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Report on MOL Comfort Incident is out

MOL Comfort

  In response to the casualty of “MOL COMFORT” which occurred on 17 June 2013, ClassNK established the Investigative Panel on Large Container Ship Safety, comprised of leading experts from shipbuilders, shipowners and academic institutions, to carry out the following course of action: (1) Investigate the possibility of casualty occurrence (2) Consider and examine safety of large container ship structure The findings and outcomes of the panel have been consolidated into a report, which is available to download in both English and Japanese via the website below: http://www.classnk.or.jp/hp/en/hp_news.aspx?id=1100&type=press_release&layout=1 For all inquiries regarding the report, please fill out an Enquiry Form via the website above. Answers to these inquiries will also be regularly updated as Q&As on the ClassNK website. ClassNK has scheduled an immediate Explanatory Meeting with IACS members to explain the report and to share the findings and outcomes among the IACS members. ClassNK will continue to work towards the safety of the large container ships including improvement of the relevant Rules, Guidance  and Guidelines.  


Osprey Maritime Gets Extension

Oil and gas shipping firm Osprey Maritime's bankers have agreed to an extension through the third quarter of 2002 of $362 million in short term loans. The facilities were originally repayable on July 20, 1999. The outlook for Osprey, which has a total debt of $813.7 million as of June 30, 1999, hinged on the outcome of its talks with bankers to extend its short term loans. The debt was incurred following its multi-million acquisition of Gotass Larsen Shipping Corp in 1997.


Kidnapped Bourbon Crew Released

Bourbon announces that its 10 crew members kidnapped in Cameroon on 31st October on board the Bourbon Sagitta were released on Nov. 11. They are now safe in Yaoundé. After medical check-ups, all of them appear to be in good health. Bourbon wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to the successful outcome of this affair for their support and efforts, and in particular the local Cameroonian authorities, as well as the French Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs.


Safe Bulkers Time Charter for Panamax Vessel

Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) announced that it has entered into a new period time charter for the Maria, a 76,000 dwt Panamax class vessel, for a duration of 34 months to 36 months, with a forward delivery date in second quarter of 2011, at a gross daily charter rate of $20,250, less 3.5% total commissions. Dr. Loukas Barmparis, President of the company, said: “The new three-year time charter, which has a higher rate compared to the vessel’s current rate


EDHEC-Risk Institute Welcomes Eight New Members

EDHEC-Risk Institute announced that eight new members have joined its international advisory board, which brings together scholars, representatives of regulatory bodies as well as senior executives from business partners and other institutions. The role of the international advisory board is to validate the relevance and goals of the research program proposals presented by the institute’s management and to evaluate research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry


WCI Names Zea as Director

Tracy Zea (Photo: WCI)

Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) has named Tracy R. Zea as its Director-Government Relations, effective August 4.  He will be based in the Washington, D.C. office and will primarily advocate for WCI’s goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system.  Zea will also work to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


BP-Amoco and ARCO in $26.8 Billion Deal

BP Amoco confirmed, following a successful outcome to talks between the two companies, it has reached agreement to combine with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) of Los Angeles. The all-share transaction, approved by the boards of both companies, will involve the exchange of 0.82 BP Amoco American Depositary Shares (ADS) for each ARCO share. The deal will substantially boost BP Amoco's reserves and production, giving it the largest oil output of any non-state company


Repairs Complete on Damaged Akaylar II

The Turkey-flag container ship Akaylar II has left Desan Shipyard, Tuzla, Turkey, after repairs were completed on the collision damaged vessel, Reuters reported. Akaylar II was towed to Tuzla from Buyukdere, where it had initially been towed following a collision around the entrance to the Bosphorus straits. The 4,263-dwt Akaylar II was leaving the straits for the Black Sea when it was involved in a collision with the southbound 8,971-dwt Cambodia-flag Med Glory, which was badly damaged.


Navios Apollon Released from Captivity

Navios Maritime Partners L.P. announced that the Navios Apollon and her crew were released on Feb. 27 2010. Navios Partners reported that the Captain and crew are healthy and will be reunited with their families shortly. Navios Partners thanks the Captain, the crew and their families for their fortitude through this trying ordeal. Many assisted the company in achieving this outcome. Navios wanted to recognize the special efforts of the Chinese Embassy in Greece, and the Ambassador personally


Fergusons Shipbuilders Takeover: Preferred Bidder

Scots flag: File image

The Scottish Government informs that KPMG has announced that Clyde Blowers Capital is to be the preferred bidder for the group’s business and its assets. First Minister Alex Salmond said:
 “I am delighted that Clyde Blowers Capital has been named the preferred bidder for the Fergusons yard. Jim McColl’s company is one of Scotland’s greatest job creators, and I will be meeting with the company


