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.

Adm. Mohab Mamish, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and ceo of DP World, have unveiled further details of the joint plan to develop a special economic zone around Sokhna on the Egyptian Red Sea coast.

The European Parliament and member states of the European Union have agreed a revision of the EU’s ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) from which shipping is excluded – for the time being at least.

Lloyd’s Register Foundation is making a £10m investment to help fund the first five years of a research programme into the safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) that it has established in conjunction with the University of York, UK.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued a spirited defence of the industry’s work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, to coincide with the opening of the UN’s COP 23 conference on Climate Change taking place under the presidency of Fiji in Bonn this week.

IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim has been moved to issue a statement reiterating that the International Maritime Organization is a transparent and inclusive body, which has been working for decades to reduce harmful air emissions from ships.

Dry bulk shipowners’ association Intercargo says it is deeply concerned with the tragic loss of the 57,000dwt bulk carrier Emerald Star on the morning of Oct 13 with 26 seafarers on board. To date, 16 crew members have been rescued while 10 crew members are still missing.

Peter Thomson, Fiji Ambassador and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, has stressed the urgent need to address the adverse effects of human activity on the 70% of the world’s surface made up of water, in a visit to the IMO.

Greece’s ERMA FIRST reports it has become the first full flow electrolysis Ballast Water Treatment System vendor to receive US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for its BWTS FIT equipment.

A welcome sense of optimism on the future of shipping infused the opening day of the 15th biennial Maritime Cyprus conference taking place in Limassol this week, a line-up of heavyweight speakers, record attendance of over 850 delegates and the first of the week’s procession of evening receptions all adding to the positive vibe.

Martin Dorsman, md of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNER), has been chosen as new secretary general of ECSA (European Community Shpowners’ Associations). He replaces Patrick Verhoeven who left in the summer to head up the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH).  

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