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Maritime Labour Standards – EU Commission Adopts New Proposals

European Commission adopts two new proposals on maritime labour standards Two new proposals adopted by the European Commission are set to bring the European Union into line with enforcements and compliance rules foreseen by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. The MLC provides the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers with rights and protection at work. The proposals for two new directives clarify flag and port states’ responsibilities to ensure that maritime labour standards on board ships calling at EU ports comply with the provisions of the MLC. The proposal on flag states is designed to strengthen their role by requiring appropriate checks and monitoring mechanisms across EU member states and effective inspections to ensure that the MLC is fully enforced. Meanwhile, the port state control proposal requires vessels above a certain gross tonnage to carry a maritime labour certificate and a declaration of compliance with the MLC. As 25 states around the world have already ratified the MLC and many others are close to ratifying it, the ITF is confident that the 30 states necessary for entry into force will be achieved this year.


Stena Orders Ferries from Samsung

Stena Line has ordered two new RoPax vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea. The vessels will be put into service in 2011 and are planned to operate the route Rotterdam-Harwich. The two new RoPax vessels will be built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. The shipyard has previously built a number of shuttle tankers and ice-class tankers for Stena Bulk. The two new RoPax vessels are sister ships to the Stena Trader and the Stena Traveller


Sperry Marine to Supply Fin Stabilizers for Ferries

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to supply fin stabilizers for two new vehicle/passenger ferries being built in Spain. Contract terms were not disclosed. The order was placed by IZAR Construcciones Navales, S.A., which is building the two new ships for Algerian ferry operator Enterprise Nationale de Transport Maritime de Voyagers at its Sevilla shipyard. Sperry Marine will provide 9


Qatargas Gains Two New LNG Vessels

Two new LNG vessels that will join the Qatargas fleet have been handed over to the owners’ consortium by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd (DSME) at its ship building yard in the Geoje Island in South Korea. The vessels Al Ruwais and Al Safliya will now proceed with bunkering and leave South Korea in the next few days. The first cargo will be delivered to Japan using one of these vessels before the year end.


Island Oil & Gas Wins Two New Licenses

Island Oil and Gas PLC said it has been granted two new licenses offshore Ireland. One license covers blocks in the Southern Slyne Trough. Island Oil, the designated operator, and Lundin Petroleum AB will each hold a 50 percent interest in the newly named Inishmore Licence. The second award is the newly named Inishowen licence in the Donegal Basin. Again, Island is the designated operator with a 40 pct stake, while Lundin will hold 40 pct and Endeavour Energy 20 pct.


EU Funds Scandlines' Green Initiatives

Scandlines green initiatives blue stamp is also on the Gedser-Rostock

  Scandlines is expected to be awarded EUR 6.3 million from EU for the installation of scrubbers and hybrid system on the two new vessels for the crossing between Rostock-Gedser and for environmentally friendly infrastructure in both port facilities.   Scandlines has received contributions through the EU previously for the green conversion to hybrid operation for the so-called Beeline between Puttgarden-Rødby


OSX Offshore Has Newbuildings in Brazil, Asian Shipyards

Photo credit: OSX

OSX offshore industry order book reaches 21 newbuilding units with latest order for two new well-head platforms (WHP) for Brazil construction OSX, an EBX Group Company of integrated solutions for offshore units and services, received an order from its anchor client OGX Petróleo e Gás for construction and charter of two new Wellhead Platforms, WHP-3 and WHP-4, pursuant to the Strategic Cooperation Agreement entered into by the companies.


Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of the first of two recently purchased secondhand Suezmax tanker vessels.   NAT announced in July that it had agreed to acquire two 2010-built ships for delivery in September and October 2015. The first of these ships was taken over by NAT today and renamed Nordic Light.   Upon delivery of Nordic Light’s sister ship in October, NAT will have a fleet of 26 Suezmax vessels including two new builds scheduled to be


Aker Solutions Wins Drilling Equipment Contracts

Aker Solutions has been awarded two contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in for the delivery of identical drilling equipment packages for Odebrecht's two new drillships. The total contract value for Aker Solutions is approximately $260m. The scope of work for Aker Solutions is to deliver complete drilling equipment packages consisting of engineering, equipment deliveries and commissioning services.


Vosper Thornycroft Wins Warship Contract

Vosper Thorneycroft has won a $205 million British government contract to build two new specialist warships, safeguarding 800 jobs at the Appledore Shipyard. The multi-role Hydrographic and Oceanographic survey vessels are due to enter service in 2002 and 2003. The new 3,500 ton ships will be equipped with the latest survey systems, including multi-beam echo sounders and modern side sonars as well as advanced navigation and communications systems.


