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EU Changes Cabotage Contract Guidance

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The European Commission has given new guidance on the interpretation of EU cabotage regulation, which allows contracts of up to 12 years instead of the current six years, according to trade organisation Maritime London. The EC statement explains: “With the new guidance competent authorities will have more legal certainty when awarding public service contracts and imposing public service obligations. Shipowners will also benefit from more legal clarity, allowing them to better organise their business in Europe.” It says that the updated guidelines provide further clarifications on: The scope of the freedom to provide services in the maritime cabotage sector (who enjoys that freedom and which services the regulation covers)

 The award procedure for public service contracts and the duration of these contracts

 The manning rules on vessels providing maritime cabotage

• Transitional arrangements for Croatia According to the statement, the main change in the Commission's interpretation relates to the duration of public service contracts. It says that public service contracts should have a limited duration in order to allow regular and open prospecting of the market. With a view to complying with the principle of proportionality in any market intervention, member states should choose the least 'distortional' means to meet essential maritime transport needs.


Corrected Transmission of Service Contract Filing Proposed

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


GD Wins $8m for Virginia-class Sub Work

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $8.3 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to procure components for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Under the contract modification, Electric Boat will procure material for the construction of Advanced Integrated Low Pressure Electrolyzers used on Virginia-class submarines


Delta Wave Names Global Warranty Group Exclusive Provider

Global Warranty Group (GWG), a third party administrator and premier provider of Extended Service Contract and OEM programs throughout the United States and Canada, announced it has entered into an agreement with Delta Wave Communications LLC to be the exclusive provider of extended service plans for their mobile satellite and VSAT equipment. As a North American administrators of OEM and Extended Service Plans, GWG will leverage its experience of developing and delivering innovative


National Customs Brokers Petitions for FMC Investigation

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association and the International Association of NVOCCs have petitioned the FMC for an investigation of certain activities of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA). The petition alleges that the TSA violated the Shipping Act of 1984 through discriminatory service contracting practices with regard to traffic moving in the eastbound transpacific trades that


TSA Complaint Settled

The Federal Maritime Commission issued a Press Release stating that the Commission has entered into a settlement agreement with the major ocean carrier agreements and their members who serve the inbound waterborne U.S. trades with Asia, including the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) and two TSA-related bridging agreements. The settlement addresses carrier practices and provides, among other things, for payment of $1,350


FMC Assesses Civil Penalty of $1.5 Million Against Foreign NVOCC

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) released its Report and Order affirming Initial Decision finding that a non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) based in Taiwan had violated the Shipping Act of 1984 on various occasions and assessing a civil penalty of $1,530,000. The NVOCC was found to have knowingly and willfully obtained ocean transportation at less than applicable rates by accessing service contracts to which it was neither a signatory nor an affiliate of a signatory


Maersk Line Increases Rates

Maersk Line will be implementing a general rate increase on the Eastbound Mediterranean trade from the East Coast and Gulf ports of North America to Mediterranean ports. The increase will apply for all cargo under Maersk Line independent tariffs and service contracts as agreed with our customers individually. The level of increase will be $400 per 20-ft. and $600 per 40-ft. applicable on dry cargo and will be effective 15 November 2007.


Polarcus Awarded 3D Project Off West Africa

Polarcus Nadia (Photo: Polarcus)

Polarcus Limited has signed a letter of intent with Perenco Oil & Gas Gabon S.A. for a 3D marine seismic acquisition project offshore West Africa.   The project, to be acquired by Polarcus Nadia and subject to the execution of a service contract, will commence in the first quarter of 2015 and is expected to run for approximately 21 days.  


FMC Recovers $350,000 in Penalties

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $350,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier and three non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs). The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. headquarters staff


'Frack now, pay later,' - Top Companies Amid Oil Crash

Schlumberger NV

  Business is so tough for oilfield giants Schlumberger NV and Halliburton Co that they have come up with a new sales pitch for crude producers halting work in the worst downturn in years. It amounts to this: "frack now and pay later."


