IMO Issues Statement on Situation in Eastern Mediterranean
The IMO issued a satement expressing concern for the safe evacuation by sea of persons affected by the escalation of hostilities in the eastern Mediterranean and for the safety of commercial shipping in the area. Ships in the vicinity have been advised to raise their security level. Source: HK Law
TEN Issues Statement
Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) said a vessel reportedly loading oil from an Iragi port not sanctioned by the United Nations isn't part of the company's fleet.
ClassNK Releases Updates on Ship Recycling
ClassNK has released the latest updates on ship recycling on its website, including information on ship recycling facilities that ClassNK has issued Statements of Compliance (SoC) to so far in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC). Although the HKC has yet to enter into force, several ship recycling facilities have proactively improved their facilities and developed the Ship Recycling Facility Plans (SRFPs) required for a competent authority’s verification according to the HKC in a bid toward safer and greener ship recycling. In response to the growing demand for verification…
ClassNK Certifies More Indian Ship Recyclers
Classification society ClassNK has issued Statements of Compliance (SoC) to two ship recycling facilities in Gujarat, India, Shree Ram Vessel Scrap Pvt. Ltd and Leela Ship Recycling Pvt. Ltd, verifying that the facilities are in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC). Although the HKC has yet to enter into force, Shree Ram and Leela have both carried out substantial improvements to their facilities in a bid toward safer and greener ship recycling as well as developed the Ship Recycling Facility Plans (SRFPs) required for a competent authority’s certification according to the HKC, according to the class society.
EDS Issue Statement on ALSTOM Announcement
EDS today gobal specialist in energy and transport infrastructure, to provide information technology (IT) infrastructure and applications services. Once signed, the contract may rank among the largest IT agreements in the history of the manufacturing and energy industries. Under the outsourcing agreement, EDS would manage ALSTOM's IT infrastructure and applications in 14 countries -- Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and U.S. Approximately 1,300 ALSTOM employees in these countries would be transferred to EDS. The EDS agreement is expected to reduce ALSTOM's IT costs while delivering improved operational efficiency and higher IT service and quality levels.
Costa Concordia Claim Attorneys Comment on Captain's Apology
The public apology of Captain Schettino while indicating that he is taking a sliver of responsibility for the tragedy, fails to demonstrate any genuine remorse for what occurred. Indeed, he admitted to being distracted by his cellular phone, but his apology fails to address the fact that the maneuvering of the boat so close to shore was a premeditated act, which had been done on previous occasions and with apparent permission or on direction of the company he worked for. Holly Ostrov Ronai, Esq. stated that "Captain Schettino's apology is just a start. Ronai & Ronai, LLP, recently filed suit in the United States on behalf of the Hungarian Concordia victims, asking for damages of 200 million dollars. Peter Ronai, Esq.
Horizon Lines Reiterate Support for Jones Act
Horizon Lines, Inc. today issued the following statement from interim President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen H. Horizon Lines is, and always has been, a very staunch supporter of the Jones Act and all of its requirements. The Jones Act stipulates that cargo shipped between two U.S. ports must be transported on vessels that are American-made, American-flagged, at least 75% American-owned and predominantly American crewed. We fully support these requirements and steadfastly believe they are vital to American economic…
Jiangsu Changrong Earns ClassNK Ship Recycling Certification
Classification society ClassNK has issued a Statement of Compliance (SOC) to Jiangsu Changrong Steel Co. Ltd. in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (Hong Kong Convention). This makes Jiangsu Changrong Steel Co. Ltd. the fourth facility in the world to earn such certification in line with the Hong Kong Convention. Jiangsu Changrong Steel is a ship recycling facility located on the Yangtze River in China’s Jiangsu Province. In order to carry out safer and more environmentally friendly ship recycling, the yard worked closely with nearby ship shipbuilding and repair yard Chengxi Shipyard (Xinrong) Co.…
Customs Service Commissioner Issues Statement Regarding EU
The European Commission issued a statement in Brussels, saying that the Commission had started infringement proceedings against four member states for signing agreements with the United States to implement the Container Security Initiative. It is regrettable that at a time of heightened concern for potential terrorist activity, the European Commission has chosen to take action against its member states for participating in the Container Security Initiative (CSI). CSI is the only formal program in operation today that is designed to both detect and deter terrorists from exploiting the vulnerabilities of containerized cargo. This is an issue of national security. These member states have undertaken this initiative to help protect the global trading system from acts of terrorism. The U.S.
Chembulk Tankers Issues USD 200mln Bond
Chembulk Tankers announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Chembulk Holding LLC, has priced USD 200 million in senior secured bonds which will carry a coupon of 8.00% and be due in February 2023. The net proceeds from the bond offering will be used for refinancing of existing bank debt and general corporate purposes. In addition, this bond offering contains a tap issuance feature, where Chembulk can expand the issue amount at a future date to a maximum of USD 250 million, subject to standard issuance tests.
Transas Holds Most Advanced Certificates
On December 18, 2012 Det Norske Veritas (Norway) issued statement of compliance for the Transas navigational and DP simulators. As a result, the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 holds the most advanced certificates set in the maritime simulator industry; it has been certified as a Bridge Operation Simulator Class A with class notation “Integrated simulator system, NAUT AW (SIM), DYNPOS – AUT (SIM), HSC, TUG, ICE, AHTS” and Dynamic Positioning Simulator Class A as per the latest edition of Standard for Certification of Maritime Simulators No. 2.14 January 2011. Transas is the first manufacturer to acquire DNV approval of an anchor-handling operations module according to the latest standard.
