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VIDEO: An Important Message From IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim
by John Konrad
Monday, March 04, 2019
“Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2019. This video from the IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, raises awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the SDGs, and highlights the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector. Editorial Note […]

IMRF Awards 2019 Open for Nominations
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is calling for outstanding individuals, teams, professionals or volunteers, companies and organizations involved in maritime search and rescues (SAR) all around the world to be nominated for an IMRF Award 2019.

"The World Health Organisation estimates that 40 people drown every hour around the world, but without the incredible actions of maritime search and rescue professionals that number would be much higher," says Theresa Crossley, CEO of IMRF.

"These Awards recognize those incredible people and the new innovations and technologies that make saving lives at sea possible, even in the most difficult and demanding circumstances. 

The IMRF Awards are now in their fourth year. Last year's winners included a ship's master who rescued three starving fishermen drifting on a sinking boat, a lifeboat station crew from the Netherlands that had rescued four people from a drifting guard vessel in force eight north westerly winds with 10- meter high waves, and a pink rescue buoy flotation device that's saving lives around the coast of South Africa. In addition, two exceptional lifetime awards were presented to two individuals with more than 100 years between them, saving lives at sea in the Caribbean and Bulgaria.

Nominations are open for the four Award categories:

Individual: For Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation
Team: For Outstanding Team Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation
Innovation & Technology: For Innovation and Technology in the field of Maritime SAR
Lifetime Achievement: The Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector

This year, the Awards ceremony will be held during London International Shipping Week (September 9-13, 2019). The 2019 Awards lunch will take place on an historic vessel moored on the River Thames in London on September 10.

Visit to submit a nomination.

Green Magic and Vronskiy Repaired in Guadalquivir Shipyard
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

The month of February concluded with two repairs undertaken at Guadalquivir Shipyards in Spain. On Saturday 16, the first reefer ship arrived at the dry dock of the Seville shipyard: the Nassau-flagged Green Magic built in 1990. She is 135.7 meters in length, 16.33 meters in beam, has a gross tonnage of 5,103 tons and a six meter caliper. Although not undergoing a revision and general painting of the helmet, although it was clearly needed, the vessel was required to have her propeller replaced with a new one. She left after three days.

On Monday 25, the Cyprus-flagged Vronskiy, a veteran ferry built in 1978 and operated by the Spanish shipping company Trasmediterránea, arrived. She usually covers the route between the ports of Motril and Nador (Morocco) or Almeria and Algeciras with some cities of the Maghreb. 131.6 meters in length by 22 meters in beam, she is one of the largest vessels that can access the dry dock. She has a gross tonnage of 13,505 tons and a 5.1 meter caliper.

This is the third time she has visited the facilities of the port of Seville, having also visited in 2016 and 2017. The vessel had been without a technical stop for two years, which increased her stay in the dry dock for greater and more intense maintenance work. This new visit confirms the trust this great Spanish shipping company has in the young factory of the Guadalquivir. As usual, the vessel will be subject to blasting, fairing, painting and machine maintenance, among others. This is expected to take approximately two weeks.

New orders have already been confirmed for the month of March.

Inmarsat Offers Crew Xpress with Unique Fleet Hotspot for Seafarers
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

Inmarsat, the global leader in mobile satellite communications, is staying ahead of fast-changing dynamics in ship connectivity by launching Crew Xpress, a new service for crew available as part of an ever increasing number of services on Fleet Xpress.
The new service package includes a managed Wi-Fi solution “Fleet Hotspot,” a leased antenna, a business use data package, automated billing and a usage revenue recovery scheme to incentivize ship managers to invest in crew connectivity.
“We have seen migration by a significant part of our customer base to our full high-speed Fleet Xpress service, but we also recognize crew well-being as a separate connectivity imperative,” says Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime.
“There is a group of owners and managers who seek fully-managed Wi-Fi connectivity that crew can use on a self-service basis, but whose business data needs do not yet extend to the sensor-driven equipment maintenance or IoT-based route planning enabled by Ka-band. Crew Xpress allows those managers to start offering a managed, high-speed crew internet solution, while staying on an allowance plan, with the ability to migrate at any time to the full Fleet Xpress package.
The Crew Xpress package consists of a 60cm Fleet Xpress antenna and a 6GB business allowance plan with an antenna offered on lease terms, with separate, managed crew internet access through the Fleet Hotspot.
Accessing the internet via a unique login, the Fleet Hotspot user secures time or data with allocated vouchers or by making online payments via a range of different methods.

