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.
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
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
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
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
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
Tanker rates for early liftings from the Middle East to short-haul Asian routes have burst through the Worldscale 100 points barrier, brokers said. An early May VLCC fixture for Singapore on the Flandre was reported at W105/6 ($6.75 per ton) and a Red Sea destination lifting was attempted at W100, brokers said. "Charterers are staring down the barrel of a W100-plus market," broker Galbraith's said. A shortage of modern vessels has pushed rates up
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
The panamax market is clouded by the prospect of Far Eastern holidays in less than two weeks, shipbrokers said on Wednesday. Brokers are unwilling to give forecasts beyond April 29 - the start of Golden Week. "We made it through Easter unscathed, but Golden Week is a different matter. Every year we're shocked at the slack trade, it's like we forget how important the Far Eastern market is," a broker said. Inquiry for Pacific basin panamaxes remained slow with modern tonnage hoping for $11
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.
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, has announced that the Nave Electron, a 2002-built VLCC of 305,178 dwt, was delivered to Navios Acquisition's owned fleet on July 21, 2014. The company also announced that the Nave Electron has been chartered out
Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian freight routes could hold steady or gain next week as charterers seek to complete their vessel chartering programme for the first 20 days of August, brokers said on Friday. The pause would come after charter rates from the Middle East to
Dorian LPG Ltd. a leading owner and manager of modern VLGC's (very large gas carriers), today announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU"), with HNA Logistics Group Co., Ltd. to explore opportunities in the liquefied petroleum gas logistics market
On Saturday July 26, 2014, a ceremony was held in Bergen to officially name the latest new subsea construction vessel to join the Technip fleet, the North Sea Atlantic. More than 200 guests from shipowner North Sea Shipping, ship charterer Technip and supply chain partners
India Tanker Conference the biggest event of Hinode Events and Services Pvt Ltd, and the first one on the Tanker trade is set to take off on JUNE 5 in Mumbai at the Hotel Vivanta by Taj - President, in MUMBAI. This First Annual Conference on the Outlook for India’s Seaborne Oil
Acquisition of two 82,000 dwt dry-bulk carriers and long-term charters for 8,700 teu container vessels nnounced by Ship Finance International (SFL). Ship Finance International Limited announced the agreement to acquire two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax dry-bulk carriers built in 2012
BMT SMART Ltd., a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., is announced the introduction of the Charter Party reporting module within its performance monitoring portfolio. The new functionality will allow reports to be compiled at the end of a ship’s voyage
Outcome of Investigation Findings into Marine Incidents and Measures to Enhance Safety of Navigation in Singapore Port Waters and Singapore Strait Following the three collision incidents resulting in oil spills which took place in the Singapore port waters and Singapore Strait between
Investors in the shipping & logistics industries VSL, says that in just over a week its first two eco-newbuildings joined its fleet, with the delivery from Vietnam of the 'High Sun' product tanker (in partnership with d’Amico International Shipping – DIS) and the 'Giulia I'
Scorpio Tankers Inc. gives details of its agreement to acquire some of its own common shares; to buy back stock; and also sets out a fleet update. Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has entered into an agreement to purchase from an existing shareholder 7,500
Dorian LPG announce that Tim Truels Hansen will join the Company as Chartering Manager, with effect from September 1st, 2014. Dorian explians that Hansen comes to them from AP Moeller Maersk where he began his career at sea, rising to the rank of captain of various sized LPG carriers
Solent Towage Ltd (STL), the UK arm of Norwegian marine services company, Ostensjo Rederi AS, has saved over 60-man hours since December 2013 by installing gplink, the remote monitoring and tracking solution from Finning Power Systems (Finning) for Cat® engines.
Established in 2008 in Dubai, Vega Ships Management announces the global expansion of their all-encompassing vessel post fixture services into the world wide shipping market. Vega Ships Management offers Vessel Post Fixture Commercial Operation services, headquartered in Dubai
Dacon announced it has again been contracted to deliver its Dacon Rescue Scoop to a service vessel in the offshore wind industry. This is the fifth vessel in a series of carbon fiber SWATH designs that Odfjell Wind AS are building at Danish Yachts
Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as too many ships chase too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil, brokers said. There are around 32 capesize ships in ballast and currently available for charter