UANI calls on the Korean Register of Shipping to stop certifying IRISL vessels and Iranian oil tankers United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) calls on the Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) to stop certifying Iranian shipping vessels, specifically those of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC). Reportedly, KRS is the one and only classification societies in the world that continues to provide Iranian vessels with safety certificates. The prominent European shipping services Bureau Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd recently stopped certifying Iranian vessels in response to UANI. In a June 25 letter to Oh Kong-gyun, KRS Chairman & CEO, UANI CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, explained how KRS’s activities help Iran circumvent multilateral sanctions, and violate sanctions imposed by the Republic of Korea: The lettter adds that KRS’s irresponsible decision to provide certification services at a time when responsible businesses are leaving Iran undermines the efforts of the international community to isolate the Iranian regime and directly aids IRISL’s deceptive and illegal activities.
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) calls on Korean Register of Shipping to comply with international sanctions United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, has issued a statement regarding the Korean Register of Shipping’s (KR) response to UANI, as reported in the Reuters article “S.Korea ship classifier defends Iran marine work”, as follows: UANI is both concerned and certain that KR is placing the short-term profits of those that benefit from its
At a ceremony in Busan, Korea on 12 March, the chairman and CEO of the Korean Register – an IACS member classification society – together with over 300 VIP guests, formally broke the ground to start construction of KR’s new head office. As part of its continuing international development plans, the Korean Register is expanding its core headquarters staff and has outgrown its current headquarters in Daejeon, central Korea
South Korea will ban, according to a Yonhap report, all single-hull tanker operations starting in 2011. The news agency reported that the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said that all locally registered single-hull tankers with a deadweight tonnage of 5,000 tons will be barred from operating in territorial waters as of Jan. 1. It also said single-hull foreign ships will be barred from entering South Korean ports.
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) CEO, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, applauds ClassNK's decision to end Iran ties Last week, UANI called on ClassNK, to close its Tehran office and stop certifying Iranian entities. Ambassador Wallace's statement reads: "We applaud ClassNK for pledging to close its Tehran office. Once it follows through on today's announcement to end its work in Iran, ClassNK will have closed yet another avenue for the Iranian regime to circumvent international sanctions
The 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax bulk carrier was recently named in Vietnam's Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard (HVS). Nissaki is built for St Michael Shipping of Greece, marking a significant milestone in the development of the shipbuilding capability of Vietnam, being the biggest ship built to date in the country to Lloyd's Register class. The vessel was built at the joint venture yard, Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard (HVS), located in Khanh Hoa province
The scene at the once-picturesque Mallipo Beach in South Korea, 160 km southwest of Seoul, turned drastically over the weekend when the South Korea western coastline was swamped with an oil spill over the weekend. According to Yonhap news, the spill occurred when an 11,800-ton South Korean barge came loose from its tugboat in rough seas and hit a Hong Kong-registered supertanker nearby, punching holes and causing leaks.
EMSA has launched RuleCheck, which is a system to enable ship inspections in ports to be undertaken more efficiently and effectively. Over time, the international rules governing port state control (PSC) related ship inspections have become more and more complex. RuleCheck makes the inspector’s job easier, by clearly showing the different rules that apply to a selected ship at the time of an inspection. RuleCheck was developed under a contract with the Korean Register of
On the morning of 15 January, the MV Samho Jewelry was pirated approximately 350 nautical miles South East of the port of Muscat, Oman. The 19,609-tonne Product tanker is Maltese flagged and Norwegian owned. No further details of the attack are known at this stage. MV Samho Jewelry has a crew of 21 (Myanmar, Korean and Indonesian) and is carrying chemicals. MV Samho Jewelry was not registered with MSC(HOA) and had not reported to UKMTO
The Korean government to honor Singaporean shipping company owner for his efforts to successfully rescue Korean sailors from Somali pirates. Four South Korean crew members were kidnapped by Somali pirates on April 30, 2011 aboard the MT Gemini, a tanker operated by Singapore-based Glory Ship Management, and after 582 days of captivity, they were set free after the firm paid an unspecified amount of ransom. (the South Korean government maintains a policy of not directly engaging with
U.S. Coast Guard releases 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics Report showing the lowest number of fatalities on record, overall drop in accidents & injuries. From 2011 to 2012, deaths in boating-related accidents decreased from 758 to 651, a 14
The shipbuilding industry shows signs of bottoming out with the global market index pointing to an upturn, & Korean players receiving more orders from abroad. Citing Clarkson Research Services, the Korea Times reports that a total of 277 vessels were ordered in the first quarter of the
ITIC revealed how an invoicing error led to a shipbroker being asked to foot the bill for a bunker supply amounting to more than three-quarters of a million dollars. In its latest Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a chartering broker which arranged a fixture for a voyage from the Black Sea
ClassNK announced the release of the latest versions of its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. These versions include all amendments dated May 17, 2013. Among the amendments made to the Rules and Guidance this time is the establishment of the “Rules for the
ClassNK released the 2013 edition of the Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. ClassNK continuously reviews, updates and amends its technical rules and guidance as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the safety of life and property at sea
Creditors of the ailing shipbuilder agree to provide STX Offshore with (US$540 million) in emergency loans. The news is cited as coming from the main creditor bank and is reported by the Yonhap News Agency. STX Offshore, the shipbuilding unit of STX Group
Arrangements have been made to ensure that the Turku shipyards of STX Finland will be able to deliver two ships ordered by the German TUI cruise line, Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy said on Friday. The two cruise liners are slated for a 2014-2015 completion date.
The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) receive the 'Bahri Hofuf' from the South Korean shipyard Hyundai Mipo. The new 26,000 dwt general cargo ship is the second vessel delivered from the six vessels that were contracted by the Company with this shipyard in 2011 for a total value
Classification society ClassNK announced that it certified the Ho Chi Minh-based Southern Crewmanning Center (SCC), in accordance with the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC 2006). This is the first Seafarer Recruitment and Placement Service (SRPS) certification that ClassNK has issued in Vietnam
Lloyd’s Register offers in-depth knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the DPA. Attendees of this course will gain the knowledge and skills required by the IMO MSC-MEPC7 / circ.6 (October 19, 2007). The two-day course was designed to provide the knowledge and skills required in
The Finland PM is hopeful that a strong new owner can turn around the prospects of the cash-strapped Finnish shipyards. This past week, the South Korean parent company STX announced it plans to sell off the Rauma and Turku shipyards as well as its half-share in the Helsinki shipyard
Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Center in Singapore held its inaugural Offshore Technical Committee last week with representatives from national and international oil companies, EPC contractors, owners, operators, fabricators, shipbuilders
Jotun launched Jotachar JF750, the passive fire protection (PFP) coating system which they say significantly reduces installation time and cuts material costs. Following an extensive development and testing program, the launch of Jotun’s new mesh free PFP helps owners
Through chilling winds and choppy seas, five-man crews aboard small, gray security boats worked tirelessly for 10 days patrolling the waters around a massive 348-foot petroleum vessel near the coast of Pohang, South Korea. Boat crews from Port Security Unit (PSU) 313 worked night and day to
The U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier arrives to participate in joint naval drills as part of routine training according to the Combined Forces Command. The 97,000-ton Nimitz, one of the world's largest warships, made a port call at the southeastern port city of Busan for a three-day stay to