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ClassNK Issues Approval for ECDIS Training

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ClassNK Issues First Type Specific Training Course Approval for ECDIS Certification to FURUNO INS Training Center Singapore. ClassNK issued its first Type Specific Training Course approval for an ECDIS(Electronic Chart Display and Information System) Training Course offered by FURUNO INS Training Center Singapore. The approval, which coincides with the grand opening of the new training center, certifies that the course offered by the center complies with the leading classification society’s new Standard for Maritime Education & Training   New requirements for the installation of ECDIS systems will be phased in from 1 July 2012, after which vessels will be required to navigate using ECDIS as their primary chart system. As part of this process, masters and deck officers will be required to undergo adequate training and prove their understanding and proficiency in using the new systems.   In addition to the generic ECDIS training required by the STCW Convention and Code, the governments of the UK and Ireland, as well as the Paris MOU, require masters and all deck officers on flag vessels which make use of ECDIS systems as their primary means of navigation undergo Type Specific ECDIS training for the ECDIS systems used onboard their vessels. In recognition of the growing demand for not only rigorous generic ECDIS training courses, but also high quality training programs for individual ECDIS Systems


Bureau Veritas Issues First EEDI Certificate

Sinopacific's Crown63 class Bulk Carrier, JS Amazon, gains BV's first EEDI rating   Leading international classification society Bureau Veritas has issued its first EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) certificate to the ultramax geared bulk carrier JS Amazon, the lead ship in a new generation of ‘CROWN63’ vessels developed by China’s  Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group with bulk carrier expert Setaf-Saget.  


MISC To Raise $600M To Buy Ships

Malaysia International Shipping Corp (MISC) will raise about $600 million in global bonds by mid-2001 to partly fund the purchase of four ships worth some $1 billion. "We are first going to the market to be rated by international agencies like Standard & Poor's and Moody's and then will look at issuing bonds," MISC managing director Mohd Ali Yasin said. He said the credit ratings and the bond issue, the first by MISC globally, would be completed by middle of next year.


Bergesen Books Big Loss On Kvaerner Sale

Bergesen d.y. ASA booked a net loss of $24.3 million from the sale of all of its shares and rights issues in Kvaerner. Bergesen sold Kvaerner A-shares at 107.45 crowns and rights issues in A-shares at 24.45 crowns. From the first quarter of 2000 Bergesen's accounting has been done in dollars. It said as a result of the conversion from Norwegian crowns, the book value of the shares in Kvaerner were set at the dollar value at the time of acquisition


Liberia issues first Maritime Labour Convention Certificate

THE Liberian Registry has carried out the first ship inspection for compliance with the ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), ahead of its entry into force. The inspection was performed on board the 7,000 teu containership UASC Yanbu, owned by D Oltmann Reederei GmbH & Co KG of Bremen, Germany, and managed by Anglo Eastern Ship Management Limited, at the port of Hamburg on March 29, 2011. Commending Anglo Eastern Ship Management Limited and the ship’s master and crew for


Euronav Pays Bond to Buy 15 Maersk Tankers

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Euronav NV will repay the US$235 million bond issued to finance the acquisition of 15 VLCC oil tankers from Maersk Tankers Singapore, following a closure of its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of ordinary shares on the New York Stock Exchange. According to press release, Euronav issued notice to exercise its right to request the contribution of 30 outstanding perpetual convertible preferred equity securities on January 30, 2015. It  expects to repay the bond on or around February 19, 2015


FMC Declines to Expedite Appeal Process

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order denying the appeal of Canaveral Port Authority whose earlier motion to stay discovery and expedite its appeal had been denied by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The FMC has initiated two proceedings against the port authority: one alleging unjust refusal to establish reasonable regulations relating to towing services in the port and another alleging unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate


Ocean Tankers to Raise $13m from IPO

Ocean Tankers Holdings PCL aims to raise about $13.38m from the initial public offering (IPO) that starts in the first such issue of a new company to list on the Cyprus Stock Exchange in two years. The company, presently privately owned by the Michael Ioannides Group and its affiliates, has a fleet of three double-hull tankers under the Cypriot and Maltese flags and the proceeds of the issue, that will reduce the principal shareholder’s stake to just below 70%


Intertanko Launches Website at www.intertanko.com

This site will serve as a communication channel to the membership and colleagues in the tanker shipping world. Over the next few weeks, content will be added and will include more of the issues INTERTANKO is working on. Public information is accessible via the top-bar menu, including general information, membership, press releases, book shop, useful links etc. Tanker facts, a press room and image gallery are soon to follow.


