Paradise Papers: Nautilus calls for halt to shipping abuses

Following the ‘Paradise Papers’ revelations of tax avoidance in UK overseas territories, Nautilus has urged the UK government to clamp down on the operation of so-called Red Ensign Group (REG) ship registries from the same locations. In letters to foreign secretary Boris Johnson and shipping minister John Hayes, the union says the evidence revealed in the leaked documents showed widespread use of UK territories and dependencies such as Bermuda, Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands to create mechanisms for companies and individuals to avoid tax liabilities. General…

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Seafaring to be Transformed by “Smart” Shipping

Seafaring is set to be transformed by the rapid advances in ‘smart’ shipping, Nautilus International’s UK branch seminar on maritime automation heard. Southampton Solent University Emeritus Professor Mike Barnett told the meeting that the new generation of high-tech vessels are likely to operate with increasingly reduced crew levels. ‘Where there are seafarers on ships, they will be in small numbers but will be highly trained and specialist,’ he predicted. ‘The traditional divisions of deck and engine departments may well go and there are big questions about how social life onboard…

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Nautilus welcomes arrival of new RFA ship

April 4, 2017 – The first in a series of four new Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers has arrived in the UK after a 15,000-mile delivery voyage. Built by DSME in South Korea, the 39,000-tonne RFA Tidespring is now at the A&P yard in Falmouth to undergo ‘customization’ work, including the fitting of specialist communications equipment and self-defense weapons, before entering into service by the end of this year. The new Tide class tankers replace the RFA’s old single-hulled vessels and have been designed to meet the latest MARPOL and SOLAS…

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