A number of Asian shipping companies have been trialing the new Crew Xpress service on board vessels since January 2019. Full commercial launch of the service is due in April with a wholesale version available in H2.
Inmarsat’s Spithout observes that one of the more memorable sentiments expressed by a seafarer in last year’s Royal Holloway University of London/Inmarsat study - “Navigating Everyday Connectivities at Sea” - was that the only thing more important than connectivity is food.  “When seafarers need to connect, it is critical that they are not short-changed on coverage, stability and reliability,” he adds.
The Crew Xpress Fleet Hotspot portal is an evolution of a state of the art service first developed by Inmarsat’s aviation business unit for pilots and cabin crew. Inmarsat has already recognized that ship crews are likely to need greater variety in payment methods than their airborne counterparts and is concluding arrangements with a range of electronic payment services. Spithout also points out that the Fleet Hotspot model could be equally useful for passenger vessels and superyachts, or for the contractors on board offshore support vessels, as it will be in the merchant maritime space.

World Congress on Maritime Heritage to Discuss Ocean Governance
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

For centuries, humans have sought to create order in the oceans to facilitate trade, to use its resources and to govern the conduct of nations on the vast waters. It is no accident that nations fully utilizing the benefits of the oceans find economic and societal strength. Governance of these valuable resources has become increasingly important for trade as well as to meet geopolitical interests.

“Today, the need for all people to have a greater understanding of the oceans; their impact on the global economy and everyday lives, and how to govern the oceans in a sustainable manner has never been greater,” said Frederick Kenney, Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations at the IMO. To achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14 of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, requires careful consideration of the ocean governance mechanisms in place. But, just as importantly, the history of ocean governance will inform the future.”  

 The Inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage, being held from March 13 to 15, 2019 at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. The Congress will address current ocean governance mechanisms, both from how the oceans have been used as a pathway to project governance systems on land, and well as governing the oceans themselves. The Congress will also address the key role of the shipping industry in the world, oceans and sustainability, illuminate signature undersea archaeological and exploration activities, and connect these communities to provide a window into the future. Importantly, participants in the Congress will include public-facing stakeholders such as maritime museums and others who will help to carry the ocean governance story.

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim will be a keynote speaker, along with top Singapore Cabinet ministers. Former Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu will open the Congress. Other topics being covered in the conference include how the ocean is a pathway to commerce and the global economy, a sustainable future, and cultural diversity. Additional features include “Why we must explore the past to navigate the future,” undersea commerce, tourism and maritime heritage in the global context, and regional breakout opportunities.

The Congress is being jointly organized by the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage and Resorts World Sentosa with support from the IMO, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). 

Resorts World Sentosa is also official venue host for the three-day event which will include a program held at the revamped Maritime Experiential Museum, the only one of its kind in Singapore dedicated to the exploration of the iconic Maritime Silk Route. Housing a total of 15 immersive galleries, the attraction holds a combination of state-of-the-art visual projections and multimedia shows. Highlights include the Jewel of Muscat, an Arabian ship which made a tumultuous 138-day voyage from Oman to Singapore in 2010 using ancient navigational methods with a crew of 15, and the Typhoon Theater which simulates a sinking ship in a treacherous storm.

