Fees To Be Lowered For HK Ships Calling In China
Hong Kong-registered ships will reportedly pay lower port charges when they call at ports in mainland China starting Jan. 28, officials said. The cuts in charges will vary according to type of vessel. For example, a Hong Kong-registered ship with a net registered tonnage of 50,000 tons could save about 30 percent in port dues when calling at a mainland port. The pact is part of the Hong Kong government's efforts to promote the Hong Kong Shipping Register. In April, the government instituted measures to make the Register more competitive. These included a substantial reduction in the cost of registration and simplified registration procedures while maintaining high standards.
Lloyd's Register Safety Alert
Safety Alert: Acceptance of equipment for use on Singapore-registered ships. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA Singapore) has issued Survey Circular No.1/2012 detailing requirements for acceptance of statutory equipment for use on Singapore-registered ships. ‘Statutory equipment’ means life-saving appliances, marine pollution prevention, fire protection, navigation and radiocommunication equipment as required by IMO conventions such as SOLAS, MARPOL and COLREG.
Singapore Allows Counter-piracy Private Security Guards
The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issues guidance on use of privately contracted armed personnel on board its ships. The guidance is line with the revised interim guidance being promulgated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). by Somalia-based pirates. However, the use of PCASP should not be considered as an alternative to Best Management Practices (BMP) and other protective measures. and ammunition on board Singapore-registered ships is not encouraged given the potential escalation of violence and increased risks of crew injury and fatality. under Singapore's laws if they use their arms on board the ship without lawful excuse, as a person on board is not exempted from criminal liability in respect of any offence that he commits on the ship.
Malta-Registered Ship Engulfed by Flames
The engine room of a Maltese-registered ship transporting chemicals was engulfed by flames off the southwest coast of Ireland, seven and a half miles north of Brandon Head, reported The Irish Times. The fire broke out early on Wednesday morning. The 15 crew members on the 95-metre vessel managed to control the fire. The vessel is now believed to be drifting without power, despite attempts to restart the engine. Two tugboats are on stand-by, awaiting arrangements to bring the vessel ashore. Members of the Coast Guard are at the scene and a specialist crew from the Dublin Fire Brigade were also flown to the area as a safety precaution. The ship had earlier unloaded a cargo of sulphuric acid at Aughinish Island in Co Limerick, according to The Irish Times. Source: MaltaMedia News
Japan to Double Number of Japan-Registered Ships
The government plans to double the number of Japan-registered ships in the next five years in an attempt to stem the rapid decline in the number of such vessels, according to the draft of the Basic Plan on Ocean Policy compiled by the government's Ocean Policy Headquarters. The Japanese government also plans to increase by half the number of Japanese-crewed ships on overseas service over the next 10 years. The basic plan will state that the government will formulate a development plan for ocean energy and mineral resources in fiscal 2008 to establish a unified system to manage the development of marine resources such as petroleum and natural gas. As of 2006, the number of ships registered in Japan dropped below 100, and Japanese on board ships on overseas service numbered less than 3,000.
Philippine Island Ferry Carrying Students Capsizes
Two people died and six were missing after a Philippine island ferry carrying students to a summer camp capsized in turbulent waters near central Romblon Island, the coastguard said on Tuesday. Twenty-eight of the boat's passengers and crew were rescued after the vessel named Sea Gold sank on Monday night. One of those who died was a crewman of a passing South Korean-registered ship, MV Sunny Road, who hit his head against his ship's whaleboat while trying to rescue children from the sinking ferry, the coastguard said.
ClassNK Register Hits 8000 Ships
ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) announced that its register surpassed the 8000 ship milestone, totaling 8036 ships of 206,927,557 gross tons as of the end of August 2012. The Society’s register topped 6000 ships in 1989 and reached 7000 in 2008. With the total number of registered ships topping 8000 vessels this August, more than 1000 ships have been added to the ClassNK Register in just the past 4 years alone In addition to newly built vessels, the large number of vessels transferred from other classification societies has propelled ClassNK’s rapid growth in recent years, and ClassNK remains dedicated to continual improvement of its services to maintain the strong support and trust it has earned from the maritime industry.
Wreck Removal Treaty Comes into Force in Singapore
Skuld Singapore has reminded all members that Singapore has ratified the Wreck Removal Convention (WRC) which entered into force in Singapore on 8 September 2017. "As members will be aware, the WRC requires among other matters owners of ships over 300 GT to have in place insurance to cover the costs of wreck removal. Skuld, like all the clubs within the International Group, has appropriate wreck removal cover available to their members," said a statement from the international mutual marine insurance company.
