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.

A delegation from the Port of Guangzhou brought a roadshow to London this week, to remind of their role as one of China’s largest ports and to drum up support for the city’s hosting of the 31st World Ports Conference of the IAPH (International Association of Ports & Harbours) in May 2019.

France’s BIO-UV Group reports that it has successfully installed and commissioned its BIO-SEA ballast water treatment system ton CMA CGM’s new flagship, the 20,600 teu CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupéry delivered by Hanjin Heavy Industries yard in the Philippines earlier this year.

Today sees the end of the first ‘Maritime UK Week’, a new initiative held in the same mid-September slot occupied by the biennial London International Shipping Week (LISW) in alternate years.

Some 200 senior shipping figures from around the globe attended an evening reception at London’s Somerset House to wish a well-deserved and happy retirement to Peter Hinchliffe, who stood down from his position as secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) over the summer.

DNV GL awarded China’s Jiangnan Shipyard an approval in principle (AiP) for its new Flex LNG carrier design, LNG Jumbo, at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg this week.

Bureau Veritas (BV) signed an agreement at this week’s SMM to cooperate with the [bluester] online marketplace for maritime support services, providing independent vendor qualification of [bluester] users and seamless integration of the platform with BV’s own digital applications.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced at SMM this week that it has developed the first ever data-driven compliance framework for the marine and offshore industry, ‘Digital Compliance’.

Early adopters of ballast water treatment systems continue to experience operational problems, delegates heard at the gmec (global marine environmental congress) organised by SMM in co-operation with Seatrade in Hamburg this week.

The IMO is working with its Member States and the shipping industry “to identify and mitigate transitional issues” surrounding introduction of the global sulphur cap in January 2020, delegates were told at the 5th biennial gmec (global maritime environment congress) taking place at the SMM trade show in Hamburg this week.

Bergen-based weather intelligence and decision support services provider StormGeo announced at SMM that it has agreed to buy fellow Norwegian maritime charts supplier Nautisk from NHST Media Group for an undisclosed sum. 

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