Bob Jaques

Bob Jaques

Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review

Bob Jaques is the editor of Seatrade Maritime Review with over 20 years' experience as a maritime journalist and moderator of shipping conferences.

Before that he was based in Geneva and wrote for a number of international business and consumer titles, in the fields of aerospace, media and travel.

Satcoms provider Marlink has introduced a faster burst rate, or Maximum Information Rate (MIR), of up to 6 Mbps at no extra charge for customers using its Sealink Allowances maritime VSAT service plans for crew communications or operational applications.

Foresight Group run by London-based entrepreneur Ravi Mehrotra has bought a1999-built VLCC from John Fredriksen’s Frontline Shipping for an undisclosed sum.

The maritime industry will have to be prepared to change its model to be a candidate for a smarter digital future, according to Transas, which is making “enterprise change” the subject of its annual Transas Global Conference.

Foresight Group chairman Dr Ravi Mehrotra’s annual Winter BBQ proved more popular than ever, attracting 550 shipping folk to the marquee erected in the back garden of his home in leafy southwest London.

Nusrat Ghani has been confirmed as the UK’s new Maritime Minister, replacing John Hayes who resigned as Shipping Minister during Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle last week.

The Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime of the United Arab Emirates has issued a circular requiring all UAE flagged ships trading internationally, and all ships over 200 gt operating in UAE waters, to have a contract of insurance to cover seafarers in event of abandonment, death or serious injury.

Lloyd’s Register ceo Alastair Marsh led a cutting of the traditional Vasilopita (Greek New Year’s cake) in honour of the London Greek community at the classification society’s corporate HQ in Fenchurch Street on Wednesday.

As part of what it calls a “further simplification” of its business Rolls-Royce has announced it will carry out a strategic review of its commercial marine operation including possible sale to a new owner.

Dunkerque Port, France’s largest gateway for non-hydrocarbons traffic, achieved throughput of 50.4m tonnes in 2017, an increase of 3% over the previous year.

Lausanne-based international shipbroking company IFCHOR has opened a new office in Dubai under the name IFCHOR Middle East, aiming to conduct primarily dry business across the GCC region.

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