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Sale Of Stena Line Possible

The chairman of Swedish international shipping operator Stena Line AB told press he can imagine selling the loss-making ferry group. However, said Dan Sten Olsson, "it has to be a serious buyer who is not just out to shop up the company." Stena Line - which also operates the English Channel with British shipping operator P&O under the P&O Stena Line company - posted a loss after financial items of $57.15 million for 1999. The group has cut costs to meet changes following the end of tax-free shopping in Europe. Olsson said he expected the loss-making group to break even in 2001. He said there were several buyers who may be interested in the Swedish group, one of the world's largest shipping operators.


DNV Introduce Vessel General Permit Enviro-Oil Advisory Service

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Classification society and consultancy DNV GL inform it has introduced the "Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants" (EAL) Report Service to help ship operators to comply with the new rules set out for the US Vessel General Permit (VGP) without the need for extensive outlays, & provides feedback on areas of concern. The VGP framework, which came into effect in December 2013 stipulates that biologically degradable oils, or EAL, must be used at all oil to sea interfaces


Aquarism to Assist BV with Legionnaire Control

Classification society Bureau Veritas has strengthened its capacity to provide passenger ship operators with health and hygiene on board certification by acquiring Paris-based Aquarism, a specialist company dealing with the control of legionnaire and other viruses in water systems. Jean-Jacques Juenet, head of passenger ship services for BV, says, "Managing air and water contamination risks on board passenger ships is becoming both


China Shipping to Buy Two Tankers

Bulk shipping operator China Shipping Development is spending $87m on another two oil tankers to boost capacity. The new tankers, each with a capacity of 46,000 deadweight tons, are due for delivery between the fourth quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2009. Upon delivery, the shipping operator will control a fleet of 71 oil tankers with a combined carrying capacity of 3.5 million deadweight tonnes. The purchase of the two new vessels will be financed by bank borrowings


Schat-Harding Opens Miami Area Service Base

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Lifeboat and davit manufacturer Schat-Harding has strengthened its support for cruise ship operators in the area by opening a service base in . The new offices, service base and workshops will be within the facilities of Worldwide Marine Services, the global ship technical support group, and Schat-Harding will train and authorize Worldwide Marine technicians to support its own service engineers. The base will provide quick reaction service and repair support to cruise ship operators and also


Statutory Alert: RightShip Inspection Procedures

Following discussions initiated by the Union of Greek Shipowners with RightShip and facilitated by Lloyds Register, Lloyd’s Register confirmed clarification of RightShip’s ship inspection and reporting procedures as follows: A dry cargo ship inspection will be carried out by RightShip inspectors either when recommended by RightShip or when requested by the ship operator. On completion of any inspection, the RightShip Ship Inspection Report, if listing any deficiencies


Globe Wireless to Acquire SeaWave & Rydex

Globe Wireless has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of SeaWave & Rydex. The transaction is aimed to create a maritime communications end to end solutions, and provide a complete range of services to over 8,000 ships and over 500 ship operators. By combining the Globe Wireless network and total solution with the innovative technology of SeaWave and Rydex the business will provide customers with the complete choice of systems


Double Hull Tankers Announces Offering

Double Hull Tankers Inc. (DHT.N) filed with U.S. regulators to periodically sell up to $200m in common and preferred stock and debt securities, according to a Reuters report. The tanker ship operator said in a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it will use the proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes. The purposes may include vessel acquisitions, business acquisitions or other strategic alliances, reduction of outstanding borrowings


WSS Rolls Out Single Payment System

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Ship operators and managers are benefitting from the administrative efficiency of a single payment system for port calls launched by Wilhelmsen Ships Service.  A Float Account scheme operated by the company enables the ship operator to deposit a fixed amount with them to cover a month’s anticipated port calls.  The sum is used to cover all the expenses of the operator’s vessels, wherever they call in the world.  


ABB Launches Marine Fuel Efficiency Program

ABB introduce several software 'Advisory Systems' for the marine market to help all types of ocean vessels dramatically reduce fuel consumption. These Advisory Systems include the latest versions of ABB’s energy management system for marine applications (EMMA) and Amarcon’s Octopus solution and ABB say that Integrated advanced software, electrical systems and Azipod® propulsion can help ship owners slash fuel consumption by up to 20%.


