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Entomology for the millennium: Options for the bugs

Every company in the marine and offshore industries has at some stage been involved in a millennium bug compliance study. It is now time to admit that industry is bored with the subject. Since the problem was first mooted, its possible outcome has remained a mystery, which is the only definite aspect of the millennium bug problem. No one actually knows what will happen. One thing is certain, though, in the modern marine and offshore industry, information has become the most important business tool. How companies handle and store it for use depends on their internal structure, but it is safe to say that it will be on a computer at some stage. Lose the information, and the company will lose money rapidly while trying to recoup that information and operate effectively at the same time. So information-sensitive companies such as shipbrokers, agents, offshore oil companies, and ship operators, have been forced to take measures to ensure compliance. Until recently, there was only one course of action open to them, weed out the problems now by replacing equipment, at huge cost, that does not meet millennium bug requirements. There are now two courses of action possible. Companies can now rent the software. Renting software is a service that has never been offered to the shipping industry before, but small and medium-sized companies have welcomed the idea


Asia-Bound VLCCs to Use Venezuela's St Eustatius Terminal

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Venezuela's state-run PDVSA will use a terminal owned by U.S. firm NuStar Energy on the island of Saint Eustatius to store crude and load very large crude carriers (VLCCs) going to Asia, after deciding it will no longer rent a facility in the Bahamas, according to a PDVSA executive. PDVSA has been using the Saint Eustatius terminal in the Caribbean since March as a center to store and mix its crudes and produce exportable blends


Get Ready for Changes in Lease Reporting

By Richard J. Paine, Sr.

From the December 2010 edition of MarineNews Since the middle of 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been working towards changing how companies report their lease transactions on their balance sheets. Those companies (including publicly traded entities) whose reporting complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) must observe the reporting regulations as set down by FASB


Iron-Ore Ship Rents Fall

According to a report from Bloomberg, rents for capesize ships that haul iron ore fell the most in a month on excess vessel supplies. Hire rates fell 5.4% to $6,359 on May 10, data from the Baltic Exchange in London show. That’s the biggest decline since April 8 and leaves rates 86 percent lower than a year ago.    (Source: Bloomberg)


IHC Merwede Rents Out First IHC Beaver Dredger

IHS Beaver 40

IHC Merwede has entered the international rental market with its standard IHC Beaver dredgers and DMC work boats. The company has identified a demand in the market for vessels and equipment that may only be used for a relatively short period of time. In August, the first dredger – an IHC Beaver® 40 – was rented out to a contractor in Europe. The dredger was easily loaded on to trucks and transported to the dredging site


New CEO Showcases Marseilles Fos Initiatives

Christine Cabau Woehrel

Christine Cabau Woehrel has taken up her new role as CEO of the Marseilles Fos port authority after two years heading the Port of Dunkirk. She succeeds Jean-Claude Terrier following a French transport ministry nomination that was backed by the port’s supervisory board in February and has now been confirmed by government decree. Her move marks a return to the headquarters city of CMA GGM, France’s biggest and the world’s third largest container carrier


Intrepid to Close for Repairs, Renovation

The aircraft carrier Intrepid, the military museum that has been docked on the Hudson River for 24 years, is scheduled to close on Oct. 1 and will be moved soon afterward to New Jersey for repairs and Staten Island for renovation. The New York Times reported that about a month after the museum closed, the carrier would be towed away from its mooring at Pier 86 and is not expected to return for 18 months. The museum's directors approved the general plan last week after Mayor Michael R


Med Taipei Owners, Operators to Pay $3.25M in Settlement

The owners and operators of the foreign-flagged container vessel Med Taipei have agreed to pay $3.25m to the United States to resolve allegations that the 15 containers lost overboard in 2004 resulted in long-term damage to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce announced on July 25. The settlement in behalf of MBNMS, located off the coast of California, and the owners and operators of the vessel – All Oceans Transportation


Container Census Predicts Limited Box Availability

After the critical shortages of containers of last year, production has picked up again, but high container prices and a tight ratio of containers to vessel slots will continue to constrain the availability of boxes, according to the Container Census – Annual Survey and Forecast of Global Container Units, a new report from Drewry Maritime Research. At the end of 2010, the global fleet of containers exceeded $90 billion in replacement value for the first time, according to the report


