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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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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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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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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The Swedish Club delivers a discount of 4% to P&I members

London, 30 March 2017: The Swedish Club maintains its members’ interest at the heart of the business and has made the decision to offer a discount of 4%, to all P&I members 2017/2018.

“We respect our shipowners and the challenges they face,” said Lars Rhodin, Managing Director of The Swedish Club. “This discount, on our 145th anniversary, has been made possible through a long-term risk management strategy which has also enabled us to set a 0% General Increase for two years in a row.”

The Club’s end year results demonstrated a 7.5% year-on-year growth in P&I, from both existing and new members, well ahead of the growth in the world fleet. Marine business was stable in a challenging market and despite volatility in the investment sector, an overall surplus of USD 11.8 million was reported.

Maintaining its focus on a balanced underwriting performance, The Swedish Club delivered a combined ratio of 98%, in line with its eight-year performance of 97%.

The Club will continue to strengthen its market position by reinforcing its Piraeus office with new legal and claims expertise; continued growth in Asia; proactive loss prevention initiatives, such as the rollout of its successful Emergency Response Training; and further support for the acclaimed Maritime Resource Management (MRM) programme from The Swedish Club Academy.


The Swedish Club delivers a discount of 4% to P&I members

London, 30 March 2017: The Swedish Club maintains its members’ interest at the heart of the business and has made the decision to offer a discount of 4%, to all P&I members 2017/2018.

“We respect our shipowners and the challenges they face,” said Lars Rhodin, Managing Director of The Swedish Club. “This discount, on our 145th anniversary, has been made possible through a long-term risk management strategy which has also enabled us to set a 0% General Increase for two years in a row.”

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We must create a sustainable industry for every stakeholder, says InterManager

InterManager, the third party and in-house ship managers trade association, has called on the maritime professionals to create an industry that works for everyone in order to maintain sustainability.

Speaking at its round table event during the second European Shipping Week on Monday, Capt Kuba Szymanski, Secretary-General of InterManager, urged ship managers, technology companies, regulators and training institutions to be fully committed to a sustainable initiative.

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Norsafe offers “train the trainer” course in LSA

Norsafe, global life-saving marine systems manufacturer, is offering a specialised “Train the Trainer” course in lifesaving appliances (LSA) aimed at instructors and trainers working in nautical schools and training centres.

The course covers operational and maintenance training on freefall lifeboat systems; conventional lifeboats covering davits, winches and hook systems; and rescue boat systems.

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Elaborate Communications delighted to be working with ShipMoney

Leading maritime PR and publishing agency, Elaborate Communications, is delighted to announce that it is handling the Press and Public Relations for ShipMoney.

 ShipMoney is a global maritime financial services company, offering products for owners, managers and crew which includes a prepaid Visa payroll card that provides an alternative for crew receiving wages in cash or wired home; and a prepaid Visa purchasing card that provides an alternative way for Masters to pay for provisions, emergency repairs and other ship expenses.

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InterManager President’s New Year message: 2016 tested us, but let’s make 2017 the year that drives us

Bjorn JebsenThere is no shying away from the fact that 2016 has been a difficult year for our industry. The frighteningly low freight markets domino effect on the whole industry has tested even the most seasoned of maritime professionals.

As owners began to tighten their belts, managers were being squeezed even tighter they had to make decisions based purely on cash flows rather than investment potential. The overall effect being on the quality of service managers can offer not only owners but also seafarers.

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The Princess Royal begins the Festive Season with The Mission to Seafarers

The Mission to Seafarers Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols took place last week at its headquarters at St Michael Paternoster Royal Church, London.

Once again the charity had the privilege of its President HRH The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence attending. Not only did Her Royal Highness read the first lesson, the congregation were fortunate enough to meet with the charity’s President at the post-service drinks reception in the sumptuous setting of Skinners’ Hall.

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European Shipping Week 2017 welcomes keynote speakers and panelists

European Shipping Week 2017 (ESW2017) is pleased to announce its line-up of high level industry speakers at its flagship conference to be held at Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel in Brussels, on Wednesday 1st March 2017.

Moderated by Julian Bray, Editor-in-Chief of Tradewinds, the flagship conference will attract up to 400 top industry ship owners and regulatory personnel who will hear from industry specialists on key issues under the overarching theme of: European Shipping Policy: Delivering Global Competitiveness, Quality and Sustainability.

It will begin with delegates being welcomed by the Chairman of ESW2017 and ECSA’s Secretary General, Patrick Verhoeven, who will then hand over to Julian who will introduce Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport; Michael Cramer, Chairman of the TRAN Committee at the European Parliament; and also Joe Mizzi, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure in Malta, who will start the Conference by touching on the institutional keynotes.

The Global trends affecting shipping session will include presentations by Märtha Rehnberg, Associate Partner, Dare Disrupt Trade and Alexander Stubb, Member of the European Parliament, Finland. They will then be followed by Jos Delbeke, Director-General DG Climate Action in the European Commission. After a Q&A session, Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO, Celestyal Cruises; Marialaura Dell’Abate, Amoretti Armatori Group; Mark Dickinson, General Secretary, Nautilus International; Trond Hodne, Business Director, DNV GL Maritime; Henriette Thygessen, CEO, Svitzer and Melina Travlou, CEO, Neptune Lines will contribute to the presentations.

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Extension of EUNAVFOR mandate is necessary and welcome to counter continuing piracy threat

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed the extension of EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta, following a decision by the EU Council, which will continue to see military forces deployed for counter piracy operations in the Western Indian Ocean until December 2018.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe said: “The presence of military forces is an essential component of the package of government actions that has helped to suppress the activities of Somali pirates, in support of the protective measures that continue to be taken by the shipping industry.  Ship operators and seafarers will be very pleased that EUNAVFOR has announced its ongoing commitment to these vital counter piracy activities.

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Hill Dickinson’s Maria Pittordis wins at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards

International Law Firm, Hill Dickinson LLP, is proud to announce that Maria Pittordis, head of marine, trade and energy has won Defendant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards.

The Eclipse Awards, which aim to encourage and reward high standards of practice, are now in their ninth year and growing, with well over 400 guests in attendance at this year’s event, held on 24th November at The Grange St. Paul’s Hotel, London. Read more