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The power of the wave

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 6, 2009

The companies, organisations and individuals that have been voted ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ in the new world economy are those that strategically position themselves in the sustainable industries. The marine industry is no exception, with plans…

Could this be the final installment of the Trafigura saga?

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 22, 2009

OK, so let’s go full circle on the Trafigura story and look at how the issue developed in the media. Not only has it been a massive story for the shipping industry, highlighting how some dark practices have been slipping under the radar, but…

Market town welcomes subsea investment

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 20, 2009

A small town in north Somerset is fast becoming major name in the European subsea oil and gas industry. Although Nailsea is not yet tripping as easily off the tongue as Aberdeen or Great Yarmouth, this little town that’s seven miles to the south…

News Moves Quickly

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 15, 2009

Oh the crazy world of Twitter! As soon as the hashtag #Trafigura became a trending topic on Tuesday, it disappeared within twenty four hours, having done its job like a glorious mayfly. It just goes to show how immediate our news is now. It’s…

Trafigura MP gagging creates trending topic

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 13, 2009

The Guardian newspaper’s reputation as the thinking person’s source of information has seen the paper itself become part of the story in an online debate on gagging orders. Reports relating to the Trafigura hazardous waste dumping off the Ivory…

Current ship recycling practices are mean not green

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 8, 2009

The environmental and safety issues of the recycling of ships have long been put on the back burner. Unfortunately, that back burner has been creating some rather noxious gases recently, with the issue coming back to the top of the list for…

Is the cost of attending worth the networking opportunity at industry trade fairs?

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on October 1, 2009

So we all know by now that the global economic crisis has had a dramatic impact on the cargo shipping industry, but what are forward-thinking logistics companies actually doing to keep afloat in a very difficult market? For example, the upcoming Freight Summit 2009 in Macau…

Messing about with boats

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 10, 2009

Even through the international boat building industry is still having a tough time of it, with Genmar Holdings recent bankruptcy and the Brunswick Boat Group recently cutting over a 1,000 jobs, it hasn’t stopped the appeal of training to be a boat builder.

Is piracy only about security issues?

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 29, 2009

The issue of security in cargo shipping has gained a great deal of unfortunate publicity in recent years, with increasing number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia, the Gulf of Aden and the South China Sea. Although maritime piracy can…

How will the 'ghost fleet' affect the British high street?

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 24, 2009

It’s not as if we need another illustration of the unequal division of supply and demand in the cargo shipping industry at the moment, but the depressing image of hundreds of vessels off the coast of Singapore cannot fail to provoke a reaction.

Clarity of shipping emission guidelines

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 22, 2009

The important global dialogue of shipping pollution reduction took an official forward step this week with the publication of a new comprehensive guide that will come into force on 1st July 2010. The guide is published by Norway’s DNV, a world…

Email trail exposes Trafigura toxic knowledge

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 17, 2009

A stealthily-covered up email trail has lead Erin Brockovich-style prosecutors to expose Trafigura and its knowledge of toxic dumping off the Ivory Coast. The suspicion had long been that Swiss-based oil-trading giant Trafigura knew that the waste from its Probo Koala ship in 2006 was hazardous…

Local rows over STS on the beautiful Suffolk coast

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 15, 2009

The tightly-regulated practice of ship to ship transfers, or STS, is creating a bit of a stir on the east coast of the UK. In the usually-harmonious coastal towns of Lowestoft and Southwold, the former being a working port and a little down…

Decision-makers still saying 'No' to the European cargo industry

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 8, 2009

As the global cargo shipping industry remains in crisis, the European market is also yet to see those green shoots of recovery we’ve all been promised. Those illusive shoots may be a little more visible for the property and manufacturing industries…

The crossroads of the UK subsea industry

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 3, 2009

It is clear that the European subsea market is at a crossroads. As all forms of energy are being closely looked at to understand their long-term profitability and practicality, the underwater oil and gas provision across the UK is no exception.

Pigging for friendship

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on September 1, 2009

The European subsea industry created a much-needed moment of bonding recently when a pigging job gave an opportunity to boost relations on a project that’s endured technical, environmental and third party issues during its lengthy construction.

New direct service links Europe, India and the Middle East

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on August 27, 2009

Global shipping group Maersk Line’s ships and bulk carriers are already a common sight in ports across the world. The company has recently announced plans for a new direct shipping service to link key locations in the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East to Europe…

Mixing business and pleasure at the Cannes Boat Show

Posted to On the waterfront (by Emma-Jane Batey) on August 25, 2009

The glamour of the south of France is set to reach new heights in September as the Cannes International Boat and Yacht Show comes to town. Europe’s leading in-water exhibition brings a unique flavour to the expanding luxury pleasure boat sector…
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