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Varadkar Publishes New Ship Registration Bill

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD has announced the publication of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013. The Bill is one of the Minister’s legislative priorities and is part of an overall objective to update and enhance the national maritime legislative code, and ensure the safety of maritime transport services. The importance of ship registration is that it confers Irish nationality on ships, allowing them to fly the Irish flag and register ownership. The new Bill will provide a basis for the introduction of an updated and modernized ship registration system in Ireland. Among the new categories of vessels for which the Bill proposes registration are fishing boats less than 15 meters in length overall, personal watercraft (jet skis), small fast powered craft and small angling boats. The proposed extension of a registration requirement to jet skis takes account of the increase in the numbers of such craft in recent times, the risks that can be involved in the operation of such craft and, in particular, responds to a recommendation made by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board following a number of marine casualty incidents involving jet skis in recent years. The Bill is the result of a detailed review of the existing registration regime, which dates from 1955, and involved an extensive public consultation process and meetings with interested stakeholders


Ireland Publishes New Ship Registration Bill

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD has announced the publication of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013. The Bill is one of the Minister’s legislative priorities and is part of an overall objective to update and enhance the national maritime legislative code, and ensure the safety of maritime transport services.  The importance of ship registration is that it confers Irish nationality on ships


Netherlands Changes Ship Registration Law

Recent changes to Dutch law safeguarding the right of free establishment in Europe mean that ship registration regulations in the Netherlands have been relaxed. The recent change brings Dutch law in line with a 2004 European Court of Justice decision which ruled that Dutch national law, although apparently in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea which requires a “genuine link between the State and the ship,” contravened European law by being too restrictive


Government Aims to Develop, Upgrade, Cyprus Shipping

The government continuously improves incentives for shipowners to register their ships under the Cyprus flag. Communication & Works Minister Flourentzou pointed out Cyprus ranks among the largest international ship registries in the world, but unlike other open registries, he added, Cyprus is also a major base for international shipping operations and for other activities related to shipping. The Minister noted that “a maritime cluster has been developed


Support to Cyprus Shipping Industry

Nicos Anastasiades (Picture by Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus)

Cyprus President  Nicos Anastasiades reiterated his Government’s strong support towards the shipping industry and determination to introduce those mechanisms necessary to further enhance it.  The Ministry of Communications and Works and the Department of Merchant Shipping, with the active involvement and support of the Shipping Chamber, CIPA and other related bodies, commissioned a "Strategy Study on Cyprus Shipping”


UNCTAD Launches Novel Maritime Country Profiles

Example of the nationally flagged fleet for Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands are one of the fastest growing open registries. A large share of its fleet are oil tankers and dry bulk carriers. Image: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

 A maritime country profile provides a basic snapshot of a country's situation regarding maritime transport and international trade, facilitating convenient cross-country comparisons. The Maritime Country Profiles will be updated regularly as new data becomes available.   Throughout most of history, “maritime nations” had their own national fleets, which were built, owned, operated, and manned by nationals of the same country whose flag the ship flew


Maritime and Coastguard Agency Travels to Ft. Lauderdale

The U.K. government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency visited Fort Lauderdale during the first week of April, undertaking the oral examinations required in order to attain a U.K. MCA Certificate of Competence.  The MCA’s Chief Examiner and Head of Seafarer Services and Ship Registration, Captain Roger Towner, conducted the examinations himself.  Oral exams are required by the MCA in addition to completion of all of the MCA training courses


Brad L. Berman Joins Holland and Knight as Partner

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New York City – April 29, 2011 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Brad L. Berman has joined the firm as Partner in the firm's New York City office.   Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Berman served as Executive Director of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the world's second largest ship registry and 60+ year old corporate registry, where he oversaw all aspects of the Liberian corporate and shipping program


Drydocks World, DMC in MoUs with Wartsila, DCCE, TASNEEF

Seated L to R - Rashid Al Hebsi, CEO TASNEEF and Eng.Ali Al Suwaidi VP - DDW & MW.JPG

Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City (DMC)  is supporting the "Green Economy for Sustainable Development" initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.   As part of this initiative, the company has entered into Memoranda of Understanding with Wartsila and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence for building the world’s first LNG powered harbor tug


ClassNK Streamlines Classification Process

Image: ClassNK

ClassNK informed it has revamped its registration system, halving the time it takes to deliver its classification certificates.   According to ClassNK, the registrations for the classification of ships are carried out through a rigorous process to confirm complete compliance with rules at each stage of plan approval, material and equipment inspections, and hull and machinery surveys. ClassNK explained that until recently it would issue provisional classification certificates at the


