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IRClass Authorised RO for Oman, Nigeria, Lebanon flags
Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has obtained authorisation to act as ‘Recognised Organisation’ (RO), to carry out statutory survey, audit and certification on behalf of Nigeria, Oman and Lebanon flag states. With this developmental progress to-date, IRClass has been approved as a RO by 29 flag registries across the globe. The Middle East and Africa, among the fastest growing regions in the world, is a key gateway into the region for IRClass.
Record Number of Boat Migrants Reach Italy This Year
A record number of migrants have reached Italy by boat from North Africa in 2016, according to official data, as pressure on Italy's shelter and asylum systems grows.
EU to Patrol for Somali Pirates Until end 2018
The European Union's naval mission will keep patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia for another two years, to guard against any resurgence of attacks, the bloc said on Monday. The number of raids and kidnappings has fallen - though maritime officials have warned that the risk is still, underlined by two attempted attacks last month. NATO said last week it had ended its own mission off the Horn of Africa…
Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates May Hit Multi-Month Highs
VLCC rates last week hit highest since April, May; balanced tonnage supply-cargo demand support rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs last week, could climb further if there is a flurry of pre-Christmas chartering activity, ship brokers said on Monday. VLCC rates were also buoyed by a drop in the number of new vessels being delivered as owners deferred delivery from late 2016 to early 2017, brokers said.
Oversupply Remains - Drewry
The withdrawal of Hanjin tonnage has not been enough to rectify the trade’s supply-demand imbalance and headhaul ship utilisation is lower compared to other major East-West markets. Westbound volumes rose by 1.8% in the third quarter and the growth rate for the year to date is now registering 2.9% (see Figure 1). Asian exports shipped to the West Mediterranean (including North Africa) grew by 2.8% between July and September, while traffic to the eastern sector of the trade only expanded by 0.8%.
Enhancing Search and Rescue Services in Western Africa
International Maritime Organization (IMO) is supporting countries in western Africa to enhance their national search and rescue (SAR) services with a regional training course and meeting taking place in Lagos, Nigeria this week. The activities are assisting Member States under the “Nigeria SAR Region” (Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe) to develop their regional SAR Plan and to increase regional cooperation.
India Takes Steps To Prevent Attacks On Vessels
Gulf of Aden (East Coast of Africa), Malacca Strait and West Coast of Africa are shipping routes which suffer incidents of pirate attacks. (i) Guidelines for anti-piracy measures issued through Merchant Shipping Notice No.1 of 2011 dated 14.1.2011 to be implemented by Indian Ships. The guidelines provide for elaborate anti-piracy measures (Best Management Practices), including safe house/citadel for vessels.
Africa and Shipping – A Mutually Benefiting Cooperation
African governments and businesses are important partners of European shipping companies and the region has become one of the most promising global growth markets. The “blue” economy offers a lot of opportunities, and close cooperation between EU and African institutions and stakeholders is vital. European shipping companies have traditionally had a good, longstanding cooperation with African partners and they have enabled Africa to be connected to world trade.
NATO Ends Counter-piracy Mission as Focus Shifts to Mediterranean
NATO has ended its Indian Ocean counter-piracy mission after a sharp fall in attacks, the alliance said on Wednesday, as it shifts resources to deterring Russia in the Black Sea and people smugglers in the Mediterranean. All ships and patrol aircraft have now left the area off the Horn of Africa, where they patrolled since 2009, as part of a broader international effort to crack down on Somali-based pirates who had caused havoc with world shipping.
Restrata, Agility Partnership in Training at REP, Iraq
Restrata, a global leader in consultancy and training services, has partnered with leading logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq. The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety and oil and gas industry operations. All training courses meet international standards, are accredited, and include transportation, catering and security services.
America Needs Icebreakers
Russia has more polar icebreakers than the rest of the world combined. America has one polar icebreaker and that one is well past its prime. There has been talk of sharing icebreakers. Sharing may work with allies, who are generally on the same page. Sharing will not work with Russia, which views the world as a zero-sum game. In June 2016, Russia announced the launching of Arktika, the world’s largest polar icebreaker.
BIMCO: Shorter sailing distances limit upside of two-year high Chinese coal imports
Australia and Indonesia, being the main exporters of coal to China, are growing their market share at the expense of longer haul exporters like the US and South Africa. Therefore, dry bulk shipping demand does not enjoy full tonne-mile demand, when the imported coal volumes increase. The high level of coal into China for Q3 2016 shows the growing importance of Chinese coal imports for the shipping market, since mid-April 2016.
Damen Shoalbuster completes 14,572 nm Round Trip
The SMS Shoalbuster, a 26-metre Damen Shoalbuster 2609 owned and operated by GSS Marine Services based in Rosyth, Scotland, has recently completed a 14,572 nm round trip that included two transatlantic crossings. The Shoalbuster range is designed as a multi-role workboat optimised for shallow waters, however its high bow and sturdy construction means that it is capable of handling even ocean crossings.
No recovery for Container Traffic in sight - Drewry
Asia to West Africa container traffic fell by 19% in the third quarter; the end-year result will not be much better. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook, published last month, described “multispeed” growth for sub-Saharan Africa economies with the divide between the haves and have nots hinging on different nations’ exposure to commodities. The biggest West African economies of Nigeria and Angola…
Tema Port To Be Expanded
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has launched the start of major expansion works at the Tema Port, near Accra, according to local reports. This ambitious project involves an upgrade and significant expansion of Ghana’s main seaport. The project is a Public Private Partnership between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), representing the Ghana Government and Meridian Ports Services (MPS). The Port Of Tema Is the largest port in Ghana.
Australian and Canadian Ships Tested
HMAS Darwin used a trans-Tasman voyage to brush up on her boarding drills with friends from Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver. The boarding practise took place during passage to Auckland for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th Anniversary International Naval Review, before both ships were retasked to assist the New Zealand with the response to the recent earthquake. Darwin’s Boarding Officer…
Africa: Towards Safe, Clean Ship Recycling
Nine West and Central African countries have agreed to start working towards ratifying IMO’s ship recycling treaty, the Hong Kong Convention, following a workshop in Accra, Ghana (14-16 November). The event allowed for in-depth discussions and provided details on the specific requirements of the Convention and its Guidelines, with representatives from Cabo Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe and Sierra Leone taking part.
Crowley Honors Employees Eisenhart and Hilburn
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Jeannie Eisenhart, director of talent acquisition and employee services, and Bleu Hilburn, director of logistics business development, have been honored with 2015 Thomas Crowley Awards, the company’s highest honor for its employees. Eisenhart and Hilburn each received a limited edition bronze sculpture that depicts company founder Thomas Crowley ferrying goods in a row boat across San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s.
Focus on Maritime Security Measures at Guinea-Bissau Workshop
A range of maritime security scenarios are being played out in a table top exercise for officials in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau (14-16 November). Participants from Government departments and national agencies, including the Maritime Authority, are focusing on security measures in International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties. These include SOLAS chapter XI-2 and ISPS Code, to which Guinea-Bissau acceded to last month…
Med Responders Save 550 Migrants, Recover Five Bodies
About 550 migrants, most of them from West Africa, were pulled to safety from boats in the Mediterranean on Monday in five operations during which rescuers also recovered five dead bodies…