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.

Following today’s reports that MSC has ordered 11 units of 22,000 teu from Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), latest statistics from Alphaliner on what it calls ‘megamax’ containerships of 18,000 to 22,000 teu reveal some curious coincidences between ordering patterns of individual lines and alliances.

Now that the carousel of London International Shipping Week 2017 has come to a stop, how to sum up the 160-plus events on the official programme that took place in a week where Brexit loomed ever large?

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has reworked its submission to IMO proposing what form that body’s draft initial strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships should take.

Government officials and maritime business leaders from Hong Kong and the UK have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on closer cooperation during London International Shipping Week.

Wärtsilä reports a previously unannounced contract to supply the cargo handling system and cargo tanks for a new 3000 cu m LNG bunker barge to be owned by LNG Shipping, a consortium of Belgium-based Victrol and CFT Corp of France.

The IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) enters into force today, bringing to final end years of uncertainty.

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) is launching a number of initiatives to adapt to digitalisation and the rapidly changing maritime industry, incoming chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen announced at a press conference in London today.

Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Inmarsat to incorporate the latter’s Fleet Xpress technology in its newbuildings, in order to offer the connectivity needed for ‘smart ship’ connectivity at the vessel construction stage.

The Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (SEZAD), new industrial city in southern Oman, and Boskalis Westminster (Oman) have signed an agreement for the construction of the liquid bulk berth at Duqm Port.

UK ports handled a record 10.2m teu of container traffic in 2016, 4% higher than 2015, according to official statistics released today by the Department for Transport (DfT). Total throughput declined 3% to 484m tonnes, however, mainly as a result of reduced coal imports due to the closure of coal-fuelled power stations.

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