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Shipping Company Groningen contracts Castor Marine to outfit 30 vessels with Global and EU 4G connectivity packages

Shipping Company Groningen (SCG) has contracted offshore internet services provider Castor Marine to install its Global 4G Connectivity package on all 30 of its vessels. With this, the coasters will have a fast, global 4G-LTE internet connection for its crews. On its fleet, SCG offers its personnel a Crew Welfare Zone with free internet within the 12-mile (4G) zone. To realise this, SCG wanted a plug&play, cost-efficient system that is always operational and doesn’t interfere with the crew’s activities. Seamless internet connection To make this happen, a seamless transition between ...

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Yang Ming Fulfills Green Promise Carbon Emission Reduced 51% in 2019

To achieve the pursuit of global sustainability and respond to customers’ growing awareness about environmental issues, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming) formulated plans to build an echo-friendly fleet a decade ago with the aim to proactively enhance ship energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. In 2019, Yang Ming fleet’s average carbon intensity (CO2 emissions per transport work) per Teu/Km significantly reduced by 51% compared with the level in 2008, from 99.4 g/teu-km to 48.1 g/teu-km, accomplishing the IMO target of reducing carbon intensity by at least ...

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The CMA CGM Group commits to fight illicit trafficking in protected species and tightens its shipment control procedures

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is reinforcing its procedures for shipping protected species, the trade in which is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As part of these tighter procedures, shippers must expressly state whether a species is covered by the CITES convention and, where appropriate, provide the requisite export permit whenever any animal or plant goods are carried. In parallel, the CMA CGM Group will draw up a black list of exporters suspected ...

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Thun: Fifth L-Class Delivered In China

Yesterday, Thun Tankers took delivery of the fifth L-class, Thun Lundy, at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (former known as AVIC Dingheng) in China. Just like her sister ships – Thun Lidkoping, Thun London, Thun Liverpool & Thun Liffey – she will enter the Gothia Tanker Alliance network. On Tuesday 7th July, Thun Tankers took delivery of the 18,650-deadweight product tanker “Thun Lundy”. This L-class vessel is the last in a series of five resource efficient, high quality tankers built by China Merchants Jinling Shipyard Dingheng CO Ltd in China. The ...

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Marlink to deliver upgraded and optimised connectivity services to Stolt Tankers

Marlink, the industry’s leading provider of end-to-end managed connectivity and IT solutions, has signed a major new service agreement with Stolt Tankers. The contract cements the ongoing and substantial enhancements that Stolt Tankers has enjoyed since joining forces with Marlink to improve business and crew communications in 2011. Under the new agreement Marlink will provide Stolt Tankers’ fleet of chemical and parcel tankers with a bandwidth upgrade, enabling even greater digitalization of its operations focusing on quality, safety, security and client satisfaction. The package includes version 5.0 of Marlink’s XChange ...

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Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network Receives Prestigious “Osprey Award” for Environmental Protection

The Alaska Maritime Prevention & Response Network (Network) has been awarded the top-level, prestigious Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Osprey Award of Excellence from the United States Coast Guard. The Network received the award for its innovative programs, commitment to its participants and Alaska, and proven results in protecting the marine environment throughout Prince William Sound and Western Alaska. The Coast Guard only selects one organization nation-wide every two years to receive the coveted Osprey Award. “On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, enrollees, and our ...

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Alex Gregg-Smith appointed Country Chief Executive, China

Bureau Veritas (BV), a world leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, is pleased to announce that Alex Gregg-Smith has joined the BV group as Marine & Offshore Country Chief Executive, China. Reporting to Claude Maillot, Senior Vice President North Asia Zone, Alex is based in Shanghai. Commenting Claude Maillot said: ‘We are delighted to have Alex back onboard with BV – and in such an important role. China is so central to our activities, both for new construction and ships in service, so we needed someone with the ...

