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Recovery for European Shipowners?

Pic: Maersk Line

 European Shipowners may increase freight rates or renegotiate bunker clauses in the coming year in order to capitalise on lower crude oil prices and consolidate the recovery seen in 2015, reports ICIS.   Bunker fuel prices came down significantly amid lower crude oil prices but some shipowners have been unable to take advantage of this because of the bunker clauses they agreed to.   A bunker clause is an agreement between charterer and shipowner whereby the charterer pays for fuel at the port and then the shipowner reimburses the charterer for the fuel left in the vessel on its return, both at the current price of the ports involved.   “Bunkers are down 50% but I don’t think that the bunker clauses have been covering that so for sure owners will try to renegotiate them so they don’t have to pay [as much]. At the same time, even though freights have dropped a bit, bunker fuel has dropped more so [owners] are better off than they were last year and posting strong results,” one ship operator said.   “I think they’ll try and increase earnings next year [2016] by accepting a lower bunker clause or by pushing freights up,” a European market sources said.  


Hiring Armed Guards Should be Left to Government

 In the wake of an independent report recommending the Netherlands government to provide Dutch shipowners with better levels of protection against piracy, including the hiring of armed guards, Netherlands law firm AKD says that shipowners who directly hire armed personnel themselves could face criminal prosecution.   The so-called De Wijckerslooth Committee report was designed to assess the desirability and possibility of deploying private sector armed security to help protect


ICC: Beware Spurious Oil Fraud Claims

Photo: ICC

The ICC reported that shipowners are facing new dangers from criminal gangs making spurious oil fraud claims. The “victims”/fraudsters try to extort money from owners by bringing action against them for failing to deliver cargoes of oil they allegedly own. Such scams were previously confined to West Africa, ICC said, but now appear to have spread to other countries, as a case reported recently to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) shows.


Maritime Safety Committee Releases New Interim Guidance

Gray Page, a maritime intelligence, investigation and crisis management company, advised that the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee’s (MSC) recently-approved interim guidance on the employment of privately-contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) to combat piracy underlines the requirement for independent vetting of private armed maritime security providers (AMSP). The MSC guidance, issued in May, incorporates recommendations for flag States confirming that it is the responsibility of


Being LNG Ready could be the Best Option for Many Ships

Photo: DNV

DNV now offers shipowners the support they need to make newbuilds and existing vessels LNG ready with class approved designs, ready for later, simple retrofit of LNG technology. The service enables shipowners to make smart choices and minimal investments now in readiness for when LNG bunkering becomes widely available. Shipowners are supported through all stages of the decision-making process as they prepare to meet the IMO air emission regulations entering into force from 2015


Martek Offers ECDIS Leasing Package

Martek Marine’s leasing package offers an option to adopt ECDIS early, which they said can help shipowners benefit from increased safety and lower costs. ECDIS product specialist Bentley Strafford-Stephenson said, “DNV research has shown that deploying ECDIS may reduce grounding frequency by at least 30%. Grounding is the third most frequent accident involving ships larger than 100GT and the fourth highest contributor to marine fatalities at 12%


CENSA Merges With ICS

The Council of European and Japanese Shipowners’ Associations (CENSA) has been merged into a newly formed Shipping Policy Committee of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) effective January 1, 2002. CENSA has provided a platform for national shipowners’ associations in Europe and Japan to promote open and fair international shipping markets, and multilateral rather than unilateral regulation with regard to commercial shipping policy.


IMO Sec-Gen Keynotes International Maritime CSR Conference

CSR Conference: Photo courtesy of Maritime Denmark

More than 200 stakeholders from the maritime world gathered at the Culture Yard in Elsinore, Denmark, where the World Maritime University, in collaboration with the Danish Shipowners' Association, hosted a major international conference focusing on maritime CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). The conference was part of the thrust to formulate maritime CSR policies and to implement them by self-regulation, an area in which analysts consider the shipping industry has been slow to adopt


E.R. Schiffahrt Goes Global with Viking

Photo courtesy Viking Life-Saving Equipment

Viking Life-Saving Equipment and E.R. Schiffahrt have teamed up to design a fully customized, global servicing arrangement based on Viking’s Shipowner Agreements. The contract covers liferafts, lifeboats, immersion suits, lifejackets and marine fire systems and equipment such as fire extinguishers on more than 30 vessels of the shipowner’s fleet. The plan is for Viking to manage not just service notifications, but also the coordination of all servicing. 


Shipowner Aponte Honored

At a ceremony held in the Villa Doria D’Angri at Posillipo in Naples presided over by Professor Gennaro Ferrara rector of the University Studi of Naples “ Parthenope” shipowner Gianluigi Aponte was awarded an honoury degree in Maritime Economics and Transport.


