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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Ireland Publishes New Ship Registration Bill

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD has announced the publication of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013. The Bill is one of the Minister’s legislative priorities and is part of an overall objective to update and enhance the national maritime legislative code, and ensure the safety of maritime transport services. The importance of ship registration is that it confers Irish nationality on ships, allowing them to fly the Irish flag and register ownership. The new Bill will provide a basis for the introduction of an updated and modernized ship registration system in Ireland. Among the new categories of vessels for which the Bill proposes registration are fishing boats less than 15 meters in length overall…

Varadkar Publishes New Ship Registration Bill

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD has announced the publication of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013. The Bill is one of the Minister’s legislative priorities and is part of an overall objective to update and enhance the national maritime legislative code, and ensure the safety of maritime transport services. The importance of ship registration is that it confers Irish nationality on ships, allowing them to fly the Irish flag and register ownership. The new Bill will provide a basis for the introduction of an updated and modernized ship registration system in Ireland. Among the new categories of vessels for which the Bill proposes registration are fishing boats less than 15 meters in length overall…

Netherlands Changes Ship Registration Law

Recent changes to Dutch law safeguarding the right of free establishment in Europe mean that ship registration regulations in the Netherlands have been relaxed. The recent change brings Dutch law in line with a 2004 European Court of Justice decision which ruled that Dutch national law, although apparently in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea which requires a “genuine link between the State and the ship,” contravened European law by being too restrictive. In the past companies could only register their vessels in the Netherlands if: At least two-thirds of the ship was owned by a European Community (EC) or European Economic Area (EEA) national company, and the business of the vessel was conducted by EC or EEA nationals through a Netherlands-based office.

Jamaica Opens Bremen Office

Cutting the metaphorical ribbon for the official opening of the JSR’s new office in , Hon. L. Michael Henry, CD, MP and Jamaican Minister of Transport and Works, paid tribute to ’s position as a leader in the shipping world saying its maritime cluster embraces just about every sector of this multi‐faceted and diverse industry.  He also used the occasion to outline the Jamaican government’s plans to create the island into a global maritime centre incorporating ship registration, ship finance, shipmanagement, shipbroking, ship and container repair as well as bunkering, surveying and marine insurance.  

LISCR and LSC condemn IRI legal action

Yoram Cohen, CEO of the Liberia International Ship & Corporate Registry, has described as "completely unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue" allegations made by International Registries Inc. on May 11, 2000, pursuant to the filing of a lawsuit against LISCR in the Supreme Court of New York. "The allegations," says Cohen, "will trigger a massive counter-suit by LISCR against IRI. "LISCR is a private company operated and fully owned from the United States by U.S. nationals, completely independent of the Liberian government," says Cohen. "It complies fully with all aspects of U.S. regulatory law. Since assuming control of the Liberian Registry on January 1, 2000, LISCR has made significant gains in both its ship registration and corporate registration activities.

Palau Ship Registry Reaches Panama

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) said it has expanded its global reach into 29 countries with a total of 42 Deputy Registrar offices around the globe. The maritime hub of Panama is one of the PISR offices to deliver state of the art registration services and has now appointed Melyssa Alejandra Barrios, Deputy Registrar for PISR. Panos Kirnidis, CEO of Palau International Ship Registry, said, “Melyssa has extensive knowledge of the region and is an expert in Ship Registration issues and associated legal affairs. Kirnidis continued, “Our Panama Deputy Registrar office proves that successfully addressing client needs requires more than just knowledge of the ship registration and a mastery of the multitude of rules and regulations that impact our clients’ interests.

