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Mika Koli, Business Development Manager at The Switch
Mika Koli, Business Development Manager at The Switch


19 DECEMBER 2017

No magic bullet for sustainable shipping, shipowners must cherry pick best solutions, argues The Switch

The Switch, a global leader in advanced drive train technology, says that the maritime industry must adopt a realistic approach to the challenge of sustainable shipping, piecing together individual technologies to create efficient vessels that are greater than the sum of their parts. There’s no simple ‘off the shelf’ complete solution, they stress. Instead, there is a wealth of existing innovations and systems that can radically transform the industry’s environmental performance when used together.

“Stricter regulations, greater environmental awareness and the imperative to control operating costs in increasingly tight markets are key drivers for an industry that must optimize operational efficiency,” says Mika Koli, Business Development Manager at The Switch. “But at the same time, it’s unrealistic to think this can happen with one ‘big idea’ or technological breakthrough. What shipowners need to do is future proof new and existing vessels by making smart choices – by seeing what is available and then putting the pieces of the puzzle together.”


Capt. H.S. Swaminathan
Capt. H.S. Swaminathan

15 DECEMBER 2017

Family ties: Synergy strong on close relationships

Ship management leader Synergy likes to think of their employees as family, but they also take the business of family very seriously – right from the start.

“Induction of a new employee is a critical process,” says Capt. H S Swaminathan of Synergy Group. “In any organisation, this is the first step towards helping the employee understand the company culture and how he or she is linked with their new colleagues. This first meeting is essential in earning their trust.”


Paul Mullins
Paul Mullins


05 DECEMBER 2017

Xeneta Introduces Powerhouse NVO Commercial Team with Paul Mullins, Ronald Plevier, Jocelyn Hansen and Andreas Leichert

Xeneta, the largest real-time and on-demand ocean freight rates global benchmarking and market intelligence platform today announced that Paul Mullins, Ronald Plevier and Jocelyn Hansen, shipping industry experts have joined Xeneta to form its NVO commercial team effective immediately.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Xeneta Launches Reefer Container Rates as Part of its Ocean Freight Rate Benchmarking & Market Intelligence Platform

Over 30,000 reefer container rates available for analysis immediately for Beta Program customers.

Xeneta, the largest real-time and on-demand ocean freight rates global benchmarking and market intelligence platform today announced availability for reefer container rate data in its platform. With over 20% of Xeneta’s existing customers also shipping refrigerated containers, reefer container data has already started to populate the platform with over 30,000 points for the main trade lanes already available for existing customers who form part of the Beta Program.


Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen
Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Optimarin shakes up BWT sector with unique promise for shipowners

Optimarin is announcing another first for the ballast water treatment (BWT) segment. The Norwegian-headquartered BWT specialist, which has focused exclusively on the development of environmentally friendly systems since its foundation in 1994, has become the first manufacturer to offer a five-year parts and servicing guarantee. It’s a move that, according to CEO Tore Andersen, has the potential to redefine what shipowners expect from suppliers in this ultra-competitive sector.


ETHYDCO
ETHYDCO

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Jotun meets extreme demands of onshore oil, gas and chemical industries with new Thermosafe range providing better corrosion protection, hence less maintenance for the operators


Tommy Olofsen, Managing Director of OSM Crew Management
Tommy Olofsen, Managing Director of OSM Crew Management

13 NOVEMBER 2017

OSM wins crew management for Lauritzen Kosan’s entire fleet of 26 vessels

Leading global ship management company OSM Maritime Group has been awarded full crew management of Lauritzen Kosan’s entire fleet of advanced liquefied gas tankers. The agreement, covering 26 refrigerated ethylene, semi-refrigerated and pressurised gas carriers, will help Lauritzen Kosan deliver on its promise of providing optimal efficiency, safety, quality and value for its global base of energy and petrochemical customers.


Seatruck; sailing the simple route to complete BWT compliance with Optimarin
Seatruck; sailing the simple route to complete BWT compliance with Optimarin

23 OCTOBER 2017

No need for dry-docking, as Seatruck installs its own Optimarin BWT systems during normal service

Freight ferry operator Seatruck has made a little bit of history in the ballast water treatment (BWT) segment by installing five systems itself while its vessels were undertaking normal operations. The roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cargo specialist, which services three routes linking Ireland and the North of England, chose the market leading Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) for its ships, citing their ease of installation, proven reliability, cost efficiency, and complete regulatory compliance as deciding factors.


