New Hybrid Powered Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trials
Hurtigruten’s new hybrid battery powered expedition cruise ship MS Fridtjof Nansen has completed sea trials and will be completed earlier than expected. As a result, Hurtigruten is adding a series of shorter pre-inaugural voyages.MS Fridtjof Nansen is packed with green technology and large battery packs and is, alongside her sister ship MS Roald Amundsen, the world’s first battery-hybrid powered cruise ship.The Vessel is set for delivery by the end of 2019, well ahead of her April 1 inaugural voyage from Hamburg to the Norwegian coast.Departing from London (March 7)…
Ports Ready to Save UK From Trade Traffic
The ports of Liverpool, Heysham and Sheerness (London Medway) have the capability to limit the impact the UK’s expected departure from the EU on October 31, is expected to have on trading, according to their operator, Peel Ports.With a combined capacity to handle 1 million RORO (roll on, roll off) units per year, the ports could play a vital role in ensuring cargo flow freely through UK ports as trade is expected to be challenging across the Dover Straits following Brexit.All…
Britain Foils Iranian Attempt to Block Tanker
Three Iranian vessels tried to block a BP-operated tanker passing through the Strait of Hormuz but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, the UK government said on Thursday.Britain urged Iran to "de-escalate the situation in the region" after the British Heritage, a Suezmax oil tanker operated by BP under an Isle of Man flag, was approached."HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels…
Poseidon Navigation Services Inks Deal with Hapag-Lloyd
Global container carrier Hapag-Lloyd has appointed Poseidon Navigation Services Ltd as the supplier of all Chart Management Services for the fleet managed by Hapag-Lloyd Hamburg.The appointment, announced after an in-depth evaluation process, starts immediately and will include Poseidon Navigation Services’ ‘Challenger’ software platform which will provide weekly updates for all Admiralty products, both paper and digital.Thomas Gunn, Managing Director at Poseidon Navigation Services…
InterManager Secretary General Receives Honorary Degree
Secretary General of InterManager, Captain Kuba Szymanksi, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Maritime Studies by Solent University. In addition to his role at InterManager, Captain Szymanski sits on the Executive Board of The Nautical Institute, is a Director at TK Foundation, and a Director at Seafarers Rights' International. Captain Kuba Szymanski started his sea career in 1985. He graduated from the Maritime University of Szczecin with a Master's Degree and started his deck officer career with Dorchester Maritime Limited, Isle of Man.
Tanker Rescues Castaway in South China Sea
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that on April 14, 2018, the MOL-operated/managed crude oil tanker Altair Trader rescued a castaway in the South China Sea.At 19:10 local time on April 14, while underway in the South China Sea toward the port of Kawasaki, Japan, the Altair Trader noticed a light on the sea surface ahead the starboard and spotted a castaway.The vessel immediately turned around and started rescue operations, and by 20:28 the same day, the survivor was safely rescued.At 22:30 on April 15…
Lauritzen Reflags Two Gas Carriers to Denmark
Lauritzen Kosan has reflagged two of its ships to Denmark for the first time since 2003. The registers of the two vessels, the Helena Kosan and the Linda Kosan, have been changed to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) as they begin a period time charter which will require an EU flag. “The reflagging of these two gas carriers to Denmark is driven by commercial arguments, and it goes to show that the Danish flag is now very close to being as competitive as Malta, Singapore and the Isle of Man.
Idwal Marine Secures Ten Year Contract for Flag Services
Idwal Marine announced the signing of a new contract after tender process with the Isle of Man Ship Registry, for the provision of maritime support services, which has been inked for a 10 year term. The Ship registry has developed a new General Inspection regime which is being carried out by the Ship Registry’s own team of surveyors and is supported globally by Idwal Marine in locations such as China, Singapore, Philippines, Brazil, Germany, UK, France, Spain and the USA by the Idwal Marine surveyor network.
