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V.Group acquires Core-IRM

V.Group acquires Core-IRM

Singapore: V.Group has concluded the acquisition of Core-IRM, a Singapore-based offshore IRM (inspection, repairs and maintenance) services provider. Announcing the acquisition, Clive Richardson, V.Group ceo and president commented, “We are delighted to welcome Allan Nicolson and the Core-IRM team to V.Group...

New port agency launches in Singapore

New port agency launches in SingaporeSingapore: A new shipping agency, Wave Shipping, has launched in Singapore. Lars Rosenkrands, founder and ceo of Wave Shipping, said: "We are making a bold promise; to bring change to an industry that is traditionally averse to ch...

Foul smelling containers to be returned to Manila

Foul smelling containers to be returned to ManilaManila: In the merry go-round that is the Manila port congestion saga, a number of boxes dispatched from the Philippine capital last week are to be returned. Some 16 containers that were moved to Subic Bay last week will be returned ...

New cases for Bunker Detective as Singapore office opens

New cases for Bunker Detective as Singapore office opensSingapore: Canadian marine surveying organisation Bunker Detective has formed a subsidiary in Singapore. "Establishing this office in the world's busiest bunkering port has been a really important milestone for our team as this wi...

Inpex cuts stake in Malaysian offshore block

Inpex cuts stake in Malaysian offshore blockKuala Lumpur: Japan's Inpex has agreed to sell a 25% stake in the deep water Block S in offshore Malaysia to Australian oil and gas producer Santos, reducing Inpex’s stake in the block to 50%. Petronas owns the remaining 25%. In...

Shippers given one week to shift their customs-cleared boxes from Manila

Shippers given one week to shift their customs-cleared boxes from ManilaManila: Shippers have one week to shift their overstaying boxes at terminals in Manila, according to the latest edict from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA). PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana said boxes after September 8 would ...

Calls to improve the lives of Vietnamese seafarers

Calls to improve the lives of Vietnamese seafarersHanoi: Hanoi must do more to make a career at sea an attractive job proposition, local shipowners have urged, amid plenty of horror stories of stranded, starving crew from bankrupt Vietnamese shipping lines. While many countries h...

SapuraKencana finds more gas off Sarawak

SapuraKencana finds more gas off Sarawak Kuala Lumpur: SapuraKencana Petroleum has announced that subsidiary, SapuraKencana Energy Sarawak, has made a gas discovery from Bakong-1, the fifth and final well in its 2014 drilling campaign within the SK408 PSC area, offshore Mal...

Boxes piling up at Haiphong

Boxes piling up at HaiphongHanoi: Boxes are piling up at Vietnam’s top northern port, Haiphong, following the Ministry of Transport’s efforts to regulate truck-loading procedures, as of April 1. Statistics released by the Haiphong Customs Department sho...

Blast kills three, injures 18 at Batam yard

Blast kills three, injures 18 at Batam yardJakarta: Investigations continue into the shipyard accident on Friday evening that claimed the lives of three workers. Three men died at PT Bandar Abadi shipyard on Batam when when a ship that was being repaired, exploded on Friday e...

Thai tanker attacked off Malaysia

Thai tanker attacked off MalaysiaKuala Lumpur: Armed pirates boarded a Thai tanker off Malaysia's east coast and pumped out its cargo of oil. The incident took place Thursday near the Malaysian resort island Tioman in the South China Sea as the tanker was travellin...

Bunkering poll makes clear the huge challenges facing shipping

Singapore: The future of bunkering will remain very challenging for shipowners, early results from a poll carried out by this site show. With SeaShip News debuting a bunkering magazine in time for this October’s big bunkering meet-up, Sibcon in Sin...

Container storage fees hiked in Manila in bid to shift empties

Manila: A further 1,154 empty containers were shipped out of Manila to Subic yesterday onboard the MV Asterix as efforts to decongest the Port of Manila ahead of the peak season continued. The ship will return to Manila over the weekend to take mo...

New Singapore firm orders $200m coastal support vessel

Shanghai: China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) has signed a newbuilding contract for a coastal supply vessel, Red Class 6027, with DP3 specification, measuring 142.9 m in length with Ultra Deep Solutions of Singapore. The contract va...

Petronas heads to Argentina on shale hunt

Kuala Lumpur: YPF and Petronas, state-controlled companies from Argentina and Malaysia, signed a $550m accord to develop shale oil at the world’s fourth-largest deposit in Vaca Muerta, with a view to Petronas then pursuing some offshore exploration...

Send toxic containers back to Canada, Manila NGO urges

Manila: An environmental group has chipped in with its own idea to help cut congestion at the Port of Manila. EcoWaste Coalition has called for 50 containers full of toxic waste to be shipped back to Ontario, Canada where they came from. “Returnin...

New Vietnamese oilfield

Hanoi: Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan has struck oil at its fourth oil-well at plot 05-1b and 05-1c offshore southern Vietnam. The company said the oilfield was first identified through testing carried out in May and August.

SBI Offshore in negotiations to build five jack-up rigs

Singapore: SBI Offshore announced that it has commenced discussions with an unspecified Middle East-Chinese consortium to build up to five jack-up drilling rigs. SBI Offshore has already secured a $24m contract from the consortium to design a rig ...

Shell’s successful Malaysian exploration

Kuala Lumpur: Shell has announced further exploration success in Malaysia with another gas discovery at the Shell-operated deepwater Marjoram-1 well. “Our strategy to expand our heartland areas through technologically advanced exploration is del...

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Try being accommodating

Seafarers deserve a decent living environment, and shipowners will reap the benefit with a happy crew, argues regular columnist Bei Hong

Try being accommodating

Different parts of the world have differing approaches to taking vacations, but the general rule seems to be that the summer months are a bit slower from a business point of view as many people head off on a well deserved break from the daily grind. This is particularly true in the West. In the US, the onset of the ‘driving season’ brings about optimism in tanker markets (usually unfounded) that gasoline demand will prompt a spike in rates. In Europe, a vast migration south takes place with roads such as the wonderfully named ‘Autoroute du Soleil’ in France choked with holiday traffic. Many travellers choose to break their journey at one of the budget hotels sited alongside major roads.  These establishments offer small, utilitarian accommodation with no more than the absolute basics - somewhere to sleep but certainly not somewhere you would want to spend any more time than is absolutely necessary.

The last time I stayed in such an establishment, I couldn’t help thinking that this cost effective lodging solution was not dissimilar to the cabins our seafarers live in. The difference, of course, is that whilst I was there merely to grab a few hours sleep before hitting the road again, for the seafarer it was home for anything up to nine months. Of all the advances made in shipping in recent years, be they improving efficiency, safety or environmental protection, one area where we seem to have gone backwards is the environment we expect our crews to live in.

I recently went onboard a 16-year-old containership, which had been built at a Korean yard for a European owner. What struck me more than anything was the quality of the accommodation - spacious, well thought out and with fixtures and fittings that showed that someone had really put some thought into designing a space for people to live and work in for extended periods. The Master told me that whilst he had originally had reservations about joining such ...   More>>