Kalmar's AutoStrad delivered to Patrick's Port Botany

Automated straddle carrier solution for Patrick Stevedores

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, played a successful role in delivering an automated straddle carrier solution to Patrick Stevedores' during their recent automation of Port Botany container terminal in Sydney, Australia. The conversion from manual operations at Port Botany was made in only four


Autonomous Systems Competition Enters Final Phase

Photo: NOC

The final phase of a competition to develop novel adaptive autonomous ocean sampling network (AAOSN) management systems for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is now underway. Two UK consortia will move forward to develop systems capable of coordinating a suite of marine autonomous vehicles


CITB Employees Vote Down Union Petition

Photo: CITB

Representative employees of marine transportation company of Cook Inlet Tug & Barge Inc. (CITB) on Monday voted to reject a petition that would see a union organize to represent the company’s marine employees, CITB announced today.  


3 Rescued from Vessel on Sheboygan Breakwall

A Coast Guard crew member from Station Sheboygan assesses passengers aboard a 29-foot vessel after it ran up onto the Sheboygan breakwall, July 22, 2015.

  The Coast Guard and local agencies rescued three people after their 29-foot vessel ran up onto a breakwall ouside the Sheboygan River as they were heading into the Sheboygan Marina, Wednesday. The Coast Guard has not released the names of the passengers.


IRS Introduces Ship Construction Standards

The International Register of Shipping has submitted goal-based new ship construction standards for verification audit by the International Maritime Organisation. IRS is the only Recognized Organisation outside the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to have developed


Norwegian Hull Club CEO Stepping Down

John Wiik (Photo: Norwegian Hull Club)

John Wiik to step down as CEO of Norwegian Hull Club, passing the reins to Faz Peermohamed   The Norwegian Hull Club announced that John Wiik will step down as CEO on January 1, 2016.   Filling Wiik's role will be Faz Peermohamed, the club announced


Wage Row Between Argentine Crushers, Companies Reaches Crunch Point

Pressure grew on Friday for a resolution to wage talks between exporters and striking crushers in Argentina's Rosario grains hub, with another powerful union threatening to launch its own industrial action on Monday that would paralyze exports.  


Strategic Marine Appoints New GM

Rob Osborn

  Specialist shipbuilder, Strategic Marine, has appointed Rob Osborn as General Manager for Fabrication and Engineering. Over the last few years, Strategic Marine has established and rapidly developed production capability in the sectors of marine infrastructure


Port of San Diego Chooses First Female CEO

Randa Coniglio. Photo credit: Port of San Diego

 Randa Coniglio has been named president and CEO of the San Diego Unified Port District. After a nationwide search for a new president and CEO, the Port decided Monday to stay in-house and name Coniglio to the post.   Coniglio, who would be the port's first female CEO in its 52-year


Lukoil Helps Extend Life of Ship’s Pistons

The HS Debussy (3,500 TEU) was built in China at Shanghai Shipyard Co. Ltd. and was launched there in 2009. (Photo courtesy: Hansa Shipping)

After running on minimum feed rate for years, Hansa Shipping’s containership HS Debussy is expected to exceed 50,000 running hours without piston overhaul at present operation conditions.    With the help of Lukoil Marine Lubricants’ Navigo 70 MCL cylinder oil


AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves

  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016.


Scottish Ferry Workers on Strike

Photo: CalMac Ferries Limited

 Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members at the ferry operator CalMac go on strike over the future of services of Scotland’s west coast as two thirds of CalMac routes have been suspended.   CalMac will operate a third of its Clyde and Hebrides ferry services


Missing Divers Found in Gulf of Mexico

A Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew stands with two rescued divers after they were located and rescued Saturday, June 27. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

U.S. Coast Guard crews locate two missing divers in Gulf of Mexico   Two overdue divers offshore from San Jose Island, Texas, were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew Saturday afternoon.   The two San Antonio men, Dennis Garrett and Robert Holms


USMMA's Class of 2019 Arrives for Indoctrination

INDOC 2019 Highest percentage of females ever

  The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) today welcomed its incoming Class of 2019, consisting of 255 plebe candidates representing 46 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. With 50 female candidates, the incoming class has the highest percentage of young women to enter


Impact of Financial Crisis on Greek Shipping

 Image: Reinventing Greece Media Project

 Though international analysts like Morgan Stanley said that the Greek crisis will not have a direct impact on shipping companies, Greek shipping companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges sank on Monday.   Greeks have said No to austerity terms imposed by international creditors






 
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