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German maritime companies to use LSFO

According to a study published by the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder,VDR) most of the German ships will use low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) from January 1, in order to follow with the IMO’s 2020 regulation “Global sulphur cup”.

Propulsion & Future Fuels 2019 confirms Chairmen

The world’s largest shipping associations, BIMCO and the German Shipowners Association, VDR, who represent the fourth-largest merchant fleet in the world, have confirmed chairmanship of Propulsion & Future Fuels 2019. Delegates will be able to learn, discuss and share the latest developments in power efficiency and propulsion technology, alternative low flashpoint and low carbon fuels with key industry figures.

German shipowners: Urgent need for a solution on Med Sea refugees

In view of Germany’s announcement that it would no longer take part with naval vessels in the Mediterranean Sea mission ‘Sophia’ organised by the EU until further notice, the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) called upon the EU to find a solution to the protracted dispute on how merchant vessels will cope with boat refugees.

Cruise ship's allision with dock attributed to Master's failure

On 3 June 2016, the Malta-flag cruise ship ‘Celebrity Infinity’ allided with berth 3 in Ketchikan, Alaska, sustaining a 9-inch-diameter hole on the forward port side. The berth suffered extensive damage to the catwalks and pilings of an estimated cost about $1.15 million. The NTSB issued an investigation report on the accident.

MOL marks a step to remote vessel operation technology

MOL announced cooperation with Japan Radio Co., Ltd. and JSAT MOBILE Communications Inc. to build a network that shares data recorded in Voyage Data Recorder by using satellite telecommunication service Fleet Xpress, provided by Inmarsat.

What to do after a serious incident onboard

In the latest edition of Signals, North P&I Club’s Kostas Katsoulieris discusses the steps to take onboard where there is a serious incident requiring medical assistance from ashore. Firstly, basic first aid should be provided onboard under the guidance of the Ship’s Medical Officer and with reference to the Ship’s Medical Guide.

NTSB meeting to determine cause of El Faro sinking

The US National Transportation Safety Board announced that it plans to meet on 12 December, in Washington, to determine the probable cause of the October 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in the Atlantic Ocean.

NTSB adds documents to El Faro accident docket

In its ongoing investigation of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, the NTSB informed that it is adding additional material to the accident docket. Two items related to the El Faro’s voyage data recorder transcript were added Wednesday, including an addendum and an errata sheet.

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