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Adoption of fully automated shipping will take decades, not years

The UK is the second least supportive nation in their attitude towards the development of unmanned vessels, according to our study across six territories (United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, Singapore and Hong Kong), and the least supportive of autonomous vehicles more generally. Our recently published report polled over 6,000 people as well as gaining […]

EU Block Exemption Regulation renewal ignores views of shippers, says GSF

The recommendation by the European Commission to renew the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) for a four-year period from April 2020 has been slammed by the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF), the voice of businesses importing and exporting goods around the world. James Hookham, Secretary General of GSF said: “We are disappointed with the outcome of the […]

Inmarsat’s successful launch of GX5 next generation satellite to add significant Fleet Xpress capacity

Inmarsat’s successful launch of GX5 next generation satellite to add significant Fleet Xpress capacity Satellite to enhance significantly Fleet Xpress capacity for ships across Europe and Middle East GX5 heralds start of unprecedented enhancement in overall capacity and capabilities of GX network with further 7 advanced GX payloads planned over next four years 27 November […]

SSY strenghens big data capability through „Marine Benchmark“ investment

Simpson Spence Young (SSY), the world’s largest independent shipbroker, has today (27 November 2019) announced that it is partnering with Gothenburg based tech company Marine Benchmark, a specialist in maritime data analytics.  This new partnership will enhance and strengthen SSY’s client offering, as Marine Benchmark will bring a competitive advantage by providing expertise in statistical analysis […]

SHI agrees to pay $75 million to resolve bribery case

Samsung Heavy Industries Company Limited (Samsung Heavy Industries), a South Korea-based engineering company that provides shipbuilding, offshore platform construction, and other construction and engineering services, has agreed to pay total penalties of more than $75 million to resolve the government’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) arising out of a scheme […]

American rescuer who saved four recognized with IMO bravery accolade

Petty Officer Michael Kelly, a rescue swimmer with the United States Coast Guard, received the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during this year’s IMO Awards ceremony (25 November) Petty Officer Kelly was recognized for his courage, perseverance and skill in rescuing four survivors from a life raft from a sinking fishing vessel, in […]

IMO Secretary-General opens 31st Assembly with a call for concrete action

The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim, has opened the Organization’s 31st Assembly session, calling for concrete action to address climate change and other challenges. „In so many areas, we are now at a crossroads. In the next biennium, IMO will need to deliver tangible and concrete action – to ensure […]

SPO confirms attack involving Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) confirms that the Pacific Warden, an Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS), was attacked offshore Equatorial Guinea on 20 November 2019 at approximately 05:00 local time. The vessel was supporting offshore field operations in Equatorial Guinea. There were 15 crew members on board. Eight are safely ashore and unharmed. Seven crew members were […]

IMRF holds first all-women SAR training to address gender imbalance

Twelve women from across Africa have completed the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s basic maritime search and rescue training As part of its ongoing #WomenInSAR initiative and supporting the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) theme of empowering women, the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has held its first all-women maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) training in Morocco. The training […]