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Last 5th March, during the 23rd Annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, the Grimaldi Group was named once again a General Motors Supplier of the Year.

This year GM recognized 78 of its best suppliers from around the world for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, designed to provide customers with the most innovative technologies and the industry’s best quality vehicles.

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Prioritizing inland waterway projects as part of a sustainable transport policy

EU member states need to prioritise inland waterway projects as part of a sustainable transport policy, according to a report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).
However, progress in shifting freight traffic in Europe from roads to inland waterway transport has

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Setel Hellas reports that its SeeMBox-V solution for remote performance monitoring has been successfully integrated with Cisco technology.

SeeMBox-V, which enables analysis of onbard equipment from shore-based offices, is now available via the Cisco 2911 and 2951 operating system and machine architecture.

Setel says the integration with Cisco will help to significantly reduce total cost of ownership for maritime users, as well as adding increased

harmony of the seas

Royal Caribbean has released new details on its next vessel, announcing that the third iteration of its Oasis-Class vessels will be named Harmony of the Seas.

When complete, the latest behemoth aims to be the largest cruise ship in the world, measuring 2.15 meters longer, 5.5 meters wider, and 2 418 gross tons heavier than the current titleholder, sister ship Allure of the Seas, reports trade blog Cruise Fever.

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A Taiwanese ship, carrying 49 crew, has vanished in the South Atlantic Ocean, near the Falkland Islands.
The Hsiang Fu Chun, a 700-tonne squid fishing vessel, was 1,700 nautical miles from the Falklands when it last contacted its company at 3am on 26 February.
At the time the ship’s captain reported that the ship was taking in water.
There are 11 Chinese, 21 Indonesian, 13 Filipino, two Vietnamese and two Taiwanese including the captain on

intermodal asia 2015

Industry leaders and innovation at Intermodal Asia 2015 exhibition_aIn its second year, Intermodal Asia is set to welcome a diverse range of high profile exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services, alongside engaging forums and conference sessions, to demonstrate the best of the intermodal sector. The prestigious event takes place from 24-26 March at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center.
Visitors to Intermodal Asia

cruiseship iceland

The first cruise ship to arrive in Iceland this year is expected later this month. The arrival is earlier in the season than usual in order to view the solar eclipse on March 20, reports.

The number of cruise ships arriving in Iceland has increased greatly in recent years. Last year, 105.000 people traveled to Iceland by ship, most via cruise ship.

lng carrier ploio

Joe McGladdery, a partner with the London law offices of Wikborg Rein & Co, says that, while falling oil prices have exerted pressure on the LNG charter markets, the new generation of low-speed, dual-fuel LNG carriers now in service and on order remain an attractive option for owners and operators.
McGladdery notes, “As a result of the oil price collapse, energy companies are reducing capital budgets to protect against falling revenues. Given the

msc oscar ploio

Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has named the MSC Oscar, which has claimed the title of the world’s biggest containership. After the christening ceremony the MSC Oscar departed for Busan.
The vessel has a capacity of 19,224 containers, and is the equivalent of four football stadiums in length with the nominal capacity of 19,224 TEU. The prestigious title has been taken over from

pirates sea

A report by the Italian Ministry of Defence warned that ISIS had already taken control of Libyan ports and boats and, “could repeat the scenario that has dominated the maritime region between Somalia and Aden for the last ten years”.

It added: “Speed boats could attack fishing boats, cruise ships, small merchant ships, as well as coast guards in this case more to capture prisoners to exhibit in orange

Grimaldi lines carsWith the deployment of a fourth vessel, the Group improves the quality of the service offered between the Mediterranean and West Africa Thanks to the deployment of an additional vessel, the Grimaldi Group proceeds, as from today, with the further enhancement of its Mediterranean Express service (MEX) which regularly links the Mediterranean to West Africa.
The m/vessel “Grande Ghana” (built in 2009) joins the other three vessels already deployed on the

european shipping week 2015

European Shipping Week will take place over the course of the week of 2-6 of March 2015 and will feature a variety of events.
European Shipping Week is intended to be a platform where policy-makers from the main EU institutions will meet and engage with European shipowners and other stakeholders from the shipping sector. The focus will be on shipping, in all its different

cypnaval 2015

CYPNAVAL 2015 is a unique event across the Mediterranean Sea and has an aim to enhance the protection of the Blue Economy!
The Conference is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Cyprus and is supported by the JRCC of Larnaca, the Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean and DSEi 2015.
The Conference will focus on a range of key topics surrounding Offshore security and

costa concordia dismandling

More than three years after the Costa Concordia ran aground in Giglio, the effort to dismantle and recycle the Costa Concordia continues nearly around-the-clock in Italy.
The Costa Concordia arrived in Genoa in July 2014 following the historic salvage project. Since then, the Costa Concordia has been moored in the Port of Prà Voltri, Genoa, where the initial phases of

ship recyclingShip owners and fleet managers are invited to meet and discuss with ship recyclers on 12 March 2015, while Europort Istanbul will host the ISRA Ship Recycling Seminar & Matchmaking, organized by the International Ship Recycling Association.

The ship recycling market is very volatile while at the same time new European legislation is being implemented. What is the actual status of the IMO Hong Kong Convention and what is the

ship crossing

9th - 15th of February, People and Planet's Go Green Week, set up to raise awareness and demand stronger action to tackle the climate crisis. Here in the shipping industry, we’re certainly trying our best to be more environmentally friendly. But how far have we actually got, and is it enough?

piracy somaloi 2For all of human history, the maritime environment has presented a complex and challenging operating environment. For most people, shipping remains an invisible industry despite its critical role in today’s global economy. There was a brief spike in public interest a few years ago when Somali pirates provided a modern-day outlet for coverage about contemporary swashbuckling on the high seas. But pirate activity off the Horn of Africa has ebbed considerably, and with it

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Child labour and low environmental standards in Bangladesh shipbreaking yards

A video published by the American magazine VICE, “Where giant cargo ships go to die”, available on its website, shows that both the working conditions and the measures to protect the environment in the shipbreaking yards in Chittagong, Bangladesh, are far from being adequate.