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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

Photo courtesy of USCG

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

Schat-Harding technician in new plant

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%.


US Coast Guard Resumes Probe into El Faro Sinking

Photo: NTSB

U.S. Coast Guard investigators on Monday resumed a probe of last year's deadly sinking of the El Faro off the Bahamas, beginning two weeks of hearings to examine the cargo ship's operations, weather forecasts and regulatory oversight. Captain Eric Bryson


Petronas Chooses Jotun Antifoulings

Seri Amanah (Photo: Jotun)

Petronas has selected Jotun’s Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) antifouling system for two LNG vessels chartered from MISC.   The advanced antifouling coatings and a full suite of performance measurement sensors will now be applied to Seri Amanah and Puteri Zamrud in a move that will


Industry Group Developing New Hull Coating System

Composition of the PPG SIGMAGLIDE self-adhesive fouling release film solution (Image: PPG)

PPG’s protective and marine business has received EU Funding for a project which aims to produce a new fouling protection system for commercial vessels.   A project development group including PPG, MACtac, Meyer Werft/ND Coatings


First Cruise Company Fined under Australia’s New Fuel Rules

Pacific Jewel (Photo: P&O Cruises)

Australia’s NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC $15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbour.   A fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers


ABB to Power Norwegian Hybrid Car Ferry

Image: Multi Marine

ABB will supply the power system for a hybrid car ferry serving a passenger route in Norway. The vessel will run as a hybrid but can be modified to run as a full electric ferry with shore charging system.  According to ABB, the contract is another success in northern Europe


Dales Marine Launch New Lay-up and Dock Hire Services

Dales Marine, a privately owned ship repair companies in Scotland, has enhanced its portfolio by introducing two new services to support the growing needs of the shipping and offshore industry.   In addition to its capabilities for working in ship repair and maintenance


First Shippers Sign on Rolls-Royce Autonomous Ship Project

Finferries 65 metre double ended ferry, the Stella, which operates between Korpo and Houtskär in Finland will undertake a series of tests of sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) project, led by Rolls-Royce, introduced the project’s first commercial ship operators: ferry operator Finferries and dry bulk cargo carriers ESL Shipping Oy. The announcement came at a conference presenting the findings of the


ICS to Pursue Critical Issues at IMO's MEPC Meet

Peter Hinchliffe ICS Secretary General Photo by ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has made a number of submissions to a critical meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Committee (MEPC) which begins in London next week (18-22 April).  These address further measures to reduce the sector’s CO2 emissions


How Japan Can Lead the Marine Renaissance

Image: GE

Being an island nation, Japan is inevitably dependent on seaborne trade. Over time, this has led to it becoming a strong player in the global maritime market.    Japan’s shipbuilding pedigree has gained the country a foothold in LNG carriers


P&I Club Warns: Failure to Comply with SOLAS Amendment

Courtesy UK P&I

· Some terminals and shippers are unprepared for the enforcement of the SOLAS amendment on 1st July · Without steps to address the requirements of the SOLAS amendment, chaos and commercial disputes may ensue · A failure to comply will result in fines


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market Direction Uncertain

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier. These vessels were built primarily to carry iron ore from Brazil to the far east. (image: Vale)

Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates


MOL's LNG Carrier KUMUL Delivered

At the naming ceremony Courtesy MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) announced the delivery of the LNG carrier KUMUL at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. (Hudong) in Shanghai on April 29. A naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on April 8


Damen Opens US Office

Ruud Haneveer, Market Development Executive for Damen Shiprepair & Conversion and Jan van Hogerwou, Damen’s Manager Newbuildings for USA and Canada are celebrating the opening of Damen’s new North American office. (Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

Damen Shipyards Group has announced the opening of a new branch office in Houston, Texas. This expansion, under the name of Damen North America, meets the increasing demand for Damen’s shipbuilding concepts and repair and conversion services.


WSS Offers ‘One Stop Shop’ Approach to Bunkering

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 Ship operators who rely on a myriad of companies for their global bunkering needs are wasting time, money and energy, with no guarantee of standardized quality of products and services, says Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS). In an industry defined by tight margins and cost constraints this


Gard Alert: Is Fuel in your Emergency Equipment Fit for Purpose?

Image: Gard

 Imagine the following scenario: It is in the middle of winter in the north Atlantic, freezing cold with rough seas, when an emergency onboard a tanker requires the crew to abandon the ship. A lifeboat with its full complement of persons is just getting away from the emergency scene when the






 
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