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The Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry Witnesses Increased Share in the Greek Shipping Market

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) ship registry has increased its share in the Greek shipping market, as it has kept growing over the past five years. In an interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), Mr. Theo K. Xenakoudis, Chief Commercial Officer, Managing Director of the Piraeus office with International Registries Inc. outlines the growth of the RMI registry in the Greek shipping market and delves into the sector’s main issues today. Can you provide us with the latest data when it comes to the total IRI’s ships ...

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Inside the shipping team-up that helped manage the shift to very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO)

We are heading into a more complex world for shipping, where operators worldwide are navigating an evolving landscape of regulations and technological advancements. As a result, collaboration is increasingly proving to be the key to innovation and developing solutions that can help shipping players meet the speed of the industry. It was a joint effort that made it much easier for shipping operators to manage the shift to very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). Marcus Schaerer, General Manager Services and Technical at Shell Marine, explains how their team worked closely ...

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Voyage Optimization Can Be Crucial in Reducing Shipping Emissions

AI and big data processing can help address one of shipping’s main problems today, i.e. emissions reduction through voyage optimization. In an exclusive interview with Dr Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, CEO and Co-Founder of DeepSea Technologies, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), discusses the technology advancements which can help reduce emission today. Voyage optimization is widely regarded as a key tool towards reducing emissions and lowering costs. What are the main benefits? The basic principle of voyage optimisation is that almost every voyage sailed today contains a degree of waste. Perhaps not a ...

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Baseblue: “No Single Fuel Will Meet the Needs of the Whole Commercial Shipping Fleet”

As the debate over the potential shipping decarbonization avenues is heating up, Hellenic Shipping News (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), interviewed Mr. Dave Gregory, Managing Director of North Europe for Baseblue. According to Mr. Gregory believes that the shipping industry will struggle to meet the 2030 mandates, set by the IMO. Baseblue was created through the merger of three leading bunkering companies Bunkernet, BMS United and SBI Bunkering BV, the company’s global network proactively fuels the shipping industry toward a better future. A recent study by Mckinsey concluded that the future of bunkering would ...

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IMO: Digitalisation and regulatory framework of data sharing in the maritime industry

As digitalisation is gaining fast ground, the idea that cross-industry data sharing helps create a safer, cleaner and more efficient shipping is indisputable. In fact, less and less territory is being left uncharted when it comes to exploring the benefits of data exchange and holistic solutions that drive digital maturity and shape the connected environment. Engaging all stakeholders together is vital, as is keeping up with the regulatory framework that governs data sharing practices in the maritime industry. In an exclusive interview to Wärtsilä, Natasha Brown, Head, Public Information Services, ...

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Satellite Services Even More Important in the Post-Pandemic Shipping Era

With crew welfare and cyber security at the forefront of shipping’s operations, in the post-pandemic world, satellite services are becoming ever so important. Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide , discusses with Mr. Damian Staples, Vice President, Wholesale with Inmarsat about the company’s offerings and latest market trends. Inmarsat has a long-lasting record of strong presence among Greek shipowners. How was this relationship forged and where is it moving today, in terms of new technologies? Yes, the relationship with the Greek maritime community goes way back, almost 40 years now and it ...

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Ecochlor: “Our Next Market Offerings Will Help Shipowners’ Bottomline”

Ecochlor, one of the leading companies in the area of Ballast Water Treatment Systems is looking to capitalize on the success and appeal of its existing product offerings, by developing and venturing into new parts of the market, especially in the field of lower ships’ emissions and fuel consumption in cost-effective ways. Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), discussed the company’s plans with Mr. Andrew Marshall CEO of Ecochlor, in a sitting, during the recent Posidonia Exhibition. Ecochlor is among the leading companies in the field of Ballast Water Treatment Systems. ...

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Sing Fuels Enters the Greek Shipipng Fuels Market

Prime Bunkerplus, led by Ms. Irene Notias has recently partnered with Sing Fuels to expand its services in the bunker market. The latter will acquire the Greek company, which will operate under the name of Sing Fuels Pte. Ltd. (Hellas). “Further investment will be made to increase the company’s current headcount, adding more traders, and broadening its service offering in Greece”, explains Ms. Irene Notias, CEO of Prime’s Bunkersplus, in an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com). Can you offer us some insight on the details of the ...

