IMO Member States Must Progress on Key Sulphur Cap Issues at Critical Meeting in July

The shipping industry – as represented by its international trade associations (BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and WSC) – calls on the Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to make progress on key challenges around the global sulphur cap to avoid compromising safety or unfairly penalising individual ships.

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Exmouth volunteers called out overnight after sighting of red flare

 (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

Photos: PR170618 Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn recovered at daybreak

On Friday 15 June at 10.45pm (we returned Saturday 16 June), Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn was tasked by the UK Coastguard after a sighting of a red flare, four to five miles north east from a vessel in Torbay.

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Bulletin #17: Five Boats Ahead of a Tightly Packed Fleet

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Elvis (top) a Gunboat 62, leads the Multihull Division at the start; Rambler 88, a Juan K custom 88-footer, sets a huge spread of sail at the start. Daniel Forster photos.

After a day of relatively light winds in the 51st Newport Bermuda Race, the competitors had made moderate progress down the 635-mile course toward the finish line at St. David’s Lighthouse on the northeast corner of Bermuda. Led by Rambler 88, George David’s 88-foot Juan K design, five boats crossed the Gulf Stream and opened up a significant gap on the rest of the 169-boat fleet, many of whom were sailing in lighter winds.

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Team Oman Air shows true teamwork to take second place at Extreme Sailing Series event in Barcelona

The Extreme Sailing Series 2018. Act 3. 14th-17th June. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The ‘Oman Air’ race team shown in action close to the shore, skippered by Phill Robertson (NZL) with team mates Pete Greenhalgh (GBR), Stewart Dodson (NZL), James Wierzbowski (AUS) and Nasser Al Mashari (OMA)

The Oman Air team showed great character and determination to secure second place at the latest Extreme Sailing Series event in Barcelona after contact with another boat saw them miss three races.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (June 14, 2018) – Making attempts at breaking records, surviving rough seas, reveling in starry nights and bonding over the adventure of navigating 635 miles of open water are all part of the longstanding and storied history of the Newport Bermuda Race, first held in 1906. Since its inception, over 52,000 sailors (more than twice the population of the city from which the racers depart) have checked this race off their bucket list as many consider this a “must do” in the world of yachting.


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Falmouth celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure at the start of the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. 14th June 2018

Fifty years to the day after Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set out from Falmouth UK in his rugged 32ft yacht Suhaili to become the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, the British master mariner returned to lead a celebratory parade of sail around the harbour.  Watched by visitors on every headland, the 200-strong armada of sail criss-crossed between Falmouth and St Mawes before Sir Robin set up a start line between Suhaili and Sir Francis Chichester’s equally famous yacht Gipsy Moth IV and fired the canon to set the 17-strong fleet of 2018 Golden Globe Race yachts on their way to Les Sables d’Olonne for the start of this 50th anniversary solo circumnavigation on Sunday July 1st.

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IMO discussions on autonomous ships: the takeaways; Dorian LPG Board rejects BW LPG stock-for-stock offer

Type approvals for aluminum cables, connectors mean cost savings
June 15, 2018 — DNV GL has developed the first type approval scheme for the use of aluminum cables and connectors onboard vessels. The new type approvals allow expensive copper to be replaced with aluminum. The cost savings can be significant – with the price of aluminum, approximately one third that of copper.

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MSC Cruises orders a further LNG fueled cruise ship; U.S. flag slips into Paris MOU’s “Gray List”

MSC Cruises orders a further LNG fueled cruise ship at STX France
June 14, 2018 — MSC Cruises and STX France have signed an order for the construction of a fifth Meraviglia class cruise ship. Due to be delivered in 2023, this vessel will be equipped with a new generation of dual-fuel engines designed to run on LNG.

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