Liverpool in Limelight at Global Shipping Event

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Liverpool’s potential for inward investment will be showcased at a conference next month being held as part of London International Shipping Week.

The city region is one of the fastest growing in England and the UK’s second largest regional economy worth, more than £156.8 billion. The event aims to build on the momentum generated by recent major developments in the city, such as, the regeneration of the waterfront, the opening of the Liverpool2 container terminal, the expansion of the Knowledge Quarter innovation district and the creation of a centre for maritime skills and entrepreneurship.

Hosted by industry body Mersey Maritime and chaired by TV presenter Louise Minchin, ‘Investing in a connected future’ will take place in the Willis Building on 12th September during one of the global maritime industry’s biggest trade events.

 

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Norsafe Secures its Largest Ever Offshore LSA Contract

Norsafe has secured its largest ever offshore contract to supply lifesaving appliances to ENI’s Coral South floating LNG (FLNG) facility located in Area 4, approximately 50 km from the Mozambique coast.

The order is to deliver 8 freefall systems containing 5 x GES 50 MKIII with HD-50 davits and 3 x GES 45 with HD-45 davits, to the FLNG facility under construction by Samsung Heavy Industries. The davits will be delivered in November 2018 and the lifeboats in February 2021.  

The GES 50 MKIII freefall lifeboat will take up to 70 persons and can drop from a height of 47 metres with the GES 45 taking up to 60 persons, having a maximum drop height of 40 metres.

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ICS Publishes New Personal Training and Service Record Book for Seafarers

The International CPersonal Training and Service Record Book (Image)hamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a new edition of its widely used Personal Training and Service Record Book, to help qualified seafarers and their employers maintain a comprehensive record of training and seagoing service.

“Good record keeping of training and seagoing experience is essential to support a seafarer’s career at sea, and it is vital that shipping companies and seafarers are able to use a standard international book.” said ICS Director of Policy, Simon Bennett.

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Thome Managed Vessel Rescues German Sailors

A Military Sealift Command contracted ship diverted from its mission to perform a rescue at sea mission on July 7. Nord Nightingale4 (002)

The Thome managed vessel, MT Nord Nightingale, was in transit from Houston, Texas, to Akrotiri, Cyprus, delivering fuel for the U.S. Air Force when it helped rescue two German sailors stranded at sea off the coast of Florida. 

“The crew did an excellent job of redirecting their focus and assisting with rescue operations when we received the distress call,” said Capt. Nicolae Gainuse, MT Nord Nightingale master. 

“You never set out on a delivery mission thinking you’re going to be rescuing people at sea, but fortunately we were in the right place to provide assistance.” 

The distress call was received by the ship at approximately 3.10pm, at which point it called the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Miami for additional details. 

Gainuse then called Thome’s HSSEQ department and received its full support to proceed with the rescue operation. Less than 20 minutes after the distress call, the crew had changed course and were busy making preparations for the rescue. 

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Jamaica launches its candidacy for Category C seat on the IMO Council

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) officially launched its candidacy in the UK for a Category C seat on the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Council last Thursday evening at a reception at the IMO.

Addressing the IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, IMO delegates and specially invited guests, Director-General of the MAJ Rear Admiral Peter Brady hailed Jamaica’s candidature as “an opportunity to enhance Jamaica’s role on the international maritime stage.”

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Seafarers are our asset, says Rear Admiral Peter Brady

Seafarers must continue to be seen as the ‘heart and soul’ of the shipping industry and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) will continue to support initiatives which work to enhance seafarers’ skills and competencies onboard ship and ashore, according to MAJ Director-General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady.

As part of his continued focus on seafarers at the MAJ, Rear Admiral Brady led celebrations in June for the Day of the Seafarer by hosting a reception for veteran and current seafarers. Addressing guests, he spoke about the opportunities that a career in seafaring holds, and pointed out that Jamaica’s long history of seafaring makes it an important seafaring centre.

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Q88 says market demands need to be strictly listened to when it comes to software solutions

Software providers need to be more aware of the precise demands being voiced by today’s shipowners and charterers and must match or exceed these if they are to win business in this highly competitive yet still potentially lucrative market, according to a leading player in the sector.

Fritz Heidenreich, President of SaaS technology provider Q88, said “time was running out” for those businesses intent on under-delivering and overcharging when it came to the software products they offered to the market.

“Other companies carry too much overhead from unnecessary functionality and line extensions that the industry does not ask for. We don’t think it is fair to dump those added costs on the end-users,” he said.

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The Swedish Club Appoints Three New Board Members in its 145th Year

Lars Rhodin 2Lars Rhodin, Managing Director of The Swedish Club, announced three new appointments to the board during the Club’s 2017 AGM held in Gothenburg on Thursday 15 June – the 145th since The Swedish Club was established in 1872.

Representing a cross section of the shipping industry, the three new board members come from different sectors and different countries, but share their commitment to shipping and to the pursuit of excellence.

