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ITF in internet campaign to end piracy

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is embracing social networking sites including Twitter and Facebook in its efforts to raise awareness about the global threat of piracy.

As of July 1, the ITF’s petition against piracy, www.endpiracypetition.org had amassed 65,000 signatures. The intention is to collect 500,000 signatures by September.

The ITF has devised a communications strategy under which affiliate trade unions Nautilus and the National Union of Seafarers Read More…

EMS pulls out of shipmanagement

Eitzen Maritime Services has sold its ship management activities to Bermuda-based Sanary for NKr24m and will concentrate on its ship supply business, further developing its position as the global industry leader.

EMS’ ship management division currently operates a total of 48 vessels on technical management and/or crewing contracts. The divestment reflects EMS’ strategy of concentrating on its ship supply business going forward.

The sale is expected to be completed in Read More…

UEDA sets out IACS objectives

Actively contributing at the IMO on issues such as common structural rules and green house gas emissions, making certain the opinions of the entire maritime industry are taken into account during decision making processes and ensuring a successful transition to a new and more transparent organisation, are the objectives of Noboru Ueda the new Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies.

Mr Ueda, who is also Chairman Read More…

ASF takes piracy concerns to the UN

The Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) has sent a same letter to both the UN Secretary General Ban Ki – Moon and the IMO Secretary General Mr Efthimios Mitropoulos highlighting the serious concerns and continuing problem of piracy and ship hijacks in the Gulf of Aden, the Somali Basin and in the Indian Ocean.

The letter expressedly condemns the criminal acts and dangers of Somali pirates on maritime security and the Read More…

Graig unveils serviced Indonesian anchorage and lay-up facilities

UK-based ship owning and shipping services group, Graig Ship Management, has unveiled a safe and secure anchorage at Batam, Galang Bay on Indonesia’s Galang Island. The anchorage is suitable for hot and cold lay-up, maintenance, survey, underwater cleaning, tank cleaning and other relevant services.

Galang Bay meets the requirements of insurance companies in that it is located away from typhoon-affected areas. Significantly, laid-up and idle vessels are safe from Read More…

Bureau Veritas to class unique powerships

French classification society Bureau Veritas is to class three floating dual fuel power generation units.

The self-propelled units are being converted from existing bulk carriers at Sedef Shipyard in Turkey. Each vessel features a MAN Diesel dual-fuel engine and generator suitable for natural gas or heavy fuel and can be plugged into national grids when required.

The first powership has 144 MW generation capacity and the remaining two Read More…

BV classes powerships

Bureau Veritas has been chosen to class a series of unique floating dual fuel power generation units. Converted from existing bulk carriers, the powerships are self propelled portable power stations which can run on heavy fuel or gas and which plug into national grids where required. Designed and financed by Turkish energy company Karadeniz Powership Co, the vessels are being converted at the Turkish Sedef Yard.

Kerim Kiper, head Read More…

Paris MOU performance list puts RINA on pedestal

Genoa-headquartered classification society RINA has been recognised by the Paris memorandum of understanding as best performing recognised organisation in 2009.

The Paris MOU committee approved the 2009 Port State Control inspection results for ships at its 43rd meeting and adopted new performance lists for flag states and recognised organisations, to take effect from July 1.

“Owners who choose RINA class work hard to maintain the highest standards,” said Read More…

Demand for Filipino officers continues to surge

The demand for Filipino officers is rising, causing the continued tightness in the supply-demand balance, reports Japan’s Kaiji Press. In particular, the supply of engineers and senior officers remains low against the current level of demand.

Quoting local manning sources, Kaiji claimed that the supply-demand balance of officers had been easing up from late-2008 to the summer of 2009 and against this backdrop, some companies had also started cutting wage Read More…

Shipowners’ Club returns overall surplus despite rise in incurred claims

Mutual marine liability insurer The Shipowners’ Club has reported a 4.5% increase in tonnage to 16.6m tons gross for the year to the end of February, with over 28,000 vessels entered. Gross premiums were up 4.5% to $174.2m.

The club experienced a 38% increase in the value of claims incurred but said the 2009 policy year was showing better performance than 2008 at the same stage of development.

A review Read More…

Sollid steps up at Ulstein Design & Solutions

Frode Sollid has been appointed design manager for offshore support vessels at Ulstein Design & Solutions.

Mr Sollid has worked at Ulstein Verft since in 1989, initially as a senior designer/coordinator in the electrical engineering department and since 1999 as area manager electro at Ulstein Design & Solutions.

Confidence continues to improve in shipping

Confidence in shipping has risen again over the last quarter, reaching levels not seen since the record 6.8 level seen in May 2008, according to leading shipping and insurance adviser, Moore Stephens.

In its latest survey, the City of London-headquartered firm says the average confidence level, on a scale of 1 to 10, was 6.3, compared to 5.9 in the previous survey in February – itself the highest recorded level Read More…