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EU Changes Cabotage Contract Guidance

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The European Commission has given new guidance on the interpretation of EU cabotage regulation, which allows contracts of up to 12 years instead of the current six years, according to trade organisation Maritime London. The EC statement explains: “With the new guidance competent authorities will have more legal certainty when awarding public service contracts and imposing public service obligations. Shipowners will also benefit from more legal clarity, allowing them to better organise their business in Europe.” It says that the updated guidelines provide further clarifications on: The scope of the freedom to provide services in the maritime cabotage sector (who enjoys that freedom and which services the regulation covers)

 The award procedure for public service contracts and the duration of these contracts

 The manning rules on vessels providing maritime cabotage

• Transitional arrangements for Croatia According to the statement, the main change in the Commission's interpretation relates to the duration of public service contracts. It says that public service contracts should have a limited duration in order to allow regular and open prospecting of the market. With a view to complying with the principle of proportionality in any market intervention, member states should choose the least 'distortional' means to meet essential maritime transport needs.


Corrected Transmission of Service Contract Filing Proposed

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


National Customs Brokers Petitions for FMC Investigation

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice stating that the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association and the International Association of NVOCCs have petitioned the FMC for an investigation of certain activities of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA). The petition alleges that the TSA violated the Shipping Act of 1984 through discriminatory service contracting practices with regard to traffic moving in the eastbound transpacific trades that


TSA Complaint Settled

The Federal Maritime Commission issued a Press Release stating that the Commission has entered into a settlement agreement with the major ocean carrier agreements and their members who serve the inbound waterborne U.S. trades with Asia, including the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) and two TSA-related bridging agreements. The settlement addresses carrier practices and provides, among other things, for payment of $1,350


GD Wins $8m for Virginia-class Sub Work

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $8.3 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to procure components for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Under the contract modification, Electric Boat will procure material for the construction of Advanced Integrated Low Pressure Electrolyzers used on Virginia-class submarines


Delta Wave Names Global Warranty Group Exclusive Provider

Global Warranty Group (GWG), a third party administrator and premier provider of Extended Service Contract and OEM programs throughout the United States and Canada, announced it has entered into an agreement with Delta Wave Communications LLC to be the exclusive provider of extended service plans for their mobile satellite and VSAT equipment. As a North American administrators of OEM and Extended Service Plans, GWG will leverage its experience of developing and delivering innovative


FMC Assesses Civil Penalty of $1.5 Million Against Foreign NVOCC

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) released its Report and Order affirming Initial Decision finding that a non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) based in Taiwan had violated the Shipping Act of 1984 on various occasions and assessing a civil penalty of $1,530,000. The NVOCC was found to have knowingly and willfully obtained ocean transportation at less than applicable rates by accessing service contracts to which it was neither a signatory nor an affiliate of a signatory


Maersk Line Increases Rates

Maersk Line will be implementing a general rate increase on the Eastbound Mediterranean trade from the East Coast and Gulf ports of North America to Mediterranean ports. The increase will apply for all cargo under Maersk Line independent tariffs and service contracts as agreed with our customers individually. The level of increase will be $400 per 20-ft. and $600 per 40-ft. applicable on dry cargo and will be effective 15 November 2007.


TTS Lands Record PCTC RoRo Contract

TTS has signed a contract with ship management firm Höegh Fleet Services to provide maintenance for 29 vessels. The deal is believed to be the biggest ever service contract for pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) RoRo equipment. The contract was signed in Oslo in late September 2007 by Höegh vice-president of purchasing Kristin Haugen and Dan Magnusson, TTS Ships Equipment’s service manager, and comes into effect January 1 2008.


FMC Recovers $350,000 in Penalties

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $350,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier and three non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs). The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission’s Area Representatives in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. headquarters staff


Nordex Wins Turkish Turbine Contract

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  Nordex has received a further contract from the Turkish customer Erdem Holding. The manufacturer will deliver of 20 N117/2400 turbines for the “Bagarasi” wind farm. The order also includes a premium-service contract for a minimum period of five years.  