Malaysia Gets Tough on Ships in Prohibited Anchorages

During a special operation against ship owners who anchored in undesignated and prohibited areas, 40 officers on MMEA's ship and five boats,  conducted operations in Pengerang, Malaysia waters. Ships arrested included the Erwan Adventure tugboat, MT Krysper Singa and MT Titan Wisdon, which are registered in Singapore, Atami Maru (San Lorenzo) and MT Ruyi (Tarawa, Kiribati). MT Eastern and  KGT failed to produce their ship registrations. The 82 crew members detained included 54 Indonesians, 14 Myanmar nationals, 12 Thais and two Chinese nationals. MMEA enforcement officer, First Admiral Adon Shalan, said a tugboat and six tankers had anchored in the prohibited areas…

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

EC Okays Maltese Tonnage Tax Scheme

Photo: European Commission

The European Commission has conditionally approved under EU State aid rules the Maltese tonnage tax scheme for a period of 10 years. The scheme will ensure a level playing field between Maltese and other European shipping companies, and will encourage ship registration in Europe. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said "Tonnage tax systems are meant to promote the competitiveness of the EU shipping industry in a global market without unduly distorting competition. I am pleased that Malta committed to adapt its tonnage tax system to achieve this.

Vanuatu Expands its Presence in Asia

The Republic of Vanuatu, with an established network of offices, deputy commissioners, special agents and inspectors in Asia – Tokyo, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand -- has expanded its presence in the People’s Republic of China with the recent establishment of an office in Shanghai. On May 1, 2007, Mr. C.C.Tan, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs, Singapore and China and managing director of Richfield Marine Agencies (S) Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Richfield International Ltd, officially opened the Shanghai office of the Vanuatu Maritime Registry. This move is part…

Denmark Paving Way for Digitalization

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The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) has launched pilot project to examine the value of blockchain technology. When they want to register ships today, shipowners are still required to fill in and handle documents manually. With the goal of helping to promote digitalization in Blue Denmark, DMA has launched a pilot project to shed light on the long-term possibilities of digitalizing the entire ship registration process. “The Maritime Strategy Team has recommended full digitalization of, inter alia, the Register of Shipping.

Government Aims to Develop, Upgrade, Cyprus Shipping

The government continuously improves incentives for shipowners to register their ships under the Cyprus flag. Communication & Works Minister Flourentzou pointed out Cyprus ranks among the largest international ship registries in the world, but unlike other open registries, he added, Cyprus is also a major base for international shipping operations and for other activities related to shipping. The Minister noted that “a maritime cluster has been developed, a large part of which was established with foreign investment. The nucleus of this cluster comprises ship owning and ship management companies which own or manage more than 2000 ships of 30 million gross tonnage which amount to more than 5 percent of the world’s merchant fleet.

Support to Cyprus Shipping Industry

Nicos Anastasiades (Picture by Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus)

Cyprus President  Nicos Anastasiades reiterated his Government’s strong support towards the shipping industry and determination to introduce those mechanisms necessary to further enhance it. “I understand from Minister Demetriades that the study is nearing completion and I am, therefore, eager to learn about its findings and see a well-structured `Shipping Strategy` being designed, in order to take Cyprus Shipping into the future” he added. Nicos said he was grateful to the shipping industry, which had managed to help support the economy through the crisis.

YCF Group Expands Management Team in Germany

The YCF Group has appointed Carsten Gierga as managing director responsible for its activities in Germany. Suwarie Topaz, general manager, has also been promoted to vice-president, global marketing and business development with worldwide responsibilities. The YCF Group of companies includes the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the exclusive administrator of the world’s largest quality ship register, EuroFlag Services (EFS), a Luxembourg-resident company which performs ship registration and management services for shipowners seeking to register vessels under the Luxembourg flag, and EMA Manning Agency, a specialised provider of marine engineers and electricians.

UK Launches Free Online Course for Maritime Law

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

The UK Chamber of Shipping and its partners Addleshaw Goddard and the Law Society of  Scotland have launched a free online introductory course in maritime law. The course, titled ‘Maritime Law: an Introduction to Shipping Transactions’, launches on Monday 30th October and will outline the unseen legal and transactional structures behind the shipping industry. The course is open to anyone looking to develop their understanding of maritime law or who has an interest in shipping and maritime trade.

