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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

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)

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

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

Partnership Sets Record for Mooring Depth

Delmar Systems, Inc. and Shell Deepwater Development, Inc. set another world record for mooring depth when the two companies partnered to moor Transocean Marianas in more than 7,500 ft. in the Gulf of Mexico. Semi-submersible drilling rig Marianas was moored in 7,569 ft. in Mississippi Canyon 657 using a Suction Anchor System and Delmar's Single Vessel Installation Procedure. The deepest anchor was set at 7,738 ft.

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

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

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

Singapore Bunker Sales, Container Volumes Down

Photo: Government of Singapore

 Singapore’s September bunker fuel sales fell 10.3% in September on month but rose 9.3% on year to 3.85 million mt. The port of Singapore has recorded a fall in container throughput in September.   These finding are based upon the data released Tuesday by the Maritime and Port

Port of Baltimore Sets Container Record in August

Photo: Port of Baltimore

 The Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore handled a record 86,149 twenty-foot-equivalent units of total container volume in August as shipping volume continued to swell.   August volume of total containers, including empties, rose 12

Greek Shipper Pleads Guilty to Pollution-Related Crimes

M/V Sestrea. Photo by Chandris (Hellas) Inc

 Greece-based Chandris was sentenced for deliberately concealing pollution discharges from the ship and falsifying its oil record book while docked in Corpus Christi, AP says quoting, a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.  

Greek Shipper Pleads Guilty to Dumping off Texas

A ship management company has pleaded guilty and was sentenced October 27, 2015 for deliberately concealing pollution discharges from the ship directly into the sea and for falsifying its oil record book, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Rear Admiral David R

GOST Unveils Marine Security Video Recording Device

GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (Image: GOST)

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), now in its 10th year as a developer of marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today the release of its next generation security video solution, the GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (IVR).  

Chinese Trading Rivalry Ruffles Asian Oil Markets

An intensifying rivalry between China's two top oil traders Chinaoil and Unipec is whipsawing Asia's oil market, pitting the state-owned firms against each other in a battle for control of the region's crude benchmark.   Aggressive trading - with heavy buying by Chinaoil met by selling from

Ballast Water Treatment: Are You on Course for Compliance?

Geoff Taylor

Joined up thinking from two marine technology suppliers addresses impending legislation for Ballast Water Treatment and offers a practical solution for monitoring and recording the correct discharge of ballast water, in real-time. The International Maritime Organizations 2004 Ballast Water

Austal Delivers Record Profit Increases

Austal recently delivered LCS 6 to the U.S. navy (Photo: Austal)

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered record revenue and record earnings for the year ended June 30, 2015, with Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of $53.2 million, a 66.8 percent increase on FY2014.   Austal’s best result in its 27-year history was generated from revenue of

Baltimore Port Shipments Hit New Record

Pic: Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore

 Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore's public terminals shipped a record 9.74 million tons of general cargo in the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30, it said Monday. That was up about 1.5 percent from 9.6 million tons in 2014.  

IUMI Want Maintenance of Vessel Ownership Records


  The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) is calling for vessel owners and technical managers to make records available that provide important information on the condition of the ship and its machinery when a ship changes owner.

King’s Lynn, Ipswich Ports Record Grain Exports

The Alexandra Silo Complex at the Port of King’s Lynn

  ABP’s ports of King’s Lynn and Ipswich have handled record levels of grain exports.   Following extensive levels of investment in facilities, both ports enjoyed the highest number of exports in the month of August.  

GOST Marine Security Video Recording Device

GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (Eric Haun).jpg

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) released its next generation security video solution, the GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (IVR). The new video recording system features a four terabyte hard drive – designed to capture and store video on a modern yacht – that is capable

Ship Operating Costs Down in 2014 -Moore Stephens

Photo: Andrew Aiello

Total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 0.8 percent in 2014, said international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. This compares with the 0.3 percent average fall in costs recorded for 2013

KEP Marine Releases Video Recording Products


  KEP Marine releases today the innovative network video recording system and new HD cameras. The plug-and-play KVNR-8001 network video recording system is simple to install with easy to use commands and remote operating capability. Offering high definition footage recorded at 30 frames

Panama Canal Reports Record Tonnage

Photo: ACP

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced a new tonnage record, welcoming 340.8 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS) through the canal for the 2015 fiscal year – a 4.3 percent increase year-on-year.   This year's record surpasses the previous record of 333

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