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MPA Issues Circular on Radio Records

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Marine Circular reminding owners that Regulation IV/17 of SOLAS 74 requires ships to keep a record of all incidents connected with radiocommunication service that appear to be of importance to safety of life at sea. The records need not be in any particular format, but must be retrievable. Source: HK Law


IMO: Retention of Original Records

The IMO issued a Circular reminding Member States of the importance of the retention of original records and documents on board ships engaged in international commerce. Only in the most exceptional circumstances should Member States remove the original records/documents and then only if the master and other parties concur. If the originals are removed, they must be replaced with certified copies and a receipt showing who will have the originals and how that person may be contacted. MSC-MEPC


PMA Posts Freight and Passenger Records

The Port of Marseilles Authority (PMA) has briefed unions and staff on government plans for the ‘re-launch’ of French ports - as required by a timetable for local consultations at each port before parliament considers the legal framework this spring. PMA director-general Guy Janin outlined the aims and procedure this week at press conferences in Marseilles and Paris detailing the port’s 2007 results, which set new records for general cargo – including containers – and passenger


Liberia Sets Ship and Tonnage Records

The Liberian Registry celebrated the end of 2007 having achieved a major milestone in its history when its vessel count reached 2,665 and its aggregate gross tonnage peaked at 82,165,902. This comfortably surpasses the previous record of 2,617 ships and 81.5m gt, which was achieved in the period between 1975 and 1979. The Liberian Registry is one of the world’s largest and most active shipping registers, with a long-established track record of combining the highest standards for vessels and


IACS Council to Conduct Audit on Prestige Records

ABS has lodged a formal request with the IACS Council to direct the IACS Quality Secretary to undertake a Vertical Contract Audit of all ABS records relating to the tanker Prestige. The vessel sank off the Spanish coast on November 19 after suffering flooding from an as-yet-undetermined initiating cause and being denied access to a sheltered area of refuge by the Spanish government. In addition, ABS has extended an invitation to the IMO, the Bahamas Maritime Authority


Q1 Shipbuilding Orders Hit Record High

According to Chosun Ilbo, Korea's new shipbuilding orders during the first quarter of the year amounted to $12bi, a record high. The orders account for 136 ships or a total volume of 4.9 million CGT, or compensated gross tons. The value of orders during the first quarter saw a 34 percent increase on-year. High value-added vessels like liquefied natural gas carriers and gas containers accounted for 37 ships. (Source: Chosun Ilbo)


Höegh Fleet Assessed $3.5M Waste Dumping Fine

Höegh Fleet Services A/S, a Norwegian operator of a fleet of ocean going cargo ships, was sentenced to pay a $3.5 million fine for seven felony charges relating to the falsification of records concealing the intentional dumping of waste oil into the ocean. Previously, on September 25, 2003, Vincent Genovana, an engineering officer on the M/V Höegh Minerva, pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and covering up evidence in order to obstruct or influence a United States Coast Guard


Three Shipping Companies Indicted for Covering Up Pollution

Three companies that own and operate an oceangoing chemical tanker named the M/T Clipper Trojan were indicted in connection with an attempt by crew members to cover up the illegal dumping of oily waste in international waters, the Justice Department announced. The 11-count indictment named Clipper Wonsild Tankers Holding A/S and Clipper Marine Services A/S, both of which are Danish companies that operate and manage the M/T Clipper Trojan, and Trojan Shipping Co. Ltd


Transas VTS System Launched in Taiwan

The long construction works of the port of Ho-Ping (Taiwan) development have been concluded with the successful launch of Transas VTS system there. The project has been implemented by Transas Marine Pacific in cooperation with their Taiwanese agent, Seven Seas Electronic.The new VTS system in Ho-Ping gives significant advantages to the industrial port as it makes it compliant with the VTS IMO/IALA regulations, improves port management system and essentially increases navigational safety in