Brazil Prosecutors: Charges Pending over Ensco Drillship Lease

Brazilian prosecutors plan to file criminal charges stemming from the lease of an Ensco Plc offshore oil-drilling ship to Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras "in due course," they said.   The plan to prosecute over the Ensco-Petrobras charter was mentioned in a Thursday


GE Inks Turbine Service Deal for Fastest Commercial Ship

Shown is Francisco, the world fastest commercial ship, powered by two GE LM2500 dual fuel marine gas turbines. (Photo: GE)

GE to provide Buquebus with customized service agreement for LM2500 gas turbines that power Francisco, the world’s fastest commercial ship   GE Marine announced it will provide Buquebus, Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a customized service agreement for the two GE LM2500 gas turbines


FMC Collects $1,227,500 in Penalties from NVOCC's

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Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $1,227,500 in civil penalties.   The agreements were reached with seven non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and one vessel-operating common


Polarcus Secures New Contract

Polarcus Alima. Photo by Polarcus DMCC

 Polarcus Limited sign a new contract with an unnamed client in terms of a marine 3D seismic project where Polarcus' Right Band technique used  for broadband data acquisition.   It is stated in a stock exchange release. The project


Kalmar's AutoStrad delivered to Patrick's Port Botany

Automated straddle carrier solution for Patrick Stevedores

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, played a successful role in delivering an automated straddle carrier solution to Patrick Stevedores' during their recent automation of Port Botany container terminal in Sydney, Australia. The conversion from manual operations at Port Botany was made in only four


Technip Wins Jurong's FPSO Conversion Contract

  Technip has been awarded a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd. The project is part of the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which is built at the Jurong Shipyard


Radio Holland, BWFM Ink Service Agreement

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Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has won a service agreement with tanker, gas and offshore maritime group BW Fleet Management (BWFM). The two-year agreement covers all the navigation and communication equipment onboard 13 LPG vessels. Radio Holland also provides remote support for these


DOF Extends VSAT Contract with Marlink

Skandi Skansen (Photo: Dof Group)

Ongoing service development and customer support help secure new five year deal for entire fleet   DOF Group has renewed its VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services contract with Marlink for five more years, with options to further extend the services


Radio Holland Inks Service Deal with BW Fleet Management

The Service Agreement with BW Fleet Management is for 13 vessels

  Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has concluded a service agreement with leading tanker, gas and offshore maritime group BW Fleet Management (BWFM). The two-year agreement covers all the navigation and communication equipment onboard 13 LPG vessels


VIKING’s Top Safety Offerings at Nor-Shipping

VIKING offers complete service support - including lifeboat and marine fire service – to shipowners

Marine safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment will appear in force at Nor-Shipping 2015, displaying both innovative products and services that are proving popular with shipowners around the world. Shipowner Agreements Few innovations in the safety equipment servicing arena


Former Petrobras Exec Sentenced to 5 Years Jail

A Brazilian judge sentenced a former international director at state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA to five years in prison for money laundering on Tuesday, the second company executive convicted in an ongoing corruption probe.  


BIMCO, Global Shipping Forum launch “SERVICECON”

Port of Hamburg

  BIMCO and the Global Shipping Forum have now launched a new standard contract – named “SERVICECON” – which simplifies and harmonises terms and conditions for container volume contracts between shippers and carriers.


GSF and BIMCO Publish Standard Box Freight Document

Pic: BIMCO Headquarters

 The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) has joined forces with the Baltic International Maritime Council Organisation (BIMCO) to launch the BIMCO/GSF SERVICECON container shipping contract.    GSF is a NGO inaugurated in the UK four years ago but which represents international shipping


Safety at VIKING Scales New Heights

VIKING’s arctic suit triumphs over extreme temperatures_PS5002

  A record-breaking offshore evacuation system is one of several highlights to be presented at the stand of leading marine and fire safety equipment and service provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) at OTC 2015 in Houston, Texas.   Chuting for the top






 
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