The VLOC Stellar Daisy, which sank in March 2017 with the loss of 22 lives, suffered catastrophic structural failure according to a report by the flag-state Marshall Islands, with classification society Korean Register defending its position in relation to analysis and reporting on earlier damage to a bulkhead.

A series of meetings in recent days between European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and leaders of the Greek shipping community appear to have got Commissioner Bulc on side when it comes to regulating the maritime industry.

As decarbonising shipping becomes mission critical for the industry classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched a Global Sustainability Center in Singapore.

Bimco maintains there is more match than clash for shipping and the environment and it’s up to the shipping industry to demonstrate what it has done, and what it is doing, to protect the environment.

“I’m crossing my fingers here,” DNV GL’s director, environment Eirik Nyhus admitted recently.

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.

Panama Canal administrator Jorge Quijano announced on Monday that the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) had joined the IMO-supported Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (GIA).

In hopes of raising wider public awareness on the crucial role of modern day shipping, IMO secretary-general Lim Ki-tack steered away from his usual regulation talks for a moment and instead highlighted the importance of maritime heritage for the ultimate goal of securing a sustainable future.

Alfa Laval has confirmed a deal to supply 30 ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) over the next four years to the entire fleet of Oslo-based Bulkship Management.

“We’ve agreed to do it, but we don’t have the recipe on the mechanics, the measures or the technologies,” declared Sveinung Oftedal, chairman of the IMO’s Subcommittee on Pollution Prevention and Response, as he addressed delegates attending the 10th Chemical & Product Tanker Conference in London earlier this week. 

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