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“Green Ammonia Will Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels Eventually”, says Yara

The drive towards shipping’s decarbonization is well underway. At present there’s a growing number of potential alternative fuels and technologies to achieve the desired goals, each with each benefits and drawbacks, from costs to production availability, to developing the required infrastructure. Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), interviewed Yara’s President of Clean Ammonia, Mr. Magnus Ankarstrand. Yara is engaged along the entire value chain, from production through midstream supply and development of bunkering solutions, to make sure the supply is ready to meet the demand. Many transport and container shipping firms ...

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International Day for Women in Maritime: Getting to know Carla Chamorro, RightShip Vetting & Dry Cargo Inspections Superintendent

Carla Chamorro is currently training to become a RightShip Inspection Ship Questionnaire (RISQ) Inspector. With big changes being made on the way RightShip conduct inspections, it’s a challenging and exciting time to be on the team. We consider how diverse hiring policies – particularly those encouraging more women to develop careers within the industry – allow different viewpoints and contrasting perspectives to surface, at a time when maritime, like many other sectors, faces steep recruitment challenges. How did you start working in the maritime industry – and what do you ...

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Wartsila: “The Mere Existence Of Technology Does Not Decarbonise Maritime Alone”

Wartsila, a company in the spearhead of shipping’s decarbonization efforts, expects more to be done in the coming months and years, in terms of accelerating the inevitable need to lower emissions. However, as Mr. Sachin Kulkarni – Head of Sales, Marine Power, South Asia, Wärtsilä says, in an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide , the technology to drastically reduce emissions already exists today. “But the mere existence of technology does not decarbonise maritime alone – action from both the market and regulatory side of the maritime industry is ...

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Marshall Islands Registry a Leader in Tanker and Gas Carrier Tonnage

The RMI (Republic of the Marshall Islands) Registry (https://www.register-iri.com/) has been making strides in adding more modern tonnage in its ranks, with Greek ship owners leading the way, with almost double the number of vessels, compared to the second most popular group, that of the US-based owners. Additionally, the Registry is now the leading one in terms of wet tonnage, including gas carriers, like LNG and LPG tankers. Mr. Theofilos Xenakoudis discusses the latest figures in an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com). The Marshall Islands Registry is ...

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RINA is Progressing its Digitalization Offering With Acquisition of Logimatic Solutions

In early September, RINA announced its acquisition of the entire share capital of Logimatic Solutions, a leading software company, headquartered in Denmark. The company, with a turnover of about 6 million euros, will be fully integrated within the RINA Group and its nearly 50 employees will continue in the current structure from its offices in Denmark, Singapore and Chile. Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com) interviewed RINA’s CEO, Mr. Ugo Salerno regarding this strategic move and its importance in the overall growth of the company. Do you expect digital offerings to ...

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The Bahamas Maritime Authority is Making Strides in the Greek Shipping Market

By investing in quality of service, a critical element to win over the ever demanding Greek ship owning community and led by capable and maritime-savvy professionals like Mr. Dimitri Tsiftsis, the Bahamas Maritime Authority has managed to gain a significant foothold of the Greek market. As a result, today, BMA is a member of the top 10 of the biggest ship registries globally, boasting of an excellent track record and a growing customer base. Today, BMA has offices in Piraeus, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, New York and Nassau. All offices ...

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Xenakoudis: The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry Weathers the Pandemic With Success

2020 was more than a challenging year for the shipping industry. Theofilos Xenakoudis, Director, Worldwide Business Operations for the RMI Registry and Managing Director of the Piraeus office, says that the Registry managed to receive its best ever ranking from Port State Control authorities around the world. Of course the pandemic posed a different set of challenges, with crew changes being the most notable Mr. Xenakoudis admitted in an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com). How has the 2020 year been in terms of the Marshall Islands Registry’s ...

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