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Standard Absorption Clause Welcomed by Industry

Insurance underwriters and average adjusters have welcomed the recent publication of BIMCO’s Standard General Average Absorption Clause. It is hoped that the initiative will help to promote a broad move away from declaring general average for small and uneconomic claims in all sectors of the industry. The Standard Absorption Clause is designed to be of benefit both to shipowners and insurers by avoiding the time and expense associated with pursuing small general average claims. The Clause is targeted for use in hull and machinery policies covering all types of vessels from container ships, bulk carriers, and tankers to cruise ships. BIMCO’s Deputy Secretary General, Søren Larsen, said that “it is not the first time that the marine insurance sector has looked to BIMCO for assistance in developing and promoting a standard clause for industry-wide use and we are delighted to have been able to continue the excellent working relationship on this occasion”. He continued “we have worked closely with insurance underwriters, average adjusters, shipowners and the International Group of P&I Clubs to ensure that the Standard Absorption Clause fairly represents the interests of all parties. This, we hope, will encourage the Clause’s widespread adoption”. Average adjusters are unequivocal in their support for the new Clause

Slow-Steaming Through a Legal & Insurance Minefield

Image courtesy of UK P&I Club

The UK P&I Club’s publication ‘Hellas Hilights - Issue 28’ recorded Rod Lingard's attendance at the green4Sea Forum and his address on 'The Legal and Insurance Aspects of Slow-Steaming, excerpted as follows: What’s the problem? On one side the owner has an obligation to follow the charterer’s slow-steaming instructions under the charterparty yet on the other the owner has the usually implied obligation under the Bill of Lading to proceed with due dispatch

DHT Reports 4Q 2005 Results

Double Hull Tankers, Inc. announced results for the period from October 18, 2005 to December 31, 2005. Total revenues for this period were $20.2 million and net income was $9.5 million, or $0.32 per share (diluted). The Board of Directors of DHT has declared a dividend of $0.43 per share, which will be paid on March 24, 2006 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 10, 2006. Total revenues of $20.2 million consist of $14.7 million in base charter hire revenue and $5

ACL Announces Three Year Agreement for Employees and Teamsters Local 89

American Commercial Lines Inc. announced that the company has secured a three year agreement for its shipyard employees with the General Drivers, Warehousemen & Helpers (Teamsters), Local Union No. 89. The three year agreement, which was ratified by over 95% of the voters, provides for first year wage increases ranging from 5% to 18% for various job positions resulting in an overall average wage increase of approximately 11%.

DGS Marine Orgainses 1st BE&O P&I Seminar


  DGS Marine, a leading global P&I management provider and exclusive manager for the British European and Overseas (BE&O) P&I facility, has held the first BE&O P&I Seminar in Limassol, Cyprus. Hosted by Captain Andreas Efthimiades, Head of DGS Marine’s Cyprus office and Director of Claims, the seminar was attended by delegates from Cyprus’ shipping and insurance community, with the goal of providing them with a better understanding of some of the most

Gener8 Maritime to Go Public

Image: General Maritime Corporation (now Gener8 Maritime)

 Private equity-backed tanker operator Gener8 Maritime filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to proceed with an initial public offering worth up to $100m.   The company was created in February 2015 via the merger of General Maritime and Navig8 Crude.   New York-based company booked $391 million in pro forma historical sales for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol GNRT.   

General Maritime to Sell Nine Tankers

General Maritime Corporation announced that it has agreed to sell nine OBO Aframax tankers en bloc to Tanker Pacific for $247.5 million. The company expects to realize a net gain of $16.6 million from the sale. The company intends to utilize the proceeds to pay down debt, for corporate purposes which may include share repurchases, and for any future acquisitions that the Company may consider. Deliveries of the nine vessels are expected to be concluded by June 2006.

