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Sparks fly as Queen Mary 2 changes flag‏

Sparks fly as Queen Mary 2 changes flag‏
The Queen Mary 2 James Brewer writes: Sparks fly as the “Queen Mary 2” changes her home port to Hamilton, Bermuda, from Southampton under a Cunard reflagging exercise. Hamburg maritime historian Joachim Pein, took this photo* symbolising a historic transformation.  It shows work on...
December 19th, 2011 | Breaking News, Cruise Industry, Flags, HR, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, News, Shiprepair | Read More

Latest from C. N. Zachopoulos Technical Consultancy

Latest from C. N. Zachopoulos Technical Consultancy
The heavylifter vessel 'Black Marlin' Last week the Russian interests oil/rig “Platform B-312” arrived in Kavalla, Northern Greece from Singapore loaded on Dockwises’ heavylifter vessel “Black Marlin”.  After arrival the platform was discharged, refloated and then a towage certificate...
December 19th, 2011 | Energy, Logistics, Oil Platforms and Rigs, Salvage, Towage, Wreck Removals | Read More

Hot Port news from GAC

 In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Worldwide – IMO anti-piracy campaign bearing fruit * Singapore, all ports – Notification of Arrival reporting procedures for vessels less then 300GT * Singapore, Singapore – Coastal protection & restoration of mangrove biodiversity DATE: December...
December 19th, 2011 | IMO, Ports & Terminals | Read More

Formosa Plastics Marine Corp. Selects ABS Nautical Systems’ Asset Management Software Suite

New engagement has potential for fleet-wide development (Houston, TX—) ABS Nautical Systems announces that its fully-integrated asset management software suite NS5 has been selected for trial by Formosa Plastics Marine Corp. (FPMC), part of the Formosa Plastics Group – the only privately-owned...
December 19th, 2011 | Classification Societies, IT and Communications | Read More

Cargotec supplies MacGregor RoRo port and terminal equipment to Norway

Image of the terminal with a Water taxi at Leka in Naeroy Kommune Cargotec supplies MacGregor floating terminals for water taxis to Norwegian municipalities and a hydraulically operated MacGregor vehicle shore ramp to Grenland Havn. The Norwegian municipalities of Vikna, Leka and Nærøy are jointly...
December 19th, 2011 | Marine Equipment Products and Services, Ports & Terminals | Read More

Lloyd’s Register’s Hellenic Advisory Committee (HAC) opens debate on international measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping

Lloyd’s Register’s Hellenic Advisory Committee (HAC) opens debate on international measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping
Tom Boardley, Richard Sadler, Cpt. Tsakos, Theodore Veniamis, Apostolos Poulovassilis New Chairman and new members as Captain Tsakos retires and Theodore Veniamis is appointed the new Chairman as HAC discusses technical issues, shipbuilding developments and future technologies during the meeting...
December 19th, 2011 | Associations, Classification Societies, Environment, Events, News, People and Places | Read More

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