A&B Issues Statement on Hawaii Earthquake
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. "As many of you are aware, an earthquake struck the Hawaiian Islands this morning. The undersea quake, which was centered off of the island of Hawaii (the "Big Island"), struck at 7:07 am local time and was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks. Thankfully, initial reports indicate that casualties were limited and that there were no fatalities. As always, A&B stands ready to assist and support its employees, customers and fellow Hawaii citizens in dealing with the aftermath of the quake. "Fortunately, A&B's operations and real estate properties avoided any serious interruptions or damage as a result of the earthquake, and our terminal operations and agricultural facilities continue to operate.
Ex-US Navy Officers Face Negligent Homicide Charges over Ship Collisions
The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday. Filing charges against the officers marks the Navy’s latest effort to address the problems that led to collisions involving its warships in Asia, in which 17 sailors were killed. The Navy has already dismissed several senior officers, including the commander of the Seventh Fleet, as a result of the collisions.
Iranian Warship Crashes at Caspian Port, Two Crew Missing
An Iranian warship crashed into concrete wave breakers at a port in the Caspian Sea and two of its crew members are missing, according to local media reports. The 100-meter long warship, called Damavand, crashed at the harbour town of Bandar Anzali during stormy seas which kicked up waves as high as four meters, Gilnegah, a website focused on news about the northern province of Gilan, reported. Six crew members from the warship were initially knocked into the water during the accident and four were recovered from the sea. Pictures posted on Gilnegah show the damaged warship listing to one side near wave breakers that protect the port. No official statement has been issued on the number of dead or injured from the accident.
Maersk Aims to Raise Aisia-Europe Freight Rates
The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it planned to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $450 per 20-foot container (TEU). The new rates will take effect from Aug. 1, the company told Reuters in an email on Friday. A container freight derivatives broker said most of the ten biggest container shipping companies are aiming for higher rates from Aug. 1, even though some have not issued statements. Higher rates on the busiest freight routes between Asia and northern Europe would help companies…
Live Oak Plans LNG Plant on Calcasieu Channel
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Martin Houston, Chairman of Live Oak LNG, has announced a new natural gas liquefaction and export project, up to a $2 billion investment, to be developed in the Calcasieu waterway. The $2 billion plant will be located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel and will create 100 direct jobs and 385 indirect jobs, the governor said. The permanent jobs will pay an average salary of about $75,000. About 1,000 construction workers will be hired. The mid-sized…
Magufuli Bans Registration of Foreign Ships in Tanzania
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Friday put a temporary ban on the registration of foreign ships in the country and ordered over 400 vessels to be investigated for allegations of involvement in criminal activity. The ban came after at least five foreign-owned ships flying Tanzania's flag were seized in various parts of the world carrying illegal consignments of weapons and narcotics. The maritime authority in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar has in previous years been…
Royal Caribbean Issues Statement Regarding Millennium
Celebrity Cruises has been working in cooperation with Chantiers de l'Atlantique, the builder of its newest ship, Millennium, to evaluate the ship's performance. The ship is equipped with the cruise industry's first gas turbine engines, and testing has demonstrated that Millennium has unusually low levels of noise and vibration. However, testing also has shown that under certain unusual sea conditions a vibration could be felt within certain areas of the ship. While this has not been, and is not expected to be, a problem on the ship's current European sailings, it is possible that the sea conditions in question could be more prevalent in the Caribbean. Therefore, Celebrity is working with the ship's builder to resolve the matter prior to its sailing in the Caribbean this winter.
Iranian Tanker Produces 2 Slicks in East China Sea
An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a slick of 69 square km (26.6 square miles) and a second 40 square km (15.4 square miles) slick, which is less thick and not as concentrated, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement late on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday…
Niger Delta Avengers: Attacks Against Nigeria's Oil Sector Coming
Nigerian militant group Niger Delta Avengers said on Wednesday it will launch attacks on the country's oil sector in the next few days. "This round of attacks will be the most deadly and will be targeting the deep sea operations of the multinationals," it said in a statement on its website. In November, the group, which attacked oil facilities in 2016, said it had ended a ceasefire. Reporting by Tife Owolabi
ClassNK Launches MLC Consulting Service
April 12 (Tokyo) – ClassNK has begun offering a new consulting service for the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006. The launch of this new service comes just as shipowners are beginning to practically address the requirements of the new convention, and as ClassNK moves to expand its services in maritime consulting. The MLC lays out a broad range of new regulations covering the working conditions and living environments of ships crews, and will enter effect 12 months after being formally ratified.
Santos Port to Suspend Shipments of Live Animals
The company that operates Latin America’s largest port in the Brazilian city of Santos said on Friday it will suspend shipments of live animals. The company detailed its decision in a letter seen by Reuters that was sent by state-run Companhia Docas do Estado de São Paulo to a congressman. A press officer at Codesp, as the state-run operator is known, said the letter was authentic. Later, the company sent a statement confirming the suspension. The statement said that kind of operation…
After Florida, more States Press US for Offshore Drilling Exemptions
Governors and other officials from several U.S. coastal states ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan, hours after the Interior Department granted Florida's request to opt out. The backlash could complicate President Donald Trump's efforts to expand oil and gas production offshore. A proposed leasing plan unveiled last week aims to open up all U.S. coasts to drillers over the next five years. Alaska and Maine are the only two U.S. states whose governors have expressed support for the plan.