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BIMCO, Global Shipping Forum launch “SERVICECON”

Port of Hamburg

  BIMCO and the Global Shipping Forum have now launched a new standard contract – named “SERVICECON” – which simplifies and harmonises terms and conditions for container volume contracts between shippers and carriers. The new agreement is designed to meet the contractual needs of small to medium sized shippers, which, despite the large number and global value of the shipments they transport, often lack the legal resources to develop their own agreements with carriers. Following a two year period of discussions between carrier and shipper representatives, the BIMCO/GSF SERVICECON Standard Service Contract has been developed to provide a basis for container volume agreements. It provides a comprehensive starting point for negotiations and helps to smooth and speed up the contractual process. Shippers and carriers can amend the contract to suit their individual commercial needs, providing the flexibility needed for making commercial agreements. Grant Hunter, Chief Officer Legal and Contractual Affairs at BIMCO, said, “We are delighted to have worked together with GSF to produce this new standard service agreement that will benefit the industry by its simple wording and fair reflection of the interests of shippers and carriers. “It has been designed to be used as a framework container volume service-level agreement for the liner trades – and to be adaptable for commercial parties’ individual needs and


NPRM Issued on Items Requiring Shipper's Export Declaration

The U.S. Census Bureau issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would, if adopted, require shippers who export items identified on the Commerce Department Commerce Control List (CCL) or the State Department United States Munitions List (USML) to file the Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) electronically via the Automated Export System (AES)/AESDirect. Comments on this proposal must be submitted by December 9, 2002.


MarAd to Present Shipper Award

MarAd Administration will present the Shipper Award to the Fluor Corporation of Aliso Viejo, Calif, for their continuing support of the United States Merchant Marine. Acting Deputy Maritime Administrator Julie Nelson will present the award in a ceremony hosted by the Propeller Club of the United States at the Washington Navy Yard. Fluor has moved more than 32,000 metric tons of Iraq reconstruction cargoes and maintained a continuous supply chain through Iraqi ports.


RSPA Proposes Security Requirements HAZMAT Shipments

The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing new requirements to enhance security of hazardous material (HAZMAT) transported in commerce. Shipping papers would be required to include the name and address of the consignor and consignee and the shipper's DOT HAZMAT Registration Number, if applicable. Shippers and carriers of certain highly hazardous materials would be required to


Container Shipping Reliability Report Published

An INTTRA, SeaIntel, collaboration reports 'On-Time Performance & Schedule Reliability' of the ocean shipping industry INTTRA, an active worldwide network for ocean shipping, and SeaIntel, container shipping market analysts, announce the availability of the initial publication of the industry’s only shipping reliability report that combines on-time performance with schedule reliability measures. “For the first time shippers can now analyze actual container delivery time


Judge For U.S. Regulator Strikes Committed Rates On Seaway Pipeline

  A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission judge annulled committed shipper rates on the Cushing-to-Texas Seaway pipeline on Friday, despite objections from energy companies who say it could jeopardize billions in infrastructure investment. Administrative law Judge Karen Johnson upheld a ruling she made last September, saying the contracts that Seaway Crude Oil Pipeline Company LLC negotiated with committed shippers must be "disturbed" because of the


Improving Freight Rates May Help Shippers Cope With Fuel Costs

The shipping industry is in a better position to cope with soaring fuel prices because of growth in trade as Asia recovers economic crisis, analysts said. The price of bunker fuel, which typically makes up about five percent of a shippers' total operating costs, has over the past six months doubled to $140 per ton. The spoils from improved conditions have not been evenly shared within the industry, with tanker owners the worst hit


Russian Icebreaker Operator Predicts Easier Winter Conditions For Arctic Shippers

An earlier forecast that Arctic shipping would face problems from severe weather has not been realized, experts now see no major disruptions to winter shipping. Thickening of ice, which had been officially forecast to start this year 10 to 15 days earlier than normal, did not happen, sources said, adding that it is now believed that shippers will see easier winter conditions in that region.


