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Posidonia in Retrospect

The recent Posidonia 2012 went out with a bang, (not with a whimper) according to the expo organizers It seemed the whole world revolved around Posidonia 2012 which has closed with a bang, setting a new record in terms of visitor numbers and number of countries represented in a stellar week which also saw the signing of many deals and partnerships on the floor of the Metropolitan Expo. Αlmost 19,000 visitors from 92 countries attended Posidonia 2012, making this year’s event the most successful so far. Shipping and maritime professionals from all over the whole world gave Posidonia a vote of confidence as they came to meet, network and do business with representatives of the Greek shipping community as well as with those from a total of 1,870 companies from 87 countries who occupied 35,000 square metres of total gross space. Even before the dismantling of the stands of Posidonia 2012 had started, organisers said that early bookings for the next event were coming in fast already. “Major companies and organisations from the USA, Far East and Europe have already committed their presence for Posidonia 2014, which is scheduled for 2-6 June, 2014”, said Theodore Vokos, Project Director, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A., organiser of the biennial event.  


Keppel Corp. Appoints New Director

Sven Bang Ullring has been appointed to the Board of Keppel Corp., effective July 1, 2000. Ullring has extensive experience in the field of engineering, having been involved in building numerous international industrial projects. He is also chairman of the Supervisory Board of Storebrand, a Norwegian insurance company and Norsk Hydro, a global Norwegian company engaged in oil and energy, light metals and fertilizers


Maritime London Appoints Jeffrey Evans Chairman

Jeffrey Evans: Photo credit Maritime London

Maritime London has appointed shipbroker Alderman & Sheriff Jeffrey Evans as its chairman to follow David Moorehouse CBE. Made up of professional UK maritime service firms, Maritime London showcases the breadth and depth of the cluster. The UK’s maritime industry accounts for 2.1% of the British economy, contributing £13.8bn to the UK economy directly. Jeffrey Evans is managing director, gas, at Clarksons


South Pole Telescope Finds Proof of Big Bang

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Several recent media reports state that the existence of the Big Bang allegedly has been proven by BICEP, a telescope stationed at the South Pole. In 2011, Mammoet replaced the bearing of this monumental instrument, which now appears to have found ‘waves of gravity’ that were rippling through space right after the Big Bang. The waves were predicted by Albert Einstein nearly a hundred years ago, but never found until now.


Modi Makes Waves in Indian Ocean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at the Naguleswaram Temple, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka (Photo by Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived back home after five days tour of three Indian Ocean countries.  His tour has served to reclaim some of New Delhi’s lost footing in the area.   New Delhi accepts that India can less afford its past passivity regarding its maritime backyard. Tangible evidence is Narendra Modi's three-nation Indian Ocean tour.    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Indian Ocean sojourn -which took him to Seychelles


Enhanced Efficiency, Capacity at Corpus Christi Port

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  U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen today joined Federal, State and local officials at the Port of Corpus Christi for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking a major step forward in the development of an expanded rail yard.   A 2012 $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant provided the foundation needed for the $17 million project.


Korean Register Patents World’s First “Smart Fleet” App

The Korean Register – an IACS member classification society – has obtained a patent on its “Smart Fleet” app which was launched earlier this year.   This unique and world leading app delivers up-to-the-minute information on vessels, fleets, surveys, audits, port state control and more direct to a smart phone or tablet. Surveyors and others working in the field are now able to access this vital survey and technical information rapidly and without fuss while on the


Multimodal Leaders to Discuss Freight Infrastructure

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Trucking, rail and port panelists will explore the benefits of improving America’s intermodal freight transportation system. On May 13, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) President and CEO Kurt Nagle will join forces with CEOs representing trucking, railroad and other transportation interests who will offer a host of oftentimes startling facts, surprising statistics and unique stories about the value of investing in our nation’s freight transportation infrastructure


68 People Found in Container at Harwich Port

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 Men and women of a range of different nationalities were found inside the locked container at Harwich International Port, UK last night.   Border police are set to quiz sixty-eight suspected illegal immigrants who were found crammed in the shipping container.    Seven people were rushed to hospital and 61 others assessed at the scene by paramedics, who received a tip-off at around 10pm. Two pregnant women were among them.  


