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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Maritime World News

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

ABS holds 157th Annual Meeting

The 157th Annual Meeting Hears How Safety Leadership is Driving Sustainability in Maritime. ABS held its 157th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, detailing the organization’s performance and future focus to its members. “In 2018, we delivered solid, top-tier performance. We maintained leading positions with owners and builders, held our 70-year-strong top position in the offshore market, and led the industry for safety, port state control, and the global orderbook to grow our classed fleet to 260MT,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J.

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IMO Event Inspires Maritime Women

“Use your power to empower”. “Say what you’re thinking”. “Listen to the ‘yes’ voice in your head”. “Return every phone call every day”. “Believe in yourself”.This was the advice given by a wide variety of inspiring maritime women sharing their experiences of entering, working and leading in the maritime world at a special on "Women, ports and facilitation" at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters, London (10 April).The speakers presented on, and answered questions about, their work and the future for women in the field – identifying a series of key issues and recommendations.

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EIC Made Compulsory in Ports

A new global rule mandated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange (EIC) between ships and ports took effect from Monday (8 April 2019).The aim is to make cross-border trade simpler and the logistics chain more efficient, for the more than 10 billion tons of goods which are traded by sea annually across the globe, said a press note from the UN body.The requirement, mandatory under IMO's Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention)…

Paul Doell (Photo: AMO)

Seafarers’ House to Honor AMO's Doell

Paul Doell, National President of the American Maritime Officers (AMO), has been selected as the recipient of Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award for 2019.The award is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea, or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers.Doell, who heads the nation’s largest union of licensed seagoing professionals, has served the organization for 47 years.

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Maritime Education to Focus on Quality

As a United Nations agency, International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is firmly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is about delivering quality education.A press note from the UN agency said that an important element of its efforts in this regard are its two maritime educational institutions – the World Maritime University (WMU) and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI). Both are focussed on delivering high-level education in maritime-related…

Kathy Metcalf, CEO CSA

WISTA Elects New BoD, Honors 2018 Personality of the Year

Kathy Metcalf, CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America, was honored as the 2018 WISTA International Personality of the Year.New WISTA BoardWomen's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) elected Connie Roozen, Director of C&B More (WISTA the Netherlands) as Treasurer and Angie Hartmann, Vice President Crew Affairs, Starbulk S.A. (WISTA Hellas) as Board Member, to the WISTA International Executive Committee at their 38th International Annual General Meeting in TromsØ, Norway on October 24, 2018.

Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO, Korean Register

Interview: Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman, Korean Register & IACS

This month we caught up with Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register and also the Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for his insights on the dominant trends moving the maritime industry into the future.The maritime industry has been challenged, to say the least. Today, where do you see challenge? Where do you see opportunity?The maritime industry is in a state of extreme upheaval, with private and public organizations having to deal with a wide range of ever changing…

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SMM Launches with High-Profile Guest Speakers

At today’s opening press conference of the international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, political and business leaders discussed current challenges facing the shipping industry. The focus of the debate was on the 0.5 percent sulphur limit for ship fuels which will take effect on January 1,  2020, and the industry's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping in half by the year 2050. Roughly 2,300 exhibitors and the extensive conference program accompanying the trade fair will deliver answers to the industry's complex questions. Roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend.

IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (left) and Robert Ashdown, IACS Secretary General. Photo: DNV GL

Chairman of IACS Commends Association’s Achievements

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, who will hand over the reins of  International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in July, examined how the association had evolved during his time as Chairman, while speaking at the Posidonia trade fair in Athens. In an industry undergoing rapid change, the IACS Chairman identified the need for classification societies and IACS itself to be adaptable and prepared for change, while staying true to the core purpose of classification. Ørbeck-Nilssen…

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen’s commitment to quality, modernisation and transparency widely reflected in IACS work and future vision. Photo: DNV GL

IACS Chairman Unveils Future Vision

Quality, modernisation and transparency have been the three fundamental themes of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) during DNV GL’s Chairmanship, and this approach is widely reflected in IACS’ 2017 Annual Review which was presented in London today by IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen. Looking back at IACS’ development and successes over the past year, Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said that during these dynamic times, both IACS and its twelve Member societies need to act as a guide for the shipping industry, identifying the path for others to follow.

