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.
Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Aquarius, a 1996-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is for an additional four to six months, at charterer's option
Iran is using its sea power in the Gulf to show it will not be cowed by Washington's newly assertive Arab allies, prompting critics to accuse Tehran of destabilising the region. Iranian ships fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker which it said damaged an Iranian oil platform
NewLead Holdings Ltd. has entered into a time charter contract with for one of its recently delivered bitumen tanker vessels, the Ioli, for a minimum of one year. The vessel has already been delivered to the charterer that has the option to extend the time charter contract for up to four
Capesize rates slide after hitting 5-month high. Rates for capesize bulk carriers eased this week after hitting their highest since December, and could come under pressure next week if charterers hold back cargoes, ship brokers said. "So far, I can't see too much cargo in the market
Warships from the Saudi-led coalition have blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tonnes of wheat from entering a Yemeni port, demanding United Nations guarantees that the cargo would not go to military personnel, shipping sources said on Thursday.
A naming ceremony was held on April 9, 2015 in South Korea for SCF Mitre, the fourth vessel in a series of state-of-the-art Atlanticmax-type LNG carriers built for Sovcomflot (SCF Group). The vessel, as with her sistership SCF Melampus that joined SCF Group’s fleet in January 2015
Eco-efficiency software aims to increase fuel efficiency and business intelligence on Evergreen Line chartered container vessels Evergreen Line has commenced installation of ClassNK-NAPA GREEN software on chartered container vessels
Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v YM New Jersey, a 2006-built Panamax container vessel of approximately 5
Middle East VLCC rates hit $69,500 a day; daily VLCC rates average $51,000, highest since 2008 (Clarkson). Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on a key Asian route jumped to a three-month top this week, but prices are likely to soften as charterers hold back cargoes amid a slight
Many investors are asking questions about the dynamics of the tanker market and asked us to confirm their views on vessel utilisation across the tanker market. This answer is very much linked to how supply and demand balance one another in a bulk tramping market
Videotel, the international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has received a Golden Reel Award from the Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I) in recognition of a training video that Videotel created for ExxonMobil Marine.
Rickmers Group reports that a representative of its company today has been allowed to board the seized container vessel Maersk Tigris, following an urgent request to Iranian authorities. The seized ship, managed by Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore), has a crew of 24 seafarers
Iran has released a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship and its crew which were seized last month in one of the world's major oil shipping lanes, the vessel's operator said on Thursday. It confirmed reports from Iran. The vessel was diverted on April 28 by Iranian patrol boats in the
Surprisingly, it seems that the use of VLCCs for floating storage has increased in recent weeks, says a report by Poten & Partners Information about the ships reveals that about every third vessel on charter contract earlier this year is now being used for floating storage
BMT SMART Ltd., the specialist fleet and vessel performance management company of BMT Group, will launch its new SMARTFLEET Management system at Nor-Shipping in Oslo next month. Technical experts will be on hand to showcase the system and its capabilities whilst discussing with delegates their