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 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.

DNV GL – Maritime ceo Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen always likes to begin his presentation with a song title encapsulating the message, and yesterday he chose Sting’s “Forget About the Future” to introduce his call for a ‘back to basics’ approach to marine safety.

Finnish company Norsepower reports that its award-winning Rotor Sail Solution has received the first-ever type approval design certificate granted to an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship.
 

In a damage limitation exercise the UK government today reached an out-of-court settlement with Eurotunnel over the latter’s challenge to the legality of the £108m worth of contracts awarded by the Department for Transport (DfT) for extra freight ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

US-based Ecochlor reports the opening of a new factory in North Haven, CT for production of the chlorine dioxide generator for its ballast water management system (BWMS) in order to meet to what it calls “a significant upsurge in orders”.

The steady ramping up of the Space-X rocket programme – including the recent Falcon 9 launch (pictured) carrying Israel’s lunar lander Beresheet – means a busy time prospect in for the Canaveral Port Authority.

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.

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