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CURRENT AWARENESS BULLETIN

Volume XX No. 5
July 2008

INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION


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CONTENTS

1. CASUALTIES

2. IMO

3. LAW AND POLICY

4. MARINE TECHNOLOGY

11

5. MARITIME SAFETY

11

6. MARITIME SECURITY

15

7. NAVIGATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

18

8. POLLUTION

19

9. PORTS AND HARBOURS

24

10. SEAFARERS

24

11. SHIPBUILDING AND RECYCLING OF SHIPS

28

12. SHIPPING

30

13. SPECIAL REPORTS

32

1. CASUALTIES
Sulpicio
passenger
fleet
suspended.
Authorities in the Philippines have found
deficiencies with seven passenger vessels
belonging to Sulpicio Lines. The Sulpicio Lines
fleet has been suspended pending investigation
after the 24-year-old, 23,824gt Princess of the
Stars capsized in a typhoon on June 21, leaving
more than 800 presumed dead. LLOYD'S LIST,
02 July 2008 (No.59,705) , p 1
The Philippines fails to learn from past
mistakes. Yet again, heartrending images of
grieving relatives have been flashed around the
world as the Philippines deals with its latest
ferry disaster. All but 57 of the 862 passengers
and crew perished when the 24-year-old Princess
of the Stars capsized in a typhoon. While most
of the bodies still lie trapped in the upturned hull
of the ageing vessel, the blame game has already
started in earnest. LLOYD'S LIST, 02 July
2008 (No.59,705) , pp 8-9
Sulpicio casualties mount. Sulpicio Lines is
a Cebu-based shipping company founded in
1973 by Go Guico So, a Chinese immigrant and
previously a managing partner in Carlos A.
Gothong Shipping Lines. The company has a
poor safety record and, according to data from
Lloyds MIU, its fleet has had 45 casualties over
the last 28 years. LLOYD'S LIST, 02 July 2008
(No.59,705) , p 9
Work starts to shift ship that cannot budge.
Wreck removal operations on the New Carissa,
the woodchip carrier that has become famous as
the ship that cannot be budged, have begun in
Coos Bay, Oregon, writes Rajesh Joshi.
LLOYD'S LIST, 03 July 2008 (No.59,706) , p 1
Sulpicio Lines capsized ferry to be refloated.
The capsized Philippines ferry Princess of the
Stars is to be refloated, according to a
government official, writes Marcus Hand in
Singapore. LLOYD'S LIST, 03 July 2008
(No.59,706) , p 3
Exercising professionalism. Sulpicio should
not be so quick to point the finger. Good
seamanship is based on experience and includes
respect for the weather and being prudent in
taking precautions. It also includes learning
lessons. FAIRPLAY, 03 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6488), pp 1-2
Weathermen blamed by Sulpicio for sinking.
Sulpicio Lines, operator of the Philippines ferry
Princess of the Stars, appeared last week to be

clutching at straws in the wind when explaining


why the ro-pax sailed, dooming more than 700
people aboard. Apart from attributing the
typhoon disaster to an act of God, Sulpicio
said the weather bureau had been late in
reporting a shift of course by Typhoon
Fengshen. FAIRPLAY, 03 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6488), p 8
Hosco capesize suffers cracks below
waterline. A 22-year-old capesize bulker
suffered cracking below the waterline off the
coast of South Africa early last month. The
182,200-dwt Hebei Wisdom (built 1986) went in
for repair at Richards Bay on 9 June after
suffering water ingress from a crack over a
metre long in its port-side hull. TRADEWINDS,
04 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p 47
Nel ship grounds. Nel Lines's 19,200-gt
Theofilos (built 1975), carrying 478 passengers
and 97 crew, has hit a reef en route to Piraeus
from Mytiline, on Lesbos. An evacuation was
prepared but the master decided to continue to
the island after initial investigations deemed it
safe. TRADEWINDS, 04 July 2008 (Vol.19
No.27), p 46
Five missing, five dead in cargoship tragedy.
Up to 10 crew are feared dead after a cargoship
capsized off China's east coast. The incident on
Saturday involved a ship reported by Chinese
media as the Haoping. Five people are
confirmed dead and another five missing.
TRADEWINDS, 04 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p
46
Owners and Hong Kong blamed for
Neftegaz-67. Ukrainian report accuses
territorys marine authority and both ships
involved in fatal collision. The offshore supply
vessel Neftegaz-67, the panamax bulker Yao Hai
and Hong Kongs Marine Department have been
blamed for the territorys worst maritime
accident in nearly 40 years in a preliminary
report by the Ukrainian government. LLOYD'S
LIST, 07 July 2008 (No.59,708) , p 5
Empty ballast tanks may have caused ferry
disaster. The inquiry into the capsizing of
Philippines ferry the Princess of the Stars has
highlighted insufficient ballast as a possible
cause, writes Marcus Hand in Singapore.
LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008 (No.59,708) , p 5
Sulpicio inquiry targets stability. Two of
the ballast tanks on the Philippines ro-pax ferry
Princess of the Stars were empty when the ship
left Manila, the inquiry into its capsize has heard.

In addition, there were allegations of poor


management practice over communications. The
revelation that 10 tonnes of the highly toxic
pesticide endosulfan was being carried without
notification on the bill of lading has prompted
operator, Sulpicio Lines, to slam its owner Del
Monte. FAIRPLAY, 10 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6489), p 12
Fall in Japanese cargoship accidents.
Serious accidents involving cargoships are
decreasing in Japan despite an increasing
casualty trend in the rest of the world.The
Japanese Marine Accidents Inquiry Agency
(MAIA) report into casualties last year revealed
it was involved in 1,143 cases including
merchant ships, fishing vessels and pleasure
boats. TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19
No.28), p 39
Second grounding for cruiseship. The
1,470-gt Spirit of Glacier Bay ran aground
Monday morning at Tarr Inlet, near Glacier Bay
National Park. The ship's hull was not
compromised. It is the second grounding in
about eight months for the US-flag cruiseship.
TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.28),
p 39
Atlantic ablaze in Miami. A vessel named as
Atlantic suffered a huge blaze in the Miami
River on Saturday night with more than 100
firefighters needed to extinguish the flames over
three hours. Flames and dense, dark smoke were
billowing from the cargo area of the 200-ft ship.
Inside, cars, mattresses and bicycles were
ablaze. TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19
No.28), p 39
Philippines pressures Sulpicio to salvage
ferry. Sulpicio Lines attempts to quash an
inquiry into the Princess of the Stars ferry
disaster have failed and the beleaguered ferry
operator now faces mounting pressure to salvage
the vessel, writes Marcus Hand in Singapore.
LLOYDS LIST, 14 July 2008 (No.59,713) , p 3
Sulpicio faces calls to extend ferry inquiry
over whole fleet. Top politician criticises
Philippine authorities over the owners poor
safety record. Senior Philippine politicians are
calling for an inquiry into the capsizing of
Princess of the Stars to be extended to all of
Sulpicio Lines fleet, after the companys
casualty record was made public. LLOYDS
LIST, 15 July 2008 (No.59,714) , p 20
Titan to salvage Filipino ferry. Sulpicio
Lines has appointed Titan Salvage to salvage the

