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UK Shipping Needs Time to Prepare for 2015 Emission Limits

The UK Chamber of Shipping says shipping needs more time to prepare for the 2015 0.1% sulphur limit introduction in the ECA's The 2015 0.1% sulphur limit applies within the North Sea and English Channel and the Baltic Sea Emission Control Areas. The Chamber's director of safety and environment, David Balston, said: “We fully support the need to reduce sulphur emissions from ships – but we are particularly concerned that many routes will become non viable and for those vessels operating on them we seek transitional arrangements, including very tight time limited exemptions to allow technology to catch up and provide a realistic alternative." These comments were made following the publication of a report by consultancy firm AMEC, commissioned by the Chamber on behalf of several North Sea and Western Channel shipping operators. The report says that the targets for shipping companies to reduce their sulphur emissions by 2015, could cause adverse environmental effects and result in a loss of 2,000 maritime services jobs, and place many more industrial jobs under threat. The report is the first of its kind to examine the full impact of hitting sulphur targets. The report shows the key impacts of hitting the 2015 sulphur reduction targets would be: • Much more freight moved by road, rather than sea – increasing carbon emissions and causing more road congestion


MARAD Study to Improve U.S.-Flag Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded a research contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, of New York, to identify factors that significantly impact the ability of U.S.-flagged ship operators transporting goods to remain competitive.  Current maritime industry estimates appear to indicate that costs associated with operating these vessels under U.S. registry standards are approximately three times higher than those incurred by the


FMC Acts On Mississippi Towage Arrangements

The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) welcomes the news that the U.S Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has agreed it has jurisdiction in the matter of Exclusive Towage Contracts issues in the lower Mississippi River. Accordingly, the FMC has issued a "show cause" order to the principal bulk terminals with such contracts. Roger Holt, Secretary-General of INTERCARGO said today, "This show-cause order requires the marine terminal operators to demonstrate why they


Israel's Zim Line Falls Deeper in the Red in 2013

Image courtesy of Zim Line

Revenues of Zim, Israel Corp's shipping unit, dropped 7 percent as overall freight rates declined by 9 percent in 2013 and its loss rose from US$ 433-million in 2012 to US$535-million in 2013, according to Xinhua. Container ship operators Zim Line, which holds 2 percent of the international shipping market, is in the middle of financial restructuring. The process includes negotiations on cancelling the state's golden share, while keeping Israel's security needs and government interests.


Taking the Guesswork Out of Bunker Procurement

Inatech launches its Optimizer to add smart decision making for fuel purchasing to its cloud-based management solution for the entire fuel procurement process. The company explains that Optimizer helps ship operators take the guesswork out of their fuel purchasing decisions by providing real-time guidance on the three key factors of quantity, location and price strategy-how much fuel to buy for each ship in their fleet


Guidance for Private Maritime Security Providers Agreed by IMO’s MSC

Interim guidance to private maritime security companies (PMSCs) agreed by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), at latest meeting in London A special high-level segment of the MSC saw an intense debate, over the first day and a half of the Committee’s session, on how the international community should deal with issues related to the deployment of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships and the carriage of arms on board.


Experts Mull Risks Of Mid-Sea Gasoline Transfer

Salvage workers and shipping experts were studying a possible mid-sea transfer of nearly 30,000 tons of gasoline from a damaged tanker at risk of exploding, the ship's operators said. Spanish authorities insisted the tanker would not be allowed back into the country's waters to carry out the potentially risky operation. A tugboat carrying equipment and specialists for the operation had joined the Greek-owned tanker Castor


Videotel Assists Shipowners

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Ship operators concerned about complying with the newly enforced garbage management rules can now turn to Videotel for support.   Important new updates to MARPOL Annex V entered into force on January 1, 2013 and have revolutionised the way the industry must look at the issue of waste disposal.  In response to this, Videotel has extensively updated its Garbage Management training program to accommodate the radical shift of emphasis the new legislation entails.   


