When the Documentary Committee of BIMCO met on November 14, 2002 in Copenhagen, Denmark, they agreed to adopt a revision of its General Ice Clause for voyage charter parties. The revision of the General Ice Clause forms part of an undertaking to review over time a series of well-known BIMCO standard clauses to reflect legal and commercial developments. The amendments have been made because the existing ice clause was found to be deficient in a number of ways, in particular that the vessel should not be required to follow ice breakers or to force ice. It was also felt that provisions were needed to protect the owners against the risk of ice being experienced on the approach voyage. Consequently a revised General Ice Clause has been drafted to take the above concerns into consideration. A provision has been included that the vessel should not be obliged to force ice but, subject to the owners’ approval, may follow ice-breakers when reasonably required. In addition, in the event that ice impedes the vessel from arriving at the loading port, the clause now contains three options for the charterers to: (1) nominate an alternative safe and accessible port; (2) agree to reckon laytime as if the port were accessible or; (3) declare that they cancel the charter party. Such option must be declared to the owners within 48 running hours
GT North of England P&I club has warned its shipowner members to protect themselves from the increasing risk of claims for charterers’ unpaid bunkers. The advice comes in the latest issue of the club’s loss-prevention newsletter Signals. According to Mark Robinson of the club’s freight, demurrage and defence department, “The recent downturn in the shipping markets and the world economy has unfortunately led to some charterers going out of business
The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has advised shipbrokers against using the term "first-class charterers" when conducting fixture negotiations, following a claim made by shipowners against one of its broker members in respect of the failure of charterers to perform a contracted fixture. Writing in the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC explained, “Norwegian shipbrokers were involved in negotiations for a voyage charter
Persistence pays off for shipbroker's legitimate claim for outstanding financial commission due from time-charterer. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) recounts the case of a shipbroker owed outstanding commission by time-charterers who were widely thought to be in financial difficulties. The charter party provided that the time-charterers were obliged to deduct the broker’s commission from the hire and pay this directly
ITIC highlighted the value of diligently pursuing the collection of shipping industry debts in today’s difficult economic climate. In its latest Claims Review, ITIC notes that a shipbroker acting for charterers was owed $25,000 in commission by an Indian voyage charterer under a charter party which provided that the charterer would deduct the commission. Having written to the charterer and not received a response
The NCSA-USG area remains short of tonnage: a 34,000 dwt bulk ship is well-linked to US$ 15,000 daily for a short period of 3-5 months, reports BMTI in its latest 'Handy Bulk Market Viewpoint'. Owners of a similar size of tonnage were seeing US$ 24,000 daily for a trip to Europe. A range of US$ 20,000 daily from NCSA via the USG to the Continent from owners of a 36,000 dwt was rebuffed by charterers as being too expensive.
A Lesson in admiralty law was recently provided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit when it ruled that a maritime lien for breach of a charter party attaches when the vessel is placed at the charterer's disposal. Dennis Bryant, writing about the case on the Maritime Liens website, notes, "A vessel owner entered into a time charter and accordingly delivered the vessel. The vessel was then sold to a third party, subject to the time charter
General Maritime Corporation has signed two-year time charter contracts, with a trading company, for up to nine of its Aframax OBO Vessels (combination vessels which can perform both wet and dry trades). The initial time charter contracts are for four of the Company's Aframax OBO vessels. The contracts for the four vessels will provide net voyage revenue to General Maritime in the first year of approximately $28 million
The club says one of the most common reasons for guarantees being avoided is that they have not been signed by the guarantor or someone lawfully authorized by the guarantor. There must also be consideration for a guarantee to be legally binding. Usually this is a promise by the owner to enter into the charterparty, but if the guarantee is given after concluding the charterparty the consideration is past and no longer valid.
Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian freight routes could hold steady or gain next week as charterers seek to complete their vessel chartering programme for the first 20 days of August, brokers said on Friday. The pause would come after charter rates from the Middle East to Asia jumped this week to their highest levels since February 27 after falling on Monday as owners resisted charterers' attempts to push prices lower, brokers said.
Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as too many ships chase too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil, brokers said. There are around 32 capesize ships in ballast and currently available for charter
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, has announced that the Nave Electron, a 2002-built VLCC of 305,178 dwt, was delivered to Navios Acquisition's owned fleet on July 21, 2014. The company also announced that the Nave Electron has been chartered out
Dorian LPG Ltd. a leading owner and manager of modern VLGC's (very large gas carriers), today announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU"), with HNA Logistics Group Co., Ltd. to explore opportunities in the liquefied petroleum gas logistics market
On Saturday July 26, 2014, a ceremony was held in Bergen to officially name the latest new subsea construction vessel to join the Technip fleet, the North Sea Atlantic. More than 200 guests from shipowner North Sea Shipping, ship charterer Technip and supply chain partners
Acquisition of two 82,000 dwt dry-bulk carriers and long-term charters for 8,700 teu container vessels nnounced by Ship Finance International (SFL). Ship Finance International Limited announced the agreement to acquire two 82,000 dwt Kamsarmax dry-bulk carriers built in 2012
BMT SMART Ltd., a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., is announced the introduction of the Charter Party reporting module within its performance monitoring portfolio. The new functionality will allow reports to be compiled at the end of a ship’s voyage
VSL announced that in just over a week its first two eco-newbuildings joined its fleet, with the delivery of the High Sun product tanker in Vietnam (in partnership with d’Amico International Shipping – DIS) and the Giulia I dry-bulk carrier in China.
Investors in the shipping & logistics industries VSL, says that in just over a week its first two eco-newbuildings joined its fleet, with the delivery from Vietnam of the 'High Sun' product tanker (in partnership with d’Amico International Shipping – DIS) and the 'Giulia I'
Scorpio Tankers Inc. gives details of its agreement to acquire some of its own common shares; to buy back stock; and also sets out a fleet update. Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has entered into an agreement to purchase from an existing shareholder 7,500
Dorian LPG announce that Tim Truels Hansen will join the Company as Chartering Manager, with effect from September 1st, 2014. Dorian explians that Hansen comes to them from AP Moeller Maersk where he began his career at sea, rising to the rank of captain of various sized LPG carriers
Solent Towage Ltd (STL), the UK arm of Norwegian marine services company, Ostensjo Rederi AS, has saved over 60-man hours since December 2013 by installing gplink, the remote monitoring and tracking solution from Finning Power Systems (Finning) for Cat® engines.
Established in 2008 in Dubai, Vega Ships Management announces the global expansion of their all-encompassing vessel post fixture services into the world wide shipping market. Vega Ships Management offers Vessel Post Fixture Commercial Operation services, headquartered in Dubai
The Maersk Logger, AHTV (Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel) has been fitted with a Royston Enginei system to monitor fuel consumption during all phases of its operation. The 90-meter ship was built in 2009 under the Clean Design Class Notation
Dacon announced it has again been contracted to deliver its Dacon Rescue Scoop to a service vessel in the offshore wind industry. This is the fifth vessel in a series of carbon fiber SWATH designs that Odfjell Wind AS are building at Danish Yachts
U.S. shipbuilders are making a $500 million bet on robust domestic demand for crude oil from newly-tapped shale fields by building new tankers without having lined up customers to lease them. Philly Tankers AS, majority-owned by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is building four ships on spec