UK, Continental Ferries Carried 8.8 mln Cars in 2016
The number of cars taken by ferry has increased from 8.6 million in 2015 to nearly 8.8 million in 2016, a 1.7% increase. This is the fourth successive year of growth according to the annual results of the ferry industry. 2016 Ferrystat figures released today by Discover Ferries, the industry body for ferry operators, reports that growth for car travel by sea is up by 473,000 in the past four years; up from just 8.3 million car crossings by sea in 2012. Discover Ferries member ferry operators include Brittany Ferries…
Upgrade Preps Port of Heysham for Larger RoRos
A new link-span bridge at the Port of Heysham is set to increase throughput at the Lancashire port by allowing it to accommodate larger RoRo vessels operating on the Irish Sea. The £10 million investment by owners Peel Ports will create a fourth berth for freight and passenger traffic and help operators to respond more effectively to growing demand. The funding will also see a new pontoon built to support offshore crew transfer vessels, a new port entrance created and various improvements to the port IT and terminal operating systems.
Mersey Maritime Delegation Attends IOMSA Event
A delegation from UK industry body Mersey Maritime and some of its members visited the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA) for its October networking event – following the recently formed trade partnership between the two bodies. During the event a member of the delegation Professor Ian Jenkinson, Head of Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), gave a talk on ‘Trends in Technology and Skills for the Maritime Sector’ in which he discussed global trends and developments in technology that will impact on jobs and future skills.
BSM Appoints Two Managing Directors
Shipmanagement company, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has announced the appointment of two new Managing Directors: Neil McNeil will head BSM British Isles based in the Isle of Man, and Mingfa Liu will be his BSM China counterpart in Shanghai. Prior to joining BSM, McNeil was Regional Fleet Manager (Americas) for BP Shipping and latterly Managing Director at V Ships USA. McNeil also spent 13 years at sea with Denholm Ship Management and BP Shipping on a variety of vessels rising to Chief Officer.
Risk Management and the Human Element
Even as ship vetting and risk management techniques evolve, defining the human element of the equation nevertheless remains ever elusive. If the vast majority of shipping casualties are a function of ‘human error,’ then it is also true that the effort to identify, define – and mitigate – the risk that emanates from the human factor remains very much a work in progress. As vetting procedures have improved and become more sophisticated, the ability to pinpoint which vessel or fleet might not be a good candidate for hire has also improved.
IBIA investigates: Brexit and Sulphur Regulations – what now?
The prospect of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union – nicknamed ‘Brexit’ – has raised a number of questions regarding the status, now and in the future, of sulphur regulations in the UK. In response to some of the questions raised, IBIA has investigated the short term reality and future scenarios. The EU’s sulphur regulations contained in Directive 1999/32/EC and subsequent amendments – the EU Sulphur Directive – go beyond the minimum requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s MARPOL Annex VI.
Mersey Maritime: Small Business at Heart of Isle of Man Partnership
UK Industry trade body Mersey Maritime has announced a new trade agreement with the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA) which aims to supercharge bilateral trade, particularly among small to medium sized businesses. The agreement was announced at a special reception during the International Festival of Business in Liverpool UK and has resulted from a series of discussions facilitated by the Isle of Man Ship Registry, which is an Executive Club member of Mersey Maritime, and other IoM based companies such as software engineer PDMS, both of which are also involved with IOMSA.
New Port Academy Liverpool Unveiled at Grand Opening
LIVERPOOL City Region has launched a new £2.5 million maritime training academy which it believes is the only one in the U.K. to create vitally needed skills and become a beacon of international excellence. Hugh Baird College, Bootle, and its supporting partners officially launch the Port Academy Liverpool (PAL) with some 200 guests from across the U.K. representing the maritime industry, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy – both past and present - and charitable trusts. Port Academy Liverpool will provide first class academic…
James Troop Receives Navy Accolade
Liverpool City Region specialist marine engine supplier James Troop & Co received a special presentation in Liverpool from the Royal Navy’s Northern England and Isle of Man commander for its outstanding work on seven Mine Hunter vessels. Commodore Gary Doyle presented an MCM1 (Mine Counter Measures squadron 1) crest and ceremonial photographs to Bob Troop, chairman and managing director of James Troop & Co, at the Royal Navy Regional Headquarters, Sefton Street, on April 14, 2016.
