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Frank Coles Appointed CEO of Wallem Group

By MarEx 2018-09-19 05:10:40

Wallem Group has appointed Frank Coles as its new Chief Executive Officer. Coles will replace outgoing CEO, Simon Doughty, who announced his decision to step down earlier this year. The handover will take place at the end of October. “The opportunity to lead and help grow a prestigious and diversified company like Wallem was something I could not pass up,” said Coles. “With the increased industry focus on efficiency, safety and the environment, providing quality shipping services, crews and technical...

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Itai Sela

Naval Dome Calls on Insurers to Revoke Clause CL 380

By MarEx 2018-09-19 03:47:55

Naval Dome has called on marine insurers to revoke the controversial Clause CL 380 and implement policies that insure against the risk of cyber-attacks on ship systems. Speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, today during the International Union of Marine Insurance’s (IUMI) annual conference, Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela said that with the maritime industry increasingly moving towards connected, cloud-based technologies and autonomous operation, a 15-year-old Clause that excludes damage to computer systems, code or software is archaic. The Clause...

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Ferry Burns and Sinks off Sulawesi

By MarEx 2018-09-18 21:38:22

On Friday afternoon, the wooden ferry Fungka Permata V burned and sank off Banggai Laut, a group of islands off Sulawesi, Indonesia. She was carrying about 150 passengers and crewmembers at the time of the sinking. Response officials received notification of the accident at about 1600 hours, and a rescue vessel arrived on site at 1700 with military servicemembers and police officials on board. They rescued 114 passengers and 12 members of the crew, including 28 individuals who sustained injuries. According...

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Credit: Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Facebook page

Japan Conducts Submarine Drill in South China Sea

By MarEx 2018-09-18 21:32:21

Japan has conducted its first peace-time submarine drill in the South China Sea.  The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force submarine Kuroshio, commanded by Captain Yasuteru Ueta, along with the helicopter carrier Kaga and two destroyers, Inazuma and Suzutsuki, conducted the drill last Thursday and then made a port call at Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay earlier this week. It was the first call by a Japanese submarine at the strategically important port since World War II. In response to the drill, China...

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U.S. Industry Groups Organize to Oppose Tariffs

By MarEx 2018-09-18 19:20:40

The American Petroleum Institute, the American Association of Port Authorities, the National Retail Federation and a wide array of business associations are banding together to voice their opposition to the Trump administration's escalation of tariffs on Chinese goods.  On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the imposition of 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in imports from China, including consumer goods like electronics, food, toys and furniture. The tariff rate on this list is set to expand to...

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ABS Global Gas Team Holds Seminar Series Exploring Gas as Marine Fuel

By MarEx 2018-09-18 18:58:26

ABS is hosting a series of high-level seminars for shipowners and operators evaluating the long-term potential, technical and operational challenges and opportunities for gas as a marine fuel. “The marine industry is evaluating how to address rapidly changing energy markets against a backdrop of increasing environmental regulation. The regulatory shift combined with uncertainty in conventional liquid fuel pricing has made alternate fuels such as LNG a viable option for many in the industry,” said ABS Vice President of Global Gas...

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DNV GL Awards AiP to Jiangnan Shipyard for Very Large Ethane Carrier

By MarEx 2018-09-18 18:52:33

Leading classification society DNV GL has awarded Chinese shipyard Jiangnan with an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the design of a 93,000-cubic meter (cbm) very large ethane carrier. Johan Petter Tutturen, Business Director Gas Carriers, DNV GL – Maritime, presented the AiP certificate to Hu Keyi, Chief Engineer of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd, at the Gastech trade fair in Barcelona. The flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly design was developed by Jiangnan Shipyard in cooperation with GTT, DNV GL and major...

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Danfoss Shows Cross-Segment Strength at SMM 2018

By MarEx 2018-09-18 18:45:22

The Danfoss booth at SMM 2018 in Hamburg – the world's largest maritime fair – comprised a strong, One Danfoss focus with marine industry product solutions Danfoss Power Solutions, Drives, IXA, IA and Semco. The bi-annual event was held September 8-11 in Hamburg, attracting more than 50,000 industry visitors and nearly 2,300 exhibitors. To capture the feeling and power of One Danfoss and make Danfoss Marine relevant to the industry, the booth was categorized in industry-relevant themes with related solutions, serving...

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Langley Douglas’ main deck during a previous voyage, with about 18,000–20,000 pounds of squid in the hog pen. (Photo by crewmember)

Twenty-Five Foot Basking Shark Led to Fishing Vessel Capsize

By MarEx 2018-09-18 18:45:17

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has released an investigation report into the sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Langley Douglas in September 2017, noting the presence of a 25-foot basking shark in the catch and the captain's subsequent decision making. The 79-foot-long, 143-gross ton vessel developed a port list, capsized and subsequently sank 60 miles east of Cape Charles, Virginia. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued the five people on board. No injuries or pollution were reported. The Langley Douglas...

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U.S. Accuses Russia of Violating Sanctions on N. Korea

By MarEx 2018-09-18 18:38:31

On Monday, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Russia of deliberately flouting U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea's nuclear program, then working to hide its actions.  "Russia is actively working to undermine the enforcement of the Security Council’s sanctions on North Korea. Its violations are not one-offs. They are systematic," she alleged in an address to the Council. "Russia has not simply looked the other way as its nationals and entities engage in activities explicitly prohibited...

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