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Pirates detained after wrongfully targetting a naval vessel

Pirates proved their lack of intellectual worth as they misjudged a full-frontal piracy attack on a German tanker for a an attack on a fully-armed naval vessel. Forcefully rebuked by a collusion of EU and NATO naval forces, the pirate’s mishap culminated in the arrest of seven marine outlaws who now await a hefty trial.

Seven nations representing three task forces resisted the hostilities in the defence of the Read More…

IMO commissions African SAR coverage

Further key links in the plan to provide effective search and rescue (SAR) coverage off the coast of Africa have been established with the commissioning of two search and rescue sub-centres that will operate in conjunction with the existing regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Mombasa, Kenya.

The two sub-centres, in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania and Victoria, Seychelles, were commissioned on March 25th and Read More…

Box ships are ‘idle’ not laid up

Not one vessel in the world’s container fleet has been laid up as a result of the financial crisis but are in active waiting mode ready to respond to changes in the market situation, according to Gerry Wang, CEO of Seaspan Corp.

Addressing the Capital Link Forum in New York, he said: “All are in an idle position rather than being laid up. When you talk about the Read More…

V.Ships questions KR boss’ credentials

The world’s largest shipmanagement company has upped the ante in the fight to clear the names of the officers at the heart of the Hebei Spirit case by questioning whether the head of the Korean Register had the authority to make the recent “injurious” comments he made in the press about the officers at the heart of the Hebei Two criminalisation case.

Kong-Gyun Oh, who is also Chairman Read More…

Writer’s block

They say there is a book in all of us but shipping financier Paul Slater has two: one a novel he is struggling to get organised with and another book idea about his life in shipping.

To say he is the next Barbara Taylor Bradford or indeed that he is planning to take a leaf out of Richard Branson’s autobiographical books (so to speak) is possible stretching it Read More…

Captain Fantastic wows CMA

They say that shipping is moving from west to east and it was nowhere more aptly demonstrated than Stamford Connecticut when CMA dubbed Cosco President and chief executive Captain Wei Jiafu its Commodore for 2009.

The smiles were out for the Cosco chief as he told the estimated 900 diners assembled in the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel as well as in the lobby downstairs where they saw Read More…

Manning crisis will get worse – Stene

The global financial crisis may have helped to keep seafarer wage increases in check but it has not, and will not, ease the manning shortage crisis that has blighted this industry for the past three to four years, a leading crew manager has claimed.

Addressing the CMA Shipping 2009 conference in Stamford Connecticut, Ole Stene, Aboitiz Jebsen Bulk Transport, said that unless the situation dramatically improves, “our ship Read More…

Giorgi slams KR boss over Hebei Two allegation

V.Ships boss Roberto Giorgi has demanded a meeting with the head of the Korean Register over comments he made alleging that the Hebei Spirit Master and First Officer were imprisoned because they lied to investigators.

Kong-Gyun Oh, who is also Chairman of IACS, was quoted in Lloyd’s List as saying that the reason they were arrested was not because they created the situation “but the very fact Read More…

Where there’s smoke…..

With the vital Copenhagen international meeting on a successor to Kyoto only a matter of months away, the sabre rattling could soon be over and time to pin the colours to the respective masts.

And while the shipping industry is publicly acknowledging the importance of the meeting as far as IMO’s credibility is concerned, it appears that the world’s ship owners are happy for taxation only as long as it Read More…

OCIMF slams officer competence

The trade association for the world’s oil majors has slammed today’s tanker officers as being nothing more than ship operators capable of taking a ship from A to B and claimed that many are not qualified as navigators or chief engineers.

In a further blast over the tanker owners’ bows, OCIMF also criticised STCW for doing done little to help the competence abnd experience of the world’s tanker Read More…

Naval forces ‘not enough’ in piracy fight says Cummings

The presence of naval forces in the Gulf of Aden is not enough to protect all shipping from the threat of piracy and it is up to international governments to assert international law at sea by firstly asserting a semblance of law within Somalia, according to Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Coastguard and Maritime Transportation.

Delivering the keynote address at this year’s CMA Shipping 2009 Read More…

NATO ships transit Suez Canal en-route to counter piracy operation

Five ships, from four NATO navies, transited the Suez Canal yesterday on their way to conduct counter piracy operations in the Gulf region.

Earlier this month, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) agreed that NATO will contribute to international community efforts to counter piracy off the Horn of Africa. OPERATION ALLIED PROTECTOR aims to enhance the safety of commercial maritime routes and international navigation in the area.

Standing NATO Read More…