ClassNK Releases Annual Report on Port State Control

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Classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report, which aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on


Maersk Cuts Growth Forecast

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 Though the Danish conglomerate AP Møller-Maersk posted higher-than-expected earnings, it has cut its forecast for global trade growth and abandoned several medium-term profit forecasts, as per a report in FT.   Maersk overcame low oil prices and freight rates in its container


China’s Currency Devaluation Good for Shipping

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 The depreciation of the Chinese currency will help both international and domestic shipping operators in the region that have been stuggling of late with growing costs and rising competition, says Maersk.   Xinhua quoted Tim Smith


Dry Bulk Freight Market Recovery Slows

Image: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co., Ltd

 The global dry bulk freight market, crippled by oversupply but seeing signs of renewed activity, is expected to take at least a year to hit the road to recovery, according to the latest Platts survey of shipping market participants.  


Chemical Shipping Fortunes Lifted by Swing Ships

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Chemical shipping faces another tough year, but prospects are improving thanks to the strength of the product tanker market which is attracting a growing number of swing ships out of chemicals into products, according to the latest edition of the Chemical Forecaster


Using Key Data to Remain Competitive

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During a conference in Oslo, KVH CEO Martin Kits van Heyningen urged maritime operators to utilize big data in order to remain competitive The future competitiveness of the maritime industry will be affected by how rapidly shipping operators take advantage of big data


Making Data a Priority is Key

During a conference in Oslo, KVH CEO Martin Kits van Heyningen urged maritime operators to utilize big data in order to remain competitive. The future competitiveness of the maritime industry will be affected by how rapidly shipping operators take advantage of big data


LR to Class Entire NORDEN Fleet

Nord Mermaid (Photo: Norden)

Thirty-two ships will be transferred to Lloyd’s Register Class as part of the agreement that covers 57 ships including NORDEN’s entire fleet   Ship operator Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S, based in Copenhagen, has contracted LR to class 57 ships


Crashed Cruise Ship Refloated; St. Lawrence Seaway Reopens

MS Saint Laurent. Pic by FleetPro

 The cruise ship MS Saint Laurent has been re-floated, all passengers are safely off and the lock has been re-opened, following the collision on last Thursday.   "Today (Saturday afternoon), the passenger cruise ship Saint Laurent was safely re-floated and exited the Eisenhower


New Guidance on Large Scale Migrant Rescue

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The global shipping industry, represented by a cross section of international shipowners' associations and seafarers' unions, has collectively updated the industry's Guidelines on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea.   This is in response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean


Commerzbank Sells 18 Ships for $254.5mln

KKR & Co LP's Embarcadero Maritime unit will pay $254.5 million to buy 18 dry bulk and container ships from Commerzbank AG's Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, the companies said on Thursday.   U.S. private equity firm KKR and London-based independent ship operator Borealis Maritime


Scottish Exporters Bullish on New Shipping Service

BG Rotterdam. Photo: B.G. Freight Line B.V

 As the shipping operator BG Freight Line is set for a new freight service connecting the links, Scotland’s food and drink, chemical and manufacturing industries are looking for a boost.   BG Freight Line, wholly-owned by Clydeport owner Peel Ports


IMO Signs Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project

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 International Maritime Organization (IMO) the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement to allocate US$2.0 million to a two-year global maritime energy efficiency partnership project


Arctic Range of Liferafts Introduced

The heating blanket developed by SurvitecZodiac makes all of its liferafts suitable for Arctic use (Photo: Survitec)

Ship operators working in polar regions can now equip vessels with liferafts from the SurvitecZodiac range that have been manufactured to meet Arctic operating conditions. This follows SurvitecZodiac’ development of a heating system that can be specified to keep any one of the nearly 60


South Korea Okays Casinos on Cruise Ships

Sapphire Princess. Image by Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 South Korea has given the go-ahead for cruise ships to operate onboard casinos for foreign guests, , reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   South Korean cruise vessels voyaging overseas will be able to operate casinos on board – but casino admission will be only for






 
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