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.

The High Bay Storage (HBS) container terminal concept could not only make terminal operations easier but also help speed up hinterland supply chains, DP World director of global operations Patrick Bol told delegates DP World director of global operations Patrick Bol told delegates at the TOC Container Supply Chain event in Rotterdam this week.

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR), flag administration of The Republic of Palau, has been recognised by the IMO as being in full compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, affording it white list status under STCW Convention 1978.

Kongsberg Digital has become the launch customer of the KVH Watch service, which provides IoT connectivity via VSAT, for its new maritime data infrastructure solution Vessel Insight.

Lloyd’s Register has awarded approval in principle (AiP) to a Hyundai Heavy Industries ‘eco tanker’ design for a VLCC capable of combining volatile organic compounds (VOC) recovered from the cargo tank and LNG in a dual-fuel system, with the addition of Norsepower’s rotor sail solution for wind-assisted propulsion.

This week’s Nor-Shipping has seen the public unveiling of a new Nordic teaming of six companies working together on a project for Zero Emission Energy Distributions at Sea (ZEEDS).

The last few years have been a “difficult period” for Norwegian shipowners, especially since the oil price collapse that began in 2014, admitted Harald Solberg, ceo of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA), at the body’s traditional networking dinner during Nor-Shipping week.

Ships employing alternative fuels in line with IMO commitments to cut emissions dominated the awards at this year’s Nor-Shipping.

Bright sun and blue skies greeted the record numbers of attendees at this week’s two-day Tugnology 2019 technical conference taking place in Liverpool, UK, reflecting the current upturn in the tug newbuilding market.

The International Chamber of Shipping has warned that avoiding overcapacity and unsustainably low freight rates is still a major challenge 10 years after the massive downturn of 2008.

Contship Italia has concluded an agreement with Itaterminaux, a fully controlled subsidiary of MSC’s terminal arm TIL (Terminal Investment Ltd), for the sale of its 50% stake in Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) at Gioia Tauro, Italy’s largest transhipment terminal.

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