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UK Shipping Needs Time to Prepare for 2015 Emission Limits

The UK Chamber of Shipping says shipping needs more time to prepare for the 2015 0.1% sulphur limit introduction in the ECA's The 2015 0.1% sulphur limit applies within the North Sea and English Channel and the Baltic Sea Emission Control Areas. The Chamber's director of safety and environment, David Balston, said: “We fully support the need to reduce sulphur emissions from ships – but we are particularly concerned that many routes will become non viable and for those vessels operating on them we seek transitional arrangements, including very tight time limited exemptions to allow technology to catch up and provide a realistic alternative." These comments were made following the publication of a report by consultancy firm AMEC, commissioned by the Chamber on behalf of several North Sea and Western Channel shipping operators. The report says that the targets for shipping companies to reduce their sulphur emissions by 2015, could cause adverse environmental effects and result in a loss of 2,000 maritime services jobs, and place many more industrial jobs under threat. The report is the first of its kind to examine the full impact of hitting sulphur targets. The report shows the key impacts of hitting the 2015 sulphur reduction targets would be: • Much more freight moved by road, rather than sea – increasing carbon emissions and causing more road congestion


MARAD Study to Improve U.S.-Flag Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded a research contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, of New York, to identify factors that significantly impact the ability of U.S.-flagged ship operators transporting goods to remain competitive.  Current maritime industry estimates appear to indicate that costs associated with operating these vessels under U.S. registry standards are approximately three times higher than those incurred by the


FMC Acts On Mississippi Towage Arrangements

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) welcomes the news that the U.S Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has agreed it has jurisdiction in the matter of Exclusive Towage Contracts issues in the lower Mississippi River. Accordingly, the FMC has issued a "show cause" order to the principal bulk terminals with such contracts. Roger Holt, Secretary-General of INTERCARGO said today, "This show-cause order requires the marine terminal operators to demonstrate why they


Guidance for Private Maritime Security Providers Agreed by IMO’s MSC

Interim guidance to private maritime security companies (PMSCs) agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at latest meeting in London A special high-level segment of the MSC saw an intense debate, over the first day and a half of the Committee’s session, on how the international community should deal with issues related to the deployment of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships and the carriage of arms on board.


Taking the Guesswork Out of Bunker Procurement

Inatech launches its Optimizer to add smart decision making for fuel purchasing to its cloud-based management solution for the entire fuel procurement process. The company explains that Optimizer helps ship operators take the guesswork out of their fuel purchasing decisions by providing real-time guidance on the three key factors of quantity, location and price strategy-how much fuel to buy for each ship in their fleet


Israel's Zim Line Falls Deeper in the Red in 2013

Image courtesy of Zim Line

Revenues of Zim, Israel Corp's shipping unit, dropped 7 percent as overall freight rates declined by 9 percent in 2013 and its loss rose from US$ 433-million in 2012 to US$535-million in 2013, according to Xinhua. Container ship operators Zim Line, which holds 2 percent of the international shipping market, is in the middle of financial restructuring. The process includes negotiations on cancelling the state's golden share, while keeping Israel's security needs and government interests.


Experts Mull Risks Of Mid-Sea Gasoline Transfer

Salvage workers and shipping experts were studying a possible mid-sea transfer of nearly 30,000 tons of gasoline from a damaged tanker at risk of exploding, the ship's operators said. Spanish authorities insisted the tanker would not be allowed back into the country's waters to carry out the potentially risky operation. A tugboat carrying equipment and specialists for the operation had joined the Greek-owned tanker Castor


FMC Budget Request

The Administration requests $19.5 million for the operation of the Federal Maritime Commission for fiscal year 2005. Approximately $18.4 million was appropriated for FMC operations in fiscal year 2004. The FMC is a five member independent agency responsible for enforcing international shipping rules and regulations involving carriers (container ship operators), shippers (companies owning goods to be transported), and transportation facilitators such as freight forwarders


Videotel Assists Shipowners

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Ship operators concerned about complying with the newly enforced garbage management rules can now turn to Videotel for support.   Important new updates to MARPOL Annex V entered into force on January 1, 2013 and have revolutionised the way the industry must look at the issue of waste disposal.  In response to this, Videotel has extensively updated its Garbage Management training program to accommodate the radical shift of emphasis the new legislation entails.   


