First Ever Manila Statement Issued on Fair Treatment of Seafarers

A meeting was held on 13 November in Manila, between senior government representatives from Asia’s leading maritime nations regarding the treatment of seafarers. Also present at the meeting was a large cross section of the Asian and international shipping community, from ship owners and casualty investigators, to prosecutors and auditors, as well as the seafarers … [Read more...]

Blockchain in Shipping: Is It Here to Stay?

"Blockchain" is now a familiar word, even if a large portion of us in the shipping industry are not actually using such technology yet. But, is this new visitor here to stay?  Certainly the likes of Maersk seem to think so, and with a certain degree of success. Over 90 companies have signed up already to the Maersk and IBM-initiated digital supply chain known as … [Read more...]

Spain’s Most Expensive Cruise Ship Launched for Ritz-Carlton

This month saw the launch of the first of three luxury "cruising yachts" for the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain. The launch heralds the entry of Ritz-Carlton into the luxury yachting and cruising market.  The first vessel, reportedly called the "Ritz Carlton One" and capable of transporting 298 passengers, is under construction at the Hijos de J. Barreras shipyard in Vigo, … [Read more...]