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The digitalisation of shipping is the hot topic of the moment and DNV GL believes that major shipowners could reduce operating costs (opex) by 30%, or more, through the implementation of digital systems and processes.

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) announced that it has fully acquired manning agency Azalea Maritime BV renamed it MOL Maritime (Europe) BV.

 A perfect storm of retiring baby-boomers and the ongoing global economic downturn, are causing the number of skilled seafarers in the global industry to shrink dramatically, but attendees at Seatrade Offshore Marine & Workboats Middle East (SOMWME) will hear from an expert panel of speakers how automation and advances in connectivity could solve the looming skills crisis.

In a worrying sign of the times a majority of maritime executives believe that integrity is “routinely compromised” in shipping deals, according to a live audience poll carried at the CMA Shipping 2016 conference this week.

Wallem has become the first foreign shipping company to have 100% owned manning agency operation in China with the official opening of Wallem Maritime Services (Shenzhen).

The issue of getting sufficient number of crew and skilled manpower remains a challenge for the offshore marine sector to overcome, industry players have highlighted.

It used to be rather more fashionable than it is today, but every up and coming company would, from time to time, get the management consultants in to engage in what used to be called “work study”.  It was a popular strategy when cost saving was high on the agenda, when “headcount reduction” seemed indicated, to hire these experts to do the dirty work and match the actual work being done with the existing skill sets.

Manila: With a single entity now in charge of overseeing the implentation of STCW in the Philippines Nicasio Conti of the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), says they “are ready” for this week’s STCW audit by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).