SMART4SEA Conference & Awards

31 Jan 2017
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31 Jan 2017
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  • coast

    EU Agencies cooperate for enhanced maritime security

    Frontex, EMSA and EFCA signed a Tripartite Working Arrangement in an effort to strengthen their cooperation on coast guard functions. The agreement sets out the framework for the synergy between the European agencies which will enable them to support in “an effective and cost-efficient way” the activities of more than 300 civilian and military authorities in the EU member states. ...

  • soya

    How to transport soya beans carriage safely

    UK P&I Club issued a report in order to advise on safe transportation of soya beans. According to the report, Brazil is expected to produce a record soya bean crop yield this year, which is reflected in the number of vessels currently queuing at Brazilian ports. ...

  • shipping

    Shipping confidence holds steady despite industry, political pressures

    Shipping confidence held steady in the three months to end-February 2017, Moore Stephens' latest Shipping Confidence Survey shows. Specifically, the average confidence level expressed by respondents was 5.6 out of 10.0, unchanged from the previous survey in November 2016 and equal to the highest rating since August 2015. ...

  • imo

    IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems & Equipment: What’s on the agenda

    The first set of international requirements for onboard lifting appliances and winches are expected to be finalized during the 4th session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment which is meeting from 20 through 24 March 2017. ...

  • blue

    Blue Denmark focuses on autonomous ships

    In the future, autonomous ships may have a central role to play in Blue Denmark. In cooperation with the DTU, the Danish Maritime Authority has developed a pre-analysis that is intended as an inspiration for possible projects that may support the development of autonomous ships. ...

Recent Posts


Xeneta shares tips for lowering yearly ocean freight costs

In our current economy there has been less demand than supply. This slight slump has directly affected various industries and the maritime industry as well. Even though current spot market rates are at an all-time low, Xeneta shared some freight shipping tips in order to get the maximum value for every Dollar spent.

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Biometric ID cards now compulsory for ports

In spite of the success recorded in the Implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security code in Nigeria, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stated that the Agency will not rest on its oars until the full implementation of the code is attained.

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New ECDIS Data Presentation and Performance Check in ships

The International Hydrographic Organization issued a bulletin concerning its new ECDIS Data Presentation and Performance Check for ships. IHO says that the checks should be run at least once after installing an ECDIS. A re-run is recommended only after a software update, system upgrade or change of equipment. The results should be reported to the IHO if anomalies are found.

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Survey: How can small carriers compete shipping alliances

Xeneta issued a survey on the competence between big shipping alliances and smaller lines, stating that, in the current economic conditions, there aren't many shipping lines that can operate entirely on their own, as they cannot provide the required coverage all by themselves, so they enter shipping alliances. However, there must be ways that smaller lines can also offer value.

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Rolls-Royce, MacGregor join forces on autonomous container ships

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, announced that signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rolls-Royce, in order to collaborate on research and development to explore the impact of developments in autonomy for cargo ship navigation and cargo systems onboard container ships. This aims to lay the groundwork for the development of autonomous container ships.

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Control system for perishables transport launched

Maersk Container Industry announced that launches an extension of its controlled atmosphere system. Controlling the ripening process, the Star Cool CA+™ system aims to help sensitive low-respiring perishables, such as blueberry and lychee, to reach their destination in optimal condition without over-ripening or decaying during transit.

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INTERCARGO: Industry’s trends on loss prevention

Dr. Kostas G. Gkonis, Secretary General of INTERCARGO, provides his insight into the trends that casualty data have revealed for the shipping industry over the last ten years. Dr. Gkonis says that cargo shift and liquefaction continue to be a great concern for the life on board and the safe carriage of dry bulk cargoes over this period.

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New Ro-Ro terminal enhances traffic in India

India's Ministry of Shipping announced that the country's Inland Waterways Authority carried out successful berthing operation of a vessel at its newly constructed permanent Roll-on Roll-off (Ro-Ro) terminal, on Brahmaputra river in Assam's Dhubri district, on March 4, 2017.

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Widening of Mumbai Harbour and JN Port Channels

With increase in container cargo volume and increase in capacity of container carrying vessels fleet worldwide, JN Port has decided to handle new generation container vessels with wider beam and deeper drafts. Therefore, the Indian Ministry of Shipping has announced that fresh estimates of the second phase of project Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel have been approved.

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Sand loading at Vietnamese Ports: What to be aware of

Illegal dredging of sand within Vietnamese territorial waters reportedly contributes to river bank erosion and inhibits local residents ability to produce quality aqua-cultural products. Thus, the London P&I Club has issued advisory to warn shipowners that, when contracted to load sand from Vietnam, they must ensure that they have the appropriate export license issued by the Vietnamese Authorities.

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