Inchcape to Pay $20 Mln for Allegedly Overbilling US Navy
U.K. based marine services contractor Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited and several of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $20 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overbilling the U.S. Navy under contracts for ship husbanding services, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.Inchcape provided goods and services, including food and other subsistence items, waste removal, telephone services, ship-to-shore transportation, force protection services and local transportation…
New Venture Aims to Uproot Shipping’s Status Quo
With a belief that innovation in shipping has fallen well behind other sectors, new entrant into the maritime industry Nisomar has launched a range of services for ship owners, operators, brokers, charterers and financial institutions. Nisomar said it has pioneered a method of collecting global shipping data and created proprietary technology, based upon technology that generates highly accurate business-critical data. The firm will derive insights from big data to offer analytics that support business decisions…
ISS wins global Hurtigruten contract
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime and logistics service provider, has won a global port agency contract with Hurtigruten, a world leader in expedition travel. The new business sees ISS providing Hurtigruten with port agency services across the globe for up to four years, as well as helping to support and advise the company with the management of its rapid worldwide expansion plans. In addition, ISS will provide hands-on advice on hotel operations, shore excursions and itinerary planning.
Hamburg Süd Opens Dubai Office
Hamburg Süd has opened its first proprietary agency in the Middle East. On February 1 Hamburg Süd Shipping LLC commenced operations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The company-owned agency coordinates Hamburg Süd’s business in the Persian Gulf and has taken over all the tasks and activities for commercial operations as well as container logistics from the long-standing local agency partner Inchcape Shipping Services LLC. Vessel and customs clearance in the Ports of Jebel Ali and Khor Fakkan will continue to be handled by Inchcape Shipping Services. Several of Hamburg Süd’s liner services connect the Middle East with the shipping company’s global network. One of the key commodity sectors in which Hamburg Süd is strong in the region is the transport of temperature-controlled cargo.
ISS Expands Business with Team Tankers International
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime and logistics service provider, has greatly expanded its European business with Team Tankers International with a new port agency contract across the region. Under the new agreement with the chemical tanker specialist, ISS will provide port agency and vessel clearance services in all major European ports and terminals. Team Tankers International is one of the largest chemical tanker operators in the world, with a fleet of over 40 chemical tankers. While ISS has been providing port agency for Team Tankers International since 2013, this new agreement will capitalise on ISS’ Europe-wide offices within its global network.
ISS Expands Global Business with NORDEN
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime and logistics service provider, has expanded its global business with Danish tramp shipping company, NORDEN A/S, with a new contract for crew logistics and husbandry services. Under the additional agreement for the dry cargo and tanker specialist, ISS will co-ordinate over 2,800 crew changes per year across 32 vessels worldwide, as well as husbandry and disbursement account processing. The arrangement with ISS will support NORDEN’s operations and accounting teams and provide a single point of contact and remittance…
ISS Opens New Head Office in London
Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has officially opened its new head office in London. Based in Fenchurch Street in the heart of the City, the new office for ISS’ leadership team has been opened to bring it closer to key customers’ London offices and more accessible for customers and staff visiting from overseas. Other core functions now based in London include Innovation, Marketing, Sales Support and Accounts. Guests joining ISS at the official opening celebrations represented a number of ISS’ key customers, trade journalists and other industry contacts.
Large Earthquake Damages New Zealand Ports and Infrastructure
New Zealand’s largest earthquake in 150 years has led to a number of port and infrastructure issues, advises Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS). The ports of Wellington and Picton suffered damages after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the upper South Island of New Zealand at midnight local time on November 14. Wellington authorities said both the port and wharf gates will remain closed for the next week, and no ship or cargo operations will be permitted. As and when certain sections are cleared by engineers selective operations may be allowed to recommence during this period, ISS said. Wellington has gantry crane issues, wharf subsidence and log pile collapses. Cook Strait cargo/pax ferries are all at anchor as terminals at Wellington and Picton have substantial damage.
New Draft Restrictions for Parana River and River Plate
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising of a change to under keel clearance (UKC) rules on Parana River and River Plate in Argentina. From November 25, 2016, the Coast Guard has advised that an under keel clearance (UKC) will be applied for vessels which transit Parana River and River Plate with a fresh water draft above 10.36 meters(m). The new restrictions will aid safe navigation. 1. Draft between 10.37m to 10.49m, 3 centimeters for each centimeters of draft above 10.36m in addition to the compulsory UKC of 0.60m. 2. Draft above 10.50m, UKC will be 10% of the static draft. E.g for a ship with a draft of 10.50 m, total UKC will be 1.05m. 1. Draft between 10.37m to 10.67m, 1.5 centimetres for each centimeter of draft above 10.36m in addition to the compulsory UKC of 0.60m.
Turkey Port Operations, Clearances Update
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that there has been no impact to operations at the Turkish Straits following the attempted coup in Turkey, with all passages taking place as per schedule. However, vessel clearances can not currently be granted at Karadeniz Ereğli anchorage, as well as some other anchorage areas including Mersin. There are also some delays to sailing clearances due to extra security by the authorities. At some ports, sailing permission from the Harbour Master is being withheld until vessels’ completion of immigration clearance. ISS Turkey is working with its clients to minimise possible delays and will keep them updated.
ISS Awarded NYK Liner Agency in Australia
Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been awarded the NYK Liner agency in Australia. Part of transportation company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Group, NYK Line container services has appointed ISS to represent its New Zealand Singapore service (NZS) and North Asia-New Zealand (NZJ) service from July. Under this new agency agreement, ISS Brisbane will handle the full liner agency function including sales, customer service, operations and accounting for NYK Line in Australia. ISS will also support imports from the Far East and South East Asia with weekly sailings on both strings, as well as focus on northbound service volumes from Brisbane to South East Asia and beyond.