Naming of Evergas’ first vessel under the Danish flag

Naming of Evergas new gas tanker

The Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority Andreas Nordseth recently attended the naming ceremony of Evergas’ new gas tanker that is to carry petrochemical gas for use in the plastic industry. It is Evergas’ first vessel under the Danish flag. “By having more ships under the flag, we ensure continued ship owner activities in Denmark for the benefit of employment and Blue Denmark as a whole," said  Andreas Nordseth. "We are pleased that Evergas has chosen the Danish…

UK Government Shipping Policy to be Scrutinised

House of Commons Debate: Photo courtesy of Maritime London

Government shipping policy is set to come under intense scrutiny as The House of Commons Transport Committee calls for evidence on the government’s strategy for the maritime sector. The committee will take oral evidence in September, coinciding with London International Shipping Week. Meanwhile, Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond has stressed the importance of Britain’s growing shipping industry, who praises the vital economic contribution made by the UK shipping industry, worth GBP14-billion per year, and recognises the continued role of the UK as a leading maritime centre.

UNCTAD Launches Novel Maritime Country Profiles

Example of the nationally flagged fleet for Marshall Islands. The Marshall Islands are one of the fastest growing open registries. A large share of its fleet are oil tankers and dry bulk carriers. Image: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

A maritime country profile provides a basic snapshot of a country's situation regarding maritime transport and international trade, facilitating convenient cross-country comparisons. The Maritime Country Profiles will be updated regularly as new data becomes available. Throughout most of history, “maritime nations” had their own national fleets, which were built, owned, operated, and manned by nationals of the same country whose flag the ship flew. Today, different countries mostly participate in different maritime businesses.

Paris MoU Posts Performance Highlights

A St Kitts & Nevis-flagged vessel at home port and capital Basseterre

Following a three-year record of improved results from Port State Control (PSC) inspections, the London-headquartered St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg) has moved up to Grey List ranking on the Paris MoU performance lists covering Europe and the North Atlantic. With 24 detentions from 307 inspections in the period 2011-2013, the registry now sits midway in a spectrum ranging from White List flags – those with a consistently low detention record – to poorly performing Black List flags.

Hong Kong Plans to Add High-Value Maritime Services

Image credit HK PDC

In his annual policy address to the Hong Kong SAR Legislative Council, Chief Executive C Y Leung pledged that the Government would continue to improve port facilities and enhance the efficiency of port operations, thereby seizing the opportunities brought by the growth of trade in the Mainland and Asia. "The logistics industry has flourished in recent years. Ten hectares of land have been set aside in Tuen Mun West for logistics use. Land will also be earmarked in new development areas for the construction of modern logistics facilities.

Furuno Establishes Italian Subsidiary

Furuno Electronic Co., Ltd. announced a new subsidiary in Italy has been established on November 8, 2013 and will commence its business operation from January 1, 2014 onward. In Italy, Arimar S.p.A. has hitherto been handling the marketing and sales activities as well as technical service provision as Furuno’s national distributor. The new subsidiary, Furuno Italy S.r.l. (FIT) will be Furuno’s wholly-owned subsidiary company in Italy whose main task is to further enhance the sales activities as well as technical service provision scheme in the local market, which is viewed as one of the most important geographical locations with remarkable market potential in Europe.

Virdi Joins GMS' Dubai Operations

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GMS is proud to announce that Ms. Jasvinder Virdi has joined the company to further develop its growth within the industry. Jasvinder comes with a wealth of determination and enthusiasm, as well as experience of working within the shipping industry, having spent the last 10 years at the St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry as a Ship Registration Executive where she was instrumental in building strong client relations. Jasvinder joins the GMS Operations Department in Dubai to continue and expand the company’s success by adding value and commitment.

Imtech Receives Contract

Imtech N.V., a technical service provider in Europe, has been commissioned by the Jan De Nul Groep and the wharf Schelde Marine Bouw to automate a number of dredgers and naval vessels. The Imtech Marine & Offshore division acquired the orders, worth a total of $15 million. Commissioned by the Jan De Nul Groep, Imtech is responsible for the on-board integrated dredging automation and instrumentation, navigation and communications for two 11,300 m³ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers. Both dredgers are being built at the IZAR wharf in Bilbao, Spain. The UniMACS® navigation technology (integrated navigation, propulsion, alarm, monitoring, control and communications) patented by Imtech will be installed on these ships.

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