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
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
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.
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 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%
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.
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.
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
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.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table - see www.ics-shipping.org/flag-performance.htm The Table collates various data available in the public domain. Under the supervision of ICS's member national shipowners' associations, the presentation of the Table for 2011 has been modified slightly in order to address feedback from governments.
The global trade association for merchant shipowners, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has modified its stance towards the ratification by governments of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a major order from Kleven in Norway for six comprehensive deck handling equipment packages. They will be installed on six new-generation Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels for Maersk Supply Service
The International Association of Classification Societies chaired by Philippe Donche-Gay of BV held its December Council meeting yesterday in London. The flagship Common Structural Rules project for bulk carriers and oil tankers was discussed and a presentation delivered to industry
The trend toward the procurement of high-spec, environmentally friendly vessels continues with news that AS Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku Oy signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the construction of an environmentally friendly car-passenger ferry for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations
Katherine Wang, who is well known in Asian P&I circles, has joined the American Club as assistant vice president and marketing manager for Greater China and Northern Asia. In the first instance she will be stationed in the Hong Kong office of the club's managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau
Building on the GLOBIC and DYNAMIC range of antifouling systems, marine coatings manufacturer Hempel launched two new antifouling products for drydockings and newbuildings. According to Hempel, the new antifoulings aim to deliver fuel savings up to 3% and provide added flexibility to shipowners
The Liberian Maritime Authority has released the mandatory MLC Annual Report for 2013. This report confirms that Liberia’s approach to enforcement of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 has resulted in low deficiency rate for Liberian-flag ships, the group said.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has developed a new range of marine cleaning solutions which aim to assist seafarers in meeting standards for safe and hygienic working practices at sea. The Unitor EasyClean Galley and Accommodation range allows shipowners the flexibility to choose the most
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a deck equipment contract from New Times Shipyard in China for Intership Navigation Co Ltd.'s three new 36,500 dwt laker-class bulk carriers. The vessels will each feature an optimized MacGregor cargo-handling system comprising MacGregor cranes and hatch
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a comprehensive deck equipment contract from New Times Shipyard, in China, for Intership Navigation Co Ltd's three new 36,500 dwt Laker-class bulk carriers. The vessels will each feature an optimised MacGregor cargo-handling system comprising MacGregor
A Panama Canal delegation headed by Administrator Jorge L. Quijano visited Japan to hold discussions with the Japan Shipowners’ Association (JSA) and the major Japanese shipping lines, as well as end customers such as Japanese car manufacturers and energy sector companies.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today between DNV GL and Qatar’s premier shipyard Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to promote liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel within the maritime and offshore industry. The signing ceremony took place during DNV GL’s
China and India will account for about 35% of global oil trade in the next 10 to 15 years, according to predictions by Harald Lone, Chairman and CEO of Newport Shipping Group. Many traditional global shipbuilding patterns are in flux with the proliferation of oil and gas coming from the U.S
Vessel performance monitoring and optimization solution ClassNK-NAPA GREEN was named the maritime industry’s top IT system by earning the IT Solutions Award at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Awards held at the Beurs-World Trade Center in Rotterdam on 17 November
Demand for shipping fuel at major Indian ports has climbed in the past week by up to 25 percent as the cost of refuelling at Singapore, Asia's bunkering hub, soared following the collapse of the world's leading supplier, traders said. The announcement of OW Bunker's bankruptcy drove up shipping