Posts Tagged ‘Lloyd’s List’

In the news

July 20, 2012

From social media to a helpline for seafarers, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

Ongoing maritime training is needed – With technology, regulations and actual onboard operations constantly changing, the need for regular training within the maritime industry has never been more pressing, argues Captain Richard Madden on gCaptain. Currently, once mariners have received their license or seaman’s papers no further training is required for at least five years. Though more information is available in manuals, guides, and textbooks than ever before, there’s a danger of overloading mariners with information which they don’t take on board. Training is essential to making sure everyone who works in the shipping industry is fully up-to-speed with all things maritime.

Communications satellite

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Rapid growth for maritime satellite communications predicted According to Euroconsult, the number of satellite communications terminals in the global maritime market will nearly double over the next decade, with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of seven per cent over the period. Satellite Markets reports that spirited discussion about maritime broadband took place at the GVF Conference in London last month, with particular emphasis being placed on the human element. This was related to crew welfare, but also the need for better communication and understanding between the system vendors and the users.

Seafarers’ helpline shows that mariners aren’t alone Established by the International Seafarers Assistance Network over ten years ago, SeafarerHelp provides a multilingual contact point, referral and helpline, available around the clock to seafarers worldwide. Lloyd’s List reports that last year the service helped more than 3,000 seafarers of 59 different nationalities, with an average of two new cases appearing every day. Though seafaring is, by its nature, an isolated and lonely occupation, this helpline demonstrates by its humanity that no seafarer is entirely alone; no matter what problems he or she faces.

Shipping industry could use social media moreAccording to a new report from US-based McQuilling Services, many shipping companies could do more to increase their use of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. According to Lloyd’s List, the report surveyed the top 50 public oil companies and top 50 public shipping companies, finding that oil companies are more active in social media. 54 per cent of the oil companies surveyed used all three social media sites, while only 13 per cent of shipping companies surveyed were active.

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In the news

July 13, 2012

From growing shipping traffic to the new president of the Nautical Institute, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

New Nautical Institute president – Sivaraman Krishnamurthi is the first president of the Nautical Institute from outside the EU, reports Lloyd’s List, but he agrees with previous incumbents on key global maritime issues. Capt. Krishnamurthi referred to several of these issues in his recent acceptance speech, including marine safety, upgrading competency, and the importance of sharing knowledge. However, the strongest emphasis was placed on crew welfare and the need to change the hostile way in which seafarers can sometimes be treated.

Sivaraman Krishnamurthi

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Russian ports see a rise in shipping traffic – Between January and June of this year, Russia’s ports handled a total of 271.3 million metric tons of cargo reports gCaptain. This is a 5.4% increase from the same period last year, according to figures from the National Association of Sea Ports. Russia’s North West was the area with the greatest increase.

Public global ocean information now easily accessible – Estonian start-up Marinexplore is offering a single access point to huge quantities of global oceanographic data. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company has pulled together public and commercial datasets to offer more than three petabytes (3 million gigabytes) of information, allowing users to easily access oceanographic and buoy data. The information comes from various sources, including the U.S. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Liquid Robotics PacX Challenge, which uses self-sustaining robotic surfboards to harvest oceanographic data.

Demand for seafarers in China – Colleges are struggling to produce enough merchant seamen to meet demand, even though more graduates with non-maritime degrees are opting for a life at sea, reports China Daily. China’s trade has been developing rapidly since entry into the World Trade Organization, and this requires an increasing number of merchant seamen. The director of merchant seamen management at the Ministry of Transport, China, warned that as society becomes more affluent, the lack of qualified seamen will become more serious. However, more than 10,000 graduates who studied non-maritime majors have joined the merchant fleet since 2006, thanks to training offered as part of a government programme to support the shipping industry.

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In the news

July 2, 2012

From satellite tracking to sniffer bees, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

New satellites will track ships & mariners globally – Orbcomm has announced a contract to provide the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) with satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, reports gCaptain. The information is used for ship tracking and maritime navigational and safety work, and the EMSA plans to use it to improve European vessel traffic monitoring. Additionally, Satellite AIS will soon allow not only governments to access historical tracks of ships and people, but will also provide real-time updates across the internet enabling friends and family to receive the latest information on the progress of individual sailors as they cross oceans.

Bridge at dusk

Using bees to screen cargo – Bees have been suggested as a possible replacement for sniffer dogs in UK cargo screening. Port Technology International reports that the cost of training and maintaining REST (Remote Explosives Scent Tracing) sniffer dogs makes the logistics of using them in smaller scale operations impractical. Bees could prove to be a cheaper and easier alternative, following Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) findings in 2004 that showed they are just as sensitive as dogs.