Brian Mikkelsen (Photo: Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs)

Danish Projects Boost Maritime Digitalization

Digital nautical charts and better communication at sea are some of the concrete solutions that can boost the development of the maritime sector. Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, is pleased with the prospects of more digital cooperation across the EU when the results of the digitalization project are being presented at a conference in Copenhagen today and tomorrow. Representatives from the maritime sector are gathered today for the final conference of the digitalization project EfficienSea2.

Transas CEO Frank Coles' delivers a rousing Keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Vancouver. CREDIT: Transas

Frank Coles Delivers Keynote at the Transas Global Conference

You know if Elon Musk was to attend a plenary session of the IMO, he could be forgiven if he thought he was watching a reenactment of the Charles Dickens book Hard Times, with Mr. Gradgrind the Headmaster. What a sad reflection of our industry. Imagine instead! Imagine a world where logistics companies and cargo owners drive ship design, innovation and demand the level of quality in ship management. Where maritime assets are operated in a global ecosystem of tracking, monitoring and safety. Imagine a world where ships are operated in a “ship as a service” or “system of systems” infrastructure.

Mark III system's original design. Photo: GTT

GTT Bags Order for Three LNG Carriers, One Bunkering Vessel

GTT announces it has received several orders, since the beginning of the year, for the equipment of three LNG Carriers (LNGCs) and one bunkering vessel. The three LNGCs, offering capacities ranging from 174,000 to 180,000 m3, will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI)’s. They will be fitted with the membrane containment system Mark III Flex. Their deliveries are expected for 2020. In addition, the latest evolution of the Mark III system…

DNV GL Press Conference at Marintec China 2017 (from L to R): Torgeir Sterri, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Norbert Kray. Photo: DNV GL

Classification Steps Up to the Digital Challenge: DNV GL

The maritime world is in the middle of a period of rapid change, with increasing digitalization, new regulations and shifting markets. Classification societies can help to remove barriers, speed up the process, and assist stakeholders make the most of the new landscape, IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said at DNV GL’s press conference at Marintec China today. “One of the major contributions of class in current times of transformation is to bring familiar assurance processes to new and unfamiliar technologies…

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iContainers Opens Rotterdam Branch

iContainers, the 100 percent online global freight forwarder, said it has opened a new branch in the shipping hub Port of Rotterdam, marking the Spanish company’s fourth global establishment. In the last two years, the Barcelona headquartered iContainers has expanded its global operations with new offices in Florida , U.S.; Ahmedabad, India; and now Rotterdam. Founded in 2007, iContainers is an online platform allowing users to quickly access thousands of ocean freight routes. Users can also select different schedules and services, including door-to-door, catered to their shipping needs.

Jan Swartz (Photo: Seafarers’ House)

Seafarers’ House to Honor Princess Cruises’ Swartz

Jan Swartz, group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, has been selected as recipient of the Seafarers’ House International Golden Compass Award for 2017. The award is given each year to those who have achieved distinction in the maritime world, those whose vocation or avocation has been the sea or those who have ministered to or otherwise assisted seafarers. As president of Princess Cruises, Swartz oversees a global cruise line and tour company with a fleet of 18 ships that carry 1.8 million passengers annually. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Martek Bucks the Trend on Gender Divide

Historically marine industries have been significantly male dominated but one business in Rotherham is bucking the trend. Martek Marine, who employ more than 60 staff, now boast a leadership team which is made up of 75% women. The business, which launched in 1999, serves 80 different countries and women currently make up 45% of their entire workforce. During 2016 both the BBC and BHP Billiton took steps to ensure that moving forward women make up 50% of their workforce. While…

At the Seafarers Awareness Week launch on 9 February, from left to right: Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General, Seafarers UK; Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President Market Strategy, Inmarsat Maritime; David Dingle CBE, Chairman, Maritime UK. (Photo: Seafarers UK)

Two New Themes for Seafarers Awareness Week

Announcing the themes ‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’, Seafarers UK has launched this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week campaign, with the focus on promoting maritime career opportunities, both at sea and ashore, including in the UK’s thriving port industry. More than 150 maritime professionals came together to celebrate the launch of the seventh Seafarers Awareness Week campaign, organised by the charity Seafarers UK. The week-long campaign will…

