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BIMCO Issues New Ice Clauses

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


Protection from Unpaid Bunker Claims

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


Handy-size Bulk Carrier Market: Tonnage Shortage Pushes Up Rates

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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.


Shipbroker Chases Down Payment Due

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 Highlights Value of Diligent Debt Collection

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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


Beware of First-Class Charterers

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


Shipowners-Ensure Third-Party Guarantees Are Watertight

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.


Court Rules on Liens and Breaches

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 Signs Time Charter Contracts

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


Asia VLCC Rates Could Nudge Higher on Activity

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.


North P&I Club Advises Inclusion of Ebola-Specific Clauses

Charterparties Should Include Ebola Specific Clauses

  The 180 million GT, ‘A' rated North P&I Club is advising shipowner Members to take great care to protect the health of their crew members when calling at ebola-affected ports in west Africa. In the latest issue of its loss prevention newsletter Signals


FONASBA Endorses ITIC' s Post-Fixture Clause

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ITIC has recommended that brokers place a post-fixture clause at the end of recap messages to reduce the chances of exposure to severe financial loss as a result of important messages being overlooked. The following wording was endorsed by FONASBA at its recent annual general meeting in


Liberian Registry Backs IMO’s Ebola Advice

The Liberian Registry has come out in full support of the International Maritime Organization’s recommendation that there should be no general ban on international travel or trade due to the Ebola virus. Meanwhile, operation of the U.S.-based registry remains unaffected.


Rederij Groen Takes Delivery of 7-Waves

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Rederij Groen’s entire SRSV fleet built by Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. Dutch offshore services company Rederij Groen has taken delivery of the 7-Waves, the second of a total three identical Seismic Research Support Vessels. Once the third of these so-called offshore chasers will


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Fall on Cargo Woes

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are again likely to fall as the volume of tonnage limits any price gains from an increase in chartering activity, brokers said. Freight rates for a voyage from Australia to China have steadily fallen since Sept


MacGregor Secures Deck Machinery Orders from Sinopacific

the main dimensions of SPA85L have been optimized to meet the complex conditions of the South China Seas

MacGregor has signed a new series of deck machinery orders for 12 vessels with the China-based Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group. This builds on a track-record of contracts that now stands at 150 shipsets of equipment successfully delivered and installed at Sinopacific yards


Diana Containerships Takes Delivery of YM Great

Diana Containerships, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has taken delivery of the m/v “YM Great”, a 2004-built Post-Panamax container vessel of 5


Dry Bulk Drought: Asia Rates Fall

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Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes could continue to fall next week in the absence of major charterers although lower freight rates could tempt top iron ore miners back into the market and potentially buoy rates, brokers said.


Star Bulk Collects $8.016m From Sale of Its Claim Against Pan Ocean

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Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK) announced that following the settlement and adjudication of the company's subsidiary Star Borealis LLC claim for damages and due hire related to the repudiation of the long-term time charter of the M/V Star Borealis by charterer Pan Ocean  Co Ltd


ITIC Urges Shipbrokers to Put it in Writing

 ITIC has warned shipbrokers that they face the risk of serious financial loss if they fail to ensure that all parties to fixture agreements are in possession of full, confirmed information prior to the conclusion of negotiations.  


BMT SMART at Ship Efficiency 2014

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Pioneer of fleet and vessel performance management systems, BMT SMART Ltd (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd will showcase its performance monitoring portfolio at Ship Efficiency, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. The SMART suite of solutions works by continuously collecting


MOL, Mitsui in Cameron LNG Transport Deal

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) apprise that a contract has been signed with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to charter two new 155,000m3 LNG carriers that will transport shale gas-derived liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. MOL will manage the new vessels


New Rotation of CMA CGM Joint Service Unveiled

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CMA CGM S.A. (CMA CGM) announced the rotation of its new service in cooperation with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) and Pacific International Lines (PIL), in the North East Asia, Australia and New Zealand Trade


Charterers Remain Optimistic Despite Small Downturn

Richard Greiner

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell slightly during the three months to August 2014, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. They are, however, still higher than at the corresponding period twelve


Inchcape Shipping Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ISS Greece

A reception hosted by Group CEO Claus Hyldager was the finale of the ISS annual senior management conference in Athens.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has this month celebrated the 25th anniversary of its operations in Greece by hosting its annual senior management conference in Athens, close to the company’s Greek head office in the Port of






 
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