First SA Cargo Ship Registered
Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy. Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s maritime sector’s history books when it was confirmed as the home of the country’s first registered vessel since 1985. The city is already home to the country’s first higher education and research institute, the SA International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) based at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Two Singaporean Boats Detained by Indonesia
Two Singapore-registered vessels have been detained in Indonesia the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said. The sole Singaporean who was caught along with those ships is a marine surveyor and he returned to Singapore on March 16. MPA also said it was assisting Indonesia in the investigations of the two separate incidents. Recent media reports had quoted that four Singapore-registered vessels and four Singaporeans were detained. Indonesia said it had detained a total of four Singapore-registered ships in two incidents in early March…
OFAC – North Korean Vessels – U.S. Ownership Prohibition
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the regulations to prohibit US persons from registering vessels in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [North Korea] or otherwise obtaining authorization for a vessel to fly the North Korean flag. US persons are already prohibited from owning, leasing, operating, or insuring any North Korean vessel. The amendment is effective immediately. 72 Fed. Reg. 4960 Source: HK Law
MAIB Reports Zero UK-flag Ship Losses in 2011, Fishing Boats More Prone
There was a wide variety of accidents to merchant vessels investigated during 2011. For the second year in succession there were no UK registered ship losses and the number of accidents, as a ratio of the size of the fleet, was the lowest recorded by MAIB. The number of fatalities on UK registered vessels >100gt (5) has risen slightly compared with 2010, but is still low, and the number of injuries to crew is at its lowest ever level. A further 8 seafarers lost their lives on foreign registered vessels while operating in UK waters, including 6 from the Cook Islands registered bulk carrier Swanland, which sank in heavy weather off the north Wales coast in November. The number of fishing vessels lost, 24, is the highest number recorded by the MAIB since 2005.
Liberia to Receive Preferential Flag Status with Respect to Chinese Tonnage Dues
Pursuant to the Maritime Transport Agreement signed between the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China on 3 November 2015, Liberia will be added to the preferential list of countries when determining the tonnage dues for vessels calling Chinese ports effective as from 14 February 2016. The Agreement serves to further develop friendly relations between the two governments and strengthen their cooperation in the field of maritime transport on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, freedom of navigation and the principle of non-discrimination.
Hitachi Completes Bulk Carrier for Golden Door
Hitachi Zosen Maizuru Works has completed the Golden Nerina, a 75,484-dwt bulk carrier, for Golden Door Corporation of Liberia. The Panamanian-registered vessel was delivered on August 5 and is equipped with an energy-efficient Hitachi Zosen-MAN-B&W6S60MC (MK-6) type main diesel engine, as well as the Hitachi Zosen Super Stream Duct (SSD) at its stern. According to Hitachi, the dwt and cargo capacity of the Golden Nerina is considerably greater than previously built vessels. It is also the fourth bulk carrier in a sequence built with an ABS Safe Hull.
Shetland Coast Guard Assists Tanker
The Shetland Coast Guard tug, Anglian Monarch, is currently on route to a tanker Sten Odin which has broken down 39 miles south west of Sumburgh Head. The tug is expected on scene at about midday. The Norwegian registered vessel, which has sixteen crew on board, is drifting north east at a rate of two knots. It has a mixed cargo of 8494 tons of gas oil and Jet A1 (aviation fuel) on board.
AMSA Check 'Sam Simon' After Whaling Protests
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) surveyors inspect Sea Shepherd Australia’s 'Sam Simon' and interview crew in Williamstown. AMSA's interest stems from reports of a number of alleged incidents in the Southern Ocean in February 2013. 'Sam Simon' is the only Australian-flagged (registered) vessel involved in the reported incidents which included reports of collisions and pollution by vessels and is subject to Australian law. The investigation will include an inspection of the Sam Simon, examination of available documents and records, and interviews with crew.
