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Antwerp Port Authority steams towards hope and glory with dock water heating project

Antwerp Port Authority has pushed ahead for recognition of its innovative and ecologically-fronted dock water heating project, by entering the Industry Technical Management Awards 2009.

With the aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 79% and forefront the realm of port energy-efficiency, the Port Authority has devised a heating system for its offices in the Nordkasteel Bridge building entirely through the utilisation of dock water.

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ITIC warns brokers over ‘first-class charterers’ usage

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has advised shipbrokers against using the term ‘first-class charterers’ when conducting fixture negotiations, following a claim made by ship owners against one of its broker members in respect of the failure of charterers to perform a contracted fixture.

Writing in the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC explains, “Norwegian shipbrokers were involved in negotiations for a voyage charter. When entering the market, they Read More…

DCPD fuel warning in Latvia

Leading fuel testing agency Lintec Testing Services has warned that three fuel oil samples taken recently from vessels that have bunkered in Riga, Latvia, have shown the presence of Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD), a synthetic substance not naturally occurring within marine fuel.

According to Lintec Managing Director Geoff Jones, the presence of DCPD was detected by Lintec’s chemical screening service. “This fuel is clearly in breach of Section 5.1 of Read More…

Sophia Loren and MSC Fantasia take beauty to new levels

Hollywood legened and acclaimed beauty Sophia Loren cuts the ceremonial ribbon at the lavish christening ceremony of the MSC Fantasia, regarded by many as the most beautiful ship in the world.

MSC Fantasia, the tenth ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, is taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa and longer than the Eiffel Tower and combines traditional Italian elegance with ground-breaking technological features, all dedicated to superior Read More…

Ince & Co boosts its Piraeus operation

International law firm Ince & Co is responding to market needs with the appointment of a team of experienced and respected Greek lawyers to its Piraeus office.

It comprises George Iatridis, who will lead the team, and Dimitris Kapsis, both litigators and advocates, together with Greek lawyers Dimitris Ghiomelakis and Donatos Apostolou. George Iatridis and Dimitris Kapsis will join Ince & Co Piraeus on 2 January 2009.

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Freeseas fixes Free Hero for $5,700

FreeSeas has fixed one of its vessels, the 1995-built, 24,318 dwt Handysize Free Hero on a 50-day charter at a rate of $5,700 per day.

“We are pleased to secure this short-term time charter for the Free Hero at a time when the rate environment has begun to improve,” said Mr. Ion Varouxakis, President and CEO of FreeSeas. “We believe that should the rate environment continue to improve, Read More…

NITC’s Souri calls for greater action against Somali pirates

Mohammad Souri, Chairman and Managing Director of NITC, one of the world’s largest independent tanker operators, has called for a stepping up of the international effort to tackle the scourge of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia, where there have been more than 100 attempted attacks this year.

Speaking in Dubai, he revealed that so far this year five NITC VLCCs carrying Read More…

SMI picks up top marine journalism award for the second year running

Ship Management International was rewarded by the shipping industry for its continued dedication to quality journalism when it picked up the Seahorse Club Feature Journalist of the Year award for the second year running.

Amy Kilpin, reporter on the magazine, beat over 30 other global shipping journalists to be named top feature journalist of the year for her article: ‘Dealing the Bunker Crisis a fair hand – Are Read More…

MSC Cruises sets new standards for cruise vessel QHSE

With the entry into service on December 18th of the 3950-passenger MSC Fantasia, MSC Cruises has raised the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) bar for all cruise operators. MSC has entrusted Bureau Veritas, the world leader for QHSE assessment, with the auditing of six of the highest possible QHSE standards for the design of the new ship and also its operation in service. BV has granted MSC Fantasia the Read More…

INTERMANAGER MEMBERS RALLY TO SUPPORT THE HEBEI SPIRIT CREW

The jailed Master and Chief Officer of the Hebei Spirit are being held in inhumane conditions which breach their human rights and go against their religious principals – and the shipping industry will not stand idly by while this injustice continues.

 That was the hard‐hitting message delivered by InterManager General Secretary Guy Morel on behalf of his members – who between them represent some 2,500 oceangoing ships and Read More…

InterManager ‘to go to the Human Rights Commission’ over the Hebei Spirit jailings

InterManager is to complain to the Human Rights Commission over allegations that the two jailed officers from the Hebei Spirit are being badly treated in their Korean jail.

Reports emanating from Korea have indicated that the two Hebei Spirit officers, Indian nationals Capt Jasprit Chawla and First Officer Syam Chetan are being confined in a filthy cell with nothing but a small opening in the floor to serve Read More…

Maritime authorities raise concern over future seafarer staying power

Global shipping leaders have expressed deep concern about the spiralling problems rife across the industry and the colossal impact on an already deficient workforce, sparked by claims that “current seafarers are already reviewing their future at sea”.

With a global seafarer shortage being common knowledge for some time, ships being laid up and companies going down as a result of the global economic crisis has hardly been helped Read More…