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Yang Ming worldwide offices’ measures of COVID-19

In light of the spread and impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak worldwide, we affirm that our global offices continue with normal operations. To ensure business continuity and navigate the pandemic, we continue to step up COVID-19 continuity plans and implement proactive measures. In order to well protect the safety and health of worldwide employees, seafarers as well as customer rights and interests, we put the COVID-19 continuity plan in place immediately at the beginning of the outbreak. We take precautions including promoting awareness of personal hygiene habits and ...

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d’Amico Group and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects award the prize to Federica Fregosi

The RINA-d’Amico “Student Naval Architect Award” was awarded today by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects – a professional British association of naval architects founded in 1860 in London – in partnership with the d’Amico Group to Federica Fregosi, engineer, who recently graduated in naval architecture from the University of Genoa. The award ceremony this year was carried out remotely due to the Covid-19 emergency, with online participation by Trevor Blakeley, the Chief Executive of RINA, Mr Maurizio d’Amico, President of RINA, Mr Francesco Rotundo, d’Amico Group HR Director, Professor ...

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IMCA Continues To Call On Governments To Recognise Offshore Energy Sector Workers And Seafarers As Key Workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) supports the call to action for governments to recognise offshore energy sector workers and seafarers as Key Workers on a global basis. Offshore energy workers and seafarers have not yet been classified as Key Workers in many countries. This means that crew movement to and from ships is severely hampered by stringent border control measures adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a crisis at sea: there are 200,000 workers who have overrun their contracts and are currently stranded on ships. Another ...

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Freight association welcomes further government 
investment in employment support schemes

The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association that represents UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, says that it welcomes the package of measures unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer today to scale up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships. Director General, Robert Keen says: “Whilst our members are currently rightly focused on significant business continuity issues, we welcome the additional funding. “We are ready to help any of our members that are willing to capitalise on the funding being made available to either recruit apprentices; make traineeships ...

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IFAN Welcomed As A Supporting Organisation Of LISW21

The organisers of London International Shipping Week are delighted to welcome the International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN) onboard as a Supporting Organisation of London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21). Support for LISW21 from the domestic UK and international shipping and maritime communities as well as Government has been overwhelming and IFAN will use the week-long event as a platform to promote the importance of navigational safety in the Middle East. The Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS), a subsidiary of IFAN, has been providing navigational services since 1911 ...

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Genting Cruise Lines announces Explorer Dream as the first cruise ship to receive the CIP-M certification by global healthcare and classification body DNV GL; Setting new safety standards for the cruise industry

Genting Cruise Lines is pleased to announce that Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream is the first cruise ship in the industry to receive the Certification in Infection Prevention for the Maritime industry (CIP-M) from the world’s leading classification society, DNV GL. The CIP-M certification of Explorer Dream is timely and in conjunction with Dream Cruises’ recent announcement that Explorer Dream will recommence operations in Taiwan from 26 July 2020 onwards, offering “Taiwan Island-Hopping” itineraries. Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the global ...

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A new report outlines the shipping industry’s plans for decarbonization

The world today is going through extraordinary change. For the energy industry, there are great challenges, from the longer-term effects of climate change to the immediate shock and uncertainty of the global pandemic. But if there are risks, there are opportunities too – as long as industries work with wider society to take urgent action. The shipping sector is vital to the global economy and never more so than in recent months, when it has been keeping up the supply of essential goods. It accounts for about 80% of the ...

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ZIM Unveils New Digital Services

During September 2019 ZIM officially announced of its revolutionary ‘Powered by Our Customers’ approach, an innovative concept, inviting customers to take an active part in designing and influencing ZIM’s Service Experience – For Customers, By Customers! Since than the concept has been put into practice throughout all ongoing developments of both existing and new digital services. Today ZIM unveils two new services which were developed in response to the implications of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Draft B/L for myZIM Personal Area users, provides ZIM’s customers with a new, simpler, faster ...

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