UK Eyes Part-Privatisation of Ship Register
The Bulletin Panama reported that a report by KPMG, commissioned by the Department for Transport, recommends that the Ship Register become a “govco”, a privately held state-owned company that is subject to government oversight but has more commercial freedoms, including over employment terms. Britain used to have the biggest merchant fleet in the world, but the number of UK registered vessels has declined sharply since the 1970s, even though London remains the legal and financial hub for the global shipping industry, says a report in FT.
U.S. Coast Guard Unveils Safe Ship Incentive Program
Reductions in Port State Control Examinations and streamlined inspection procedures are among the rewards that await the owners of non-U.S. registered commercial vessels that call on U.S. ports - if they measure up in a new quality incentive program established by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). The program was announced today at a shipping conference in Athens, Greece, per Rear Admiral Robert North, assistant Coast Guard Commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection. Dubbed Qualship 21, the incentive program, which is part of the USCG effort to eliminate substandard shipping and reward high-quality vessels, is also being considered for U.S. registered vessels.
PRISCO to Build Ice Tankers
Russia's Primorye Shipping Company (PRISCO) will build a series of tank ships able to endure low temperatures in accordance with a contract with a S. Korean shipyard, a press statement from the company said December 14, according to The Vladivostok News. Under the project, scheduled to be finished by May 2009, seven tankers with a deadweight of 51,000 tons each will be built at the STX Shipyard in S. Korea and will become the first ships of the kind to receive the Winterization certification. The vessels will be made in accordance with Lloyd's Register of Shipping, a British publication which describes, classifies and registers vessels according to certain criteria of physical structure and equipment.
No Booze Cruise Here: UK Checks Drunken Mariners
"Stay ship-shape aboard ship" was the U.K. government's message as it launched new alcohol limits for professional mariners. A crackdown on drunken sailors saw alcohol limits set in line with those for drivers in moves designed to make our seas and ports safer. The new limits mirror those on the road and put professional mariners over the limit if they have more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The testing regime is also the same as on the roads. This means that the police will be able to use the same equipment and follow the same procedures as they do on motorists. Shipping Minister David Jamieson said: "This important legislation will make it easier to secure prosecutions of offenders.
Taiwan Searches For Chinese Sailors
Taiwan on Tuesday searched on for 10 Chinese crew members of a Belize-registered vessel that went missing off the island's southern coast during a killer typhoon, though hopes of finding survivors were fading, officials said. "After 72 hours, chances of finding any survivors are low," said Younger Wu of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. "The emergency task force had been called off, but we will continue the search until all bodies are accounted for," Wu, who heads the ministry's Navigation & Aviation Department, told a news conference. Typhoon Chebi lashed Taiwan and China over the weekend, killing at least 87 people and injuring 116.
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…
Regs4ships Surveyors Approved to Rep Malta
On Monday 5 December 2011, Regs4ships Limited Senior Surveyor Mark Robinson and Surveyor Robert Aldous were officially appointed as government ship surveyors for Transport Malta (Maritime). Now officially recognized, Mark and Rob can conduct flag-in surveys as well as perform flag state inspections and annual surveys for all Maltese registered vessels, regardless of size. Our two experienced flag state surveyors have been, and are continuing to, work with the Marshall Islands and Cook Islands administrations and are highly adept at helping their clients achieve requirements through a quick, professional and personal service. Mark Robinson…
IRS Scores High with US Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has placed the International Register of Shipping (IRS) in the top bracket of those recognized organizations (RO) that consistently achieve zero detentions for its registered vessels for the third time in just six years. IRS notes its strong performance reported by the USCG in its Annual Report 2014 follows the completion of performance audits by the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding and the Panama government. IRS passed the Panama audit without any major non-conformances or the need for a follow-up audit, placing the classification society amongst leading industry ROs, including the American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyd’s Register and DNV GL.