Clean Marine's revolutionary 'compact' allstream EGCS
Clean Marine's revolutionary 'compact' allstream EGCS

19 OCTOBER 2017

Clean Marine celebrates launch of ground breaking ‘compact’ scrubber with a seven-system order from Inventor Chemical Tankers

Clean Marine, a market leader in the development of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), has secured a multi-vessel contract from Inventor Chemical Tankers AS (ICT). The agreement, covering seven 19900 DWT chemical tankers, marks the launch of the firm’s revolutionary CleanSOx Compact Hybrid Allstream scrubber to the marketplace.


Vision of The Fjords - accessible for all
Vision of The Fjords – accessible for all

17 OCTOBER 2017

Impaired mobility doesn’t mean impaired experience, as Vision of the Fjords wins universal accessibility award from DOGA

Vision of the Fjords unlocks the jaw dropping beauty of West Norway’s fjords for everyone, regardless of mobility. That’s the message from the jury of this year’s Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA) Universal Design awards, which today chose the stunning hybrid electric vessel as the 2017 ‘transport’ winner for its commitment to optimal passenger accessibility, experience and environmental sustainability.


China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC)
CSIC/711 is the only R&D institute of marine diesel engines in China. It operates under the direct jurisdiction of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC).

03 OCTOBER 2017

The Switch signs a trailblazing partnership agreement with CSIC/711

On Monday, September 11, The Switch and CSIC/711 entered into a strategic partnership agreement, which is significant, as The Switch is one of the first foreign companies to sign a partnership agreement with a leading Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate. Cooperation with The Switch will help CSIC/711 provide profitable power generation and drive train solutions to its clients.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

03 OCTOBER 2017

Xeneta sees mixed fortunes for container segment’s peak season, as surging US demand is offset by European woes

Peak season is fast approaching for container carriers and Xeneta, the leading global benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight, predicts it could well be a tale of two Christmases.

Xeneta, which crowd-sources real-time global shipping data from a community of over 700 leading businesses, covering more than 160,000 port-to-port pairings, has charted an eye-catching recovery for the container segment in 2017. US ports, it says, have never been busier, while in September Xeneta data revealed Chinese to Northern Europe main port long-term freight rates for 40-foot containers had jumped by a staggering 65% year-on-year.


Alain Blondeau, Silent Hero in Nice
Alain Blondeau, Silent Hero in Nice

26 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Piece Prize spreads hope throughout Europe

Mark Fuhrmann, a 60-year-old Canadian born father of three living in Norway since 1986, is on a 5,600 km solo kayak tour from Oslo to Athens, stopping in selected cities to reward silent heroes with a modest Piece Prize, and promote positive values, actions and thoughts.

Silent heroes can be anyone of any age. They may run community organisations, be involved with charity work, be a friend to those in need, do good deeds, anything that promotes positive values and demonstrates compassion for others, regardless of the scale of the activity. In short, they are good neighbours, and good people!

Below are brief summaries some of the silent heroes recognized so far:

Ageless compassion – the Silent Hero of Nice
For Alain Blondeau, sharing acts of kindness and compassion has been a life-long pursuit. Today, at age 83, his passion is just as strong, and his work to help the less fortunate as untiring as ever.


Tor Svanes, NAVTOR CEO
Tor Svanes, NAVTOR CEO


21 SEPTEMBER 2017

NAVTOR signals ambitions in America with US office

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has set its sights on the US shipping market with a new office opening in Seattle. The Norwegian business, which has built a global network of facilities since forming in 2011, has, until now, serviced the territory from its Egersund headquarters. However, growing demand Stateside for the firm’s innovative product portfolio has prompted the team to establish NAVTOR USA Inc.

NAVTOR launched its acclaimed ENC service to market in 2012 and, since then, has built a global client base on the back of its mission of making life simpler for navigators, and safer, more efficient and profitable for shipowners and operators. This latest move comes just six months after NAVTOR opened the doors to its first UK office.


From right to left – OSM crew members Giliard Damasceno Miranda (Deck Operator), Wilton Pereira Gomes (Deck Operator) and Alex Fabiano de Figueiredo Oliveira paying attention to the instructions that Bruno Araujo (back) is going through
From right to left – OSM crew members Giliard Damasceno Miranda (Deck Operator), Wilton Pereira Gomes (Deck Operator) and Alex Fabiano de Figueiredo Oliveira paying attention to the instructions that Bruno Araujo (back) is going through

29 AUGUST 2017

OSM officially on board Statoil’s Peregrino

Efforts in Brazil are reinforced for OSM with more than 90 specialized offshore positions officially on board the Peregrino.

