GMS Supports DSA Stance On Beaching

GMS, leading buyer of ships for recycling, has come out in support of the Danish Ship Association (DSA) which refuses to ban beaching outright following the recent announcement by their Norwegian counterparts. GMS supports DSA’s position that ship recycling choice shouldn’t be based just on geography. Read more

Solicitor And Master Mariner Joe Quain To Join Hill Dickinson’s International Shipping Team

Hill Dickinson is pleased to announce that Captain Joe Quain, formerly of Bentleys Stokes and Lowless, will be joining the firm as a partner in the Singapore office with effect from 1 September 2015 bringing the firm’s strength of Master Mariner lawyers to six in total.

His appointment will enhance the already impressive international standing of the shipping team in Singapore which achieved impressive results in the most recent Chamber’s rankings featuring in the top tier for shipping litigation and with recognition for all five of the current partners. Read more

‘Mersey on the Thames’ Event Gathers Pace

With less than a month to go until the start of London International Shipping Week (LISW15, 7 – 11 September) registrations for Mersey Maritime’s ‘Mersey-on-the-Thames’ reception are pouring in thick and fast.

Mersey Maritime, in association with some of its key members, is hosting what is already being billed as one of the most exciting events at LISW on 9th September at The Walkie Talkie Building, 20 Fenchurch Street. Read more

Mersey Maritime Event Celebrates ‘The Glorious Twelfth’

It isn’t every day you receive an invitation to a drinks reception based on a theme more commonly the preserve of the hunting /shooting /fishing community.

This week (12 August) saw members and key partners of Mersey Maritime gather together at Café 4748 on Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, for a summer drinks reception based on ‘The Glorious Twelfth’, the date that marks the official opening of the grouse shooting season. Entertainment included a simulated clay pigeon shooting game and the drinking of toasts with shots of The Black Grouse, a special edition whisky based on peated Islay malts, from the makers of The Famous Grouse. Read more

2015 On Track For Record Hijackings In South East Asia

High demand for illicit oil, together with a well-established black market, will continue to drive maritime attacks in South East Asia over the coming months, meaning small tanker owners face operational, financial and security threats, warns leading maritime security provider PVI.

PVI, one of the world’s largest private maritime security companies and part of Protection Group International, advises that, in the absence of a stronger law enforcement response, 2015 is set to see a record number of hijackings in the region.

On 8 August, the Singapore-flagged Joaquim was the latest victim of small tanker hijackings, having 3,500 tonnes of marine fuel stolen in an incident near Malaysian waters.

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Videotel Supports Concentrated Inspection Campaign For Enclosed Spaces

Enclosed spaces on ships are potentially highly dangerous environments where seafarer training can make the difference between life and death

LONDON, UK – 10th August, 2015 – VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training programs and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has backed the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on crew familiarization for enclosed space entry recently launched by the maritime authorities of Tokyo and Paris.

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Bibby Ship Management Employees Take On The Grand Canyon In Charity Trek

Hospice Isle of Man is thrilled that local lady, Sandra Corrigan is raising funds for them. Her work colleague Nicky Davenport is raising funds for the Isle of Man Sea Cadets. Both are employees of Bibby Ship Management (WE) Ltd which is part of Bibby Line Group.

During October 2015 they will both embark on a trekking and camping challenge in the Grand Canyon. Walking 10-15 miles each day in 80 degrees heat and camping (sharing a tent) in a Native American camp site by night. This is an adventure, but primarily a challenge for both of these ladies. Camping, intense heat and outdoor toilets would not figure on a list of musts for either on a trip normally; however the opportunity to fundraise for their charities makes this trip a must.

They could not do this without the support of the employer. In 2007 Bibby Line Group began the ‘Giving Something Back’ programme for its employees. This is a unique initiative, aiming to harness the passion of its people and support them to fundraise and volunteer for the charities they choose.

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