New to the board are: Mr Chen Wei, Cosco Shipping Lines, Shanghai; Mr Jude Correa, Seaspan Ship Management, Vancouver; and Mr Lu Jian, Winning Shipping, Singapore.

Lars Rhodin welcomed the new board members, saying: “The Swedish Club represents members across the globe in almost every sector of shipping. We are delighted to see these new faces on our board and welcome the talents they will bring.”

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Norsafe secures contracts worth more than 200 million NOK

Norsafe Marathon 900 RIB

Norsafe is pleased to report that it has secured more than 200 million NOK in LSA contracts that have been put out to tender so far this year.

In addition to the recently announced prestigious contract with Kværner for delivery of three of Norsafe’s largest freefall lifeboats with davit systems to the Njord A platform, Norsafe has won several other significant contracts, both for new builds and upgrade projects.

Among the largest contracts are:

– Replacement of lifeboats on the BP Ula platform

– Replacement of lifeboats on Tambar

– Replacement of davits on the Haven jack-up

– Replacement of lifeboats on the Total Elgin platform in the UK sector of the North Sea

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Lifeboat Manufacturer Norsafe Appoints Ex-Scottish International Goalkeeper Jim Leighton MBE

Norsafe UK has appointed ex-Scottish International football goalkeeper Jim Leighton MBE as its UK Sales Manager.Jim Leighton

Working out of the Aberdeen office, Jim will be responsible for offering Norsafe’s range of high quality safety appliances inclusive of aftersales on all inspection, service and repair to the marine, offshore and oil & gas sectors.

Mr Leighton had a very distinguished 38 year career in football playing for clubs including Aberdeen, Manchester United and Hibernian winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He also played 91 times for Scotland and was selected in four World Cup squads.

Having retired from playing professionally in 2000 he turned to coaching and was Aberdeen’s goalkeeping coach during two spells at the club finally leaving at the end of the 2014/15 season to pursue a career outside football.

Before joining Norsafe, Mr Leighton worked as Sales Manager for Universal Inspection, supplier of products and services to the onshore and offshore markets.

“I am delighted to welcome Jim to Norsafe Aberdeen,” said Ronnie Vettese, UK Director, Norsafe UK Ltd. Read more

KVH Announces CHARTlink for ChartCo, Delivering Charts and Publications to Vessels at Sea Seamlessly

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it is launching a new service called CHARTlinkTM for ChartCo, in association with leading digital chart distributor ChartCo, to transmit charts and a library of navigators’ publications to vessels at sea in a timely and affordable manner. The two companies will be unveiling the new solution at Nor-Shipping 2017 in Lillestrom, Norway, this week, in KVH booth B04-20 and ChartCo booth C03-02F.

For ship managers and officers who need to know that their vessels are ready for the next voyage, CHARTlink for ChartCo is designed to ensure fast, affordable delivery of the updates needed to conduct safe voyages and comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s regulations requiring the carriage of navigational data using an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).

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KVH Announces YOURlink for Delivering Corporate Videos to Vessels at Sea

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it is introducing KVH YOURlinkTM, a content delivery service that fleet managers and owners can use to distribute company-produced videos to all vessels in their fleet. The company will be presenting the new service at Nor-Shipping in Lillestrom, Norway, this week, in the KVH booth, B04-20.

A new addition to KVH’s IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service, YOURlink takes a process that once required weeks or months of shipping time and the cost of distributing DVDs or flash drives, and makes it nearly instantaneous. For crew onboard, YOURlink provides immediacy and impact, with videos easily viewed on the ship’s common-area TV and from the seafarers’ own tablets, smartphones, and PCs.

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KVH Videotel Launches Extensive Training Suite to Address Gaps in Seafarer Engineering Knowledge

KVH Videotel, part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it has launched an eLearning suite for marine engineers, covering 12 critical subject areas and containing 100 modules. Practical Engineering Suite delivers training to a level of competence required by the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW), with a practical, stimulating mixture of training styles, and accessible on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices, an industry first. KVH Videotel will be presenting the Practical Engineering Suite at Nor-Shipping in Lillestrom, Norway, this week, in the KVH Videotel booth, B04-20.

The need for this series emerged from analyzing seafarer training data in KVH Videotel’s extensive database of more than 14 million training interactions with more than 350,000 seafarers worldwide.

“Analysis of the training data we record clearly shows a weakness in performance in engineering-related test assessment,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president, EMEA. “Discussion with our customers further suggests that the gaps in marine engineers’ knowledge is often tied to the core underlying principles, so the Practical Engineering Suite strips everything back to basics, and covers the underpinning knowledge that all engineers should possess. It also provides accompanying assessments to check the learners’ knowledge and provide evidence for record-keeping purposes. Practical Engineering Suite helps shipping companies address weaknesses in engineering skills at sea with confidence that the modules have been devised by a team of IMarEST Chartered Engineers.”