Thai Navy Lobbies for More Submarines

Adm. Narong Pipathanasai, CinC,RTN opens the new submarine squadron headquaters in Sattahip Naval base. Photo: Naval Secretariate Department

The Royal Thai Navy claims it urgently needs more submarines to compete with other Asian countries.   The assistant commander made the claim aimed at persuading a skeptical public that the nation should invest in its military in a white paper sent to reporters, the Bangkok Post reported.   The  nine-page document detailing what it says are the reasons why the country needs to spend  Bt24 trillion on buying three submarines from China


Armed with New Technology, Oil Drillers Revisit Gulf of Mexico

Advances in drilling technology are reviving the prospects of oil companies in shallow parts of the Gulf of Mexico, helping to squeeze more from older fields while the U.S. shale bonanza lures others onshore. Apache Corp and a handful of smaller independent companies are using seismic surveying


Man Arrested over Death of Stowaway in Shipping Container

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A man was arrested in Northern Ireland on Tuesday on suspicion of murder after the death of an Afghan Sikh who was among 35 suspected stowaways found in a shipping container at a dock in England three days ago, police said. Police said the 34-year-old man was arrested just after midday on a


Rio Tinto rejects Glencore Merger

Glencore approached Rio Tinto about a merger in July. A tie-up would have created the world's biggest miner. No further talks with Glencore after rejecting bid-Rio. Rio Tinto rejected a merger approach from smaller rival Glencore Plc to create a $160 billion mining and trading giant in August


Imports Rising as West Coast Issues Continue

NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold

Year-over-year import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to continue to rise during most of the first half of 2015 despite significant congestion still impacting West Coast ports, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the


GE’s Bolsinger Participates on Expert Panel

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GE Marine’s General Manager, Brien Bolsinger, participated in a panel during the United States Navy League’s Sea Air Space industry exposition held recently in National Harbor, Maryland. Bolsinger discussed how GE’s LM aeroderivative gas turbines can help the United States Navy


Thailand Port Expansion Opposed by Residents

Residents oppose construction of the third phase of the Laem Chabang deep-sea port, demand a halt in the project The move comes after the Transport Ministry proposed a 120-billion-baht (US$ 3.7-billion) project over seven years to expand the busy Chon Buri port.


MetalCraft Marine

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Small Company with Big Ambitions Celebrates 25 Years On the occasion of Metal Craft Marine’s 25th anniversary, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News ventured north, to the boat builder’s Kingston, Ontario headquarters, to discover the secret to its success.   


ABS Elects New Council and Committee Members

At the 151st Annual Meeting of the Members of ABS, and the subsequent meeting of the ABS Council, industry leaders were elected to serve on a number of bodies that contribute to the operation of the classification society as it fulfills its mission of promoting the security of life and property


“Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics”

Gregory R. Trauthwein, Editor & Associate Publisher trauthwein@marinelink.com

Popularized by Mark Twain and generally credited to 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881)*, the above line, which in its full form is “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” is one of my favorites


Insights: John Lotshaw, Gulf Coast Director of Training and Workforce Development Ingalls Shipbuilding

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When it comes to training, recruitment and retention issues – serious matters facing all maritime employers today – John Lotshaw probably knows better than most; what’s best for you. And, no matter what end of the maritime business model that you hail from


A Running Take-Out for Seaspan Cutlass

Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins

“We replaced about 50-feet of bulwark around the stern on each side on the Seaspan Cutlass,” Shore Mechanic Kevin Tweedy said, “The old bulwarks were banged up and this makes the boat look better to our customers but more importantly it gives the crews pride in their vessel


Five Minutes With Tomas Tillberg

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Modern cruise ships can cost upwards of a billion and built to last more than 25 years, so the platforms must be built for change, as evolving style & taste, material innovation & maritime regulation dictate. “Built to stand the test of time” is the mantra


Alion’s MOTISS – IBA: the Science of Survivability

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An Improved Risk and Safety Assessment Process for the offshore oil & gas industry – and just in time. Alion’s Measure of Total Integrated System Survivability (MOTISS) has been around a long time. Having previously earned its stripes primarily for naval applications


Petro-Pirates Plague Busy SE Asia Lanes

In the dead of night, as his fuel tanker sailed through the narrowest section of one of the world's busiest waterways, Captain Thiwa Saman was wrenched from sleep and pitched into a waking nightmare. Three men with guns and swords were banging on his cabin door


Electronic Navigation & Dispute Resolution: Coming of Age

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ECDIS, AIS, GPS Electronic navigation systems such as GPS, Electronic Chart Displays (ECDIS) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) provide great assistance to mariners and significantly contribute to navigational safety.  Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) were specifically designed to collect






 
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