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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

Photo: Mammoet

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

Shipping Braces for post-Paris Pollution Tax

Brussels sets end-2016 deadline for CO2-cutting proposals by IMO. The shipping industry expects to be stung by a carbon levy as momentum building from climate talks in Paris starting this month makes a cut to its greenhouse gas emissions likely. Any tax - either a levy based on fuel use by diesel-driven ships or a market based mechanism - would add to rising costs for the industry, which transports 90 percent of world trade.

Man Arrested over Death of Stowaway in Shipping Container

Tilbury Port View

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 motorway at Banbridge, about 28 miles (45 km) south-west of Belfast. He will be taken to England for questioning by Essex police on suspicion of murder and of facilitating illegal entry into the

Maersk Group Welcomes the Final Paris Agreement

The High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport convened in Paris in connection to the COP21 to provide recommendations on sustainable transport. The Maersk Group is represented in the Group by CEO of APM Shipping Services Morten Engelstoft. Photo: Maersk Group

 The Maersk Group welcomes the final Paris agreement among some 195 countries, covering more than 90% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The Group is however disappointed that the outcome does not regulate the environmental impact of shipping.    Climate change was the buzzword around Paris the last two weeks as over 100 world leaders and 40,000 delegates attended a landmark climate conference in the French capital.  

Global Experts Gather for Ship Recycling Seminar

Photo: Class NK

Around 300 people gathered in Tokyo on May 12 to attend a ship recycling seminar held by leading classification society ClassNK. In addition to ClassNK representatives, top industry experts from Asia and Europe discussed the current challenges of ship recycling and what the industry can do to support safe and environmentally sound recycling practices.   Koichi Kato, Deputy Director-General for Engineering Affairs, Maritime Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure

Ice Free Arctic?

Photo Credits: NASA/Kate Ramsayer

 Arctic melting slowed enough in midsummer that scientists don't expect this year's sea ice minimum to set a new record. This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through May.    The melt slowed down in June, however, making it highly unlikely that this year’s summertime sea ice minimum extent will set a new record.  

Fines Imposed for Dolphin-watching Boat Mishap

A dolphin-watching charter vessel company and several company representatives have incurred fines totaling more than $16,000 after the vessel Dreamweaver became damaged by heavy seas on Auckland Harbour in February 2014, and more than 30 passengers had to be transferred to rescue boats.  

Hapag-Lloyd: 50 Years of Container Shipping in Germany

This is one of the first containers of Hapag-Lloyd. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

50 years after the beginning of modern container shipping in Germany, international trade is handled by 6,397 containerships, with a capacity of 21.1 million TEU. Hapag-Lloyd’s container fleet numbers among the largest in the industry.  

SUNY Maritime Among 'Best Bang for the Buck' Colleges

Photo courtesy of SUNY Maritime

SUNY Maritime College has been named one of the best colleges for its price by Washington Monthly.   SUNY Maritime placed in the top 30 schools in the Northeast. It was the top State University of New York institution on the list. It is also the highest on the list SUNY Maritime has ever

Hurricane Matthew Strengthens as it Heads for US

Image: National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, strengthened as it barreled toward the southeastern United States on Thursday after killing at least 140 people, mostly in Haiti, on its deadly northward march.   As Matthew blew through the northwestern Bahamas on Thursday

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.

Maritime Security for the Municipal Sector

Moose Boats

Without sacrificing utility or features, the Metal Shark 75’ Endurance and the Moose M3 models both provide multi-missioned platforms for the cash-strapped municipal sector. A crowded field for today’s domestic boatbuilders and a highly competitive marketplace finds builders trying to

Shipping, Aviation Dropped from Paris Climate Text

The global airline and shipping industries appeared to win a symbolic reprieve from the growing global drive to reduce carbon emissions on Wednesday, cut from a new draft climate change pact being negotiated in Paris.   As nearly 200 nations attempt to craft a breakthrough global deal to

Shipping Omitted from Latest Draft of COP21 Climate Talks Text

 Photo: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

 Shipping-maritime industry is smoked out of the recently published draft of the NFCCC COP21 climate agreement, currently being negotiated in Paris.    The most recent draft of the agreement, released Wednesday, was without language regarding the limitation of greenhouse gas

Maersk Unhappy with COP21 Climate Deal

Photo by Maersk Line

 The world’s largest container carrier, Maersk Line is very disappointed that regulation of the shipping industry was left out of the COP21 climate deal.   The Danish shipping giant wants to see shipping back in the final draft of the COP21 agreement.  

Maritime Sector Split on Paris Climate Deal


 International shipping groups remain divided over how to reduce carbon emissions after being left out of the climate-change pact reached over the weekend in Paris, reports WSJ.   The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing the global shipping industry

SailSafe: A SEA Change for the Better

British Columbia Ferry Services

BC Ferries has improved its safety record, operational practices – and at the same time, its bottom line. In 2007, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) initiated a union-management joint endeavor to create a world-class safety culture

Cyber World: Safer Seas via Phantom Ships

Are we that far away from phantom fully autonomous vessels plying the world’s seas?  Not according to many in the know.  Many predict by 2020 that we will see this type of ship with a limited crew in smaller applications such as the marine highway short haul scenarios

Driving the Inland Waterways

Eastern Thunderbolt  Towboat Proposal Profile

Propulsion evolves, improves and powers forward in the inland markets. And, Z-Drive propulsion is the future. In a white paper released late in 2014 by The Shearer Group, Ed Shearer and Greg Beers outlined The Next Generation of inland vessels

Shipping’s Medical Drama Unfolds ... again

Source: Clarksons

 As the recycling market has started 2016 with a bang, with a huge volume of tonnage heading to demolition facilities, many of the key shipping markets continue to be in a state of very ill health, and owners seem to be rushing to the emergency room, reports Clarksons Research.  

UN Deal Sends More Migrants to Turkey from Greece

Two ferries carrying more than 120 migrants returned to Turkey from the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday, in the second round of arrivals under an EU deal with Ankara to stem mass migration to Europe across the Aegean Sea. The accord, which came into force on Monday

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