wreck of Princess of the Stars, writes Marcus


Hand in Singapore. LLOYDS LIST, 16 July
2008 (No.59,715) , p 5
Inspections rapped in Setsuyo Star report.
Serious structural failure in the forward hold of
a capesize nearly led to the loss of the ship in the
South Atlantic, a report by the Bahamas
Maritime Authority has concluded. LLOYDS
LIST, 17 July 2008 (No.59,716) , p 3
IMO salvage expert sent to Princess of the
Stars.
The
International
Maritime
Organization has sent a salvage expert to Manila
to assist with operations to remove the Princess
of the Stars wreck, writes Richard Meade.
LLOYDS LIST, 21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , p 5
An accident of two halves - Barge splits.
The US Coast Guard closed 19 miles of the
Mississippi River around New Orleans yesterday
following a collision in which the combined
chemical and oil tanker Tintomara cut a barge in
half. LLOYDS LIST, 24 July 2008
(No.59,721) , p 3
Shipping companies plea. Philippines
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met
representatives from 20 shipping companies in
Cebu yesterday as they lobbied to get Sulpicio
Lines fleet back in action, writes Marcus Hand
in Singapore. LLOYDS LIST, 24 July 2008
(No.59,721) , p 5
London counts Napoli costs amid global
financial storm. Beached boxship casualty
cost mounts to $185m while club calls
investment losses challenging. Marine mutual
the London Club has taken a battering from
turbulent conditions in the global financial
markets over the last year, but it is the drama
surrounding the stormblown boxship MSC
Napoli that dominates 2007. LLOYDS LIST,
24 July 2008 (No.59,721) , p 7
Napoleon Bonaparte meets its Waterloo.
SNCM ferry badly damaged in strong winds. A
car ferry belonging to French Mediterranean
operator SNCM suffered serious damage on
Monday evening after a towline snapped as it
was in the process of berthing with tug
assistance in strong winds in the port of
Marseilles. LLOYDS LIST, 25 July 2008
(No.59,722) , p 4
Ferries collide at Andros port. Blue Star
Ferries cancelled yesterdays departures for its
1974-built Superferry II after the ro-ro passenger
ferry was damaged in a collision in Gavrion, the

main port of Andros island, writes Nigel


Lowry. LLOYDS LIST, 25 July 2008
(No.59,722) , p 4
Singapore deaths add to safety worries.
Two men working on an liquefied petroleum
gas tanker in Singapore died after they
apparently fell into a tank, bringing the death toll
in the countrys yards to seven since June 8,
writes Marissa Chew in Singapore. LLOYDS
LIST, 25 July 2008 (No.59,722) , p 4
'Setsuyo Star' report sounds safety warning.
A hard-hitting report into the Setsuyo Star
incident suggests the ageing capesize fleet could
still be vulnerable to structural failure. The
Bahamas-flag probe has highlighted a number of
failings in the inspection and operation of
bulkers despite a recent tightening of regulations
to improve safety. TRADEWINDS, 25 July
2008 (Vol.19 No.30), p 34
Near miss sparks probe. A near-miss
incident between a Maersk tanker and a bulker
in the Dover Strait last week is being
investigated by the Bahamas and the UK.
Maersk tells Tradewinds its tanker, the
Singapore-flag, 29,000-dwt chemical/ products
tanker Maersk Borneo (built 2007), was allowed
to continue its voyage after reporting the 10 July
incident
to
the
Dover
coastguard.
TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.30), p
35
Demands for Greek safety probe after LPG
carrier blast kills eight. Police use tear gas on
furious workers in wake of latest explosion at
Perama shiprepair zone. Greece has launched an
investigation into last weeks fatal blast on board
a liquefied petroleum gas carrier that killed eight
men, but workers are calling for a wider probe
into shipyard safety standards at the countrys
crowded Perama shiprepair zone. LLOYDS
LIST, 28 July 2008 (No.59,723) , p 1
Excel faces $1.4m bill for Angela Star
grounding. A dry bulk carrier belonging to
Greece-based Excel Maritime Carriers will
undergo permanent repairs following a
grounding incident late last week, writes Paul
Tugwell in Athens. LLOYDS LIST, 28 July
2008 (No.59,723) , p 5
Friendshipgas blast was during final
welding. Final welding was being done last
Thursday on board the liquefied petroleum gas
carrier Friendshipgas before the vessel burst into
flames in Greece, killing eight men, the vessels

managing company has reported. LLOYDS


LIST, 29 July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 1
Success - Carrier refloated. Multraship has
refloated the 25,615 gt, Panamanian-flagged
vehicle carrier Grand Dubai, which grounded in
the River Scheldt on July 18 while outbound
from Antwerp in ballast. LLOYDS LIST, 29
July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 2
Snarled by crash, spill and bureaucracy.
Consecutive closures of the upper and lower
reaches of the Mississippi River are proving
costly and raising questions, Will Watson reports.
Days after the upper Mississippi River was fully
reopened after flooding halted traffic for weeks,
a collision between a tanker and a fuel barge
shut the lower river for almost another week.
FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6492),
pp 4-5
Delay for Stars salvor. Under intense state
pressure, the operator of the Philippines
capsized ferry Princess of the Stars has finally
signed a contract and guarantee letter to pay a
salvor to retrieve toxic pesticide from the ship.
FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6492),
p8
Lessons from the Pasha Bulker. The
Australian Transport Safety Bureau has issued
its report of the grounding of the bulk carrier
Pasha Bulker off the Port of Newcastle, New
South Wales, in the violent weather which swept
across the roadstead in June last year.
LLOYDS LIST MARITIME ASIA, June-July
2008, p 44
Napoli report signals changes ahead. Box
ship design and operation were scrutinised. What
are the likely implications for the industry?.
Initial reactionto the UK Marine Accident
Investigation Branch (MAIB) report on the MSC
Napoli was, it must be said, somewhat mixed.
FAIRPLAY SOLUTIONS, July 2008 (Issue
142), pp 32-33
A weighty issue for all. In addition to the
structural failure of the vessel, the MAIB report
[on the MSC Napoli] focused on two issues:
overweight containers and the commercial
pressures applied to ships and their crews.
FAIRPLAY SOLUTIONS, July 2008 (Issue
142), p 34
Container losses. The spring meeting of the
London Branch attracted a large audience to
HQS Wellington. The focus of the meeting was
to look at some of the issues behind losses and

damage in the container trade, in the light of


recent incidents and in the wake of the
publication of the MAIB report of the MSC
Napoli. SEAWAYS, July 2008, pp 32-34
Burning ship breached SOLAS rules, says
ATSB. A general cargo ship that caught fire
off the coast of Dampier, Western Australia,
breached SOLAS rules on the carrying of
dangerous goods, an Australian Transport Safety
Bureau (ATSB) investigation has found.
SAFETY AT SEA INTERNATIONAL, July
2008 (Vol.42 No.473), p 6
Ferry crash highlights fears over PEC
abuse. Nautilus UK has expressed fresh
concern about the abuse of pilotage exemption
certificates (PECs) following an investigation
into a contact incident between two ferries in the
port of Hull last year. TELEGRAPH, July 2008
(Vol.41 No.07), p 13
Losses rise dramatically. There has been a
dramatic rise in the number of ship total and
partial losses, and the upward trend looks likely
to continue, according to the International Union
of Marine Insurance. New figures released by
the International Union of Marine Insurance
(IUMI), which represents marine underwriters
worldwide, indicate the total loss figure for the
2006 year has jumped from an early estimate of
67 to 92 (all figures relate to ships of 500gt and
above), an increase of 37%. MARITIME RISK
INTERNATIONAL, April 2008 (Vol. 22 Issue
3), p 6
From black-grey-white detention-based lists
of flags to black-grey-white casualty-based
lists of categories of vessesl. At the time when
a correspondence group has been set up by the
Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation of
IMO for defining objectives, framework of
mechanisms and methodology for a study on the
combination of casualty and Port State Control
related data, this paper has the ambition to
provide a valuable contribution to the group in
discussions on the case for the necessity of
combining casualty data and PSC related data
with a view to complement current processing of
flag State performance and the targeting criteria
for ships inspections. THE JOURNAL OF
NAVIGATION, July 2008 (Vol.61 No.3) pp
485-497
Plus de 740 disparus dans un naufrage aux
Philippines. Quelque 740 personnes sont
portes disparues aprs le naufrage du ferry
Princess of the Stars, pris dans le typhon
Fengshen le 20 juin au centre des Philippines.

