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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 Dutch ships from the threat of attack by (mainly Somali) pirates. It recommends that the Dutch government moves towards a higher level of protection of its merchant fleet including, “if necessary”, the use of armed private security guards. The report, however, cautions that such security guards should only be hired by the government, and should only perform their security duties as soldiers under the full authority of the Ministry of Defence. The authors of the report add that, under the current circumstances, it is not desirable that shipowners privately hire armed private security guards, an option which should only be considered “in case of special conditions”.   The committee argues that, if the government uses its own resources, or engages reservists or hires armed private security guards who will temporarily be given military status, this will not constitute privatisation of security duties


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.


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. 


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

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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


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.


ICS: Flag State Rules on Arms and Private Armed Guards

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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


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


LOC Group Announces Two Appointments

Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group (London Offshore Consultants) announced appointments in two new positions; John Quarrington has joined the company in London as Group Marine Warranty Surveying Manager and Mark McGurran has been appointed to the Singapore office in the role of Asia


Ukraine Arrests Turkish Ship for Visiting Crimean Port

A Master Shipping Ltd Vessel

 Turkey owned merchant ship flying the flag of Tuvalu was arrested by Ukrainian authorities over a visit it made to a port in Crimea, reports Reuters. The ship's captain detained.    Tuvalu-registered 5,095 deadweight ton ship Kanton was being held in the Ukrainian port of Kherson


Ship Ownership is a Closely Held Market

Graph by Clarkson Research

 Even though shipping is a global industry, ownership is fairly well concentrated in a relatively small number of major centres, says a research from Clarksons.   The 20 most popular city locations for shipowners graph is headed, perhaps unsurprisingly, by Athens, with a fleet of 4


A Better Charter Market in 2016?

Pic: Hanjin Shipping Ltd

 Shipowners that charter out container ships to liner operators are hopeful that 2016 will bring increased demand and higher charter rates for containerships, JoC reports.    Sentiment is changing in container shipping where, for the first time in five years


SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Set for October 13-14

SHIPPINGInsight 2015 to take place October 13-14 in Stamford, Conn.   The annual technical symposium, exhibition and networking event for maritime industry professionals in North America, SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, will take place Oct


Palau Reports Increase in WRC Applications

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has received a high volume of applications from owners looking to have the correct documentation in place prior to the imminent entry into force of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention. Marisabel Arauz Park


Cosco International Posts $46.3 mln Profit

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 The shipping services arm of China Ocean Shipping, Cosco International reported its profit attributable to equity holders for the year ended 31 December 2014 rose 48.6% year-on-year to HK$359 million ($46.3 million).   Revenue, however, fell 18.5% to HK$7


VIKING All set to Meet Global Challenges

...As a global supplier of maritime safety equipment, VIKING’s 37 subsidiaries are represented in 70 locations, including the USA.

  For the 2014 financial year, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has again managed to lift both its top and bottom line to record levels. Turnover grew 7 percent to DKK 1.728 billion, and pre-tax profits reached DKK 183.7 million – an increase of 30 percent.  


Captain to Recount Refugee Rescue at CMA

Captain who rescued hundreds of refugees in Mediterranean to recount experience at CMA Conference   Captain Joshua Bhatt is a featured speaker at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2015 Conference in Stamford at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in the Harbor Point Room (Lobby


VIKING Extends Liferaft Exchange Program to Japan

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Leading marine and fire safety equipment and service provider, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment (VIKING) is stocking ready-packaged liferafts to provide fixed-price liferaft exchange to vessels calling Japanese ports. “The world of shipping is dominated by a small group of countries


Nakashima Propeller, ClassNK Hold Joint Seminar

Nakashima Propeller and ClassNK held a joint technical seminar in Hamburg on March 19.   Nakashima Propeller and ClassNK, from their respective roles in the industry, provide products and services to support ships through their lifecycle


Marine Claims Insurance Reminder by Danish Authority

Need to take insurance to cover maritime claims

  If you own a ship with a gross tonnage (GT) of or above 300, you must inform the Danish Maritime Authority about your insurance for maritime claims by 31 March 2015. The requirement does not apply to foreign ships. It is about time to check your insurance for maritime claims.


New Azipod Thruster Launched by ABB

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ABB unveils newest Azipod thruster to growing electric propulsion market    Power and automation technology group ABB has introduced Azipod D, a new addition to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering, allowing a wider range of vessel types to utilize the Azipod propulsion


ABS Updates Guidance on LNG Bunkering

Image courtesy of Harvey Gulf

  ABS has updated its guidance on LNG Bunkering in North America to support the transport sector's increasingly rapid transition to the use of cleaner fuels. The second edition of ABS' Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-fueled Marine Vessels in North America was released today


Sino-Global Purchases First Tanker

  Sino-Global executives after the companys Nasdaq listing (photo courtesy of Sino-Global Shipping America)

  Sino-Global Shipping America, which was recently listed on Nasdaq, is becoming a shipowner.   The shipping agency, logistics and ship management services company today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire a small oil/chemical tanker from Rong Yao International






 
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