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Container Shippers Join Forces for Safety

Photo courtesy of CMA CGM

The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) has been launched as a global business-to-business network that aims to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. Founding members CMA CGM Group, Costamare Shipping Company S.A., E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG, Hamburg Südamerikanische Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft KG, Maersk Line, Rickmers Shipmanagement and Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd., have joined forces to improve safety performance through collaboration. The companies will be able to collectively identify common safety hotspots across the container shipping industry and ways to address the underlying causes. “We believe the time is right to increase the focus on safety in the container shipping industry,” said Aslak Ross, Head of Marine Standards and DPA, Maersk Line, and CSSF Steering Committee Member. Other segments of the shipping industry, such as the tanker and offshore industries, have already established collaborative safety forums, but CSSF marks the first time that leading containership companies have come together to drive performance improvements in safety, a representative of CSSF said. Claas-Heye Diekmann, Director Quality Assurance & HSSE, E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie. KG., and CSSF Steering Committee Member stated


ICS: Global Shipping's Emissions 20% Lower

Peter Hinchliffe

The total Green House Gas emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been more than 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global shipping industry’s trade association. The global shipping industry, which transports by sea around 90% of all world trade, is thought to have produced only about 2.2% of the world’s total GHG emissions during 2012 compared to 2.8% in 2007.


SEAaT Emissions Trading Seminar

SEAaT, the association promoting abatement technology and emissions trading for ships, is to host the Shipping Emissions Trading Seminar on 2nd April at the IMO in London, to discuss and develop strategies for the implementation of emissions trading for shipping. The Seminar is by invite only and is structured to provide key stakeholders in shipping, finance and regulatory bodies and is designed to give an insight to the application of emissions trading for the shipping industry - set against


FMC Holds OTI Panel Discussion

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Press Release stating that on September 21 it hosted a panel discussion by representatives of the ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) community. This was the first of a series of briefings with shipping industry representatives intended to develop a greater awareness and understanding of current issues and concerns affecting the U.S. international liner shipping industry.


ICS: Un Climate Change Negotiations

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – which represents all sectors and trades of the global shipping industry and more than 80% of the world merchant fleet – has produced a briefing document for government climate change negotiators, in advance of the next United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17), which commences in Durban at the end of November.        The Document entitled ‘Shipping


Cruise Lines Lobby Against N. America SECA

Cruise ship industry lobbies Congress to relax forthcoming North America SECA exhaust gas emission restrictions The cruise-ship industry, wants an emissions-averaging plan that would allow it to burn the same heavy fuel it always has used in some areas, and it's lobbying Congress for help, according to a report in the Merced Sun-Star. Cruise Lines International Association has proposed a complicated emissions-averaging plan that would allow ships to continue to burn high-sulfur fuel


Australian Budget Reverts Temporary Shipping Levy

Image credit Dominic Alves CCL

Trade association 'Shipping Australia' says it applauds the Abbott Government’s decision to return the temporary levy on shipping to its original (lower) level. The Government’s budget night announcement that it will return the Protection of the Sea Levy to its original level of 11.25 cents per net registered tonne has been enthusiastically welcomed by the shipping industry.  “This decision rights a wrong that was perpetrated when the temporary levy remained in


Shipping's GHG Emissions Down

Approaching ship: File photo

The total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from global maritime transport are estimated to have been over 20% lower in 2012 than in 2007, according to "London Matters – the official Maritime London Newsletter", citing the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). ICS reports that the global shipping industry, which transports by sea around 90% of all world trade, is thought to have produced only about 2.2% of the world’s total GHG emissions during 2012 compared to 2


EC Attempts to Improve Shipping

The European Commission has heeded industry concerns about the poor image of shipping and launched a $4.2 million program it hopes will boost seafarer recruitment and open up awareness of the industry to the general public. The program, which should be underway by the middle of next year, will last three years and will involve participation from other shipping industry players. Addressing industry leaders at a presentation of the InterManager‐supported Key Performance Indicator initiative in


Korean Shipbuilders Eye the Future

The Korea’s shipping industry, the world largest, is preparing itself for the future. The domestic shipping industry has been sweeping the first seven places across the world in terms of the amount of orders received and the rest amount of them. However, China is also formidable as it is running right after Japan, which is tailing Korea. Korean shipping companies are accelerating their efforts to heighten added value by developing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ships and building high


