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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Agreement News

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.

Greece Delegates New Authority to RS

A new agreement governing the delegation of authority for statutory surveys of ships flying the Greek flag and shipping companies was signed between the Ministry of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean (Maritime Administration) of the Hellenic Republic and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS). The new agreement superseded the previous one of 2009. The additions and amendments to the text of the new agreement are mainly related to the provisions of the national legislation of Greece and expanding the RS authority, particularly in respect of special-purpose ships, passenger coastal ships, fishing vessels coming under the EU Directive 97/70/EC…

MarAd Vietnam Sign New Bilateral Maritime Agreement

U.S. maritime shippers, carriers and port operators will have far-reaching access to Vietnam’s rapidly expanding markets for transportation services, thanks to a new agreement signed today by U.S. Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton and Vuong Dinh Lam, Vietnam’s national maritime administration chairman. Under the terms of the new agreement, U.S. companies may acquire a controlling 51 percent share in joint venture enterprises, such as partnering arrangements between U.S. and Vietnamese companies. The agreement also allows U.S. companies to take a lead role in providing a wide range of maritime services including cargo agency, cargo documentation, cargo management, ocean freight forwarding, storage and warehouse services, and container station and depot services.

SBM Offshore to Employ Aspen Applications

Aspen Technology, Inc. announced that SBM Offshore has signed a multi-year license agreement to expand its use of AspenTech's engineering solutions. The new agreement provides access to applications including Aspen HYSYS and the Aspen HYSYS Upstream option which are key components of the integrated aspenONE for Oil & Gas solutions. SBM will use the applications to support the design and optimization of new and existing oil and gas production facilities. Earlier agreements were signed by several SBM Offshore Group companies - GustoMSC, SBM-Imodco and Single Buoy Moorings - in which they adopted Aspen HYSYS as their standard simulation platform.

New Union Agreement for Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and the Philadelphia Metal Trades Council aannounced that a new collective bargaining agreement between the union and the shipyard has been ratified by the Philadelphia Metal Trades membership. The new agreement comes after months of determined negotiations between the yard and union leadership and will be effective through January 31, 2011. On the new agreement Dave Meehan, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard President and CEO, remarked, "Our union employees are the backbone of our shipyard, and their hard work and dedication to their crafts are evidenced in the ships we build. This agreement speaks to the commitment of both parties to work together building on our accomplishments to date and looking to the future.

SpeedCast Partners to Expand Satellite Mobility Portfolio

SpeedCast International Limited has established a distributor agreement with Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator. The new agreement brings new options for satellite mobility solutions for SpeedCast’s global customer base and expands SpeedCast’s mobility product portfolio. Under the agreement, SpeedCast will now have access to Thuraya’s portfolio of innovative mobile satellite products and services, including Thuraya SatSleeve, XT satellite phones, land and maritime broadband terminals.

Raytheon Anschütz, Wärtsilä Supply Agreement

The German navigation system supplier Raytheon Anschütz has signed a new agreement with Wärtsilä Corporation, Finland. According to the new agreement, Raytheon Anschütz will supply their Integrated Bridge Systems for Wärtsilä’s total ship system solutions. “We see an increasing demand for larger ship solutions including machinery, automation and navigation", said Andreas Lentfer, Business Development Director at Raytheon Anschütz. Within the agreement Raytheon Anschütz will supply complete Integrated Bridge Systems. Wärtsilä intends to make its integrated packages, combining navigation and automation systems, available for all types of vessels. Wärtsilä services will be backed-up by the global Raytheon Anschütz service network and the central service coordination in Kiel.

Viking to Upgrade, Service Topaz Life Rafts

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Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel (OSV) company, and marine and fire safety equipment company VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has jointly announced the signing of a multimillion dollar, 10-year life-raft servicing agreement. Under the terms of the contract, Viking will upgrade all of Topaz’s current life rafts and manage the ongoing servicing and certification of Topaz’s life raft fleet. “This agreement significantly enhances our ability to operate safely which is a top priority for Topaz and for our clients” says Topaz CEO, René Kofod-Olsen.

