Shipping Industry Meets in Tokyo to Discuss Mutual Challenges


Some 200 representatives of classification societies, shipbuilders and shipowners came together in Tokyo last week for their annual ‘Tripartite Meeting’ on issues of common interest.


The meeting, hosted by Class NK, the Japanese Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and the Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan (SAJ), was this year organised by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – a task traditionally rotated among the international shipowner associations.


The Tripartite Meeting has been held every year since 2002, and after 14 successful years it was decided that it was timely to take stock of the forum’s achievements and to fine tune future aspirations.  A working group will be convened to make recommendations for consideration at next year’s meeting.

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Countdown officially starts to London International Shipping Week 2017

The countdown to London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) officially began last night with an exclusive launch reception held at the iconic Norton Rose Fulbright building on London’s South Bank.

The launch reception brought together representatives from many of the maritime world’s leading organisations and figures from UK Government to learn of the aspirations, plans and exciting opportunities that LISW17 will deliver between September 11-15, next year.

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Norsafe Concerned at Spate of LSA Drill Accidents

Norsafe, global leader in lifebNORS_lo_lifeboatbuilder_Foat design, manufacture, and training, is concerned about recent spate of lifeboat drill accidents which have seriously injured or even led to fatalities among crew.

A report in April 2016 by academics at the Seafarers International Research Centre found that tight vessel schedules often did not allow sufficient time for drills and crew were often too frightened to take part as they had not been properly trained in using the equipment.

“A lifeboat is your last chance to evacuate a vessel, when it is not safe to be onboard or use other means of evacuation so it is vital that crew are properly trained on the LSA and take part in regular drills,” said Endre Eidsvik, SVP of Service for Norsafe.

“Skimping on training to save money is not an option and can cost lives. A lifeboat and its launching system is designed, built, tested and installed to a set of strict guidelines so it should be possible to safely embark and launch it even in rough weather, and under the worst trim and list conditions of the vessel,” he continued.

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Shipping Industry United in Seeking Further Progress on CO2 at Critical IMO Meeting

In advance of next week’s critical meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, the global shipping industry has called on IMO Member States to give serious consideration to a joint industry submission regarding the need for further progress on addressing the sector’s CO2 emissions.

The joint industry submission  (made by BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and World Shipping Council) represents a unified response from the shipping industry to the Paris Agreement on climate change, which entered into force on 5 October.     Read more

Master Mariner Donal Keaney joins Hill Dickinson’s shipping team

International law firm Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its London shipping team with the arrival of Master Mariner Donal Keaney, bringing the total number of Master Mariners at the firm to six.

Donal is currently studying to become admitted as a solicitor and joins Hill Dickinson from a varied seagoing, commercial and legal background. He recently spent three years with a Hong Kong legal practice, where he worked on a varied caseload of both wet and dry matters, including attendances and casualty investigations on site. Read more