Malta Opens Investigation into Libya Tanker Incident
The Maltese Government and Transport Malta said they are are investigating the alleged accident involving the Malta registered ship MT Baku, in international waters, off the coast of Libya. The government has been in continuous contact with the owners of the ship and the Libyan authorities, since Sunday evening when the events started to develop. Malta, as the flag State of the ship, made immediate representations with the Libyan Government and it was only after its intervention that the ship sailed to outside Maltese territorial waters. The safety of the crew and the ship was of utmost priority throughout the events. Malta shall continue to pursue the matter with the Libyan authorities in order to ensure that Maltese interests are protected in terms of international maritime law…
Singapore-Registered Ships Expected to Meet ISM Code
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) expects that all ships under the Singapore flag affected by the implementation of Phase II of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, will be able to comply with the Code by the deadline. At present, about 99% of Singapore-registered ships that come under Phase II, have either already attained the necessary certification or are well in the process of doing so. The ISM Code was adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 1993. The Code calls for officers on board vessels and those who manage vessels to develop, implement and continually improve their safety and pollution prevention management, according to a set of specified guidelines.
Sea Trials Show Air Lubrication Delivers Energy Savings
Silverstream Technologies and Shell announced the sea trial of Silverstream Technologies’ new air lubrication technology for ships, the Silverstream System. The sea trials, independently verified by Lloyds Register Ship Performance Team, show net energy efficiency savings in all analyzed cases, the companies reported. Shell funded, and with Silverstream, oversaw the installation of the Silverstream System on the 40,000DWT products tanker MT Amalienborg, owned by the Danish Shipping company Dannebrog Rederi. The trials verified by the Lloyds Register Ship Performance Team showed net average energy efficiency savings of 4.3% and 3.8% for the vessel in ballast and laden conditions respectively.
MPA Confirms No Oil Spilled in Singapore Port
The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore confirmed that no spilled oil has entered Singapore’s port waters after a collision between a cargo vessel and an oil tanker.Some scattered patches of oil sheen were sighted in the Singapore Strait, south of Pulau Sebarok. Two MPA anti-pollution craft were deployed to clean the patches of oil sheen. The Agate collided with Panama-registered ship, Tian Yu, off the east coast of Singapore. The Singapore-registered aframax tanker, Agate, is currently safely anchored about 6 nautical miles (approximately 12km) north east of Horsburgh Lighthouse. Its manager, World Tankers Management, deployed six anti-pollution craft to contain and collect the spilled oil. The spilled oil has been contained within oil booms.
Bolivia's Shipping Hopes Hit Snag
Landlocked Bolivia's attempts to access international shipping business has hit a snag with the suspension of its ship registry office in Greece, representatives of the South American nation's maritime department said. The country, which has been seeking direct access to the sea for the last 120 years since being defeated by Chile, has established an international shipping register through an outpost in the Port of Piraeus over the last 12 months. However, the attempt to secure foreign revenues by registering ships through Greek registrar Pellis Papadopoulos has been suspended, advisor to the Bolivian Ships Registry Hugo Torrijos said.
Liberian Registry Gets USCG Recognition
The Liberian Registry has been admitted to the United States Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 quality incentive program– a distinction enjoyed by only ten percent of foreign-flagged ships calling at U.S. ports - as a result of its excellent port state control record. This recognition of Liberia’s commitment to quality shipping comes at a time of growth and expansion for the registry, which has grown by more than 500 vessels under the management of the U.S.-based Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).Reductions in port state control examinations and streamlined inspection procedures are among the benefits available under the Qualship 21(Quality Shipping for the 21st Century) program to owners of non-U.S.-registered ships calling at U.S.
Chinese Police Check Possible Pirated Ship
Chinese police were checking Friday to see if a Japanese cargo ship commandeered by pirates about four months ago may have been found on its shores, a Japanese shipping industry source said. The 6,594 dwt chemical tanker Global Mars left Malaysia with 17 people aboard on February 22. The Panama-registered ship's crew - seven South Koreans and 10 from Myanmar - were found in mid-March on an island off Phuket, Thailand. South Korea's Maritime Affairs Ministry and a South Korean shipping firm said the ship's last contact was on February 22 when it was some 385 km (240 miles) north of Indonesia. The vessel was reported to have been carrying a cargo of palm oil and is owned by Japan's Global Marine Service Co. Ltd.
