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RINA Reports Strong Growth

Italian classification society RINA has reported strong growth for its 2001 financial year. The consolidated revenues of the group were almost $94 million, up ten percent from last year's Euro 85.2 m. The pre tax operating margin was Euro 8.0 m, equivalent to 8.5 percent of the total revenues. Net profit after extraordinary expenses and investment in research and development and information technology was Euro 1.5 m. The shipping sector, RINA's traditional core business, accounted for Euro 60.6 m, sixty-six percent of the total revenues, the same as the previous year, in a mature business market. With the entry in class of the new cruise ships and cruise ferries, RINA has performed particularly well in an area of high added value, where RINA has a high profile.

China to Implement Emission Control Measures

The Chinese Ministry of Transport has announced that from April 1, 2016, vessels ‘at berth’ at the core ports in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) emission control area (ECA) must use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less. These core ports are Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Suzhou and Nantong. Ships entering the ECA are encouraged to use fuel oil containing 0.5 percent sulphur or less. Ships ‘at berth’ at ports in the ECA must use fuel oil containing 0.1 percent sulphur or less. The exact details of how the measures will be implemented (i.e., enforcement, penalties, the definition of ‘at berth’, and requirements for fuel change-over, verification of fuel quality, records and documentation) are not yet available.

Measures Announced to Prevent Environmental Damage from Harmful Aquatic Plants and Animals

The USCG announced measures to prevent environmental and health problems resulting from harmful aquatic plants and animals carried from abroad in ships' ballast water, a move reflecting the Department of Transportation's commitment to controlling and preventing the introduction of these species. A new interim rule, effective July 1, requires ships operating outside of U.S. waters to report their ballast water management practices. It also establishes voluntary ballast water management guidelines for all waters of the U.S. The USCG is taking these actions to implement the National Invasive Species Act (NISA) of 1996. Current federal regulations…

Fleet Floats into NYC

USS Wasp (LHD 1) passes the Statue of Liberty as the ship enters New York Harbor during the parade of ships on the opening day of the 20th anniversary of Fleet Week New York. More than 3,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate in various community relations (COMREL) projects and see the sights in New York City during fleet week. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Tackitt (Source: U.S. Navy)

This Day in Naval History – August 27

1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, FL, USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile. (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 27

USS Stingray (SS-186). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 27 1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Diana Shipping Continues Time Charter

Diana Shipping entered into a time charter contract with Louis Dreyfus Commodities S.A., Geneva, Switzerland, for its Panamax dry bulk carrier, the m/v Dione, at a gross daily rate of $20,500 for a period of minimum 22 to maximum 26 months. The charter is a direct continuation of the previous agreement and will commence at the beginning of September, 2010. This employment is anticipated to generate approximately $13.5 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the charter. The m/v Dione is a 75,172 dwt Panamax dry bulk carrier built in 2001.

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 27

From the Navy News Service 1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs for service off . 1944 - USS Stingray (SS 186) lands men and supplies on , to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter , near . 1959 - Off , USS Observation Island (EAG 154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile.

This Day in Naval History – August 27

1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, FL, USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile. (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 27

USS Observation Island (E-AG-154). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 27 1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Commission Takes France and Ireland to Court of Justice

The Commission decided to bring an action in the Court of Justice against France and Ireland for their failure to enforce legislation on the State control of vessels in their ports. Directive 95/21/EC on port State control aims in fact to reduce the number of substandard ships in Community waters and lays down that at least 25 percent of the number of ships entering the ports of a Member State should be inspected. The Commission is asking the Court of Justice to declare that, in not observing this annual threshold of 25 percent of ships inspected by the port State, as provided for in the Community legislation, Ireland and France have infringed European maritime safety rules.

Diana Shipping Enters into TC Contract with Uniper

Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Phaidra. The gross charter rate is US$12,700 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 12 months to maximum 15 months. The charter commenced on January 13, 2018. The m/v Phaidra was previously chartered to Jera Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Sri Lanka Declared War Risk Zone, Shipowners to Pay

Sri Lanka said Lloyds of London has declared the country as a war-risk zone which could result in hefty surcharges for ships entering the country's main port and hurt the trade-dependent economy. Surcharges of up to $150,000 could be slapped on larger ships entering Colombo port along with further charges for the amount of cargo carried. "Reinsurers in London have imposed a surcharge on insurance which we feel is completely unreasonable," Minister of Ports Ronnie de Mel said. The move comes after a massive attack at country's only international airport on July 24 by a suicide squad of Tamil Tiger guerrillas, who also launched a less destructive raid on the Colombo port in 1996.

Marine Diesel Oil Price-Spike Expected End of 2014

File picture CCL

Reuters – New fuel rules for ships entering low sulphur zones around northwest Europe and North America next year could trigger a price spike in European gasoil, whilst refiners will struggle to offload unwanted fuel oil. From January 2015, ships entering "Emission Control Areas" (ECAs) in the Baltic, North Sea and English Channel and around the North American coast, will have to switch from low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) with 1 percent sulphur content to 0.1 percent gasoil, in a crackdown on marine pollution.

