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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 individual flag States to ordain the carriage of security personnel and their firearms onboard ships sailing under their flags. Further interim guidance for shipowners, ship operators and shipmasters, seeks to address the difficulties faced in selecting an appropriate provider of armed security services. James Wilkes, managing director, Gray Page, commented: “The IMO should be commended for setting these guidelines focused, as they are, on ensuring that the provision on board of armed maritime security teams is managed safely and lawfully.” “For a shipowner, employing the services of an armed maritime security provider is an exceptionally serious proposition, as the logical consequence of putting men with arms on board a ship is, fundamentally, to sanction the potential use of lethal force to defend the crew and vessel (albeit in extreme and proscribed circumstances). Any decision of such importance should be supported by comprehensive and objective due diligence


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.


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.


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


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.


MOL, Hafnia Agree To Jointly Operate New LR1 Pool

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On the May 1, “Straits Tankers Pte Ltd”, a MOL and Hafnia Management strategic J/V set up in Singapore, will be ready to market 25 coated LR1’s, entered into the “Straits Tankers LR1 Pool”. The goal is to further utilize the fleet to flexibly meet diversifying needs of customers who will be serviced from the Straits Tankers offices in Singapore and Copenhagen, Denmark. The Pool consist of LR1 product tankers from Japanese shipowner MOL


Concerns Remain Over the Use of Low-sulphur Fuel

As a global move toward using cleaner fuel takes place, countries are forming new or reforming old regulations which see jurisdictions increasingly demanding the use of low-sulphur fuel in ships that berth in their ports. This results in a possibility for heavy penalties to be imposed on


Daewoo Shipbuilding Bags LNG Carrier Order

Photo: DSME

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said it has received an order for a new LNG carrier from a ship management specialist Chandris of Greece.  The new deal calls for Daewoo to deliver the LNG vessel, able to carry 173,400 cubic meters of natural gas


MOL Bulk Carrier Rescues Castaways

Spring Zephyrsafely rescued all three survivors clinging to driftwood 165 km east of the island of Mindanao

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that on July 5, 2015, the MOL-operated bulk carrier Spring Zephyr safely rescued all three survivors clinging to driftwood 165 km east of the island of Mindanao, the Philippines. Details of the rescue follow:


'Challenging Time' for Shipping Industry - North P&I Chairman

Pratap Shirke, chairman of North P&I club

Unpredictable markets and continuing marine claims volatility means the international shipping industry is facing a particularly challenging time, says Pratap Shirke, chairman of North P&I club. His comments are published today (16 July 2015) in the 170 million GT


Shipping in Rough Waters

Photo: The North of England P&I Association Limited

 Unpredictable markets and continuing marine claims volatility means the international shipping industry is facing a particularly challenging time, says Pratap Shirke, chairman of North P&I club. His comments are published today (16 July 2015) in the 170 million GT


New Guidance on Large Scale Migrant Rescue

Photo: ICS

The global shipping industry, represented by a cross section of international shipowners' associations and seafarers' unions, has collectively updated the industry's Guidelines on Large Scale Rescue Operations at Sea.   This is in response to the continuing crisis in the Mediterranean


Subsea 7, KBR Team Up

Image: Subsea 7

 Oslo-listed offshore shipowner Subsea 7 has signed an agreement with Houston-based company, KBR and its subsidiary Granherne, to form an alliance in the delivery of concept and front end engineering and design (FEED) services.  


First LNG-fuelled Ferry in North America Commissioned

Image: Gaz Métro LNG L.P.

 Gaz Métro, a large LNG distributor, has commissioned the first ferry in North America to run on LNG, the NM F.-A.-Gauthier, through its subsidiary, Gaz Métro LNG L.P.    The vessel was commissioned in Québec, Canada


Keel Laying Ceremony of Princess Cruises Vessel Held

 Julie Benson, ex Vice President of Public Relations for Princess Cruises, Cherry Wang, country director of Carnival China di Princess Cruises, Attilio Dapelo, Direttore stabilimento Monfalcone e Anthony Kaufman, Senior Vic

  The keel laying ceremony of the new unit for Princess Cruises was held today at Fincantieri Monfalcone Shipyard.   The new vessel, which has been ordered by the Carnival Group for the shipowner Princess Cruises, will go to sea in 2017 and it will be the first vessel to be designed


Greece Hikes Shipping Tax

Image by Polish Embassy in Athens

 Greece has submitted a fresh proposal which includes hiking shipping taxes and to gradually remove the industry's special tax status to the EU in a bid to secure a 53.5 billion euro ($59bn) rescue package to help cover its debts until 2018 and stave off bankruptcy.  


UKHO Calls on Shipowners Regarding Updated ECDIS Standards

Tom Mellow  (Photo: UKHO)

IHO announces new ECDIS Standards; 12 months to complete transition. Following the announcement of updated ECDIS Standards by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the UKHO is encouraging all shipowners to speak to their ECDIS manufacturers to ensure a smooth, timely transition.


HHI, GE Win AIP for Gas Turbine-powered Carrier

Mr. Shin Hyun-soo, CTO of HHI (sixth from left) and Mr. Jeremy Barns, Commercial Marketing Director of GE Aviation Marine (seventh from left) are holding AIP certificate that HHI and GE received from Lloyd’s Register

  Hyundai Heavy Industries announced today that the company has jointly developed world’s first gas turbine-powered 174,000 m3 LNG carrier with GE Aviation and Marine (GE), a leading industrial gas turbine maker, and has secured Approval in Principle (AIP) on the vessel from the


IMO for Better Regulation

Courtesy Danish Maritime Authority

  With a new resolution, United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) stresses the need for better regulation and fewer administrative burdens for the benefit of seafarers, shipowners and administrations alike. At the IMO Council meeting held last week


Dry Bulk Market Crisis: Opportunity or Threat?

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The shipping industry is experiencing the biggest dry bulk market recession since the 1980s, as uncertain global economic outlook and increased imbalance between supply and demand have lead to historically low freight rates .It seems the downturn will continue until 2017 if a viable equilibrium is


First Gas Turbine-powered LNG Carrier Granted AIP

Shin Hyun-soo, CTO of HHI (sixth from left) and Jeremy Barns, Commercial Marketing Director of GE Aviation Marine (seventh from left) are holding the AIP certificate that HHI and GE received from Lloyd’s Register for COGES Powered 174,000 m3 LNG Carrier (Photo: HHI)

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced it has jointly developed world’s first gas turbine-powered 174,000 m3 LNG carrier with GE Aviation and Marine and has secured Approval in Principle (AIP) on the vessel from the U.K.-based Lloyd’s Register.  






 
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