American Caribbean Maritime Foundation Honors Shipping Industry Stalwarts

American Caribbean Maritime Foundation Honors Shipping Industry Stalwarts The prestigious annual Anchor Awards, upcoming this fall in New York, will honor three top leaders in the global maritime industry—Michael Bayley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean International; Roland Malins-Smith, Founder and Retired President of Seafreight Line Ltd; and Rick Murrell, SVP Managing Director, Saltchuk Resources and Chairman Tropical Shipping.

INTERMEPA Members focus on fight against plastic pollution

Celebrating 12 years of existence, the Steering Committee of INTERMEPA, the International Marine Environment Protection Association, convened in Athens yesterday, 7 June, on the occasion of Posidonia 2018. Present Members of the Committee were Warwick Norman, Chairman of AUSMEPA, George Tsavliris, Chairman of CYMEPA, Dr. George Gratsos and Capt. Dimitris Mitsatsos, Chairman and Director General of HELMEPA respectively, Joseph Hughes and Carleen Lyden-Walker, Chairman and Executive Director of NAMEPA respectively and Sadan Kaptanoglu, Chairperson of TURMEPA. HELMEPA’s BoD Treasurer Nicolas Bafaloukos and Legal Advisor Nicolas Gerassimou together with Christiana Prekezes, Executive Coordinator and Costas Triantafillou, Assistant Executive Coordinator, were also in attendance.

New ABS Model Offers Quantitative Cyber Risk Assessment for Marine Assets

ABS today announced its successful development of a groundbreaking new methodology to measure cyber security risk associated with operational technology, providing marine and offshore clients a calculated risk index for vessels, fleets and facilities. The index quantifies cyber security risk and gives owners and operators an actionable strategy to reduce cyber risk onboard a vessel.

Royal Caribbean is banning plastic straws and other items

Royal Caribbean will be hitting the waves — and leaving plastic straws behind. The cruise line has pledged to eliminate plastic straws by the end of 2018.

Lloyd's List Americas Awards Celebrates Maritime Excellence in the Americas

The Four Seasons in Houston was the gathering point for an evening dedicated to celebrating the achievements of the maritime industry at the Lloyd's List Americas Awards.  This fifth anniversary of honoring industry best practices in the Americas was attended by over 250 maritime professionals from all aspects of the industry.

TBS receives strategic investment from Mitsubishi Corporation and Lars T Ugland

TBS Ocean Logistics Inc. (TBS), a leading dry bulk shipping company and dry bulk pool operator, is pleased to announce Mitsubishi Corporation and Lars T Ugland have made a strategic investment in the company. As part of the strategic investment, the company’s pool fleet and the company’s global cargo platform will also expand.

NAMEPA’s Annual Safety at Sea Seminar and AMVER Reception being held on National Maritime Day

The American Club’s Chairman and CEO, and Chairman of North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced the lineup for this year’s “Safety at Sea” seminar being held on May 22nd at the National Press Club in Washington DC beginning at 1330hrs for registration.  The seminar will be followed by the United States Coast Guard AMVER Awards Reception, and 60th Anniversary Recognition.

All aboard the shipping industry’s climate change agreement

Much of our attention these past few weeks has been focused on the “what” needs to be done in order to meet the MEPC guideline for ship emission reductions of ½ by 2050 over 2008 levels.  Now we need to address getting to the “how”.  We must work collaboratively to identify and implement strategies for achieving this goal.

This Video Will Make You Want to Become a Houston Harbor Pilot

What a wonderful overview of the challenges and complexity faced by the Houston Pilots.  We are proud they are NAMEPA members, and thank them—and all pilots—for the vital role they play in the safe seaborn transportation of commerce!

How Ports Can Help to Cut Shipping CO2

Delighted to see the report by the International Transport Forum outlining ways in which ships and ports can work together to reduce CO2.  We can no longer work in silos, with ships not understanding the challenges ports face, and vice-versa.  We need collaboration to decarbonize the entire transportation chain.

SUNY Maritime Will Fit Training Ship With Digital Compliance Solution

Total Marine Solutions is partnering with SUNY Maritime College to host TMS’ Ocean Guardian environmental compliance platform on Maritime College’s T/S Empire State VI for this year’s sea term.  It is critically important that tomorrow’s officers have the tools they need to embrace compliance.  Ocean Guardian facilitates compliance by overlaying the vessel’s location with the corresponding regulatory components.

The Race Against Time

Diane Gilpin, the founder of the Smart Green Shipping Alliance, makes the business case for change as delegates continue to debate shipping's future at the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC 72) in London this week.

Wärtsilä Aquarius EC Ballast Water Management System submitted for USCG Type Approval

The technology group Wärtsilä has submitted its Aquarius Electro-Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval (TA) after successfully completing all the testing procedures required. The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS utilises proven filtration and electro-chlorination technology, while maintaining a high degree of safety, operability and reliability. It ensures compliance with regulations, even with varying levels of water quality. Safety has been a fundamental consideration in the design, and hazard analyses aimed at eliminating installation and operational risks have supported its development.

Decarbonize Maritime by 2035

For the past few years, we have been talking about decarbonization by 2050.  Now the date being suggested is 2035.  I was in Copenhagen last week where the primary topic of conversation was decarbonization and strategies to achieve that. As an industry we have the opportunity to be proactive, rather than reactive.  It won’t be easy—but nothing in shipping IS easy.  We need to agree on a global strategy to move forward as an industry committed to Save Our Seas.

1,000 Port Partners Sign Sustainable Development Goals

A tremendous show of support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was demonstrated with the creation of the World Ports Sustainability Program.  It is crucial that all stakeholders engage in decarbonization efforts in order to meet global, and societal, demands for cleaner practices.

IMO Video Explains Global Technology Initiative

IMO has unveiled a global initiative to establish centers around the world, mostly in developing areas, to study implementation strategies for reducing GHGs and improving shipping’s performance on emissions.  This is an excellent step forward towards our much-needed goal of lowering our industry’s impact on the environment.  It is to be hoped that this initiative will be accompanied by action at IMO to streamline its processes and accelerate our sector’s movement towards decarbonization before societal/governmental forces take unilateral action against our industry.

NAMEPA Partners with LISCR and ProSea to Launch Environmental Training Program

The Liberian Registry, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Netherlands-based ProSea Marine Education, and Maritime Training Services (MTS) of Seattle, Washington, have jointly developed a ground-breaking marine environmental awareness training program for seafarers and shoreside staff.

The computer-based training program provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and diverse marine environment

IMO Bans Non-Compliant Fuel

IMO is taking a significant step forward in banning the use of fuel that exceeds the .5% sulphur limit as of 2020 unless an operational scrubber is in place.  This helps level the playing field in discouraging those endeavoring to benefit by not using compliant fuel.  Also necessary will be enforcement of this amendment.