Manitowoc Reaches Agreement On Options for Lighterage System

Company, Inc. with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Department of the U.S. on options for the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS). unit was delivered in the third quarter of 2005. value of $360 million. "Our solid partnership with the Department of the U.S. this new agreement," said Robert P. Herre, president of Manitowoc Marine. Marine's contribution and investment in the INLS program. Basing in the 21st Century.

OSG's FSO Joint Venture signs New Agreement

Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. has announced that a new service agreement has been signed with Maersk Oil Qatar AS ("MOQ") for FSO Africa, a floating storage and offloading service vessel (FSO) jointly owned by OSG and Euronav N.V. (Euronext Brussels: EURN). The new agreement, which supersedes the previous FSO Africa contract, has a firm term of five years commencing October 1, 2012 and provides MOQ with an extension option for an additional term of either one or two years. In addition to the extension of the minimum contract term by over four years, the new agreement provides for an increase in the daily hire rate earned in each firm contract year to the same daily hire rate schedule as for the existing MOQ service contract for FSO Asia, its sister vessel.

Carnival Extends Deal with Port of New Orleans

The 3,646-passenger Carnival Dream (left) and the Carnival Elation are pictured berthed at the Port's Erato Street and Julia Street Cruise Terminals in April. The Carnival Dream sails year-round seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries from New Orleans, while the Carnival Elation sails year-round four- and five-day itineraries to Mexico. (Photo Port of New Orleans)

The Port of New Orleans and Carnival Cruise Lines signed a new agreement that will keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing at least two ships year-round from New Orleans through 2019. The new agreement supersedes a 2013 three-year extension and offers three one-year options that could guarantee Carnival homeports at least two ships of equal or greater size than the Dream Class and Fantasy Class ships sailing from the Port today through 2022. The new agreement began July 1, 2014.

Rem Offshore Extends Veripos Positioning Contract

Photo courtesy Rem Offshore

Aberdeen-based Veripos, suppliers of high-precision GNSS positioning services for offshore applications, is to provide dedicated positioning support for a number of Platform Supply vessels (PSVs) operated by Rem Offshore, the specialist Norwegian company which maintains a global fleet of ships. Under the new agreement, which extends present contract arrangements between the two companies, Veripos will provide the PSVs with a combination of its proprietary Standard and Standard2 GNSS data augmentation positioning services…

Lloyd’s Register and Teekay Enter New Agreement

Lloyd’s Register has entered into an agreement with Teekay Shipping Corporation to class 11 of its Aframax tankers. In addition, Teekay has chosen Lloyd’s Register to class two of its Aframax newbuildings to be built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd in South Korea. These vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2004. Commenting on this new agreement, Alan Gavin, Marine Director at Lloyd’s Register said: “After a short absence, Lloyd’s Register is delighted to have re-established its relationship with Teekay. We look forward to working closely with Teekay in the future to meet their classification and statutory certification needs.”

MAN Diesel & Turbo Signs License Agreement at SMM

MAN Diesel & Turbo has signed a four-stroke license agreement with Rong An Power Machinery, a Chinese marine engine manufacturer. Dr. Stephan Timmermann, Executive Board Member MAN Diesel & Turbo, and David Deng, President Rong An, signed the new agreement on behalf of their respective companies on 7 September 2010 in a ceremony at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s stand at the SMM international marine trade fair in Hamburg. Rong An previously signed a two-stroke license agreement with MAN Diesel & Turbo in September 2008.  

EUKOR Contract Extended

The new freight agreement runs until 2016, with an intention for a further four year extension. Under the new agreement, EUKOR will lift 100% of the volumes out of Korea until 2010. After this, EUKOR will carry the majority of the volume.

