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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

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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


Indiana Ranks Top 10 for 109 Logistics Categories

2016 Indiana Logistics Directory Cover Photo Indiana Ports

The newly released 2016 Indiana Logistics Directory reports that Indiana ranks high nationally in its ability to move freight via truck, rail, water and air. The state is ranked in the top five states in more than 25 logistics-related categories and in the top 10 in 109


New Vessel Registration System for the UK

Oceans HQ Director André Tanguy

Oceans HQ, a  provider of specialized software to the world’s Maritime Administrations, has signed an agreement to deliver a new digital Vessel Registration system to the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency.   The new digital platform forms a key component of the MCA’s


ClassNK Publishes Latest Noise Code Guideline

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ClassNK has released its Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships (Second Edition).   ClassNK's first edition of the Guideline for the Mandatory Code on Noise Levels on Board Ships was released in July 2014


IRClass Unveils IR-HULL Software

IR Hull Courtesy IRClass

New software evaluates strength and scantling compliance for sea-going steel ships IRClass, the Indian classification society, today announced the release of its new technical software, IR-HULL. IR-HULL was developed by IRClass specifically to verify all aspects of ship design compliance to


UK MCA Contract Award to PDMS

Bruce McGregor. Photo: PDMS Ltd

 PDMS Maritime is delighted to announce a significant new contract with the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide a new integrated system to incorporate seafarer management and approved doctor records, delivering process efficiency improvements and enhanced customer services


SENER to Exhibit FORAN V80 Version at 1st Baltic FORAN Day

Baltic FORAN Day

The SENER engineering and technology group organizes the 1st Baltic FORAN Day, which will take place in the Hilton Gdansk Hotel, Targ Rybny 1, Gdansk, 80-838, Poland, on the 28th of April. This Baltic FORAN Day is focused to Baltic Region countries, like Poland, Sweden, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia


NPA Enforces Minimum Safety Standards At Ports

Photo: Nigerian Ports Authority

 The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mallam Habib Abdullahi has called on all stakeholders in the Maritime Industry especially Truck Owners using the ports to show greater support and understanding in the quest by Management to uphold the enforcement and implementation of


ClassNK Gains USCG Authorization Under ACP

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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has authorized classification society ClassNK to participate in its Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) in addition to granting the authorization to carry out statutory surveys for U.S.-flagged ships in 2011.  


Safety Violations Halt Three Fishing Voyages

Three commercial fishing vessels operating throughout Puget Sound were ordered to return to port Wednesday after U.S. Coast Guard boarding teams discovered multiple safety violations.    Following the boardings, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Sector Puget Sound sent the three


Steady Growth Recorded by MCI for 2015

Glenn Armstrong (Photo: MCI)

Ship registry Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) registered an 11 percent growth in the fleet last year with 201 new vessels, up from 184 in 2014. The fleet grew from 473 vessels in 2014 to 525 vessels at the end of December.   In tonnage added terms in 2015, this is equal to 318


MCI Registers 11% Fleet Growth

Glenn Armstrong Photo Maritime Cook Islands ship registry

Steady growth recorded by Maritime Cook Islands for 2015; Flag continues to thrive with more owners placing their faith in the registry Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, registered an 11% growth in the fleet last year with 201 new vessels, up from 184 in 2014


Maritime India Summit Website launched

Union Minister for Shipping, Government of India Nitin Gadkari. Photo Official Page of Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari,  Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways. Government of India, launched the Website for Maritime India Summit 2016 www.maritimeinvest.in at the Ports and Shipping seminar at Make in India (MII) Summit today. This user friendly website will facilitate investors and


Proposed Changes to Long Island Sound Dredged Material Sites

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend its 2005 rule that designated the Central and Western Long Island Sound Dredged Material Disposal Sites. The proposed amendments will help meet the goal of reducing or eliminating dredged material disposal in open waters of the


Liberian Registry Reaches 4,000-ship Milestone

Scott Bergeron (Photo: LISCR)

The Liberian Registry has reached a milestone with the registration of its 4,000th vessel – the 50,000 dwt chemical / product tanker newbuilding High Trust, owned by d’Amico Tankers Limited, Dublin (d’Amico International Shipping S.A. group).   


Metcalf to Keynote WISTA USA Luncheon

Kathy Metcalf, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America

Kathy Metcalf, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America was confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Eleventh Annual WISTA USA Luncheon at the CMA Shipping 2016 Conference in Stamford, CT, scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 21, 2016.   






 
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