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Less cash on board isn’t just a saving, it’s necessary for sustainability, says ShipMoney

Speaking at CrewConnect Europe earlier today, global maritime financial services company ShipMoney has advised maritime leaders that reducing the amount of cash on board can help in the industry’s drive towards sustainability.

Addressing delegates in Copenhagen, ShipMoney President Stuart Ostrow said: “As the industry continues to look for sustainable initiatives, why are seafarers incurring extra costs just from receiving their wages in cash? Sending money back home and exchanging money at port all add up to unnecessary costs for seafarers, in an age when wire-transfers and card payments are as regular as clockwork.

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Major Upgrade to ISF Watchkeeper Simplifies Work Hour Record Keeping

ISF Watchkeeper logo-LatestThe International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have announced the launch of the latest release of their acclaimed ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour records, as required by IMO and ILO regulations, and to help prevent crew fatigue and to avoid issues with Port State Control.

This major upgrade, which is available free of charge to existing ISF Watchkeeper users on over 8, 000 ships worldwide, has been designed to reflect the evolving needs of those at sea and managers ashore.

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Norsafe to deliver new lifeboat systems to Statoil’s Njord A platform

Norsafe GES 52 freefall lifeboat

Norsafe has received orders from Kværner relating to the delivery of new lifeboat systems to Statoil’s Njord A platform.

Norsafe will supply three lifeboat systems of its largest freefall lifeboat, the GES 52, with compatible davits. The lifeboat systems are built according to SOLAS and DNV-OS-E406, and although the products were developed just a few years ago, they have already been delivered to many installations worldwide. The contract is worth over 35 million Norwegian kroner and will be delivered in 2018 and 2019.

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InterManager expands global membership, including first ship registry member

The international ship managers’ body, InterManager, has extended its global membership by welcoming three new members, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ship Registry, ARC and SC Innovation.

Welcoming the three new members, Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary-General of InterManager said: “Our mandate to our members is clear and it is this support and collaboration that has caused our membership to grow. As we welcome our first ship registry member it is a reminder that by working as a multi-sector Association, together we can ensure a rich sustainable industry for generations to come. We look forward to working closely with our three new members.”

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All You Need to Know About Shipping But Were Afraid to Ask: ICS Launches 2017 Annual Review

ics-annual-review-2017_001The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched its latest Annual Review, ahead of the ICS Annual General Meeting in Istanbul next week.  The ICS Annual Review 2017 can be accessed free of charge via the ICS website.

Providing an insider’s view of the key issues affecting shipping, the ICS Annual Review provides a unique insight into the global shipping industry and the complex legislative and economic landscape currently faced by ship operators.

The ICS Annual Review explores the challenges presented by the need to reduce CO2 emissions in line with the ambition set by the Paris Agreement on climate change; the worldwide entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention in September 2017; and the implementation in 2020 of the global 0.5% sulphur in fuel cap, each which will have profound implications for the economics of shipping.

The Review also covers developments with respect to the wide range of other issues in which ICS is involved on behalf of the global industry, ranging from legal and insurance developments, seafarers’ employment standards and the maintenance of free trade principles, to the resurgence of Somali piracy and the continuing migrant rescue crisis in the Mediterranean.

“While much of our work is about preparing for the future, the Annual Review reflects the sheer volume and diversity of issues being addressed by ICS”, said ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson.

The 2017 ICS AGM will be held in Istanbul from 9-11 May and hosted by the Turkish Chamber of Shipping.   It will be Esben Poulsson’s first AGM as ICS Chairman, following his election at the previous AGM in Tokyo last year.

To download the ICS Annual Review please visit www.ics-shipping.org/ics-annual-review-2017

 

Thome Opens Modern Training Facility in The Philippines

opening of philippines training ctrThome Ship Management Pte. Ltd., has opened a modern training facility in Makati city in the heart of the Philippines, so that its seafarers and cadets can practise using the latest equipment which will be the same as the machinery they encounter once onboard.

All guests were welcomed by Capt Ivar Thomasli, Managing Director of Thome Ship Management – ROHQ, followed by the ribbon – cutting ceremony led by Thome Group Executive Chairman, Olav Eek Thorstensen, President and Chief Commercial Officer (COO), Claes Eek Thorstensen, Deputy Managing Director Sartaj Gill and Regional Training Manager Capt. Dante Bo.

The Thome Training Workshop and Dormitory can accommodate up to 50 seafarers/cadets and comes complete with Wi-Fi, 10 standalone CBT computers, and various state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that meets the key vessel requirements of Thome’s principals.

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SSA to raise the bar as an international maritime centre in 2017

The key focus for ‘Maritime Singapore’ in 2017 will be to continue strengthening efforts to raise the bar as a major Asian and International Maritime Centre. In this respect, the SSA is working closely with MPA and other key industry players and has outlined five key areas in its Blueprint for Growth in preparation for better times ahead for the shipping industry. The five key areas are: Regional Leadership, Legal, Finance, Operational excellence and Innovation with Technology.

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