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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

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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.


Foreship Establishes Tallinn Subsidiary

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Naval architect and marine engineering company Foreship has created a wholly-owned subsidiary located in Tallinn to strengthen ties with shipowners, shipyards and marine equipment suppliers in Estonia, and support the development of locally-based design skills.  


Pressure Mounting on VLGCs Rates - Drewry

Source Drewry’s LPG Forecaster report (www.drewry.co.ukpublications)

A wave of cargo cancellations from the US is putting additional pressure on VLGC rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   Two major factors have lowered VLGC rates in recent times: excessive fleet growth and weak


Fednav's New Bulker Features High-tech BWT System

Federal Caribou (Photo: Fednav Limited)

Fednav Limited,  an  international bulk shipowner in Canada, has welcomed to the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor, the Federal Caribou, one of seven new oceangoing lakers equipped with a ballast water treatment system—a first for the Great Lakes


Will Vessel Prices Continue Relentless Slide?

Graph: Poten & Partners

 Tanker Opinions, published Poten & Partners says that, for a shipowner, there are usually a few twists to the traditional capital budgeting process.   A shipowner that is deciding whether to invest in new capacity has at least three other factors to consider: (1) his


Samsung Shipyard Mulls Outsourcing

Photo: Samsung Heavy Industries

 Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) CEO Park Dae-young proposed the outsourcing of shipbuilding to China and Indonesia in an effort to overcome a liquidity crisis, according to Yonhap.   "I feel a doubt over whether we should build ships only in our shipyard


Hong Kong Shipowner Issues Funds to Detained Vessel

Image: Hong Kong Shipowners Association

 The owners of Five Stars Fujian have at last paid for much-needed supplies to the Hong Kong vessel, which has been detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority since August 12, reports local media.   The Five Stars Fujian has been detained off the port of Gladstone in  by


Hong Kong Shipping Group Wants Aid to Arrested Ship's Crew

The Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) on Thursday called on the city's authorities to provide assistance to the crew of a Hong Kong-flagged coal ship off the east coast of Australia that is running out of food and fuel. Local Australian media and Great Britain's Guardian newspaper


MN100: Hydrex

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Haven 29 Antwerp, Belgium 2030 Telephone: +32 3 213 53 00 E-mail: hydrex@hydrex.be Website: www.hydrex.be CEO/President: Boud Van Rompay   The Company: Hydrex offers turnkey underwater repair solutions to shipowners wherever and whenever they are needed


Gard Alert: Port state CICs in 2016

Photo: Gard

 This year’s concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs) by port state authorities will focus on compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention and the vessel’s Cargo Securing Manual.   Port state authorities have announced the following CICs


Ince to Advise Danaos on HMM Restructuring

Photo: Danaos Corporation

 Ince & Co’s London and Piraeus corporate, finance and shipping teams have advised long-standing client Danaos Corporation on Korean container line Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM), Ltd.’s US$2.1 billion restructuring.  


NYK Hosts Fleet Safety Promotion Conference

photo NYK

Over three times in July, NYK hosted safety promotion conferences for shipowners and ship-management companies at the NYK head office in Tokyo and at Imabari city in Ehime prefecture. These conferences are held every year in two months from July


LNG Market Needs More Vessels than Currently on Order

Graph: Drewry

 Despite the current weakness in LNG shipping rates, Drewry maintains its bullish long-term outlook for LNG shipping and believes that the market will require more vessels than listed on the current orderbook, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global


Nigeria Becomes Piracy Kidnapping Hotspot, says IMB

Graphics: International Maritime Bureau

 Despite global improvements, kidnappings are on the rise, with 44 crew captured for ransom in 2016, 24 of them in Nigeria, up from 10 in the first half of 2015.   “In the Gulf of Guinea, rather than oil tankers being hijacked for their cargo


HK Shipping Tycoon George Chao Dies

Photo:  Wah Kwong Shipping Holdings.

Following a long illness George Chao, a shipping legend in Hong Kong and president of Wah Kwong Maritime Transport, died, aged 76, in hospital.   WAH Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, established 64 years ago, is now one of the largest privately owned shipowners in Hong Kong. 


ICS Conference to Focus on Shipping Agenda

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will focus clearly on its core agenda this year, with experts from key areas of industry across the board speaking at its 2016 International Shipping Conference, to be held at the British Library on Wednesday 7 September.






 
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