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RINA secures new Condition-Based Maintenance agreements

Genoa-based classification society RINA has teamed up with specialist certification services provider SPM Instrument SRL of Italy and the Italian Ship Research Centre CETENA to help cope with an increase in demand for Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) programmes by RINA clients.

Having issued new CBM rules and guidelines in 2008, RINA has introduced a number of new class notations this year for clients who implement RINA-approved CBM programmes in respect of Read More…

London P&I Club sets 5% general increase

The London P&I Club’s Committee has set a general increase of 5% for P&I premiums for the 2010/2011 policy year.

The Club’s open policy years are developing in line with expectations, and the general increase for the forthcoming P&I year reflects the Committee’s determination to consolidate improvements made to the Club’s financial position.

Ian Gooch, Chief Executive of the Club’s Management team, said: “It is still too early to assess Read More…

Giuseppe Bottiglieri celebrates fourth vessel delivery this year

Giuseppe Bottiglieri has celebrated the addition of another vessel to the fleet, marking the fourth newbuild delivery this year as part of a rigorous investment programme totalling $600 million.

The new 93,500 tonnes dwt post-panamax bulk carrier, the Bottiglieri Challenger, is the fourth sister vessel among ten units ordered at Chinese ship yard New Jiangsu Yangzijiang, launched just a few weeks after the recently delivered Bottiglieri Ambition.

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Antwerp Port Authority freezes port dues and concession fees

Antwerp Port Authority is to keep the port dues and concession fees in 2010 at the 2009 level. In fact, most of the dues will be frozen at the 2008 level, it admitted yesterday.

Furthermore, a 10% reduction will be granted for transhipment of conventional/breakbulk cargo, provided employers and labour unions manage to make more efficient use of dock labour.

With these measures the Port Authority seeks to Read More…

US warns seafarers against pirate attacks after Maersk Alabama is attacked again

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today reminded mariners about the importance of taking necessary precautions and implementing best practices in the wake of recent attacks on the Harriett and Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia.

“These ships’ successful defence against pirates should serve as a reminder to the maritime industry of the best practices that can keep crews safe on the seas,” said Secretary LaHood. “Mariners should heed the Read More…

Gory accidents set to video

The Standard Club has joined forces with Videotel to produce a set of 10 short video clips that show in graphic and sometimes shocking detail, what can happen when the correct procedures and working techniques are ignored when carrying out a task.

Hazards Series 1 is aimed primarily at cadets, deck and engine crew, students at maritime colleges and training officers. The clips are eye catching and confront the potential Read More…

Cargoship Maritime BV to restructure time charters

Cargoship Maritime BV, a Netherlands-based vessel operating company, has entered into talks for restructuring its time charter portfolio. The aim is to renegotiate the time charters of the vessels in the company to better reflect market prospects. The renegotiation will affect time charters of 22 ships currently trading, mostly tankers, and thirteen different owners.

All of the vessels affected by the renegotiation are commercially managed by Netherlands-based Seaarland Shipping Management Read More…

Westgarth ‘in favour’ of more industry cooperation

INTERTANKO has given its clearest indication yet that it wants to liaise more closely with other industry associations outside of the much envied Round Table of shipping associations and is likely to table a proposal calling for such action at the next Round Table meeting.

Addressing reporters only weeks after taking over the INTERTANKO chairmanship from Nick Fistes, Capt Graham Westgarth said it was important to create the Read More…

Stolt-Nielsen steams into the gas market

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. subsidiary, Stolt-Nielsen Gas, has acquired yet another LPG carrier after an initial recent foray into the sector, as the company foresees an optimistic future in the gas market.

Scheduled for delivery in early 2010, the acquisition of the 82,557 cbm LPG carrier Althea Gas from Iino Kaiun Kaisha of Japan was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in 2003 and follows the recent timecharter of the 1999-built VLGC Yuhsho.

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RINA publishes new lay-up guidelines

Genoa-based classification society RINA has published new guidelines to help ship owners identify and secure safe and cost-effective locations to lay up their ships during the current economic downturn.

The guidelines cover various types of lay-up, mooring arrangements, class, insurance, flag and port authority requirements. They also set out the measures which need to be taken in order to ensure that ships are laid up in a safe condition Read More…

Owners reputed to be deploying armed security services onboard ships

Some ship owners are apparently deploying armed security guards onboard their vessels on the sly to help protect their crew and cargoes against potential piracy attacks when transiting through the dangerous waters off the coast of Somalia, according to a leading defence equipment manufacturer.

In the continuing fight against piracy, BCB International has devised a new piracy prevention system to avoid the potential war conflict of carrying arms onboard Read More…

ISO standard to increase confidence in ship recycling certification

An ISO standard for bodies providing audit and certification of ship recycling management systems, will increase the safety of workers and environmental protection by facilitating independent recognition of good practice.

ISO 30003:2009, Ships and marine technology – Ship recycling management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of ship recycling management, aims to instill confidence that the certification process has been carried out in a competent, consistent and Read More…