This Day in Naval History – March 23

1815 - USS Hornet captures HMS Penguin in battle lasting 22 minutes 1882 - SECNAV Hunt issues General Order No. 292 creating Office of Naval Intelligence. 1917 - Launching of USS New Mexico, first dreadnought with turboelectric drive 1945 - Carriers begin pre-assault strikes on Okinawa, kamikaze attacks follow 1958 - First launching of simulated Polaris missile from submerged tactical launcher facility off CA.


China, Russia in Sea of Japan Joint Military Drills

China and Russia will hold joint naval and air defence drills in the Sea of Japan, China said on Thursday, the latest exercises between the two countries which could concern Japan, involved in a marine dispute with China to the south. The manoeuvres also come as the United States ramps up


MARAD to Host Meeting on Proposed Delfin LNG License

MARAD Announces Public Scoping Meetings for Proposed Delfin Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port Export Facility.   On July 29, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) published a Federal Register Notice of Intent (NOI) advising the public that the agency, in coordination with the U.S


Activists Block Shell's Arctic Drilling Quest

Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone.   The 13 Greenpeace protestors


Cruise Industry Wins Key Norovirus Judgment

Maria Pittordis (Photo: Hill Dickinson)

In what is being seen as a landmark decision, Hill Dickinson is the first law firm to have successfully defended a UK class action case involving a Norovirus outbreak onboard a cruise liner.  The case, which involved an outbreak of gastroenteritis onboard the “THOMSON SPIRIT”


GE Shipping to Raise Funds via NCD

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 Great Eastern Shipping Company (GE Shipping), India’s largest private shipping company, is planning to raise up to Rs 500 crore ($79 million) through non-convertible debentures (NCDs) on a private placement basis, says PTI.  


Concerns Remain Over the Use of Low-sulphur Fuel

As a global move toward using cleaner fuel takes place, countries are forming new or reforming old regulations which see jurisdictions increasingly demanding the use of low-sulphur fuel in ships that berth in their ports. This results in a possibility for heavy penalties to be imposed on


Preventing Loss of Propulsion After Fuel Switch to Low Sulfur Distillate Fuel

Capt. Jeff Cowan

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) ANNEX VI Regulation 14 requires ships with Marine Compression-Ignition Engines at or Above 30 Liters per Cylinder use fuel with sulfur content less than 0.1%, after 01 January 2015 within the Baltic Sea area –


Captain Issued RMI’s First Unlimited Yacht License

Captain Jeff Perlstein, Faculty Coordinator, MPT; Amy Morley-Beavers, Academic Principal and Vice President of Regulatory Compliance, MPT; Captain Roberto Beretta; Captain Scott Field, Simulation Training Manager, MPT; and Captain John Hafner, Vice President, Seafarers’ Manning & Training, IRI.  (Photo: MPT)

Captain Roberto Beretta the first in the world to be issued this specific and highly-esteemed Master (Yachts) - Unlimited license by the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator   Private maritime training school Maritime Professional Training (MPT) announced it recently


China: U.S. Influencing Philippines' Case Outcome

China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday the United States was trying to influence a South China Sea arbitration case filed by the Philippines after a senior U.S. official said China would be obligated to abide by the tribunal's decision. China has for years insisted that disputes with rival


Carnival Faces Penalties Over ADA Compliance

Carnival Breeze (Photo: Carnival Corp.)

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Carnival Corp. Over ADA Violations by Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises   The U.S. Justice Department and Carnival Corp. have reached a comprehensive, landmark settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities


Canada Commissions Study on Underwater Noise

Green Marine has signed a nine-month contract with Transport Canada to provide insight on underwater noise generated by shipping and its effects on marine life, along with potential solutions. “This agreement is a logical next step following the Memorandum of Cooperation that Green


FERC Approves Excelerate’s Offshore GasPort

Rendering of the proposed facility, the Aguirre Offshore GasPort (Photo: Excelerate Energy)

Excelerate receives approval to move forward with the construction and operation of LNG terminal   On July 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its order granting authorization to Excelerate Energy, in cooperation with the Puerto Rico Electric Power


NOIA Applauds RI Offshore Wind Project

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi issued a statement congratulating “steel in the water” for Deep Water Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm, stating an all-of-the-above strategy combining offshore wind with offshore oil and gas off the U.S


Gazprom Earmarks RUB 10.8 bln for R&D

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  Gazprom Group continues earmarking considerable funds for financing research and development (R&D) activities. In 2014 a record-breaking amount in the whole Company history – RUB 10.82 billion – was devoted to these purposes


General Dynamics Tops Q2 Estimates

General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard (Photo: NASSCO/Ken Wright)

General Dynamics Corp, a maker of ships, tanks and business jets, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenues on Wednesday, and sharply raised its outlook for full-year profit. Net profit increased 16.4 percent to $752 million for the second quarter from $646 million a year






 
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