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Bolivia's Shipping Hopes Hit Snag

Landlocked Bolivia's attempts to access international shipping business has hit a snag with the suspension of its ship registry office in Greece, representatives of the South American nation's maritime department said. The country, which has been seeking direct access to the sea for the last 120 years since being defeated by Chile, has established an international shipping register through an outpost in the Port of Piraeus over the last 12 months. However, the attempt to secure foreign revenues by registering ships through Greek registrar Pellis Papadopoulos has been suspended, advisor to the Bolivian Ships Registry Hugo Torrijos said. Torrijos, who is a former head of Panama's shipping register and ports authority, said about 150 ships registered in Piraeus would be re-audited to ensure they adhered to all international safety and technical standards. "Nobody will be allowed to register without permission being given from headquarters in La Paz," he said. Flag of convenience shipping registers have come under increasing criticism over recent years for allowing lax safety conditions and poor living conditions on board ships they register. Shipowners benefit from lower costs and not having to pay business taxes. Torrijos, who has also acted as an advisor to the Belize register, said Bolivia's maritime plans were part of the country's attempts to create physical links with the outside world


Fire-Damaged Tankship Denied Asian Pacific Port of Refuge

File image CCL

A fire-damaged tankship, 'Maritime Maisie' loaded with hazardous chemicals has become a maritime football in the north Pacific, with Japan and South Korea unwilling to give it refuge even though they risk a wider environmental disaster if it sinks, reports Reuters. The 44,000 dwt tanker, collided with another ship 9 nautical miles off Busan, South Korea, on December 29, 2013, Ying Jinghua, fleet director of MSI Ship Management, which manages the tanker's day-to-day operation informed Reuters


Fire Guts Ship

A Sao Tome-registered ship carrying charcoal from Somalia to a Gulf Arab state was gutted by fire while sailing near Yemen's Soqatra island in the Arabian Sea, Reuters reported. They said authorities did not send rescue teams from Aden to help the stricken vessel, whose name was not immediately available, because ships would normally take two days to reach the location. Instead, port officials contacted ships sailing in the area to try to help the vessel


Updated Approval Process for Structural Fire Protection

Transport Canada, the Federal Government Department of Canada, now recognizes Type Approval Certificates for structural fire protection products on ships and offshore installations by Germanischer Lloyd. Transport Canada has updated its approval process. Type Approval Certificates released by Germanischer Lloyd are now accepted for installation in Canadian registered ships. Precondition: The approval criteria meet the International Fire Test Procedures Code (FTP Code)


Ship Explosion Injures Workers

An explosion rocked a Belize-registered ship in the final stages of repair at a dock, injuring 15 crew members and workers on board, officials said. A flash fire broke out Sunday in the 50-metre-long Rainbow Star, which had been berthed at Kreuz Shipbuilding & Engineering in for nearly three months. Six workers suffered severe burns with four in intensive care. One suffered burns over 90 percent of his body. The other nine were treated for smoke inhalation


MAIB Reports Zero UK-flag Ship Losses in 2011, Fishing Boats More Prone

Chief Inspector of the UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch renders year 2011 report There was a wide variety of accidents to merchant vessels investigated during 2011. For the second year in succession there were no UK registered ship losses and the number of accidents, as a ratio of the size of the fleet, was the lowest recorded by MAIB. The number of fatalities on UK registered vessels >100gt (5) has risen slightly compared with 2010, but is still low


Great Lakes/Seaway in New Cruise Ship's Schedule

Plan of Sea Mist: Image courtesy of Pearl Sea Cruises

Pearl Sea Cruises' 'Pearl Mist', now in final outfitting, will cruise the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway, Canadian Maritimes & New England  in 2014, The brand-new, 210 passenger capacity Pearl Mist has arrived in Maryland for final outfitting before going into service in 2014. to operate various 7, 10 and 11-night North American cruises. The operators say that the Pearl Mist defines a new style of Luxury Adventure ™ small-ship cruising


Jamaica Strives to Reduce Death at Sea

Captain Steven Spence (Photo: Jamaica Ship Registry)

Jamaica Joins the Pledge to Reduce the Loss of Lives at Sea Jamaica is backing a pledge by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to half the number of lives lost at sea by 2015. Mr. Koji Sekimizu has made reducing maritime casualties a key aim of his term of office. IMO figures put the number of lives lost at sea in 2012 at approximately 1,000, including 500 in international shipping.


Ship as Lifeboat Concept Disputed by ICV

Rendering courtesy of Dockwise

A recent meeting at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. (attended by International Cruise Victims (ICV) Board representatives) discussed the new International Maritime Authority (IMO) policy of using “the ship as the lifeboat”, which drew the following response from ICV. ICV inform that the opening address to the meeting was given by the head of the IMO Safety Committee, Captain Andy Winbow.


