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UK forwarders disappointed with the small print in trade security agreement

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is disappointed by some of the background information concerning the recent full implementation of mutual recognition for the USA’s and European Union’s (EU) trade security programmes. BIFA Director General, Peter Quantrill welcomes the news that...
February 14th, 2013 | Associations, Piracy and Terrorism, Safety and Security, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Myanmar MOL Limited. Successfully Obtained Official License and Registration

Tokyo, 14  February, 2013 – Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) has  approved the Permanent Business License of ‘Myanmar MOL Limited.’, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOL Liner Ltd. on 4th  February. MOL is one  of the first companies in the Shipping industry that...
February 14th, 2013 | Liner Shipping and Trade | Read More

EDF Trading and EXMAR in LNG export opportunity

EDF Trading and EXMAR announced today their  intention to jointly look for small-scale LNG export opportunities in North  America using barge-mounted natural gas liquefaction developed by EXMAR, Wison and Black&Veatch. The aim would be to bring mobile, self-contained liquefaction units to  LNG...
February 13th, 2013 | Energy, LNG, Markets | Read More

HOT Port News from GAC

Your daily news service from ports around the world. In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Singapore, Singapore – Shell Bukom SBM subsea pipeline repair * Turkey, Aliaga – Construction works on cargo piers * Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 13/02/13 DATE: February 13, 2013 COUNTRY:...
February 13th, 2013 | Bunkering, Ports & Terminals | Read More

ITF comment on management change at Air Pacific

13 February 2013 – The ITF has echoed the Fiji Trades Union Congress’s welcome for the news that the CEO of Fijian national airline Air Pacific is to step down. ITF civil aviation secretary Gabriel Mocho commented: “The departure of CEO David Pflieger is about more than just reversing the damage...
February 13th, 2013 | Aviation, ITF | Read More

World Bank endorses Jamaica aims for logistics hub

World Bank endorses Jamaica aims for logistics hub
Anthony Hylton The World Bank Group has endorsed Jamaica’s aim to become the logistics hub for the Caribbean, Latin America and US Gulf & East coastal area by pledging to help find funding for the pioneering project. Speaking in Kingston recently, Giorgio Valentini, World Bank Group representative...
February 13th, 2013 | Finance, Flags, Logistics, News, Politics and Government, Ports & Terminals | Read More

UK Club members receive compliance resources for Maritime Labour Convention

Karl Lumbers UK Club members receive compliance resources for Maritime Labour Convention The UK Club is providing a package of the International Shipping Federation’s (ISF) guide publication “Guidelines on the Application of the ILO Maritime Labour Conventions (2nd edition)” and the Lloyds...
February 13th, 2013 | Corporate Social Responsibility, Health and Safety, Jobs, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Maritime Education and Training, Organisations, P and I Clubs, Safety and Security | Read More

Opportunity knocks for innovation at EUROPORT 2013

Opportunity knocks for innovation at EUROPORT 2013
Europort 2013 has issued a call for papers for its Advanced Technology Conferences, one of the focal points of the stand-out exhibition for maritime and offshore pioneers in technology in this year’s industry calendar. Organisers have invited leading national and international players to showcase the...
February 13th, 2013 | Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Exhibitions | Read More

BLG 17 – Report

The 17th session of the BLG Sub-Committee was held from 4 to 8 February. Principal issues of interest to members are outlined below. IBC Code Review Members will recall previous reports of inconsistencies identified in chapters 17 and 18 of the IBC Code and the concern expressed that strict application...
February 13th, 2013 | Associations, Environment, Health and Safety, Marine Equipment Products and Services, Regulatory, Safety and Security | Read More

Seagull reinforces safety message

Vibeke Nordahl-Paulsen Seagull has introduced two new computer-based training modules to help ships’ officers and crew managers to raise safety awareness among the seafarers under their supervision. Drawing on its partnership with ‘soft’ skills specialist Green-Jakobsen, Seagull has launched a...
February 13th, 2013 | Health and Safety, Maritime Education and Training, Safety and Security | Read More

CSR in Focus at GL Group’s Green Wednesday Event

CSR in Focus at GL Group’s Green Wednesday Event
Albrecht Grell, Senior Executive Vice President of GL’s Maritime Solutions, stressed the importance to address CSR issues. Hamburg/Germany, 13 February 2013 – The GL Group held its first Green Wednesday event at its head office in Hamburg. The event focused on Corporate Social Responsibility...
February 13th, 2013 | Classification Societies, Corporate Social Responsibility, Events | Read More

ClassNK Earns Authorization from German Flag

ClassNK Earns Authorization from German Flag
ClassNK Chairman and President Mr. Ueda announces authorization from BG Verkehr at the reception Top Society Announces Further Expansion in Germany Hamburg – World’s leading classification society ClassNK has announced that it has earned authorization from Germany’s BG Verkehr to carry out surveys...
February 13th, 2013 | Classification Societies, European Union, News, Politics and Government, Regulatory | Read More

Artist Mie Fog Baekke wins “the drying game” to bring vibrant three dimensional work to Southfields Gallery at Wimbledon

