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SHIPMAN 98 revision concluded and streamlined with CREWMAN A and B

Revision of the SHIPMAN 98 shipmanagement agreement has finally been concluded and work has now begun to streamline the amended provisions with its sister crew management forms, CREWMAN A and B.

The SHIPMAN/CREWMAN Revision Sub-Committee met in London on 16 June for a full day’s drafting session. The priority item on the sub-committee’s agenda was the ‘fine tuning’ of SHIPMAN to take into account comments on the document from the Read More…

SingTel extends satellite coverage through transponder deal

Singapore Telecommunications Limited has signed a transponder purchase agreement with satellite operator Asia Broadcast Satellite Limited (ABS).

With this agreement, SingTel will own multiple C-band transponders on the new ABS-2 satellite at a cost of approximately S$80 million over the next two years. SingTel will market these transponders to corporate customers under the brand ST-3/ABS-2.

The ABS-2 satellite will be launched in late 2011 or early 2012 and it will extend SingTel’s Read More…

Wallem and ID Maritime form management jv

ID Maritime Singapore and the Wallem Group have formed a joint venture that will exclusively manage ID-owned vessels. Known as ID Wallem Shipmanagement, the new company will be based in Hong Kong and will use Wallem’s knowledge, experience and systems.

Harish Pande, ID Wallem Shipmanagement Managing Director, said the company was already managing 13 ID ships, with plans for more by the end of the year.

“Our goal is to Read More…

Industry fights for ratification against unfair criminalisation

The release and return to India of the Hebei Two after their long-term detainment in South Korea has spurred the shipping industry to continue efforts to push for ratification of international legislation to prevent the unfair conviction of seafarers in incidents at sea.

Global ship manager V.Ships, which has spearheaded support of Captain Jasprit Chawla and Syam Chetan since their incarceration, is relentlessly continuing to fight for justice for Read More…

Hebei Spirit Captain and First Officer speak exclusively about his detention

The jailed Captain and First Officer of the Hebei Spirit have said that their 551 day detention in South Korea could have positive repercussions for a shipping industry working to rid itself of the scourge of criminalisation.

In an exclusive interview with SMI, Captain Jasprit Chawla and Syam Chetan, also expressed their gratitude to the global shipping industry for the support they received.

Speaking of their experiences on returning Read More…

RINA sets new environmental standards

Genoa-based classification society RINA has underlined its commitment to the environment through the introduction of new voluntary standards allowing ships to connect to shore-based electricity while in port in the effort to reduce harbour air pollution.

The new High Voltage Shore Connection (HVSC) sets standards to design into a newbuilding or modify an existing ship so that electricity can be supplied from the shore to the ship for the operation Read More…

American Club remains solid

The American Club has reported significant strength during the first half of 2009 despite the ravages of the economic downturn, with net income increasing to nearly $21 million from just over $1m the previous year.

Although the substantial figures were largely offset by unrealised losses on investments of just over $19m, incurred claims reduced by some 33% over the period from $107m at 31st December 2007 to $72m on the Read More…

Greek Shipping Council oppose emissions tax

The Greek Shipping Cooperation Council (GSCC) has reiterated its grounding opposition to any tax or ‘market based instrument’ on greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, despite the widespread push for the industry’s inclusion into an emissions tax regime endorsed by the IMO and the UN, to be discussed in Copenhagen later this year.

Epaminondas Embiricos, Chairman of GSCC, said: “The maritime sector, on the basis tonne miles of cargo carried, Read More…

InterManager hits back at ‘bank overcharging’ allegations

InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party owners and managers, has hit back at allegations that ship managers view their relationships with the banks as a way of overcharging for the benefit of their services.

Responding to an article in the May/June issue of Ship Management International entitled “Lunde slams third party managers”, Roberto Giorgi, President of InterManager, said that ship managers, like banks and any other service Read More…

New face to head up Galbraith’s

International ship broker Galbraith’s has appointed Nick Hubbard as Managing Director, and with his 25 years experience in shipbroking as well as a previous Director and major shareholder at Howe Robinson, he hopes to lead the company to new growth.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me. Galbraith’s is an internationally known and highly respected company which operates with a strong team ethic and has more than its share Read More…

UKHO pushes for protection of marine environment

This year’s World Hydrography Day involved heavy enforcement of marine environmental protection as the drivers for navigational safety and pollution control go hand in hand in confronting the key issues facing the shipping industry.

Protection of the marine environment is seen as an imperative component of a recognised and increasing demand for non-navigational use of marine datasets, and as paramount an issue as navigational safety, the capacity to provide real Read More…

Accidents in European waters still significantly high

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has underlined a great degree of concern as the levels of accidents and fatalities in European waters remain significantly higher than in the recent past, according to statistics from its latest annual Maritime Accident Review.

In spite of a global reduction in tonnage towards the end of last year due to lay-ups and scraps, a total of 754 vessels were involved in 670 Read More…