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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…

Piracy attacks doubled in 2009

Global piracy attacks have more than doubled to 240 for the first six months of 2009 compared to 114 in the same period last year, according to a recent report from the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB).

Revealing that “the rise in overall numbers is due almost entirely to increased Somali pirate activity off the Gulf of Aden and east coast of Somalia, with 86 and 44 Read More…

Industry advocates new crew abandonment liability legislation

Rising concern over the abandonment of crews following ship owner bankruptcy has propelled the government to amend legislations of liability, receiving full support and backing from the London P&I Club.

As propounded in the London P&I Club’s 2009 Annual Report, Mr Lyras, Chairman, indicated that the government initiatives, including compulsory insurance, would transfer the cost of caring for crew from “less responsible owners to those who take their obligations Read More…

US Department of Transportation awards $17.1 million in shipyard grants

The US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states. The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program.

“Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the efficiency, Read More…

Shipping ponders changes to accounting treatment of leased assets and liabilities

The shipping industry has until July 17th this year to respond to an International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) discussion paper on the accounting treatment of leases, according to the leading international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens.

Richard Greiner, a partner with the Moore Stephens shipping group, said: “Although it is likely to be at least two years before any new standard comes into effect, the big decisions on what will Read More…

Schat-Harding sets world record freefall drop height

Leading lifeboat and davit manufacturer Schat-Harding has set a world record for a lifeboat freefall drop by successfully launching its new FF1200 offshore lifeboat from a drop height of 55 metres.

Fully loaded and with an all up weight of 30 tonnes the FF1200 was dropped into the sea from a 55 m test rig at Schat-Harding’s Rosendal facility in west Norway this week. The boat surfaced with Read More…

Shipyard coating practice completes 100th analysis

Lloyd’s Register and International Paint have celebrated the completion of the 100th gap analysis, which assesses shipyard coating practices against Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC), at STX France Cruise SA, Saint-Nazaire.

Two years after completing the first PSPC in a Chinese shipyard, the PSPC gap analysis was conducted over a two day period at the yard, followed by a presentation to shipyard senior management and departmental managers designed Read More…