Editor's Pick


Alternative Fuels post 2020

During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Dr. John Kokarakis, Chairman, Greek Section, SNAME, describes the possible reality regarding alternative fuels after the 2020 sulphur cap. Mr. Kokarakis notes that the future economy will be multi-fueled, which is why ship owners must make the right choice for their fleet.


Infographic: LNG reduces GHG emissions by 21%

A new study by SEA\LNG and SGMF confirms that emissions from sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM), are close to zero when using LNG compared with current conventional oil-based marine fuels, and highlights the remarkable advantages of LNG as a marine fuel.


IMO Goals for CO2 emissions: Are they realistic?

During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd, provides an overview of alternative fuels such as natural gas, methane and hydrogen. He highlights that new technology is necessary to make IMO’s goals reality

PSC Focus

USCG: More than 25,000 deficiencies reported in 2018

The US Coast Guard launched its Domestic Vessel Annual Report, collecting data from the USCG’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2018 calendar year. The report presents information reflecting the entire U.S. Flag fleet, including barges, cargo vessels, passenger vessels, vessels operating on the Outer Continental Shelf, research and school ships, fishing vessels, and the newest members of the inspected fleet, towing vessels.


Lessons learned: Slinging steel coil injures stevedore

Transport Malta's Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) issued an investigation report on a serious injury of a stevedore onboard the Panamanian-flagged general cargo ship 'NS Tera' at Laboratory Wharf, Valletta, in April 2018.


Passenger ship experiences engine failure in Aegean sea

According to local sources, the passenger ship 'Aegean Odyssey' suffered an engine failure while it was sailing closely to Chania, Crete island, Greece. Chania Port Authority was immediately informed in order to assist the vessel. The passenger ship had 339 people on board.


Nigeria arrests nine for possessing firearms onboard

On Thursday, the Nigerian Navy handed over nine suspected pirates to the Interpol unit of the Nigeria Police, for allegedly possessing firearms and suspected crude oil within the Nigerian maritime domain.


Arrest warrant issued for heavy lift ship after allision at Ingalls Shipbuilding

A court in Mississippi issued an arrest warrant for the heavy lift ship 'Hawk' that was involved in an allision and damage of a newbuild US warship at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, in late March.


Spirit of Vancouver Island back in operation after LNG conversion

BC Ferries' Spirit of Vancouver is back on service after its mid-life upgrade, it now runs on LNG. The ship is the second Spirit Class vessel in the fleet to complete the conversion from diesel to clean LNG.


Italian partners to develop wave power stations on industrial scale

Italian energy company Eni signed a non-binding agreement with three compatriots, the shipbuilder Fincantieri, the bank Cassa depositi e prestiti, and energy firm Terna, at the Eni headquarters in Rome, to develop and build wave power stations on an industrial scale.


Leadership styles at workplace

Men vs women leaders; same responsibilities, different lead styles shaping how they run their teams. Are we talking about another gender battle? And who wins? Research has examined whether or not there are sex differences in leadership. Linking gender with leadership makes us clear that it is, first and foremost, necessary to gain a more rounded approach to each leadership style strengths as well as areas for improvement.


Six Thinking Hats: A role-playing model to successful decision making

There is not only one way to think of a problem; you can look at it from an emotional, intuitive, and creative or risk management viewpoint. For example, people who are optimistic, tend to not always consider potential downsides. Similarly, individuals with a risk-averse outlook, might not be able to realize new opportunities.


Anxiety vs Performance: How to maintain a balance

Anxiety: Either a short term "state" or a long term "trait". Studies have shown that although too much anxiety and stress make negative impact in the workplace, when in the right amount, they can enhance one’s performance. Needless to say, working onboard could prove extremely challenging. It is of essence, therefore that seafarers have the right answers to the following questions:


USCG: Few days left to schedule inspections under Subchapter M

USCG reminded owners and operators of towing vessels to ensure that 25% of their fleet has received a Certificate of Inspection before 22 July 2019, under Subchapter M. They must also schedule a vessel’s inspection before 22 April 2019 if the COI is expected to be received in the first year. As of 20 July 2018, towing vessel owners and operators must ensure compliance with the provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M.


EU votes on improving recognition of seafarers maritime education and certification systems

The European Parliament voted on April 4 regarding the revision of Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training for seafarers. The revision gives emphasis on the level of transparency that should prevail in processing demands for the recognition of seafarers’ certificates of new third countries.


Singapore: Updates on Fourth and Fifth schedules of Strategic Goods Regulations

The Singapore Customs has updated the Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the Strategic Goods (Control) Regulations (SGCR). The changes affect the list of items needing mandatory transhipment and transit permits. The changes will apply from 1 May 2019. Strategic goods permits are also needed if the goods in transit are not listed under the Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the SGCR.

Maritime Software

Watch: MOL to install augmented reality system on 21 VLCCs

Japanese shipping company MOL announced its intention to install a navigation system using augmented reality (AR) technology jointly developed by Furuno Electric and MOL Techno-Trade, on 21 MOL-operated very large crude oil carriers (VLCCs).


Watch: Artificial Intelligence on 'Stena Scandinavica'

The video, issued by Stena Line, shows how the Captain and crew onboard the cruise ferry 'Stena Scandinavica' are using Artificial Intelligence to reduce the fuel consumption on the Gothenburg – Kiel route, under a pilot study initiated back in September 2018.


Facial recognition technology expands in the cruise sector

Facial recognition technology has made its way in the cruise industry. IDEMIA has cooperated with Royal Caribbean and the US Customs and Borders Protection to trial biometric identity verification for CBP's processes at terminals in Miami, Florida and Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

Women in shipping

Disney Cruise Line inspires future female leaders

Disney Cruise Line announced a new initiative to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the maritime industry by funding scholarships to empower girls and young women to pursue careers in the cruise industry.

Women in shipping

Talking about the gender pay gap in shipping

The EU celebrates today, 3rd of November, the Equal Pay Day, in a bid to highlight the difference in the average gross earnings of women and men in global business. Women in the European Union still earn on average 16.2% less than men, while in the maritime field, the figure climbs to 45%, leading us to assume that gender pay gap is the top of the iceberg along other factors keeping women away from shipping careers.


Iceland, Ethiopia ratify MLC 2006

Iceland and Ethiopia have become the latest member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC 2006), which sets out minimum international working and living conditions for seafarers on board ships.


International symposium mulls WTO reform for sustainable economy

The world trading system should be continuously re-examined with regard to reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the governance of data flows, given the escalation of trade restrictive measures and the impact on businesses, said Mr Akahoshi, President of JETRO.


Potential for future growth in UK North Sea after Chrysaor-ConocoPhillips deal

Providing its comment after Chrysaor agreed to buy ConocoPhillips’ North Sea assets in a US$2.7 billion deal, Romana Adamcikova, Wood Mackenzie senior analyst, North Sea upstream, said that Chrysaor will now become the top producer in the UK in 2019 and will be among UK's largest producers for the next few years.


Chinese restriction on coal imports affects demand on Panamaxes

China decided to restrict its coal imports in 2019 in less than 2018's levels. Drewry supports that this decision will dent demand for Panamaxes, but an ongoing tussle with Australia could be the silver lining.