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Isle of Man Ship Registry, Toko Maruraku MOU

The Isle of Man Ship Registry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd in Tokyo in order to facilitate the registration and related services to its growing number of Japanese clients. The services that Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd can perform will include the registration of vessel and mortgage registration and the Isle of Man Ship Registry has agreed to provide all the necessary support. The relationship allows Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd to nominate appointed agents to act on behalf of the Isle of Man Ship Registry and they will have the authority to issue documents of the Isle of Man Ship Registry as well as verifying receipt of signed documents. It means that owners based in Japan and in other east Asian markets will have instant, real-time access to Isle of Man flag services and vessel registration issues on a localized basis.  


UK Ship in Trouble Baltic: Escorted to Port

MV Scot Isles: Photo credit Scotline

A British merchant vessel, listing in rough seas in the Baltic, was escorted to safety by a Swedish coast guard vessel. The crew of the Scot Isles sent out a distress call Christmas Eve close to the Swedish island of Gotland, reports UPI. A rescue helicopter was sent from Visby and remained on the scene until a Swedish Coast Guard ship arrived. The Scot Isles' captain decided to return to Latvia and turned down an offer to evacuate his vessel


East Isle Shipyard Secures $21 Million Contract

East Isle Shipyard, Prince Edward Island's largest shipbuilder, has secured a $21 million contract to construct two new tug boats for customers in the Dominican Republic as well as a third tug for Atlantic Towing, Limited. The new contract means employment for 120 shipyard workers. The shipyard had been idle since September of 2002 when a fourth tug for the Panama Canal Authority was completed. "This contract for three tugs demonstrates confidence in the skill of our Island shipyard


Tasmania’s Manx Connection

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When the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company purchased its latest Incat-built high speed ferry for service on the Irish Sea it continued a relationship established 22 years ago. In 1987, Incat’s chairman Robert Clifford was invited by naval architects Hart Fenton, acting for then Steam Packet shareholder Sea Containers, to visit the Isle of Man with a view of building a high speed craft to serve the island’s needs


SW England Gets £10-M Port Transport Boost

St. Marys Harbor: Photo Geograph/Peter Trimming

UK's Department of Transport informs that Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced a £10 million package to improve sea links between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, upgrade roads on the island and carry out ports repairs. The new funding includes £7.3 million towards a £12.8 million scheme to improve harbour infrastructure at both St Mary’s and Penzance and £1.8 million to repair and resurface public roads on the island.


Liam Means Business for Shipping Cluster

My specific project is to assist the IOMSA in gathering information via an online survey so as to best present what the shipping and maritime sector means to the Isle of Man’s economy

  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


Coast Guard Rescues Four

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescued four men from two separate vessels, which ran aground 35 miles southwest of New Orleans Monday evening. The Coast Guard was notified by cell phone at 11:45 p.m. that the fishing vessel Bobby Da was aground near Grand Isle, La. A helicopter was dispatched to the scene in order to locate the vessel and assist its crewmembers. Once on scene, a rescue swimmer was lowered to the fishing


Irish Ferry Emerges from Refit at A&P Falmouth

On the evening of June 7th, A&P Falmouth welcomed the Irish Ferries passenger vessel Isle of Innisfree to its dry docks for repairs. This vessel represents the fourth Irish Ferries vessel to dock with A&P Group during 2002, following the dry docking of the Ulysses and Isle of Inishmore in Southampton and the Normandy at Falmouth. The 22,365grt Isle of Innisfree arrived at Falmouth on the evening of the 7th of June 2002 after leaving Le Havre


Mersey Docks To Create Jobs

British port operator Mersey Docks said more than 300 jobs will be created by two developments at the port of Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey off the north coast of Kent. It said up to 160 jobs would be created by the construction of a pre-delivery inspection center for imported Peugeot Citroen cars before they are dispatched to showrooms, and a further 150 from the development of a fruit packing plant.


Incat Crowther Launches 26m Catamaran Ferry

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Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the launch of the 26m catamaran, Cat Cocos Isle of La Digue at Richardson Devine Marine in Hobart. The vessel has successfully completed seas trials, where it proved the efficiency of Incat Crowther’s hull form by exceeding fuel consumption predictions. The 26m, 227 passenger vessel is the third Incat Crowther designed vessel for the operator, and was designed with the specific goal of reduced capital expenditure and operating costs.


