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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


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.


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%.


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


Double Hull Tankers Announces Results

Double Hull Tankers, Inc. announced results for the period from January 1 to March 31, 2006. Total revenues for this period were $24.2 million and net income was $11.7 million, or $0.39 per share (diluted). On October 18, 2005, having completed its initial public offering, DHT acquired seven double hull crude oil tankers from Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) and commenced operations as an independent tanker company


Bourbon Q1 2011 Revenues

Bourbon reported that the recovery expected in the 4th quarter of 2010 was confirmed In the 1st quarter of 2011. Q1 2011 revenues up 23.8% year-on-year up 6.4% over the previous quarter. Commenting on the first quarter results, Christian Lefèvre, Chief Executive Officer of BOURBON, said: “As anticipated at the end of 2010, the market recovery is contributing to pushing vessel utilization rates up to 83.1% whilst daily rates are slightly higher than those in the fourth quarter of


India's Great Eastern Shipping Sells Two

A dry bulk carrier has been delivered to the buyers & the contract for sale of a product carrier tankship has also been signed. The Great EasternShipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) has delivered its 1995 built Panamax dry bulk carrier Jag Arnav (about 71,000 dwt) to undisclosed buyers. Earlier, the company contracted to sell Jag Pawar, a 1988-built general purpose product carrier of about 29,900 dwt, with delivery to the buyers in Q1 2014.


Matson Closes $100 Million Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced the issuance today of $100 million in 30-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced private placement on November 6, 2013. The notes have a weighted average life of approximately 14.5 years and bear interest at a rate of 4.35%, payable semiannually. The proceeds from the private placement of notes will be used for general corporate purposes.


Impact of Upcoming Regulations on Wreck Removal

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The Nairobi International Convention on wreck removal was ratified by India recently and will be enforceable from April next year. This will place financial responsibility for the removal of certain hazardous wrecks on shipowners. Acknowledging this change


General Dynamics Wins US Navy Award for F/A-18 Mission Computers

Testing new computer

  General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded a $16.2 million contract by the U.S. Navy to produce Type-3 Advanced Mission Computers (AMC) for the F/A-18 E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft


Ban Welcomes Leonardo DiCaprio as UN Messenger of Peace

Pictured left to right United Nations Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN PhotoMark Garten

   As the eyes of the world turn to New York City, where thousands of people are expected to gather today for a massive march in advance of a United Nations climate summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday welcomed UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio


Ban Launches UN Ebola Response Mission

Two midwives in Ebola protective gear supplied by UNFPA hand over a newborn to her mother at the Star of the Sea Clinic in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo UNFPA Liberia

  IMO Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has officially established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response and has instructed the advance teams for the first-of-its-kind operation to head to its base in Accra, Ghana, by Monday, 22 September.


Look No Hands! Concept Short-sea Trader

Revolt rendering courtesy of DNV GL

DNV GL say that the increasing stress placed on land based logistic networks is driving the search for alternatives, and one of the most promising is short sea shipping. In response their researchers  have developed “ReVolt”, a vessel they claim is greener


Asia-Europe Container Freight Rates Fall 6.6%

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 6.6 percent to $1.055 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Ceremony Marks the Construction of 5 American Tankers

APT 1 Start of Construction Ceremony

  General Dynamics NASSCO and City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer today signaled the start of construction of five American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony for the first tanker, the APT-1, at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.


Short-Term U.S. Energy Outlook

Short-Term Energy Outlook - U.S. Energy Information Administration  EIA .

  The U.S Energy Information Adminstration have provided projections in their short-term Energy Outlook. The highlights are as follows: Highlights     * Driven in large part by falling crude oil prices, U.S. regular gasoline retail prices fell to an average of $3


General Dynamics Wins U.S. Navy Nuclear-Submarine Contract

General Dynamics to Provide U.S. Navy with Nuclear-Submarine Support Work

  The U.S. Navy has awarded a $234 million contract to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. The contract has a total potential value of $1.5 billion over five years if all options are exercised


US Imports Above Average as Port Contract Talks Continue

Container lift: File photo

Retailers concerned by the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract will continue to bring merchandise into the country at above-average levels this month but volume will drop from the record set in August, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National


Ocean Three Containership Alliance v the Rest: DMR Analysis

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Last Tuesday’s announcement of the formation of the “Ocean Three” alliance – actually a combination of vessel sharing, slot exchange and slot charter agreements – confirmed one of the worst kept industry secrets


Edouard to be First Major 2014 Atlantic Hurricane

Edouard, a Category 2 hurricane, may become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season by Monday night although it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said. The fourth hurricane and fifth named storm of the season had top sustained winds of nearly 105 mph (165


Mideast Crude Tanker Rates Near 3-month Low

Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route fell to their lowest in nearly three months as a slowdown in business in recent days battered rate sentiment. The world's benchmark VLCC export route from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan <DFRT-ME-JAP> on Monday reached W37


Cook Joins Horizon Shipbuilding as Operations VP

Travis Short (left) with Mickey Cook

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced that Mickey Cook has joined the corporation as the Vice President of Operations for the Bayou La Batre shipyard. Cook, one of the founders of C & G Boatworks, where he served as General Manager, brings 38 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry


Austal Delivers Fourth JHSV to the US Navy

Photo courtesy of Austal USA

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) from Austal USA yesterday, a week shy of six months from the date they took delivery of JHSV 3. This is the fourth Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) delivered to date for the JHSV Program which totals 10 ships at over $1.6 billion.






 
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