LE
JOURNAL
DE
LA
MARINA
MARCHANDE, 27 June 2008, (No.4622-4623),
p7
Le Pacific-Star rong par la corrosion.
Immatricul en Grande-Bretagne, ce paquebot
transportant 1830 personnes se fait fortement
chahuter dans le mauvais temps. Aprs une
visite de la coque, la Maritime and Coastguard
Agency a exig le passage immdiat en dry dock
et le dbarquement des passagers. LE
JOURNAL DE LA MARINA MARCHANDE,
27 June 2008, (No.4622-4623), p 10

2. IMO
Futurology at the IMO. If you want to know
what the future holds for shipping, then the
newly refurbished headquarters of the IMO is
the best place to start. As part of its celebrations
last week to mark the 100th session of the IMO
Council, the organisation had invited youngsters
at the nearby St Barnabas Church of England
Primary School to enter a competition to paint
how they imagine shipping in the future will
look. FAIRPLAY, 03 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue
6488), p 52
Wrong priorities. Another ferry disaster
involving hundreds of deaths and yet the IMO
chooses to announce more focus on the
environment. Arent the priorities wrong? It
seemed to Solutions that the IMO was being
more than a little insensitive in its timing of the
announcement of Climate change: a challenge
for IMO too! as the theme for next years World
Maritime Day. FAIRPLAY SOLUTIONS, July
2008 (Issue 142), pp 1-2
OMI: anniversaries en srie. LOMI a
connu une semaine de clbrations la mi-juin,
inaugure par le secrtaire gnral de lONU
Ban Ki-moon. Elle a ainsi marqu la 100 session
de son conseil, les 60 ans de la convention la
concernant, le cinquantenaire de son entre en
vigueur, le 25 anniversaire de lUniversit
maritime mondial et le 20 de lInstitut
international de droit maritime. LE JOURNAL
DE LA MARINA MARCHANDE, 27 June
2008, (No.4622-4623), p 4

3. LAW AND POLICY


Hebei Spirit officers to face retrial. Two
senior officers from the Hebei Spirit who were
cleared last week of pollution charges will face a

retrial after South Korean prosecutors gave


notice they would appeal against the decision,
writes Keith Wallis in Hong Kong. LLOYD'S
LIST, 01 July 2008 (No.59,704) , p 3
OSG legal win wiped out. Overseas
Shipholding Group has suffered a significant
setback in its oily water separator case in the US,
as an appellate court overturned a lower courts
dismissal of criminal charges against the tanker
firm and one of its chief engineers. LLOYD'S
LIST, 02 July 2008 (No.59,705) , p 3
Hot topic - Erika ruling affects clean-up
costs. Last months judgment in the European
Court of Justice over the application of the
European Union Waste Directive to the Erika
case is likely to have different effects for spills
from tankers and non-tankers. LLOYD'S LIST,
02 July 2008 (No.59,705) , p 7
Victims of Hebei Spirit spill to receive
payouts within months. Total losses from
damages estimated at $553m. Victims of South
Koreas worst oil spill could start to receive
compensation in months rather than years,
following the signing of a landmark co-operation
agreement between P&I club Skuld and the
Korean government. LLOYD'S LIST, 03 July
2008 (No.59,706) , p 3
Deterrence versus overkill. Punitive
damages - a remedy specifically designed to
deter and punish - were at the centre of the US
Supreme Courts Exxon Valdez ruling. The
justices upheld the validity of punitive damages
in US maritime law (see Newswatch, p10), but
thankfully they also injected fairness into the
equation by limiting liabilities for all but the
most egregious violators. FAIRPLAY, 03 July
2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6488), p 2
Fake visa scam foiled by border guards in
Finland. Border guards in Finland have foiled
three attempts by bogus shipping companies to
obtain transit visas to the country for seafarers
who were also fake. The attempts stretched from
last month back to January 2007. These followed
the same pattern, whereby a nonexistent
shipping company approached a Finnish port
agent seeking to arrange transit visas for
seafarers. FAIRPLAY, 03 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6488), p 6
Rock collision sparks tighter ferry rules.
Memories of the nightmare sinking of the
Greek ferry Express Samina in September 2000
were revived last week when another ferry
struck a rock in the eastern Aegean. The

incidents showed striking similarities, and


sparked new safety rules. FAIRPLAY, 03 July
2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6488), p 7
NCL faces medical bill for Norway blast
victims. Victims get backing of Miami-Dade
County to pursue cruise line for massive
payments. Victims of the Norway explosion
have demanded tens of millions of dollars
towards full restitution, and accused operator
Norwegian Cruise Line of placing corporate
profits ahead of safety. LLOYD'S LIST, 04
July 2008 (No.59,707) , p 2
UN lifts ban on former Liberia maritime
official. Gerald Cooper freed from suspicion
of links to disgraced dictator. The United
Nations has lifted a seven-year travel ban on USbased Liberian registry consultant Gerald
Cooper, who has been linked to disgraced exLiberian president Charles Taylor. LLOYD'S
LIST, 04 July 2008 (No.59,707) , p 4
Oil companies to foot $100m for 'Hebei
Spirit' victims. Oil companies around the
world face a $100m bill as their contribution to
compensation victims of the 270,000-dwt Hebei
Spirit (built 1993) tanker spill.The levy is the
highest since 2000 and is a compulsory payment
that has to be made by November under the
international oil-pollution conventions that are in
force in about 100 countries. TRADEWINDS,
04 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p 19
Sulpicio payout for 'Princess of the Stars'
$7.85m. Sulpicio Lines is set to receive more
in an insurance payout for the loss of the ro-ro
ferry Princess of the Stars than the total to be
paid to the families of the 800 passengers and
crew who lost their lives when the ship capsized.
The Philippine shipowner has both hull and
accident-insurance cover from a small local
insurance company, Oriental Assurance.
TRADEWINDS, 04 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p
19
Freed 'Hebei Spirit' officers detained. Two
officers found innocent in the Hebei Spirit oil
spill have been blocked from leaving Seoul
airport in South Korea. The two men, ship
master Jasprit Chawla and chief officer Syam
Chetan, were set to return home to their families
after seven months in South Korea awaiting trail
at Daejeon District court. TRADEWINDS, 04
July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p 47
Aussie's win back 'Pasha Bulker' costs.
New South Wales's local government says it
will be reimbursed $1.8m in an insurance claim

from the salvage operation of the 76,600-dwt


bulker Pasha Bulker (built 2006), which
grounded
on
the
Australian
coast.
TRADEWINDS, 04 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p
46
Shippers slam UN draft convention.
Concern that new rules offer no improvements.
European shippers have criticised a United
Nations draft liability convention on carriage of
goods by sea as heralding a pre-Hague Rules
free-for-all. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008
(No.59,708) , p 2
Skulds Hebei Spirit pact sets valuable
precedent. Agreement removes fear of
making large payment into court. The agreement
between P&I club Skuld and South Korea over
the Hebei Spirit spill compensation has averted a
situation where the club might have had no
option but to pay compensation into court,
resulting in long delays before its distribution to
claimants. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008
(No.59,708) , p 3
EU maritime lead should be followed, urges
Borg. European states should emulate
Brussels new, holistic and joined-up approach
to policies. European Union governments should
follow the European Commission in adopting
integrated maritime policies, according to
Brussels maritime affairs commissioner Joe
Borg. LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008
(No.59,716) , p 2
China sets the ball rolling on spill law.
Long-awaited regulations to ensure effective
implementation of marine pollution prevention
measures have been set in motion in China.
Fairplay understands from reliable sources that
draft regulations are being discussed and
reviewed internally by the legal affairs office of
the State Council. FAIRPLAY, 17 July 2008
(Vol.363 Issue 6490), p 8
Bulker grounding spills into three-way
tussle. What may have seemed like a routine if
unfortunate bulker grounding last summer on the
Orinoco River has now turned into a three-way
courtroom battle involving three companies on
three continents, two courts and a nationalisation
threat. FAIRPLAY, 17 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6490), p 12
Hebei Spirit pair face another year in Korea.
The master and chief officer from the tanker
Hebei Spirit, which was involved in South
Koreas worst oil spill, may not be able to leave
Korea until the entire appeals process is

exhausted, which may be at least another year.


