BIMCO’s President Knud Pontoppidan and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Craig Bone signed a new partnership agreement at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in September 7. The agreement is aimed at enhancing the communication and working relationship between the Coast Guard and the shipping industry. The establishment of the partnership coincides with the development of BIMCO’s guide for seafarers on US Port State Control inspections. Developed in cooperation with the Coast Guard, the guide is aimed at raising awareness amongst seafarers regarding measures implemented on board ships to ensure compliance with MARPOL and SOLAS requirements. The agreement signed represents an expansion of a previous agreement signed in 1998. Subsequent developments since then, including the initiatives and regulations relating to maritime security and BIMCO’s renewed focus on the fair treatment of seafarers warranted the establishment of a more encompassing agreement that covers these matters. BIMCO’s continuing work with the USCG in respect of the global implementation of the SOLAS ISPS Code at port facilities and more recent work relating to concerns surrounding the operation of oily water separators illustrated the need to establish a broadened partnership agreement. It is hoped that the new agreement will strengthen the dialogue between BIMCO and the US Coast Guard as long term strategies are developed to address the future challenges relating to safe
Genoa-based classification society RINA has been authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to conduct plan review and approval and initial and subsequent surveys for U.S.-flagged cargo and passenger vessels. Under the agreement signed yesterday, RINA has received delegation for Load Line, SOLAS, MARPOL, ISM, and Tonnage survey and certification services. The MOA delegating authority and establishing guidelines for co-operation between the USCG and RINA was signed at Coast Guard Headquarters in
Rosneft and ExxonMobil agree to collaborate in the search for offshore energy in the Russian Arctic & Far East, and Alaska. The two companies have agreed to expand their cooperation under their 2011 Strategic Cooperation Agreement to include an additional approximately 600,000 square kilometers (150 million acres) of exploration acreage in the Russian Arctic and potential participation by Rosneft (or its affiliate) in the Point Thomson project in Alaska
Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni have met to discuss the progress of joint projects between the two companies offshore Russia in the Black Sea and Barents Sea, sanctioned in the strategic cooperation agreement signed on 25 April 2012. The executives in charge of the two companies’ upstream, downstream and offshore projects and the CEO of Saipem were also present at the meeting. As part of the agreement, Eni and Rosneft will form joint ventures (Eni 33
KOTC received its fourth giant oil tanker of a capacity of around 2.1 million barrels, from South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Al-Rigga, the last of a total of four tankers ordered from the South Korean firm carries 320,000 tons, and comes amid KOTC's (Kuwait Oil Tankers Company) second phase of plans to renew its fleet according to an agreement signed with the South Koreans in August 2008. The signing ceremony of the tanker delivery was conducted in Kuwait by KOTC's
The New Orleans District, USACE and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources held an historic signing ceremony to launch a major coastal wetlands study. With the signing of the Coast 2050 Feasability Cost Share, the agencies will initiate a $6 million feasibility study of the Barataria Basin. The study will be completed in September 2001. "This is more than just another study," sais Congressman Billy Tauzin of Chackbay, who headed the effort to secure federal funding
Classification society ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (part of the Rio Tinto Group, one of the world’s largest metal and mining companies), announced that they have signed a collaborative agreement focused on the safe carriage of iron ore. The agreement was signed at a ceremony held after a meeting of executives from both companies at the Rio Tinto Japan office on 3 December 2013. ClassNK Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura and Warwick Smith, Managing Director
Northrop Grumman Corp., the number five U.S. defense contractor, said on Tuesday that it has completed its $3.8 billion purchase of warship and defense electronics maker Litton Industries Inc. Los Angeles-based Northrop, which makes high-tech weapons systems, said the purchase will solidify its defense electronics segment while adding shipbuilding and commercial electronics capabilities. The deal cleared required U.S. and European Commission reviews late last month.
Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announce agreements signed for the purchase of twenty Capesize dry bulk vessels and two Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels, as listed below: The total purchase price for the vessels is approximately $1,171 million. About Scorpio Bulkers Inc. Scorpio Bulkers Inc. has contracted and agreed to purchase 28 Ultramax, 23 Kamsarmax and 23 Capesize newbuilding dry bulk vessels to be delivered starting from the second quarter of 2014 from shipyards in Japan, Korea, China and Romania
Rosneft and ExxonMobil jointly agree to develop tight oil reserves in Western Siberia & establish a joint 'Arctic Research Center for Offshore Developments' Rosneft and ExxonMobil agreed to expand and expedite joint efforts to develop oil reserves in tight low-permeability formations in Western Siberia using advanced technologies that ExxonMobil has successfully employed in North America. The other agreement signed will enable ExxonMobil to join the new Arctic Research Center
The IMO requirement has phased installation of ECDIS on board all ships, beginning July 2012. Maersk Tankers, one of the world’s largest product tanker companies, has selected Transas to address this by implementing ECDIS compliance program across the Maersk Tankers’ fleet
Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin says over 50% of its system orders now placed for PSVs, AHTS and associated, advanced service vessels. According to CEO Tore Andersen, the last six months alone have seen 16 new agreements signed
SMM signing ceremony commits DOF to five-year Framework Service Agreement At a signing ceremony at SMM, the international marine trade fair in Hamburg, MAN PrimeServ, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s service division, signed a service framework agreement with DOF ASA
Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today its renewed exclusive standard fit partnership with Fishing Holdings, LLC. The relationship agreement, signed for an additional three years, spans across all Fishing Holdings’ brands including
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) informs that it has entered into a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) establishing the policies and procedures regarding the survey and classification of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The agreement expands the working relationship that has existed
Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. says it has signed a cooperative agreement with Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemicals, Inc. to work together to pursue opportunities for offshore projects for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and abroad. “Gulf Island is excited about the cooperation agreement signed with
Mexico on Friday put into effect an agreement signed in 2012 with the United States to allow companies to exploit deep water oil resources in the Gulf of Mexico that straddle the countries' maritime boundaries. The deal, published in the government's gazette
Sales and technical support agreement signed for Singapore and Myanmar. Eco Marine Power (EMP) announced that it has entered into a sales and support agreement with MINs Control Systems Solution Pte. Ltd. (MCSS) to sell and support EMP's renewable energy solutions for shipping in Singapore and
In another step forward for the Panama Canal Expansion Program, the second shipment of four rolling gates for the Third Set of Locks arrived today from port of Trieste, Italy to the waterway's Atlantic side on board the semi-submersible heavy lift vessel Sun Rise.
Soma Oil & Gas Exploration Limited, the Somalia focused oil and gas exploration company, announced the completion of its offshore seismic acquisition programme which commenced in February 2014. The seismic acquisition programme was carried out by SeaBird Exploration
Workers at Kenya's main port of Mombasa stopped operations for hours on Thursday, demanding more pay and paralysing dock work at the region's main gateway, union and management officials said, with the possibility of more disruptions this week.
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV binding agreement signed / In return for contributing its container business, CSAV becomes new core shareholder of Hapag-Lloyd / Hapag-Lloyd becomes the world’s fourth-largest liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd AG and Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores
By Peter Polack, Reuters Twenty-four Cubans were rescued from a rickety wooden boat by a passing cruise liner which took them to the Cayman Islands, ship owner Carnival Corp said, as growing numbers of migrants try to sail to Central America and eventually reach the United States.
Shell has signed an agreement with the U.K. Government to progress the Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project to the next phase of design. The project, led by Shell, with strategic support from SSE, owners of the Peterhead gas power station in Aberdeenshire
The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) said it has underlined its commitment to investing in the future of the Singapore and global shipping industry by sponsoring S$50,000 through three scholarships during the 2014/2015 academic year. The scholarships will come under the the MaritimeONE