It was a picture of a brand new pilot boat in Work Boat World that got me thinking; a beautiful and powerful craft, clearly built for heavy weather and the efficient delivery of the pilot. It probably cost about as much as a 10,000-tonne ship did sixty years ago. The weather, as we came slowly up to the pilot station off ..
Global economic growth continues to slow with recession warnings sounding in many corners of the world, none of which points to high global trade volume growth for the time being, according to BIMCO. The Global Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Manager’s Index) reported by IHS Markit, has been under the threshold level of 50 ..
Monday opened with the most significant spike in the oil price since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, with Brent crude shooting up 20 per cent to over US$70 per barrel. The drone strike on Aramco’s Abqaiq crude treatment facility and a simultaneous attack on the onshore Kurais oilfield potentially knocks out five ..
There are many factors within the whole process of pilot embarkation. There remains an excellent focus on ships’ rigging of pilot ladders – to minimise their movement and to improve their integrity. However, the fact that pilots are still falling (even when ladders are legally compliant) suggests that we need to ..
Major shipping industry trade associations BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and Intertanko met in London yesterday to consider the transformational issues affecting the sector. Top of the agenda were the preparations for the implementation of the 2020 Global Sulphur Limit. With less than four months to go until the introduction of ..
For thousands of years ships have sailed the oceans, through most of recorded history. Most of those centuries saw little change regarding sea transport, wooden vessels propelled by oars or sail. At times tectonic change did come to the very tradition bound business. The movement from sail to steam was one, as we approach ..
Russia’s Pella Shipyard held a launching ceremony for Kastor, the second trawler-processor under Project 03095, on Monday, September 16. The vessel is the second of ..
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected a warship design developed by a consortium of defence firms Babcock and Thales as the design for the country’s future ..