Registration for the Congress is now open. For more information on the program and invited speakers, visit the official website of World Congress on Maritime Heritage 2019 (

Opsealog Deploys MarineLog in Ten Affiliates of Total
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

10 affiliates of Total Exploration & Production in Western Africa, North Sea, South America, Asia and the Middle East have deployed MarineLog to optimize their offshore logistics operations by reducing their costs and increasing their productivity. 

The service cost is more than covered by the savings generated. Two other oil majors are also working with the company.

Arnaud Dianoux, CEO and co-founder of Opsealog, declared: “We have created a dynamic team of marine business analysts able to understand the reality of offshore supply operations thanks to their seafaring skills and experience. Our expertise also builds on human talent in marine vessel mechanics, energy efficiency, HSE and performance management. This ability to dialog with our customers and their chartered fleets gives us the opportunity to generate immediate savings. Furthermore, our diversity is a strength that gives us the capacity to be as close as possible to our customers and better understand their needs. This win-win partnership allows us to transform data into actions.”

Opsealog’s Cloud platform is a turnkey business intelligence (BI)/performance management tool. Not only does it allow to extract data into spreadsheet format, but it also helps customize specific dashboards, depending on the customer’s needs. It allows users to recover the data and process it internally directly into their IT and BI services/logistic department if needed.

A comprehensive offer

MarineLog Solutions & Services has been built with a client-oriented approach in order to answer recurrent and identified needs in this industry: optimize marine logistics flows, reduce fuel consumption, monitor and minimize the environmental impact generated by operations, cross check logistics costs and improve internal processes.

This “efficiency as a service” offer is based on a highly connected platform that collects and integrates data from different sources: vessel tracking, weather parameters, electronic fuel monitoring systems, and other operational data collected through an on-board software and through web applications used directly by the customers. An integral part of this service offering is an expert team of Marine consultants.

A personalized approach

The associated savings are generated by analyzing the operational behavior of the customer’s fleet and providing recommendations in partnership with the marine logistics department. The follow-up of these operational instructions is closely monitored and shared with the offshore logistic coordinator, port and vessels’ masters. Recurring efficiency meetings are organized remotely with all these stakeholders through a modern digital work place.

An easy-to-implement solution

The service is easily deployed and quickly implemented. All the technical requirements are operated remotely without any investments. Nominative and secured access is then given to the users to access their web portal embedded with predefined dashboards, real-time notifications, vessel tracking and operational reports.

Opsealog’s Cloud platform is a turnkey business intelligence (BI)/performance management tool. Not only does it allow to benefit predefined dashboards directly, but it also helps customize specific dashboards, depending on the customer’s needs. It allows users to recover the data and process it internally directly into their IT and BI services/logistic department if needed.

Next steps in Opsealog’s development

Opsealog positions itself as a digital transformation booster. In the near future, the company is planning to continue innovating while providing optimal services. The company aims to become a key player in upstream performance management by investing in R&D to improve its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, building new partnerships with operational data and internet of things (IoT) providers for vessel sensors.

BOPC’s Pilot Trainee Training Program
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, March 04, 2019

Job Description- Searching candidates for a pilot training program to be a SAN FRANCISCO BAR PILOT:  The Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun (BOPC) will host an examination to create an eligibility list for entrance into the BOPC’s Pilot Trainee Training Program during the week of June 3, 2019.  The application deadline is April 1, 2019.  All applications must be submitted or postmarked by that date.  Information about the examination can be found on the BOPC’s website at

Requirements- The BOPC is looking for motivated, experienced mariners with command experience to attend a pilot training program, become a BOPC-licensee, and eventually enter the ranks of the San Francisco Bar Pilots. The top successful applicants from the Pilot Trainee Training Program Selection Examination will be placed on an eligibility list that will be used to draw new trainees into the training program.

