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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.


Shipping Contributes $164bln to EU

Photo: ECSA is presenting the updated version of the Oxford Economics study on econ. impact of shipping

 The European Community Shipowners' Associations has released the results of a recent update of an Oxford Economics study on the economic value of the EU shipping industry which highlights the industry’s contribution to the European Union's economy based on new data.   The study shows the the marine sector contributed an estimated EUR 147bn ($164bn) to GDP in 2013.   For every EUR 1m generated directly, the industry creates another EUR 1


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


SSI's Roadmap To 'Sustainable Shipping Industry By 2040'

SSI Logo

SSI members and key industry stakeholders work together to define tangible milestones across all areas of sustainability that must be collectively delivered by the industry to meet the SSI’s 2040 Vision   London – 7 March 2016 - The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today launched its Roadmap, a set of key milestones and priorities which must be met in order to create a


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


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.


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


Hapag-Lloyd Says Prospects Buoyed by Rising Freight Rates

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd expects increased operating earnings this year, it said on Friday, citing a rise in freight rates as market conditions improve.   The shipping industry has been grappling with a prolonged downturn brought about by overcapacity in a faltering


Pirates Seize Somali Vessel to Use as Floating Base

Pirates have seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as a base from which to attack larger ships, police said on Friday, a week after Somali pirates hijacked their first commercial vessel since 2012.   Ten Yemeni crew aboard the boat were dumped on shore, officials told Reuters.


MOL Holds Graduation Ceremony for Filipino Seafarers

A commemorative shot of graduates with guests. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced the graduation of 88 students in the sixth class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation.  


Marshall Islands Registry is "Number Two"

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) fleet now stands at 223,262,177 deadweight tons (DWT), making it the second largest registry in the world in terms of DWT. International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) have provided administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry since


Somali Regional Antipiracy Chief Says Sacked over Illegal Fishing Comments

The head of anti-piracy operations in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia said he had been fired for speaking out about illegal fishing, which he claims could trigger a new outbreak of piracy in the Indian Ocean.   Pirates hijacked an oil tanker off Somalia last week


Denmark Studies Autonomous Shipping

In the future, autonomous ships may have a central role to play in Denmark. A pre-analysis made by the Danish Technological University (DTU) and the Danish Maritime Authority points to the need to develop technological solutions.   As the entire transport sector vigorously strives to


Cycles in Seaborne Trade

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the last few decades, the shipping industry has generally been able to rely on seaborne trade as a fairly steady performer, says a report from Clarksons Research.  However, the slowdown in volume growth since the financial crisis has focussed the industry’s thoughts on


Marlink Acquires IT Management Partner Palantir

Marlink has acquired Palantir AS, a Norway-based maritime IT company specializing in remote IT management solutions. The Share Purchase Agreement whereby Marlink acquired 100 percent of Palantir AS shares was completed on March 17, 2017.  


Capacity Building for Sustainable Shipping

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s response to the needs of developing countries for building capacity and facilitating technology transfer to promote low-carbon shipping was highlighted at the Environmental Sustainable Shipping Industry Conference (ESSIC), held in Panama City


Singapore Supports ReCAAP ISC’s Roadmap for the Future

Governors and Representatives of Contracting Parties at the 11th ReCAAP ISC Governing Council Meeting. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 Singapore endorsed the roadmap and strategies to strengthen Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP)  Information Sharing Centre (ISC) as a Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia by 2020. 


IMO Secretary-General Urges Vigilance after Tanker Hijack

Official photograph of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

In the wake of the recent hijacking of tanker Aris 13 off Puntland, Somalia, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim urged the shipping industry to be vigilant and apply diligently IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks.  


Pirates Demand Ransom for Tanker Seized off Somalia

Pirates off the coast of Somalia, who hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, are demanding a ransom for the release of the vessel, the EU Naval Force said.   The pirates seized the Comoros-flagged Aris 13 tanker on Monday


Somali Pirates Demand Ransom for Aris 13

File photo: Euronav

The EU anti-piracy operation in the Horn of Africa  region said that  Pirates are demanding a ransom for the release of the Comoros-flagged oil tanker Aris 13 seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the AP reported.  


Maersk Tankers to Trial Rotor Sails

Maersk P-Class Illustration with two 30x5 Norsepower Rotor Sails (Photo: Maersk Tankers / Norsepower)

Norsepower Oy Ltd. in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping & Maritime, have announced that it will install and trial Flettner rotor sails onboard a Maersk Tankers-owned vessel.  


Thordon’s SeaThigor up for Environmental Award

SeaThigor, the forward propeller shaft seal Thordon Bearings introduced to the market last year, has been nominated in the technology category of the Green4Sea awards, which will take place in Athens this April.   Thordon Bearing’s President and CEO, Terry McGowan






 
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