Safety Report on Collapse of RoPax Mezzanine Deck

The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its report into the collapse of a mezzanine deck on board the roll-on roll-off passenger ferry St Helen citing a long-standing maintenance failure by shipowner Wightlink.  The accident occurred at Fishbourne Ferry Terminal on the Isle of Wight in July 2014. The passengers and vehicles on board the …read more

IMO Head to Address Interferry Conference

The new IMO secretary-general is to be the keynote speaker at trade association Interferry’s 41st annual conference in Manila this October.  Korea’s Kitack Lim, whose term started on January 1, will address the opening conference session on October 17 following an invitation inspired by ten years of IMO and Interferry cooperation to improve domestic ferry …read more

Niels Smedegaard Takes ECSA Helm

Niels Smedegaard, President and CEO of DFDS, is the new President of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations. “My focus as the new ECSA President will be on highlighting the importance of shipping and that we, as industry, become even more proactive in finding solutions to the challenges that lie ahead. The review of the EU …read more

New MD for Austal

Andrew Bellamy is stepping down as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of shipbuilder Austal. Announcing the move, Chairman John Rothwell said that Mr. Bellamy had “elected to take a career sabbatical” and that he would be succeeded by David Singleton under what Mr. Rothwell called “a considered succession plan”. Mr. Singleton has a served …read more