Iranian Warship Crashes at Caspian Port, Two Crew Missing
An Iranian warship crashed into concrete wave breakers at a port in the Caspian Sea and two of its crew members are missing, according to local media reports. The 100-meter long warship, called Damavand, crashed at the harbour town of Bandar Anzali during stormy seas which kicked up waves as high as four meters, Gilnegah, a website focused on news about the northern province of Gilan, reported. Six crew members from the warship were initially knocked into the water during the accident and four were recovered from the sea. Pictures posted on Gilnegah show the damaged warship listing to one side near wave breakers that protect the port. No official statement has been issued on the number of dead or injured from the accident.
Burning Tanker Drifts into Japan's Economic Zone
A stricken Iranian oil tanker continued exploding on Friday, hampering rescue efforts, Chinese state media reported, as Japan's Coast Guard said the ship drifted away from the Chinese coast and into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The ship, which has been ablaze for almost a week since it collided with another vessel on Saturday night in the East China Sea, was about 286 km (178 miles) northwest of Sokkozaki on the island of Amami Oshima as of 0700 GMT on Friday, the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement.
Rescuers Resume Search for Sanchi Survivors
Rescue boats resumed their search in choppy waters of the East China Sea on Thursday for any survivors from the stricken Iranian oil tanker that collided with a freight ship and burst into flames at the weekend, the Chinese government said. The ship remains at risk of exploding and sinking due to spilled oil as the fire raged for a fifth day, the Ministry of Transportation said in a statement on Thursday. Rescue crews were forced to retreat on Wednesday after a blast on the tanker.
Seaman’s Work Extends Beyond Insurance Coverage
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the marine coverage endorsement on the business insurance purchased by a ship operator did not provide coverage for the on-shore work being performed by a seaman when he was injured. Thus, while the ship operator was liable, under the Jones Act, to the seaman for his injuries, it was unable to recoup those monies from the business insurance company, since the policy only covered work performed on the ship. Source: HK Law
Sale Of Stena Line Possible
The chairman of Swedish international shipping operator Stena Line AB told press he can imagine selling the loss-making ferry group. However, said Dan Sten Olsson, "it has to be a serious buyer who is not just out to shop up the company." Stena Line - which also operates the English Channel with British shipping operator P&O under the P&O Stena Line company - posted a loss after financial items of $57.15 million for 1999. The group has cut costs to meet changes following the end of tax-free shopping in Europe. Olsson said he expected the loss-making group to break even in 2001. He said there were several buyers who may be interested in the Swedish group, one of the world's largest shipping operators.
UK Shipping Needs Time to Prepare for 2015 Emission Limits
The 2015 0.1% sulphur limit applies within the North Sea and English Channel and the Baltic Sea Emission Control Areas. These comments were made following the publication of a report by consultancy firm AMEC, commissioned by the Chamber on behalf of several North Sea and Western Channel shipping operators. The report says that the targets for shipping companies to reduce their sulphur emissions by 2015, could cause adverse environmental effects and result in a loss of 2,000 maritime services jobs, and place many more industrial jobs under threat. The report is the first of its kind to examine the full impact of hitting sulphur targets. • Significant increases (up to 29% in some cases) in the cost of passenger and container route ticket prices.
DNV Introduce Vessel General Permit Enviro-Oil Advisory Service
Classification society and consultancy DNV GL inform it has introduced the "Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants" (EAL) Report Service to help ship operators to comply with the new rules set out for the US Vessel General Permit (VGP) without the need for extensive outlays, & provides feedback on areas of concern. The VGP framework, which came into effect in December 2013 stipulates that biologically degradable oils, or EAL, must be used at all oil to sea interfaces, where technically feasible.