Continued confidence in shipping The latest Shipping Confidence Survey from shipping accountant Moore Stephens has shown that confidence levels of the industry have risen continuously over the last four quarters. Lloyd’s List reports that at the end of May 2012 the survey found confidence in the shipping industry to be at its highest levels since February 2011.

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In the news

June 22, 2012

From computer-based training to sustainable development, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

Computer-based training – Shipowners, technology companies and training providers are still uncertain about the level of computer-based training that will be permitted on board ships for learning about specific ECDIS equipment, Lloyd’s List reports. While training is imperative for those using ECDIS, many maritime training colleges do not provide type-specific training, therefore many manufacturers are creating their own CBT training. The IMO will discuss the validity of CBT when its Standards of Training and Watchkeeping sub-committee meets later this year.

Interview with Lloyd’s Register – Environmental Manager of Marine Product Development at Lloyd’s Register Katharine Palmer tells gCaptain about the environmental impacts of shipping and how her role helps to improve this. Palmer has launched a new emissions control area (ECA) calculator, helping shipping companies to ensure that they are complying with emission regulations.

World Maritime Day 2013 – The International Maritime Organization has selected “Sustainable Development:  IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20” as the theme for World Maritime Day 2013. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, is to be held in Rio de Janeiro next year and is expected to be the largest event in the history of the United Nations. gCaptain writes that the event looks to bring together governments, international institutions and major groups in order to achieve renewed political commitment on sustainable development and “define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.”


IMO salute to brave souls at sea – The 2012 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will go to members of rescue crews from Canada and Chile for their actions in saving the lives of persons in distress at sea. Marine Café Blog reports that Sergeant Janick Gilbert (posthumously), Master Corporal Max Lahaye-Lemay and Master Corporal Marco Journeyman were nominated for saving the lives of two Inuit hunters, who were stranded in an open boat in icy waters near Igloolik, Nunavut, in freezing temperatures, strong winds and 20 to 30 foot (six to nine metre) swells, during an operation that lasted five hours, in October 2011.

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In the news

June 15, 2012

From ECDIS to fuel savings, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

Advice from shipping gurus – A group of top figures from the shipping industry gathered at Lloyd’s List’s inaugural business briefing at Posidonia. The group provided advice for the next generation of maritime professionals including a call to ‘learn Chinese’ – highlighting the increasingly important role Asia will play in the maritime industry’s future.

Green measures are all about fuel savingsIHS Fairplay reports that Lars Jensen, CEO of SeaIntel, has claimed that green measures for box liners are driven by “fuel savings and regulations”. A related study by SeaIntel into the environmental efforts of 20 carriers concluded that methodologies currently being used by many companies to report carbon emissions are fundamentally flawed.

SMIT Lamnalco tug at work

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Interview with SMIT Lamnalco’s CEO Daan Koornneef, Chief Executive Officer of SMIT Lamnalco known for its salvage operations, talks with gCaptain about ships, security, the company itself, and his career. He highlights the need for training with reference to both SMIT Lamnalco and in the shipping industry generally.

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In the news

June 8, 2012

From CO2 emissions to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla – During the largest flotilla in history, the BBC used a time lapse camera to film the Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant. You can watch every one of the 1,000 boats that took part sail past in under three minutes.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee flotilla

Image courtesy of The Birmingham Post

Licensing seafarers to ensure a safe maritime environment – Capt. Anthony Lloyd, the head of the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center in America, is in charge of the certification programme for American mariners. In an interview with Safety4Sea, Lloyd discusses his career path and current job, as well as talking about the importance of having properly qualified crew on board ships, and describing the work which goes into ensuring this.

EU debates radical departure from CO2 emission strategy – With debate around CO2 emissions continuing in the EU, the possibility of Carbon Emission Control Areas (CECAs) being agreed outside of the IMO framework has surfaced, according to Lloyd’s List. Though still in the early stages, it seems that basing CECAs on existing European Union Sulphur Emission Control Areas could be a feasible continuity plan, should diplomatic obstacles continue to prove problematic.

Portraits of Maritime Women 2: Arlene Abuid Paderanga Marine Café Blog continues its series profiling women in shipping with an interview with Arlene Abuid Paderanga, President of the Asian Institute for Maritime Studies (AIMS). She talks about her role at the Philippine training school, and how she views its future.

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In the news

June 1, 2012

From container handling to landmark birthday celebrations of the Golden Gate Bridge, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

Germany’s twin ports see surge in box handling

The German ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven have seen strong growth in box handling for the first three months of this year, according to Lloyd’s List. The two ports had the strongest growth when compared to their West European peers over the first quarter, with 1.6m TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) of container throughput – an increase of 13.6%. Meanwhile, in a separate story, Lloyd’s List reports that the world’s busiest port, Shanghai, is only aiming to increase its container throughput by 4.1% by 2015, when compared to 2011 figures.

