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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mersey Maritime: Small Business at Heart of Isle of Man Partnership

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO Mersey Maritime; Lars T Ugland, chairman of IOMSA; and Coin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

UK Industry trade body Mersey Maritime has announced a new trade agreement with the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA) which aims to supercharge bilateral trade, particularly among small to medium sized businesses. The agreement was announced at a special reception during the International Festival of Business in Liverpool UK and has resulted from a series of discussions facilitated by the Isle of Man Ship Registry, which is an Executive Club member of Mersey Maritime, and other IoM based companies such as software engineer PDMS, both of which are also involved with IOMSA.

IoM, KR Conclude Class Pilot Project

Dick Welsh

IoM cooperation with the Korean Register (KR) could yield more Asia based tonnage for the Isle of Man ship registry; more than a third of Isle of Man Ship flagged tonnage now operated by ship owners from the Asia Pacific region. The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IoM) recently completed a pilot project with the Korean Register (KR) as a first step towards full recognition of the Korean classification society. The move could mean more Korean owned and classed vessels coming onto the Isle of Man flag in future, IoM said.

Isle of Man Boosts Appoints of Surveyor

The Isle of Man ship Registry has significantly boosted its presence in Asia with the appointment of Geoff Hutcheon (pictured) as its Surveyor in Singapore to serve shipowners in the growing Asia Pacific markets. Geoff Hutcheon will be based in Singapore to cover the statutory requirements for ISM/ISPS/ILO and Flag State Inspections (FSI) on merchant vessels predominantly in the Asia Pacific region, but may also cover other geographical areas as and when required. Geoff is also the head of Idwal Marine Services Singapore operation…

Isle of Man Ship Registry, Toko Maruraku MOU

The Isle of Man Ship Registry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd in Tokyo in order to facilitate the registration and related services to its growing number of Japanese clients. The services that Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd can perform will include the registration of vessel and mortgage registration and the Isle of Man Ship Registry has agreed to provide all the necessary support. The relationship allows Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd to nominate appointed agents to act on behalf of the Isle of Man Ship Registry and they will have the authority to issue documents of the Isle of Man Ship Registry as well as verifying receipt of signed documents.

Bibby Tops IoM Ship Management

Mark Robertshaw

Bibby Ship Management is once again the largest representative for vessels flying the Isle of Man flag in providing representative services for 30% of vessel tonnage registered on the island. This compares with 25% in 2014, according to official statistics. The Isle of Man Ship Registry’s total merchant vessel fleet stands at 407, equating to 14.95m gross tons. From these vessels, Bibby Ship Management has increased its portfolio to 90, an increase of 10 vessels from November 2015.

Isle of Man Registry Backs Seafarers’ Rights

Seafarers’ rights took a significant step forward after a “Declaration of Principles” agreement was signed which gives seafarers serving on Isle of Man-registered ships better living and employment conditions and pay. Formalizing years of hard work to protect seafarers’ interests, the Isle of Man Ship Registry is proud to lead the signing of the tripartite agreement between the Isle of Man Government, the Isle of Man Shipping Association and the seafarers’ representative unions. The “Declaration of Principles”, originally agreed and signed in 2003, has been revised to include recent international developments, taking a big leap towards protecting the lives of seafarers.

Isle of Man Ship Registry Backs Seafarers’ Rights

Registry also strengthens commitment to Asia. Seafarers’ rights took a significant step forward after a “Declaration of Principles” agreement was signed which gives seafarers serving on Isle of Man-registered ships better living and employment conditions and pay. Formalising years of hard work to protect seafarers’ interests, the Isle of Man Ship Registry is proud to lead the signing of the tripartite agreement between the Isle of Man Government, the Isle of Man Shipping Association and the seafarers’ representative unions. The “Declaration of Principles”, originally agreed and signed in 2003, has been revised to include recent international developments, taking a big leap towards protecting the lives of seafarers.

