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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


Seized Hanjin Shipping Vessel Resumes Operation in South Africa

Hanjin Paradip. Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 Hanjin Paradip resume  its sailing from South Africa as talks continue with owner over unpaid charter fees. The ship had been detained in Richards Bay, South Africa earlier last week over unpaid charter fees.   The vessel in 82,158 deadweight tonnage (DWT) was used to carry grain and minerals.   “We agreed with the ship owner that the normal vessel operation is the most important for interests of the both parties,” Hanjin said


Ocean Signal, AMI Marine Unveil E101V Float-Free EPIRB

Ocean Signal E101V float-free EPIRB with integrated VDR memory capsule

Marine communications specialist Ocean Signal and VDR manufacturer AMI Marine will introduce a new float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data recorder (VDR) memory capsule at this year’s SMM in Hamburg. The Ocean Signal E101V provides a reliable and innovative solution for commercial


Liftboat Jinshan 1 Delivered

Photo: A. K. Suda

A 97.5m truss-legged liftboat designed by A. K. Suda (SUDA) has been completed and is being delivered to its owner, following on the heels of a 91.5m truss leg liftboat delivered earlier this year. Built by Triyards Marine for Swissco Offshore


Caribbean Fantasy Fire Extinguished

The passenger ferry vessel Caribbean Fantasy is towed to Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor on August 20, 2016. There were 511 passengers and crew evacuated from the vessel on August 17, 2016, following a fire on board. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

A fire that broke out aboard the passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy at 7:42 a.m. on August 17 has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely in port.   The Caribbean Fantasy is covered under Ardent’s OPA-90, Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting “SMFF” coverage


NAT Names 2 New Tankers in South Korea

Mr. and Mrs. Yean Sin Kim, Siv Helset, Marianne Lie, Mr. Herbjørn and Mrs. Solveig Hansson. (Photo: ©Thorbjørn Damhaug)

wo new tankers, Nordic Star and Nordic Space, were named August 24 for owner Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT).   NAT founder and chairman Herbjørn Hansson was present at the naming ceremony, along with the chargé d'affaires a.i


Hong Kong Shipowner Issues Funds to Detained Vessel

Image: Hong Kong Shipowners Association

 The owners of Five Stars Fujian have at last paid for much-needed supplies to the Hong Kong vessel, which has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority since August 12, reports local media.   The Five Stars Fujian has been detained off the port of Gladstone in  by


Gibdock Records Busiest Season

Gibdock played host to four offshore support vessels at the same time at the end of June. Photo Gibdock

Simultaneous attention to four offshore support vessels at Gibdock demonstrates that the Gibraltar yard is now a regional hub for this specialized repair, maintenance and renewal work, operating as a base for mobilisation and de-mobilisation projects.


Harris Pye Announces New Scrubber Installations

The Harris Pye Engineering Group is currently engaged in turnkey scrubber installation packages for major cruise line companies.   On August 3, 2016 Harris Pye completed the installation of an Advanced Emission Purification System, fully automated


How Long Will Shipping Downturn Last ?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping is a cyclical business. For many years, Clarksons Research has tracked the ups and downs of its cycles via the ClarkSea Index, a weighted average of vessel earnings in the main shipping sectors.    In the first half of August, the index averaged less than $7,500/day


Will Vessel Prices Continue Relentless Slide?

Graph: Poten & Partners

 Tanker Opinions, published Poten & Partners says that, for a shipowner, there are usually a few twists to the traditional capital budgeting process.   A shipowner that is deciding whether to invest in new capacity has at least three other factors to consider: (1) his


Green Ships & Compliance

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Environmental regulations for ships are getting more stringent, but automated sensor technology could help ship operators remain in compliance.   The recent agreement signed in Paris, at the UN Climate Change Conference, will require all industries to keep reducing their greenhouse gas


Eastern Delivers Escort Tug to Suderman & Young

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

On July 29, 2016, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered Oceanus (Hull# 240), the third in series of four identical Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs built for Suderman & Young Towing Company at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility.  


Damen Now Offfers AEC Scrubbers

(Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards Group said it has signed a sales agreement with scrubber producer AEC Maritime, meaning Damen will now be able to offer ship owners exclusive access to efficient, low maintenance and IMO-certified exhaust gas scrubber technologies.  


US Coast Guard Announces Final TWIC Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the publication of the final rule concerning Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader requirements. The rule requires owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to conduct electronic inspections


Big Tankers' Need for Retrofit Slows Use of New Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The promise that some oil traders and brokers saw for an expanded Panama Canal to become a new route for large tankers will take longer to realize than expected because many ships must first undergo inconvenient retrofits to transit through the new locks, shipping industry experts said.  


European Owners Lead in Buying Up Secondhand Tonnage

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 With European owners leading the pack in buying up vessels, the sale and purchase market appears to have been notably active in recent years, reveals Clarkson Research Services Limited.   While Europe has been the main buyer region






 
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