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Offshore UK: Government Brokers Use of BP Emergency Vessel

The agreement between the government and BP allows HM Coasguard to call on a BP-chartered vessel in the event of a pollution incident. An operational and commercial model has been brokered with the oil industry allowing HM Coastguard to call on a BP-chartered vessel, the Grampian Frontier, to provide support in the event of a pollution incident. The Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) operates west of Shetland and the owner North Star Shipping is working with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to ensure that the crew and equipment are able to respond. The involvement of the Frontier builds on the UK Government’s commitment last year to fund an Emergency Towing Vessel in waters around Scotland for the duration of the current Spending Review. As a signal of their commitment to the industry scheme, BP also announced that it is investing up to $250,000 towards new towing equipment to upgrade its fleet of Caledonian regional support vessels. This investment will enhance their ability to also respond in the event of an incident. The Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore MP said: “This is the first agreement of its kind in the UK, and I would like to thank BP and North Star for their commitment and enthusiasm for this work. The legacy of the Braer disaster has great resonance in Scotland and beyond. Today’s agreement shows a clear commitment and leadership by BP and North Star to support efforts to protect the environment.”


TotalFina Tightens Tanker Regulations After Erika Spill

Oil giant TotalFina, which chartered the ill-fated oil tanker Erika, has tightened its policy on chartering older tankers. However, company officials stressed that a new age limit on large ships, which would not have stopped it chartering the mid-sized Erika, need to be backed up by tougher international maritime standards and greater transparency of safety checks. The company is cutting to 20 years from 25 the upper age limit on chartered vessels of 80,000 dwt and above


Odfjell Expands Fleet

Odfjell has bought M/T "Giada D" from Italian owners. The vessel is built in 1996 at Chantiere Navale de Poli, Italy and she is 10,115 dwt with stainless steel cargo tanks. The change of ownership will take place in 3rd Quarter 2006. Further, Odfjell has entered into a long-term time-charter agreement with purchase option for a vessel of 33.000 dwt with stainless steel cargo tanks. The ship will be built at Kitanihon Shipyard, Japan, and will be owned by Yuyo Steamship Co Ltd, Japan


Concordia Increases Exposure with Tanker Contract

Stena Supreme

Concordia Maritime takes a position in the Stena Bulk’s Suezmax fleet corresponding to a 50 percent charter of one tanker.   The transaction was done by Stena Bulk and the vessel will operate during one year on the open spot market in the successful Stena Sonangol Suezmax pool, which already includes Concordia Maritime’s Suezmax tanker Stena Supreme.   The chartered vessel was built in South Korea in 2012 and has a deadweight of 158,000 tons


Subsea 7 to Slash Workforce, Cull Fleet

Photo courtesy of Subsea 7

Oil services firm Subsea 7 plans to cuts its workforce by close to 20 percent and reduce its fleet of 39 by up to 11 vessels as global oil and gas firms continue to cut spending after the plunge in crude oil prices. Subsea 7, which focuses on the North Sea but has a global operation, expects to cuts it workforce by around 2,500 by early 2016 from about 13,000 at the end of end of 2014, it said in a statement. "The global fleet will be reduced by up to 11 vessels


Samskip Charters Box Ship to Boost Norway Capacity

MV Alk  (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip has increased capacity on Norway by chartering the 657 TEU container vessel MV Alk, built in 2004 and measuring 132.60 x 19.20 metres. Caesar Luikenaar, Trade Director Scandinavia Trade says the company has deployed the 8,015 DWT vessel on the weekly Norwegian West Coast service which is experiencing significant traffic growth. “This vessel first departed last Monday and is well equipped for the weekly route between the Norwegian West Coast and Europe


Hamburg Sud's First Chilean Christening

Hamburg Sud conducted its first Chilean Christening in its 137-year history. Hamburg Sud has christened a container ship in Chile, the ceremony took place in Valparaiso on 9 January 2009. The Cap Graham is one of a series of three identical 4,294 TEU charter vessels of Norddeutsche Reederei H. Schuldt. Together with her two sister ships, the Cap Gilbert and Cap Gregory, as well as Hamburg Sud's Bahia class vessels, the Cap Graham is sailing in Sling 1 of the Hamburg Sud liner service


Offshore Solutions’ OAS, 1000 Connections

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Offshore Solutions B.V. (OSBV) reported that the OAS, mounted onboard the GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. (GSEPN) chartered vessel, REM Mermaid, has achieved over 1,000 operational connections without any LTIs. An OAS is a heave compensated telescopic gangway, enabling the safe transfer of personnel from a vessel to an offshore installation (wind turbine, oil or gas platform) designed to operate in 2.5 metre Hs (significant wave height) sea states


Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Reaches Agreement With Korea Lines Corporation

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NEW YORK, March 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq:EGLE) ("Eagle Bulk") announced today that it has reached a comprehensive agreement with the Receivers of Korea Line Corporation ("KLC") regarding twelve time-chartered vessels impacted by KLC's decision to file for protective receivership earlier this year. The agreement follows extensive and highly constructive dialogue between the two parties.


