New Scheme Tackles DP Fraud and Specialization

By Wendy Laursen 2015-04-30 00:24:59 The Nautical Institute (NI) has launched a new online platform to handle accreditation for dynamic positioning operators. The move comes after changes effective this year to the training scheme and standards required by dynamic positioning operators (DPOs). However, not everyone is satisfied with the new arrangements. The Alexis Platform (…


Vale denies mega-order report

Brazilian iron ore giant, Vale, has disputed a published report that it could lease 50 very large ore carrier (VLOC) newbuilds, more than double its previously stated plans.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on 29 April that Vale was in talks to lease around 20 VLOC newbuilds from China COSCO

Tauranga still clearing oil spill

Clean-up operations to remove oil from Port of Tauranga and the New Zealand harbour’s inner waterways continue after an oil spill on 27 April.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s oil response team reported an unknown quantity of heavy fuel oil spilled into the harbour from a leaky Mobil pipeline

WWF says Oceans Worth $24 Trillion

By MarEx 2015-04-29 20:11:02 The ocean’s wealth rivals those of the world’s leading economies, but its resources are rapidly eroding, according to a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report. The analysis, Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case for Action, conservatively estimates the value of key ocean assets to be at least $24 trillion. If compared…


Maritime Cloud Project Kicks Off

By MarEx 2015-04-29 19:01:19 The EU has approved a Danish-led, maritime e-navigation project designed to increase safety and efficiency at sea. The Danish Maritime Authority is to lead the project “EfficienSea2”, and an important part of it is the development of a “Maritime Cloud” – a communication tool that will strengthen the exchange of information…