Editor's Pick


Inmarsat: Startups play a crucial role in maritime digitalization growth

Inmarsat launched the 'Trade 2.0: How Startups are driving the next generation of maritime trade' report examining how startups in line with the technological development such as big data, AI and blockchain in the maritime industry, are bringing a new era and create a ShipTech market. The research into maritime startups was conducted for Inmarsat by UK GovTech venture firm and research house, PUBLIC. The report was co-authored by Nick Chubb and Leonardo Zangrando.


Reimagining Maritime Boundaries in a Digital Age

Adm. (USCG Ret) Thad William Allen notes that we are living in a digital age and therefore industry needs to tackle with new issues. Earlier this year leaders from the Hellenic and American shipping communities came together in Athens to exchange views to promote safer, smarter, greener, and optimized shipping. Discussions regarded the outcome of BREXIT, global immigration pressures, populist movements, and trade issues.

Maritime Knowledge

STCW: How to obtain a certificate of competency as Navigational Watch

The STCW Convention provides details on the general requirements and certificates by rank. With respect to officers in charge of a navigational watch, the Convention clarifies which requirements concerning age, seagoing service, bridge watch-keeping & radio duties and education & training should be met for those officers serving on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more, or less than 500 gross tonnage and the table in the end summarizes all mentioned requirements.


AMSA detains in port Brisbane bulk carrier for crews' unpaid wages

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier MV Xing Jing Hai in the Port of Brisbane, after receiving a complaint from the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) on Wednesday, September 11.


Two workers killed at Indian shipbreaking yards

The NGO Shipbreaking platform reported that two shipbreaking workers were recently killed at Indian beaching yards. Both yards have applied for recognition under the EU Ship Recycling Regulation.


Bulker's master killed by mooring line

The master of the bulker vessel 'Union Medal' lost his life when a mooring line parted and struck him, at Ilo Port, Peru on Tuesday, September 10. The vessel remains moored at Ilo port, as from the day of the fatal incident.


IG Clubs: US sanctions on Venezuela and PdVSA

The International Group of P&I Clubs issued a circular providing an update on the US sanctions on the government of Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA). On 5 August 2019, the US increased its sanctions programme against Venezuela, with the Executive Order 13884.


ReCAAP ISC: January-August incidents decreased by 25%

A total of eight incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in August, representing a 11% decrease compared to August 2018, according to ReCAAP ISC's monthly report. There was a total of 44 incidents during January-August 2019. The total number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported during January-August 2019 has decreased by 25% compared to January-August 2018.


Spill recovery operations continue at Jamie Whitten Lock

The USCG continues oil spill recovery operations, responding to a crude oil discharge located within the Jamie Whitten Lock at mile marker 412 on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway, Wednesday, September 11. Up to now the cause of the oil spill remains unknown.


Sovcomflot, NYK Line ink on financing for two LNG carriers

Joint venture companies belonging to Russian energy shipping company Sovcomflot (SCF Group) and Japanese NYK Line have signed a new USD 176 million non-recourse credit facility for eight years with three international banks, to be used for refinancing two ice-class LNG carriers servicing the Sakhalin-2 project.

Women in shipping

Career Paths: Sandra Welch, Sailors Society

In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Sandra Welch, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Sailors' Society, an International charity providing a personal lifeline for merchant seafarers. Ms. Welch advises never to give up, something that has made her determined and focused in all aspects of her life. She also suggests to get all qualifications while at a young age.


Career Paths: Peter Sand, BIMCO

In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO who finds his job both exciting and challenging as it combines his two key areas of interest: geography and money in a perfect manner, as he explains. Among many things, Mr. Sand advises us to be present at the moment and instead of using only social media, to engage ourselves personally.


Complying with the 2020 sulphur cap: Challenging issues

With less than twelve months remaining for the new regulation to take place, ship owners can’t waste time anymore; within 2019, they need to decide on the most appropriate approach for their operations in order to comply with the Sulphur cap and remain commercially sustainable in the long run. So far, there is no silver bullet solution while each option introduces additional challenges to operators.


Maersk issues Environmental Fuel Fee, updates Bunker Adjustment Factor

In light of the approaching 2020 sulphur cap, which sees vessels using fuel containing up to 0.5% sulphur, Maersk's Jacob A. Sterling tweeted that the cost of compliance will increase. Thus, Maersk issues a new Environmental Fuel Fee, and updates the existing Bunker Adjustment Factor.


IMO's meeting considers implementation of international regulation on ports

During a Hutchison Ports/IMO/IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) seminar conducted on September 8, industry stakeholders questioned whether ports need international regulation.


New IMO model course to focus on safety of solid bulk cargoes

IMO's Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers is meeting for its sixth session this week (CCC 6), on 9-13 September, where it is expected to validate a new IMO Model Course on Safe Handling and Transport of Solid Bulk Cargoes. The IMO model course seeks to  facilitate access to knowledge and skills regarding the carriage of bulk cargoes.

Maritime Software

Watch: MOL unveils AI vessel recognition system

Japanese MOL and SenseTime Japan Ltd. developed a new vessel image recognition and recording system, which deploys artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize surrounding vessels. The video shows the system’s installation for demonstration testing aboard the cruise ship "Nippon Maru" operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, Ltd. (MOPAS).


Antwerp, SAFIR trial simultaneous drone flights

The SAFIR consortium of partners conducted tests to the first simultaneous drone flights in Sint-Truiden DronePort, for among other things package deliveries, inspection flights and emergency situations. The project aims to play a role to the EU regulatory process for drones across Europe.


USCG proposes termination of NAVTEX over medium frequency

The US Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it may cease broadcasting Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) over Medium Frequency (MF), after first ensuring the information contained in NAVTEX broadcasts is available via IMO-recognized satellite services.


Shell: A zero-incident industry is top priority

During LISW 2019, Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shipping & Maritime at Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd, highlighted how important is for the industry to continue its efforts on seafarers’ mental health and wellbeing and shared examples of Shell’s work towards a zero-incident future.


USCG issues guidance on passenger vessel compliance after deadly boat fire

Following the deadly fire and sinking of the small passenger vessel 'Conception' off California last week, which claimed the lives of 34 people, the US Coast Guard issued a new bulletin to remind mariners of regulations related to firefighting and lifesaving aboard passenger vessels.

Women in shipping

Women empowerement on the spotlight at London shipping week

IMO’s World Maritime theme for 2019 'Empowering women in the Maritime Community' has featured prominently in events at the London International Shipping Week, taking place from 9 to 13 September.


New report unveils steps to grow UK maritime businesses

A new report commissioned by trade promotion body Maritime London has set out 36 detailed recommendations to grow the UK’s $6bn – marine insurance, ship broking, legal, finance and classification industries. The report comes in support of the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 Strategy to provide a detailed roadmap of industry and government actions needed to strengthen the UK’s position in the maritime professional business sector.


DP World to complete merger of Topaz and P&O by end 2019

Dubai-based port operator DP World is expected to complete merger of its P&O Maritime and recently-acquired Topaz Energy and Marine businesses by the end of the year, Topaz CEO Rene Kofod-Olsen said on Monday. DP World bought Dubai-based oil services company Topaz in July with the intention of combining it with P&O Maritime, as part of efforts to diversify beyond its core port operations to other marine-related sectors.


Iran announces Adrian Darya's oil sold at sea

An Iranian representative to London announced that the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 - previously known as Grace 1 - was sold at sea to a private company, denying that Tehran had broken its promises over the vessel and highlighted that EU's Syria sanction do not apply to Tehran.