GAC Russia Expands Eastwards

GAC Russia said it is expanding eastwards with the opening of new branches at Nakhodka and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to meet demand for shipping services as opportunities open up in Far East.   According to GAC Russia, this means it is the only ship agent with a presence throughout the


Thyssenkrupp Involves in Panama Canal Expansion

Photo: thyssenkrupp AG

 Thyssenkrupp supplied 14 innovative elevators for expansion of the Panama Canal , seven for each new lock complex, one of which is on the Atlantic side and the other on the Pacific.    Traffic through the locks will be monitored from two control towers that can be accessed via


UASC Rolls Out New India Subcontinent – Europe Services

Photo: UASC

 UASC announced two new Indian Subcontinent – Europe services (IEC1 & IEC2), to better align with its customer's needs, providing a superior service between India Subcontinent and Europe with enhanced reliability and more competitive transit times.  


CMA CGM Adds Weekly India Port Calls

This service will start the 26th of july with the first call of the CMA CGM Traviata in Port Qasim Image CMA CGM

CMA CGM Group announced the launch of two new weekly services, EPIC 1 and EPIC 2, between the Arab Gulf, Pakistan, North West India and North Europe. The current Epic service will make room for the two new weekly services. EPIC 1 offering a direct connection between North Europe and Pakistan


Polar Cruise Ships: Rolls-Royce Signs $33M Deal

Hurtigruten (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract worth about $33m with the ship building company Kleven in Norway for design and ship equipment to two new polar cruise vessels, with an option for two additional vessels.   The contract between Kleven and Rolls-Royce follows the conversion of a letter of


AFMA Moves to Strengthen Seabird Safety

A BIRD BAFFLER HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO DETER SEABIRDS FROM FORAGING IN BETWEEN THE STERN OF THE VESSEL AND WHERE THE WARPS ENTER THE WATER Photo AFMA

Being followed by an albatross is considered to bring good luck to mariners but the birds themselves aren’t always so lucky when trying to pick up a free feed from fishing boats. To better protect seabirds from fishing gear, AFMA has been working with the fishing industry to develop new


Two more Cranes for APM Terminals Cotonou

APM Terminals new mobile harbor cranes photo APM

APM Terminals Cotonou, operating as Coman SA at Benin’s primary port, adds two new cranes, the largest mobile cranes in the Benin port. Cotonou, Benin- Coman SA, operated by APM Terminals Cotonou in Benin’s primary port, has commissioned two new Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHC) at a


Senior Appointments at IRClass

Vijay Arora Photo IRS

In a move to strengthen its senior management structure, The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has made significant changes at its top level. As a part of its organizational restructuring exercise, IRClass has decided to realign the position of Chairman and Managing Director and create two


Elcome Scores Service Agreements in the Middle East

Marine technologies and system integrator Elcome International has signed fleet service agreements with two major ship operators in the Middle East, the company announced today.   Elcome will provide shore-based maintenance and service for navigation


Paragon Shipping to Counter Downturn

Photo: Paragon Shipping Inc

 Paragon Shipping Inc is at cyclical lows, as the entire drybulk shipping sector has suffered and, along with the container and LNG sectors.   Michael Bodouroglou, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paragon Shipping Inc


Rotterdam Unions, Container Firms Reach Deal on Job Security

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

 The trade unions FNV and CNV Vakmensen, the Rotterdam container companies and the Port of Rotterdam Authority concluded consultations on employment in the container industry.    The trade unions will present the outcome of the negotiations to their members with favourable advice


WSS Assists Avance Gas Vessels Transit Panama Canal

Steffen Langlette Photo WSS

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is moving to ensure that its customers’ vessels pass through the new Panama and Suez Canals with the optimum efficiency, speed and safety thanks to a fresh Ships Agency ‘canal transit’ solution


Extension and Enhancement to the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

 The Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (MSGI), launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in 2011, has received strong support from the maritime industry.     The Green Ship Programme (GSP), a voluntary programme under MSGI sees more than 50% of qualifying


New Era of Global Trade with Expanded Panama Canal

The first commercial transit of a Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Panama Canal (Photo: ACP)

The Expanded Panama Canal is now officially open for business.   During the official inauguration ceremony, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and Panama Canal Administrator and CEO Jorge L. Quijano spoke to a crowd of more than 25,000 jubilant Panamanians, Canal employees


Wärtsilä to Power Two Indian Dredgers

The new 8000m3 trailing suction hopper dredgers being built for the Adani group  Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has won an order for two new 8000m3 trailing suction hopper dredgers being built for the Adani group, India's largest private multi-port operator. The vessels are the first of a new IHC Beagle series designed by Royal IHC (IHC) of the Netherlands. IHC will also build the dredgers






 
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