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Oceanwide Acquires Subsidiary of Barber International

Oceanwide, the leading international employment agency in the maritime field, announced today the acquisition of Norsk Bemanning AS from Barber Ship Management, a company within the Barber Group. With this acquisition OceanWide adds another subsidiary office to its already fast network of worldwide employment offices. The new subsidiary will operate under the name Oceanwide Norway AS. Norsk Bemanning is the crewing company of Barber Ship Management for their pool of Norwegian Officers. The total crew managed by Norsk Bemanning covers about 400 people. The existing office staff of 9 people will be transferred to Oceanwide Norway and the crew will remain employed by Barber Ship Management.The crew sails on board almost every type and size of vessel within the Barber Group, Wallenius Lines, Wilh. Wilhelmsen and PGS. "Being a market leader - today more than ever - requires local presence in the major shipping nations of the world. Adding a subsidiary in Norway is naturally of major importance to the future of Oceanwide”, says Leendert van Halst, Director Maritime Division of OceanWide. “This acquisition emphasizes Oceanwide’s business plans, especially with regard to our penetration plans in the Scandinavian market”, he adds. Commenting on today’s announcement Wijnand van Gessel, Group CEO, said: “The Norwegian market is comparable to the Dutch shipping market, where we have been operational since 1975 and where we have established a solid position and experience”


The New Pipeline

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Competition in the maritime communications sector is fierce, and ship owners are the winners as service from land-to-sea is becoming faster and cheaper. MR spoke with KVH’s Jim Dodez in Athens at Posidonia for his insights on the present and future of connectivity at sea.   More than ever ships at sea demand “land-like” connectivity to the internet. Whether the purpose is maritime business or a content crew


Vessel Owner Statement: Release of MT Zirku

Cairo-Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC) announced that the vessel M/T Zirku and its 29 officers and crew held by Somali pirates since March 28 2011 have been safely released and that the ship is now under the control of the Master en route to a safe port.   All crew are reported to be safe and well, though tired and hungry after this 75 day ordeal.   The families of the officers and crew have been informed and share in the company’s relief and happiness over


Crew Management System Chosen by BachmannHR Group Ltd

CrewInspector.com, an online ship crew management system provider has been chosen by BachmannHR Group Ltd to integrate crewing process across the group of companies. Crewing software allows employees to maintain crew data, prepare crew employment contracts and share data easily with rest of the teams residing in different geographic locations at single access point without having any additional software to install. An overview of crew certificate expiry enables to keep the information up to


New Crewing Software for HAV Ship Management

CrewInspector.com an online crew management software provider wins the contract to provide HAV Ship Management Kaliningrad with full crew management solution. CrewInspector will provide online crew management database, integrated online application for seafarers and crew payroll software. Crew management system enables crew managers to create seafarer employment contracts, monitor certificate expiry and organize crew planning across the whole fleet thus reducing manual work


Survey: Majority Looking for Crew Management Software

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CrewInspector.com crewing software provider conducted an online survey asking companies, which are currently searching the market for a new software, to answer the question “Why they are looking for crew management software”. Survey was conducted among participants from various industry sectors such as crew manning agents, crew recruitment agencies, ship management companies and others involved in crew management operations


News: Salved, Salving Vessels Entitled to Salvage Award

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a company that owns both the salved vessel and the vessel performing salvage may be entitled to share in the salvage award. In the instant case, a tug owned by the company caught fire while towing a barge in the Gulf of Alaska. The company diverted another one of its tugs to the scene. This second tug had been equipped with salvage gear. The second tug brought the first tug and the barge under tow and they eventually reached port


M/T Stolt Valor Released by Hijackers

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (Oslo Børs: SNI) today confirmed that M/T Stolt Valor was released on the morning of Nov. 16 by its hijackers, who took control of the ship two months ago.  All crew members were unharmed.   M/T Stolt Valor, which is on time charter from Japanese owners to Stolt Tankers B.V. was seized whilst transiting the Gulf of Aden on September 15.  Since that time the owners worked continuously with the assistance of the relevant authorities and professional


Vizada to Show New Crew, Business Solutions in China

  Vizada will showcase some of its newest updates and innovations in communications solutions for crew and optimization of business data at this year’s Marintec show in Shanghai (29 November - 2 December). Vizada and partner MCN-UK will be available at booth 3E 31-7, Hall W3 for the duration of the event.  Eric Jan Bakker, Vizada’s Vice President of Sales for Asia-Pacific, shares a little about Vizada’s strategic presence at this tradeshow in China: “China


Tugboat Crew Recognized by USCG for Assisting Disabled Vessel

Photo: Crowley

The captain and crew aboard the tugboat Explorer, which is managed by Crowley Maritime Corp, were recognized by U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral William Baumgartner, who serves as commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, for their humanitarian actions, unwavering determination, professionalism and skilled seamanship after they assisted a vessel that ran out of fuel 30 miles west of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands in December.


