lead to the submission of the harmonized Rules to the IMO for...
December 17th, 2011 | IACS | Read More

NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Unclassified Update (14 December 2011)

 NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Unclassified Update (14 December 2011) – Overview During the reporting period of 8 to 14 December 2011 the piracy activity level was less than the previous reporting period. Suspicious activity was seen in the North Arabian Sea and a mothership was located off the...
December 17th, 2011 | Piracy and Terrorism, Safety and Security | Read More

IMarEST Role in Marine Mining – and at The House of Lords –

Marine mining, featured on the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) Technical Activities Hot Topics Register, has added an important sustainability credential with the adoption of the revised ‘Code for the Environmental Management of Marine Mining’ by the International...
December 17th, 2011 | Environment, Regulatory | Read More

SKF’s New Range of Video Endoscopes Help Technicians Save Time and Money During Machinery Inspection

 SKF’s new range of three video endoscopes are first line inspection tools, that allow technicians to look inside and visually assess machine condition. Inspecting machinery like this, without the need to disassemble, can save time and money in many industry applications. “The new TKES 10 endoscope...
December 17th, 2011 | Marine Equipment Products and Services | Read More

Governments and workers discuss opportunities for green jobs in the area of climate change mitigation

Governments and workers discuss opportunities for green jobs in the area of climate change mitigation
In the margins of the UNFCCC conference in Durban, the International Labour Organization and the UN Institute for Training and Research organized social talks on ‘Green Jobs and Mitigation to Climate Change’ – Geneva (ILO News) 16 December 2011 – Green Jobs in renewable energies,...
December 17th, 2011 | Environment, HR, Jobs, News, Organisations | Read More

NITC – Tanker operator of the year

Iranian Company Gains Another Award – NITC, one of the world’s leading tanker owners, has added yet again to its long list of maritime industry awards. It was honoured when it was chosen as the best tanker company in the section of Tanker Operator Award at the recent Lloyd’s List Awards, Middle...
December 16th, 2011 | Company Profiles, Oil Industry, Shipmanagement | Read More

Ship Recycling continues to grow – the Role of the Intermediary Cash Buyer

The current amount of capesize tonnage on order for 2011 is estimated at approximately 103.2m. deadweight, and it is anticipated that in excess of 25m dwt for scrapping will have wound up on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan by the end of this year. This is one measure of the rate of scrapping...
December 16th, 2011 | P and I Clubs, Ship Demolitions | Read More

Wide-ranging anti-piracy campaign bearing fruit

Wide-ranging anti-piracy campaign bearing fruit
 At the end of a year in which the World Maritime Day theme of “Piracy: orchestrating the response” has been central to the work of IMO, the Organization can look back on 12 months of relatively good progress that have laid the foundations for cautious optimism about the future. Recently compiled...
December 16th, 2011 | IMO, News, Organisations | Read More

Hot Port news from GAC

Your daily news service from ports around the world. In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * United States, Houston, Texas – Boarding resumed in shipping channel * United States, Port Arthur, Texas – Capsized vessel floating in currents * Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine pipelines inspection...
December 16th, 2011 | Ports & Terminals | Read More

LNG Carrier Al Zubarah and Its Ship Management Company earn Green Award Certificate

 TOKYO, 16 December 2011—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that the MOL-managed LNG carrier Al Zubarah and its ship management company MOL LNG Transport Co., Ltd. (President: Reizo Funakoshi), received a Green Award Certificate from the independent non-profit...
December 16th, 2011 | Environment, Shipmanagement | Read More

Cocoa filled container vessels call at the port of Amsterdam

“A congestion-free intermodal port” Amsterdam, 16 December 2011 – The joint container promotion by the Ter Haak Group and Port of Amsterdam is paying off. Three container shipping companies have chosen the Amsterdam port for the supply of West African cocoa beans to the European market. The...
December 16th, 2011 | Ports & Terminals, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Compact, Concise, Comprehensive: GL launches Pocket Guide for MLC 2006

Hamburg, Germany, 16 December 2011 – With a sweeping reach and wide ranging application the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006) will have a significant impact on shipowners, managers, crewing agencies and most importantly the seafarers on-board. At its entry into force the MLC 2006 will...
December 16th, 2011 | Classification Societies, Health and Safety, HR, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Maritime Education and Training, Safety and Security, Ship Agencies, Shipmanagement | Read More

Gibdock takes major steps to fulfill rig strategy

Gibraltar-based Gibdock’s key strategic aim to carve a niche in the growing regional market for jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rig repairs, maintenance and modification work, has moved an important step closer. Following the arrival in October of the 22, 604gt Etesco Millennium, a modified semi-submersible...
December 16th, 2011 | Oil Platforms and Rigs, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Shiprepair | Read More

New London Market terms of Business Agreement published

Chris Jones A new Terms of Business Agreement (TOBA) has been published by the International Underwriting Association for insurers and brokers to use in the London Market. The agreement is intended to bring greater clarity to contracts and negotiations. It has been drafted by the IUA, together with...
December 16th, 2011 | Associations, Regulatory | Read More

DA-DESK appoints new executive directors

 Three Experts Round Out Team To Augment Disbursement Account Services and Enhance Customer Experience SHARJAH, UAE – DECEMBER 15, 2011 — DA-Desk FZE, the company with a singular focus on the disbursement account process, today, after an extensive, year-long search, announced the appointment...
December 16th, 2011 | Accountancy, Company Profiles, IT and Communications, Ship Agencies | Read More

Hot Port news from GAC

HOT PORT NEWS from GAC for 15th of December 2011 which was …lost in the www….. Your daily news service from ports around the world. In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Worldwide – Madagascar commissioning enhances African SAR coverage * United States, Delaware River – Safety...
December 16th, 2011 | Ports & Terminals | Read More

Panama Canal Expansion Project Update

Panama Canal Expansion Project Update
In October 2006 the Republic of Panama approved via a national referendum a programme consisting in the construction of two new sets of locks: one on the Pacific and one of the Atlantic of the Canal.  Each lock will have three chambers and each chamber will have three water reutilization basins, highlighting...
December 15th, 2011 | Canals, News | Read More

The Annual Seahorse Journalist Awards 2011

The Seahorse Club named freelance journalist Gavin van Marle as its 2011 Journalist of the Year. Runner-up for a second consecutive year was fellow freelancer, Alex Lennane, who also won the Supply Chain Journalist of the Year award. The awards were presented at the club’s annual Christmas party where...
December 15th, 2011 | Clubs | Read More

Cruise of the Year 2011 Special Award Goes to Fuji Maru

Cruise of the Year 2011 Special Award Goes to Fuji Maru
Fuji Maru For Support Activities in Areas Stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – TOKYO, 15 December 2011 – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced that support activities by the cruise ship Fuji Maru in areas stricken by the Great East...
December 15th, 2011 | Cruise Industry | Read More

Management Board and Groups Works Council agree on reconciliation of interests for HSH Nordbank

Socially acceptable job shedding until 2014 – Operating and personnel expenditure to decrease at the same rate Hamburg/Kiel, 15 December 2011 – The Management Board and Group Works Council have unanimously agreed on a reconciliation of interests and redundancy scheme for the job cuts announced...
December 15th, 2011 | Banking | Read More

UK Club checklist for tanker operators addresses cargo shortage claims

A new publication from the UK P&I Club “How to prevent tanker cargo shortage claims” and subtitled “The cause of claims and how to avoid them during pre-loading, loading and unloading” focuses on one of the major sources of cargo-related claims in the tanker sector. It follows on and complements...
December 15th, 2011 | P and I Clubs | Read More