World premiere of new boat with diesel outboard engines at HSBO in Gothenburg

Norsafe has launched a brand new boat, the Marathon 900 RIB. Complementing an already wide range of boats for professional and military customers, the company’s first RIB was launched at High Speed Boat Operations (HSBO) in Gothenburg this month.

Not only the boat was new, but Norsafe’s Marathon 900 RIB was demonstrated with two newly developed Mercury outboard engines that can run on diesel fuel. Mercury OptiMax Diesel Outboard, which was developed for the US Armed Forces, is a 3.0 litre V6 engine that produces 175 propshaft horsepower. Read more

Renowned Hill Dickinson lawyer presents at port conference on management of legal risks

PITTORDIS MariaThe 8th Annual UK Ports Conference took place at Hill Dickinson LLP’s office at Broadgate Tower, London on 24th – 25th May. This extended two day event discussed, amongst other things, the changing policy and regulations within the sector and the legal issues that ports face in today’s uncertain world.

Maria Pittordis, Head of Marine, Trade and Energy at Hill Dickinson LLP, presented on the topic of ‘Identifying and managing the legal risks for port operations’. This broad narrative incorporated vital issues for the sector including the importance of stringent health and safety procedures, from a criminal and civil perspective, vicarious liability, corporate manslaughter and liabilities arising from acts of terrorism by third parties.   Read more

Hill Dickinson continues to strengthen commodities team with key partner hire

International law firm Hill Dickinson has further strengthened its commodities team with the appointment of leading lawyer Patric McGonigal.

Patric joins the firm’s London office from Hogan Lovells, Tokyo where he spent more than four years as head of the Tokyo international disputes team. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Patric was partner in Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s international trade and commercial arbitration practices working across its London and Singapore offices for 11 years. Read more

Norsafe Showing Comprehensive Range at Posidonia

Norsafe, global leader in lifeboat manufacture and design, will be showing a comprehensive range of its renowned safety craft at Posidonia, June 6 to 10th 2016 at stand 420, hall 3.

Exhibiting in partnership with its Greek agent, Intra Mare, the Norwegian based manufacturer together with its Greek subsidiary Norsafe Watercraft Hellas will be showing a mix of rescue boats, conventional lifeboats and smaller free-fall models. Read more

Investment in Training Key to Predicted Seafarer Shortage

Maritime training leader notes the importance of attracting a new generation of mariners

LONDON, UK – 18 May 2016 – The BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report released earlier this week indicates that there is a current shortfall of about 16,500 officers and a need for an additional 147,500 officers by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet. Nigel Cleave, CEO of VideotelTM, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has stressed that shipowners and shipmanagers need to invest in seafarer training to help combat this predicted shortfall of officers. Read more

BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report predicts potential shortage of almost 150,000 officers by 2025


Report cover pageLaunched on Monday at the International Maritime Organization, the latest five-year BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report forecasts a serious future shortage in the supply of seafarers.  The report identifies:

  • A current shortfall of about 16,500 officers (2.1%), but
  • A need for an additional 147,500 officers by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet.

The global supply of officers is forecast to increase steadily, but this is predicted to be outpaced by increasing demand.

Some officer categories are in especially short supply, including engineer officers at management level and officers needed for specialised ships such as chemical, LNG and LPG carriers. Read more

The Swedish Club Provides a Guide Through the Marine Insurance Maze

DSC_1734The Swedish Club has once again extended a hand to the insurance industry; sharing its in-depth experience with insurance professionals at the latest Marine Insurance Course, which took place at the Club’s head office in Gothenburg last week.

Delegates from all areas of the marine insurance industry met to learn more about key aspects of marine insurance, looking in detail at both the practical and legal aspects of the profession. Participants were provided with knowledge and skills that could be taken back into the workplace – ranging from the legal implications of terms and conditions, to the practical handling of claims and loss prevention. Read more

Braemar Adjusting Promotes Sam Foster

Braemar Adjusting is delighted to announce the promotion of Sam Foster from Senior Adjuster to Director, effective immediately.

Sam graduated from Loughborough University in 2006 with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. Prior to joining Braemar, Sam worked for AMEC as a Mechanical Engineer, where he specialised in rotating and static machinery, working on a range of projects including a Libyan onshore rig modernisation study, a Swiss refinery development and BP’s North Sea Clair Ridge Project. Read more

Bernhard Schulte and BSM to tackle 24 Peaks Challenge for Seafarers UK

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), will be joining their parent company, Bernhard Schulte, to participate in this year’s 24 Peaks Challenge for Seafarers UK. The Schulte Group will be entering six teams, comprising a total of 30 participants from sea and shore-based personnel.

This demanding challenge will take place on 2nd and 3rd July, with teams climbing 24 peaks across the Lake District, covering a distance of 31 miles in just a 24 hour period.

This is the third consecutive year that the Schulte Group is participating in the Seafarers UK 24 Peaks Challenge. A wide mix of personnel from across all shipmanagement and crew service centres, including the Bernhard Schulte CEO, Mr Ian Beveridge, as well as seafarers across the BSM managed fleet will be taking part. Read more

Competency should outweigh compliance say industry stakeholders

Seafarer competence is vital to the industry rather than compliance alone, industry experts warned delegates at the Crew Connect Europe conference in Copenhagen this week.

Ship managers and other shipping stakeholders warned against compliance as a training exercise amid fears the industry is moving towards a tick-box culture, in the build up to the implementation of the revised Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) guidelines.

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ICS Pushing for Balanced Update of York Antwerp Rules

At the Comité Maritime International (CMI) Conference, in New York this week, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will be pressing to ensure that the proposed revision of the York Antwerp Rules of General Average delivers a clear improvement on the present system and does not touch on fundamental principles.

‘General Average’ is a method of equitably allocating and spreading the costs of dealing with a maritime casualty among the parties that benefit from the ship and cargo being saved.  The York Antwerp Rules set out rules for the distribution of losses and expenses, for example in incidents when cargo is jettisoned in order to save the ship and the remaining cargo.  The system helps to avoid delay in the transport of cargo to its final destination and ensures that the costs of doing so are evenly distributed.  The CMI, which is the international association of maritime lawyers, is the custodian of the York Antwerp Rules. Read more

Armitt Group in Advance Stage Negotiation to Build Facility at London Thamesport

The Armitt Group, a respected UK shipping agent and specialist logistics company, has signed a heads of terms agreement to build a 120,000 ft.² multimodal terminal at London Thamesport.  Freight could start moving through the new facility as early as autumn this year.

The long-term agreement was signed by The Armitt Group, and the port’s owners Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group. Read more