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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Hong Kong to Host Global Maritime Forum Inaugural Annual Summit

Photo: Global Maritime Forum

Hong Kong is chosen to host the Global Maritime Forum’s inaugural Annual Summit on 3-4 October 2018. The high-level meeting will convene key industry leaders with policymakers, experts, NGOs and other influential decision-makers and opinion shapers. Their task will be to share their ideas on the challenges facing the maritime industry and to develop practical proposals to optimise global seaborne trade, thereby increasing sustainable long term economic development and human wellbeing. “We look forward to welcoming the world’s maritime decision-makers to Hong Kong.

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.

Importance of the UK Ship Register

Robert Goodwill MP. Photo by Government of UK

The Department for Transport has planned to make the UK Ship Register more attractive, so that it rightly becomes the ship register of choice for quality owners and operators, says Robert Goodwill MP. He asserted his relentless commitment to economic growth throughout the maritime and marine sectors. These sectors already contribute at least £11.8 billion annually to the UK economy. He noted about the Maritime Growth Study, published under the leadership of Lord Mountevans. The study provides a compelling analysis of the industry and how a successful…

Hong Kong Shipping Register Crossing 100 Million Gross Tonnage

Image: Hong Kong Port

The Hong Kong Shipping Register has  crossed of 100 million gross tonnage, informed the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. To Hong Kong, it’s more than a vote of confidence, Anthony said. Hong Kong’s maritime tradition is almost two centuries old. Hong Kong served as a port of registry under the UK Ship Register since the 1840s until the establishment of the autonomous Hong Kong Shipping Register in 1990 under the administration of the Marine Department.

UK Ship Register’s Largest Container Ship

The UK ship register has officially welcomed CMA CGM Andromeda on to the UK Ship Register this weekend, when she docked at Southampton. The vessel is the largest Container ship on the UK register at 131,332 GT, 11,356 TEU. Overall she is the second largest vessel on the Register with the Queen Mary 2 being the largest at 148,528 GT. CMA CGM Andromeda, owned by CMA CGM, 3rd worldwide shipping group, is also the world's first containership to be equipped with the "Fast Oil Recovery System" designed to help prevent marine pollution. She was built in by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd, Ulsan, South Korea and delivered on 18th March 2009. The UK Ship Register has 1,557 vessels and GT now stands at 16,482,171.

Barham Named UK Ship Register Director

Simon Barham (Photo: UK MCA)

Simon Barham has been appointed as the first U.K. Ship Register Director at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, scheduled to start his role in February 2016. Barham brings to the position both commercial and technical experience from his 40 year career in the industry. He initially served at sea for 16 years and since then has held senior positions ashore within both ship owning and ship management companies across the world. Previous roles include chief operations officer at Bibby Ship Management…

World's Largest Container Ship Flies Red Ensign

CMA CGM Marco Polo: Photo credit UK MCA

The 175,343 gt 'CMA CGM Marco Polo' owned by CMA CGM Group joins the UK ship register. The first in a series of three new 16,000 TEU container ships, for the CMA CGM group to serve on the Asia-Europe routes, the ship was built in Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd, and is almost a quarter of a mile long. The new vessel is also designed with cutting edge technology for high levels of performance, safety and environmental protection. Features include a mid-ship deckhouse…

Asbestos: Maritime’s Ticking Time Bomb

(Photo: Lucion Marine)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) should amend regulations banning the use of asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM) in ships, says John Chillingworth, senior marine principal at Lucion Marine. Regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) state that if asbestos is found onboard a ship built after July 2002 then the vessel’s flag registry, in conjunction with its classification society, issues a non-extendable exemption certificate, providing the owner with a three-year window in which to remove the asbestos.

Mazumdar New Head of UK Ship Register

We are pleased to confirm that Debasis Mazumdar will take over as Head of UK Ship Register/Customer Service Team Manager from 1 June 2011. Debasis was previously the MCA ISM/ISO Policy Manager and will bring valuable experience and knowledge to the role. He was a Chief Engineer at sea and worked for 10 years as a Class Society Senior Surveyor for ABS prior to joining the MCA seven years ago. During his time at the MCA Debasis has worked as a Marine Surveyor, Port State Control Officer, ISM/ISO/ISPS Lead Auditor and Customer Service Manager. Debasis said: "This is an interesting and diverse role and I am looking forward to getting out and meeting our customers/new ship owners/managers/shipyard executives and stakeholders and listening to their views and suggestions.

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.

New MCA Role to Spur UK Ship Register Growth

With the aim of growing the U.K. Ship Register and attracting more maritime business to the U.K., a new a senior level director role has been created at the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as part of the government’s aspiration to grow the nation’s share with the global maritime sector. The new position, which will be tasked with encouraging ship owners to join the U.K. Ship Register, was announced by Sir Alan Massey, CEO of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at an event during London International Shipping Week. “The UK Flag has seemingly become less attractive to ship owners and operators and we cannot go on ignoring the problem,” Massey said. “. . . Something has needed to change. In recent years the number of ships and the total gross tonnage on the U.K.