Navy Ocean Services Contracts Awarded to Five Firms

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The US Department of Defense inform that five firms are to share in a broad range of ocean engineering services contracts with a combined maximum dollar value of US$99-million. Details as follows: The five firms are: Truston Technologies Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana


Iraq's Southern Exports Unaffected by Conflict

Southern exports average almost 2.60 million bpd; Exports close to record rate seen in May. Lack of Kirkuk northern exports limits overall supply. Iraq's oil exports from its southern terminals on the Gulf, far from the fighting in its north


Aker Solutions Starts Trading After Company Split

The split creates a simpler and more focused Aker Solutions that is better positioned to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly competitive global energy industry

  Aker Solutions today started trading on the Oslo stock exchange as a leaner and more streamlined company that will build on its strengths in the subsea and field design markets. The company emerges after a spin-off of the Subsea, Umbilicals, Engineering and Maintenance


Latest DoD Contracts

USS Hue City: Photo USN

Contracts have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, NASSCO-Mayport, Timken Gears & Services Inc., and Colonna's Shipyard, Inc. Details as follows: 1. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD- dredging contract


UK Suppliers Win Statoil Contracts

Gunnar Breivik, managing director, Statoil Production (U.K.) Limited (Credit Statoil)

Statoil (UK) Limited has awarded Aker Solutions UK with the maintenance and modification services contract for the Mariner field.  Likewise, the offshore services contract was awarded to Stork Technical Services Limited (UK). Aker Solutions will perform the services for the Mariner field


Statoil Awards Mariner Contracts to UK Suppliers

Gunnar Breivik, managing director, Statoil Production (U.K.) Limited

  Statoil (U.K.) Limited has awarded the maintenance and modification services contract for the Mariner field to Aker Solutions UK.  The offshore services contract has been awarded to Stork Technical Services Limited, also based in the UK.


Ocean Freight Contract Management Post-P3

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The recent decision by Chinese antitrust authorities to block approval of the P3 Ocean Carrier Alliance has increased the demand for Ocean Contract Management. In response, Freightgate is offering free demonstration of its award winning Rate & Tender Management Tariff-Trek! Solution.


Wood Group Kenny Wins Ghana Contract for Subsea Engineering

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  Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has been awarded an engineering services contract to support Tullow Ghana Limited and its partners through the execution phase of the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) project, offshore Ghana. WGK will provide subsea, umbilical, risers


Good Profitability Noted in Wärtsilä H1 Interim Report

Wärtsilä 46DF Engine: Image courtesy of the manufacturers

Power solutions providers for the marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä, has released a summary of its Interim Financial Report January-June 2014, excerpted as follows: Highlights of the Review Period January-June 2014 Order intake decreased 5% to EUR 2,305 million (2


MOL Coal Carrier to Serve Tohoku Electric Power

Soma Maru (courtesy of MOL)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced that the coal carrier Soma Maru, which will serve Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., was delivered at Mizushima Shipyard of Sanoyas Shipbuilding Corporation on July 17, 2014. The vessel, which was jointly developed by Sanoyas Shipyard and MOL


Konecranes Introduce SE Asia Remote Services

TRUECONNECT users: Photo courtesy of Konecranes

Leading crane service organisation Konecranes says it is introducing to the South-East Asia – Pacific region its most advanced family of remote service technologies, its TRUCONNECT Remote Services for enhanced safety, reliability and efficiency.


CACI Named MSC Logistics Prime Contractor

MSC RoRo: Photo courtesy of MSC

CACI International Inc says it has been selected as a prime contractor to provide logistics support to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) on the Worldwide Logistics Services (WLS) contract. The five-year (one base plus four option years) multiple-award indefinite


BIW lands Navy Contract of $100 million

Littoral Combat Ships

  The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics. Bath Iron Works, as the LCS Planning Yard


Nine Share in US$6-B DoD Contract Modifications

Container ship: Photo APL

The US Department of Defense informs that nine companies have each been awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity fixed-price option-year two modifications for international ocean and intermodal distribution services (Universal Services Contract-7). They are:






 
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