Brexit: What Next for Shipping Markets?

Image: Open Europe

 For many in shipping, the Brexit was unexpected. Many believe that Brexit’s impact on the shipping industry will be more or less neutral.   The UK Chamber of Shipping remained neutral on the question of Britain's departure during the runup to the vote.   


Denmark Adopts Digital Ship Certification

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

As of June 24, 2016, ships flying the Danish flag are being digitally certified, making Denmark one of the first countries to put an end to the 100-year-old tradition of certifying ships with paper certificates.   Until now, ship certification typically involved printing


Kiel is First German Port of Call for Mein Schiff 5

Mein Schiff 5 (Port of Kiel)

The brand-new TUI Cruises newbuilding Mein Schiff 5 has arrived in Kiel – her first German port of call since being handed over in Turku, Finland, a few days ago.   The 99,500GT, 295-meter-long cruise ship sailed into the Kiel Fiord early this morning


Final Agenda for Marad’s Sexual Assault Summit Unveiled

U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Chip Jaenichen (image: Marad)

The Maritime Administration’s ‘Call to Action’ will address Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Maritime Industry. Obtained this morning from reliable industry sources, the final agenda for what promises to a lively and possibly contentious meeting set up by the U.S


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Rise in Short Term

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier, commonly used in th Brazil-Asian trades (credit: Vale)

Shipowners seeking $10 per tonne from Brazil-China; dry cargo demand to remain subdued this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may firm up next week on increased chartering activity, tighter tonnage supply and possible port disruption caused by bad


CO2 Emissions Reduction Should Apply to Entire Shipping Industry

Photo:  European Community Shipowners Associations (ECSA)

“We believe that shipping, together with all other industry sectors, must be part of the solution to limit the increase in global temperature, as we clearly are a global contributor to carbon emissions,” said European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) President, Niels Smedegaard


Seaspan Rejects Hanjin’s Proposal on Charter Rate

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The container ship-leasing company Seaspan Corp declined Hanjin Shipping Co.’s request for a cut in charter rates by about 30 percent, dealing a blow to efforts by South Korea’s biggest liner to revamp debt amid a prolonged trade slump, reports Bloomberg.  


BIMCO President Comments On Standard Term Sheet

Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. File Photo: Marinelink

 BIMCO President and Chairman of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus opened the Armateurs de France and BIMCO event in Paris on 14 June 2016. The purpose of the event was to provide an overview of BIMCO’s main activities and explain the ongoing work on some high profile


ME-GI Engines for Maran's New LNG Carriers

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has signed new contracts with Maran Gas Maritime and Maran Tankers Management for the construction of two ME-GI powered LNG carriers and two VLCCs, both shiptypes with a number of options. Maran Gas Maritime has already four ME-GI powered LNG


Portugal, Turkey in Ship Repair Deals

 Photo: Besiktas Shipyard

 Shipyards in Turkey and Portugal have struck deals for major ship repair projects during Posidonia Exhibition at the Athens Metropolitan Expo in Greece.   Portugal’s Lisnave and Turkey’s Gemak, have also inked repair deals with fleet owners.  


DNV GL Issues First “Clean Lay-up” Declaration

FPSO Munin, currently laid up at Labuan, Malaysia, is the first vessel to receive the DNV GL “Clean Lay-up” declaration. Photo: DNV GL

 Classification society DNV GL announced at the Posidonia trade fair that it had issued the first “Clean Lay-up” declaration under its newly released classification guideline   The guideline enables shipowners and managers to demonstrate that their vessel is laid up in a


Liberian Registry to Recognize Green Award Ships

Photo: LISCR

Liberia has become the first flag state to participate in the Green Award program, under which eligible shipowners will be offered significant annual tonnage tax discounts.   Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR)


ABS Partners with Leading Greek Shipowners to Address EU MRV Regulations

Image: ABS

 ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has completed a project with a group of leading Greek shipowners to support preparations for implementing the European Union’s Monitoring


Seoul's Effort to Calm Shipping Sector Storm

Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries

 South Korea will pump $9.5bn (11 trillion won) into state-run policy lenders reeling from huge losses on loans made to the beleaguered shipbuilding and shipping sectors to help them deal with further corporate distress, says FT.  


Fincantieri Cuts Steel for Seabourn Ovation

Seaburn Ovation  an ultra-luxury vessels which Fincantieri is currently building Courtesy Fincantieri

A steel cutting ceremony for Seabourn Ovation, the second of two ultra-luxury vessels which Fincantieri is currently building for the shipowner Seabourn, a brand of Carnival Corporation, was held June 7 at the shipyard in Sestri Ponente, Genoa.  






 
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