Statutory Alert: RightShip Inspection Procedures
A dry cargo ship inspection will be carried out by RightShip inspectors either when recommended by RightShip or when requested by the ship operator. On completion of any inspection, the RightShip Ship Inspection Report, if listing any deficiencies, and following RightShip’s review and assessment, will then be sent to the ship operator for review, comments and to advise what actions will be taken by the operator to address any deficiencies. Reported deficiencies that are considered to be of a serious nature and of a potential impact to the safety of the ship, the crew and or the environment shall have to be brought by the operator to the attention of the relevant classification society or flag administration as appropriate and are to be dealt with to the satisfaction of class / flag.
Veson Nautical & DA-Desk Team Up
Veson Nautical, the U.S.-based developer of software solutions for the commercial maritime community, announced that it has teamed with DA-Desk, an independent provider of port cost management services to provide shipping operators with a fully integrated chartering, operations, financials and port disbursement system. The enhanced integration of the two solutions significantly minimizes error and improves workflow. Meeting the request of DA-Desk’s customers that use Veson’s IMOS, port disbursement data captured by DA-Desk can flow seamlessly into IMOS, omitting the need for duplicate data entry for ship operators. Back-end financial processes gain efficiencies as well, as the integrated solution manages invoicing, accounts receivables and port disbursements from one platform.
Nigerian Ship Chandlers Losing Rightful Business
Nigeria currently loses about N80 billion (US$500-million) annually to foreign shipping operators due to Federal Government not enforcing ship chandlery laws. Citing Head of government and international matters of Nigerian Customs Licensed Ship Chandlers Association (NCLSCA), Dr. Martins Enebeli, 'The Vanguard' reported that this has resulted in foreign shipping operators refusing to make use of the indegenious ship chandlers, which is in contravention of the recent Local Content Act promulgated by the Federal Government. According to Enebeli who is also the Trustee/Secretary General, Marine Oil Traders Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Ship chandlers are entitled to 95 percent of ship chandling services to ships that call at the nation’s ports.
Aquarism to Assist BV with Legionnaire Control
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China Shipping to Buy Two Tankers
Bulk shipping operator China Shipping Development is spending $87m on another two oil tankers to boost capacity. The new tankers, each with a capacity of 46,000 deadweight tons, are due for delivery between the fourth quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2009. Upon delivery, the shipping operator will control a fleet of 71 oil tankers with a combined carrying capacity of 3.5 million deadweight tonnes. The purchase of the two new vessels will be financed by bank borrowings, increasing the company's gearing ratio. China Shipping said it is optimistic about demand in the oil transportation market and expects growth in the coming years.
Schat-Harding Opens Miami Area Service Base
Lifeboat and davit manufacturer Schat-Harding has strengthened its support for cruise ship operators in the area by opening a service base in . The new offices, service base and workshops will be within the facilities of Worldwide Marine Services, the global ship technical support group, and Schat-Harding will train and authorize Worldwide Marine technicians to support its own service engineers. The base will provide quick reaction service and repair support to cruise ship operators and also to ships of any type calling at ports across the Miami region…
MARAD Study to Improve U.S.-Flag Competitiveness
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration recently awarded a research contract to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC, of New York, to identify factors that significantly impact the ability of U.S.-flagged ship operators transporting goods to remain competitive. Current maritime industry estimates appear to indicate that costs associated with operating these vessels under U.S. registry standards are approximately three times higher than those incurred by the international fleets. The study will include an overview of existing conditions; comparison of the current state of U.S.- and foreign-registered fleets; the identification and evaluation of the factors and costs influencing registry preference from the perspective of U.S.
Suncor Questionaire Integrated for Ship Operators
Heidenreich Innovations LLC announced the completion of a project to integrate Suncor's vetting system with Q88.com's questionnaire system. Ship operators are required to complete the Suncor questionnaire on the Suncor Marine Risk Management System prior to each fixture. The integration will enable the ship operators to populate the responses to the Suncor questionnaire with the vessels' data stored in their Q88.com account.
