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News Flash! Greek Shipowners Prefer Bulkers

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The buying interest from Greek ship owners is focused on bulkers to an increasing extent, BIMCO said. Data from VesselsValue.com reveal that Greek owners were at the buying end of 43% of all bulker sales completed so far in 2014. As of June 2014, the number of Greek bulker purchases so far is 91, compared to 81 for the full year of 2012. The level of activity seen so far in 2014 would suggest Greek owners are on target to top the 199 bulker purchases completed in 2013. “The interest is much centered on bulkers and has become more and more explicit over the past two years, whereas Greek buying interest in tankers and containerships is flat,” said Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO.  The market share of Greek tanker purchases has averaged at 19% in the past 2.5 years. So far this year, Greek owners has bought 39 tankers, only 12 of these built before 2000. Newbuild Investment Greek ship owners are not only the most active nation when it comes to sales and purchases, they are also investing the most in newbuilding contracts, BIMCO reported. Since 2010, contracts made by owners in Greece total $51B, dwarfing the likes of Norway and China as buyers. “The Greek ship owners’ interest in newbuilding contracts has continued into 2014, where 73 new contracts valued at $4.3 billion have been signed,” said Sand


ITIC Says: Ship Managers Must Beware of Increase in Claims by Owners

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International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says it has seen a noticeable increase in claims against ship managers by shipowners who are going through difficult financial times. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC notes that, as result of their financial difficulties, owners resist paying for the full maintenance of their ships and also end up owing ship managers not only for their own fees but also for disbursements paid on owners’ behalf


Exculpatory Clause in Maritime Contract

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a clear and unequivocal exculpatory clause may exonerate a marina owner from liability to vessel owners for simple negligence. In the instant case, owners of vessels berthed at the marina signed slip agreements containing exoneration clauses. A marina employee negligently repaired a fuel pump on a vessel at the marina. The vessel caught fire and the fire spread to adjacent vessels. The vessel owners sued the marina


Sea Tow Awards New U.S. Franchises

Sea Tow Services International Inc., announced the opening of four new franchises: Sea Tow Buzzards Bay (Mass.), Sea Tow Montauk (N.Y.), Sea Tow Lake Eufaula (Ala.) and Sea Tow Lake Lewisville (Tx.). The company also announced the sale and transfer of ownership of three existing franchise areas. Captain Walter Garschagen is the new owner of Sea Tow Central Hudson (N.Y.), Jim and Jan Pulley are the new owners of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake (Mo.), and Capt


Emergency Evacuation Plan Does Not Create Legal Duties

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that an Emergency Evacuation Plan for a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) does not create legal duties to third parties. U.S. Coast Guard requires the operator of MODUs located on the U.S. outer continental shelf to prepare and submit an emergency evacuation plan. Two employees on a MODU alleged that they were injured while being evacuated to shore as a hurricane approached


BIMCO: Greek Shipowners Prefer Bulkers

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The buying interest from Greek ship owners is focused on bulkers to an increasing extent, BIMCO said. Data from VesselsValue.com reveal that Greek owners were at the buying end of 43% of all bulker sales completed so far in 2014. As of June 2014, the number of Greek bulker purchases so far is 91, compared to 81 for the full year of 2012. The level of activity seen so far in 2014 would suggest Greek owners are on target to top the 199 bulker purchases completed in 2013.


Port of Houston Deepening Project Hits Legal Snag

The Port of Houston Authority Commissioners voted recently to appeal the U.S. District Court's January 25 ruling that the Port should pay for the removal and relocation of pipelines to accommodate the widening and deepening of the Houston Ship Channel. "We believe Congress clearly specified in 1996 that pipeline owners, not the taxpayers of Harris County, should pay for the removal and relocation of pipelines needed to widen and deepen the Ship Channel," said Port Chairman James T. Edmonds


Tanker Owners Fight Back

Tanker owners, who have been retreating on freight rates for crude cargoes for several weeks, have started to fight back in recent days, especially for prompt loading dates, brokers said on Thursday. The defiant mood was illustrated by the fixture of a VLCC from the Tankers International pool to Petronas at W57.5 ($0.45), about 40 percent above the prevailing market rate. Loading in the Mideast Gulf is scheduled for two days' time with discharge in Malacca, brokers said.


GAC China Launches New Pollution Control Service

GAC China launched a new specialist service to help ship owners comply with stringent new anti-pollution regulations that come into force at the country’s ports on March 1, 2012. Under the China Maritime Safety Agency (MSA) rules, owners and operators of vessels carrying any cargo deemed to represent a potential pollution risk in Chinese territorial waters must work with a Government-approved Ship Pollution Response Organisation (SPRO) to establish and implement a detailed Ship Pollution


ClassNK Announces Massive Expansion in Europe

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Classification society ClassNK announced it will soon open more than five new offices in Europe. The announcement was made during a press conference held during the Nor-Shipping 2013 exhibition, and was highlighted by a special signing ceremony which saw four renowned Northern European owners officially transfer nearly a dozen vessels to ClassNK. The new expansion which includes new offices already established in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and Ebeltoft


