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Dutch Insurers Want Security Guards

Owners, insurers, say Dutch ships at risk in piracy waters ought to be allowed to employ armed private security guards Last year the number of cases of piracy off the coasts of East and West Africa doubled, with 800 crew members being taken hostage, NRC.informs 'Dutch News'. The Netherlands' government does not allow ship owners to hire armed guards but it does provide soldiers as protection. However, the two organisations say there are not enough of them to protect all the ships sailing in the area. Other countries, such as Cyprus and Malta, do allow their ships to employ armed guards and the organisations say this will lead to Dutch ships choosing to sail under foreign flags which would be detrimental to the government as ship owners pay their tax to the country under whose flag they sail. Piracy costs insurers and ship owners a great deal, in ransom money, repairs to ships and damaged goods. In the past two years, the global insurance sector paid out €300m in claims as a result of piracy, says the NRC.    


Green Tech Wins RoPax Scrubber Deal

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Green Tech Marine has won a contract to deliver 21 exhaust gas cleaning systems (“scrubbers”) to an undisclosed ship-owner in first quarter 2015. By using Green Tech Marine scrubbers, ship owners can continue to operate on heavy fuel oil instead of more costly marine gas oil, while staying below the strict IMO requirements regarding sulphur emission. Sulphur oxides cause a wide variety of health and environmental impacts


COSCOL Profit Jumps

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Shanghai Stock Exchange-listed COSCO Shipping Company Limited (COSCOL) says its profits shot up 491% year on year (y/y) to CNY193M ($31M) in 2014. Revenue improved 3% year-on-year.  The results also boosted by government subsidies and benefitted from cost cutting measures. On 30 September the company received a total of CNY183M in government subsidies for scrapping old tonnage and replacing them with new building orders.


Ship Breaking Worker Killed in the Yard

 Only in 2016, at least 19 shipbreaking workers were killed and another 11 severely injured in the Bangladesh shipbreaking yard. More than 600 German-owned ships have been sold for scrap in SouthEast Asia since 2008 due to insolvencies and financial problems claims NGO Shipbreaking Platform.   A worker named Shah Jahan was killed on December 04 on the spot at Arefin shipbreaking yard in Chittagong, Bangladesh


GMS Implements Hong Kong Convention

Global Marketing Systems (GMS) cooperates with Germanischer Lloyd (GL) on green ship recycling. GMS, one of the world's biggest cash buyers, purchases vessels from ship owners before delivering them to ship recycling facilities. GL will help GMS to implement green ship recycling according to the Hong Kong Convention and independently proves to ship owners that GMS and the chosen recycling facility comply with the requirements


MaK, Caterpillar to Partner DNV GL for Condition Based Monitoring

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MaK together with Caterpillar’s Marine Asset Intelligence organization has announced that they have partnered with DNV GL to help make the change from time based maintenance to condition based maintenance by leveraging the predictive analytics of Cat Asset Intelligence in accordance with DNV GL’s Survey Arrangement Machinery Condition Monitoring (CM) requirements. The Survey Arrangement of DNV GL recognizes, across multiple dimensions


Increased Demand for Rudder Conversions

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More and more ship owners turn to Becker Marine Systems for rudder conversions of vessels already in service. The easy installation of a new Becker Rudder System can dramatically improve manoeuvring performance and reduce fuel consumption. Becker Marine Systems’ After Sales Team has long been known for quality and flexibility when it comes to refurbishing Becker Rudders that have been in service for decades. In case of a general overhaul of a Becker Rudder


Impact of Financial Crisis on Greek Shipping

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 Though international analysts like Morgan Stanley said that the Greek crisis will not have a direct impact on shipping companies, Greek shipping companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges sank on Monday.   Greeks have said No to austerity terms imposed by international creditors, which could have led to the releasing a package of fresh financial aid which could help in the long battle to keep Greece afloat.   


Petronet LNG to Float Subsidiary

Natural gas importer Petronet LNG Ltd (PLL) plans to float a shipping subsidiary overseas to haul gas to its greenfield re-gassification terminal of 2.5 million tonnes per annum capacity proposed at Kochi in Kerala. The diversification plan has been unveiled in the tender conditions stipulated by Petronet for selecting ship owners and operators for transporting LNG to the Kochi terminal. This is a departure from the first two shipping tenders finalized by Petronet for hauling gas from RasGas


Greek Shipowners Invest Hugely in New Ships

Greek ship-owners bought 72 ships within the first three months of 2013, invest US$848-million in their companies. While the Greek government continues to mull plans to tax the country’s shipping industry to raise money during a crushing economic crisis, Greek ship-owners bought 72 ships within the first three months of 2013 and invested $848 million in their companies, a $244 million increase and an additional 32 ships from the previous year, reports the 'Greek Reporter'.