LLOYDS LIST, 18 July 2008 (No.59,717) , p 1
Gentle persuasion. The intentions of the
European Commission regarding the widelyconsulted integrated maritime policy are
gradually emerging. Speaking at a recent
meeting in Roscoff, Brittany, to ministers for
European affairs, Joe Borg spoke of solidarity
and co-operation as the basis for the developing
EU maritime policy perspective. LLOYDS
LIST, 18 July 2008 (No.59,717) , p 8
Probe into class body hotting up. Brussels
has told the IACS that it wants answers
regarding its membership criteria. The European
Commission (EC) competition authorities have
stepped up a probe into the activities of the
International Association of Classification
Societies (IACS). TRADEWINDS, 18 July
2008, (Vol.19 No.29), p 34
Rush to order bulkers linked to effort to
avoid regulations. Shipowners and builders
appear to be putting money before safety again
by ordering early to avoid costly new coatings
regulations. Bulkers with box-shape holds and
iron-ore carriers now have to employ enhanced
coatings, known as the performance standard for
protective coatings (PSPC), in ballast-tank
areas. TRADEWINDS, 18 July 2008, (Vol.19
No.29), p 34
Marine Navigation Bill on course. Unions
pleased with Transport Committees backing of
legislation, but employers less happy. A crossparty group of MPs has broadly backed the
current Marine Navigation Bill, with the
significant rider that it would prefer the Port
Marine Safety Code to be put on a statutory
footing. LLOYDS LIST, 21 July 2008
(No.59,718) , p 2
Brussels class probe requests more data. At
least two top-tier organisations are facing written
questions from the European Commission as
part of a cartel probe into members of the
International Association of Classification
Societies, writes David Osler. LLOYDS LIST,
21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , p 3
Second push for Athens convention.
Extending scope of regulation is feasible. The
European parliament is to defy European Union
ministers with a second attempt to enforce the
Athens convention on domestic trades.
LLOYDS LIST, 22 July 2008 (No.59,719) , p 4

Outcry forces India to rethink vessel ban.


Call for case-by-case assessment of OSVs.
India's Shipping Ministry is understood to be reexamining the governments recent order
banning foreign flag vessels over 25 years of age
from entering Indian waters. LLOYDS LIST,
22 July 2008 (No.59,719) , p 5
Responsibility redefined. There will be deep
unease about the guilty verdict and long sentence
given to Kristo Laptalo following the trial of the
master and two crew members of the reefer
Coral Sea, after the discovery of cocaine in a
consignment of bananas in Patras, Greece.
LLOYDS LIST, 22 July 2008 (No.59,719) , p 8
MEPs say refuge decisions should be
independent. The European parliament will
attempt to overturn a decision by European
Union transport ministers to strip maritime
authorities of the power to decide the fate of
stricken vessels without political interference,
writes Justin Stares in Brussels. LLOYDS
LIST, 23 July 2008 (No.59,720) , p 3
Napoli sets paradigm for group litigation.
Boxship casualty shows way forward for GLO.
The MSC Napoli group litigation order is a
shining example of how to manage container
vessel casualty litigation, write Scott Pilkington
and Angelina Davidson-Houston. LLOYDS
LIST, 23 July 2008 (No.59,720) , p 7
France overhauls pollution laws. Jail threat
removed but maximum fines hiked. The French
parliament has introduced an anti-pollution law
that will abolish the threat of shipping
companies facing fines of up to four times the
value of the cargo carried by their vessels.
LLOYDS LIST, 24 July 2008 (No.59,721) , p 3
Magistrate urges Azerbaijan to charge
officers. France is to ask Azerbaijan to
prosecute the master and first officer of a
freighter involved in a fatal collision with a
French fishing boat off the Brittany coast last
August, writes Andrew Spurrier. LLOYDS
LIST, 24 July 2008 (No.59,721) , p 3

European basin. The proposal has soured


industry expectations that the President Sarkozyinspired Mediterranean Union would herald the
birth of a new era of maritime business
opportunity. FAIRPLAY, 24 July 2008
(Vol.363 Issue 6491), p 6
French target polluters. Captains of ships
that pollute French waters will in future face
heavy prison sentences. The French authorities
will crack down on polluters with fines of up to
15M ($23.86M) and impose prison sentences of
up to 10 years. FAIRPLAY, 24 July 2008
(Vol.363 Issue 6491), p 7
US icebreaking becomes hot topic. In the
habitually steamy summer-time weather in
Washington, where discussions of ice usually
revolve around having enough in ones drink,
last weeks talks on Capitol Hill were heated and
centred on Americas ability to break ice in
wintertime waters. FAIRPLAY, 24 July 2008
(Vol.363 Issue 6491), p 12
Who rules the waves?. The Canary Islands
ruling regional coalition government is keen to
control the waters surrounding the archipelago
but the issue is complex. Spains central
government and the local Canary Islands
government are engulfed in a new row over who
rules the waves surrounding the Canary Islands
archipelago. FAIRPLAY, 24 July 2008
(Vol.363 Issue 6491), pp 26-27
Fleet Management indicted by grand jury
over Cosco Busan. Company charged on six
felony counts and pilot of ship is also indicted on
environmental crimes. Fleet Management, the
Hong Kong-based shipmanagement company,
has been indicted by a federal grand jury in San
Francisco for negligently causing an oil spill and
falsifying documents related to the Cosco Busan
incident in California last November.
LLOYDS LIST, 25 July 2008 (No.59,722) , p 1

Strasbourg to refine EU class directive. The


European Parliament will attempt to knock
rough edges off the proposed class society
directive, a newly-released document shows.
LLOYDS LIST, 24 July 2008 (No.59,721) , p 3

Croatian master jailed. A Greek court has


sentenced a Croatian master to jail for 14 years
after he was found guilty of smuggling drugs.
Kristo Laptalo has already spent one year in a
Greek prison awaiting trial on charges of trying
to smuggle 51 kilograms of cocaine hidden
inside boxes of Ecuadorian bananas.
TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.30), p
35

French owners slam Med security tax.