Ship Operator Pleads Guilty to River Dumping
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that a U.S. ship operator pled guilty in federal court to dumping wastes into the Mississippi River and has agreed to pay a fine of $200,000, serve three years probation, and develop an environmental compliance program. In a separate case, the owner and operator of a foreign vessel, as well as the chief engineer, pled guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act and making false statements. The companies will pay a collective fine of $750,000, develop a comprehensive environmental management plan, and serve four years probation. The chief engineer faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
ABB Launches Marine Fuel Efficiency Program
ABB introduce several software 'Advisory Systems' for the marine market to help all types of ocean vessels dramatically reduce fuel consumption. These Advisory Systems include the latest versions of ABB’s energy management system for marine applications (EMMA) and Amarcon’s Octopus solution and ABB say that Integrated advanced software, electrical systems and Azipod® propulsion can help ship owners slash fuel consumption by up to 20%. With the recent acquisition of Amarcon, ABB is now able to provide a vertically integrated power and automation set of solutions that will help ship-owners increase productivity and safety of vessel operation while minimizing fuel consumption and environmental impacts.
Greek Ship Management Company Gains DNV Certifications
DNV awards ISO 50001 certification & SEEEMP conformity to the Greek shipping company Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd. As commercial ship operators around the world continue to search for ways to lower their environmental impact and operating costs, ISO 50001 offers a voluntary international standard that specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy-management system. It offers companies a systematic approach to continually improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption. Certification to the ISO 50001 standard is one way in which ship operators can reduce the environmental impact of their operations, according to Nikolaos Boussounis, DNV Regional Manager for Region East Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas.
ICS Publishes Flag State Performance Table
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table for 2015/2016, which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website. The ICS Table provides an annual overview of the performance of the world’s ship registers against a number of criteria, using data available in the public domain. ICS is keen to draw attention to the impressive number of positive indicators that are now being achieved by those flag states which are used by the vast majority of ship operators.
Fuel Optimization Service Introduced by AWT
The service give ship operators the data they need to plan the most efficient voyages, manage total voyage costs, both pre-voyage and en-route, and easily report findings to management. AWT's Fuel Optimization Service is initiated by a client request specifying the vessel's full Charter Party (C/P) speed and consumption as well as any alternative eco-speed(s) being considered. AWT then determines the most efficient, safe route and recommended speed if a required ETA is provided, balancing voyage time and fuel consumption. AWT provides a voyage time and consumption estimate, and total cost when requested, at both the recommended speed to make the required ETA and any alternative eco-speed(s).
Swee Joo to Take Delivery of Tanker
Swee Joo Bhd, a Kuching-based shipping company, will receive the first of its two 7,000-ton product tankers next week. The $12m Asia Star, built in China, will be deployed on the company's South-East Asia routes covering Vietnam, southern China and east Malaysia. The second tanker, Asia Bright, will be delivered in the first half next year. The company has 14 container ships, three general cargo vessels, seven barges and seven tugboats, making Swee Joo the second largest domestic-route shipping operator with total vessel capacity of 4,183 TEUs. Source: The Star
Israel's Zim Line Falls Deeper in the Red in 2013
Revenues of Zim, Israel Corp's shipping unit, dropped 7 percent as overall freight rates declined by 9 percent in 2013 and its loss rose from US$ 433-million in 2012 to US$535-million in 2013, according to Xinhua. Container ship operators Zim Line, which holds 2 percent of the international shipping market, is in the middle of financial restructuring. The process includes negotiations on cancelling the state's golden share, while keeping Israel's security needs and government interests. Source: Xinhua
FMC Acts On Mississippi Towage Arrangements
The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) welcomes the news that the U.S Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has agreed it has jurisdiction in the matter of Exclusive Towage Contracts issues in the lower Mississippi River. Accordingly, the FMC has issued a "show cause" order to the principal bulk terminals with such contracts. "This show-cause order requires the marine terminal operators to demonstrate why they believe they have not violated Shipping Act regulations - particularly those concerning anti-competitive practices. Currently, dry cargo ship operators on the Mississippi are forced by terminal operators to sign contracts with towage companies nominated by the terminal operators.