Hornbeck Announces Record 2005 Results

Hornbeck Offshore reported that fourth quarter revenues increased $19.3 million, or 51.1%, to $57.1 million compared to $37.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2004. Operating income was $24.9 million, or 43.6% of revenues, for the fourth quarter of 2005 compared to $10.2 million, or 27.0% of revenues, for the prior-year quarter. These record operating results were primarily driven by continued full practical utilization of the Company's offshore supply vessel (OSV) fleet in the U.S


Italian Shipbuilder Pleads Guilty to Environmental Crimes

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An Italian shipping firm based in Genoa, Italy, pleaded guilty to violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by falsifying required ships’ documents to hide the fact that the ship had illegally discharged oil contaminated waste into the ocean on multiple occasions


Bulker Chief Engineer Convicted of Environmental Crimes

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A chief engineer from the M/V Trident Navigator was convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans late yesterday after a week-long trial, of knowingly falsifying the vessel’s oil record book in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS)


Noble Pleads Guilty to Enviro Charges Surrounding Kulluk

Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department of Justice announced. Under the terms of a plea agreement filed in federal court


WMO: This Year May be Warmest on Record as Oceans Heat Up

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Record high ocean temperatures will make 2014 the hottest year on record, or at least among the very warmest, in evidence of a long-term trend of global warming, the U.N.'s weather agency said on Wednesday. Including this year, 14 of the 15 most sweltering years on record will have been in the


Crewman Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Justice in Pollution Case

Chief engineer of car-carrier vessel pleads guilty to obstruction of justice in marine oil pollution case The chief engineer of the cargo vessel M/V Selene Leader pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, to obstruction of justice and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from


Record Growth Continues at Georgia's Ports

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The Georgia Ports Authority reported that its terminals in Brunswick and Savannah moved a combined 2.79 million tons of freight in October, a record for the authority. "Strong growth across all key sectors of our business is an indication that our ports are reaching a larger and more


Petrobras Sets Record in Brazil

  Consolidated Oil and Gas Petrobras in Brazil and abroad, production amounted to 2 million 795 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe) in October. This volume was 0.5% higher than in September, which was 2 million 781 thousand boe. Oil production in Brazil grew by 0


Stolt-Nielsen Board Declares Interim Dividend

Stolt-Nielsen Limited today announced that the company's board of directors approved the payment of an interim dividend of $0.50 per Common Share on December 11, 2014 to shareholders of record as of November 26, 2014. In accordance with normal settlement practice


The Hydroptere Flies with Finesse

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The hydrofoil trimaran Hydroptere will try for another nautical record with support from biotechnology leader Finesse Solutions After a year resting in Long Beach, the Hydroptere returns to sailing. French and American sponsors are joined by a new partner: Finesse Solutions of Santa Clara


Maersk Line Opens New Container Depot

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Maersk Line announced the opening of a new container depot at Nexus Industrial Estate in Altona, Australia, officially opened by Victorian Minister for Ports and Major Projects, the Hon. David Hodgett MP. Through taking over a 5ha facility


Seagull Maritime AS debuts STA 4.0

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  Seagull Maritime AS has launched Seagull Training Administrator 4.0, an updated version of the shipping industry’s most widely used training administrator, in a move the company says makes computer-based packages even easier to use.


Report Shows Small Decline in Ship Operating Costs

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International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens said total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 0.3 percent in 2013. This compares with the 1.8 percent average fall in costs recorded for the previous year


2 Cruise Season Records at Lerwick Harbor

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  The arrival of the cruise ship Norwegian Star at Lerwick Harbour today (Thursday 25 September) marks the end of the Shetland port's best season yet, with two records achieved. Passenger numbers reached a new high at 43,056, topping the previous record of 37,572 in 2012


Large Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut


Axeon Imported Kurdish Oil for its US Refinery in June

  Axeon Specialty Products said on Friday it received a cargo of Kurdish Shaikan crude oil in June at its Paulsboro refinery in the United States. Several cargoes of the oil have recently reached U.S. soil and Iraq's central government has moved to block independent exports of crude by the






 
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