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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

VLCC file photo

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


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


Transocean Swings to Loss on Falling Revenue

Transocean Ltd., one of the world's top offshore drilling companies, reported a first-quarter loss on Wednesday as oil exploration and production companies rent out fewer of its rigs because of tumbling crude prices.   The net loss was $483 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, down from a profit of $456 million, or $1.25 a diluted share in the same period a year ago, before oil prices plunged 50 percent.  


Iran Seeks $2.5B to Modernize its Oil Tankers

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Iran is seeking $2.5 billion investment to modernise its oil tankers fleet following the lifting of sanctions against Tehran, managing director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Saturday. Iran emerged from years of economic isolation after crippling sanctions were lifted in January in return for Tehran complying with steps to curb its nuclear ambitions. Reuters reported last month that two Chinese firms were pushing for


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


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


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


North America Dominates Global Container Shipping Market

Pic by China Shipping Container Lines

 In terms of geography, North America dominates the global container shipping market . This is due to improved transportation services in this region, says a report from Persistence Market Research.   The U.S. represents the largest market for container shipping followed by Canada in North America. In Europe, Germany, the U.K., Spain, Italy, and France hold the major share of the container shipping market.   


SOLAS Container Weight Requirements FAQ

Photo: IMO

 With new rules regarding the declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed containers due to enter force, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) answers the industry’s frequently asked questions (FAQ).   What are the new rules?


MAN Bags Danaos Shipping Propeller Order

Kappel propellers, Photo MAN

MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the order to supply Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd. with fixed pitch Kappel propellers, propeller boss caps with fins, and Engine Power Limitation for two container vessels – the 8,500 TEU ‘CSCL Europe’ and ‘CSCL America’.


Hanjin Vessel Seized in South Africa

Hanjin Paradip. Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 Hanjin Shipping-operated bulker Hanjin Paradip has been arrested by a South Africa for alleged unpaid charter fees.    The 82,158 dwt bulker, which has been used to transport grain and minerals, was detained in Richards Bay on May 24 due to the unpaid charter fees to an


Asia-N.Europe Box Freight Rates Soar 37 pct

File Image: A containership alongside at the port of Hamburg. (credit port of Hamburg)

Freight rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 37 percent to $720 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, a person with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Binding Bids for Greece's Thessaloniki Port Expected End September

Greece will invite investors to submit binding bids for a majority stake in the country's second largest port in Thessaloniki at the end of September, sources close to the privatisation said on Monday.   Under its third international bailout agreed in July


TT Club Welcomes IMO Guidance on SOLAS VGM Amendment

At an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee session in London that culminated on Friday, delegates agreed on guidance and advice to both those active in the container supply chain globally (shippers, carriers and port operators)


IRISL’s New Service Makes First Call in Hamburg

Left to right: Malte Meisch, Sales Manager C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Dr. Nasr Bateni, CEO IRISL Europe; Capt. Jörn Scheffler, Operation & Cargo Planning IRISL Europe; Rainer Fabian, CEO C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Martin Riepenhusen, Sales Manager C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal); Klaus-Dieter Busch, Liners Manager Peter W. Lampke; Christian von Georg, CEO Peter W. Lampke; Mehdi Bateni, Son of Dr. Bateni (Photo: C. Steinweg / Hasenpusch)

Iranian state shipping company IRISL’s new general cargo service makes first call at C. Steinweg’s Süd-West Terminal in Hamburg   During the first call by its new general cargo service, representatives of state shipping company IRISL – Islamic Republic of Iran


DLM Launches Container Load Monitoring System

Chant Engineering announced that business partner DLM has introduced a new product for the International Shipping Industry: the Twistlock Load Cell and Container Load Monitoring System.    To increase the safety of cargo ships at sea


Hapag-Lloyd: 50 Years of Container Shipping in Germany

This is one of the first containers of Hapag-Lloyd. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

50 years after the beginning of modern container shipping in Germany, international trade is handled by 6,397 containerships, with a capacity of 21.1 million TEU. Hapag-Lloyd’s container fleet numbers among the largest in the industry.  


Crowley Ramps up Investment in Puerto Rico

First row (L to R): John Hutchins, principal, Harbor Consulting Engineers; Tucker Gilliam, vice president, Crowley; Humberto Reynolds, president, Del Valle Group; second row: Carmelo Calderon, vice president, infrastructure division, Del Valle Group; Jose Soler, project manager, Del Valle Group. (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Puerto Rico Services announced an additional $21 million construction contract for improvements and upgrades at its Isla Grande port terminal in San Juan.    The contract was awarded to Del Valle Group, S.P. of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico


Weight for Delays

Photo: International Institute of Marine Surveying

 Drewry survey finds that confusion reigns over new container weighing rule with most stakeholders expecting some delays after its implementation in July.   There is just over a month to go before new safety regulation comes into effect that will mandate container weighing from 1 July


Container Weight Regulations

Image:  World Shipping Council

 Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping.  


Hapag-Lloyd Pushes Back AGM on Merger Talks

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd said it had decided to postpone its annual general meeting scheduled for June 1, 2016 due to ongoing merger talks between German container shipping firm and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).   The AGM will take place in August 2016 at the latest


China Okays CMA CGM's Acquisition of NOL

Courtesy NOL

 CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM), a global leader in container shipping, announces that it has received today confirmation that its pending acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), Southeast Asia’s largest container shipping company (SGX: N03)


CMA CGM Proceeds with NOL Takeover after China Okay

File Image: A CMA CGM boxship alongside during cargo operations (credit: Marad)

CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, is to go ahead with its planned acquisition of Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) after receiving regulatory clearance from China, the French group said. CMA CGM received on Wednesday confirmation of the deal's approval by the






 
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