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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


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


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%


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


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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


DMA: Sea Service Records Go Online

Pic by Danish Maritime Authority

 Now seafarers can manage and report their seagoing service digitally, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) announced.   Digitalising seagoing service is the first step taken to make it easier for seafarers to apply for certificates


FONASBA, BIMCO launch Agency Appointment Agreement

FONASBA and BIMCO have launched a new Agency Appointment Agreement document. This new form, which is based on BIMCO’s tried and tested box layout, provides a simple, clear and effective means of confirming the details of an agency agreement for an individual or short series of port calls


American Hellenic Insures 1,000 Vessels

Photo: American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company

 American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company (AHHIC) has already provided cover for 1,000 vessels managed from Europe, the Americas and Asia, said said Vincent Solarino, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AHHIC and President and COO of Shipowners Claims Bureau, managers of the American Club.


Synapsis INS for New Windpark Service Vessel

Photo: Raytheon Anschütz

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz, together with its exclusive Norwegian distributor Syberg AS, has been awarded another contract for the supply of the Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to a new state-of-the-art windfarm service vessel.


DMA's New Online System for Seafarers

Pic: Danish Maritime Authority

 From 2 January 2017, Notices to Mariners will be available via a new and improved online system that also presents navigation warnings and shooting warnings. The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) also launches a digital solution for verification of the validity of seafarers' certificates.


ECSA Adopts Position on European Policy for Arctic

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners welcomed earlier this year the adoption of the integrated European Union policy for the Arctic region.    “We believe that the three priority areas identified cover all topical Arctic matters. Climate change and environment


Renewal Time for CLC, Bunker, Athens and WRC Certificates

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 Time has come for most shipowners to apply for renewal of their CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates from the Danish Maritime Authority. Certificates must be renewed when the underlying insurance expires.   Ships subject to a requirement for a certificate are not allowed


Oman Shipping Withdraws from Navig8 Pool

Photo: Navig8

 Navig8 Group (Navig8), the world's largest provider of maritime services,  has announced that it has been advised by Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) that they have decided to internalize the commercial management of their VLCC fleet which had been hitherto in the VL8 pool.  


UK to Create Shipping Jobs through New SMarT+

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK shipping industry will create thousands of jobs for young people if Government increases funding for seafarer training, the UK Chamber of Shipping has said.   The industry trains around 800 new cadets each year, but this could increase to 1200 under a new industry proposal that


Russian Registery Releases Polar Code Requirements

Image: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping

 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has completed the research on the preparation of proposals as regards procedures for the development of the Polar Water Operational Manual (PWOM) for the RS-classed ships, the Contractor being Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland


Wagenborg's Acquired Vessels Undergoing Paint Job

From left to right: Leuveborg, Ziltborg (ex Vechtdiep) and Zaanborg (ex Vliediep). Photo: Royal Wagenborg

 Ziltborg and Zaanborg, the third and the fourth of seven general cargo vessels acquired by Dutch shipowner and operator Royal Wagenborg earlier this year, are currently undergoing a paint job at Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in the Netherlands.  


BIMCO: What Shipping Market can Expect for 2017

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The shipping market in 2016 and looking forward The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the lowest level of global GDP growth since 2009. 2017 will see another year of die-hard competition, which now includes tankers


Bimco Expects 'Die-hard Competition' to Continue in 2017

Photo: World Shipping Council

 2017 will see another year of die-hard competition, which now includes tankers, says International shipping association Bimco.  The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the lowest level of global GDP growth since


The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary

	Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of the American Club’s managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (Photo:  American Club)

The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published.   The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both


All Eyes on 2020

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IMO Low-Sulfur Fuel Mandate Triggers Mixed Reaction   The International Maritime Organization’s proposals to reduce sulfur levels in marine fuels to a maximum of 0.5 percent m/m (mass/mass) by 2020 may prove to be controversial, having met with various responses from major shipping






 
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