Rodriguez Appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator

Mike Rodriguez

Mike Rodriguez, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alum, was sworn in as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD). Rodriguez has more than 35 years experience as a maritime industry professional in both the public and private sectors. He joins MARAD from the Navy’s National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office. Prior to that, he served in the Military Sealift Command and in other active duty tours in the Navy


Singapore Exchange Completes Baltic Exchange Takeover

Singapore Exchange has completed its takeover of the privately-owned Baltic Exchange, sealing an 87 million pound ($108 million) deal for one of London's oldest institutions, the groups said on Tuesday. The acquisition is one of the latest developments in a string of mergers


Hanjin Fleet Shrinks

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co

 Following its bankruptcy filing, Hanjin Shipping Co.’s fleet has shrunk to about a tenth of its size after the South Korean container line returned most of its chartered vessels to owners, reports Bloomberg.   All but three of the remaining 14 ships are either stranded or have


Korea Line to Take Over Hanjin's Asia-US Route

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 South Korea’s Korea Line has been picked as the preferred bidder to buy the troubled shipper Hanjin Shipping’s Asia-US operations, beating Hyundai Merchant Marine, reports Reuters.   The judge at the Seoul Central District Court


Eimskip Acquires Nor Lines

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 Iceland-based Eimskip has agreed to acquire Norwegian shipping and logistics company Nor Lines. According to Eimskip, the operation of Nor Lines has been challenging in recent years and the business will be restructured in order to improve the firm’s services.  


SGX Prods Baltic Exchange Shareholders to Okay Bid

Total valuation of potential deal at least $113 million; Baltic shareholders key to clinching sale agreement. Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) plans to buy one of London's oldest institutions, the Baltic Exchange where shipping rates are published


Ince to Advise Danaos on HMM Restructuring

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 Ince & Co’s London and Piraeus corporate, finance and shipping teams have advised long-standing client Danaos Corporation on Korean container line Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM), Ltd.’s US$2.1 billion restructuring.  


Baltic Exchange Board Backs SGX Bid

The Baltic Exchange board has unanimously backed a takeover bid from Singapore Exchange Ltd , a deal that will give SGX access to a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market.   On Aug. 4, SGX offered shareholders in London's privately owned Baltic Exchange 160


Hanjin - Possible Risks for Cargo Insurers

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 As a consequence of Hanjin Shipping's financial collapse one can anticipate that there will be displaced containers worldwide with Hanjin vessels being arrested short of or at destination, being moored up or remaining outside port limits to avoid arrest or being stuck at a port short of


Busan: Business May Not be As Usual, Post Hanjin

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Though Busan Port, the largest customer of Hanjin Shipping and hit hardest by the Liner's collapse,  asserts that everything is under control, doubts are being raised on Hanjin rehab plan as ships clog at the South Korean port, reports Reuters.  


Hanjin Gets $45 Million Credit Line From KDB

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 Korea Development Bank has offered a conditional credit line of 50 billion won ($45 million) to help ease supply-chain disruptions caused by the collapse of Hanjin Shipping Co, says a report in Reuters.   An estimated $14 billion of cargo was trapped on Hanjin ships when the world's


Baltic Exchange Shareholders Approve Singapore Exchange Takeover

Baltic Exchange shareholders on Monday approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions, in a deal that will give SGX access to the multi-billion-dollar freight derivatives market.


Maersk Mulls Quick Acquisitions

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 Danish shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S’s container altered its strategy this month by planning to expand its fleet through acquisition, breaking from its previous preference of building its own boats, reports Forbes.  


Maersk Line Implements BigOceanData Vessel Tracking

Photo: Maersk Line

BigOceanData and Maersk Line have entered into a two-year agreement whereby BigOceanData will deliver vessel tracking services to Maersk Line. The initial system went live on August 1, 2016 and is already in use in operation centers around the world on both desktop and mobile devices


Volkswagen Opts for LNG-powered Shipping

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 The Volkswagen Group said it will use two vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) on routes between Europe and North America from 2019, in a move that aims to improve the environmental balance of its marine transport fleet.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady

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Owners seeking to push rates higher, close to year-long highs; dry bulk sector to see greater consolidation - BIMCO. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain steady next week even as owners try to push rates up close to year-highs






 
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