Barcelona Imposes Container Weight Verification Requirement

Container Weighment Courtesy Port of Barcelona

The new rules, adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and incorporated into Chapter VI of the Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Convention, specify that the shipper (forwarder, logistics operator or owner of the goods) shall be responsible for weighing the full container before shipment. The Port of Barcelona is the first port in Spain to complete and make available such a procedure to its customers and users in line with the new rules


P&I Club Warns: Failure to Comply with SOLAS Amendment

Courtesy UK P&I

· Some terminals and shippers are unprepared for the enforcement of the SOLAS amendment on 1st July · Without steps to address the requirements of the SOLAS amendment, chaos and commercial disputes may ensue · A failure to comply will result in fines, delays and potential loss of business for carriers   The SOLAS amendment coming into force on 1st July 2016 requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export


Hanjin Shipping, Hyundai Merchant Merger Talks in Air

Photos: Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine

 A report in WSJ says that Hanjin Shipping Co has applied for a creditor-led debt restructuring to avoid bankruptcy, reviving talk of a possible merger with rival Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM).   It could be merged as a part of the government-led restructuring of ailing industries


FMC's Doyle Acknowledges Progress on Container Weight Rules

William P. Doyle (Photo: FMC)

U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle has issued a statement regarding the ongoing discussion on container weight measures, welcoming a recent announcement from OCEMA: “OCEMA's statement on container weighing this evening is welcome news,” Doyle said


MARAD: $5 Mln Available for Marine Highway Projects

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of $5 million in Federal funding to expand marine highway service by creating new or expanding existing services along designated Marine Highway Routes.   A Marine Highway Project is a planned service


Hanjin Shipping May Get OK for Restructuring

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea’s largest container operator by capacity Hanjin Shipping's creditors are expected to approve a corporate rehabilitation program for the struggling container line, local media reports suggest.    Creditor banks of cash-strapped Hanjin are likely to give the


Saudi Shipper Bahri Q1 Profit Soars

file image: A VLCC transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 53.6 percent jump in first-quarter net profit on Monday. The company's net profit for the three months to Mar. 31 was 611.99 million riyals ($163.3 million), up from 398


Qatar Gas Transport Q1 Net Profit Rises 7.9%

Photo: Nakilat

Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, posted a 7.9 percent rise in first-quarter net profit on Tuesday.   The company made a net profit of 240 million riyals ($65.91 million) in the three months ending March 31, it said in a statement


FMC Chairman Seeks Direct Engagement on Container Weight Issue

File photo: Port of Los Angeles

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero issued a statement regarding the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendments implementation, calling for negotiation between shippers and carriers.   "I applaud Chairman Hunter and Ranking Member Garamendi


DP World Ready for Container Weighing Globally

DP World will ensure customers will continue to have a seamless port user experience across its global network Photo DP World

DP World is prepared for the implementation of the new International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulation which comes into effect on 1 July, 2016. The new regulation mandates that shippers of goods must obtain the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of laden export


Hanjin Shipping Seeks Bank-Debt Restructuring

Hanjin's debts at 5.6 trln won at end 2015; company has been squeezed by low shipping margins. South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd will ask creditor banks to restructure its debt, the country's largest shipper by assets said, in an attempt to weather a squeeze in margins from a severe industry


BP Shipping U.S. Crude to PDVSA's Terminal

British BP has shipped a U.S. crude cargo to PDVSA's terminal in Curacao, the third one that the firm has sent since winning a tender along with China Oil last month to provide the Venezuelan state-run company with some 8 million barrels of light oil, according to sources and Reuters data.


Hanjin Shipping Opts for Debt Restructuring

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd

 South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd will work with lenders to restructure debt after years of weak demand resulted in losses and cash erosion, reports Bloomberg.   The board of Hanjin Shipping decided to file for receivership and give creditors authority to manage the company


First Call of MSC's Vessel Received at Sohar

Photo: Oman International Container Terminal (OICT), Sohar Port

 Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) received the first call of the Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), the world’s second largest container shipper with over 2.7m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year, Lana vessel at the Port of Sohar.  


New Boxes Developed to Ship Live Lobsters

Image: CMA CGM

CMA CGM Group develops AQUAVIVA, a new generation of containers to transport live lobsters   The CMA CGM Group has launched a new generation of containers which allows for the safe carriage of live lobsters in their original water in conditions maintaining their natural habitat


Panama Canal’s Emission Reduction Initiatives Highlighted

Last week, the Panama Canal participated as a part of the Panamanian delegation 69th Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting that took place in London. During this five-day meeting


Maersk Line Adds Direct Service to Cuba

Alongside in the Port of Mariel, Cuba – view from the bridge of the 2,556 TEU E.R. Cape Town (Photo: Maersk Line)

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced its first direct service from Northern Europe to Cuba, beginning on Friday April 22 with the arrival of the 2,556 TEU containership E.R. Cape Town in the Port of Mariel, located 50 kilometers from Havana.  






 
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