Isle of Man Flag Appoints Raja Ray as BDM, Singapore

Captain Raja Ray

The Isle of Man Ship Registry has appointed Captain Raja Ray as business development manager in Singapore. The senior appointment is aimed at strengthening the flag’s position in the growing shipping markets of Asia Pacific. Captain Raja is a senior maritime professional who spent almost 20 years working for American Eagle Tankers (AET) as master and then ashore in Singapore and London in Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE) positions and also as their Designated Person Ashore (DPA). His most recent posting was Head of AET’s Atlantic fleet in Houston.

Bibby Ship Management Boosts IOM Business

Bibby Ship Management has more than doubled the number of vessels under its Isle of Man statutory management service since last year, according to figures just released. Latest figures issued by the Isle of Man Ship Registry reveal a flagged merchant fleet of 442 vessels, amounting to 16,235,059 total gross metric tons. Bibby Ship Management provides statutory management services to 71 of these vessels, amounting to more than 4 million gross metric tons - a quarter (25%) of the total registry.

Tasmania’s Manx Connection

When the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company purchased its latest Incat-built high speed ferry for service on the Irish Sea it continued a relationship established 22 years ago. In 1987, Incat’s chairman Robert Clifford was invited by naval architects Hart Fenton, acting for then Steam Packet shareholder Sea Containers, to visit the Isle of Man with a view of building a high speed craft to serve the island’s needs. Three years later, in November 1990 the first generation Incat car ferry Hoverspeed Great Britain arrived in the island for trials.

Record Tonnage for Isle of Man Registry

Isle of Man Ship Registry Sails into The Year of The Dragon with Record Tonnage. The Isle of Man ship registry, one of the world’s leading ship registries, just announced record tonnage for the year ending 2011, entering the Year of the Dragon with a bang. Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) is the datum used to compare the world’s ship registers and a year on year comparison shows a 12% increase in total GRT, climbing steadily from 12.36m GRT at the end of 2010 to 13.84m GRT as we enter 2012. With the new numbers, it is now among the top 15 ship registries in the world. This demonstrates significant growth in the larger types of vessels registering given that the register topped 10m GRT for the first time in its history in April 2009.

Liam Means Business for Shipping Cluster

My specific project is to assist the IOMSA in gathering information via an online survey so as to best present what the shipping and maritime sector means to the Isle of Man’s economy

Enterprising student Liam Finch has been putting his summer days to good use by working on an important survey for the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA). Liam, 20, is involved in a project aiming to shed light on the value of the marine industry to the island. He has based himself at the premises of Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd on the Isle of Man Business Park. Bibby commercial director Mark Robertshaw is also vice chairman of the IOMSA and welcomed Liam onboard to undertake the work. Liam, from Derbyhaven, is studying Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Manannan Arrives in the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s latest Incat fast ferry has arrived in her new home waters after completion of a major refit in the United Kingdom. high speed craft on the Irish Sea with greater cruising speed and increased vehicle and passenger capacity than the vessel she replaces. Onboard facilities have been enhanced to include lounges, various bars and eateries, and pre-bookable executive seating which equal or better anything found on similar vessels operating around the British Isles.

Court Rules NGM Cannot Deny Validity of Montanari Gas Ship Charters

The English and Isle of Man courts granted injunctions against Navigator Gas Management (NGM) and Vela Energy Holdings Ltd in a dispute over the proposed long-term chartering of five gas tankers in the Navigator Gas Transport (NGT) fleet managed by NGM. The English injunction forbids NGM from taking any action which amounts to a denial of the existence of the Montanari charters and from suggesting to any third parties that the charters are ineffective. This follows claims made by NGM in the trade press and in brokers' reports that the Montanari charters, concluded on November 30 last year, are invalid. Group. Vela claims to have bought 51 per cent of the shares in Arctic…

Bibby Ship Management Grows in the Offshore Sector

Mark Robertshaw, Managing Director, Bibby Ship Management – Isle of Man

Bibby Ship Management has secured a contract to supply crew management services for Chevron’s floating storage unit, the Alba-FSU. The crew will provide operating, loading and equipment handling services on the Alba Floating Storage vessel. Mark Robertshaw, Managing Director, Bibby Ship Management – Isle of Man said: “This is an important contract for us as it underpins Bibby Ship Management’s continued growth as a trusted business partner in the offshore sector. We invest a great…

