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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Trelleborg Acquires US Marine Fender Company

Photo: Maritime International

Swedish based Trelleborg AB has finalized the acquisition of Maritime International, Inc., a U.S. based privately owned designer and manufacturer of marine fender systems and other quay accessories. The transaction will be consolidated as of October 15, 2015. Trelleborg said the bolt-on acquisition aims to strengthen its presence in berthing, docking and mooring in North America as part of its strategy to improve its position in attractive market segments. “With the acquisition…

Wiswall Receives International Maritime Prize

Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior (Photo: IMO)

Maritime lawyer Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice President (Honoris Causa) of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), has received the International Maritime Prize for 2015 for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. Presenting the Prize, during a ceremony at IMO Headquarters on Monday, December 5, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted Dr. Wiswall's dedication and leadership in the field of international maritime law over several decades…

Latest DofD Contracts

Amongst the latest Department of Defense contracts is a Navy contract for Maritime International Inc. to supply mooring equipment, and a US Army Corps of Engineers maintenance dredging contract for Manson Construction. Maritime International Inc., Broussard, La., is being awarded a $47,502,090 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement triangular and cylindrical fender separators, DDG ship separators, Kevlar straps, and related contract support services for mooring equipment at shipyards inside and outside of the United States. Fiscal 2013 other procurement, Navy and fiscal 2013 operations and maintenance…

Waldron Represents Blank Rome in Ferries 2003 Presentation

Blank Rome LLP has announced that Jonathan K. Waldron, Chair of the Maritime Group, participated in the New Operators Seminar at the Ferries 2003 Presentation Program on November 12–14, 2003 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Waldron specializes in maritime, international and environmental law. His practice involves all aspects of marine transportation regulatory and environmental compliance matters. He regularly counsels and represents clients in matters involving legislative and regulatory affairs related to vessel and facility operations, security, pollution, coastwise trade and criminal defense matters. Waldron is a member of the Maritime Law Association and frequently speaks and writes on matters related to his practice areas.

Maritime Lawyer Dr. Frank Wiswall Gets 2015 International Maritime Prize

Image: International Maritime Organization

The prestigious International Maritime Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice-President (Honoris Causa) Comité Maritime International (CMI), for his contribution to the work of IMO over many years. The IMO Council has decided to award the Prize, noting Dr. Wiswall's personal contribution to the work of IMO, leading IMO’s Legal Committee as it developed a number…

Maritime Attorney Matthew J. Thomas Joins Blank Rome

Matthew J. Thomas: Photo credit Blank Rome

Matthew J. Thomas has joined Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the maritime, international trade, and public contracts group. Blank Rome inform that Mr. Thomas has more than twenty years of experience in maritime and international trade regulation and government affairs, representing leading shipowners, energy and trading companies, ports, P&I clubs, shipyards, and marine terminal operators. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Mr. Thomas was a maritime attorney at Am Law 100 and 200 firms…

Former Greek Navy Commander Joins AdvanFort

AdvanFort Company appointed Nicholas-Andrew Iliopoulos business development director. Mr. Iliopoulos is a former Greek Navy Lt. Commander and a master mariner who for nearly a decade served as the personal liaison of HM the late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan to the seafaring community. “Nicholas Iliopoulos’s selection literally covers the waterfront as well as those seas of opportunity on distant shores,” said Captain William H. Watson, AdvanFort’s president. Since 2009, Mr. Iliopoulos has been a resident instructor at the Dalian Maritime University in China in addition to being an international representative for Videotel Maritime International. Receiving the accolades of colleagues and business representatives around the world, Mr.

Robert Clyne Gets Outstanding Professional Achievement Award

John Artzen, Chairman of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Alumni Association (far left), Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN, Ret., Maritime Administrator (third from left), and Rear Admiral James Helis, USMS, USMMA Superintendent (far right), present the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award to Robert Clyne, ABS Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Photo: ABS

Robert (Bob) Clyne, ABS Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary , was recognized with the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for his distinguished accomplishments as a graduate who best exemplifies the finest tradition of Kings Point – Acta Non Verba – and lending honor and prestige to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. “Bob is most deserving of this recognition,” said ABS Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Wiernicki. Clyne began his career at ABS working in various positions from 1982 to 1988.

Kongsberg Maritime Acquires SMSC

Photo: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract to buy the Trondheim-based ship simulation and consultancy company, Ship Modelling & Simulation Centre AS (SMSC). The acquisition is expected to be completed January 2016. “More sophisticated vessel operations have contributed to an increasing focus on training to enhance safety and efficiency,” said CEO of Kongsberg Maritime, Geir Håøy. “SMSC fits perfectly into our business and will complement our existing product and service portfolio well.

Tajikistan to Use Caspian Sea

Photo: Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping

Tajikistan is interested in supplying cargoes to international markets through the Caspian Sea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to Azerbaijan to Azerbaijan Soli Rustam said during his visit to the Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ACS). ACS Chairman of the Shipping Rauf Veliyev informed the guest about the activities, carried out in Azerbaijan in the field of maritime transport, the successes, achieved in the process of updating the fleets, and the contribution of AZerbaijan to the development of transport corridors.

