Marcus Hand

Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review.
Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and roundtables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.


Inmarsat's monopoly on satelllite provision of the mandatory Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS) looks set to end with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) approving Iridium to also provide the service subject to it passing stringent tests.

As the Maersk Honam finally berths nearly two months after a serious fire on board the vessel Meditterranean Shipping Co (MSC) is charging its customers extra if they want their cargo to reach the final destination.

Commodities trading house Gunvor Group has partnered with the Dragnis family and Maas Capital in a new joint venture that has ordered six scrubber-ready tankers in Korea.

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has warned vessels over excessive smoke emissions in the port’s waters.

New Norwegian offshore marine giant SolstadFarstad is showing a preference for fleet-wide deals signing up Global Maritime and UniSea for five years to provide dynamic positioning (DP) assurance software solutions for its vessels.

As container lines struggle with rising fuel prices Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has announced a temporary emergency bunker surcharge.

Associated British Ports (ABP) facilities in Hull and Goole are trialling a scheme to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean with a trial scheme to trial recycling plastic waste in the waters to shampoo bottles.

Russia has suspended the handling of dangerous goods and bunkering at the Port of St Petersburg over a two month period around the FIFA World Cup.

Shell UK has confirmed a $38.3m contract with Awilco Drilling for an 18 well decommissioning programme.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is setting up a taskforce on autonomous ships as it starts to look at regulation and safety of this new development in the industry.

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