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ITIC Says: Ship Managers Must Beware of Increase in Claims by Owners

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International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says it has seen a noticeable increase in claims against ship managers by shipowners who are going through difficult financial times. In the latest issue of its Claims Review, ITIC notes that, as result of their financial difficulties, owners resist paying for the full maintenance of their ships and also end up owing ship managers not only for their own fees but also for disbursements paid on owners’ behalf. When ship managers try to collect the funds due, they are faced with a claim for negligence in the management of the ship. In ITIC’s experience, once shipowners fail to put managers in funds, the situation rarely improves, and usually deteriorates. The resulting claims are time-consuming and costly to defend. ITIC says that it is of the utmost importance that ship managers’ records and correspondence with shipowners are clear and in good order. By way of illustration it cites a dispute between the manager and owner of a ship involving a balance of funds owed to the manager. It was agreed that those funds would be put into an escrow account. The matter remained idle for five months, until the owner raised a claim against the ship manager, through its lawyers, for alleged negligence. The owner claimed that the ship manager was in breach of its duty to maintain the ship in an efficient, employable state and that, as a result, it had suffered significant losses


Exculpatory Clause in Maritime Contract

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that a clear and unequivocal exculpatory clause may exonerate a marina owner from liability to vessel owners for simple negligence. In the instant case, owners of vessels berthed at the marina signed slip agreements containing exoneration clauses. A marina employee negligently repaired a fuel pump on a vessel at the marina. The vessel caught fire and the fire spread to adjacent vessels. The vessel owners sued the marina


Tanker Owners Fight Back

Tanker owners, who have been retreating on freight rates for crude cargoes for several weeks, have started to fight back in recent days, especially for prompt loading dates, brokers said on Thursday. The defiant mood was illustrated by the fixture of a VLCC from the Tankers International pool to Petronas at W57.5 ($0.45), about 40 percent above the prevailing market rate. Loading in the Mideast Gulf is scheduled for two days' time with discharge in Malacca, brokers said.


Sea Tow Awards New U.S. Franchises

Sea Tow Services International Inc., announced the opening of four new franchises: Sea Tow Buzzards Bay (Mass.), Sea Tow Montauk (N.Y.), Sea Tow Lake Eufaula (Ala.) and Sea Tow Lake Lewisville (Tx.). The company also announced the sale and transfer of ownership of three existing franchise areas. Captain Walter Garschagen is the new owner of Sea Tow Central Hudson (N.Y.), Jim and Jan Pulley are the new owners of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake (Mo.), and Capt


Emergency Evacuation Plan Does Not Create Legal Duties

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that an Emergency Evacuation Plan for a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) does not create legal duties to third parties. U.S. Coast Guard requires the operator of MODUs located on the U.S. outer continental shelf to prepare and submit an emergency evacuation plan. Two employees on a MODU alleged that they were injured while being evacuated to shore as a hurricane approached


GAC China Launches New Pollution Control Service

GAC China launched a new specialist service to help ship owners comply with stringent new anti-pollution regulations that come into force at the country’s ports on March 1, 2012. Under the China Maritime Safety Agency (MSA) rules, owners and operators of vessels carrying any cargo deemed to represent a potential pollution risk in Chinese territorial waters must work with a Government-approved Ship Pollution Response Organisation (SPRO) to establish and implement a detailed Ship Pollution


Port of Houston Deepening Project Hits Legal Snag

The Port of Houston Authority Commissioners voted recently to appeal the U.S. District Court's January 25 ruling that the Port should pay for the removal and relocation of pipelines to accommodate the widening and deepening of the Houston Ship Channel. "We believe Congress clearly specified in 1996 that pipeline owners, not the taxpayers of Harris County, should pay for the removal and relocation of pipelines needed to widen and deepen the Ship Channel," said Port Chairman James T. Edmonds


NOAA Fisheries Offer Gulf Shrimp Vessel Permit Reminder

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) reminds all shrimp vessels owners and operators who intend to fish for shrimp in Federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico that they must obtain a commercial vessel permit by December 5, 2002. The rule requiring shrimp vessel permits became effective on September 6, 2002. A previous bulletin provided incorrect dates for the effective date of the rule and the date by which all vessel owners or operators must have a shrimp vessel permit in


ITIC Warns Shipmanagers on Lay-Up Liability

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has urged its shipmanager members to seek legal advice before entering into any contracts with owners relating to the laying-up of vessels. ITIC said there has been a recent sharp increase in the number of lay-up contracts which it has been asked to review. Some of these agreements are based on amended shipmanagement contracts, where the manager acts as agent for and on behalf of the owner


ClassNK Announces Massive Expansion in Europe

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Classification society ClassNK announced it will soon open more than five new offices in Europe. The announcement was made during a press conference held during the Nor-Shipping 2013 exhibition, and was highlighted by a special signing ceremony which saw four renowned Northern European owners officially transfer nearly a dozen vessels to ClassNK. The new expansion which includes new offices already established in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and Ebeltoft


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

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Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980s. Ship owners ordered large numbers of vessels between 2007 and 2009


Vice-Principal Of S.Korea School In Ferry Disaster Commits Suicide

The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive.   The Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew


Crewman Claims Ferry Captain "Rushed Back To Bridge"

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago rushed back to the bridge after it started listing severely and tried in vain to right the vessel, one of the helmsmen on the ship said on Friday.   A junior officer was steering the Sewol ferry when it capsized on Wednesday


Private Equity Boosts Liberia Shipping Market

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The Liberian Registry says the entry of private equity funding into the ship finance market is helping to sustain its continued growth. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian registry, said


Fit for Sea Medical Program Tests 300,000th Applicant

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The UK P&I Club informs that its Pre-Employment Medical Examination Programme, claimed to be the world’s leading scheme for assessing the fitness of prospective seafarers, has just completed its 300,000th examination.

 For the past 18 years


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


Rolls-Royce to supply machinery for 4 tugs for ALP Maritime Services

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.


Cargo Sits Waiting a Fortnight in Asia: Analysts Seek Reasons

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Jochen Gutschmidt, head of global transport procurement at Nestle, asked the Global Liner Shipping Conference in Hamburg last week: “Why is cargo waiting in Asia for two weeks?” Using data from Drewry’s latest 'Container Forecaster', just published


Miami Shipping Alliance Opposes Beckham's Soccer Arena Plan

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An alliance of shipping interests and a billionaire car dealer launched a newspaper ad on Monday protesting retired English soccer star David Beckham's plans for a soccer arena at the port of Miami, saying it threatens the city's plans to capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal.


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

© New Wave Media

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


Search Resumes in S. Korean Ferry Disaster

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Poor weather conditions may hamper effort; Mystery surrounds capsize of ship; Nearly 280 people still missing, many of them teenagers South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

© New Wave Media

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers


Search resumes for missing in S. Korean ferry disaster

South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the country's worst maritime disaster in over 20 years. They will also be seeking answers to many unanswered questions surrounding


 
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