Malta Shipping Register is World's 6th Largest

Picture: Transport Malta

Malta ship register becomes the sixth largest worldwide, remains largest in Europe. As at end of December 2014, the registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 57.9 million gross tons with over 2,500 merchant vessels fly the Maltese flag. In 2013, Malta ranked in the seventh place. Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, has reported a strong and positive performance for 2014. The Maltese Register of Shipping registered an increase of almost 6.5 million gross tonnage representing a growth rate of 12.5% over the previous year…

UK Eyes Part-Privatisation of Ship Register

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

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.

Malta Flag Reaches Record Tonnage in 2015

Image: Transport Malta

Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, through its Merchant Shipping Directorate, reports a strong and positive performance for 2015. The Maltese Register of Shipping saw an increase of almost 8.3 million gross tonnage in 2015, representing a growth rate of 14.3 percent compared to the year before, Transport Malta said. The registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 66.2 million gross tons, as of  December 2015. These statistics represent record figures for the Malta Flag and a significant achievement for the Malta Flag Administration…

OECD Issues Report on Ownership and Control

The Maritime Transport Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a report entitled Ownership and Control of Ships

UK Chamber: Nascent Recovery to UK Ship Register Welcome

Photo:  UK Chamber

Statistics show an increase in the UK registered trading fleet for the first time in four years, rising by 8%. However, the figures also show a fall of 18% in UK owned tonnage. UK Chamber CEO, Guy Platten has welcomed these signs of nascent recovery in the UK Ship Register, but has expressed concern over the stark decline in the UK owned fleet. The UK managed fleet fell by 1% to 53.4m dwt and parent owned fleet rose by 3% to 31.0m dwt. The annual Shipping Fleet Statistics are produced by the Department for Transport and reflect tonnages as at the end of December 2015.

Malta One Of Five Flags Responsible For Half U.K. Ship Detentions

Malta, which registered the tanker that broke up off France in December, is among five flags responsible for nearly half of all ships detained in the U.K. last year, Britain's Coastguard said. Ships registered with the flags of Malta, Cyprus, Panama, St Vincent and Grenadines and Russia accounted for 62 of the 129 detentions made by British port inspectors in 1999, the agency said. Vessels are detained when they are found to have deficiencies ranging from structural problems to faulty equipment or a lack of safety certificates. Malta says its shipping register did everything within its power to ensure the Erika was properly regulated.

UK Register’s Largest Ship Docks in Southampton

Photo: UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The largest vessel registered in the UK Ship Register has arrived in Southampton today. CMA CGM Kerguelen, a 398-meter-long containership operated by the CMA CGM Group, is big enough to pack five and a half A380 Airbuses on. It is capable of carrying 17,772 TEU (twenty feet equivalent units) and is driven by an engine of 9,000 horsepower. Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with responsibility for the UK Ship Register, has been invited to visit the vessel while it is in Southampton.

Rio Tinto Marine Registers Another Ship in UK

RTM Cook: Photo credit Rio Tinto Marine

'RTM Cook', built at Hanjin Heavy Industries in Subic Bay, Philippines, first of eight new RTM bulkers to fly the Red Ensign. Rio Tinto Marine provides services to the Rio Tinto Group to ensure that maximum efficiency is achieved in all of their mine-to-market supply chains, a critical aspect of Rio Tinto's mining business. In 2011 they shipped 160 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo and accounted for nearly 100,000 container movements. The company has now embarked on a new build programme, with 15 new buildings to be delivered by the end of 2014.

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.

Hong Kong Registry Exceeds 10 mgt

The Hong Kong Shipping Register had achieved a record 10.71 million gross registered tons (GRT) with a total of 581 ships signed up as Hong Kong vessels, Reuters reported. The tonnage on the government-administered register had grown by more than four million GRT in less than two years and exceeded 10 million GRT two years earlier than originally forecast, a government statement said. It reached a peak of nine million GRT in June 1996, but the uncertainty associated with the change of sovereignty in July 1997 had caused it to tumble to an all-time low of 5.5 million GRT in November 1997.

Britain Investigates Report Of Port Blocking Falkland Ships

Britain's Foreign Office is investigating a report that an Argentine port authority had said it would bar ships registered in the Falkland Islands from docking. A yacht master reportedly informed authorities that after a brief stop in Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, he was notified by port officials that they would not allow him to return because his vessel was registered in the Falklands. Argentina continues to claim the Falklands as its own territory and has only just begun to improve ties with Britain, nearly two decades after the two countries went to war in 1982 over the British-ruled south Atlantic islands.

Malta: Sixth largest Maritime Flag Worldwide

Image: The Merchant Shipping Directorate, Malta

The Malta Ships Register has become the sixth largest maritime flag in the world, according to statistics for 2014, says a report in Fenech & Fenech Advocates. Malta has moved up from seventh place in 2013 and has retained its position as the largest in Europe. The Maltese register has not only registered an increase in gross tonnage but has also continued to attract younger vessels to its fleet whilst retaining high standards. Malta has a centuries old Maritime tradition. The strategic location of the Maltese Islands at heart of the Mediterranean Sea…

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