GMR Combines with Arlington Tankers

General Maritime Corporation (GMR) announced that Historic General Maritime and Arlington Tankers Ltd. have completed their combination to form public company to be known as General Maritime Corporation (formerly known as Galileo Holding Corporation). In accordance with the terms of their merger agreement, Historic General Maritime and Arlington each became wholly-owned subsidiaries of General Maritime. All outstanding shares of both companies were exchanged for shares of General Maritime

EIA: Falling Fuel Costs, Rising U.S. Production Ahead

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its latest Short-Term Energy and Winter Fuels Outlook ( Select highlights follow:   •         EIA projects average U.S. household expenditures for natural gas, heating oil, electricity, and propane will decrease this winter heating season (October 1 through March 31) compared with last winter

Ships 10% Less Fuel Efficient Than Those Built in 1990

Graph by Seas At Risk

 New ships today are no more efficient than they were over twenty years ago, despite shipping industry claims to the contrary. The efficiency of new ships has deteriorated by 10% on average since 1990.   The study also shows that containerships built 30 years ago already, on average, beat the "Energy Efficiency Design Index" (EEDI) standard set by IMO for new ships built in 2020.   The study, "Historical trends in ship design efficiency

India Extends Tax Benefits on Bunker Fuel

India has extended the benefit of nil custom and production tax on bunker fuels to domestic coastal movement of containers, in a move to decongest its roads and reduce carbon emissions, a government statement said on Wednesday. Earlier exemptions form the customs and production tax on bunkering

HMS Announces Management Hires

Steve Carlson (Photo: Harley Marine Services)

Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today.   Prior to joining Harley Marine

ECDIS Ordered for 20 Indonesia Surveillance Vessels

Transas ECDIS has been selected for installation on board 20 surveillance vessels under operation of the Directorate General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (PSDKP – KKP), Republic of Indonesia.  

Saudi Shipping Firm Bahri Posts Big Jump in Q3 Profit

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a significant hike in third-quarter net profit on Thursday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 510.3 million riyals ($136.1 million), up from 84

USS Porter Hosts Albanian Dignitaries

Cmdr. Blair Guy, commanding officer of USS Porter (DDG 78), provides remarks during a distinguished visitor visit while anchored off the coast of Albania Sept. 26, 2015.

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a reception for senior Albanian defense officials aboard the ship September 26. The reception was an expression of Porter’s appreciation for hosting the ship and its crew in Vlore

Scorpio Services Holding Ups Stake in Scorpio Bulkers

Photo: Scorpio Bulkers

Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announces purchase of 1,436,352 common shares by Scorpio Services Holding Limited    Dry bulk commodities shipper Scorpio Bulkers Inc. announced today that Scorpio Services Holding Limited has purchased an aggregate of 1,436

Baltic Sea Freight Index Remains Flat

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained unchanged on Monday.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels

Slower China Growth Hurts Global Shipping Sector: Fitch

Image: China Ocean Shipping Company

 China's slower growth and economic transition will pose significant risks for the already struggling shipping sector, rating agency Fitch said.   The shipping sector is already faces overcapacity, weak freight rates and stretched financials.  

Weaker Capesize Demand Pulls Down Baltic Index

Photo: Alex Sergienko

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry-bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday, primarily due to lower demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax

Allowing US Oil Export Could Push Crude Prices Higher -CBO

Lifting the ban on U.S. crude exports could push the price of domestic oil up roughly $2.50 a barrel in the coming decade, a report from the Congressional Budget Office said on Wednesday.   "CBO estimates that authorizing exports of domestically produced crude oil without restrictions

Stolt-Nielsen's Q3 Numbers Disappoint

Shipping firm Stolt-Nielsen reported third-quarter earnings below forecast on Thursday and said it remained worried by the expected influx of new product tankers in 2016 and 2017. Stolt-Nielsen's June-August operating profit rose to $59.8 million from $45

Ship Operating Costs Down in 2014 -Moore Stephens

Photo: Andrew Aiello

Total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 0.8 percent in 2014, said international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. This compares with the 0.3 percent average fall in costs recorded for 2013

Matson Closes $75mln Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today the issuance of $75 million in 30-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced private placement on July 30, 2015. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 13 years and will

Baltic Index Slips as Demand Falls

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Monday as demand dropped across all vessel categories. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax

Weak Capesize Rates Depress Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday on weak demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels

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