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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”


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


Marshall Island Touts Cost Free Registration

International Registries (IRI) is extending its cost-free registration for all vessels registering under the Marshall Islands flag until December 31, 2000. This special deal includes registration, documentation and mortgage recordation fees - as well as marine inspection, investigation and international participation fees. Vessels registered under the Marshall Islands flag included in this special offer will be lifted from the annual tonnage tax until January 1, 2001


Nor-Shipping Fun Run

Photo: The Mission to Seafarers

A 5-kilometer fun run will be held at Norway’s Nor-Shipping conference on June 1 to benefit The Mission to Seafarers.   Starting in Oslo city centre, the scenic course will takes runners along the Oslofjord, finishing at the Norwegian Maritime Museum


Malta: Sixth largest Maritime Flag Worldwide

Image: The Merchant Shipping Directorate, Malta

 The Malta Ships Register has become the sixth largest maritime flag in the world, according to statistics for 2014, says a report in Fenech & Fenech Advocates.   Malta has moved up from seventh place in 2013 and has retained its position as the largest in Europe


Chinese Dredger Sinks in Taiwan Strait, 13 Missing

Coast Guard Ship, Taiwan (Photo: Coast Guard Administration)

 The maritime bureau of Fujian province confirmed that 13 people went missing after a cargo boat capsized off Taiwan.    According to maritime officials, the cargo vessel "Zhen he 168" capsized off Taiwan's Xiquan Island


PRONAUTAS Expands to North America

Supplier of integrated solutions for navigation, communication and connectivity PRONAUTAS has expanded its European and Asian operations into North America with a new office located in Charlottesville, Virginia with main service station in Houston


Conference to Highlight Advancements in Shipyard Welding

When it comes to shipbuilding, welding is the most vital and fundamental manufacturing process in the construction of ships and metal hull boats. At the 2015 American Welding Society’s (AWS) 9th semiannual shipbuilding conference to take place April 7-8, in Virginia Beach, Va


North Korea Reflags Ships to Evade Sanctions

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (Pic: Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea)

 A North Korea shipping company has been renaming and reflagging its vessels so it can evade an arms embargo, a UN report has said.   The effort by Pyongyang-headquartered Ocean Maritime Management Company, Ltd. is detailed in the report by a panel of experts that monitors sanctions on


Conference on Legal Issues Relating to Shipping

 Hinode Maritime Events informed that it is organizing a "Conference on Legal issues relating to Shipping". It is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in the Centrum, Center One, World Trade Center, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai.


WOC Partners With The Economist for 2014 Summits

File photo by WOC

  The World Ocean Council is partnering again with The Economist to help engage the ocean business community in upcoming events: For the third Arctic Summit, the WOC is working with The Economist to help ensure Arctic business community participation


Malta Shipping Register is World's 6th Largest

Picture: Transport Malta

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.


Sino-Global to Acquire Tanker

RONG ZHOU

  Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. a shipping agency, logistics and ship management services company, today announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (the "MOU"), between the Company and Rong Yao International Shipping Limited


Webinar to Demonstrate Barge Emissions Tool

Matthew Payne, Team Leader at SmartWay Transport Partnership, will lead the webinar.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SmartWay will host a webinar for barge carriers and other interested stakeholders to demonstrate Barge Tool, designed to help companies calculate carbon, NOx and PM emissions from barge freight movement.  


Satellites to Track Illegal 'Pirate Fishing'

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About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."  


New Satellite System to Track Illegal "Pirate Fishing"

About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."


NY Shipping Conference Speakers Announced

Annual joint Chambers of Commerce event look at The Life of a Ship    Conference organizers have announced the speaker lineup for the 21st annual Hellenic-American and Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce conference, often called the New York Shipping Conference


India: Shipping Firms Should Consider Loan Restructuring

Nitin Gadkari

Indian minister for shipping, Nitin Gadkari, says that was a dire need for restructuring of shipping companies’ debt and suggested the finance ministry to talk to banks for more flexibility towards the maritime sector.   Nitin Gadkari, the minister for shipping






 
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