ISO Tank Containers Equipped for Hook Lifting

Photo: Langh Ship Cargo Solutions

Langh Ship Cargo Solutions has extended its offering to include tank containers equipped for hook lifting. “Often the on-carriage of tank containers meant for transportation by sea is quite expensive on land, as the need for special lifting equipment makes the handling of the containers difficult,” said Product Manager Markku Yli-Kahri. Just like the company’s other containers, Langh Ship Cargo Solutions’ tank container equipped for hook lifting has been developed


Houston Port Throughput Up 22%

Courtesy Port  of Houston Authority

Activity across Port of Houston Authority docks continues to show strength as February 2015 tonnage figures reflected a 22-percent increase compared to February 2014. Executive Director Roger Guenther released the information today during the monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port


Lloyd's Launches 2015 Container Certification Scheme

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  Lloyd’s Register launched its 2015 Container Certification Scheme today to give a clear and concise set of rules to ensure offshore and onshore containers are safe and certified correctly.       Aimed at both manufacturers and operators of equipment in the


Container Shipping Outlook Uncertain in 2015: AlixPartners

Photo courtesy of Maersk Lines

  The outlook for the global container shipping industry remains challenging for the remainder of 2015, according to a new report from AlixPartners.   In its annual outlook for the industry, the global business-advisory firm predicts that operating improvements will continue to prove


Maersk Line Orders Seven Containerships from China

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Danish shipping firm Maersk Line has signed an order for seven container vessels from COSCO Shipyard in China as the first step in a $15 billion investment programme over five years. The companies said in a statement on Thursday they would not give details of the price of the vessels


New Orleans Cargo Totals at 14-year High

Cargo worked at the Port of New Orleans’ public docks in 2014 totaled 8.37 million tons, the highest total since 2000 and up 28 percent compared to the prior 12-month period, the port reported.   Imported steel and container cargo led the growth, as imported iron and steel rose 101


Liebherr to Supply Four Cranes to Australia

Photo courtesy of Liebherr

Order includes three unique articulated boom ship to shore container cranes (STS) for delivery to Port Botany, Sydney; one ship to shore container crane (STS) for Fisherman’s Island, Brisbane   Liebherr Container Cranes has recently completed the testing of articulated boom cranes in


Detained Vessels Released in Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard marine safety personnel detain, release two vessels in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, after deficiencies detected   The Captain of the Port, Western Alaska, detained and released two vessels in February and March, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.  


EU Regulators Order Cosco to Pay for Greek Benefits

Image: Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT)

 European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd, says a report in Reuters.   The European Commission found that Greece inappropriately granted tax


Singamas Container: Profit Down in 2014, Bullish for 2015

Image: Singamas Container Holdings Limited

 The world’s second-largest container manufacturer Singamas Container reported 2014 net profit which is lower than the previous year, but is expecting a better 2015 bolstered by pent-up demand from shipping lines and the firm’s investment in a gateway province between China and


Mega Ships and Cyber Attacks Pose New Threats

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Shipping losses continued their long-term downward trend with 75 reported worldwide in 2014, making it the safest year in shipping for 10 years, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS)  third annual Safety and Shipping Review 2015


First ShipArrestor Delivered

The ShipArrestor container is lifted by the helicopter.

Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine, making Norway the first country with a system that gives it the ability to protect its shores from the danger of drifting oil


Singapore Shipping Line NOL a Takeover Target?

Image: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

 Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) may be shaping up as a takeover candidate, a report in Bloomberg said.   The appeal of the shipping company that helped cement Singapore's status as a global trade hub has increased after it agreed to sell its logistics unit last month for US$1


Ships Queues Creep into Lagos ports

Lagos Port Complex (port of Lagos) by Nigerian Ports Authority

 19 ships laden with petrol and other commodities are discharging at the Lagos ports, says Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in its daily publication `Shipping Position’.   Three of the ships were laden with petrol, while the others had diesel, steel products, containers, bulk salt


The Bigger the Ship, the Riskier

Image: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

 Container ship safety is under the spotlight with ever-increasing ship sizes, as evidenced by the January 2015 inauguration of the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar (19,224 teu).    The length of four football pitches, it can carry 19,000 containers


Slow Steaming “can damage containers” - BMT

Courtesy BMT

  Fuel saving measures can have a negative effect on the lashing forces on the containers, according to Maritime London member BMT Surveys. The company's risk & quality manager and marine surveyor, Olivier van der Kruijs, bases this warning on audits on more than 100 container vessels






 
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