Harvey Gulf Outsources IHM to Metizoft

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Harvey Gulf has signed a framework agreement with Metizoft on maintenance and quality assurance of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM).   Vessels with IHM documentation must be maintained at all times and reflect the actual ship sailing


Coldharbour Marine's New UK Office

Coldharbour Marine- new UK Headquarters signals recruitment drive‏

  Coldharbour Marine, long recognised for the design, manufacture and supply of inert gas and fluid handling equipment vessels (FPSOs) has moved into a new 25k sq. ft. headquarters in Linby, Nottinghamshire. All of Coldharbour’s administration, design, research and development functions


Gypsy Moth Clause Takes Balanced Approach to Risk

Multiple US-bound ships delayed by Asian Gypsy Moth

  A new BIMCO clause provides a simple, practical and commercial solution focusing on the basic obligations and responsibilities of owners and charterers when dealing with the Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM). The spread by ships of AGM poses a severe risk to agricultural resources in many parts of


The 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit

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Sign-up for this year’s most in-depth exchange of information and best venue for BWT stakeholders to network and meet their regulatory peers is underway.   Infocast’s 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit will take place in Long Beach, CA, from February 3-5, 2015


Great Ships of 2014: M/V Harvest Leader - ECO Class PCTC

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Harvest Leader is an ECO CLASS 7700 units PCTC, built at Hyundai Mipo Dock (HMD) and delivered in October 2014 with a CLEAN class notation. The efficient Post Panamax design was achieved via close collaboration of the owner, the builder and class, in this case DNV GL


Condor Ferries Sells 2 Vessels to Greek Firm

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Condor Ferries has confirmed it is selling two ferries - Condor Vitesse and Condor Express - to make way for the new super ferry.  The vessels, built in Tasmania in 1997 and 1998, have been sold to Greek firm Seajets for an undisclosed sum


Ship Efficiency a Priority, Even with Low Crude Prices

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Ship efficiency is just as relevant and important in a bearish oil market as when shipowners have to pay over $600 for a metric ton of heavy fuel oil, Newport Shipping avows.   Hakan Ozcan, the Chief Financial Officer of Ecoships, the technical ship management arm of Newport Shipping Group


COSCOL Profit Jumps

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Shanghai Stock Exchange-listed COSCO Shipping Company Limited (COSCOL) says its profits shot up 491% year on year (y/y) to CNY193M ($31M) in 2014. Revenue improved 3% year-on-year.  The results also boosted by government subsidies and benefitted from cost cutting measures


British Security Initiative Targets Marine Theft

(L) Howard Pridding, Chief Executive, British Marine Federation and (R) Kevin Howells, Managing Director of Datatag (Photo courtesy: British Marine Federation)

The British Marine Federation has partnered with security experts Datatag to help owners avoid theft of marine outboards. At the CWM FX London Boat Show today, the two organizations announced a new security initiative called COMPASS; the Combined Official Marine Property and Security System as


Ghana's Navy Frees Hijacked Tanker

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The Ghana Navy has foiled a pirate attack on a Nigerian cargo vessel, MT Mariam and captured all eight bandits.  The pirates were armed, but no one, including a nine-member crew aboard MT Mariam, was injured when the Ghana Navy crew aboard GNS BLIKA effected the arrest.  


USCG Warns of Adverse Weather in Bay Area

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  The Coast Guard advises exercising caution on and around the San Francisco Bay coastline and waterfronts, as excessively high tides are expected through mid-week. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood statement for a series of King Tides


Editorial: BWTS. Like it or Not, Here it Comes

Gregory R. Trauthwein  Associate Publisher & Editor

With age comes perspective, and in my 20 plus years reporting on this industry I have seen my fair share of regulation that has served to ‘raise the hackles’ of ship owners. It is quite simple really; new regulation often means new procedure, new design, new equipment and new costs


Chemical Tanker Turned OSV

In its former life, Uksnoy Shipping’s seismic support vessel Rig Adromeda was a Turkish-built chemical tanker,  converted to an Offshore Service Vessel with a twist: an innovative permanent-magnet propulsion system from Inpower. (Photo courtesy Uksnoy Shipping)

With innovation in its Norwegian DNA, Uksnoy Shipping took a chemical tanker and made it into an Offshore Service Vessel with an innovative propulsion system. The conversion of a Turkish-made chemical tanker and its retrofitting with a promising new energy-saving propulsion system in 2013


The Ballast Water Management Conundrum

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U.S. System Approvals are Key; Detailed Pre-Planning Urged Ten years on, there’s little certain about ballast water management regulations that the industry can chart a course around other than that it will be expensive – possibly the most costly marine retrofit to date


Vroon Adds Twelfth Tanker

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Dutch ship owner Vroon has confirmed the purchase of the MT ST Charlotte, a 2006-built bitumen/molten sulphur tanker. The vessel will be renamed Iver Ability and brings the total number of Vroon's bitumen tankers to twelve.  A statement on Vroon's website said






 
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