Category: News

Seafarers Exempt

Seafarers of all nationalities will be exempt from the UK’s COVID travel restrictions, including mandatory hotel quarantines.

The UK Department for Transport announced on March 15 that seafarers will be exempt from the Red List and Acute List country restrictions—the UK’s COVID travel restrictions— effective from 0400 on March 19.

The rule change will allow seafarers to join ships, take shore leave and return home if they have been in Red List or Acute List countries, removing the usual need to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine or take a COVID test.

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The Official UK Quality Mark for Maritime SMEs – Use It and Watch Your Business Grow!

Our UK Quality Mark is helping to unite the UK maritime sector. Signify to your customers that you stand for UK excellence by displaying the ‘Source, Service or Produce’ quality mark.

“Stamping ‘Made in UK’ on products could boost exports by £3.5bn”.

A global survey of consumers showed marketing UK exports as ‘Made in Britain’, could grow export receipts by £3.5bn.

With further trade deals on the horizon, British exporters have the opportunity to add value to their businesses, through boosting exports to nations where British products are desirable, according to research by Barclays Corporate Banking.

In a global survey of 10,000 people respondents were asked how much extra they’d be willing to pay if products such as food and drink, clothing and cars bore a Union Jack kite mark.

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Seafarers Rebrand

Maritime funding body Seafarers UK has rebranded as The Seafarers’ Charity in a move to better reflect its international work.

Chief executive Catherine Spencer said: ‘We’re proud of the grant funding we provide nationally within the United Kingdom, and the support we have long provided to international seafarers, particularly in the Commonwealth. The Seafarers’ Charity reflects our global outlook.’

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High Speed Transfers Future Proofs Fleet

High Speed Transfers (HST) , an innovative crew transfer vessel (CTV) operator that supports the offshore wind energy and oil and gas industries worldwide, has confirmed its order of two BARTech 30 CTVs from innovative simulation-driven marine engineering consultancy, BAR Technologies, and an additional hybrid Chartwell 24, with BAR Technologies’ Foil Optimised Stability System (FOSS) from Chartwell Marine Ltd, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design. The vessels will be built at Diverse Marine, on the Isle of Wight, UK.

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Wave Power!

Several UK universities are taking part in eight new projects to develop and test new wave energy technologies.

The research is supported by a £7.5m investment by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

These projects will build on the UK’s role in marine wave energy to overcome challenges to devices that capture the energy generated by waves and convert it into a renewable source of electricity.

Wider deployment of wave energy converters (WECs) is hampered by challenges such as their ability to survive in extreme weather conditions and their efficiency.

The eight projects will adopt innovative new approaches to overcoming these challenges, including taking inspiration from the fins of marine animals to design flexible WECs that can operate under extreme conditions.

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Babcock awarded £50 million Sea Water Systems contract

Babcock International Group has secured a seven-year, c. £50m contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for the repair and maintenance of Sea Water Systems on HM Ships and Submarines.

The arrangement leads on from Babcock’s previous programmes, and will operate from Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth. It will see Babcock continue in its role providing repairs, technical support and maintenance to pump equipment on board the Royal Navy Fleet. Under the asset availability service, Babcock’s scope will increase to support the Chloropac and Bio-foul systems.

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Irish Ferries Announces New Service on Dover – Calais Route

Irish Ferries, a subsidiary of IRISH CONTINENTAL GROUP (ICG) plc has announced plans for a new service on the Dover – Calais route Port of Dover

This service is planned to start in June 2021, with the transfer of the Isle of Inishmore to the route. Additional capacity will be added in the coming months.

As part of its commitment to the movement of freight on and off the Island of Ireland to both the UK and Europe, this additional capacity on the Dover – Calais route will significantly strengthen the capacity and reliability of the land bridge for exporters and importers.

Hauliers will now have one operator providing an inclusive service on the Dublin – Holyhead, Rosslare – Pembroke and Dover – Calais routes. This will allow exporters and importers easier, cheaper, and quicker access to our European markets via the Common Transit Convention.

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A Rare Catch: what it’s really like to be a female fisherman

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Choose to Challenge and you can’t get much more challenging than choosing a dangerous career facing rough open seas, 16-hour days with no toilet facilities and no guarantee you’ll make enough money to cover your costs. That’s possibly one of the reasons why only 2% of fishing boat crew members are women. To find out what life is really like for fisherwomen, we spoke to two commercial fishers working in UK waters.

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Defence Review Will Forge a Growing Navy with Expanding Horizons

An expanding Navy, armed with the latest weaponry, equipped with the latest tech, deployed more around the world to meet the UK’s expanding horizons.

That is what the 2021 Integrated Review means to the Royal Navy.

New ships. More ships. New weapons. New technologies. New missions.

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James Fisher Planning to add LNG fueled vessels to fleet

UK-headquartered provider of engineering and technical services to sectors such as marine and oil and gas James Fisher and Sons plc plans to add two LNG dual-fuel IMO II tankers to its capacity during 2022.

The vessels will be traded by James Fisher Everard (JFE) alongside its’ existing fleet and are the first clean product tankers of this size to incorporate this emissions-reducing propulsion technology.

With the ability to run on both conventional fuel and LNG, the two vessels will also incorporate innovations in design and construction technology to further enhance hydrodynamic performance, to provide improvement in operational efficiency and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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