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Insurance Worries May Cancel Japan's Iran Oil Liftings

Japan will likely refrain from loading oil at Iranian ports in March because of the impending expiry at the end of next month of special shipping insurance cover provided by the government, industry and government officials said. The potential restriction from one of Tehran's biggest oil customers highlights Iran's difficulties in boosting exports after U.S. sanctions were lifted in January. The problem stems from confusion about whether U.S. companies can offer insurance coverage for tankers with Iranian crude. The U.S. removed the sanctions after confirming a deal on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, including prohibitions on non-American companies selling insurance to and trading with Iranian entities. But the Treasury Department left in place other sanctions limiting the amount of reinsurance U.S. companies can provide for Iranian ships, a crucial element in providing tanker cover. The insurance ban was the most effective way of limiting Iranian oil exports, which were more than 3 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2011, but fell to a little more than 1 million bpd after the sanctions were imposed in 2012. Japan has kept the oil trade with Iran going through a special government insurance programme that gives about $8 billion in coverage and the government plans to renew it with a parliamentary vote, a government source said.


Shanghai’s Pudong Shipping Hub is Bullish

Pudong New Area Night View by Pudong New Area Government

 Shanghai’s Pudong New Area has made progress in building an international shipping center last year and the opening-up reforms in the city’s free trade zone (FTZ) have lured another six global ship management firms to dock there, reports Shanghai Daily.  So far, six overseas ship management companies have been set up in the zone after China for the first time allowed wholly foreign-funded companies to operate in the sector in the FTZ.  


Australia to Inspect All Single-Hull Tankers

All single-hulled oil tankers visiting Australian ports will be subject to increased inspections, under new measures to protect the marine environment announced today. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, said further protection would come through the introduction of legislation to increase the amount of compensation following an oil spill to $480 million. Anderson said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has upgraded its


Noble Denton Honored

Noble Denton Group has joined an elite group of British businesses as it secured 59th place in this year’s Sunday Times Deloitte Buyout Track 100 list. Now in its second year, the prestigious league table ranks Britain’s top 100 private equity-backed mid-market companies with the fastest growing profits (EBITDA) over two years. The research analyses the profit performance of private equity-backed companies, rather than just the buyout deals.


Trawlercat Introduces Anti-Piracy (PEV) Design

purpose-designed anti-piracy personal escort vessel (PEV).

Trawlercat Marine Designs of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada is seeking joint venture partners to join them in building their purpose-designed anti-piracy personal escort vessels (PEV). Trawlercat Marine’s president, Captain Graham Pfister states that “Individual PEV’s can chase pirates away from unarmed and even armed ships. They can prevent groups of pirates from “swarming” and getting close enough to fire their weapons and cause injuries


Ship Insurers Plug Hole in Iran Oil Cover Left by US Sanctions

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Ship insurers have stepped in to help plug a shortfall in cover for transporting Iranian oil resulting from the fact that U.S. reinsurers are still restrained by Washington's sanctions, according to officials involved in the initiative.   International oil and shipping companies have been eager to boost business with Iran since international sanctions related to its nuclear programme were lifted in January, but securing proper insurance cover has been among the stumbling blocks in


Michael Else & Company Launch New Insurance Cover

Michael Else & Company, manager of the Charterers P&I Club and Transmarine, has launched a new product to provide innovative insurance solutions worldwide for small and medium-sized multimodal transport operators and shipping intermediaries such as freight forwarders, NVOCCs and ship agents.     The new product, Portside Insurance Management Services operates as a brand within Michael Else & Company’s existing structure and the security is provided 100 per cent


American P&I Club 100 Day Initiative

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The American P&I Club is this month launching an ambitious initiative aimed at feeding 100 needy families for 100 days in embattled Greece, as well as supporting children with special needs. In a link-up with three long-established charities in Greece, the club will launch its campaign at an evening roof garden reception in central Athens on Thursday, May 31, to mark the start of Posidonia 2012 that will take place the following week.


