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
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.
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%
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
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.
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.
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.
With the assistance of its members, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in association with the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), has compiled a useful reference document collating the policy and rules of Flag States on the carriage of arms and private armed guards on board vessels. The document, providing tabulated information on Flag States’ rules, has been added to the ICS website and is proving to be a popular reference tool for shipowners and
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
The maiden voyage of the containership CMA CGM Rhone started in China on February 20, the CMA CGM Group announced. The 9,365 TEU vessel CMA CGM Rhone is the seventh in a series of 28 ships from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs that will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016
Platform supply vessel (PSV) Blue Queen, of Ulstein’s PX121 design, was delivered to Blue Ship Invest from Ulstein Verft on February 24, 2015. This vessel is the first of two for which Norway-based Golden Energy offshore is awarded the ship management contract.
Trident Alliance has invited representatives from national and European authorities and NGO’s to discuss how effective enforcement of sulphur regulations can be achieved on the high seas. The event will take place on March 3 during the European Shipping Week in Brussels.
WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac), a provider of energy infrastructure and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions, and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), the global facilitator of tailored solutions for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance
Italian shipowner d’Amico Group today celebrated the delivery and naming of its new handy-cape type vessel, Cielo d’Italia, a ship that it labeled as “the largest and most innovative ship in the history of the group.”
VOS Pace, the first of six PX121-type platform supply vessels designed by ULSTEIN, was delivered to Netherlands based shipowner Vroon Offshore Services on February 5, 2015. The vessel, built at China’s Cosco Guangdong Shipyard
Cargo ship MT King Andrew ran aground in Siete Picados, Guimaras, February 4 when strong winds and currents southwest off the Light Station forced the vessel off course, the Philippines Coastguard reported. The ship master said MT King Andrew departed Lapuz Wharf in Iloilo around 11 p.m
US West coast employers have made an offer to longshore workers in a bid to end the deadlock over a new labour contract that has added to the chaos afflicting some of the country's largest ports. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), representing shipowners and terminal operators
The new cruise terminals at North Harbor provide the innovative setting when global key leaders meet for the Danish Maritime Forum on 7-8 October. With just five meters to the blue waves of Oresund the World’s maritime key leaders will feel at home when they participate in the
China has amended its port rules to allow fully loaded 400,000-deadweight tonnes (dwt) dry bulk cargo ships to dock at the country’s mainland ports. The ban affected the type Valemax ships, cargo ships built by Vale with capacity of 400 thousand tons.
Brazilian shipowner CBO has placed an order with ULSTEIN for a PX105 type platform supply vessel (PSV) design and equipment package. The deal encompasses design and an extended main equipment package, including the system solutions ULSTEIN IAS integrated automation system
According to The Swedish Club, half of the costs of hull and machinery claims handled by the Club have arisen due to navigational claims such as collisions, contacts or groundings - a figure that has remained steady over recent years despite improved technology and the widespread implementation of
The widespread adoption of the ILO's 2003 Convention on Seafarer's Identity Documents (SIDs) requires technical upgrades, employers, trade unions, and government officials meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva said Monday.
ClassNK informed it has revamped its registration system, halving the time it takes to deliver its classification certificates. According to ClassNK, the registrations for the classification of ships are carried out through a rigorous process to confirm complete compliance with rules at
Jacqueline Tan, Senior Claims Executive at the UK P&I Club, commented on the ballast water management controls coming into force: “The coming into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 (“BWMC”) is now imminent