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Alaska primed for new emergency response resources

T&T BISSO has deployed new vessel emergency response resources around the Cook Inlet and Alaska areas in its efforts to meet the Coast Guard’s new Salvage and Marine Firefighting Regulations.

Specialising in vessel emergency response, salvage and marine firefighting services, T&T BISSO conducted equipment exercises in Kachemak Bay in partnership with Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response in preparation for its emergency response services to be permanently located in Read More…

There is worse to come

Next year will be a tougher year than 2009 with any ship owner bankruptcies likely to happen towards the end of the recession rather than at the beginning if the supply problems kick in, according to Paragon Shipping boss Michael Bodouroglou.

Talking to Ship Management International, Mr Bodouroglou said he was very confident about the health of the market fundamentals when it came to vessel demand but stressed Read More…

Liberia introduces new mortgagee act to safeguard maritime interests

The Liberian Registry has become the first ship registry outside the EU to introduce an initiative to significantly strengthen security for ship mortgagees, and for shipping generally, as it continues to proactively seek ways to help shipowners and financiers survive the current economic recession.

On May 22, 2009, the Government of Liberia enacted the new Insolvency of Foreign Mortgagees Act, which amends Liberian maritime law to address issues regarding the Read More…

DP World to open new Vietnam terminal

Global marine terminal operator DP World has set October 1st, 2009 as the date of the official inauguration of its state-of-the-art Saigon Premier Container Terminal (SPCT). A joint venture between DP World and Vietnam’s IPC, SPCT is located on the Soai Rap River 15 kilometres from Ho Chi Minh City. SPCT will further establish Ho Chi Minh City as the country’s main commercial hub.

The region’s second fastest growing economy, Read More…

Latvian seafarers returning to sea as recession bites

Latvia has suffered more than most from the economic ravages of the current global recession but its difficulties has lit a light of hope for crew managers as larger numbers of its ex-seafarers are now returning to sea in search of employment.

Crew managers in Cyprus and elsewhere have reported an uptake in interest from officers in this region and many are hopeful that the ex-seafarers can be introduced back Read More…

Drydocks World-Dubai and BP renew Alliance Agreement partnership

Drydocks World – Dubai, the flagship ship repair, conversion and new building yard of Drydocks World, has renewed its long-standing association with BP Shipping with the signing of a new Alliance Agreement.

According to the Agreement, signed by Nawal Saigal, Managing Director of Drydocks World – Dubai, and Dave Williamson, VP Fleet Operations of BP Shipping, the two companies will work closely to achieve optimum production levels based Read More…

Asian Gypsy Moth infestation could halt shipping

As the Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) ‘season’ gets underway, US and Canadian authorities are actively intercepting infested vessels in efforts to prevent infestation of the countries’ forests and damage to agriculture. At risk are bulk cargo, grain and container vessels, as well as fishing vessels and cruiseships.

The American P&I Club has issued an alert to its members, attaching a detailed presentation issued by the US Department of Read More…

IBIA intervenes at IMO to prevent ban on blending afloat

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has intervened at the International Maritime Organisation to amend a controversial proposal to ban the blending of oil cargoes on board ships.

At the 59th session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) in London from July 13-17, there was strong support for a proposal that would have prohibited any onboard in-tank blending while ships are ‘at sea’. Such a ban would have Read More…

Dobson launches new ferry management division

Limassol-based Dobson Fleet Management has underlined its commitment to the passenger ferry management market by launching a new passenger fleet division it hopes will boost the number of passenger ferries it manages.

Bob Maxwell, Group Managing Director (pictured), said he wanted to grow DFM’s managed fleet of four passenger ferries to around 20 and said creation of the Dobson Fleet Management Passenger Fleet Division would help to build Read More…

Managers are more selective when it comes to crew competence

Ship managers are becoming more selective when it comes to employing senior officers and are looking behind the CVs to ensure the candidates are right for the job.

A steadier supply of available officer material has created this shift in thinking. Indeed, according to one prominent manager, unsuitable officers who would have been employed by blue chip shipping companies last year because of the shortage crisis, Read More…

UKHO adds Indonesia to its expanding chart service

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has built its bank of Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) within the Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS) with the addition of Indonesia.

Close collaboration between the UKHO and the Indonesian Hydro-Oceanographic Office has formulated a partnership to produce and maintain a total of more than 100 ENCs in the globally significant sea lanes within this region, fortifying the drive towards full global coverage.

Currently comprising Read More…

IBIA warns of lack of transparency in bunker fuel sulphur content

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has warned members of the potential dangers from the failure of suppliers to put authentic sulphur content results on Bunker Delivery Receipts (BDR), especially when operating in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs).

Ian Adams, IBIA Chief Executive, said: “Clearly this is not in compliance with MARPOL requirements and may create a problem for ship owners in terms of the selection of correct feed rates and Read More…