EU Bans on TBT Anti-Fouling Systems on EU Ships

On May 9, the final version of EC Regulation 782/2003 on the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships was published in the European Official Journal. It entered into force the following day. This Regulation bans the fresh application of TBT antifouling paints on EU-flagged vessels from July 1, 2003 and forbids the existence of TBT on all ships entering a port or offshore terminal of an EU Member State from January 1, 2008. At the international level, the IMO Convention of October 5, 2001 on the control of harmful antifouling systems on ships (AFS Convention) will regulate tin based coatings. It initially proposed to ban the application of TBT anti-fouling paints from January 1, 2003 and the existence of it from January 1, 2008.

Ruling on Border Inspections

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Executive Branch has plenary authority to conduct suspicionless inspections at the border. In the instant case, Customs officials removed and disassembled the gas tank from a car entering the United States from Mexico at a land border crossing. Marijuana was found in the gas tank and criminal charges were brought against the driver. Defendant argued that the evidence should be suppressed because the search was highly intrusive and was not based on reasonable suspicion that he was committing an offense. The Court held that the Government’s interest in preventing entry of unwanted persons and effects is at its zenith at the international border. There is a lesser expectation of privacy at the border than in the interior.

UK P&I Club Capital Reaches Record High

In its Review of the Year 2011, published this week, the UK Club posted total assets of $1.6 billion. “We have achieved our goal of balanced underwriting so that all the $69 million investment return of the year is transferred to the reserves. The Club’s $478 million free reserves and capital are the highest they have ever been; our Members can be confident that the process of rebuilding the Club’s reserves has been successful. The Club’s total assets exceed its claims liabilities by 159%, one of the strongest ratios among the clubs of the International Group.

Sen. Boxer Releases Bills Aimed at Preventing Spills

Sen. Barbara Boxer has released two bills in Washington aimed at preventing future oil spills like the one in the San Francisco bay last month. One of the bills would give more authority to the U.S. Coast Guard to control ships entering and exiting ports during emergency or hazardous conditions. The bill would also authorize $20m to upgrade the Coast Guard's vessel traffic service. The other piece of legislation would raise the liability limit for cargo ships. The bills have not yet been formally introduced. The Cosco Busan cargo ship spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into the bay on Nov. 7.

EC Approves German Training Aid to Seafarers

The European Commission (EC) authorized Germany to help maritime shipping companies finance the training of seafarers. The financial contribution will be allocated providing seafarers are trained on board of ships entered in the German register of sea-going vessels. European citizens qualify for the training grant if they are trained as additional crew members on a merchant ship suitable for training purposes. The objective is to improve seafarers' skills in Germany. The German aid scheme aims at safeguarding and developing European maritime expertise and skills in line with the objectives and principles outlined in the 1997 Community guidelines on State aid to maritime transport.

Shell Launches Naturelle Stern Tube Fluid

Shell has launched its new range of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including Shell Naturelle S4 Stern Tube Fluid 100. The Shell Naturelle range of products is designed to enable ships entering U.S. waters to comply with the revised 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP). Shell Naturelle S4 Stern Tube Fluid 100 is made with fully saturated ester base oil, as the oil major contends that this offers the best resistance to hydrolysis and oxidation. It is also a non-emulsifying fluid…

MARCO Signs Contract With S.F. Bar Pilots

MARCO Shipyard Seattle is scheduled to design and build a duo of 104 ft., (31.7 m) pilot station boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots. With construction to commence soon, the design portion of the project is near completion. The first vessel is set for delivery before year-end, with the second to follow in early 2001. Comprised of steel, the twin-screw vessels will replace the two existing station boats in the Bar Pilots' five-vessel fleet. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508B diesels, providing a total of 2,200-hp and a design speed of 14 knots, the vessels will boast an overall beam of 30 ft. (9.1 m) and a depth of 13 ft. Designed to safely transport pilots to and from ships entering…

MARCO Signs Contract with S.F. Bar Pilots

MARCO Shipyard Seattle is scheduled to design and build a duo of 104 ft. pilot station boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots. With construction to commence soon, the design portion of the project is near completion. The first vessel is set for delivery before year-end, with the second to follow in early 2001. Comprised of steel, the twin-screw vessels will replace the two existing station boats in the Bar Pilots' five-vessel fleet. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508B diesels, providing a total of 2,200-hp and a design speed of 14 knots, the vessels will boast an overall beam of 30 ft. and a depth of 13 ft. Designed to safely transport pilots to and from ships entering, departing or transiting the San Francisco Bay waterways, the vessels will feature accommodations for eight pilots.

Maintain Your ORB

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the federal government may prosecute a ship owner and chief engineer, under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), for failure to properly maintain an oil record book (ORB) when the ship entered a US port with an ORB onboard that the chief engineer knew to contain false material entries. In the instant case, defendant chief engineer on a ship owned by defendant shipowner, allegedly directed the discharge of oily waste water from the ship on the high seas without making entries in the ORB required by MARPOL. The ship entered ports of the United States on eight separate occasions before the US Coast Guard discovered the fraudulent entries.

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