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.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Consolidation of shipping lines, realignment of carriers alliances, environmental improvements in the shipping industry and achieving supply chain efficiencies were all among topics addressed during the U.S.-China Bilateral Maritime Consultations held in Los Angeles last week.
Wintershall Norge AS has awarded a four-year service contract to Halliburton Norge AS to support its Maria Projects in the Norwegian Sea. The contract is effective immediately and will be used for drilling-associated services on Wintershall’s Maria development in the
· Some terminals and shippers are unprepared for the enforcement of the SOLAS amendment on 1st July · Without steps to address the requirements of the SOLAS amendment, chaos and commercial disputes may ensue · A failure to comply will result in fines
Perth-based Clough has been awarded an engineering services contract by LNG operator Woodside Energy. The contract covers the full spectrum of engineering services including concept and feasibility studies, front-end engineering and design (FEED)
Sea IT informs it has signed a three-year BlueCORE ICT service contract with Donsötank. The deal covers outsourcing of information technology and communication services onboard all vessels with BlueCORE operated by Donsötank.
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC, the federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation, has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $520,000 in civil penalties, announced FMC Chairman, Mario Cordero.
Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) reports that it has delivered its first liftboat unit, Al Safliya, to Qatari rig operator Gulf Drilling International (GDI). Al Safliya is the first liftboat to be wholly constructed in Qatar at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard The
Neptune has been awarded an air diving services contract by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd (“Technip”) for the Kitan disconnection project. The project is offshore in February and includes the provision of air diving services to assist with the disconnection and abandonment of risers
A new scheme by marine broadband solutions company Voyager IP aims to alter the way customers can keep track of their VSAT and IT support services. The Irish-based company has launched a points-based system where customers will be able to purchase service and support credits in advance
MOL (America) Inc. welcomed Ronnie Armstrong to the position of vice president, area operations. He leads MOL (America) Inc.’s vessel and equipment management, intermodal services, contract management, and cost control and planning groups for the United States and Canada and has functional
New service contract covers a further 113 turbochargers ABB Turbocharging, part of the power and automation technology group, announced it has signed its third and largest Operation Performance Package service agreement with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL)
ABB Turbocharging, the leading provider for the manufacture and maintenance of turbochargers for 500 kW to 80+ MW diesel and gas engines, has signed a long-term Maintenance Management Agreement (MMA) with Dynagas Ltd. The service contract covers all Dynagas TFDE (tri-fuel diesel electric)
ABB Turbocharging, a provider for the manufacture and maintenance of turbochargers for 500 kW to 80+ MW diesel and gas engines, has signed a long-term Maintenance Management Agreement (MMA) with Dynagas Ltd. The service contract covers all Dynagas TFDE (tri-fuel diesel electric) vessels:
In a container freight market challenged by volatility and facing the prospect of further consolidation, member shipping lines in the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) have announced a phased increase in rates and a package of 2016-17 service contract guidelines intended to ensure
Peru is reducing royalties on oil and gas production to about 5 percent on average from the current 20 percent in order to encourage exploration amid slumping prices, the government said Wednesday. The smaller take should help Peru boost interest in new oil contracts that will come up for