Hapag-Lloyd, Inmarsat Ink Fleet Xpress Deal

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 Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has signed a five-year contract with Hapag-Lloyd to migrate all ships directly managed by the shipping line to services enabled for Fleet Xpress.   Hapag-Lloyd, the sixth largest container shipping operator in the world


Marlink Acquires IT Management Partner Palantir

Marlink has acquired Palantir AS, a Norway-based maritime IT company specializing in remote IT management solutions. The Share Purchase Agreement whereby Marlink acquired 100 percent of Palantir AS shares was completed on March 17, 2017.  


Pirates Demand Ransom for Tanker Seized off Somalia

Pirates off the coast of Somalia, who hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, are demanding a ransom for the release of the vessel, the EU Naval Force said.   The pirates seized the Comoros-flagged Aris 13 tanker on Monday


WE Tech to Equip Ektank Vessels

Finland-based WE Tech will deliver variable speed permanent magnet shaft generator solution to Swedish shipping company Ektank AB   WE Tech Solutions said it has received an order to deliver its permanent magnet shaft generator solution to two new 18


ABB's RDS Update Brings Predictive Capabilities of Big Data

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ABB is deepening its analytical and predictive approach to vessel maintenance with the latest upgrade of its Remote Diagnostic Service (RDS).    ABB is one of the leading advocates of the digitalization of shipping and has already launched Integrated Operation Centers in Asia


Somali Pirates Hijack First Ship since 2012

Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said on Tuesday, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012.   Security forces have been sent to free the Aris 13, a regional police official said late on Tuesday.


European Recyclers Form Ship Recycling Group

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 Five European ship recycling yards have joined forces to effectively raise awareness of existing best practice and the fact that there is capacity in Europe to properly recycle ships.    The newly established European Ship Recyclers Group (ESR)


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Falling as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to five-month lows this week, are set to drop further as excess tonnage and an absence of port congestion weigh on the market, brokers said.   Supertanker charter rates, which are already below the breakeven levels for ship


Canadian Fleets, Seaway Invest $160 Mln for 2017 Season

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Canadian ship owners and the St. Lawrence Seaway have spent an estimated $160 million on repair and infrastructure projects this winter, boosting the economic fortunes of communities throughout the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence and east coast, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce.  


Chine Cruise Ship's New Destination: Disputed South China Sea

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 China has commissioned a new cruise ship to take tourists to islands claimed by Vietnam in the disputed South China Sea, reinforcing its claim over the area, reports Reuters.   The ship called Changle Gongzhu, or Changle Princess, sailed from Sanya with 308 passengers on board


Inside Brazil's Cruise Slump

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Brazil is still attracting cruise lines, such as Norwegian Cruise Line, which is bringing a ship to Brazil for the first time in the 2016/2017 season. However, hard numbers do not bode well for the industry as the number of cruises dropped by more than half in four years


Damen Plunges into LNG Market

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Damen Shipyards Group’s range of Liquefied Gas Carriers is a response to the changes seen in the maritime LNG market in recent years. The Dutch company’s designs meet a variety of capacity requirements, from 500 m3 to 7,500 m3. The maritime LNG market has long been faced with the


Vard Secures Trawler Build Contract

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Vard Holdings Limited said it has secured a contract to build a pelagic trawler for Research Fishing Company, based on Shetland. The contract value is approximately NOK 350 million (roughly $41.4 million USD).   In close cooperation with the ship owner


Palau Ship Registry Opens Piraeus HQ

Panos Kirnidis, Chief Executive, Palau International Ship Registry, in his new European Head Office in Piraeus, Greece. (Photo: PISR)

The Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has opened a new head office in Piraeus, Greece.   PISR, who also has offices in Houston, said the new Piraeus office, along with its network of Registrars in the China, Cyprus, UAE, Germany, India, Japan, Egypt, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Panama


‘World’s Greenest Cruise Ship’ Construction Underway

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam (right) officially started the construction of MS Roald Amundsen at Kleven Yards, Norway. Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen (left). (Photo: Hurtigruten)

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam pressed the button to officially kick off the construction of hybrid expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen – “the greenest cruise ship the world has ever seen,” according to the ship owner.  






 
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