News Bulletin – 31 March 2018

1. HC clears sale of six ships of Varun Shipping

30 March 2018 : Court move comes as creditors weren’t paying cost for ships’ management. In a probably first-of-its-kind order, the Bombay High Court has cleared sale of six ships originally owned by Varun Resources Ltd – once the biggest liquefied petroleum gas ship owners – as its creditors were not paying the cost for the ships’ management.

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2. ABS-Led Seminar Advances Latest Innovations in Dual Fuel Technology

30 March 2018 : ABS partnered with industry stakeholders Wartsila, Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), GTT, Shell & Gard to host a joint conference exploring the technical and operational challenges of LNG as a marine fuel. “LNG as a fuel is already transforming the shipping industry and will continue to expand further as shipowners and operators look to comply with the latest environmental requirements,” said ABS Global Ship Systems Center Director, Elias Kariambas. “The attendees heard directly from our event partners on the development of new LNG-fueled projects and related technologies. Forums like this help drive industry dialogue and provide a vital platform to share experiences and discuss evolving technology”.

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3. Internet at sea ‘strongly influences’ 92% of seafarers’ job choice

29 March 2018 : An overwhelming 92% of seafarers now say that internet access “strongly influences” their decision on where to work, according to the latest Crew Connectivity 2018 Survey Report published by Futurenautics Maritime this week. This compares to a 75% figure reported in the last edition of the same survey in 2015.

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4. IMO is the right organisation to regulate maritime industry: BIMCO

27 March 2018 : The maritime industry needs global regulations for a global industry, which makes the International Maritime Organisation, or IMO, the right organisation for this task, BIMCO’s chief shipping analyst Peter Sand told S&P Global Platts Monday.


5. NMP: More women becoming seafarers

27 March 2018 : More women are joining the Philippine maritime industry as seafarers, resulting in improved productivity and reflecting the government’s commitment to the United Nations (UN) to promote gender equality in the sector, state-run National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) said recently. According to Grace Marie Ayaso, head of NMP’s research and development division, the presence of female seafarers in ships has increased their male counterparts’ productivity.

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6. Royal Caribbean takes delivery of world’s largest cruise ship

26 March 2018 : Royal Caribben finally got its hands on Symphony of the Seas, and the ship has inherited the title of world’s largest cruise ship. The ceremony that took place at the STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire, France on Friday is the culmination of 36 months of construction on the fourth Oasis-class vessel in the fleet, which will make its way to Miami this fall.

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