Rolls-Royce demonstrates world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel

Rolls-Royce and global towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark. Earlier this year, one of Svitzer´s tugs, the 28m long Svitzer Hermod, safely conducted a number of remotely controlled manoeuvres. From the quay side in Copenhagen harbour the vessel’s captain, stationed at the vessel’s remote … More Rolls-Royce demonstrates world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel

National maritime transport policy training in Antigua and Barbuda

(IMO) A three-day National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) workshop has been held in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda (16-18 May). The event provided valuable knowledge and skills to those involved in the development, adoption and review of a NMTP in the country. The exercise is part of a series of workshops and seminars being delivered … More National maritime transport policy training in Antigua and Barbuda

Coast Guard’s Third and Final ‘El Faro’ Hearing Set for February

The third and final Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation hearing into the loss of the American cargo ship El Faro has been scheduled for next month in Jacksonville, Florida. The hearing will take place on February 6, 2015, at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center. It will examine additional elements of the investigation including crew … More Coast Guard’s Third and Final ‘El Faro’ Hearing Set for February

IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force today (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. The 2014 amendments to the MLC 2006, which comes … More IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers

A New Year message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

While most of us have been taking advantage of the holiday period to spend time with our family and friends, I am very much aware that, for many in the shipping industry, this has not been possible. For the shipping industry, and for the seafarers who operate the ships, the holiday period is the same … More A New Year message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

Second vessel ordered from RMK Marine

On December 8, 2016,  Pritchard-Gordon Tankers announced the order of a second 7,000 dwt tanker from RMK Marine (Istanbul).  The vessel is expected to deliver second quarter 2018.   Pritchard-Gordon Tankers specialises in ocean transportation of crude oil and refined petroleum products in environmentally sensitive areas, using purpose built, shallow draft, double hull tankers. The Company … More Second vessel ordered from RMK Marine

Safety for gas-fuelled ships – new mandatory code enters into force

A new mandatory code for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels enters into force on 1 January 2017, along with new training requirements for seafarers working on those ships. Gas and other low-flashpoint fuels are cleaner for the atmosphere as they emit very low levels of air pollutants, such as sulphur oxides and particulates. But … More Safety for gas-fuelled ships – new mandatory code enters into force

What Plastic Rice? Minister Says No Evidence of Fake Rice on Jamaica Market

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday December 14, 2016 – Rice imports from Guyana and Suriname will now be allowed into Jamaica, after the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) temporarily halted the clearance of rice at all ports of entry over reports that plastic rice had entered the local market. On Monday, the JCA stopped the shipments and met … More What Plastic Rice? Minister Says No Evidence of Fake Rice on Jamaica Market

NTSB Releases El Faro VDR Bridge Audio Transcript; Opens Investigation Docket

The 500-page transcript from the El Faro’s voyage data recorder bridge audio was released Tuesday along with four other factual reports added to the NTSB’s El Faro investigation docket as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation into the maritime tragedy. The U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Faro sank Oct. 1, 2015 off Crooked Island, Bahamas during … More NTSB Releases El Faro VDR Bridge Audio Transcript; Opens Investigation Docket