Neptune Lines Appoints Agent in Arabian Gulf
Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has been appointed agent for Neptune Lines’ new Arabian Gulf short sea car transportation service in Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar. As agents for Neptune Lines in these three countries, ISS will provide full port agency, vessel husbandry and liner services, as well as vehicle documentation, on the new Arabian Gulf short sea service. The vessel Neptune Ploes, which can accommodate up to 750 units at a time, is connecting eight countries and ports across the Arabian Gulf on its new…
ISS Launches new Partner Solution Initiative
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime and logistics service provider, is introducing a new Partner Solutions initiative to develop and deliver added value for customers across the globe. ISS Partner Solutions will focus on the company acting as a sub-contractor to new and existing agency partners looking to instantly increase their reach and range of services for customers. Built on a solid service delivery foundation and transparent engagement model, ISS Partner Solutions will deliver cost savings to partners and customers through access to ISS’ global office network…
ISS Roll-out of its Cargo and Agency Platform, YourISS2
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime and logistics service provider, is driving a global roll-out of its new cargo and agency platform, YourISS2. Designed to increase efficiencies, standardise processes and documents and enhance service delivery, the innovative platform also gives ISS customers the transparency and data they need for instant, informed business decisions, cost savings, performance and trade analysis. With Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, Bahrain…
Strikes Cause Stoppage in Greek Ports
A 48-hour strike by the Seamen’s Union in Greece is expected to affect all domestic and local ferry routes as well as commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging, advises Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS). The Crew Union of Towage and Salvage has also confirmed participation in the strike which started at 6 a.m. local time May 6 and is scheduled to end at 6 a.m. on May 8. A second 24-hour strike is expected to take place immediately after the first strike, from 6 a.m. on May 8 to 6 a.m. on May 9, ISS said. The action has been called by the union in response to the government’s planned changes to labor and insurance rights, pensions and retirement ages.
ISS Expands in Mexico
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime and logistics service provider, has expanded its operations in Mexico with the opening of a new office in Veracruz. The Veracruz office, ISS’ fourth in the country, will enable it to cover 80 per cent of ports with the greatest commercial activity across the Gulf of Mexico. One of the oldest and largest ports in Mexico, a new development project at the Port of Veracruz will also increase at the capacity by a further 25 per cent when completed in 2018.
ISS Announces US Customs Brokerage Services
ISS Brokerage Services, part of maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is now providing U.S. Customs brokerage services across all North American ports. The new facility has been introduced after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) granted a National Brokerage Permit to ISS Brokerage Services to file customs entries remotely via Remote Location Filing (RLF). The company can now undertake customs brokerage in all North American ports outside its Houston base to offer a faster RLF electronic filling capability to clients in the US.
More Strikes Planned at Greek Ports
A new 24-hour general strike in Greece is planned for February 4, by both public and private sector unions, while the Seamen’s Union is scheduling another 48-hour strike on the same date, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising. The action is expected to affect the routes of domestic and local ferries and commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging. The strike action by the Seamen’s Union involves a new 4-hour stoppage and is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. on February 4 and end at 6 a.m. on February 6. The Towage and Salvage Crew Union of Piraeus has also confirmed its participation in the strike from 6 a.m. on February 4 until 6 a.m.
Greece Ports Strike Extended
A general strike in Greece has been extended by another 48 hours and is affecting the routes of domestic and local ferries and commercial vessels calling at Piraeus, Aspropyrgos, Eleusis, Pachi and Megara ports for cargo discharging, announced Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS). The continuation of the strike action by the Seamen’s Union involves another 48-hour stoppage and began at 6 a.m. on January 29 (the first 48-hour strike action commenced at 6 a.m. on January 27). The Towage and Salvage Crew Union of Piraeus also staged a four-hour stoppage today from 6 to 10 a.m. and will repeat this tomorrow, January 30. During the stoppage period, vessels will not be able to berth, shift or sail from the affected ports.
ISS Expands Chembulk Deal into S.America and Asia
Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has expanded its agreement with Chembulk Tankers into South America and Asia, the company announced today. The new agreement will see ISS handle some 150 additional port calls for Chembulk Tankers per year, in addition to its existing services on the east and west coasts of America. Chembulk is one of the largest deep-sea chemical shipping companies in the world. ISS’ work with Chembulk now encompasses Brazil in South America and Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand in Asia. Further services will include managing dry dockings in the Bahamas and handling selected port calls in the U.A.E.
DP World London Gateway Hires Head of Commercial Port
DP World London Gateway Port has appointed James Leeson to the role of Head of Port Commercial following the announcement that Tabare Dominguez is to become Commercial Director at DP World Vancouver. Leeson started in the role this month, bringing with him more than 20 years of international experience in the shipping and ports industry. He was most recently Head of Commercial for Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber region, covering the ports of Immingham, Hull, Grimsby and Goole.
ISS, CGG Ink Brazil Agency Deal
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world's leading maritime and logistics service provider, has signed a contract with CGG to provide offshore agency support services for a new oil and gas exploration project in the Barreirinhas Basin in the equatorial margin of northern Brazil. As a specialist geoscience company, CGG is conducting the multi-client seismic project, which will be the oil and gas industry’s first regional broadband survey of the Barreirinhas basin. ISS will provide a range of services for the Barreirinhas project including port agency…
ISS Wins Contract with NileDutch
Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has won a new liner agency contract with specialist West African container line NileDutch. Under the new contract, ISS Egypt will support NileDutch’s new East Mediterranean to West Africa routes, enhancing NileDutch’s customer service and network in the region.