Coscocs Targets 2 Mln TEUs by 2018

Photo: China Cosco Shipping (COSCOCS)

 China's biggest shipping line China Ocean Shipping Corporation (Coscocs) has revealed an ambitious plan to increase its container shipping capacity to hit a 2 million TEUs over the next three years, says China Daily.   The company is raising the operational capacity in an effort to seize a larger slice of the cake, known as the East-West and South-North routes.   Wan Min, general manager of China COSCO Shipping


ICS Presents Shipping Economic Challenges to World Ministers

At the OECD International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, the annual gathering of the world's transport ministers from more than 50 countries (May 22-24), the views of the global shipping industry were represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the principal global trade association for shipowners.   ICS explained the realities of the very serious economic challenges presently confronting shipping at a special ministerial session on the financing of sustainable


Maersk Fluid Technology Sees SEA-Mate Order Influx

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Maersk Fluid Technology (MFT) has reported a recent influx of orders for its SEA-Mate Blending-on-Board (BOB) system as confirmation of industry demand for technological solutions that enable ship operators to blend fit-for-purpose cylinder lubricant compositions on board their vessels that match


UK Chamber Shipping Upbeat after US abandoning Jones Act Amendments

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 US authorities have abandoned plans to tighten Jones Act coastal shipping rules – and it’s all thanks to the coordinated efforts of international government administrations, US energy firms and shipping bodies, in which the UK Chamber played its part.  


Damen InvaSave BWSM Makes World Premiere

InvaSave port based BWMS (Photo: Damen)

On April 25 Damen’s IMO certified InvaSave ballast water management system (BWMS) received its world premiere in front of an invited audience courtesy of Groningen Seaports at the harbour of Delfzijl and Eemshaven, The Netherlands. This marks the culmination of a seven-year program to


KVH Debuts Connectivity as a Service Offering

KVH Industries, Inc. has launched a new all-inclusive Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) offering for the maritime industry, AgilePlans by KVH.    For a single monthly fee, AgilePlans by KVH brings an advanced satellite communications solution onboard without a costly capital expenditure


Finnlines, Alfa Laval Ink Scrubber Performance Deal

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Finnish shipping operator Finnlines, part of the Grimaldi Group, has placed a service order with Alfa Laval to optimize the performance of its existing Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubber systems. The performance agreement was tailored for Finnlines using the Alfa Laval 360° Service Portfolio


Owners Urged to Verify Safety of Deck Machinery for Polar Operation

Scott Groves (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

With the Polar Code now in force, Thordon Bearings has urged shipowners and managers to verify that their vessels’ deck machinery and systems can operate safely in the extreme temperatures encountered in Arctic and Antarctic seas. Scott Groves


Simulation: Maritime Professional Training

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Maritime Professional Training 1915 S Andrews Ave., Ft Lauderdale FL 33316 USA  Tel: (954) 525-1014  Web: www.mptusa.com  COO: Captain Ted Morley   In South Florida sits MPT, one of the most prolific and progressive maritime training facilities


Crude Spill Hits PDVSA's Jose Terminal

Operations at Venezuela's main oil-exporting port Jose were hit by a crude oil spill on Tuesday, union sources and shipping agents told Reuters.   A break in a pipeline that runs from the oil terminal to a single buoy mooring (SBM) facility near Venezuela's eastern coast would have produced


Hapag-Lloyd Expects Rising Freight Rates in 2017

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Moderate increases in freights to be achieved in 2016; new Alliance membership starts on April 1.   German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd expects freight rates to be several percentage points higher this year than in 2016, one of a number of factors that should help the company


Hapag-Lloyd, Inmarsat Ink Fleet Xpress Deal

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 Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has signed a five-year contract with Hapag-Lloyd to migrate all ships directly managed by the shipping line to services enabled for Fleet Xpress.   Hapag-Lloyd, the sixth largest container shipping operator in the world


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb Again

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Number of spot capesize cargoes double from January levels; Pacific capesize earnings now around $14,000 per day.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs this week, are set to jump further next week on tight tonnage supply and


Bureau Veritas Gains EU Maritime MRV Accreditation

Patrick Le Dily (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has gained accreditation from United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS), in their pilot scheme, to carry out assessments and verifications for compliance with the European Union’s Maritime Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation.  


Deurganckdock Around the Clock

 Deurganckdock. Photo: By Antwerp Port Authority

 Trucks coming to load or unload containers in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp will also be able to call at night as of 20 March.    The container terminals MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) and DP World Antwerp Gateway, both located in the Deurganck dock


Why Is Fuel Testing Important?

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Ship operators shuld make on board fuel testing an operational necessity, urges Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS).   There are a host of issues, which can arise with both traditional heavy fuels and modern low sulphur distillates that, if left unchecked


New Total Lubmarine Head Shares His Vision

Robert Joore (Photo: Total Lubmarine)

Robert Joore, the new General Manager of marine lubricants supplier Total Lubmarine, has laid out his vision for the company, focusing on developing a range of innovative solutions for ship operators operating in poor freight markets in a low-sulphur era.   






 
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