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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]