Hong Kong Shipping Register Crossing 100 Million Gross Tonnage

Image: Hong Kong Port

 The Hong Kong Shipping Register has  crossed of 100 million gross tonnage, informed the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung.   To Hong Kong, it’s more than a vote of confidence, Anthony said.  Hong Kong’s maritime tradition is almost two centuries old.   Hong Kong served as a port of registry under the UK Ship Register since the 1840s until the establishment of the autonomous Hong Kong Shipping Register in 1990


LR to class Federal German Seagoing Fleet

The WSV (Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration) represented by the Waterways and Shipping Agency (WSA) Bremen, a branch of the German government, is transferring 67 ships into Lloyd’s Register (LR) class to support the seagoing fleet of vessels owned by the German Authorities.


Nominations Open for Singapore International Maritime Awards 2017

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is calling for nominations for the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2017.    The biennial IMA recognises individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to Singapore's development as a premier global


North Korean Ships Reflag in Tanzania

 Around 50 ships owned by or related to North Korea have reflagged in Tanzania since the United Nations Security Council adopted its strongest-ever resolution on the country in March, in an apparent attempt to circumvent the sanctions.  


First Norwegian Vessel to Comply with New IMO Polar Code

From left to right: Tom Karlsen, technical director Simon Møkster Shipping AS, Bernt Thoresen, Norwegian Hull Club, Bodil Pedersen Senior advisor, Norwegian Maritime Authority, Anne Jorunn Møkster, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Simon Møkster Shipping AS, Jon Rysst, Senior Vice President and Regional manager, DNV GL – Maritime. Photo: DNV GL

 After a successful approval process and survey, DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate have issued the first polar ship certificate to the Norwegian platform survey vessel M/V Stril Polar owned by Simon Møkster Shipping AS.  


Malta Flag Reaches Record Tonnage in 2015

Image: Transport Malta

 Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, through its Merchant Shipping Directorate, reports a strong and positive performance for 2015.   The Maltese Register of Shipping saw an increase of almost 8


MCI Registers 11% Fleet Growth

Glenn Armstrong Photo Maritime Cook Islands ship registry

Steady growth recorded by Maritime Cook Islands for 2015; Flag continues to thrive with more owners placing their faith in the registry Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, registered an 11% growth in the fleet last year with 201 new vessels, up from 184 in 2014


Primorsk Shelves Restructuring Plans

Photo: Primorsk International Shipping

 Russian tanker player Primorsk International Shipping has dropped its restructuring plans in favour of pushing through asset sales, reports WSJ.    This is what Primorsk's lawyers told a bankruptcy court in Manhattan on Friday


FAL Engages Inland Marine Service for Marine Operations

Photo courtesy of French American Line

French America Line, the newest U.S. cruise line that begins sailing five- to 10-day cruise itineraries aboard its intimate 75-stateroom flagship Louisiane in August, has engaged Inland Marine Service to handle all of its marine operations.  


New Series of Trawlers Built to RS class

Construction of a new series of trawler-seiner pr. SK-3101R has been commenced at the Shipyard Yantar (Kaliningrad).    Project SK-3101R was designed by Skipskompetanse, Norway. The trawler is intended for fishery using bottom and pelagic trawls, bottom net and seiner net


UK Chamber: Nascent Recovery to UK Ship Register Welcome

Photo:  UK Chamber

 Statistics show an increase in the UK registered trading fleet for the first time in four years, rising by 8%. However, the figures also show a fall of 18% in UK owned tonnage.    UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten has welcomed these signs of nascent recovery in the UK Ship Register


Newest Merchant Ship to Fly SA Flag at Port of Port Elizabeth

Hoisting of the South African flag. (Photo: Port of Port Elizabeth)

The Port of Port Elizabeth is home port of a third ship to be registered on the South African Ships Register. This marks another step in South Africa’s drive to become a recognized Maritime Nation in line with the government’s Operation Phakisa initiative which aims to unlock the


Carnival Vista Recognized as 'Green' Ship

Photo: Carnival Corporation

 Classification society Lloyd's Register has bestowed the "ECO Notation" designation on the new Carnival Vista, marking the first Carnival Cruise Line ship to achieve this distinction.    The notation recognizes that the cruise line designed


RS Fosters Cooperation with Palmali

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Palmali Shipping Company have signed a set of five-year agreements based on which RS will render the whole range of services on classification and statutory surveys of ships.    Subject of the agreements concluded are 49 ships (oil tankers


Silverstream Air Lubrication Delivers Fuel Savings

Photo: Silverstream Technologies

Silverstream Technologies and Shell has confirmed consistent net efficiency savings in excess of 4% in fuel consumed, following the successful long-term operation of Silverstream Technologies’ proprietary air lubrication technology, the Silverstream System, on-board the 40


Norway Approves PBES Lithium Energy Storage

Photo: PBES

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said its marine energy storage system has received approval for use in electric and hybrid vessels in Norway, having met the new Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) standard.   The lithium-ion battery manufacturer PBES






 
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