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Room with a view

25 November 2016

I wonder what ships might look like if we asked architects, rather than naval architects, to design the living accommodation? Looking at the latest container behemoth, I can’t help wondering what life is like for the twenty or so individuals who live and work in the narrow steel box beneath the wheelhouse, squeezed between stacks of containers. I expect that those who are not ‘in the know’ would imagine that no one lives on this vessel. It looks like a drone ship.

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Transition from Ship to Shore

30 November 2015

The transition from ship to shore or ‘swallowing the anchor’ is never easy. When to do it? How to do it? What skills will I need? Am I qualified? Will I miss the sea? Can we survive on reduced income? Can I cope with life ashore?

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Is Monaco still working well for the Isle of Man?

07 October 2015

Katherine Ellis is the Group Director - Business Development at Boston Multi Family Office. Katherine leads all of Boston Group’s business development and marketing functions. Katherine has 20 years’ experience in the offshore market with particular knowledge of luxury assets.

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Flying the Manx Ensign

26 August 2015

Thursday 3rd September is Merchant Navy Day, when we will celebrate the role of the British Merchant fleet, whose men and women braved perilous journeys during the two world wars, and whose ships sail the globe today bearing our colours.

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Energy Efficiency and Environmental Management

21 July 2015

Even though fuel prices are down, the world needs to keep the pressure on energy efficiency. To play our part, the Isle of Man Ship Registry is leading on a number of energy efficiency initiatives.

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Marketing the Destination not its sectors

26 June 2015

Tourism, or the ‘visitor economy’ as it’s better known these days has, over the last few decades, been seen by some as the poor relation to its Finance Industry counterpart. Bringing in 1.2% in terms of Gross National Income in comparison to 34% Finance, (the largest income generator to Isle of Man Government) it’s no wonder the Visitor Economy has lacked the profile of newer industries such as e-Business and ICT.

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Luxury without Limits

09 April 2015

This week, the world of luxury assets is heading to the inaugural Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show at London’s Old Billingsgate and St. Katharine Docks. We are confident that this will be a great success, and will become London’s ‘Monaco’ for many years to come.

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Affinity Obtains First Balearics Superyacht Charter Licence for Non-EU Flagged Vessel

16 February 2015

The Isle of Man’s Ship Registry is one of the best registers in the world. Recently a number of Isle of Man flagged yachts were lost from the register because Spain would not recognise the Isle of Man as an EU flag and therefore prevented the Isle of Man flagged yachts from undertaking commercial charters starting and finishing in Spain.

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Time for the next generation

12 February 2015

I recently attended the UK Chamber of Shipping dinner, which is a black tie event held every February in Mayfair and attended by the great and good of British shipping. It is a wonderful get-together with excellent company, great food and wine. There were lots of speeches focused on the importance of the maritime sector to the UK economy and how we can all work together to develop it further.

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New Year’s a Ballast!

18 December 2014

I simply cannot close the year without making reference to the Ballast Water Convention. Wherever I have been and whomever I have met, at whatever time of the day or night, ballast water treatment always creeps into the conversation. It can no longer be avoided, it’s coming closer...

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Ship Efficiency - is Big Data the answer?

21 October 2014

I recently attended a ship efficiency event in London, where the shipping community gathered for a two day conference and exhibition focused on making ships more efficient now and for the future.

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The yachting world heads for Monaco

09 September 2014

It’s that time of year again when all thoughts turn to Monaco and the annual gathering of the superyacht world. Although preparations go on pretty much all year, every exhibitor and attendee is now finalising details and filling social diaries.

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Marketing – it’s just common sense, right?

29 August 2014

I’m feeling depressed this week. I stumbled across a couple of articles and one blog that stated that marketing is actually mainly just common sense.

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EU Sulphur Directive – The Latest Challenge

26 June 2014

Once again, the shipping industry is faced with problems involving the implementation of new requirements which have been introduced. However, this time the requirements have not been established by the mechanisms of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), but by the European Union.

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Isle of Man Maritime Group ‘Steal the Show’ at Week 1 of the International Festival for Business in Liverpool!

17 June 2014

I had the absolute pleasure to witness the recently formed Isle of Man Maritime Group host guests from the North West business community on the beautiful Kathleen & May Tall Ship in the Albert Dock, Liverpool.

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IFB 2014 – Maritime leads the way

28 May 2014

While the World Cup may be kicking off in Brazil, closer to home something more important is kicking off in Liverpool. Held in June and July, the International Festival of Business (IFB) 2014 presents a great opportunity for the Isle of Man.

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"Isle of Man? What's that then?"

23 May 2014

I had occasion to speak to a journalist a couple of weeks ago. She’s from the Isle of Man but works as a successful freelancer in London. She was saying that most don’t even know where it is! My tongue in cheek comment about standards slipping in the teaching of geography or, “have they ever watched the national weather forecast on TV and wondered what that big blob in the middle of the Irish Sea is between Ireland and England?”, didn't go down too well.

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Drone Ships

30 April 2014

Most people in the shipping industry will have seen the press reports on Rolls Royce’s project to design and develop unmanned ‘Drone’ ships to carry cargoes across the world’s oceans within the next ten years.

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The Year of the Horse and the importance of the Asian market

14 February 2014

The Spring Festival celebrations are over and the Year of the Horse has been well and truly welcomed in, but our thoughts remain with Asia and the importance of the Asian shipping business, both globally and here in the Isle of Man.

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The best of both worlds

09 January 2014

Chatting to friends who came back to the island from London for Christmas, we got onto the subject of commuting. Two hours of their day, every Monday to Friday, is taken up by travelling to and from their offices in London – that’s 10 hours a week, 40 hours a month or 440 hours a year (taking four weeks’ holiday into account) – and two hours a day is considered quite reasonable in London terms.

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Is MLC having any effect?

17 December 2013

Back in August, the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) came into force, adding seafarers’ rights to existing IMO instruments covering safety, pollution prevention, and crew qualifications. The 30 countries that had already ratified the Convention could now carry out port state control inspections of ships visiting their ports, thereby raising the bar internationally and improving the situation for crew on board ships. But four months into the maritime industry’s newest international regime, have standards for seafarers really improved?

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Is social media a good thing for seafarers?

01 November 2013

I realise I am a Luddite who went to Sea a long time ago, but I am concerned that the modern age of instant communication and social media may not be helping our seafarers.

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Proud as Punch at the Monaco Yacht Show

04 October 2013

Having just returned from The 23rd Monaco Yacht Show, where myself and several Government colleagues ‘manned the stand’, I was delighted to witness a drive and work ethic which was second to none from our industry representatives.

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Ship Efficiency – Regulation or Economics?

01 October 2013

I recently attended London’s Inaugural International Shipping Week. A very successful week, with great support from all in the industry. During the week, I attended a number of high level conferences, with some very distinguished speakers, where the topic of fuel efficiency for ships was never far away.

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