• Italian cabinet approves draft ports reform

    The Italian cabinet has given preliminary approval to proposed reforms that will see the number of port authorities reduced to 13, with several ports sharing the same administration. Infrastructure and transport minister Graziano Delrio presented the draft law on 2 July and it will now go before

  • IMO backs fair treatment training

    The IMO's Technical Co-operation Committee (TCC) has approved the development of training material that aims to better implement seafarer fair treatment guidelines. The decision comes in response to a request from Seafarers' Rights International (SRI) last month for the IMO to provide technical

  • Anti-piracy ship crew face trial in India on arms charges

    The 35 crew of anti-piracy ship Seaman Guard Ohio are to face trial in India on charges of illegally carrying weapons and straying into Indian waters, after being held for 21 months. The Supreme Court in Delhi referred the case back to the magistrates' court in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, overturning a

  • Samsung HI denies exit from wind energy sector

    South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has refuted media reports that it plans to sell its wind energy businesses in Europe. Rumours that South Korea's second biggest shipbuilder would sell those businesses, which include an offshore wind turbine test centre in Fife, Scotland, grew

  • Japan, Myanmar, Thailand to co-operate on Dawei port development

    Japan, Myanmar, and Thailand have signed an agreement for a mutual development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar. The agreement was signed in Tokyo on 4 July, on the sidelines of the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit. The summit also adopted the 'New Tokyo Strategy 2015 for Mekong-Japan

  • Pacific Radiance's earnings to dip in 2Q15

    Singapore-based offshore oilfield service provider Pacific Radiance could suffer what would possibly be its worst-ever quarterly earnings for the second quarter of 2015, opined UOB Kay Hian Securities on 6 July. This is because none of the company's diving support vessels (DSVs) have been utilised

Ships Ships

  • China shipping confidence index hits two-year low

    China's shipping industry confidence index for the second quarter of 2015 was in relatively stagnant zone at 65.64, a two-year low, while the China Shipping Prosperity Index has remained stagnant for two straight quarters. Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI), in the China Shipping

Technology Technology

  • Rolls-Royce to lead autonomous ship research project

    Rolls-Royce is to lead a new EUR6.6 million (USD7.3 million) project that could pave the way for autonomous ships. The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative will produce the specification and preliminary designs for the next generation of advanced ship solutions. The project is

Safety & Security Safety & Security

  • IMO backs fair treatment training

    The IMO's Technical Co-operation Committee (TCC) has approved the development of training material that aims to better implement seafarer fair treatment guidelines. The decision comes in response to a request from Seafarers' Rights International (SRI) last month for the IMO to provide technical

Ports Ports

  • Port of Hirtshals opens Denmark’s first LNG terminal

    Denmark's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker terminal has begun operations at the Port of Hirtshals. Operated by cruise-ferry company Fjord Line and built by the Liquiline Group, the facility has a 500 m³ storage tank and will initially only bunker Fjord Line's two LNG-powered cruise ferries,

Offshore Offshore

  • Asia’s first LNG-fuelled tugboat delivered

    China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has taken delivery of Asia's first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled tugboat, Hai Yang Shi You 525. The decision to operate on LNG follows the Chinese government's 2011 plan to strengthen its maritime base with the manufacture of high-end,

Companies Companies

  • Samsung HI denies exit from wind energy sector

    South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has refuted media reports that it plans to sell its wind energy businesses in Europe. Rumours that South Korea's second biggest shipbuilder would sell those businesses, which include an offshore wind turbine test centre in Fife, Scotland, grew

Markets Markets

  • Chinese vessel exports' growth weakens to 19.1% y/y

    Chinese vessel exports' growth decreased to 19.1% year on year (y/y), with total exports at USD12.8 billion in the first five months of 2015, according to customs statistics. In May alone, the exports decreased 15.9% y/y to USD2.4 billion, the customs said. The exports are forecast to decrease
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  • Fibrelight releases improved recovery cradle

    30 Jun 2015

    The Fibrelight mass casualty recovery (MCR) cradle, which is produced and distributed by CQC, has been designed to meet changing customer and safety requirements, reports IHS Maritime. These changes have come about in operations, primarily in the North Sea, and are centred on SOLAS Regulation 111/17-1. This requires plans and procedures for the recovery of … more

  • Dredging insight: China at a turning point

    30 Jun 2015

    China’s slowing economy has led to port development projects being delayed as operating companies start to leverage more powerful IT software and more focused management expertise, writes IHS Maritime’s chief analyst, Richard Clayton. This marks a turning point for the country’s port sector, Ningbo Port Group’s chief economist Tong Mengda told the Intermodal Asia 2015 … more

  • Japan’s LPG import growth squeezed

    29 Jun 2015

    Mature economy and other energy sources limit Japan’s LPG demand growth, IHS Maritime reports. Japan is the world’s biggest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), but its demand appears to have matured. Speaking at the recent IHS Asia LPG Seminar in Singapore, Astomos Energy Corporation’s deputy general manager Kentaro Harada said that growing use of … more

  • Port of refuge: myth and reality

    27 Jun 2015

    Appointing a port of refuge for salvage operations carries a series of challenges, reports IHS Maritime’s Titus Zheng. In the world of ship salvage, assignment of a port of refuge is often a sensitive topic because of the environmental impact and political issues that it involves. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted two resolutions in … more