A group of 41 oil majors will make their tanker inspection reports available to port examiners in Europe. They also aim to ensure higher standards for their shared reporting system as part of a raft of initiatives to ensure greater tanker safety in the wake of the Erika incident. SIRE (ship inspection reports) do not pass or fail vessels on structural issues but concern operating standards. The Paris MOU is Europe's agreement by which unsafe ships are detained by individual countries' port-based inspectors until repaired. But it is expected that the European Union to increase sanctions on oil companies as ship charterers in the wake of the pollution affecting France's coast from the TotalFina-chartered tanker Erika which broke up in December OCIMF intends to strengthen its report program to overcome criticism by some oil companies that were not convinced their inspection standards were matched by others. The organization will introduce a system of accreditation by examination for its inspectors by the end of the year. The vessel inspection program is also being extended to cover smaller vessels that can operate either as petroleum or chemical carriers. Up to 300 such ships operating in northern Europe and the Mediterranean would be affected.
A surge in the volume of fixed premium business managed by the UK P&I Club and the proportion accounted for by time chartering has highlighted the growth and complexity of insuring these types of shipping operation. The financial results for the year ended February 20th 2007, discussed by the UK Club’s directors earlier this month (May), revealed that $65 million of the Club’s total gross premium income ($358 million) was fixed premium business----and that two-thirds of this came from
International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says that shipbrokers run the risk of exposure to substantial liabilities as a result of inadequate monitoring of their email communications. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a shipbroker acting for a shipowner which had a demurrage claim against charterers. The charter party included a 60-day notification period and a 90-day time-bar for documented claims
There has been a marked increase in period contracts since January 2000. Not only has period chartering activity increased, but the length of the periods has also increased and there have again been several contracts above one-year. It is also interesting to see that it is the trader VITOL that has been one of the most active time charterers with 11 contracts, of six months and above, recorded since the beginning of 2000. We have recorded 8 contracts for another trader, Alpine
Capesize rates firmed again worldwide but brokers said charterers were increasingly conducting business under the counter. Panamax rates were also firmer east of Suez with both Chinese and Japanese charterers active in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, while Atlantic handysize conditions remained in the doldrums, they added. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) rose 10 points to 1,491, the Baltic panamax Index gained one point to 1,419, The Baltic Capesize Index jumped up 27 points to 2
Aries Maritime Transport Limited announced an update on its fleet deployment. The Bora, a 2000-built double-hull products tanker, returned to service last week following the completion of works, which included dry-docking repairs and upgrades, as previously announced. The vessel is being deployed in the spot market, while period charter opportunities are explored. The cost of repairs is expected to total approximately $1.4m.
A lesson in admiralty law was provided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit when it ruled that a maritime lien for breach of a charter party attaches when the vessel is placed at the charterer's disposal. In the instant case, a vessel owner entered into a time charter and accordingly delivered the vessel. The vessel was then sold to a third party (subject to the time charter) and the new owner obtained a mortgage loan on the vessel
SINGAPORE-based Siba Ships Asia is has taken delivery of its first two ships, the sister handymax bulk carriers MV Fomalhaut and MV Eltanin, ex Brave Imperial and Brave SV. The geared 46,700 dwt 1999-built vessels have both been reflagged to Singapore and will go on charter to a major charterer for a two year period. "These two modern ships boost our presence in the bulk market, which is especially strong in Asia for flexible handymaxes like these," explains
Gulf Harbor Shipping, L.L.C., a full service tramp, tanker and project cargo shipping agency has opened a new office located in the World Trade Center, suite 2101, No. 2 Canal Street, New Orleans, La., 70130. Founded by a former Executive and Managers of a major shipping agency company, Gulf Harbor will target charterers and ship owners needing customized representation on the lower Mississippi River and the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Any easing of OPEC oil output restraints would be unlikely to create a shipping shortage despite charterers currently avoiding older tankers, ship brokers and analysts said. Signs that OPEC oil producers could relax their four million barrel a day output restraints in April which have lifted Brent oil prices to over $27.00 a barrel, were unlikely to cause demand to outstrip tanker supply, they said. This was despite charterers seeking to use newer vessels since the 25-year-old tanker Erika
CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) announced the rotation of its new service in cooperation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade
Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three months to August 2014, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. They are, however, still higher than at the corresponding period twelve
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has this month celebrated the 25th anniversary of its operations in Greece by hosting its annual senior management conference in Athens, close to the company’s Greek head office in the Port of
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (Navios Acquisition), an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced that the Nave Luminosity, a newbuilding MR2 product tanker of 49,999 dwt, was delivered on September 19, 2014 from a South Korean shipyard.
Global Ship Lease, Inc. has announced that it has agreed to acquire a 8,063 TEU containership from a leading container liner company for a purchase price of $55 million. The 2005-built vessel is expected to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2014
Scorpio Tankers Inc. say it has recently taken delivery of seven newbuilding vessels as follows: STI Madison and STI Park, LR2 product tankers, were delivered from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in September 2014. Upon delivery, each vessel began a voyage for 45 days at approximately $30
Will the 2014/15 winter tanker market be a repeat of the previous one? Poten & Partners consider the question in their latest 'Poten Tanker Opinion'. As the regular US baseball season is winding down, the fans are looking forward to the playoffs
Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the m/v YM March, a 2004-built Post-Panamax container vessel of 5
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StealthGas Inc., a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today as part of its fleet expansion program the acquisition of two newbuilding LPG vessels.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) says it has decided to establish a ship-owning joint venture with Norway's Viken Shipping AS to participate in a shuttle tanker project. The joint company is called Viken MOL AS, and will be managed from Viken Shipping's office in Bergen.
Strategic Marine, a specialist shipbuilder for the oil and gas sector, has unveiled its Generation 3 crew transfer vessel for the international offshore markets. The Strategic Marine Gen 3 40-meter boat is the latest model produced from a long background of designing and refining personnel
CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM), has announced the co-operation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade commencing from Shanghai in early of November.
BIMCO notes that the highly acclaimed "Double Jeopardy - trial by media, trial by law" first showcased at the BIMCO AGM in Dubai earlier this year is to be brought to the stage in a London theatre production on 3 November. This highly novel event blends theatre
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) announced today the chartering of two of its modern Suezmax tankers with a European oil major for 24 and 12 months respectively with charterers options for another 12 months for each vessel at an accretive base rate with profit sharing