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Jan Kromhout appointed partner by AKD

Dutch law firm AKD has appointed Jan Kromhout as a partner in its shipping and offshore team, bringing a strong blend of shipping and legal experience to the team.

Mr Kromhout began his career in Rotterdam with the law firm Nauta Dutilh. In 2005 he joined the leading operator in the international market for heavy marine transport, where he became head of the legal department and where he also gained extensive experience of Read More…

Inadequate newbuilding supervision leads to costly claim

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says a recently concluded claim brought against a newbuilding supervisor helps illustrate the level of diligence which might realistically be expected of such a specialist service provider.

In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a newbuilding supervisor appointed by a technical management firm to oversee the building of a number of chemical carriers. A dispute arose concerning two hulls Read More…

ICS REPORT ADVISES ON ACTION TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS IN MALACCA AND SINGAPORE STRAITS

Navigation safety and environmental protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore could further improve, following a detailed investigation into accident reports by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

ICS (as part of a wider initiative being undertaken by the Round Table of international shipping associations) has conducted a survey of incident reports which it is anticipated will result in the development of agreed proposals to Read More…

UK P&I Club announces 3% general increase for 2012

The UK P&I Club is to raise the premium rating of all its members by 3% from February 20th 2012 – a decision taken by the Club’s Directors yesterday, in response to continuing underlying claims inflation.

Although the frequency of claims was reduced in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the Club reported that the average cost per claim has increased over this period. Following its Directors’ meeting in Athens, the Club Read More…

Shipping firms warned over incorrect HMRC annual return fines

Accountancy firm Mitchell Charlesworth is warning small firms to be wary of a slew of inaccurate fines being issued in the last month by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for late submissions of end-of year tax returns.

Mitchell Charlesworth issued its plea after the case of Hok Ltd v HMRC, which saw the firm’s £400 fine for failing to file a P35 reduced to £100, because the penalty was Read More…

UKHO Chief Executive steps down

The UKHO today announced that Mike Robinson is stepping down from his role as Chief Executive following five years at the head of the organisation. Ian Moncrieff, currently Chief Operating Officer and former UK National Hydrographer, will assume the role of Chief Executive with immediate effect.

“Mike has been the driving force behind the business for the past five years. His energy, passion and vision have delivered a long list Read More…

BRAEMAR SHIPPING SERVICES launches BRAEMAR technical services (BTS)

Braemar Shipping Services plc’s penetration of the global marine and offshore services sectors continues to develop with the bringing together of its business units under the umbrella control of the Braemar Technical Services (BTS) division.

As was set in train with the results’ announcement in May 2011, BTS will bring a broader service as well as operating efficiency benefits to customers of its technical services businesses – Braemar Casbarian, Braemar Read More…

Hojgaard resigns from Thome

Bjorn Hojgaard has resigned as Managing Director of Thome Ship Management with immediate effect and has been replaced by the company’s technical director Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt.

The company said he had left to ‘pursue other interests’.

Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt becomes Managing Director of Thome Ship Management after serving as the company’s Technical Director for the last two years. Olav Eek Thorstensen, Thome Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said of Read More…

ICS SAYS FLAG STATES MUST ENFORCE THE RULES

A balance has to be struck between the commercial advantages of shipowners’ selecting a particular flag state and the need to discourage the use of flags that do not meet their international obligations, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has warned.

Speaking at the 14th Russian Register Seminar on Quality Shipping in St Petersburg, Simon Bennett, ICS Director of External Relations, said: “Shipping is one of the safest and most Read More…

Survey sets unions seafarer communications challenge

Research commissioned by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust has highlighted the need for trade unions to embrace electronic means of communication with their seafarer members. Carried out by London Metropolitan University’s Working Lives Research Institute, the project surveyed 1,000 seafarers to find out the best ways to contact them, and how they communicated at sea and on land.

The survey once again underlined the importance of email and web access to Read More…

Moore Stephens welcomes UK tonnage tax revision

Accountant and shipping adviser, Moore Stephens, has welcomed the decision of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to revise, as promised, its UK Tonnage Tax Manual to at least partly restore, on an interim basis, the pre-2009 interpretation of the strategic and commercial management tests.

Moore Stephens has been working for some time with the shipping industry, and in particular with the Chamber of Shipping, in campaigning for HMRC to Read More…

UK OUTLINES ROBUST MEASURES TO TACKLE PIRACY

Speaking at the British Chamber of Shipping, Foreign Office Minister, Henry Bellingham, yesterday outlined the UK’s ongoing commitment to tackle piracy off the coast of East Africa, including UK support for several of the UN’s projects to tackle piracy – including work in Somalia designed to prevent people from turning to piracy in the first place.

Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham said: “This government is 100% behind a more Read More…