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South China Sea pirates strike twice

Two ships underway have been subject to violent attacks close to the Indonesian Island of Mangkai in the South China Sea, according to the latest International Maritime Bureau weekly report. It follows a number of apparent attempts at boarding vessels that were also reported in the Gulf of Aden.

The incidents off Mangkai both occurred in the early hours of April 13th and were within a few miles of Read More…

CSC drops Council in favour of Chamber

The Cyprus Shipping Council has dropped the Council tag in favour of the traditionally favoured Chamber epithet as part of a move to enhance its public image. It will not affect the long-recognised CSC logo which will still remain relevant as the Cyprus Shipping Chamber looks to the future.

Thomas Kazakos, CSC Secretary General, told SMI that the move was not a ‘movement of substance’ but part of a Read More…

US crews suddenly attractive to V.Ships

V.Ships is looking to the US crew supply market to resource officers into its LNG ships as the escalation in wages makes this area of recruitment an attractive and viable option.

With Croatian officers now earning up to $20,000 per month in wages, the traditionally high cost US officer is being encouraged to join V.Ships’ already expanding pool of 25,000 seafarers, said Bruce Lucas, Business Development Executive at Read More…

Wallem ‘considering Indian ship agency move’

Hong Kong-based Wallem Ship Management is considering opening a division of its shipping agency business in India in a bid to tap the growing Indian cargo sector.

There was some confusion, however, as to how advanced the discussions were. Talking to local press, G Ramaswamy, Wallem Ship Management South India Vice President, said the company was “scouting for a big player to foray into this segment under a Read More…

Quintana shareholders approve Excel takeover bid

Excel Maritime’s takeover bid of Quintana Maritime has been given the go ahead after Quintana shareholders approved the move at a special meeting in Athens.

The takeover offer is worth $13 in cash plus 0.4084 Excel common shares per Quintana share, subtracting the equivalent of a March dividend payment. The merger is expected to close today.

Excel also announced that it has executed a senior secured credit facility Read More…

The next train for Brussels will be leaving at….

European Commission mandarins can look forward to even more debate and counter debate over the excessive regulation of the shipping industry following news that two industry association heavyweights are setting up home in the European capital.

Not only has Intertanko announced it has established a representative office in Brussels that it says will broaden and strengthen its links with the European Commission, Parliament and other Representatives, but it was Read More…

Reederei “NORD” Klaus E.Oldendorf bucks the trend by entering the third party shipmanagement fray

EXCLUSIVE Limassol-based tanker, bulker and containership owner Reederei “NORD” Klaus E. Oldendorf is to enter the third party shipmanagement sector in a move that will surprise many players in an industry dogged by severe crew shortages, SMI can exclusively reveal.

The company, which manages its tanker and newbuilding fleets from Limassol but which recently relocated the management of its bulkers and box ships to Hamburg, is confident it has Read More…

Ocean Tankers turns on the tap to help the island of Cyprus

Cypriot small to medium-size tanker owner and manager Ocean Tankers has been asked by the Nicosia government to come up with an innovative plan to solve the country’s ongoing water crisis by shipping water from Greece to Cyprus.

The company, which owns 16 vessels, including two newbuildings and three second hand vessels soon-to-be-delivered, is one of a number of companies which have tendered for the ambitious shipping contract which Read More…

Bulk crews switch to wet as wages spiral

There is still an exodus of officers from dry cargo ships to tankers as the attraction of increased pay scales takes hold, a leading owner and third party manager has claimed.

Robert Thompson, First Deputy Managing Director of Unicom Management Services – the in-house management arm for the Sovcomflot-Novoship merger, said the situation wasn’t as bad as it has been, “but there were still dry cargo guys coming across”.

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Cremers ‘not interested in new crew business’

Anglo-Eastern has heightened concerns over the escalating problem of the global shortage of seafarers by confirming it is not in the market for any pure crew management contracts and would probably turn them down were they to come along.

Speaking to SMI, Anglo-Eastern’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Cremers said the industry had to be careful about understanding those companies willing to give up the management of their vessels Read More…