Indian Shipping Ministry Seeks Tax Sops

Image: Indian Ministry of Shipping

India's shipping ministry is asking for a tax holiday and more incentives for the shipbuilding industry in the upcoming Union budget, according to a report in the Economic Times. The Ministry has also prepared proposals to give a fillip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India campaign


Canadian Pacific Hires Marsh as Sales VP

Picture Courtesy: Canadian Pacific Railway

The appointment of Tim Marsh as senior vice president sales and marketing by Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd is aimed at bolstering its battered intermodal business, says a report from Globe and Mail. Marsh, who brings 25 years of international shipping industry sales and marketing experience


Puget Sound Container Volumes Flat in 2014

Photo: Port of Seattle

Container volumes through Puget Sound’s largest container ports remained flat in 2014, according to numbers released jointly for the first time by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.   “Reporting our combined cargo volumes demonstrates our commitment to the Seaport Alliance


Port of Long Beach Sees Third-Busiest Year Ever

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Cargo numbers edge up with economy    Cargo container trade at the Port of Long Beach climbed 1.3 percent in 2014, indicating continued economic growth for the U.S. and bringing the port its third-busiest year ever behind the peak years of 2006 and 2007, the port announced.  


US Visa Initiative for Ethiopian Seafarers

US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Patricia M Haslach, with the EMTI administration and cadets (Photo courtesy: EMTI)

The Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute (EMTI) has welcomed an initiative by the United States that will provide Ethiopian seafarers with a new class of C1/D visas. The new C1/D visas issued to Ethiopian crewmembers will now be valid for two years.


Slow Economy Growth Offers No Respite for Shipping

File photo

A limited economic growth potential and a slow recovery pace of the global economy only ease the pain in the global shipping industry somewhat, BIMCO reported, adding that while the industry continues to suffer from oversupply in the freight market


Wärtsilä, CSSC to Commence 2-stroke Joint Venture

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The joint venture agreement between Wärtsilä and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) for the takeover of Wärtsilä's two-stroke engine business, which was announced in July 2014, has now been finalized. The required government and merger control approvals having been


Largest Container Ship at Zeebrugge Port

CSCL Globe

  While on her maiden voyage in the AEX1 service, the container vessel China Shipping Container Lines Globe, currently the world’s - or the “globe’s”- largest container vessel, moored at the port of Zeebrugge.


Joint Effort Targets Green Coastal Shipping

Photo courtesy of DVN GL

Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland and State Secretary for Climate and Environment Lars Andreas Lunde signed a declaration of cooperation with key players in the Norwegian coastal shipping industry today. This declaration aims to ensure that Norway has the world's most


Liberia Joins Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

Image courtesy of the Liberian Registry

Liberia acceded to the Nairobi International Wreck Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, on January 8, 2015, and thus becomes the largest flag state party to the convention.   The Nairobi Convention covers shipwrecks that could have a potential adverse effect on the safety of lives and


Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day

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IMO Secretary-General launches 2015 World Maritime Day theme: “Maritime education and training” at World Maritime University   International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme


Japan to Help Boost Indian Ship Recycling

Pic courtesy: Ship Recycling Industries Association

Japan may help India in boosting the country's ship recycling industry. It is learnt that a 14-member Japanese delegation comprising representatives from government departments and shipping industry association, who visited Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yard in Bhavnagar (Gujarat


Tankers to Store 25m Barrels of Oil At Sea

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Oil traders have booked at least 12 tankers to store 25 million barrels of crude at sea in a further sign of a build-up in global stocks, reports Reuters.   To take advantage of the crash in crude prices and make a profit down the line


DSME Rolls Out World's Largest Containership

 Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has named the MSC Oscar, which has claimed the title of the world’s biggest containership. After the christening ceremony the MSC Oscar departed for Busan. The vessel has a capacity of 19,224 containers


Canada Responds to Union Allegations

Ministers Raitt and Fast Appalled by Offensive Allegation from Seafarers International Union of Canada.   Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and International Trade Minister Ed Fast issued the following joint statement in response to a communiqué issued by the Seafarers International






 
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