Flag States must be Proactive in Difficult Times - Liberia

Alfonso Castillero, Vice-President Photo Liberian Registry

Flag states must be proactive in the best interests of shipowners, operators and managers, rather than simply fulfilling their traditional role as certification bodies.   Alfonso Castillero, Vice-President of the Liberian Registry, told a recent Liberian Port State Control seminar in Tokyo


Tax Sops for Indian Shipping Industry

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pic: PIB, Govt of India

 In order to support the Indian shipping industry, the Government of India has exempted Customs and Excise Duty leviable on bunker fuels used in Indian flag vessels for transportation of mix of EXIM, domestic and empty containers between two or more ports in India.   


DMA to Host 'e-Navigation Underway'

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 For the seventh time, the Danish Maritime Authority is organizing a conference that brings together the maritime world to focus on e-Navigation.    The latest trends and the possibilities of implementing e-Navigation are this year's themes as the Danish Maritime Authority


Liberian Registry Strengthens Asia Team

Wan Ching Chiang (Photo: LISCR)

The Liberian Registry has announced strategic new appointments in a number of key areas within the Asian regional offices operated by its US-based manager, the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).   Wan Ching Chiang has been promoted to Registrations Manager for the


Eagle Bulk Shipping Raises $88mln in Private Placement

Photo: Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc

 Marshall Islands corporation headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc has announced that it has closed its previously announced private placement of its common stock for aggregate gross proceeds of $88.0 million.    


JSMEA to Host Smart Ship Seminar at SMM

Dr. Hideyuki Ando (Image: JSMEA)

Onboard and ashore, IoT application services, which rely on ships’ onboard equipment data, have become increasingly prevalent throughout the maritime industry. Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association’s (JSMEA) Smart Ship concept utilizes IoT application services to achieve


NOAA’s Beacon Registraion Surpasses Half Million

NOAA database  recently hit a record number of 500,000 registered 406 MHz emergency beacons Photo NOAA

ACR Electronics, Inc., shares a milestone registration update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) database which recently hit a record number of 500,000 registered 406 MHz emergency beacons. The beacon to make that milestone was an ACR Electronics ResQLink Personal


JSMEA to Host Smart Ship Seminar at SMM

Dr. Hideyuki Ando (Image: JSMEA)

Onboard and ashore, IoT application services, which rely on ships’ onboard equipment data, have become increasingly prevalent throughout the maritime industry. Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association’s (JSMEA) Smart Ship concept utilizes IoT application services to achieve


JSMEA to Host Smart Ship Seminar at SMM

Dr. Hideyuki Ando (Image: JSMEA)

Onboard and ashore, IoT application services, which rely on ships’ onboard equipment data, have become increasingly prevalent throughout the maritime industry. Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association’s (JSMEA) Smart Ship concept utilizes IoT application services to achieve


FMC: Update Regarding Commission Briefings on the Status of Hanjin Shipping

Photo: Federal Maritime Commission

The status of Hanjin Shipping and the disruptions caused by its bankruptcy to the American shipping community, as well as global supply chains, was examined closely by the Federal Maritime Commission during the closed session of the September 20, 2016 public meeting.  


Cochin Port Begins Coastal Shipping of Cars

M V Dresden. Photo:  Wilhelmsen Marine Personnel (Ukraine)

 Cochin Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has begun coastal transportation of cars, with carrier ship M V Dresden carrying 500 vehicles reached with first consignment.   The first call of a Car Carrier ship, M. V


North Korean Ships Reflag in Tanzania

 Around 50 ships owned by or related to North Korea have reflagged in Tanzania since the United Nations Security Council adopted its strongest-ever resolution on the country in March, in an apparent attempt to circumvent the sanctions.  


Hunter Maritime Acquisition Launches IPO

Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corp. announced the commencement of its initial public offering of 15,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. Each unit consists of one Class A common share of the company and one-half of one warrant, each whole warrant entitling the holder thereof to purchase one


India Readies Draft Inland Vessels Bill, 2016

Indias Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh L. Mandaviya. Photo: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 The following are the salient features of the draft Inland Vessels Bill, 2016 of India.   The Draft Inland Vessels Bill, 2016 covers the Preamble and has 16 parts i.e. Part I to Part XVI. The salient features are:   1.         Part I- enables the Central


Seanergy Maritime Prices $ 15 mi Offering

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Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. announced today the pricing of its $15 million public offering of 10,000,000 common shares and class A warrants, at a combined price to the public of $1.50 per common share and class A warrant. The offering is expected to close on or about December 13, 2016






 
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