BIMCO to go by York-Antwerp Rules 2016

Søren Larsen Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO

BIMCO’s Documentary Committee, who met in Copenhagen yesterday, have agreed that all new and revised BIMCO charter parties and bills of lading will now refer to general average being adjusted in accordance with the new York-Antwerp Rules (YAR) 2016. The YAR 2016 were adopted by the Assembly of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) at its 42nd International Conference held last week in New York. The YAR 2016 largely reflect the YAR 1994, which BIMCO has to date recommended as the basis for general average adjustments…

Huffman Joins Blank Rome in Houston

Jay T. Huffman (Photo: Blank Rome)

Blank Rome LLP announced that Jay T. Huffman has joined the Firm as an associate in the Maritime, International Trade, and Public Contracts group. He is based in the Firm’s Houston office. Huffman joins Blank Rome from Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P. He concentrates his practice in maritime and energy-related litigation matters, including state and federal cases involving MARPOL violations, collisions, cargo contamination, Jones Act, OCSLA, and LHWCA defense. He also has experience handling serious marine incident investigations…

Maritime Lawyers Join Forces with Shipowners

New Brochure highlights importance of FAL Convention, as IMO Facilitation Committee meets in London. A copy of the new ICS, ISF and CMI Campaign Brochure is attached, and contains additional information about the international Conventions to which this PR refers. The Comité Maritime International (CMI) – the international association for maritime lawyers – has joined forces with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Shipping Federation (ISF) - which represent the operators of over 80% of the world merchant fleet - to promote those key international maritime Conventions which they believe are vital for governments to ratify and implement as soon as possible.

Safe Transfer of Wind Farm Personnel

James Fisher and Sons plc announces the launch of two new exciting products to assist in the safe transfer of personnel during offshore wind farm operations. Fendercare Marine and Strainstall, members of James Fisher and Sons plc, in conjunction with Maritime International have launched two new products – the Eco-Fender range and the Vessel Motion Monitoring System, both specifically targeted  to assist in the safe transfer of personnel during offshore wind farm operations. Fendercare in conjunction with Strainstall…

Seagull Releases Revised ISF Electronic Training Record Books

Seagull released revised versions of the four International Shipping Federation (ISF) Training Record Books. Seagull and the ISF signed a landmark agreement last November allowing Seagull to utilise electronic versions of the training record books in conjunction with its Competence Manager software. The revised training record books take full account of new competence requirements of the STCW 2010 Manila amendments, which came into force on January 1 2012, requiring shipping operators to maintain documentary evidence of structured onboard training for trainees seeking certification as Able Seafarer Deck (formerly Able Seaman) and Able Seafarer Engine (formerly Motorman) in addition to trainees seeking to qualify as ship’s officers (Cadets).

Charter Party Laytime Definitions Updated

Uncertainties in laytime definitions currently used in charter parties have been addressed in the latest Laytime Definitions of Charter Parties 2013, created by a shipping industry working group consisting of BIMCO, the Baltic Exchange, Comitė Maritime International (CMI) and the Federation of National  Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents  (FONASBA). The new document sets out statements of meaning of words and phrases commonly used in the context of laytime and reflects contemporary market understanding based on the current state of English law. Separate meanings have been given to the different formulations of phrases such as “Weather Working” day…

New Orleans Port to Host Maritime Workforce Summit

Port NOLA

Designed to expand awareness of the economic impact of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River and highlight career opportunities and pathways, the Summit will feature an array of speakers from industry and academia, along with a panel discussion on how industry can collaborate with educators to fulfill current and future workforce opportunities. “This Summit is designed to educate community stakeholders of the economic impact of trade, transportation and logistics throughout…

Road Map to Boost Singapore Maritime Industry

Dr Lam Pin Min, SMS, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, at the PSA ‘Intelligent Port of the Future’ Exhibition showcasing the transformation of port operations through technology and innovation. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, launched the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map (ITM) at the annual Singapore Maritime Foundation New Year Cocktail Reception. Developed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in partnership with the industry, unions and other government agencies, the Sea Transport ITM builds on MPA’s strategic long term plans to develop Singapore’s next-generation port and strengthen our international maritime centre (IMC).

Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations

Photo: Transport Canada

Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities. To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north, Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada's domestic legislation.

Lauritzen Reflags Two Gas Carriers to Denmark

Photo: J. Lauritzen A/S

Lauritzen Kosan has reflagged two of its ships to Denmark for the first time since 2003. The registers of the two vessels, the Helena Kosan and the Linda Kosan, have been changed to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) as they begin a period time charter which will require an EU flag. “The reflagging of these two gas carriers to Denmark is driven by commercial arguments, and it goes to show that the Danish flag is now very close to being as competitive as Malta, Singapore and the Isle of Man.

IMO Secretary-General Comments on Sanchi Tanker Disaster

Kitack Lim. Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim said that  his organization's thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing from the oil tanker Sanchi, following a reported collision off the coast of China. "I send my deepest sympathies to all their families and loved one," he said in a statement. Lim commended those involved in the international search and rescue operations so far and in the efforts to battle the fire and contain pollution from the ship. “This is an ongoing situation which we are monitoring.

ICS Pushing For Balanced Update of York Antwerp Rules

Courtesy ICS

At the Comité Maritime International (CMI) Conference, in New York this week, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will be pressing to ensure that the proposed revision of the York Antwerp Rules of General Average delivers a clear improvement on the present system and does not touch on fundamental principles. ‘General Average’ is a method of equitably allocating and spreading the costs of dealing with a maritime casualty among the parties that benefit from the ship and cargo being saved.

Capital Product Partners Buys Aframax

Photo: Capital Product Partners L.P.

Capital Product Partners has announced that its Board of Directors has approved the acquisition of the eco-type crude tanker ‘Aristaios' (112,800 dwt, Ice Class 1C, built 2017, Daehan Shipbuilding, S. Korea) for a total consideration of $52.5 million from the Partnership's sponsor, Capital Maritime & Trading. The M/T ‘Aristaios' is currently employed under a time charter to Tesoro Far East Maritime Company (‘Tesoro') at a gross daily rate of $26,400. The Tesoro charter commenced in January 2017 with duration of five years +/- 45 days.

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