French owners have hit out against a
Mediterranean Union proposal to levy a security
tax against ships operating in the southern

Ferries float to safety. A Philippines


politician has called for all domestic ferry
owners to float their shares in a bid to improve
corporate governance in the wake of the Princess

of the Stars tragedy. Joseph Santiago, vicechairman of the House of Representatives


legislative franchises committee, also says
owners should have to apply to Congress for a
franchise
to
operate
their
vessels.
TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.30), p
35
Guilty verdict on Coral Sea master is
flawed and disregards law. Lawyers
representing jailed Croatian reefer master Kristo
Laptalo have said that an appeal against his
Greek court sentence of 14 years for narcotics
offences is unlikely to be heard until next year,
writes Nigel Lowry. LLOYDS LIST, 28 July
2008 (No.59,723) , p 1
Brussels tussles with port state rules.
Problem areas include inspections and banning.
The extent to which European Union member
states should be allowed to miss their own
substandard ship inspection targets has become
the subject of a political tussle between
institutions within Brussels. LLOYDS LIST,
29 July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 2
Sellafield
appeals
against
plutonium
transport ban. French flag up failure to
conform with certificate of approval. Sellafield
Ltd is appealing against a ban on plutonium
transport due to non-conformities flagged up
by the French authorities over a shipment of
nuclear material by a ferry operated by
International Nuclear Services. LLOYDS
LIST, 29 July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 3
Relatives stunned at acquittals in Al Salam
Boccaccio trial. Two and a half years after the
ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 sank in the Red
Sea, killing more than 1,000 people, five of the
six men tried in an Egyptian court for
manslaughter have been acquitted, writes
Rainbow Nelson. LLOYDS LIST, 29 July
2008 (No.59,724) , p 3
Be responsible. The tendency to pre-judge
the outcome of a trial or investigation is a trait
that humans seem unable to evolve beyond. Just
as we like to shoot the messenger - or more
usually the media - for delivering bad news, the
era of the soundbite means a process of
judgment often begins before even the
preliminary facts are in. LLOYDS LIST, 29
July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 8
India U-turn over foreign offshore rig
restrictions. Intense lobbying forces regulator
to change discriminatory rules. Indian oil
exploration and production companies have been

given permission to hire foreign offshore vessels


and rigs over the age of 25 years, subject to their
fulfilling the requisite safety requirements.
LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 5
Landmark ruling clarifies how UAE might
limit liability. Case indicates stance on 1976
convention. A recent landmark legal ruling on
limitation of liability for marine claims in the
UAE has provided clarification on how local
courts will deal with the issue. The judgment
will be welcomed as giving an indication of how
the 1976 Convention on the Limitation of
Liability for Maritime Claims will be applied in
the country. LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008
(No.59,725) , p 7
I spy a problem. Injustice brings two
reactions: outrage and silence. Those who
remain silent are usually outraged but cant quite
find the words to express their anger in polite
society. This weeks decision to acquit the
chairman and vice-chairman of the company that
owned and operated the ferry Al Salam
Boccaccio 98, together with three other
defendants, of the manslaughter of more than
1,000 people should make us take a deep
breath. FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6492), p 2
Salvors voice concern over IMO Bunker
Spill Convention. Arnold Witte, president of
the International Salvage Union looks at the
potential problem for towage companies
resulting from the latest IMO legislation. THE
MOTORSHIP, July-August 2008 (Vol.89 Issue
1051), p 24
Impact of changes in MARPOL regulations
on cargo carrying capacity of tankers
operating on Shelltime 4 form of
charterparty. Golden Fleece Maritime Inc
and Another v ST Shipping & Transport Inc
(The Elli and The Frixos). THE JOURNAL OF
INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW, March
April 2008 (Vol.14 Issue 2), pp 95-100
TSIMPLIS, M.N., Dr Marine pollution from
shipping activities. Marine pollution is a
broad topic which includes national, European
Union and international legal arrangements
together with important recent developments.
The general legal framework for marine
pollution and in particular the position of the
person who is liable for damage is examined.
THE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL
MARITIME LAW, March April 2008 (Vol.14
Issue 2), pp 101-152

BORDAHANDY, P-J. and FORREST, C.


Maritime security and maritime law in
Australia. This article reviews the major
international initiatives, particularly those
initiated by the IMO and the World Customs
Organisation which address maritime security,
and considers how Australia has implemented
these international regimes. THE JOURNAL
OF INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW,
March April 2008 (Vol.14 Issue 2), pp 162179
CHUAH, J. ECJ approves directive on shipsource pollution. In the last issue of the JIML
(14(2008) at 61), we highlighted the indirect
action of shipowners and members of the
salvage union to challenge the legality of
Directive 2005/35 on Ship-Source Pollution
through a reference for a preliminary ruling from
the English High Court. THE JOURNAL OF
INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW, March
April 2008 (Vol.14 Issue 2), pp 180
When do collision regulations begin to
apply ?. The fundamental approaches for
preventing collisions at sea are based on
interpreting and understanding the Collision
Regulations correctly. Although the Regulations
are the technical standards of collision avoidance
conduct at sea, they are also the code for
dividing liability. THE JOURNAL OF
NAVIGATION, July 2008 (Vol.61 No.3) pp
515-528
Accident investigation approved at IMO. A
new code adopted under SOLAS will now
require all very serious marine casualties to be
investigated by the flag state of the ship involved.
This was decided at the IMO Maritime Safety
Committee (MSC) 84th session held in London
between 7 and 16 May. SAFETY AT SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
p7
US Supreme Court rules on Exxon Valdez
damages. On Wednesday, 25 June 2008, the
US Supreme Court released the long-awaited
final ruling in the punitive damages case
between Exxon Mobil and a host of plaintiffs
stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill
in Alaskas (USA) Prince William Sound, saying
that the US 2.5 USD billion award in the case
was excessive, and should be slashed to no
more than 507.5 USD million dollars. OIL
SPILL INTELLIGENCE REPORT, 26 June
2008 (Vol.31 No.27), pp 1-2
Hebei Spirit verdicts issued. A district court
in South Korea has handed down guilty verdicts

to two Korean tug boat capatains, but has


exonerated the crew of the ill-fated oil tanker,
Hebei Spirit, which leaked some 3.3 million
gallons (79,000 barrels) of crude oil last
December off the southern coast of Korea,
causing the countrys worst oil spill. OIL
SPILL INTELLIGENCE REPORT, 26 June
2008 (Vol.31 No.27), pp 2-3
Erika spill liability interpretations issued by
EU court. The European Union (EU) Court of
Justice in Luxembourg issued a judgement on 24
June 2008 interpreting applicability of the EUs
Waste Directive to the 12 December 1999 oil
spill resulting from the sinking of the oil tanker
Erika off the coast of France. OIL SPILL
INTELLIGENCE REPORT, 02 July 2008
(Vol.31 No.28), pp 3-4
Erika : la nouvelle brche confirme. La
Cour de Justice des Communauts europennes
a partiellement suivi les conclusions de lavocat
gnral : un fioul dvers en mer devient bien un
dchet ; le producteur de ce fioul peut tre
considr comme dtenteur antrieur sil a
contribu la pollution et tre ainsi appel
rembourser les frais qui ne lauraient t par
ailleurs. LE JOURNAL DE LA MARINA
MARCHANDE, 11 July 2008, (No.4624), p 13
LInternational Group of P&I Clubs inquiet
dune distorsion de concurrence. Dans sa
lettre interne de juin, lInternational Group of
P&I Club, regroupant 13 P&I Clubs dans le
monde, sinquite dune drive des limites de
responsabilit des armaments oprants sur le
transport de passagers par mer et voie
navigable . LE JOURNAL DE LA MARINA
MARCHANDE, 11 July 2008, (No.4624), p 32
La responsabilit civile du pilote. Le
pilotage maritime est une activit peu connue du
grand public. Cette activit consiste ce quun
pilote monte bord des navires approchant ou
quittant un port afin dassister, par les
connaissances particulires quil a des lieux, un
capitaine de faon ce que celui-ci entame ou
achve en toute scurit lexpdition maritime.
LE DROIT MARITIME FRANAIS, JulyAugust 2008, (No.694), pp 595-609
Concurrence et rglementation dans les
activits maritimes. Lassociation hellnique
de droit maritime et le Scandinavian Institute of
Maritime Law ont organis, Athnes, les 29 et
30 mai, le 5me colloque des centres europens
de droit maritime, aprs Oslo, Southampton,
Ravenne et Nantes en septembre 2006 (ADMO,
universit de Nantes, 2007, t.XXV). LE DROIT