Golden Gate Bridge at 75

As San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge turns 75, gCaptain displays photos from the last few days, showing US naval vessels passing under the bridge, as well as firework celebrations on its birthday. The USS Iowa was one of the ships photographed, as it made its way to Los Angeles to become an interactive naval museum.


USS Nimitz under the Golden Gate Bridge

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Arctic climate change

The impact of climate change in the Arctic will be detrimental to land-based infrastructure, lending increased importance to maritime transport, Lloyd’s List reports. As ice levels thin in Canada and Russia, ice roads connecting remote regions will deteriorate, said Laurence Smith, from UCLA’s Department of Geography, while more open waters will be revealed in the summer. This means shipping could replace land-based transport in the future.

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In the news

May 25, 2012

From training simulators to the logistics performance index, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

The Project Horizon study – Project Horizon is a multi-partner European research study, with an aim to provide a better understanding of the way in which watchkeeping patterns can affect the sleepiness levels of ships’ watchkeepers. Factors such as noise, vibration, sailing patterns, port calls, cargo handling and other activities can all reduce the ability of seafarers to gain quality sleep during their rest periods. The full report can be downloaded here.

Carnival uses simulator to boost safety – In a bid to improve safety at sea, cruise ship operator Carnival Cruises has implemented training simulators. The FT reports that Csmart, the simulator, is being used to improve handling of the complex interactions between bridge personnel, particularly officers and juniors on board.

Ethiopia’s shipping industry – In 1992, Ethiopia lost its only stretch of coastline to the newly-formed state of Eritrea, but this hasn’t stopped the nation’s shipping industry, according to a feature from The Economist. Ethiopian Shipping Lines currently has eight ships on the sea and is awaiting a further nine from China, and last year the company made $40m profit. Trading currently operates through ports in Djibouti, but in order to grow the industry, Ethiopia needs more access to the sea. Plans to build a ‘super-port’ in Kenya could help, as a new road and railroad connecting Ethiopia to the port would be built. With a sailor training school set up in the town of Bahir Dar, it certainly seems clear that Ethiopia’s shipping will continue to grow.

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Singapore tops World Bank logistics index

Despite a slowdown in global trade logistics, Singapore came top of the World Bank’s logistics performance index, reports Lloyd’s List. Setting the benchmark at 100%, Singapore was followed by Hong Kong with 99.9%, Finland with 97.6%, Germany with 97% and the Netherlands with 96.7%. The report was determined by freight forwarders rating countries on key logistics issues, such as infrastructure quality and clearance efficiency.

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In the news

May 18, 2012

From eco ships to maritime administration, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

Maritime software drives energy efficiency – Germanischer Lloyd experts recently showed how the increased deployment of the latest maritime software systems can help shipping businesses to reduce emissions to air and sea, enhance their reputation as good corporate citizens and even save on port fees. With a growing number of environmental regulations coming into force, the use of maritime software is on the rise benefiting ship managers and operators. It’s also one area of shipping that is highly underinvested with only 0.7% of the investments that go into new vessels going into software technologies, Safety 4 Sea reports.

Connected sailors

Image courtesy of Max Mayorov

Japan thinks green – The debate in Japan for financial incentives for building eco ships increases. Lloyds List reports that credit support for building greener ships would benefit Japan, which has been overtaken as a shipbuilding nation by South Korea and China. It would encourage South Korea to compete with Japan to build better eco ships, improving shipping environmental design in general. However, China would be at disadvantage, as its yards have not yet developed the capability to build the calibre of green ships that Japan and South Korea can offer. These issues will be debated at the June meeting of the shipbuilding group of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Shipping and social media – The shipping industry can no longer ignore social media, as more mariners are jumping on the bandwagon, Fairplay reports. Social networks will be a way in which the industry can combine both business and personal communications, enabling them to have contact with friends and clients simultaneously while on board or shore. Online operations could bring positive benefits and e-commerce possibilities to the shipping industry, however, trust is still a major issue.

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In the news

April 20, 2012

From seafarer’s health to the busiest port in the world, we’ve been keeping an eye on the most interesting maritime news. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

Worldwide study of seafarers’ health – Seafarer’s health and welfare is high on the radar for Future Care, Inc. as they have just announced the beginning of a pilot study of the health of seafarers around the world, in collaboration with the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. With over 1.2 million seafarers worldwide, a greater understanding of the factors that predict injuries and illnesses should enable both increased prevention and better treatment of health issues on board.

Singapore port to take top spot – Singapore is nipping at the heels of Shanghai once again, and is on track to win its mantle back as the world’s busiest port, Lloyd’s List reports. The latest volume figures from each port in first quarter indicate that Singapore handled 7.5m teu (twenty-foot equivalent unit) in the January through March period, up 6.6% year on year.

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