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
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.
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
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
ITIC has warned shipbrokers that they face the risk of serious financial loss if they fail to ensure that all parties to fixture agreements are in possession of full, confirmed information prior to the conclusion of negotiations. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a shipboker asked by a charterer to increase the volume of cargo already booked under a contract of affreightment
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
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
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
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.
Western Australia-China rates hit near 17-year low; owners explore laying-up ships. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes should remain flat next week as the Lunar New Year holiday in China will curtail chartering activity, shipbrokers said on Thursday.
Crowley christens second of four newly built, LNG-ready product tankers for use in U.S. coastwise trade Crowley Maritime Corp. has christened the second of four new Jones Act product tankers yesterday at the South Florida Petroleum Terminal (The Public Dock) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, registered a new all-time low on Monday on muted vessel demand. The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser
The 86-meter general cargo ship Noah Satu has been prohibited from entering or using any Australian ports for the second time in less than 12 months, following another round of safety, environmental and regulatory infractions. The direction was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
The Swedish Club has announced a zero percent General Increase for 2016, in a move which supports the continued balanced approach adopted by the Club considering the state of the global shipping market. At the Club’s Board Meeting in London, Lars Rhodin
Hinode’s 5th Annual conference on the Outlook for bunkering and Marine Lubricants in India clearly acknowledged the fact that India was well on its way to becoming a Bunkering destination. Lack of infrastructure, duties, quality of bunkers, etc
Tankers laden with diesel heading from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Europe are turning around in mid-ocean as European storage is nearly filled to the brim. At least three 37,000 tonne tankers - Vendome Street, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Titan - have made U-turns in the Atlantic ocean in recent
A master’s authority to clause bills of lading issued by or on his behalf can sometimes become the cause of disagreement between shippers, charterers and carriers. Under Article III Rule 3 of the Hague/Hague Visby Rules after receiving the cargo
European Shipowners may increase freight rates or renegotiate bunker clauses in the coming year in order to capitalise on lower crude oil prices and consolidate the recovery seen in 2015, reports ICIS. Bunker fuel prices came down significantly amid lower crude oil prices but some
A super year for the VLCCs behind us which ended at earnings Meg/East close to $100k/day, says Fearnleys Week. The new year has started somewhat slower and rates ex Meg are off the peaks, but earnings remain very healthy.
Pioneer Marine Inc., today accepted delivery of a 38,419 DWT Green Dolphin eco-design handysize vessel, the M.V. Kite Bay. The new vessel, which was constructed at Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, is Pioneer’s second Green Dolphin eco-design handysize vessel
The reduction in the new 2016 Worldscale flat rates of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) has led to spot rates increasing as owners look for equivalent 2015 returns, says tanker market assessments from the Baltic Exchange.
A new international accounting standard dealing with leases could have major implications for companies in the shipping and offshore maritime sectors, and particularly for time charterers, according to international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.
Netherlands based shipping company Vroon has taken delivery of a newly built platform supply vessel (PSV), VOS Partner. The vessel was handed over to Vroon on January 14 during a ceremony at Cosco Guangdong Shipyard in China. The Dutch flagged VOS Partner is the third of six PX121-type
Global law firm Reed Smith has announced the arrival of market-leading admiralty and casualty response lawyer, Richard Lovell, as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office. Richard joins Reed Smith from Ince & Co, where he was head of shipping and managing partner of the firm’s