Coastal Interceptors for Kuwait Coast Guard

Tampa Yacht FCI 44 Fast Coastal Interceptor

  Following an extensive evaluation protocol, the Kuwaiti Ministry of the interior has placed an order with Tampa Yacht Manufacturing LLC based in Florida – U.S.A, parent company of Tampa Defence UK and Tampa Defense USA, for 29 Fast Coastal Interceptor craft for the Kuwaiti Coast Guard


Bulker Loses Power, Runs Aground

Cargo Vessel Near Welch Island, Ore.

  The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring a vessel that lost propulsion and briefly grounded in the vicinity of Welch Island, Wednesday. The crew of the 738-foot bulk carrier Miyama is currently underway enroute to Kalama north berth, after having effected repairs to their propulsion system


Panama Accredits Maritime Security Firm

Photo:  ESG Global Security

The Panama Maritime Authority has accredited ESC Global Security personnel to offer protection aboard Panamanian-registered vessels, in what is thought to mark the first Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) licence issued under the new Panama Administration.


Australia Announces Patrol Boat Tender

HMAS Launceston (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Tender announced for Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project   The Australian Government announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to replace the Pacific Patrol Boats under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, Project SEA3036 Phase 1.  


Spanish Boat Wins Leg of Ocean Race

Mapfre (Pic by Volvo Ocean Race)

 Spanish boat Mapfre has claimed victory in the Auckland leg of the of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China, to Auckland.   The Alicante-based yacht Mapfre edged out Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - skippered by Briton Ian Walker - by just four minutes 25 seconds


USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard aids to navigation team from Woods Hole, Mass., assists the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase in Woods Hole on Feb. 28, 2015. The fishing boat became lodged in ice on their way back to New Bedford, Mass., from a fishing trip. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole)

  A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that they became lodged in ice


Ship Carrying Cattle Sinks enRoute to UAE

The Coast of Oman: Research Council (Sultanate of Oman)

 A vessel carrying hundreds of cattle exported from Somalia to Saudi Arabia capsized off Oman coast on Saturday after being hit by stormy weather, according to reports from Arab media.   The owner of the ship is Emirati and from Ajman while the crewmen were Pakistanis


Royal Caribbean to Sell Splendour of the Seas

Photo courtesy of RCL

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its cruise ship Splendour of the Seas to TUI Cruises in the second quarter of 2016. The ship will then be leased to Thomson Cruises, which will operate the vessel.


Mariner Medevaced in Alaska

An ailing mariner was medevaced from a fishing vessel in Beaver Inlet, approximately 13 miles southeast of Dutch Harbor, Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed with the Munro on a Bering Sea patrol, departed Dutch Harbor


Coast Guard Foundation Announces Annual 8th District Salute Honorees

     Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

  The Coast Guard Foundation announced that it will honor Thomas Allegretti and the American Waterways Operators (AWO), a motor lifeboat crew from Pensacola, Florida, and an aircrew from Air Station Houston, Texas at its Annual Salute to the 8th Coast Guard District on Friday


Genting Acquires Crystal Cruises

 CRYSTAL SERENITY at sea, courtesy of Crystal Cruises

 Crystal Cruises has been sold for $550 million to the owner of Asia's largest cruise line and a major shareholder of Norwegian Cruise Line.    Crystal's parent company, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha has sold the line to Genting Hong Kong, which owns Star Cruises


US, Australian, Indonesian Navies Commemorate Battle of Sunda Strait

The guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), operates in the Java Sea while supporting the Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P

  Senior officials from the United States, Australia and Indonesia paid their respects to the crews of USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during a wreath laying ceremony March 1, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Word War II Battle of Sunda Strait.


Cosco Boxship Detained Over Illegal Arms

Colombian authorities detained a vessel operated by China's largest shipping group for illegally transporting thousands of cannon shells, about 100 tonnes of gunpowder and other materials used to make explosives, the attorney general's office said.


Propulsion is the Next Step for Survitec's MES

Photo courtesy of Survitec

The company that launched the world's first MES is now actively developing an Alternative Escape System (AES) for large passenger ships.  Survitec Group wants to combine the benefits of chute evacuation with the advantage of propulsion


Damen Begins Construction of Second Facility at Antalya Shipyard

 From left to right: Ron Keller, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Turkey, Zübeyde Solak, Head of Department for the Ministry of Economy Directorate of Free Zones, Kommer Damen, Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group, and Auke Van Der Zee, Damen Shipyards Antalya,  General Manager.

  Damen Shipyards has refurbished a second 12,000 square meter shed at its Antalya, Turkey shipyard for the production of the Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009, the company announced today.   Antalya II will be dedicated to the construction of Damen’s 50-meter FCS 5009






 
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