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MARITIME FRANAIS, July-August 2008,


(No.694), pp 641-644

4. MARINE TECHNOLOGY
Italy plans 500m sea research programme.
Project intended to rubber-stamp Made in
Italy quality mark of countrys maritime
industry. The Italian government is considering a
proposal for a major new research and
development project for the sea, covering a
broad range of areas from maritime transport to
sustainable fishing to coastal protection.
LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008 (No.59,716) , p 3
Italy charts a course for maritime
renaissance. Italys proposed 500m research
and innovation programme is a national project
that will benefit the entire country. John
McLaughlin looks at the countrys plans to
translate its sea knowledge into industry
competitiveness. LLOYDS LIST, 18 July 2008
(No.59,717) , p 4
Societies to share stability research. Polish
Register and ABS to share in analysis of load
conditions. Collaboration between ABS and the
Polish Register of Shipping on two key maritime
safety research projects is likely to throw up
some interesting questions as it develops.
LLOYDS LIST, 22 July 2008 (No.59,719) , p 7
Dont blame the iceberg. In January 1943,
the tanker Schenectady had just completed
builders sea trials, when without warning and
with a report which was heard for at least a mile,
the deck and sides of the vessel fractured just aft
of the bridge superstructure. FAIRPLAY, 31
July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6492), p 40

5. MARITIME SAFETY
Greece reviews safety after serious ferry
crash. Greeces shipping ministry is tightening
up safety measures after a 33-year-old NEL
Lines passenger-vehicle ferry hit a reef off the
Aegean island of Oinoussai on Saturday
afternoon, writes Nigel Lowry in Athens.
LLOYD'S LIST, 01 July 2008 (No.59,704) , p 3
Life cycle realities. We are headed, ABS
president and chief operating officer Christopher
Wiernicki said the other day, in the direction of
standards that more closely reflect actual inservice experience. Speaking at this years

American Petroleum Institute, he was attempting


to sketch some of the main changes which the
industry, and its classification society assistants,
would have to confront in the short to medium
term. LLOYD'S LIST, 02 July 2008
(No.59,705) , p 8
French owners demand action on flag state
issue. Group wants France to use its EU
presidency to apply draft directive. French
shipowners have joined forces with leading
maritime institutions and non-governmental
organisations in calling on the government to use
its European Union presidency to press for
application of the draft directive on the
reinforcement of flag state responsibility.
LLOYD'S LIST, 03 July 2008 (No.59,706) , p 2
Up all night. Pilots often pick up safety clues
the rest of us miss in the fevered race to get a
ship alongside, discharged, loaded and out again
on the next tide. In a brief note, one pilot reports
on a newbuilding box ship arriving at a major
UK port. Did this one yesterday, he writes,
maiden voyage. Really nice job, fast and
responsive. FAIRPLAY, 03 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6488), p 2
StatoilHydro
criticised
for
platform
deficiencies. On the 20th anniversary of the
Piper Alpha oil platform disaster in the UK
North Sea, a Norwegian company has been
ordered to improve drilling conditions on a key
production platform, writes Martyn Wingrove.
LLOYD'S LIST, 04 July 2008 (No.59,707) , p 2
Piper Alpha: 20 years on. The explosion on
the Piper Alpha oil production platform on July
6, 1988, which killed 167 offshore workers,
rocked the energy industry to its roots. Since
then, offshore safety in the North Sea has
improved dramatically, but there are still serious
concerns over the physical state of the older
platforms. LLOYD'S LIST, 04 July 2008
(No.59,707) , pp 8-9
Cause and effects. Piper Alpha was an oil
and gas production platform in block 15/17 of
the UK central North Sea. It was one of the first
platforms to start production when it came on
line in December 1976 and made a key
contribution to the oil flowing out of the Flotta
tanker terminal in Orkney, writes Martyn
Wingrove. LLOYD'S LIST, 04 July 2008
(No.59,707) , p 9
Bid for quality breaks down. Hull players
and P&I clubs are abandoning joint efforts to
crack down on substandard shipping. A bid to

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get hull underwriters to join forces with the


protection-and-indemnity (P&I) clubs in a
crackdown on substandard shipping is to be
abandoned. TRADEWINDS, 04 July 2008
(Vol.19 No.27), p 18
Yet another BP vessel in leak trouble.
Containment-systems leaks have been found on
a third trader-class LNG carrier belonging to a
UK energy major. Energy major BP has found
membrane containment-system leaks on the third
of its three trader-class LNG sisterships.
TRADEWINDS, 04 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p
20
IMO updates passengership safety rules.
New International Maritime Organization
amendments to the Solas convention aimed at
improving safety on passengership balconies
entered into this month, along with changes
affecting lifeboats and protective clothing, writes
Sandra Speares. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008
(No.59,708) , p 7
Kerry demands improved investigation of
cruiseship crimes. Following the hearings on
cruise safety last month, US Senator John Kerry
has introduced legislation relating to cruiseship
safety in the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety
Act 2008. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008
(No.59,708) , p 7
Moving fast on safety. Just two years ago,
there was a terrible blaze aboard the cruiseship
Star Princess at sea in the West Indies, after the
ignition of material on one of the ships outside
balconies. The speed of the fires spread down
the side of the ship, fanned by wind and assisted
by the amount of flammable material built into
the balcony structures, was truly terrifying. It
was a minor miracle that only one passenger
died as a result of smoke inhalation. LLOYD'S
LIST, 09 July 2008 (No.59,710) , p 8
Register stresses the little guy. The Polish
Register of Shipping has decided to think small
with a co-operation deal on safety with the
American Bureau of Shipping. The purpose of
the accord is to address the problems of water
on deck and deck in water (pictured), directed
not just at big bulk carriers but also smaller
ships. FAIRPLAY, 10 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue
6489), pp 18-19
Japan outfit plans satellite for polar traders.
A project has been launched to ensure the
safety of ships trading on routes in the Arctic
region. With global warming making an Arctic
route linking east and west possible, work has

begun to help merchant ships through the harsh


conditions. TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008,
(Vol.19 No.28), p 39
Safety call. When private equity came calling
for Inmarsat in 2003, industry was rightly
concerned. Private equity and public service
rarely go hand in hand. In the event, though
restructuring followed buy-out and flotation,
Inmarsat has remained true to its roots.
LLOYDS LIST, 14 July 2008 (No.59,713) , p 8
UK issues safety bulletin after gassing
casualties. Urgent guidelines from MAIB after
six die. A proliferation of gassing tragedies, with
six men dying in enclosed spaces aboard British
ships in a matter of months, has caused the UK
Marine Accident Investigation Branch to publish
an urgent safety bulletin on such accidents.
LLOYDS LIST, 15 July 2008 (No.59,714) , p 2
The final breath. When ships were windpropelled, the commonest form of fatal accident
was seafarers falling from the yards into the sea.
Hundreds of seafarers died in such a fashion
over the years, lifelines being considered effete,
if not pointless. LLOYDS LIST, 15 July 2008
(No.59,714) , p 8
Dover wreck removed. The wreck of a
submarine that has lain on the seabed in the
Dover Strait for 90 years was successfully
relocated in a major salvage operation earlier
this week, writes Michael Grey. LLOYDS
LIST, 17 July 2008 (No.59,716) , p 4
New TMSA goes live. A second edition of
the Tanker Management and Self Assessment
(TMSA) programme went live at the start of this
month. TMSA was developed by the Oil
Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)
and the new version extends its scope and uses
new supporting software, prompting OCIMF
deputy director Captain Mike Sitts to describe
the original programming as primitive in
comparison. New printed guidelines have also
been published. FAIRPLAY, 17 July 2008
(Vol.363 Issue 6490), p 12
Cruiseship held over hull damage. Owner
quick to fix problems found by inspection.
Bahamas-flagged cruiseship Clipper Pacific was
detained by the US Coast Guard in New York
after a routine inspection uncovered significant
hull damage and over 60 discrepancies
involving fire safety, lifeboats and and
lifejackets. The vessel has now been released.
LLOYDS LIST, 18 July 2008 (No.59,717) , p 2