Palau, Italy Join Forces for Maritime Seminar

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) Flag Inspectors benefited from a seminar hosted between February 20 to 24 at Italian Coast Guard General Headquarters in Rome covering Port State Control, Safety of Navigation, Maritime Security, Prevention of Pollution (MARPOL) and Minimum training standards for seafarers (STCW Convention). The event was organized after a request by Palau International Ship Registry and was hosted by Rear Admiral Cristiano Aliperta, former Italian representative to the IMO and Head of 6th Department Safety of Navigation of the General Command.

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Simulation: CSMART

While much of the maritime world slumps, the cruise sector is enjoying its most vibrant growth in a generation. Carnival Corporation, in particular, is doing very well as its financial performance is stronger than ever, with 2016 delivering the best year of earnings in company history. The company’s adjusted earnings for 2016 of $2.6 billion is the best annual financial performance in its 44-year history. With that, Hans Hederstrom, Managing Director give overview of CSMART, one of the newest and richly appointed simulation centers on the planet.

Angeliki Frangou (Photo: SUNY Maritime College)

Frangou to SUNY Maritime Grads: Take Risks

On a rainy day in May, 230 graduates at SUNY Maritime College’s commencement ceremony were encouraged to take risks, embrace failure and leave their comfort zones. Angeliki Frangou, chairman and CEO of the Navios Group, applauded the students for the leadership skills, discipline and real-world experience they gained in their time at the college. She was also awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York. “SUNY Maritime prepares you for a successful life.

Ecoship (Photo: Nor-Shipping)

Peace Boat to Showcase Ecoship at Nor-Shipping

Peace Boat will showcase its plans for Ecoship, a unique concept cruise vessel, at Nor-Shipping 2017. The Japanese-based organization, which works to promote peace, human rights, sustainable development and respect for the environment, will take one of the largest spaces in the event’s exhibition Hall A, dedicated to the new industry concept of Disruptive Sustainability. Peace Boat is an international nongovernmental and nonprofit body. It has operated for the last 34 years, chartering cruise vessels to voyage worldwide conducting educational programs…

Photo: Port of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires First Green Award Port in South America

The Ministry of Transport of Argentina propitiated Buenos Aires Port to join the network of Green Award ports. The port launched a discount for all types of Green Award certified sea-going ships. Connecting Argentina to the world one of the main goals of Argentinian Government, Buenos Aires Port is the leading transshipment point for the foreign trade of Argentina. It is considered the fourth-best port in Latin America and the Caribbean, due to the scale of its facilities and the volumes it handles on annual basis.

Photo: EfficienSea2

The Maritime Cloud becomes Maritime Connectivity Platform

Maritime Connectivity Platform, or MCP, is the new name for what was previously known as the Maritime Cloud. The team behind the Maritime Cloud has decided to change the name of the communication framework. The new name, Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), has been chosen to provide clarity and support e-Navigation going from testbed to real life implementation. “MCP is at a level of maturity where we are ready to take it from our project spheres into operational mode. However…

Rasmus Nord Jørgensen. Photo: BIMCO

BIMCO Appoints Head of Communications

World’s largest international shipping association BIMCO has appointed Rasmus Nord Jørgensen as its new Director of Communications to develop the organisation’s communication strategy and increase BIMCO’s media profile. Angus Frew, Secretary General and CEO at BIMCO said: This is an important appointment reflecting our desire to significantly increase BIMCO’s communications activity. "BIMCO’s staff are leading industry subject experts on all aspects of the maritime sector, we want to share their industry analysis and perspectives and engage better with a wider audience.

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Oil Tank Inspection: Cyberhawk Gets ABS Certification

As the maritime world increasingly turns to unmanned and autonomous systems to carry out difficult and dangerous work, one drone innovator has received certification from a leading classification society to this end. Cyberhawk Innovations reports that it has been certified as an External Specialist by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in providing inspections for internal tanks using UAVs. Achieving ABS recognition means that the data captured by Cyberhawk’s UAVs can now be…