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 Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has released a list of all the technology and innovation initiatives that it has undertaken over the past year, as part of its ongoing efforts to make the city a competitive and attractive maritime cluster in line with the aims of Dubai Plan 2021 for economic development of the Emirate.

One of the most dysfunctional episodes in the UK government’s planning – or lack thereof – for Brexit seemingly came to an end over the weekend when the Department for Transport announced it was cancelling its award of a £13.8m contract to UK start-up company Seaborne Freight for a new ferry service between Ramsgate and Ostend.

Port of Dunkirk officials classified 2018 as “a good year” with overall throughput up 3% year-on-year from 50.2m tonnes to 51.6m tonnes, and predicted 2019 would be “a very good year”, at a press conference held in regional capital Lille yesterday.

Leading accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says shipping will continue to attract investors in 2019 providing it fulfils its ESG (environmental, social and governance) responsibilities.

Norwegian equipment supplier H. Henriksen has developed a winterised version of its standard FoxTail mop skimmer to clean up oil spills, specially modified for use in arctic conditions.

Unmanned drones can bring great advantages when used responsibly – unlike last week’s incident near London Gatwick where they led to 36-hour shutdown of flights – DNV GL officials highlighted at a special pre-Christmas briefing on the Benefits of Digitalization hosted jointly with Hapag Lloyd and HHLA in Hamburg.

Next year will see work begin on an important widening and deepening of the 120 km stretch of the River Elbe between the estuary and the boundary of the Port of Hamburg, reports the port authority.

De Nora reports that its Balpure ballast water treatment system has received US Coast Guard (USCG) approval, becoming the 15th BWTS to be certified by the USCG.

Legendary Italian shipowner Aldo Grimaldi, aged 96, passed away at his home in Corso Italia, Genoa on 7 December.

A special celebration marking the 100th session of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) took place this week, also referencing this year’s 70th anniversary of the International Maritime Organization itself.

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