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.

Damen has brought the first of its next generation RSD (Reversed Stern Drive) ship-handling tugs - described as “safe, green and connected” - to the ITS 2018 event in Marseille this week.

Amid innovative new technology, a wistful and commemorative air hung over the opening of the 25th biennial ITS (International Tug, Salvage & OSV) Convention and Exhibition held in Marseille this week.

Making her debut appearance at Posidonia earlier this month was Natasa Pilides, Cyprus’ Deputy Minister of Shipping, who was appointed to the newly created post in March.

Making its debut at Posidonia last week was the new International Maritime Industries (IMI) $5.2bn mega-yard at Ras Al Khair on the Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia, 70% jointly owned by Saudi Aramco (50.1%) and its most important tonnage provider Bahri (19.9%), the remainder belonging to UAE-based rig builder Lamprell (20%) and shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) (10%) of Korea.

The Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) attended Posidonia 2018 as part of a Dubai team that will be taking part in a number of important local and international events during the current ‘year of Zayed’ - marking the centenary of the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE, who passed away in 2004.

In a sign of how fast technology is changing, Wilhelmsen signed an MoU with Airbus at Posidonia to develop an Unmanned Air System (UAS) for the delivery of ship supplies. 

Visitors to Posidonia 2018 will be able to see live port calls on a huge set of interactive screens thanks to a tie-up between global ship tracking intelligence company MarineTraffic and the event organisers.

Global coatings manufacturer Hempel reports that it has applied its award-winning fouling defence coating, Hempaguard, to more than 1,000 ships of all different types, the milestone full-vessel coating having been achieved in April.

Italian classification body RINA says that its classed fleet of vessels increased by 7% last year, outperforming the market average of 2.5%, and has now reached 40m gt.

Commodore Bob Sanguinetti has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, taking up the post on 16 July 2018.

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