Bibby Appoints Rodden as Regional Managing Director

Andrew Rodden (Photo courtesy of Bibby)

Bibby Ship Management has recruited a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him commercial and technical knowledge and experience. Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the U.K. and Isle of Man while managing the support functions and other operational areas within each local business. He will be mainly based in Bibby Ship Management’s Aberdeen office. With 23 years industry experience…

Moore Stephens Offers Financial Services for Superyacht Crew

  Moore Stephens Yachting now provides financial advice and services to yacht crew, ranging from offshore bank accounts to pensions.  For over 100 years, Moore Stephens has a long-standing reputation in the global shipping industry.  Moore Stephens Isle of Man has been active in the superyacht industry for over eighteen years, particularly in the provision of turnkey yachting and VAT solutions.

PDMS Targets Maritime Industry with £1m Deal

Chris Gledhill

Maritime software engineering specialists PDMS Ltd. have announced an agreement for its U.K. subsidiary, Professional Data Management Services (U.K.) Ltd., to acquire certain parts of the business and assets of Maxima Information Group Limited, a subsidiary company within the Castleton Technology group of companies. In a deal worth close to £1 million, the acquisition relates to the ERP, payroll software and ferry ticketing business. PDMS has been developing ICT systems and solutions for the public and private sector for more than 21 years…

Bibby Ship Management 'Girl Power'

(l to r) Nicky Davenport, Jess Kramer, Sarah Ryan, and Sandra Corrigan

Intrepid trekkers – Jess Kramer, Sarah Ryan, Nicky Davenport and Sandra Corrigan have just arrived home from a trip of a lifetime. All four Bibby Ship Management (BSM) Isle of Man employees took part in the Bibby Line Group ‘Giving Something Back’ Dalai Lama Trek in India, in October. The five day trek saw the team reach an altitude of 3,500 meters, camping in some extreme weather, however with such a fantastic support crew keeping the team firmly on the ground the trip was a great success.

MCA Seal of Approval for Videotel Shipboard Security Course

course for ship security officers. force in July 2004, all ships have to appoint a Shipboard Security Officer. seafarers. training package or a video and printed course book. contingency planning. for assessment by independent third-party assessors. flag states is pending. 17 countries have signed up for the course. 2003. complete," said Capt. Vause. difficult. But ship security is a major issue. training.

Idwal Marine Secures Ten Year Contract for Flag Services

Pic: Idwal Marine Services Limited

Idwal Marine announced the signing of a new contract after tender process with the Isle of Man Ship Registry, for the provision of maritime support services, which has been inked for a 10 year term. The Ship registry has developed a new General Inspection regime which is being carried out by the Ship Registry’s own team of surveyors and is supported globally by Idwal Marine in locations such as China, Singapore, Philippines, Brazil, Germany, UK, France, Spain and the USA by the Idwal Marine surveyor network.

Sea Containers Sells Isle of Man Steam Packet

Sea Containers has sold the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to Montagu Private Equity Limited for $233 million, with effect on June 30, 2003. The profit on this transaction will be $100 million, however, the company has decided to establish provisions for the restructuring of its fast ferry business and to reduce the carrying value of certain assets to current market value. Total provisions will be approx. $40 million. The company also advised that its exchange offer of 13% senior notes due 2006 for July 1, 2003 matured 9.5% and 10.5% senior notes had been subscribed in the amount of $22.5 million. The balance of these senior notes ($136.6 million) has been repaid.

Tankship Looted, Released by Pirates in Gulf of Guinea

Tankship 'Energy Centurion' has been released east of Lagos, Nigeria, after theft of 3,000 tons of oil, now heading for a safe port. An official with Golden Energy Management, the Greek company that chartered the ship, told CNN that the Energy Centurion was released Thursday, some 60 miles east of Lagos, Nigeria, and was steaming toward a safe port. The official said all 24 crew members -- mostly Russian -- who are still on board the ship are safe. They were not harmed by the hijackers, he said. The company will also have to evaluate the state of the ship, the official said, after the pirates damaged some electronics and communications equipment. The Isle of Man-flagged vessel was hijacked off the coast of the Togolese capital Lome, where it was anchored.

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