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Welcome Home Hebei 2- but still much to be done.

After 500 days, the Hebei 2 were finally released by Korea to fly home earlier this month.

In Mumbai and Chennai, celebrations were held in a massive display of support for the officers whose only crime was to be in Command of their anchored very large crude oil tanker when it was hit by a huge runaway Samsung Crane barge in 2007. At the celebrations, representatives of the Read More…

Brussels launches €3 million programme to boost shipping’s image


By Sean Moloney

The European Commission has heeded industry concerns about the poor image of shipping and launched a €3 million programme it hopes will boost seafarer recruitment and open up awareness about the industry to the general public.

The programme, which should get underway by the middle of next year, will last three years and involve significant participation by interested parties from the shipping industry.

Addressing Read More…

Singapore Shipping Association roots for bunker levy

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has backed the establishment of a greenhouse gas (GHG) compensation fund through taxation on bunker usage to tackle shipping’s emissions, in opposition to a widely-proposed emissions trading scheme.

S. S. Teo, President of the SSA, revealed that a bunker levy scheme would be “more fair, practical, easier to implement and is likely to be more transparent” than an emissions trading scheme (ETS).

He indicated Read More…

SHIPMAN 98 revision concluded and streamlined with CREWMAN A and B

Revision of the SHIPMAN 98 shipmanagement agreement has finally been concluded and work has now begun to streamline the amended provisions with its sister crew management forms, CREWMAN A and B.

The SHIPMAN/CREWMAN Revision Sub-Committee met in London on 16 June for a full day’s drafting session. The priority item on the sub-committee’s agenda was the ‘fine tuning’ of SHIPMAN to take into account comments on the document from the Read More…

SingTel extends satellite coverage through transponder deal

Singapore Telecommunications Limited has signed a transponder purchase agreement with satellite operator Asia Broadcast Satellite Limited (ABS).

With this agreement, SingTel will own multiple C-band transponders on the new ABS-2 satellite at a cost of approximately S$80 million over the next two years. SingTel will market these transponders to corporate customers under the brand ST-3/ABS-2.

The ABS-2 satellite will be launched in late 2011 or early 2012 and it will extend SingTel’s Read More…

Wallem and ID Maritime form management jv

ID Maritime Singapore and the Wallem Group have formed a joint venture that will exclusively manage ID-owned vessels. Known as ID Wallem Shipmanagement, the new company will be based in Hong Kong and will use Wallem’s knowledge, experience and systems.

Harish Pande, ID Wallem Shipmanagement Managing Director, said the company was already managing 13 ID ships, with plans for more by the end of the year.

“Our goal is to Read More…

Industry fights for ratification against unfair criminalisation

The release and return to India of the Hebei Two after their long-term detainment in South Korea has spurred the shipping industry to continue efforts to push for ratification of international legislation to prevent the unfair conviction of seafarers in incidents at sea.

Global ship manager V.Ships, which has spearheaded support of Captain Jasprit Chawla and Syam Chetan since their incarceration, is relentlessly continuing to fight for justice for Read More…

Hebei Spirit Captain and First Officer speak exclusively about his detention

The jailed Captain and First Officer of the Hebei Spirit have said that their 551 day detention in South Korea could have positive repercussions for a shipping industry working to rid itself of the scourge of criminalisation.

In an exclusive interview with SMI, Captain Jasprit Chawla and Syam Chetan, also expressed their gratitude to the global shipping industry for the support they received.

Speaking of their experiences on returning Read More…

RINA sets new environmental standards

Genoa-based classification society RINA has underlined its commitment to the environment through the introduction of new voluntary standards allowing ships to connect to shore-based electricity while in port in the effort to reduce harbour air pollution.

The new High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) sets standards to design into a newbuilding or modify an existing ship so that electricity can be supplied from the shore to the ship for the operation Read More…

American Club remains solid

The American Club has reported significant strength during the first half of 2009 despite the ravages of the economic downturn, with net income increasing to nearly $21 million from just over $1m the previous year.

Although the substantial figures were largely offset by unrealised losses on investments of just over $19m, incurred claims reduced by some 33% over the period from $107m at 31st December 2007 to $72m on the Read More…

Greek Shipping Council oppose emissions tax

The Greek Shipping Cooperation Council (GSCC) has reiterated its grounding opposition to any tax or ‘market based instrument’ on greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, despite the widespread push for the industry’s inclusion into an emissions tax regime endorsed by the IMO and the UN, to be discussed in Copenhagen later this year.

Epaminondas Embiricos, Chairman of GSCC, said: “The maritime sector, on the basis tonne miles of cargo carried, Read More…

InterManager hits back at ‘bank overcharging’ allegations

InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party owners and managers, has hit back at allegations that ship managers view their relationships with the banks as a way of overcharging for the benefit of their services.

Responding to an article in the May/June issue of Ship Management International entitled “Lunde slams third party managers”, Roberto Giorgi, President of InterManager, said that ship managers, like banks and any other service Read More…