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Heidmar boosts Star Tankers pool with four newbuilds

Heidmar has announced the delivery of four additional vessels to the Star Tankers pool as longstanding members demonstrate their commitment to boosting the pool’s fleet, now consisting of 35 modern, double hull panamax tankers.

Established pool member Tsakos Shipping and Trading entered the M/T Selini, closely followed by the M/T Salamina; both newbuilds fresh out of Sungdong Shipyard in Korea. Heidmar also announced that Sanko Steamship has committed two Read More…

UK P& I Club announces rise in death and injuries during mooring

Severe accidents in mooring operations involving death and injuries have increased according to the UK P&I Club, totalling $34 million in related insurance claims over the last 20 years.

Statistics reveal a long-term trend for a rise in such claims, with mooring injuries landing seventh in the most frequent cause of personal injuries dealt by the Club, yet third most expensive; indicating the severe nature of the claims.

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DNV prepares hazardous material inventories for boom in ship recycling

DNV has formulated important inventories of hazardous materials as the global recession witnesses a major boom in recycling of vessels, in preparation for the IMO’s International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships later this year.

With volumes of tonnage sent for recycling in the first month of 2009 standing at 40% more than in the entire year of 2006, DNV has raised significant concern over the Read More…

INTERTANKO warns inadequate regulations are hazardous

INTERTANKO has raised alarm to the significant number of catastrophic incidents on small product tankers and chemical carriers, and has pushed for a revision of Inert Gas regulations to newbuildings in a bid to improve safety.

Concerned that the prime cause of 36 incidents examined was failure to follow procedures, INTERTANKO has submitted a report to the IMO stating that the present IG regulations incorrectly imply that the risks Read More…

DVB launches $250m investment fund

DVB Bank, the specialist in transport finance, has unveiled a $250m fund for opportunity-driven investments in the shipping and offshore industry by way of tackling the economic slump head on.

With some maritime assets trading well below their intrinsic value, the fund, formed via DVB’s Shipping and Intermodal Investment Management (SIIM) team, hopes to create an opening for long-term investment as values eventually recover.

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CMA CGM gains concession for Syrian port

CMA CGM has turned the downward trend of business on its head with a new concession agreement to manage and operate the Lattakia Container Terminal in Syria under a 10 year contract, in its 29th investment in worldwide port terminals.

As Syria’s main port within the Mediterranean, the joint consortium with Souria Holding, a Syrian Limited Liability Company, plan to increase the terminal’s current capacity to 1m teu by 2012 Read More…

DryShips agrees covenant waiver

George Economou’s (pictured) global bulk shipping and offshore contract drilling oil services company DryShips has reached preliminary agreement with Nordea Bank Finland to obtain a covenant waiver in connection with the $800 million Primelead facility, which was used to partially finance the acquisition of Ocean Rig ASA. As of today, the outstanding loan amount under the facility is $650 m.

In accordance with the main terms of the Read More…

IoM Flag reaches 1,000

The Isle of Man Ship Registry reached another milestone on the 28th January with the registration of an anchor handling supply vessel bringing the total number of Isle of Man registered vessels for the first time to 1,000.

The Ship Registry is now in its 25th year as an international ship register, but it has historically been in operation since 1786 serving the needs of local craft and operators.

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Pedersen resigns as head of EMS Shipmanagement

Rising star Svein Pedersen has shocked the shipmanagement sector by resigning as President of EMS Ship Management after only two years in the post.

The ‘roller blading’ shipping executive moved from rival manager Thome in the last quarter of 2006 to head up EMS Ship Management, or what was originally known as TESMA.

His boss Annette Malm Justad will take over duties at the growing shipmanagement company until Read More…

UKHO extends its hand toward the Japan Hydrographic Association

Greater flexibility has been granted to mariners transiting through the Malacca and Singapore Straits (MSS) in the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office’s (UKHO) new licensing agreement with the Japan Hydrographic Association (JHA) in a bid to promote comprehensive and safe global ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart) coverage.

Currently licensed to distribute fully comprehensive and detailed ENC’s of the Straits through its Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS), the UKHO’s new agreement Read More…

V.Ships buys ITM and strengthens role in the Middle East

V.Ships has taken the third party shipmanagement market by surprise by announcing its purchase of the Dubai-headquartered tanker ship management specialist ITM from Wilhelmsen Ship Management for an undisclosed sum.

The move, which immediately strengthens V.Ships foothold in the important Middle East tanker management sector, will also safeguard jobs at a company which Wilhelmsen has been looking to sell. ITM currently has 45 ships on full management.

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Longchamp ‘manager’ negotiates with Somali pirates

The manager of a 3,200 cu m chemical carrier hijacked off the Somali coast has started negotiations with the pirates over the release of the vessel and it has received a photograph of the crew proving that they have so far been unharmed in the attack.

The Bahamas-flagged tanker Longchamp was seized in the Gulf of Aden in the early hours of Thursday, 29 January with a full Read More…