Philippines gets U.S. Aid Boost amid South China Sea Spat

A Hamilton Class U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (image: U.S. Coast Guard)

The United States has allocated more than $120 million in military aid to the Philippines this year, the biggest in about 15 years, a senior Filipino diplomat said on Friday, amid rising tension with China over the disputed South China Sea.


Fishing Vessel Sinks off Scotland

A fishing vessel sank off the Western Isles, Scotland, in the early hours of April 9. Four crew members were on board at the time of the incident. One was located and taken to hospital by helicopter, two have been found but are confirmed deceased, and one fisherman remains missing.  


First US-flagged Wind Farm Vessel Delivered

Photo: Blount Boats

Blount Boats has delivered the Atlantic Pioneer, America’s first U.S.-flagged Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for Atlantic Wind Transfers that will begin service for Deep Water Wind Block Island at the end of May.    The 21-meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW (Isle


Quartet of Cruise Records in Prospect for Lerwick

Cruise passengers at Victoria Pier Courtesy Lerwick Port

The first cruise ship arrival of the year will enter Lerwick Harbour this weekend at the start of a record-breaking season which is expected to see the most passengers and vessels yet at the Shetland port, along with the highest gross tonnage of cruise ships, including the biggest vessels to date


Norwegian Cruise to Expand in Europe

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

 The Miami-based cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line has announced its ground-breaking summer 2017 deployment for Europe with for the first time in company history five ships sailing in European waters as well as regular cruises out of Hamburg


Bibby Tops IoM Ship Management

Mark Robertshaw

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.  


Troy Container Line Expands Services in Ireland

NVOCCTroy Container Line, Ltd. announced the launch of its newly expanded export services to Ireland. The new EMERALD ISLE EXPRESS sailing service will begin on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from all USA CFS stations to a choice of three Ireland-based CFS stations with door-to-door delivery options


Maritime Cook Islands Enhance Registry Growth

Glenn Armstrong (Photo: PDMS

PDMS Maritime has announced that it has been awarded a new contract to deliver its international ship registry and seafarer management platform (MARIS) to Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) Limited, the corporate administrators of the Cook Islands international ship registry.


V.Group Buys Bibby Ship Management

Clive Richardson, V.Group chief executive officer Photo V Group

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


BWT: Optimarin Inks Deal with Carisbrooke

Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen

Optimarin secured a contract with the potential to be the ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist’s biggest ever. The Norwegian business announced that it has signed a fleet agreement with UK shipowner and management company Carisbrooke for its market leading Optimarin Ballast System (OBS)


HMS Artful Submarine to be Officially Commissioned

Artful, Astute Class attack submarine. Photo: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy's latest submarine, HMS Artful, will be officially commissioned at a ceremony today.   It will take place at Faslane naval base on the Clyde, with representatives of the Royal Navy and the companies that built the vessel present.  


Fuel Management Tech Helps CalMac Reduce Emissions

Photo: Royston

Fuel management technology is helping Scottish ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) to meet its targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.   Last year the company installed advanced Royston enginei fuel management systems across its entire large vessel fleet – the


2015 - The Safest Year in Shipping for a Decade

Graphics: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

 The shipping industry saw its safest year in a decade in 2015, according to a new report from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), though 85 total losses reported worldwide last year, down from 88 in 2014 and well below the 10-year average of 123.  


EPA Proposes Ban on Sewage Dumping in St. Lawrence River

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a “no discharge zone” can be established for the New York State portion of the St. Lawrence River. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation petitioned the EPA to prohibit boats from discharging


This Day In Naval History: April 1

USS Marvin Shields (FF 1066) (U.S. Navy photo by PH2 John Cross from the DVIC)

1893 - Navy General Order 409 establishes the rank of Chief Petty Officer.   1899 - A landing party of 60 men from USS Philadelphia (C 4) and a force of 100 friendly natives join 62 men from HMS Porpoise and Royal Isle in Samoa to establish order over Samoan throne.  






 
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