Artist Mie Fog Baekke wins “the drying game” to bring vibrant three dimensional work to Southfields Gallery at Wimbledon
Fireworks By Mie Fog Baekke Artist Mie Fog Baekke wins “the drying game” to bring vibrant three dimensional work to Southfields Gallery at Wimbledon, By James Brewer War and destruction, hurricane, fire – artist Mie Fog Baekke often chooses titles that are fierce and dramatic for her three dimensional...
February 12th, 2013 | Art and auctions, Exhibitions | Read More

Digging to stop waters of key inland European shipping route from overflowing: River Waal project is launched

Digging to stop waters of key inland European shipping route from overflowing: River Waal project is launched
River Waal is to be tamed. Digging to stop waters of key inland European shipping route from overflowing: River Waal project is launched, By James Brewer One of most important waterway safety projects in Europe is underway, seeking to regulate the flow of the River Waal, the largest branch of the Rhine....
February 12th, 2013 | Inland Waterways, News | Read More

HOT PORT NEWS from GAC

Your daily news service from ports around the world. In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation at Yau Ma Tei * Panama, all ports – Banks closed for Carnival DATE: February 12, 2013 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Marine Site Investigation at...
February 12th, 2013 | Canals, Holidays, Ports & Terminals | Read More

First Combined DQS-Certificate awarded to GL Group

First Combined DQS-Certificate awarded to GL Group
Christian Ulrich Diehl, Senior Vice President Group Quality, Governance & Risk, Pekka Paasivaara, Member of GL Group’s Executive Board, Erik van der Noordaa, CEO GL Group, Götz Blechschmidt, DQS Managing Director, Dr Joachim Segatz, Member of GL Group’s Executive Board, Ramón Azúa,...
February 12th, 2013 | Awards, Classification Societies, Events | Read More

VIDEOTEL simplyfies Oil Record Book management

Whilst the marine engineer takes great pride in facing the technical challenges on board a vessel, it is not always true to say that all face the challenge of mandatory paperwork with the same enthusiasm.  Videotel has now stepped in with a timely update to its Oil Record Book programme, part of the...
February 12th, 2013 | Bunkering, Regulatory, Shipmanagement | Read More

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions opens Houston office to service increased offshore business

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions opens Houston office to service increased offshore business
Philip Bannerman Specialist service supplier reports growing demand in US Gulf and South America for competent partner to support booming energy market   Oslo, 12 February, 2013. Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has established a new office in Houston, Texas in response to increased client demand for...
February 12th, 2013 | IT and Communications, Marine Equipment Products and Services, News, Ship Conversions, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Shiprepair | Read More

DIANA SHIPPING INC. announces the date for the 2012 fourth quarter and year-end financial results, conference call and webcast

DIANA SHIPPING INC. announces the date for the 2012 fourth quarter and year-end financial results, conference call and webcast
ATHENS, GREECE, February 12, 2013 – Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, today announced that its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012 are scheduled to be released before the...
February 12th, 2013 | News, Stock Markets | Read More

Coldest Day Expedition

Coldest Day Expedition
The SA Agulhas Cape Town, South Africa, 12 February, 2013 – Having just completed its mission with the international Coldest Journey team first ever traverse across the Antarctica, the Agulhas will set sail again back to the icy terrain for another research expedition with the Council for Scientific...
February 12th, 2013 | Maritime Education and Training, News, Oceanology | Read More

ABB acquires APS Technology Group to expand its Crane and Harbor systems portfolio

ABB acquires APS Technology Group to expand its Crane and Harbor systems portfolio
APS Bayport Acquisition expands ABB’s portfolio for container terminal automation to optimize cargo handling and tracking from ship to gate. Zurich, Switzerland, February 12, 2013 – ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has agreed to acquire APS Technology Group (APS), a San Diego,...
February 12th, 2013 | Marine Equipment Products and Services, News, Ports & Terminals | Read More

ABS Relocates Northern European Marine Operations to Hamburg

(London) ABS, a leading provider of global classification services, today announced it will relocate its Northern European regional marine operations office from London to Hamburg, Germany. “This relocation is part of ABS’ ongoing effort to place our frontline decision makers closer to our clients...
February 11th, 2013 | Classification Societies | Read More

Thomson Majesty lifeboat accident, ITF comment

The ITF HQ’s in London 11 February 2013 – Commenting on the loss of five lives during a lifeboat practice launch on the Thomson Majesty, Bjorn-Erik Kristoffersen, the ITF’s representative on the lifeboat working group of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, said: “This is a sad...
February 11th, 2013 | Health and Safety, ITF, Marine Equipment, Regulatory, Safety and Security | Read More

Talent, competition & regulation: key challenges for insurers in China

Talent, competition & regulation: key challenges for insurers in China
Mon 11 Feb 2013 –  Understanding local business culture and markets is key to insurers’ success in China, says PwC. The world’s second largest economy is proving to be an attractive market for insurers, however strong competition from domestic insurers, a largely untapped pool of local talent...
February 11th, 2013 | Insurance and Reinsurance, News, What Others Say | Read More

HOT Port News from GAC

Your daily news service from ports around the world. In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Germany, Kiel Canal – Repairs rescheduled * Nigeria, Qua Iboe – Terminal declares Force Majeure * Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation in Tuen Mun Typhoon Shelter * Australia, Newcastle...
February 11th, 2013 | Canals, Ports & Terminals | Read More