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India Eases Norms For Ship Imports

India has eased norms for the import of ships, the government announced last week. Import of ships by open general license (OGL) under a bareboat charter-cum-demise method, which is similar to hire-purchase, will not need a technical clearance by the government, but will need an evaluation of the import price, officials said. "The price reasonableness (evaluation) and interest margin on rental payments will be verified by ICICI," a government spokesperson said, referring to bareboat charters. ICICI is one of India's leading finance firms. "However, the price reasonableness will be required only if the value of the imported vessel on CIF (cost, insurance and freight) basis is more than 10 million rupees," he added. New vessels imported under open general license will no longer need technical clearance and price evaluation, but the vessel at the time of registration will be surveyed by principal officer, Mercantile Maritime Department, and deficiency in the vessel, if any, will have to be removed before registration. Import of second-hand vessels with a CIF value of less than $230,000, will also not need technical clearances and price evaluation. The spokesperson said second-hand vessels that do not have a minimum "economic life" of five years will not be allowed to be imported under the guidelines.


Moody's Downgrades MC Shipping

Moody's Investors Service downgraded the senior unsecured rating for bonds issued by MC Shipping Inc to Caa3 from B3. The downgrade reflects the company's deteriorating unencumbered asset base, high leverage, tight liquidity position, weaker operating performance and continuing difficult market situation. Moody's lowered the senior implied rating for the group to Caa2 from B2 and the issuer rating to Ca from Caa1.


Saigon Shipmarin to Build First Vessels for Export

The Saigon Shipbuilding and Maritime Industry Company (Saigon Shipmarin) signed a contract with Japan's Kanematsu Corp. to build two 6,500-tonne cargo vessels. These are the first cargo vessels that Saigon Shipmarin, a member of the Viet Nam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin), has built for export. The first vessel is expected to be handed over in March 2007 and the second, in July. The company has invested over VND 300 billion (over US $18 million) to expand its production scale


Costamere Report Favorable Financial Results

Costamare Inc report unaudited financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012. 
 Greek-based Costamere is a leading owner and provider of containerships for charter. The Company has a fleet of 57 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 329,000 TEU, including 10 newbuild containerships on order. Financial highlights:     •    Voyage revenues of $94.9 million and $291


Knightsbridge Reports 2013 Results

Highlights:   Knightsbridge reports net income of $3.0 million and earnings per share of $0.10 for the fourth quarter of 2013. Excluding the results from discontinued operations, the company reports net income of $3.5 million and earnings per share of $0.123 for the fourth quarter. Knightsbridge reports EBITDA from continuing operations of $7.0 million and EBITDA from continuing operations per share of $0.24 for the fourth quarter of 2013.


Nauta Bags Two Fishing Vessel Orders

Image: Nauta

Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Poland has signed two contracts in recent days for building partially outfitted fishing trawlers for its Danish client Karstensens Skibsvaerft AS.   Within the first order Nauta will produce a partly outfitted vessel with length 69.9 meters and beam 14.2 meters. The B – 436 unit will be ready to hand over in March m2017. This vessel will be similar to the other seiners – Kvannoy and Beinur – which Nauta has built for Karstensens Skibsvaerft AS


HHI and Transas Hand New Vessel Over to PRISCO

The New tanker Pavel Chernish built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd as part of the 1599 – 1603 project, was handed over to the Primorsk Shipping Corporation (PRISCO). Pavel Chernish is a vessel of ice class 1A according to the DNV classification and fully complies with the requirements of Exxon Neftegaz Ltd, subsidiary of Exxon Mobile. The tankers are designed for oil transportation within the Sakhalin – 1 project. The second tanker of the series will be handed to PRISCO in the near future


China Shipyard Delivers Bulk Carrier to Greek Owners

COSCO Dalian Shipyard has delivered a 57.000 dwt bulk carrier to Common Progress Co Na S.A. of Athens COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard Co., Ltd ("COSCO Dalian"), a subsidiary of the Company's 51% owned COSCO Shipyard Group Co., Ltd, has delivered a bulk carrier of 57000DWT, "COMMON FAITH", to its European buyer. The bulk carrier measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth.


Russian Shipyard Cuts First Metal for Mistral-class Warship

Mistral-class Ship: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

Baltic Shipyard cuts metal for the hull of  first Mistral-class amphibious assault ship for construction in France. Russia and France signed a US$1.2-billion contract on two French-built Mistral class ships, including the transfer of sensitive technology, in June 2011. Under the contract, STX France will carry out the final assembly of the hulls from 24 blocks produced in Russia. STX France handed over in July the first batch of technical documentation on the Mistral project to Russian


Nautisk Launches NaviTab

NaviTab

Nautisk unveiled its latest navigational solution: NaviTab from Nautisk, a unique concept that replaces a vessel’s onboard Navigational Publication library. Hundreds of books have been uploaded onto a hi-spec hand-held device, suitable for use both onshore and on the bridge. “Currently, all vessels sailing global routes must carry a full portfolio of navigational publications (NPs) in order to sail compliantly and meet SOLAS Regulation,” said Nautisk CEO Thomas Fjeld