“OSM Brazil have successfully mobilized our crew on board the FPSO Peregrino,” says Tommy Olofsen, Managing Director of OSM Crew Management.

OSM Maritime Group (OSM) began its journey with Statoil’s Floating Production Storage Unit (FPSO) Peregrino back in early 2016. However, increased efforts and investments in Brazil have been ongoing since 2013 – with multiple office locations, and an EBN Certification that marks the company as a registered Brazilian Shipping Company, OSM have positioned themselves strategically for growth and support within the area.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

29 AUGUST 2017

Are mega-ships more dangerous than Trump for recovering container industry, asks Xenet

Oslo, Norway – August 29, 2017 – New alliances, structural change and positive economic trends have transformed the container shipping market over the past year, driving growth and pushing business performance figures from deep red into black. However, despite long-term rates that are, in some cases, up 120% year on year, the future remains uncertain due to a looming shadow on the horizon. And, according to Xeneta, its not being cast by the ‘usual suspect’.

Xeneta, the leading global benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight, says a recovery of the container segment is well underway. From a 2016 that saw the collapse of Hanjin and the top 20 market players posting combined net losses of USD 5 billion (Wall Street Journal), 2017 is shaping up to be a bumper year, as Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund explains:


China Merchants Heavy Industry
China Merchants Heavy Industry

LNT45
LNT45

25 AUGUST 2017

“One-Stop-Shop” Formed for LNG Containment and Fuel Systems

LNT Marine Pte., Ltd. (“LNT Marine”) was established in June of this year as the result of a merger between LNG New Technologies Pte., Ltd. and MGI Thermo Pte., Ltd. The LNT A-BOX®, an IMO type A containment system for LNG and other liquefied gasses, is the collaborative effort of the two companies.

LNT Marine now joins innovative LNG tank system design with a full range of marine insulation for tanks, cargo holds and pipes, enabling the company to act as a one-stop-shop for IMO type A and type C LNG containment systems and fuel tanks, as well as solutions for other cold temperature cargoes.

“During our cooperation on the LNT45 project, it became clear that in order to continue optimizing the design and further reduce the cost of our LNT A-BOX® system, core competencies needed to be integrated under one roof,” says LNT Marine CEO Stein Foss. The LNT45 project is a 45,000 m3 LNG carrier based on the LNT A-BOX® containment system being built for Saga LNG Shipping at China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu) Co. in Haimen, China. “Now we can provide our customers with a more comprehensive containment system offering, in a simpler and more attractive structure for our clients and partners.”


Emma and Mark
Emma and Mark

21 AUGUST 2017

A meeting of heroes

On his kayak journey from Oslo to Athens, rewarding small acts of kindness along the way, Mark Fuhrmann of The Piece Prize met another silent hero on her own epic mission.

On the river Saone outside of Lyon, France, Mark met Emma, a single mother cycling from Brussels to Barcelona – with her 17-month old daughter Lily in tow. As a single mom, Emma De Bock experienced how hard it can be to give your child what they need. Having worked with humanitarian aid in developing countries around the world, she realized that it must be even harder for mothers with little of no resources to draw on.


Larissa – faultless longterm BWT operation with Optimarin
Larissa – faultless longterm BWT operation with Optimarin

17 AUGUST 2017

Optimarin demonstrates total system reliability in market beset by technical issues

In the same week that a report from ABS revealed problems with almost half of installed ballast water treatment (BWT) systems, Optimarin gave a stunning demonstration of its long-term system reliability on board Neptune Subsea’s IMR vessel Larissa.


Mark Fuhrmann
Mark Fuhrmann

15 AUGUST 2017

In search of silent heroes - from Oslo to Athens

When you undertake something remarkable for a good cause, it’s easy for the undertaking to overshadow the cause.

Mark Fuhrmann knows this as he resumes his 5200 km kayaking odyssey from Oslo to Athens after a month’s hiatus, with 3300 km to go, on a mission to reward small acts of kindness along the way.

Mark’s journey itself is epic enough to have attracted plenty of press, but his real purpose is to bring attention to the unsung heroes along his route, those who give to others without asking anything in return.

Fuhrmann has recognised these ‘silent heroes’ in their local communities from the start of his voyage in Norway, through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and into France. Now his path will lead him down the canals and rivers of Provence to the Mediterranean, across Italy to the Adriatic and down the Balkan coast, where he will continue to acknowledge deserving individuals and organisations with modest cash awards to support their work.