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Svitzer, Kongsberg Maritime and ABS join forces to develop the world’s first remotely-controlled commercial tug Global towage operator Svitzer A/S, Kongsberg Maritime and ABS recently announced their agreement to develop RECOTUG™, the world’s first fully operational and remotely controlled tugboat. All three parties will be responsible for the respective components: Svitzer A/S is to provide a newly built tug with the ...

Confinement onboard finally stopped after Mission to Seafarers charity’s intervention The tanker owner’s financial troubles resulted in non-payment of wages for at least three years. All five crew members were hence abandoned onboard the 5,000-tonne MT Iba, owned by Alco Shipping. A new buyer, Shark Power Marine Services handed two cheques amounting to $165,000 (£119,000) in unpaid wages to the ...

The IMO and the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) launch Women in Maritime Survey 2021 Both the IMO and WISTA recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote greater diversity and inclusion by using enhanced cooperation activities in the maritime sector. The survey is part of a series of activities to explore how a more diverse ...

MSC’s recent crew change in Japan prompted International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)’s call for companies to extend similar provisions to seafarers The current trade tension between Australia and China resulted in numerous vessels stranded due to the latter’s regulations on offloading at their ports. Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)’s bulker, Anastasia was one of the stranded vessels that subsequently diverted to ...

CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen expressed shock at nearly 70 per cent of IMO member states not participating in UN’s movement. At a recent launch of DNV GL’s white paper on ship safety in the context of digitalisation and decarbonisation, Nilssen expressed his disappointment on the movement’s progress. “How is it possible that it can take such a long time? It is now for ...

After testing negative for 825 seafarers onboard and 98 harbour crafts undertaken crew change, Singapore authorities, MPA enforces on precise medical test results In a statement released just before Chinese New Year, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) mentioned it carried out COVID-19 tests between 27 January 2021 and 5 February 2021. The one-time testing operation involving 825 crew ...

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)’s bulker Anastasia, set for crew change in Japan after months of wait since last September MSC said it had effectively resolved the matter in a statement. It added, “MSC which maintains the vessel and organises its crew, exhausted all possible options for crew change including efforts at a diplomatic level between Indian and Chinese authorities, was ...

Nigeria navy’s involvement stresses the country’s zero tolerance towards piracy conspirators Piracy has been a chronic problem for Nigeria, and a massive threat to the country’s maritime economy. The 2.3m km2 Gulf of Guinea is a hotbed for piracies and kidnappings. The last recorded total economic cost of piracy in West Africa has been estimated as $777.1 million annually between ...

A new model of E-tugs (electric tugboats) to enter the market in bid to be IMO 2030 and 2050 compliant A new generation of E-tugs (electric tugboats) / battery-powered tugboats will be developed by SeaTech Solutions, and launched by multinational offshore vessel operator Vallianz Holdings in Indonesia. Fundamental specifications include a length of 26m, azimuthing drives-equipped with a bollard pull ...

Poor communications cited as cause of an LPG carrier collision with a state wharf in Washington leading to damage amounting to US$8 million A pilot sped a 741.5-ft partially-loaded tanker towards a wharf at a steep angle destroyed a south mooring dolphin, and the wharf’s connecting catwalk. The ship’s forward ballast tank was penetrated and flooded. The National Transportation Safety ...