Japanese Ship Missing, Feared Hijacked
A Japanese cargo ship with 17 people on board has gone missing near Thailand and is feared hijacked, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said. The 6,594 dwt chemical tanker Global Mars left Malaysia's Port Klang on February 22 for India's Haldia with 6,000 tons of palm oil. Its last reported position on February 23 was west of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, 7 degrees 32 seconds north and 97 degrees 24 seconds east, the IMB said. South Korea's Maritime Affairs Ministry and a South Korean shipping firm said the ship's last contact was on February 22 when it was some 240 miles north of Indonesia. IMB said the fate of the 17 crew of the Panama-registered ship was not known. The crew comprised seven from South Korea and 10 from Mynmar.
U.S., Brazil Close To Shipping Pact
A shipping agreement which was expected to be signed last Wednesday between the U.S. and Brazil reportedly will provide equal access to government business and nullify two taxes that had penalized U.S.-line shippers, U.S. officials said. U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, traveling in South America, said the three-year agreement would return U.S.-Brazil shipping to the "quality relationship" that had prevailed until recently for the last 30 years. Brazil apparently has agreed to drop a separate ship registry that had offered shippers tax breaks for doing business with Brazilian-registered ships. Also, it appears that the Brazilian government has agreed to waive additional taxes levied on goods shipped via U.S.
Liberian Registry Opens Maritime Security Department
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Fire-Damaged Tankship Denied Asian Pacific Port of Refuge
A fire-damaged tankship, 'Maritime Maisie' loaded with hazardous chemicals has become a maritime football in the north Pacific, with Japan and South Korea unwilling to give it refuge even though they risk a wider environmental disaster if it sinks, reports Reuters. The 44,000 dwt tanker, collided with another ship 9 nautical miles off Busan, South Korea, on December 29, 2013, Ying Jinghua, fleet director of MSI Ship Management, which manages the tanker's day-to-day operation informed Reuters. The accident caused a fire when a cargo tank holding the chemical acrylonitrile ruptured.
Malaysian Flag Approves IRClass as RSO
The Maritime Administration of Malaysia has authorised IRClass to act as a‘Recognised Security Organisation’ (RSO) towards verification and approval of ship security plans and issuance/ endorsement of International Ship Security Certificates (ISPS) for ships operating under Malaysian Flag Administration. The latest recognition will now allow IRClass to provide complete statutory certification to Malaysian registered ships, thus improving our services to the Malaysian ship-owners. Malaysia is one of the key flag administrations in the South East Asian region.
USCG Awards Flag of Quality to UK Ship Register
The U.K. Ship Register has become one of only around 20 in the world to keep the prestigious United States Coast Guard (USCG) award for excellence. The register, which is administered by the United Kingdom’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), regulates and inspects the ships that sail under the UK flag. It was recognised for the USCG’s Qualship 21 for 2014-15, thanks to an excellent Port State Control record achieved by U.K.-flagged vessels. Qualship 21 assesses ships’ safety and pollution prevention records and is awarded against a stringent set of criteria, including the requirement for a less-than 1 percent detention ratio over a rolling thee-year average. The award reduces the likelihood that U.K.-registered ships will be proactively targeted for future inspection by U.S.
Greenpeace Stops Ship In France
Greenpeace activists prevented a ship from unloading U.S. genetically modified soybeans on Monday, but allowed a batch of traditional soybeans to be brought ashore, Reuters reported. The freighter Polidefkis P. arrived at this southwestern port city early in the day carrying a 22,000-ton cargo of oilseeds from New Orleans. Militants from the Greenpeace environmentalist group at first tried to stop the boat from docking but later relented amid fears the Greek-registered ship might run aground at low tide. Around 40 activists then prevented the unloading of the cargo by taking over two port cranes. They only let some of the oilseeds off after being told they did not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Damaged Ship Moved From Port Of Miami
CBS4 News has reported that a 300-ft. freighter damaged when it slammed into a seawall has been moved from the Port of Miami to its terminal on the Miami River for repairs, as the investigation continues into the accident which caused the damage. Court Guard officials say they have questioned the crew and the pilot to was guiding the ship to sea from the Miami River, but still have no solid information about what may have caused the accident. The 300-foot freighter was taking on water at the Port of Miami earlier in the day after a large chunk of the Hyber Star’s bow was ripped off in the accident as it exited the Miami River. The ship was using its own power to navigate, but after the accident three tugboats showed up to see if they could help out.