V.Group Buys Bibby Ship Management
V.Group has acquired Bibby Ship Management, part of the Bibby Line Group, which has an established track record for providing high quality, safe and reliable ship management and support services to blue-chip clients. Bibby Ship Management services all types of vessels and has particular strengths in the management of offshore vessels. It also provides extensive crew management solutions, technical support services, marine travel, marine surveying, training and recruitment services.
Bibby Tops IoM Ship Management
Bibby Ship Management is once again the largest representative for vessels flying the Isle of Man flag in providing representative services for 30% of vessel tonnage registered on the island. This compares with 25% in 2014, according to official statistics. The Isle of Man Ship Registry’s total merchant vessel fleet stands at 407, equating to 14.95m gross tons. From these vessels, Bibby Ship Management has increased its portfolio to 90, an increase of 10 vessels from November 2015.
Mersey Maritime Expands Awards Eligibility
In response to popular demand, Mersey Maritime has expanded the eligibility of its annual awards to include maritime companies and related organisations right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the whole of the North West and the Isle of Man. Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “Last year’s inaugural event was so popular that we have been inundated with businesses wanting to get involved. Taking the time to enter one or more of our 10 award categories certainly pays off, as two non-finalists last year won lucrative contracts on the strength of their entries.
Liam Means Business for Shipping Cluster
Enterprising student Liam Finch has been putting his summer days to good use by working on an important survey for the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA). Liam, 20, is involved in a project aiming to shed light on the value of the marine industry to the island. He has based himself at the premises of Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd on the Isle of Man Business Park. Bibby commercial director Mark Robertshaw is also vice chairman of the IOMSA and welcomed Liam onboard to undertake the work. Liam, from Derbyhaven, is studying Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham.
Bibby Ship Management Employees to Trek for Charity
Bibby Ship Management (WE) Ltd., part of Bibby Line Group, informs its employees Sandra Corrigan and Nicky Davenport will embark on a trekking and camping challenge in the Grand Canyon as part of a challenge to fundraise for charity. Corrigan, raising funds Hospice Isle of Man, and Davenport, raising funds for the Isle of Man Sea Cadets, will walk 10-15 miles each day in 80 degrees heat, camping in a Native American camp site by night. In 2007, Bibby Line Group began the ‘Giving Something Back’ program for its employees…
Red Ensign Group Charity Appeal for The Mission to Seafarers
Six British shipping registers, which work together under the banner the ‘Red Ensign Group’ (REG), will host a shipping reception on Wednesday, September 9 in aid of global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers. REG is made up from the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies (Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) and the UK Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and the Turks & Caicos Islands) which operate shipping registers from their jurisdiction.
Equiom Expands Yachting and Aviation Teams
Equiom Group announced the expansion of its yachting and aviation teams with the recruitment of Ayuk Ntuiabane and Grant Atchison. Ayuk and Grant recently joined Equiom following its appointment as manager of the Moore Stephens Trust Company in the Isle of Man and will be working alongside Steve Cain, Edward Leigh and the existing teams based at Equiom’s headquarters in the Isle of Man. The teams will work with clients and advisers to optimize the structures and business models required for the secure and cost-effective operation of yachts and aircraft…
Bibby Appoints Rodden as Regional Managing Director
Bibby Ship Management has recruited a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him commercial and technical knowledge and experience. Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the U.K. and Isle of Man while managing the support functions and other operational areas within each local business. He will be mainly based in Bibby Ship Management’s Aberdeen office. With 23 years industry experience…
North Sea OSVs Liable to Detention if MLC Non-compliant
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), an international agreement which safeguards the employment rights, working conditions and health care of seafarers, came into force in the UK on 7 August. Shipping and maritime law expert Katie Williams of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that although most UK operators were already compliant, vessels operating or passing through UK waters under other national flags could now be at risk of enforcement action. "The Maritime Labour Convention consolidates what has been in place in the UK for some years…