ICS Applauds ‘Paris Agreement for Shipping’

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the high level strategy for the further reduction of shipping’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, adopted on 13 April by the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe said: “This is a ground breaking agreement – a Paris Agreement for shipping – that sets a very high level of ambition for the future reduction of CO2 emissions. We are confident this will give the shipping industry the clear signal it needs to get on with the job of developing zero CO2 fuels, so that the entire sector will be in a position to decarbonise completely, consistent with the 1.5 degree climate change goal.”

He added: “The agreed IMO objective of cutting the sector’s total GHG emissions by at least 50% before 2050, as part of a continuing pathway for further reduction, is very ambitious indeed, especially when account is taken of current projections for trade growth as the world’s population and levels of prosperity continue to increase.” Read more

Port Of Antwerp Sponsors The International Maritime Forum

LONDON: APRIL 13TH, 2018:  Shipping Innovation is delighted to welcome the Port of Antwerp as a Gold Sponsor of the International Maritime Forum which will be held in Liverpool on 21 June, 2018 as part of the International Business Festival (www.internationalbusinessfestival.com).

The conference, which will be titled: The Northern Maritime Powerhouse: Driving global trade post-Brexit, will look at how digitalisation and increased connectivity can enhance port processes and drive innovation to boost global trade.

It will discuss blockchain technologies and Big Data in the context of streamlining shipping and port operations to the lasting benefit of the end-users as well as the importers and exporters. Organised by Shipping Innovation, creator of London International Shipping Week, this high-level forum is designed to spark lively debate among key ports, shippers and supply chain leaders.

Shipping Innovation is delighted to count among its top-level line up of speakers H.E. Daniel Fábrega, the Republic of Panama’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization.

Announcing the news, Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, Director of Shipping Innovation, said participation by an organisation as pivotal to global trade as the Port of Antwerp, was important when you consider the International Maritime Forum will bring together key thought leaders in ports and shipping to discuss what Britain must do to boost trading activity after Brexit.

“Britain will be forced to reach out to the East and to the West to develop new trading partners, exploit new capacities and learn new ideas from world-leading ports and maritime authorities,” he said.

Wim Dillen, Regional Development Manager, Antwerp Port Authority, said the UK is a key market for the Port of Antwerp.

“More than 14 million tonnes are being shipped every year between Antwerp and this maritime trading partner and we are keen to maintain and further strengthen the port’s position with regard to the UK. In doing so, Antwerp can offer two very strong advantages in particular, as an investment location close to the European centres of decision-making, and as a gateway to Europe from where the continent can be reached quickly and efficiently,” he said.

The Port of Antwerp will bring a high-level delegation to the International Business Festival to meet with UK supply chain decision makers. It will use the International Maritime Forum to highlight a number of innovation and digitisation projects it has underway to enhance its clients’ supply chain efficiency and transparency, Mr Dillen added.

Further information about the International Maritime Forum can be found on the dedicated event website: www.shippinginnovation.com/event/international-maritime-forum

92% of Seafarers Strongly Influenced By Internet Access When Choosing Where to Work, According to Futurenautics Survey

The Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report, sponsored by KVH Industries and Intelsat, shows digital transformation underway in the maritime industry

Middletown, RI – March 28, 2018 – Roger Adamson, Futurenautics Maritime’s chief executive officer, presented to a London audience yesterday the key findings from his research organization’s newly released Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report, sponsored by KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI) and Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I). The report is based on a survey of 6,000 serving seafarers, the largest sample to date to complete the wide-ranging questionnaire covering onboard attitudes to the digital transformation sweeping the industry.

According to the report, more seafarers than ever have access to connectivity: Some 75% of seafarers can now use the Internet at sea, which is a rise of 32% or over half a million more crew (520,000, to be exact) since the last survey three years ago. Futurenautics Maritime conducted the first survey in 2012, in an effort to provide data of value to the maritime industry.

“It’s our belief that collaborating and sharing information can accelerate the pace of transformation in shipping and maritime, and begin to understand and solve big problems,” says Mr. Adamson. “The Crew Connectivity survey is a clear demonstration of that process in action.”

The report’s findings show a change in mindset among seafarers regarding many aspects of connectivity. Among the key findings:

  • 92% of seafarers reported that Internet access strongly influences their decision on where to work, up from 78% in prior years.
  • 95% of seafarers view connectivity as having a positive effect on onboard safety, an increase of 72% since the 2015 survey.
  • 69% of respondents view the increasing use of big data and analytics as a positive opportunity for their jobs in the next five years, versus 17% who see it as a threat.

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Deadline Looms for Lifeboat Hook Replacement Advises Norsafe

Norsafe, global Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) manufacturer, has advised the industry that it needs to ensure that all ships’ on-load LSA release mechanisms

comply with SOLAS Resolution MSC.317(89) by 1st July 2019.

In some instances, this may mean that a lifeboat’s release and retrieval system needs to be modified or replaced on or before that date, normally at the next scheduled dry-docking, as only hooks certified and tested in compliance with the aforementioned SOLAS resolution and named in the IMO GISIS database will be allowed on any lifeboat with onload hooks.

Norsafe’s on-load hook release system, called the TOR MK2, complies with all SOLAS regulations and the LSA code. It has been designed with three main priorities in mind; minimal maintenance, high safety precautions and simplicity of use.

A key feature is a yellow padlock sign, visible on both sides of the hook, which indicates that the hook is set and the release cables are correctly located.

The cables are arranged so that even if the hook is incorrectly reset, and the release handle is forced, the cables are protected from being stretched or damaged.

In addition, the on-load release activation requires 4 physical actions to be performed which provides a significant safety barrier against premature on-load release.

Norsafe’s global servicing and maintenance teams can ensure release mechanisms are compliant.

For more information on re-hooking please contact Norsafe’s service department by e-mailing service@norsafe.com or phoning +47 370 56 333.

Stena Line Joins with The Swedish Club to Test Emergency Plans

The Swedish Club and Stena Line have completed a major Emergency Response Training Exercise, designed test how Stena’s own comprehensive emergency procedures integrate with those of the authorities and support services in the event of a major incident.

The round table exercise took place last week at the Swedish Sea Rescue Society headquarters, with over sixty expert contributors taking part. The drill, jointly planned and conducted by the Club and the Swedish Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), tested the levels of cooperation required between the resources and authorities that would be at the centre of a mass evacuation from a passenger ferry in the Gothenburg area.

The Stena Line team was headed by Bjarne Koitrand, Technical Operations Director, Jörgen Lorén, Director and Senior Master, and Jesper Waltersson, Press and Media Relations Manager. Read more