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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


General Dynamics Bags $19 Mln U.S.Navy Order

Electric Boat  Courtesy General Dynamics

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $18.9 million contract modification for the continued development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). The funds will be used to procure two VPM pre-production setups to support the manufacturing start of the VPM payload tubes. The VPM will comprise four large-diameter payload tubes in a new hull section to be inserted in Virginia-class submarines. This modification brings the cumulative value of the overall Virginia-class Lead Yard


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.


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


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


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 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


FMC Chairman Addresses US-China Regulatory Issues

FMC Chairman Cordero (center) co-led US Delegation to US-PRC Bilateral Maritime Consultations in Los Angeles, June 2016 (Photo: Eric Shen, USDOT)

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.  


Halliburton Bags Maria Project Service Contract from Wintershall

Photo: Wintershall Holding GmbH

 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


P&I Club Warns: Failure to Comply with SOLAS Amendment

Courtesy UK P&I

· 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


Clough Wins Woodside Contract

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 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 Inks ICT Service Contract with Donsötank

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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.  


US Maritime Commission Collects $520,000 in Penalties

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.  


N-KOM delivers First Newbuild Liftboat

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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 Awarded Kitan Contract

Neptune’s diving division comprises bases in Perth, Darwin and Dampier servicing both on and offshore clients across Neptune’s global operat Photo Neptune

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


Voyager IP Launches Prepaid VSAT and IT Scheme

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


Armstrong Named VP MOL (America)

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


ABB Services Over 300 Turbochargers for CSCL

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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, Dynagas Sign Turbocharger operating Deal

Clean Ocean Courtesy ABB

  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)


Dynagas Contracts ABB for Turbocharger Maintenance

Photo courtesy of ABB Turbocharging

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:


Transpacific Container Lines Address Economic Pressures Ahead in 2016

Pic: Transpacific Container Lines

 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 to Cut O&G Royalties to Counter Price Slump

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






 
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