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Friendly face in times of crisis. The sheer


size of the ocean is almost an alien concept to a
population which has become accustomed to
affordable air travel. It is only deep sea seafarers
who would see nothing remarkable about a three
week passage across the Pacific during which
time neither land nor another ship would be
sighted. LLOYDS LIST, 18 July 2008
(No.59,717) , p 8
When timing is everything. Before Amver,
safety of life at sea, even with the advent of
reliable radio communications, was something
of a lottery. Much depended on what ships were
in the vicinity, and moreover, were able to
provide some practical assistance in an
emergency, writes Michael Grey. LLOYDS
LIST, 18 July 2008 (No.59,717) , p 9
Class duo partner on extreme weather study.
The problem of shipping's ageing bulker fleet
and the effects of extreme weather on safety are
to be tackled by the American Bureau of
Shipping (ABS) and Polish Register of Shipping
(PRS). The two classification societies have
linked up on a research project that looks at the
effects of extreme seas on the stability of hulls
and the safety of older bulkers. TRADEWINDS,
18 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.29), p 35
IMO told to act over deaths. The
International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has
been urged to take the lead in tackling the high
and rising death toll from confined-space
incidents. The call comes from the UK's Marine
Accident Investigation Branch (Maib), which
has dealt with the deaths of six seafarers in three
incidents in less than a year. TRADEWINDS,
18 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.29), p 35
Panama gets tough on old tonnage.
Maritime Authority will cancel registrations if
standards dont improve. The Panama Maritime
Authority (AMP) has fired a shot across the
bows of wayward classification societies and
owners of ageing tonnage, warning that it will
kick out ships and cancel licenses if standards
are not improved. LLOYDS LIST, 21 July
2008 (No.59,718) , p 3
Stressing Turkeys commitment to Paris
MoU. Sir, Referring to the article Flag bias
sees Turkey frozen out of Paris MoU once
again, (Lloyds List, June 30), I want to inform
you and your readers about the port state control
implementation in Republic of Turkey.
LLOYDS LIST, 21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , p 4

Saved from the brink of disaster. Let's


begin with a few facts. In case you didnt see last
Thursdays paper, our markets editor helpfully
pointed out that in the dry bulk sector,
demolition of the current fleet had virtually
ceased throughout the past three years. Not a
single capesize, it seems, had been surrendered
to the recyclers shears for more than two years.
LLOYDS LIST, 21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , pp
8-9
Cooling response from weather volunteers.
I hear that the number of ships providing
regular six hourly weather information to the UK
Meteorological Office is sadly declining.
LLOYDS LIST, 21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , p 9
Tough call helped forestall disaster. The
UK governments representative played a key
role in averting a grave environmental disaster
off the south coast of England last year, says the
London Club, writes Jerry Frank. LLOYDS
LIST, 24 July 2008 (No.59,721) , p 7
Letters to the Editor: Safety code needs clear
legal status From Joe Wilson. Sir, I refer to
an article on the Marine Navigation Bill by
David Osler (Lloyds List, July 21). The brief
report on the Transport Select Committees
report into the DMNB identifies very clearly the
problem with any non-statutory safety regime
code. LLOYDS LIST, 25 July 2008
(No.59,722) , p 4
India softens on age clampdown. Offshoresupport vessels will now be allowed to trade past
the age of 25 if they meet safety regulations.
Intense pressure from India's oil sector has
forced the national shipping authority to retreat
from a full clampdown on the age of the
offshore-support-vessel
(OSV)
fleet.
TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.30), p
15
Owners set to pay for Panama safety drive.
Panama, the world's largest ship register, is
preparing for a safety audit by first conducting
an enhanced inspection campaign of the older
vessels in its fleet. In an effort to improve its
port-state-control (PSC) inspection record in
Europe and improve safety in general, ships over
20 years old are to undergo a pre-PSC
inspection. TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008
(Vol.19 No.30), p 35
Demand for tonnage and crew sees
detentions rise. Port state control detention
rates have begun to rise again after several years
of decline, according to figures compiled by the

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Paris MoU on Port State Control. LLOYDS


LIST, 29 July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 2
Safer Singapore - Pilots praised. The
number of incidents involving piloted vessels in
Singapore port waters has come down sharply
over the past decade, writes Marcus Hand in
Singapore. LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008
(No.59,725) , p 3
Are we any safer?. Twenty five years on it
seems that the Paris Memorandum of
Understanding on Port State Control is still very
much with us. It shouldnt be. It is not that its
work is unappreciated (although it often is) or
that its policies are unwelcome (although they
often are). It is simply that it should not be
needed. LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008
(No.59,725) , p 8
New guidelines on ultra large containerships.
A great deal of research has gone into the safety,
efficiency and operation of the ultra large
containerships which are now coming on to the
market in increasing numbers, says Bureau
Veritas, which will publish detailed guidelines
on standard and ultra large containerships this
year, writes Felicity Landon. LLOYDS LIST,
30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 12
Mind the reality gap when loading
containers. Recent incidents have highlighted
the issue of legal liability for bad stowage, writes
Sandra Speares. What is in the box, where it is
stowed and how much it weighs are issues that
have been tested, or are likely to be tested, in the
courts on many occasions. LLOYDS LIST, 30
July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 15
Canadian box checks spark fury. Shipping
bodies vent anger at delays during formaldehyde
testing. A decision by the Canada Border
Services Agency to test containers for
formaldehyde content at Canadian ports has
sparked a storm of protest from shipowners,
freight forwarders, importers and exporters.
LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p
22
Enforcing safety. To misquote General
Tommy Franks, the maritime industry does not
do body counts. At least not on an international
basis. There are individual country statistics of
course, but it does not take a mathematician to
work out that these are hardly comprehensive.
Nor does it take a unionist to get angry over the
increase in deaths being reported in shipyards.
LLOYDS LIST, 31 July 2008 (No.59,726) , p 8

New tanker programme goes beyond ISM.


Barges and coastal vessels are included in the
scope of the updated version. A second edition
of the Tanker Management and Self Assessment
programme went live earlier this month. Four
years after it was first introduced, this updated
programme benefits from experience and
feedback. In particular, it expands its scope to
cover all tanker operators, including those
managing coastal vessels and barges.
FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6492),
p 34
Philosophy of safety. All ports are increasing
their spending on security measures. Terrorism
is not their only concern, because many ports are
linking efforts to fight crime with improving
safety and the environment. All look to the US,
however, to see how pronouncements there will
affect their trade. PORTS AND HARBORS,
July 2008 (Vol.53 No.4), pp 16-17
Death ignites confined space safety debate.
There have been to many deaths and accidents
in confined areas recently and the figures keep
on increasing, said Allan Graveson, senior
national secretary of Nautilus UK, the union for
merchant navy officers. SAFETY AT SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
p4
Poor ventilation fatality. Painting in poorly
ventilated areas is potentially hazardous and can
prove fatal. The fact was highlighted by the
death last month of an Indian national while
painting the ballast tanks of a Belize-registered
platform supply vessel, Rainbow Star, in a
Singapore shipyard. SAFETY AT SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
p5
Is ISM working?. A decade after its launch
the ISM (International Safety Management)
Code is still taking flak from the sceptics. They
say the rise in total and partial losses revealed by
recent maritime insurance industry statistics
provides a reasonable pointer to deficiencies in
the ship safety management system (SMS).
SAFETY AT SEA INTERNATIONAL, July
2008 (Vol.42 No.473), pp 36-38
IMO rejects safety rep proposals. Maritime
union calls for a seafarers safety representative
(SSR) to be appointed on all ships covered by
the International Safety Management Code have
been rejected at the International Maritime
Organization. TELEGRAPH, July 2008
(Vol.41 No.07), p 12

