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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.


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

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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


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


ClassNK Opens Office in Cadiz

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ClassNK has opened a new exclusive survey office in Cadiz, Spain with operations beginning today. Cadiz is a port city located in south-western Spain home to well-established shipyard facilities. The Cadiz Office joins an existing network of five survey offices throughout Spain in Bilbao


Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks provides a set of uniform international rules for the prompt and effective removal of wrecks located in a country’s exclusive economic zone or equivalent 200 nautical miles zone. (Photo: IMO)

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks enters into force on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The Convention places strict liability on owners for locating, marking and removing wrecks deemed to be a hazard and makes State certification of insurance


Norwegian Shipowners See Challenges Ahead

Falling oil prices, heightened geopolitical tensions and sluggish, uncertain growth in the global economy are directly impacting the maritime industry, causing Norwegian shipowners to be less optimistic than last year regarding both turnover and profitability


Liberia is Top Open Register for Greek Shippers

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Figures released by the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee (GSCC) show that Liberia has further strengthened its position as the undisputed leading open registry of choice for Greek shipowners and operators.   The GSCC statistics show that, in the year to end-March 2015


LNG Barge: Conrad to Build Historic First

The first 2,200cbm LNG Barge for North America will deliver in 2016. Image: GTT

WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac) and its affiliate Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME), announced a construction contract with Conrad Orange Shipyard, Inc., a division of Conrad Shipyard, LLC, to build the first dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America. The first 2,200 cu. m


Liberian Registry Opens Istanbul Office

Erhan Esinduy (Photo: The Liberian Registry)

The Liberian Registry has established a regional office in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of the continued expansion of its global presence in major centers of international shipping and trade.    Erhan Esinduy has been appointed Regional Representative of the office and will be joining the


Shippers Urge EU to Act in Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

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Thousands of lives will be lost in the Mediterranean unless EU governments take urgent action, say shipowner groups and seafarer unions   European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective


Ship Manager Fined for Emissions Regulations Breach

A ship management company has been fined $283,500 in connection with a breach of clean air regulations in the United States, the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has confirmed.   ITIC reports that an inspector of the California Air Resources Board


Crowley Joins the Trident Alliance

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Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its membership in the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators that share a common interest in robust enforcement of existing maritime sulphur regulations. In joining, Crowley said it has signed a statement of commitment


ABS Forms Hong Kong Technical Committee

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  ABS continues to work closely with industry through its extensive international network of technical committees that advise ABS on Rule development. ABS has expanded this network with the formation of the organization's 19th technical advisory committee


A Better Charter Market in 2016?

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 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


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


Ukraine Arrests Turkish Ship for Visiting Crimean Port

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 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


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


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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