ICS Presents Shipping Economic Challenges to World Ministers

At the OECD International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, the annual gathering of the world's transport ministers from more than 50 countries (May 22-24), the views of the global shipping industry were represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the principal global trade association for shipowners.   ICS explained the realities of the very serious economic challenges presently confronting shipping at a special ministerial session on the financing of sustainable


Videotel’s API Enables Integration with Crew Management Software

Videotel, a global provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc.,  has released the Videotel Partner API, an application programming interface that facilitates the exchange of data between Videotel and any of its clients’ crew management


STCW 2010 - Employers Need to be Ready, Says ICS

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe Photo ISC

The transitional period for the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010) comes to an end on 1 January 2017.  To prevent last minute certification ‘logjams’


Zim Rejigs Organizational Structure

Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd.

 Israel’s shipping firm ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has launched an extensive program aimed at changing its organizational structure.   The change is based on the company's business plan to focus on profitable trade areas in which ZIM enjoys competitive advantage. 


ICS Publishes Flag State Performance Table

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table for 2015/2016, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. The ICS Table provides an annual overview of the performance of the world’s ship registers against a


Shippers Supports Further CO2 Reduction -ICS

Peter Hinchliffe (Photo: ICS)

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which has represented global ship operators throughout the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, has commented on the latest draft UNFCCC text which – although still not finalized – currently contains no explicit reference to international


Black Sea MOU - New Inspection Regime

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 Quality ship operations will be rewarded with a reduced inspection burden when the Black Sea MOU launches its new inspection regime on 1 January 2016.   The Black Sea (BS) MOU had announced that their new inspection regime, BS-IR (2016), will be in force from 1 January 2016. 


ABB Services Over 300 Turbochargers for CSCL

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New service contract covers a further 113 turbochargers     ABB Turbocharging, part of the power and automation technology group, announced it has signed its third and largest Operation Performance Package service agreement with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL)


Ship Owners to See Reduced P&I Premiums in 2016

Image: Gulf Agency Company (GAC)

 Despite protection and indemnity (P&I) Clubs announcing that they are trying to achieve on average 2% increases in premium, ship owners with good records can look forward to reductions in premiums for P&) insurance at the 2016 renewals, according to Willis Group Holdings


New Roles for Satcoms in Autonomous Shipping

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Examining some questions regarding commercial autonomous and drone ships, as well as why VSAT currently presents the best solution for the communications and control of such vessels. The topic of autonomous shipping has been much in the news recently


Recovery for European Shipowners?

Pic: Maersk Line

 European Shipowners may increase freight rates or renegotiate bunker clauses in the coming year in order to capitalise on lower crude oil prices and consolidate the recovery seen in 2015, reports ICIS.   Bunker fuel prices came down significantly amid lower crude oil prices but some


New Entry Criteria for vessels calling French Ports

Image: CMA CGM Group

 The French State has implemented new provisions regarding tax exemptions on commercial vessels of at least 15 meters in length, including yachts.    The provisions came into force on the 1st January 2016. These provisions can be found in the Official Bulletin of the Tax-Public


Marine Fuel Management Tech Launched in Mexico

Photo: Royston

Diesel power specialist Royston has expanded the worldwide distribution network for its Enginei marine fuel management system with new sales representation in Mexico.   The newly created IntellFuel de Mexico will provide sales, distribution and technical service support for the Enginei


Port Bronka Inks Long-term Cargo Deal with CMA СGM

Port Bronka investor Fenix LLC and shipping company CMA СGM last month signed a long-term agreement for handling and storage of container cargo.   CMA CGM is the third largest container shipping company with a total fleet capacity of 1,807,298 TEU


Vessel Design: ‘LNG Ship of the Future’

The team has tested a scale model and discussed the design with shipyards. The final design is expected to save fuel and emissions by 3–5 percent compared with traditional designs. (Photo: BG Group)

Project to optimize LNG ship hull forms aims to reduce emissions and save significant amounts of fuel for LNG vessel operators.   On the shores of the Amazônia Azul – or Blue Amazon, the part of the Atlantic off the coast of Brazil – the LNG ship of the future is being


BIG DATA & Maritime: The Downside

Tony Baker, Loss Prevention Director

North P&I Club Warns on Downsides of "Big Data" on Ships There is no question that the era of "Big Data" -- and all that those two words encompass -- will be transformational in the maritime market for the coming generation






 
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