Greek-flag Registry Red Tape Clear-out
Greek Shipping Minister urges owners to choose country's flag as registry gets revamp. Greek Shipping Minister Constantinos Mousouroulis has unveiled a plan to modernize the Greek Shipping Registry that will come into effect imminently. Greece's shipping ministry will put in place a one-stop-shop e-registry responsible for the receipt of the applications, their processing and the monitoring of the necessary steps tied to registering vessels. Mr. Mousouroulis invited ship owners to endorse the Greek flag as it becomes a lot friendlier to them under the new regime.
Erika Captain Says Tight Budgets Overrode Safety
The captain of the tanker Erika, which sank off France's west coast in December causing a huge oil spill, said crews had to work to such tight budgets that safety standards could not always be met. "There are certain things that nobody dares to say, but the job has changed a lot, everything is going too fast, everything is dominated by money," the 36-year-old captain said. The Erika's crew was winched to safety when the vessel split apart and sank in stormy seas on December 12. The spill of around half its 25,000-ton cargo of fuel oil devastated 400 km (250 miles) of coastline, killed or maimed 300,000 sea birds and hurt fishing and tourism. The accident has since sparked widespread calls to tighten international maritime standards.
Indian Bulk Carrier Refloated
An Indian-registered vessel that ran aground west of Melbourne in stormy weather last weekend was refloated on Wednesday, Australian maritime officials said. The 50,000 ton bulk carrier Devprayag had about 1,000 tons of fuel oil on board when it ran aground on a sandbar off Portland on Saturday. "The hull hasn't been breached, so there was no pollution," said a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. "It came off (the sandbar) very easily this morning." The authority said in a statement the vessel had been taken into port for a hull inspection. It was due to sail to Geelong to load grain later this week.
Ship Grounded off Norfolk Coast
A rescue operation has been launched after a large container ship ran aground off Haisboro Sands. The vessel, The City of Sunderland, is carrying a cargo of 642 Nissan cars and is currently lying on a sand bar eight miles off the north Norfolk coast. There are 13 crew members on board. The 9,576 ton ship became stuck at approximately 2.20am this morning while on a voyage from the port of Zeebrugge to Tees Port. Two tugs are now on their way up from Felixstowe and it is hoped that the Isle of Man registered vessel can be refloated. As yet it is unclear how the ship came to be grounded but the coastguard say the crew are not in danger. Source: EDP24
Australian Federal Police Charge Ships Master
Federal Agents last night charged the master of a Greek registered vessel with entering a prohibited area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This is the first instance of a person being prosecuted under this environmental legislation since it came into effect on July 19, 2001. The AFP, assisted by GBRMPA and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service offices, commenced an investigation into the allegations surrounding the vessel's movements on 9 January. The 70000 tonne bulk coal carrier is alleged to have travelled through an area of the GBRMP from which it was excluded. The 45 year old ship's master appeared in the Gladstone Magistrate' court earlier today to face charges under section 38M(2) of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act.
Malaviya Seven Detained in Aberdeen on Claims of 'Slavery'
The offshore supply ship, MV Malaviya Seven detained, at the Port of Aberdeen, UK, by the International Transport Federation [ITF] with the support of the Port State Control, MCA – was operating under what the shipping union, RMT, has described as a ‘blatant example of modern day slavery’. The Malaviya Seven will stay at port until the workers are paid, according to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The RMT union claimed that 15 Indian crew members in the Mumbai-registered vessel have not been paid for nearly two months, with some having been without pay for longer.
Liberian Registry Takes ISPS Training And Verification Initiative
The Liberian Registry has taken a unique initiative by electing to train its own worldwide network of inspectors to perform verification audits for shipowners, operators and managers under the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code. It has also decided to approve specific members of the International Association of Classification Societies as competent to carry out ISPS audits on behalf of Liberian-registered vessels. The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry has contracted with leading international security specialists to train fifty Liberian inspectors over the next three months in three key locations - North America, Europe and the Far East - in the specialist skills required to perform ISPS and other security audits.