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LISCR Appoints new General Manager for Greece

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Michalis (Michael) Pantazopoulos as General Manager of its Piraeus office. Michalis has extensive experience of, and a proven pedigree in, both shipping and Greece. He was previously Manager of the Fleet Service Division of leading ship management company Avin International S.A. in Athens. Before that he was General Manager of the Piraeus office of the American Bureau of Shipping Consulting Inc., having previously held a variety of executive posts in the maritime sector in Greece and the United States. Michalis says, "Despite continuing changes and developments in the profile of the international shipping industry, Greece retains its position as the most vibrant and innovative truly maritime nation in the world. I am especially delighted because I am now representing the world's leading international ship registry in the major shipowning nation in the world."

Decommissioning of Maersk Endurer

Maersk Endurer

  Maersk Drilling has decided to decommission the rig Maersk Endurer from the fleet and recycle the rig with Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling in China. “Given the current market situation and the over-supply of drilling rigs in the offshore market, there is a strong need to retire older rigs. Therefore, Maersk Drilling has decided to decommission its oldest rig in the fleet, Maersk Endurer,” says Morten Pilnov, Head of Global Sales in Maersk Drilling.

First Bahamas Flag VLCC Awarded ISSC From ABS

The diversified international shipping group TESMA (Tschudi & Eitzen Ship Management Alliance) with its network of alliance partners servicing more than 80 vessels with full technical management and crew management support has become the latest organization to seek ABS certification and issuance of the International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) to conform to the IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Code (ISPS Code).

Liberian Registry Takes ISPS Training And Verification Initiative

The Liberian Registry has taken a unique initiative by electing to train its own worldwide network of inspectors to perform verification audits for shipowners, operators and managers under the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code. It has also decided to approve specific members of the International Association of Classification Societies as competent to carry out ISPS audits on behalf of Liberian-registered vessels.

Marshall Islands Calls for New Emissions Target

Tony de Brum

In a submission to the International Maritime Organization, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, currently the world’s third largest shipping registry, has called for the setting of a new global target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, a growing sector currently left out of international climate negotiations.     The Marshall Island’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Tony de Brum issued the following statement regarding the submission

UK Treasury Deletes 3 Iranian Shipping Lines from Sanctions List


 The UK Treasury deleted names of three Iranian martitime companies active in maritime transportation from its list of entities entitled to financial sanctions.  As per report by IRNA British HM Treasury has announced that following the EU, it had removed from its list sanctions the names of the three Iranian companies that had already been sanctioned due to the EU non-proliferation sanctions.   The asset freeze no longer applies to IRISL Club

Mitropoulos Says IMO is Ready to Act

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos has reminded delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15) of the importance of regulating the shipping industry through a competent, international body that can establish the appropriate global standards. Addressing two events in the context of the Conference, Mitropoulos stressed that international shipping requires global regulations if it is to function as the principal vehicle for the movement of global

LISCR Recognizes Liberian Registry Initiatives

The advisory board of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry applauds the initiatives taken by the Liberian Registry in connection with improving security in the international shipping industry. At its second annual meeting on April 7, 2003, the advisory board welcomed the decision of the Liberian Registry to set up a fully staffed maritimesecurity department and to appoint a dedicated director of maritime

Report of Joint Working Group on Ship Scrapping

The IMO posted on its Internet site the Report of the Joint Working Group on Ship Scrapping . Representatives from the International Labor Organization (ILO), the IMO, and the Basel Convention (BC) met in Geneva on 12-14 December to continue discussions on development of a regime to address international ship scrapping. The goal is to draft a legally binding instrument on safe and environmentally sound ship recycling.

