Author: Sam Giltrow

Pleiades Shipping adopts cloud procurement via SeaProc

Greek ship owner Pleiades Shipping is now connected to the Seaproc e-procurement hub.  Pleiades Shipping’s fleet management system, ABS Nautical Systems, has been linked with Seaproc’s trading platform to dramatically increase transaction efficiencies and improve data collaboration with suppliers. Pleiades Shipping operates a fleet of 14 Panamax, Aframax and chemical/product tankers. The company’s fleet operates along worldwide trading routes, primarily… Read more →

WesCom Signal and Rescue shortlisted for 2018 Safety at Sea Awards

Supplier of marine distress signals WesCom Signal and Rescue has been shortlisted for the prestigious Best Crew Safety Development Programme Award, in this year’s Safety at Sea Awards 2018. IHS Safety at Sea has a proud history of promoting safe and secure work practices within the commercial shipping industry. The awards recognise businesses which improve seafarer competence and risk management,… Read more →

Bolidt gets a warm reception from polar cruise operators

The well-established position of Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems decking and flooring in mainstream cruise ship and superyacht markets has been quickly converted into a series of business wins in the fast-emerging polar expedition cruise ship sector. The most recent contract for the Dutch manufacturer’s hardwearing, environmentally friendly and visually attractive products covers the Hurtigruten newbuildings, Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof… Read more →

Ship managers form global joint procurement business

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Columbia Shipmanagement have combined their global buying power to create an independent procurement company to deliver greater value in ship supply costs for ship owners. The move guarantees principals lower costs in the procurement of a wide range of consumables while guaranteeing product quality and service. GP General Procurement Company Limited (GenPro) will negotiate framework supply… Read more →

GAC Nigeria appoints new MD

Rudi van Niekerk has been appointed GAC Nigeria’s new Managing Director, charged with the continuing development of its core shipping and liner agency business and building on four decades’ operational presence in the country. Prior to his appointment, Mr van Niekerk served as Regional Business Controller for GAC’s Africa Regional Office. He supported several offices across the Africa region and… Read more →

Ecoshield proven to prevent cavitation erosion

Damage to rudders, running gear and the stern areas of ships due to cavitation is a perennial problem for ship owners, operators and managers, resulting in damaged protective coatings, erosion of surfaces, and ultimately, corrosion. Belgian company Subsea Industries, however, claims it has the answer with its Ecoshield coating. Following successful flow channel tests undertaken at Grenoble by the French… Read more →

Thordon unveils new bearing information portal

Thordon Bearings has unveiled a new web-based platform to provide all the information industry professionals need to know about the commercial, technical and environmental advantages of using grease-free and water-lubricated polymer bearings across a wide variety of applications. Covering all of Thordon’s target market sectors, the new website has been designed to provide ship owners, shipyards and propulsion system integrators,… Read more →

ChartCo strengthens its expertise by creating new technical executive role

ChartCo, the global supplier of maritime digital data and compliance services, has announced the appointment of Peter McNaney as the company’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO). This new executive role has been created following a highly successful period for ChartCo, which has seen rapid growth following the introduction of a range of new products and services as well as new acquisitions.… Read more →

Ballast Water Equipment Manufacturers’ Association holds first Annual Meeting and elects inaugural Board of Directors

The manufacturers and stakeholders in the ballast water treatment equipment market have taken a major step forward by codifying a unified manufacturers’ association.  The Ballast Water Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) met last Thursday (19th April) for their first Annual Meeting and elected the inaugural Board of Directors.   The paramount need for this association arose from the growing demand for well-founded… Read more →

InterDam accelerates growth with new office opening in Houston

A new office expansion will enable InterDam to accelerate growth in the US Onshore and Offshore Industry and Renewable Sectors. InterDam, supplier of Fire and Blast resistant architectural products for refineries, Oil & Gas Platforms and Offshore Wind Platforms, recently opened a new office in Houston, Texas to strengthen its position in the North American market and leverage the area’s… Read more →

Coltraco Ultrasonics wins Fire Innovation of the Year Award

Coltraco Ultransonics, a London-based company which manufactures portable ultrasonic liquid level indicators to check how much gas is in fire-extinguishing cylinders onboard vessels, has been named winner of the Fire Innovation of the Year award at the SHE (Safety & Health Excellence) Awards for its Portasteele Calculator. The company said it was delighted and humbled to be chosen by the… Read more →

Survitec lands liferaft contract with Dutch sailing charter company

Safety solutions provider Survitec has reached agreement to provide Tallship Company, a Dutch sailing charter outfit, with 23 Extended Service Rafts (ESR) over a five-year period, with an option to extend for a further five years. The new equipment will replace existing DSB Inflatable Rescue Boats on the charter vessels and the contract is worth in excess of €160,000 over… Read more →

Saudi approval for aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water testing kit

The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has confirmed that aqua-tools’ B-QUA ballast water analysis kit will be included in the list of recommended equipment for use by ballast water testing providers affiliated to Saudi Aramco contracted shipping agents. B-QUA is an indicative test capable of analysing all three ballast water factions – bacteria, 10-50µm, and >50µm – onboard… Read more →

ERMA FIRST accelerates growth with opening of new office in Korea

The new branch office of ERMA FIRST in Korea was ceremoniously opened in Busan, on Saturday (17th March) by members of the management board and Magna Mare, the company’s Korean agents, in the presence of customers, politicians and coworkers. ERMA FIRST designs and manufactures innovative Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) in compliance with the latest legislation. After having delivered satisfactory… Read more →

VIKING sees slight improvement in cargo and offshore

For the second consecutive year, revenue and earnings remained stagnant for 2017 at VIKING Life-Saving Equipment. Two of the largest customer segments, the cargo ship market and offshore industry, remain in turmoil and continue to impact the top and bottom lines, however the company said signs of a slight improvement in the economy were encouraging, as well as VIKING’s gain… Read more →

Going green can save the green

Thordon Bearings will present a paper at a major conference in Copenhagen next week, where the polymer bearings specialist will emphasise how the adoption of green technologies can slash ship operation costs. As part of a session on cost-saving technologies, Craig Carter (pictured), Thordon Bearings’ Director of Marketing and Customer Service, will compare the advantages and disadvantages of both oil… Read more →

Rivertrace showcases products at Asia Pacific Maritime

UK-based water quality monitoring specialists Rivertrace will showcase its Smart PFM 107 Oil-in-Water Monitor and Smart Turbidity Monitor at Asia Pacific Maritime in Singapore next week (14th to 18th March). The Smart PFM 107 Oil-in-Water Monitor measures particulates in the sample stream on a continuous basis by passing the process fluid through a proprietary photo optical measuring cell, developed by… Read more →

ShipServ and IB sign partnership agreement to offer full integration

ShipServ, the global maritime e-procurement platform, and IB, a provider of technical fleet management software, formally announced their partnership agreement, which will see ShipServ’s e-procurement solution fully integrated with IB’s InfoSHIP maritime software suite. The announcement was made at Seatrade Cruise Global, currently taking place in Fort Lauderdale. The agreement will see both parties working together to enable all InfoSHIP… Read more →

New Challenger software speeds the electronic delivery of digital charts and weekly updates

One of the most famous names in the navigational chart business, Thomas Gunn (pictured), has underlined his commitment to the digital age in navigation by designing a new ‘Challenger’ software that will speed up the delivery of digital charts and weekly navigational updates. Developed by Poseidon Navigation Services, an International Admiralty Chart Agent and Digital Distributor he has created, Challenger… Read more →