IMO Council 122 session begins

IMO Council 122 session begins
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council is conducting its 122nd session this week. Stakeholders from the shipping industry gathered to discuss key issues that are on the spotlight, such as strategy and planning, reform, management, technical, environmental, safety and smart issues.

IMO’s Council is taking place from Monday 15 to Friday 19, July 2019. 

Those participating in this year’s session call IMO for transparency reform, demanding live-streamed IMO meetings and open...

Underwater noise from ships stresses mussels, study shows

Underwater noise from ships is putting mussels in a state of stress, impacting their breathing and eating habits, according to a new study. Namely, research from marine scientists at Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University indicates that mussels can perceive the noise of ships all too well, which is having a significant effect on their physiology.

The researchers gathered mussels from the shore in Musselburgh, outside Edinburgh, and tested their response to noise in the lab at...

Indian Register of Shipping takes the helm of IACS

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The IACS Council held its 79th session (C79) in Busan, South Korea, last week, where it marked the conclusion of the Korean Register’s Chairmanship. From 1st July 2019, Mr. Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping, took the helm of IACS.

I am honoured to be taking on the Chairmanship of IACS as it continues to evolve to meet the challenges posed by a rapidly changing maritime world. IACS has in place a number of related initiatives and my focus will be on bringing...

Denmark becomes world’s fifth largest merchant fleet

Denmark moved one step up the list of the world’s largest shipping countries, measured on merchant ships operated by Danish shipping companies. Denmark is now ranked fifth, in front of countries such as the US, Germany and the UK.

Danish shipping companies provided a total of DKK 188 billion last year, thus making shipping one of Denmark’s largest export industries. Reaching fifth place on the list of the world’s largest operated merchant fleets, according to CEO of Danish Shipowners, Anne H....

Japan considers action to protect waters near the Strait of Hormuz

Japan is considering whether Self-Defense Forces troops should participate in a US-proposed coalition to protect strategic waters near the Strait of Hormuz, amid reports saying that the government is analyzing such a move.

Namely, Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, highlighted the need to consider a response to the proposal. However, he noted that the current situation is not urgent enough to require the deployment of SDF troops to the...

Difficulties owners and salvors face when looking for a place or port of refuge

Nick Barber, Standard Club’s partner, provides an insight into the matter of finding a place or port of refuge that is willing and is able to accept a damaged vessel and cargo, and the challenges behind it, as it seems to be an issue affecting owners and salvors of mega box ships.

According to Mr Barber, the challenges on identifying a place or port of refuge are:

  1. The risk of the ship sinking in a fairway and causing substantial economic loss;
  2. The size of the ship and height of the container...

Oman Shipping to buy three more VLCCs

Oman Shipping Company (OSC), part of the Asyad group, is expanding the size of its tanker fleet through the purchase of three new 336m long VLCCs from South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). Once operational, OSC predicts that the three newbuildings will increase company revenues by around 10 per cent. Long term contracts with international oil majors are already in place for all ships, it adds. Able to hold 300,000 tons of cargo, all of the new ships will also be...

Watch: France launches first Barracuda-class submarine

French shipbuilder Naval Group launched on Friday, July 12, the Suffren nuclear-powered attack submarine, in presence of President Emmanuel Macron. The Suffren is the first of the six Barracuda-class series for the French navy. Its ceremony took place in the northern port of Cherbourg.

According to Naval Group, Suffren is one of the stealthiest submarines globally, while her detection capabilities reassure of acoustic superiority.

Specifically, Suffren is a 99-metre, black steel submarine.


AMSA launches reviewed shipping plan to deliver improved marine protection

AMSA launches reviewed shipping plan to deliver improved marine protection
AMSA launched its 2019 Review of the North-East Shipping Management Plan (NESMP) to improve the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and CoralSea region. The reviewed NESMP aims to assess the progress of the work items and improve management measures, while also ensure that those vessels visiting these areas are of the highest standards and they operate safely.

Specifically, AMSA addresses that the revised plan focuses on implementing measures to enhance ship and navigation...

Bahri signs newbuilding MOU

Riyadh-headquartered Bahri, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Maritime Industries (IMI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to build a series of new VLCCs. As part of the agreement, Bahri is committed to issuing IMI its first order before the end of July 2019. Following the placing of the order, IMI will engage HHI as a sub-contractor to build the vessel in South Korea. HHI, in turn, will help facilitate the transfer of knowledge enabling IMI to independently...