Viking Takes Safety Servicing Offshore

Benny Carlsen, VP Offshore, Viking Life-Saving Equipment

The new, transparent multi-year service agreement concept from Viking revolutionizes the way offshore owners and operators solve the difficulties of managing multiple brands, equipment types and regulatory approvals for safety equipment and servicing. Handling safety equipment servicing is often regarded as a time-consuming and hard-to-budget headache for offshore vessel and infrastructure owners and operators. In fact, the range of products and servicing agreements can be a minefield of hidden costs and complexities even for the most experienced of safety managers.

Cory, Unimar Partnership

Cory Brothers Shipping Agency, announced a partnership agreement with Unimar Agenciamentos Marítimos Ltda of Brazil. The new agreement commences on the 26th February 2010. (www.cory.co.uk) (www.unimaragency.com.br)

ABS And Russian Register Sign New Bilateral Agreement

A new bilateral agreement that extends the long-standing agreement on cooperation between ABS and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has been signed by the two societies in St Petersburg (Russia). The wide ranging, cooperative agreement principally addresses the provision of field surveys for ships and floating structures in service and under construction, design approval, technical documentation and certification of materials and products. Signing the new agreement were Dr. Sergey S. Koshchy, Senior Vice-General Director of RS, and Antonio Lino Costa, Vice-President of ABS. “Our two societies have a long history of bilateral cooperation and of working closely together as members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS),” said Dr. Koshchy. Dr.

Marlink Contract with Grimaldi Group

Satellite communications provider Marlink has signed a new contract with Italian Shipping Company the Grimaldi Group. The new agreement, secured during this year's Nor-Shipping, includes delivery and installation of Marlink's Sealink Ku-band services onboard six Grimaldi passenger vessels operating throughout the Mediterranean. Marlink is one of few maritime satellite communications providers to have obtained general authorizations issued by the Italian Government for use with its Italian customers. This permits the enabling of satellite network services on Italian flagged vessels with a VSAT onboard. (www.marlink.com)

Marlink and Grimaldi Sign Contract

Satellite communications provider Marlink has signed a new contract with Italian Shipping Company the Grimaldi Group. The new agreement, secured during this year's Nor-Shipping, includes delivery and installation of Marlink's Sealink Ku-band services onboard six Grimaldi passenger vessels operating throughout the Mediterranean.

ClassNK Earns Authorization From Norway

Top class society granted RO status at Tokyo ceremony. The Government of Norway officially recognized ClassNK as its newest Recognized Organization (RO) at a special signing ceremony held at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo on 8 November 2011. Deputy Minister Rikke Lind of Norway’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, and ClassNK Chairman & President Noboru Ueda signed the agreement, which grants the Tokyo-based classification society the authority to perform surveys and issue certificates for Norwegian flagged vessels.

Aussie Tug Engineers take Deal, Cancel Strike

Tug engineers withdrew plans to strike at Port Hedland, Australia's biggest iron ore port, tug operator Teekay Shipping said on Thursday, removing a threat to exports from BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. The Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers (AIMPE) a day earlier had given notice of a four-hour stoppage to come on Nov. 22, after rejecting an enterprise agreement offering additional annual leave and three annual 2 percent wage hikes. But Teekay said AIMPE has agreed to a new enterprise agreement and withdrew its notice of industrial action. It did not disclose terms of the new agreement. "The AIMPE have endorsed the proposed enterprise agreement, which will be provided to the engineers for their review and vote to approve it," Teekay said in a statement.

Wärtsilä, Maran Gas Extends Maintenance Contract

The technically advanced LNG installations require professional maintenance to ensure operational reliability. Wärtsilä will provide maintenance to Maran Gas Maritime's 21 TFDE LNG carriers. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä and Maran Gas Maritime (MGM) extend their current cooperation with a five-year maintenance agreement covering the maintenance of MGM's 21 TFDE (tri-fuel diesel electric) LNG carriers that are equipped with Wärtsilä 50DF engines. Maran Gas Maritime Inc. is the LNG shipping unit of the Angelicoussis Shipping Group and one of the major players in the worldwide LNG transportation. The group company operates a fleet of approximately 130 merchant vessels globally with 33 of these being LNG vessels - 21 of which are TFDE.

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