APT’s 2nd ECO Class Product Carrier Christened

Magnolia State (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

 On Saturday, April 23, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the second Jones Act ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Scott Peters spoke at the ceremony


PCA - Draw to Select First Vessel to Transit

Panama Canal Expansion Courtesy PCA

The Panama Canal will hold a draw on Friday, April 29, to select the first vessel which will transit through the Expanded Canal when it is inaugurated on Sunday, June 26. The draw will take place at the Panama Canal Administration Building and a Notary Public to serve as witness.


China COSCO to be First through the Expanded Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge L. Quijano, with Zhang Guodong, General Manager, China COSCO Shipping Panama (right) and Paul XU, General Manager, China COSCO Shipping Panama (left). (Photo: Panama Canal Authority)

China COSCO Shipping has won the draw for its container vessel Andronikos to make the ceremonial first transit through the Expanded Panama Canal during the waterway’s inauguration on Sunday, June 26.  The vessel, which has a maximum capacity of 9,400 TEUs, is 8.25 meters in beam and 299


GE Equips New Multipurpose Supply Vessels

Photo: GE

After equipping more than 20 purpose supply vessels (PSV)/multipurpose supply vessels (MPSV) for Eastern Shipbuilding, GE has once again been chosen by the builder to equip Hornbeck Offshore Services’ (HOS) next generation of U.S. flag, Jones Act-qualified MPSVs


Melbourne RoRo Terminal Opens

Australia’s Largest Automotive and RoRo Terminal Photo MIRRAT

Melbourne International RoRo & Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) will officially open at Webb Dock West in Melbourne on the 10th April, 2016. MIRRAT is dedicated to providing best in class terminal services to the Automotive and RoRo markets in Melbourne by providing efficient


Norwegian Archipelago Orders ProZero Workboat

Image: Tuco Marine

Norwegian Archipelago Services purchases another ProZero 10.5 meter workboat; Holmestrand Municipality commissions the vessel for the Archipelago services   Norwegian Archipelago Services has bought a second ProZero workboat. The vessel was sold by Tuco Marine in Denmark in close


Maritime Cook Islands Appoints Hastings, Technical Manager

Will Hastings Photo MCI

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, has just appointed William Hasting as a Technical Manager serving the European region, and in so doing significantly boosting MCI’s presence in Europe. His appointment takes place with immediate effect.


Austal Hosts Naming Ceremony for Oman’s New Naval Vessels

(Photo: Austal)

Austal has welcomed the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (CRNO), Rear-Admiral (RADM) Abdullah bin Khamis bin Abdullah Al Raisi to the company’s Australian shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia, to officially name two 72 meter High Speed Support Vessels (HSSVs) designed and built by


Pacific Basin Rights Issue for $151mln

Photo: Pacific Basin Shipping Limited

 Hong Kong bulker  Pacific Basin has proposed a one-for-one rights issue in a bid to raise approximately $150.6m for strengthening its long term equity capital.   The shipping company plans to sell around 1.9 billion rights shares at a price of HKD0.60 per share, representing a 58


Search Resumes for El Faro Data Recorder

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The National Transportation Safety Board is set to resume its search April 18, 2016, for the vessel data recorder of the sunken El Faro cargo ship. The U.S. flagged El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015. All 33 of the El Faro’s crew perished in the accident.


ST Marine Celebrates LMV Sovereignty Launch

The launching of the second Littoral Mission Vessel - Sovereignty, built by ST Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy. Photo ST Marine

Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), held the Launching Ceremony today for the second Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Sovereignty, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).


Containership Scrapping Gathers Momentum

Graph: Drewry Maritime Research

 After a slow start scrapping of containerships gathered momentum towards the end of 2015 and has continued into 2016, says Drewry Maritime Research.   A record intake of newbuild containershps (1.7 million teu) in 2015 coincided with an unusually low scrapping total


COSCO Readies Livestock Carrier for Vroon

Photo: Vroon

 Vroon Offshore Services, a Dutch offshore shipping company, has announced that the launching took place last week at COSCO Guangdong Shipyard,China of Gudali Express.    The vessel is the seventh and last newbuilding livestock carrier to be built for Vroon at this shipyard


SC Ports Authority Plans 2nd Inland Port Facility

The South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland port facility, driven by the success of Inland Port Greer and demand for enhanced efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston and growing markets in South Carolina and North Carolina


Officer Sentenced for Role in Fatal Ferry Crash

The second officer who admitted his actions were responsible for the death of a fisherman, has been sent to prison.   Pasquale Miccio pleaded guilty to a breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 as amended, on March 24, 2016 in the High Court of Justiciary, Glasgow






 
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