The examination process consists of a written examination component and a simulator test component.  Those applicants who pass the written component will continue on to the simulator test. The BOPC’s pilot training program is rigorous and can last from one to three years depending on the progress of the mariner. The mariner successfully completing the training program will be licensed by the State of California’s BOPC to commercially pilot vessels over the San Francisco Bar to ports throughout San Francisco Bay, its tributaries to Stockton and Sacramento, and in Monterey Bay.  The pilotage grounds cover 70 separate terminals in ten counties. The BOPC is the only state-level pilot commission in California, and is authorized to license up to 60 pilots.

Top US Navy Admiral Says “None Of The Promised Reforms Are Complete”
by gCaptain
Monday, March 04, 2019
by Robert Faturechi and T. Christian Miller (ProPublica) Sen. Angus King wanted some straight answers. At a Feb. 12 hearing of a panel of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he expressed alarm over recent revelations concerning two deadly collisions of Navy ships in the Pacific in 2017. King, a Maine independent, declared the accidents avoidable […]

USS Fitzgerald: A Warship Doomed By Its Own Navy
by gCaptain
Monday, March 04, 2019
By T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi (ProPublica) A little after 1:30 a.m. on June 17, 2017, Alexander Vaughan tumbled from his bunk onto the floor of his sleeping quarters on board the Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The shock of cold, salty water snapped him awake. He struggled to his feet and felt a […]

Probunkers Invites Proposals for 7 LNG Bunkering Vessels
by Ship Bunker
Monday, March 04, 2019

As part of its plans to become a global physical LNG bunker supplier.

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Clipper Oil is a worldwide wholesaler of marine fuels and lubricant oils specializing in supplying vessels throughout the Pacific Ocean. Operating internationally from our headquarters in San Diego, California, USA, we serve the bunkering needs of all sectors of the marine market. This includes fishing fleets, ocean-going yachts, cruise ships, cargo ships, military/government/research vessels, and power plants.

Clipper Oil’s predecessor, Tuna Clipper Marine, was founded in 1956 by George Alameda and Lou Brito, two pioneers in the tuna fishing industry. Tuna Clipper Marine’s first supply location was in San Diego, California, USA where they serviced the local fishing fleet.

Established in 1985, Clipper Oil was formed to serve the needs of marine customers in the Western Pacific as vessels shifted their operations from San Diego. Clipper Oil has been a proven supplier of quality marine fuels, lubricants, and services to the maritime community for over 25 years, serving many ports throughout the Pacific Ocean. We maintain warehouses in Pago Pago, American Samoa; Majuro, Marshall Islands; and Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia. We also have operations in the Eastern Pacific in Balboa/Rodman, Panama and Manta, Ecuador. We supply marine vessels and service stations with fuel, lubricant oil, salt, and ammonia. We also supply our customer’s vessels with bunkers at high-seas through various high-seas fuel tankers in all areas of the Pacific Ocean.


The Tuna Clipper Marine Pier in San Diego Bay (1980).

Clipper Oil supplying the USCGC Kimball ex. pipeline at the fuel dock in Pago Pago, American Samoa (2020).

Throughout the years, Clipper Oil has grown from a small marine distributor in San Diego to a worldwide supplier of marine fuels and lubricants. Clipper Oil offers a broad diversity of products and services and are active buyers and suppliers of petroleum products. It is this combination that gives us the edge in market intelligence needed to develop the best possible pricing for our clients.

Our daily monitoring of both the current and future oil market enables our customers to take advantage of market pricing on an immediate basis. This enables Clipper Oil to provide the best current and long term pricing for our customers.

Clipper Oil offers the following to our customers:

  • Extensive network of refueling locations throughout the Pacific Ocean
  • Full range of marine fuels, lubricants, and associated products
  • Competitive pricing
  • Technical support

All of the products we supply meet international specifications and conform to all local regulations.

With our many years of experience in the marine sector, Clipper Oil understands the attention to detail and operational performance vessels require during each port of call.

As a proven reliable and reputable supplier of marine fuel and lubricants, we welcome the opportunity to meet your vessel's needs. Please contact us for all of your marine energy and petroleum needs.

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