Denmark Updates Insurance Claims Requirements

Ships without P&I insurance for maritime claims must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about their insurance Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 without a Certificate of Entry in a P&I Club from the international group of P&I clubs must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about alternative insurance for maritime claims before March 31, 2014. Danish ships with a gross tonnage of or above 300 must carry a certificate confirming that insurance has been taken


Iran Plans Listing NITC to Fund Fleet Modernization

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Iran plans to list its national tanker company to raise badly needed cash to upgrade its massive fleet and replace older vessels, as the middle east country prepares for an aggressive return to the global oil market.   The country emerged from years of economic isolation last weekend after crippling sanctions were lifted in return for Tehran complying with steps to curb its nuclear ambitions.   Iran has one of the world's biggest tanker fleets


Braemar Shipping Exists ICON JV

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 Braemar Shipping Services PLC on has terminated its involvement in the ACM ICON Shipping DMCC venture, announcing the sale of its 50% stake to its joint-venture partner Icon Chartering Ltd, says a report by Alliance News.   Braemar  said it has determined the venture is no longer


IUMI Position Paper on the Offshore Safety Directive

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 Neil Roberts, Manager, Marine and Aviation, Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA), United Kingdom, and International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Ocean Hull Committee Secretary and Political Forum Liaison discuses  about the position paper published by IUMI.  


Industry Unprepared for New Container Weighing Rules, says IUMI

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 Helle Hammer, Managing Director Cefor & Chair of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) Political Forum discuss about Container Weighing Rules.   As of 1 July 2016, only containers with a verified gross mass will be allowed to be loaded on board a vessel (although IMO


Crowley Adds Houston-Caribbean LCL Service

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Starting July 1, Crowley Maritime Corporation will offer weekly, fixed-day, less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping services from Houston to 33 port destinations throughout the Caribbean Basin, the shipper announced today.   The new logistics service is designed to enhance supply chain


Faulkner Joins Braemar SA as Manager

David Faulkner Courtesy Braemar

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) has appointed David Faulkner as ‘Manager, Ports and Harbours (Middle East)’. David is a Master Mariner and pilot and will be based in the Braemar SA Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in providing specialist port


Bureau Veritas Acquires TMC Marine

Bureau Veritas has acquired international consultancy TMC Marine Ltd.    TMC has provided pre- and post-casualty advice and support to the marine industry since 1979. The business focuses on marine claims and accident investigations


Strikes Cause Stoppage in Greek Ports

A 48-hour strike by the Seamen’s Union in Greece is expected to affect all domestic and local ferry routes as well as commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging, advises Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).  


Iranian Maritime Knowledge Hub to Open

 The Iranian Maritime Industry Knowledge Hub will be soon opened up and ready to use by public in the area of shipping and offshore industry.   Reza Mohammad Alibeike, member of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), said


Iranian Tankers Free to Enter International Ports

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

 Restrictions on Iranian tankers’ insurance have been removed and the country’s crude carriers are now allowed to enter any oil terminal in the world, National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC)'s CEO Ali Akbar Safaee said.  


Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference Presents an Upbeat Mood

Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference Session in progress Photo JRF

The verdict at the 5th India Marine Salvage and Wreck Removal Conference of Hinode held this time in Mumbai last week was clear and unanimous. The presentations as well as the deliberations highlighted an upbeat atmosphere indicating the growing prospects for salvors on the India’s 7516 KM


IACS Recommendations for Emergency Response

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Following a further round of discussions on 'Places of Refuge' at the IMO last week, prompted by a submission from the EU Member States, the European Commission, shipowners and the maritime insurance industry, IACS today published recommendations addressing the minimum support services for vessels


COSCO Rolls Out Shipping Financial Platform

Photo: China COSCO Shipping Co

 China COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd (China COSCO Shipping) officially  inaugurated the company “COSCO shipping Financial Holdings Limited (COSCO shipping Financial) in Hong Kong.   It was former China Shipping (Hong Kong) Holdings, reports Sinocast.  


ITIC Launches Cyber Liability Insurance Extension

Alistair Mactavish (Photo: ITIC)

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has launched a cyber liability extension to ITIC policies to protect its existing professional indemnity members against the growing threat posed by hackers.   ITIC has always provided cover for damage arising from the loss of or damage to


Iran Halts LPG Exports to Japan

Iran said on Wednesday it had stopped exports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Japan, but there were other customers available to buy the Islamic republic's LPG, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.   The report did not give a reason but difficulties for shippers in obtaining


Seoul's Effort to Calm Shipping Sector Storm

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korea will pump $9.5bn (11 trillion won) into state-run policy lenders reeling from huge losses on loans made to the beleaguered shipbuilding and shipping sectors to help them deal with further corporate distress, says FT.  






 
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