Friday, January 28, 2000 Maritime News

EU Launches New Kvaerner Shipyard Aid Probe

Jan 28, 2000

The European Commission is expected to start a probe into state aid to a German subsidiary of Anglo-Norwegian engineering and shipbuilding group Kvaerner Plc. The

China Executes 13 In Piracy Case

Jan 28, 2000

China has executed 13 people for clubbing 23 seamen to death and throwing their bodies overboard in the country's biggest piracy case in 50 years, news reports said.

Planned Tanker Age Curbs Seen As Insufficient

Jan 28, 2000

Age limits being imposed on tanker chartering by oil companies do not address the use of ships like the Erika, which broke up off France in December, shipping industry sources said.

Ship Safety Database Set Up To Prevent Future Erikas

Jan 28, 2000

European maritime administrations signed an agreement to set up a central shipping safety database aimed at eradicating dangerous vessels. The Equasis system will

TotalFina Drops More Cash Oil Spill Recovery

Jan 28, 2000

TotalFina plans to add $4.5 million for tourism promotion to the $120 million it has already pledged to clean up the December fuel spill from its chartered tanker Erika.

NCL Aims To Block Star Bid

Jan 28, 2000

NCL Holding plans to block a takeover bid from Star Cruises, accusing it of skirting the law and buying NCL shares. Officials of NCL, which is the target of a bid war between Star and Carnival Corp.

SS&Y's Capesize Indices Drop

Jan 28, 2000

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 45 points to 4,060 in the week ending Jan. 24. "A fresh decline in the Pacific Capesize Index

Chartering Conditions Dull Throughout Atlantic Sector

Jan 28, 2000

Chartering conditions were dull throughout the Atlantic sector of the dry cargo freight market, brokers said. Capesize activity was very limited and Panamax rates

Key Mideast Markets Surge On Erika Factor

Jan 28, 2000

Mideast-Far East crude oil tanker freight rates leapt skywards for the second day in a row as the Erika-effect took hold, shipping brokers said on Jan. 21. Japan-bound

Malta Drydocks Gets New Leader

Jan 28, 2000

Malta last Wednesday appointed the head of Malta Shipbuilding as chairman of Malta Drydocks, pointing to closer cooperation between the two loss-making firms. The

Marine Drilling Reports Fourth Quarter Results

Jan 28, 2000

Marine Drilling Companies Inc. reported fourth quarter 1999 net income of $2.5 million, or $0.04 per share, on revenues of $44.8 million, compared to net income of $7.

Manitowoc Reports Record Results For 1999

Jan 28, 2000

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. reported record financial results for both the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 1999. This was the company's fifth year

MSC Selects Autoships' Systems

Jan 28, 2000

Based in Washington, D.C., Military Sealift Command (MSC) has chosen Autoship Systems' onboard stability program Autoload for their vessels. Autoload allows vessel

Divers Plug Holes In Tanker

Jan 28, 2000

Divers have plugged most of the leaks in a tanker carrying heavy fuel, which sank off the United Arab Emirates, the UAE coastguard said. Hassan Malallah said a

Take That! Carnival Keeps NCL War Alive

Jan 28, 2000

Carnival Corp. revived a war for control of Norway's NCL Holding last Thursday with plans for a $1.3 billion offer, topping a bid by Malaysia's Star Cruises. (see

Inspection Groups Mull Changes

Jan 28, 2000

Ship inspection organizations, criticized in the wake of the Erika oil spill, are considering changes to their procedures. A special meeting has been called to

TotalFina's Spill Costs Rise

Jan 28, 2000

The oil spill off France from a chartered tanker has so far cost TotalFina more than $123 million, according to Chairman Thierry Desmarest. Desmarest announced Jan.

TotalFina Tightens Tanker Regulations After Erika Spill

Jan 28, 2000

Oil giant TotalFina, which chartered the ill-fated oil tanker Erika, tightened its policy on chartering older tankers. However, company officials stressed that a new age limit on large ships,

Molasses Tanker With Same Flag, Class As Erika Detained In France

Jan 28, 2000

A 27-year-old molasses tanker escorted to Falmouth in the U.K. after safety defects were found was flagged and classed by the same bodies responsible for the Erika,

Group Of 41 Oil Majors To Supply Tanker Status Reports

Jan 28, 2000

A group of 41 oil majors will make their tanker inspection reports available to port examiners in Europe. They also aim to ensure higher standards for their shared


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