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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

BIMCO to go by York-Antwerp Rules 2016

Søren Larsen Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO

BIMCO’s Documentary Committee, who met in Copenhagen yesterday, have agreed that all new and revised BIMCO charter parties and bills of lading will now refer to general average being adjusted in accordance with the new York-Antwerp Rules (YAR) 2016. The YAR 2016 were adopted by the Assembly of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) at its 42nd International Conference held last week in New York. The YAR 2016 largely reflect the YAR 1994

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%.

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

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

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

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.   

Icy Blast Putting The Big Freeze On Shipping Heat?

Graphics: Clarksons Research

 In Western Europe temperatures so far this winter have remained resolutely mild. However, the global shipping markets remain in general fairly icy, Clarksons Research.   From time to time, shipping market investors still manage to repel the market chill and turn up the heat with their appetite for newbuild and secondhand tonnage. But how hot has 2015 looked in this regard?   Put The Heating On: The ClarkSea Index provides a useful way to take the temperature of industry

Arctic Indigenous Leaders Meet IMO Secretary-General

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 The safety and environmental impact of arctic shipping was on the agenda as International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Secretary-General Kitack Lim received a delegation of arctic indigenous leaders at IMO Headquarters, London (25 October).   

Ship Breaking Activity Grows Slowly but Steadily -BIMCO

Source: BIMCO, Clarksons

Global ship demolition activity rose by 16 percent in the first nine months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015, showcasing shipping industry action to counter the imbalance between supply and demand in the market, according to BIMCO.  

Low Tanker Rates Boost Long-distance Trade -EIA

File photo: Robert Hendry

Recent expansion of the global crude oil and petroleum product tanker fleet has resulted in falling or lower tanker rates for much of 2016 that have widened the geographic scope for economically attractive trade at a time when inventories of both crude oil and petroleum products are at high levels

OOCL Revenue Slides in Q3

Photo: Orient Overseas Container Line

Orient Overseas Container Line's (OOCL) total revenues decreased by 13.8 percent to $1.15 billion, for the third quarter of 2016.   The shipper’s total volumes were up 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Loadable capacity increased by 0.7 percent. The overall load factor was 3

Korea Gas Corp Launches 4-cargo LNG Buy Tender to Refill Stocks

Korea Gas Corp has launched a tender to buy up to four liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes for delivery across the November-February winter period, as it seeks to replenish reserves, traders said.   As strong air conditioning demand this summer and earthquake-related reactor outages helped

Grand Bahama Shipyard Reopens after Hurricane

Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard

The largest shipyard in the Caribbean and Central America, Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBSL), has reopened for business after sustaining minor damages from Hurricane Matthew.   Hurricane Matthew passed through Grand Bahama Island October 6

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

Photo:  Teekay Corporation

 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

ICS Letter to Canadian Transport Minister

Peter Hinchliffe (Photo: ICS)

ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe reaches out to the Canadian Transport Minister in a letter this week. The text of that letter follows below:   Dear Minister Garneau,   I am writing on behalf of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which is the principal global trade

Container Shipping Market has Bottomed Out

Photo: CMA CGM

Hanjin’s receivership represents the trough of the container shipping market and despite continuing concerns of weak trade growth and fleet oversupply a gradual market recovery is now expected, according to the latest annual Container Forecaster and Review 2016/17 report published by global

Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015.   This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction

US Drillers Extend Rig Recovery

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States rose again this week, extending its second-best streak of no cuts into a 17th straight week, with analysts expecting more additions as crude prices hold over $50 a barrel.   Drillers added 11 oil rigs in the week to Oct

Ready for take-off? - Drewry

Tab1e 1 Note 2016 data is up to 20 October only Source Drewry Maritime Research, derived from World Container Index

The recent rally in Asia to Europe spot market rates has improved carriers’ chances of securing higher 2017 contract rates. How much extra will shippers have to fork out? It has been another typically volatile year as far as the spot freight rate market (i.e

US-flag Lakes Cargo Volume Dips in September

File photo: Paul Csizmadia

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 9.1 million tons of cargo in September, a decrease of 7 percent compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). The September float was also 8.7 percent below the month’s five-year average.  

World Fleet Growth: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research says that there has been a rapid expansion in the world fleet over the last decade. However, the pace of growth has slowed dramatically in recent years.    Generally more limited contracting and subsequently significantly lower delivery volumes combined with

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down in September

File photo: Paul Csizmadia

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 5,258,269 tons in September, a decrease of 5.6 percent compared to a year ago, the Lake Carriers’ Association reported. Shipments trailed the month’s five-year average by even more, 15.3 percent.

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