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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


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


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


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


COSCOL Profit Jumps

Courtesy: COSCOL

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.


Gulf Harbor Shipping Opens New Office

Gulf Harbor Shipping announces the opening of their New Orleans, La. office located in the World Trade Center, suite 2101, No.2 Canal Street, New Orleans, La., 70130. Founded by a former executive and manager of a major shipping agency company, Gulf Harbor will target charterers and ship owners needing customized representation on the lower Mississippi River and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Charterers and Ship owners responsible for sending ships to the lower River have special needs in


LSM Implements Wave Software System

Resurgence Software, Inc. announced that London Ship Managers, Ltd. (LSM) has implemented its Wave Software System in a portion of its fleet. This agreement is a direct result of the Resurgence Software joint marketing alliance with Lloyd's Register, and marks LSM's continued commitment to improving operational efficiency and customer service through the strategic use of technology. "The adoption of our system by LSM demonstrates the continued acceptance of equipment reliability software


Raytheon Anschütz Opens in Singapore

Jan. C. Lötzsch, Managing Director of the new subsidiary

Raytheon Anschütz announced the establishment of the new subsidiary Raytheon Anschuetz Singapore Pte Ltd. With the new company, Raytheon Anschütz expands its sales and service activities in Southeast Asia. It started operation on March 1, 2009. “The new service center is an important step to secure best possible customer support in this region,” says Jan-Christoph Lötzsch, Managing Director of Raytheon Anschuetz Singapore


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'.


German Shipowner Worst Global Dumper -NSP

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German shipowner Ernst Komrowski topped the list of the worst global dumpers with 14 end-of-life vessels sold to the beaches, according to a press release from NGO Ship-breaking Platform (NSP).  All of these were formerly part of the Maersk fleet and had been on a long-term charter with the


Imabari Bags Order for 11 ULCCs

CONTAINER CARRIER COURTESY Imabari Shipbuilding

  Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Imabari), with the cooperation of Marubeni Corporation, has secured newbuilding order for eleven (11) units of 20,000TEU Ultra-Large Container Carriers, the largest type container carriers in the world as of today.


European Shipping Week Announces Speakers

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Adam Goldstein, President and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Pierfrancesco Vago, Chairman of CLIA Europe and Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, and Paolo Tonon, Vice-President and Head of Maersk Technology join the list of key industry shipping personnel and EU regulators at European Shipping


Raytheon Anschütz Opens Service Center in Panama

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German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz has established its new subsidiary Raytheon Anschuetz Panama, S. de R.L., in Panama City.   The new company, to open on February 1, 2015, will be positioned as the regional customer support and service coordination center


Harvey Gulf Outsources IHM to Metizoft

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Harvey Gulf has signed a framework agreement with Metizoft on maintenance and quality assurance of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM).   Vessels with IHM documentation must be maintained at all times and reflect the actual ship sailing


World's Largest Ship Sparks Outrage

Pieter Schelte (Pic: Allseas Group)

 Jewish groups in the Netherlands and Britain have reacted with rage and despair at the arrival in Rotterdam of the world's biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS.  The Pieter Schelte, which is so big it can lift oil rigs out of the water


Coldharbour Marine's New UK Office

Coldharbour Marine- new UK Headquarters signals recruitment drive‏

  Coldharbour Marine, long recognised for the design, manufacture and supply of inert gas and fluid handling equipment vessels (FPSOs) has moved into a new 25k sq. ft. headquarters in Linby, Nottinghamshire. All of Coldharbour’s administration, design, research and development functions


The 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit

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Sign-up for this year’s most in-depth exchange of information and best venue for BWT stakeholders to network and meet regulatory peers is underway.   Infocast’s 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit will take place in Long Beach, CA, from February 3-5, 2015


China Exim Bank, SWS Sign $312m Financing Deal

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Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding  (SWS), a  yard owned by the industrial conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has secured a US$312million loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to build three 18,000 teu containerships. 


Nordbank Eyes Bad Shipping Debt Deals

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The world’s largest financier of ships HSH Nordbank AG wants to move forward in 2015 with the removal of bad shipping loans that racked up during a seven-year glut in the global container fleet, reports Bloomberg.   The bank plans several transactions in which external shipping


GE Powers Diadema Cruise Ship

Fincantieri shipyard to equip in-board propulsion for Carnival and Costa vessels, GE’s Power Conversion business has helped the shipyard successfully deliver the Costa Diadema cruise ship to the Carnival Corporation on October 28, 2014.


Malta Shipping Register is World's 6th Largest

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Malta ship register becomes the sixth largest worldwide, remains largest in Europe. As at end of December 2014, the registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 57.9 million gross tons with over 2,500 merchant vessels fly the Maltese flag.


Greek Shipping Fears Syriza Tax Plan

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Will the new government in Greece led by radical-left party Syriza levy higher taxes that the shipping industry can’t afford? A report in WSJ says that several owners in Greece’s important shipping sector are worried about this. 


Transas: The Bridge to Tomorrow

“With each day that passes, we learn more about the power of simulation technology. We are making significant strides in the areas of visualization and modeling development that go far beyond the use of standard and typical ‘texturing’ and ‘mathematical’ tools.    George Toma, President & GM,  Transas Americas Inc.

Transas was founded in 1990, by a group of former navigators and engineers, who at that time envisioned ways in which computers could revolutionize maritime safety, communications and security. In the ensuing 25 years Transas has pioneered navigational technology across a wide sector


Cosco Profits Boosted by Low Fuel Prices

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China Cosco Holdings ended 2014 in profitable territory, growing its net earnings by 50 percent to $56 million on the back of cost cuts, improved revenue and lower bunker fuel prices.  The company, the flagship unit of state-owned shipping conglomerate China Ocean Shipping (Group) Corporation






 
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