ICS Questions French CO2 Ship Requirements


The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners, has written to the French Government to raise concerns about a new requirement for foreign shipowners to provide information to their French customers about CO2 emissions, using a detailed methodology that has not been discussed internationally. ICS believes that the unilateral application by France of these new CO2 reporting requirements to foreign ships cuts across the principles of global regulatory

Inmarsat’s LISW17 set stage for Digital future of Maritime

Image courtesy LondonInternational Shipping Week2017

Inmarsat has announced plans in support of its diamond sponsor commitment for London International Shipping Week, 11-15 September 2017 (LISW17) by staging three key events focusing on the maritime industry’s digital future. To coincide with the official launch of LISW17 on October 19th

Panama Accedes to BWM Convention

Jorge Barakat Pitty (right), Minister of Maritime Affairs of Panama, presented the countrys instrument of accession to the Ballast Water Management Convention to IMO Secretary General Lim on October 19, 2016. (Photo: IMO)

Panama has become the latest State to accede to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), bringing the proportion of global shipping tonnage covered by the treaty to 53.28 percent, with 53 Contracting Parties.  

Countdown to London International Shipping Week

Image courtesy London International Shipping Week 2017

The countdown to London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) officially began last night with an exclusive launch reception held at the iconic Norton Rose Fulbright building on London’s South Bank.   The launch reception brought together representatives from many of the maritime

Panama Canal Cargo Tonnage Zooms

Photo Panama Canal Authority

Strong container traffic, newly introduced segments and the Expanded Canal all contribute to the 330.7 million tons of goods welcomed through the Canal in FY16, the third highest amount ever recorded.    Panama City, Panama, October 20

Shipping Industry United on CO2 at IMO Meeting

In advance of next week’s critical meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, the global shipping industry has called on IMO Member States to give serious consideration to a joint industry submission regarding

European Shipping Week Receives EU Patronage

President, Mr Martin Schultz. Photo ESW

European Shipping Week has been granted the European Parliament’s official patronage by its President, Mr Martin Schultz. Commenting on European Shipping Week, Mr Schultz said his institution appreciated the opportunity for open dialogue between policy makers and representatives of the

Houthis Say Ready to Help Investigate Attacks on Shipping

Yemen's dominant Houthi group denied any role in missile strikes on U.S. warships in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and offered to help investigate attacks on international shipping in the area, the news agency controlled by the group reported on Thursday.  

Merchant Ships off Yemen Bracing for More Danger

USS Mason (File photo: U.S. Navy / Rob Aylward)

Missile attacks from Yemen on Western military craft risk spilling over into nearby busy sea lanes which could disrupt oil supplies and also other vital goods passing through the tense area, shipping and insurance sources say.   While shipping companies have yet to divert ships

BIMCO Raises Concern on Global Sulphur Cap Implementation

Graph:  International Chamber of Shipping

 BIMCO raises serious concern over data on available fuel ahead of MEPC decision on global sulphur cap implementation date.   BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, has today voiced serious concerns about some of the conclusions of the official study that

Navig8 Adds New LR1 Tanker

Courtesy  Navig8 Tankers

Navig8 Product Tankers Inc. an international shipping company focused on the transportation of petroleum products, today announced that it has taken delivery of the Navig8 Precision a 74,000 DWT LR1 tanker from SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd (“SPP”).

ClassNK, Liberian Registry Trial Electronic Certificates System

ClassNK said it has begun operational trials for “ClassNK e-Certificate”, a comprehensive system to provide ships’ class certificates and statutory certificates issued on behalf of flag states in electronic format.  

MPA Tests Joint Oil Spill Response Procedure

Courtesy MPA

The multi-agency joint oil spill exercise was conducted today as part of an on-going effort to ensure our ports remain safe, secure and clean for the international shipping community. Code-named JOSE 2016, the exercise was organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as part of

Barcelona Port Encourages Partnering for Development

The Port of Barcelona is pursuing an active policy to increase the competitive edge of its customers, fostering the development of efficient and operational services that respond to their needs for international shipping and logistics services

Shippers Want Timeline for Emissions Reduction

(File photo: CMA CGM)

About 90 percent of global trade is moved by cargo ships which are collectively responsible for about 2.2 percent of the world's total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions (similar to that emitted by international aviation).    As a considered response to the Paris Agreement on climate

IMCA Launches Series of Regulatory Update Bulletins

Today’s regulatory agenda is being increasingly driven by environmental issues. Shipping is under increasing pressure to lower greenhouse gas emissions and to contribute to global efforts to counter anthropogenic climate change. The pressure is unlikely to abate; on the contrary shipping

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