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Stability shocker. Europes worst post-war


shipping disaster was primarily caused by
failure to comply with SOLAS international
maritime safety requirements, the latest study
into the sinking of the Estonia has concluded.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 22
Get tough with ISM. Ten years after it was
first introduced into the shipping industry, the
International Safety Management Code now
needs to be bolstered by legal support to become
truly effective, Nautilus UK has argued.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 23
Keeping tabs on life-saving appliances.
When a single life is lost at sea, it is necessary
to ask if all life-saving appliances on board were
working properly and whether the crew knew
where they were located and how to use them.
MARITIME RISK INTERNATIONAL, April
2008 (Vol. 22 Issue 3), pp 16-17
Ships fuzzy domain a criterion for
navigational safety in narrow fairways. The
concept of ships domain plays an important role
in navigating a ship. It is a criterion of safety in
the process of making decisions by the navigator
in analyzing and assessing a navigational
situation and in performing the right
manoeuvre.
THE
JOURNAL
OF
NAVIGATION, July 2008 (Vol.61 No.3) pp
499-514
The SafeWinch lifeline to safe towing.
During the past few years, the engineering
company IMC and the winch manufacturing
company Kraaijeveld have been working
together to develop a new type of winch with an
enhanced safety performance.
BIMCO
BULLETIN, June 2008 (Vol.103 No.3), pp 6267
SeaFrance-Molire : en chute presque
libre. En prsence des Affaires Maritimes et
de leurs homologues britanniques, la Maritime
and Coast Gards Agency, le nouveau ferry de
SeaFrance a procd le 20 juin, aux essais de son
nouvel quipement dvacuation par gravit.
Essais valids par les autorits de lEtat du
pavillon et celui du port. LE JOURNAL DE LA
MARINA MARCHANDE, 27 June 2008,
(No.4622-4623), pp 8-9

6. MARITIME SECURITY

Somalias political crisis harms anti-piracy


fight. Policing the nations waters is a
contentious cultural issue. Tension among the
rival political groups vying for control of
Somalia has severely hampered security efforts,
including initiatives to enlist foreign and private
forces to patrol the coast. LLOYD'S LIST, 04
July 2008 (No.59,707) , p 15
Politics sink German Navy pirate action.
Parties agree, but fall out over constitutional
law. Recent pirate attacks off Somalias coast
have led to a bizarre row within the German
government. The question is whether the
German Navy is allowed to fight pirates.
LLOYD'S LIST, 04 July 2008 (No.59,707) , p
16
Iran threatens Gulf oil exports. Iran is
threatening to squeeze dry the Strait of Hormuz,
the Gulf chokepoint, if either Israel or Gulf
Coalition forces carry out a threatened attack on
itsnuclear facilities . Our Middle East
correspondent, Jim Wilson investigates. Irans
armed forces have threatened to choke off oil
exports out of the Gulf if the country comes
under attack, Iranian newspapers said. The threat
has already raised the price of oil, which would
rise even more dramatically if Iran were
attacked. FAIRPLAY, 10 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6489), pp 4-5
Shell lifts force majeure from Bonga. Shell
has lifted force majeure on deliveries from one
of its Nigerian offshore oilfields after a rebel
attack last month, shortly before the countrys
main militant group announced that it is about to
end its current ceasefire, writes David Osler.
LLOYDS LIST, 11 July 2008 (No.59,712) , p 2
Danger:Nigeria. A Norwegian risk advisor's
reviewpoints to 'a gaping hole' in the nation's
maritime security. The recent attack on Shell's
floating production, storage and offloading
(FPSO) unit Bonga has exposed a gaping hole in
maritime security off Nigeria, while bloodthirsty
pirates appear determined to set a new grim
record of violence, says a new analysis.
TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.28),
pp 20-21
Pirates free German ship. A German vessel
held off Somalia for over a month has been
released. Early reports indicate the pirates'
ransom demand of $750,000 was met. The 15
crew members of the Lehmann Timber (built
2008) are said to be "unharmed and well"
following their release along with the
multipurpose (MPP) vessel late on Tuesday

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evening. TRADEWINDS,
(Vol.19 No.28), p 39

11

July

2008,

Somalia and Nigeria at top of piracy tables.


More than one-third of the piracy incidents
reported worldwide in the first six months of
year took place off Somalia and Nigeria.
LLOYDS LIST, 14 July 2008 (No.59,713) , p
16
Astrium has alternative to US box scanning.
In-built detector can identify different
chemicals and other threats throughout the
supply chain. Astrium, the space division of
Airbus plane maker EADS, is working with the
terminal operator Eurogate and the freight
forwarder Hellmann Worldwide Logistics to
develop an all-in-one black box detector that will
replace the need for 100% X-ray scanning of
US-bound maritime containers. LLOYDS
LIST, 16 July 2008 (No.59,715) , p 14
Nigerian pirate attack on bulker fuels new
fears. Spar Gemini incident raises alarm that
local criminals are looking beyond oil industry
targets. Nigerian pirates have carried out a
violent robbery on a Norwegian-owned
handysize bulk carrier, sparking fears that they
may now be deliberately broadening their choice
of target away from simply tanker shipping and
supply vessels. LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008
(No.59,716) , p 1
Waiting and watching on Irans Gulf threat.
Joint war committee mulls special rates.
London's marine war risk market is holding back
from putting the Middle East Gulf on a special
footing, as international shipping finds itself
caught in diplomatic crossfire between the West
and Iran. LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008
(No.59,716) , p 7
Gulf will be a no-go area if Iran attacked.
Tanker owners and operators are likely to hold
back vessels from either entering or leaving the
Gulf in the event of an all-out attack on Iran,
according to Exclusive Analysis, writes Jerry
Frank. LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008
(No.59,716) , p 7
Row is threat to Gulf insurers. It is not only
Iranian missiles which are rising in the Middle
East Gulf, with the diplomatic and military
temperature increasing with every test firing,
writes Jon Guy. LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008
(No.59,716) , p 7
Japan
joins
Agreement has

Megaports
initiative.
been reached by the

governments of Japan and the US on the


implementation of container security scanning at
Yokohama for both incoming and outgoing
boxes. FAIRPLAY, 17 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6490), p 19
Norwegian ship attacked. Armed pirates
stormed a Norwegian bulker at a Nigerian port
before making off with cash and other spoils.
The gang boarded Star Shipping's 53,000-dwt
Spar Gemini (built 2007) at Port Harcourt at
1am local time but left the vessel a short time
later. TRADEWINDS, 18 July 2008, (Vol.19
No.29), p 35
Navy aids hijack vessel. US Navy destroyers
provided assistance to the stricken Lehmann
Timber when it broke down off the coast of
Oman. The USS Momsen (built 2003) is
ferrying food and water to the 15 crew members
of the 8,000-dwt ship, which was released by
Somali pirates last week. TRADEWINDS, 18
July 2008, (Vol.19 No.29), p 35
Pirates capture Stella Maris. A Japaneseowned bulk carrier has become the latest
merchant vessel to be captured by Somali pirates,
writes David Osler. LLOYDS LIST, 23 July
2008 (No.59,720) , p 3
P&I club considers piracy diversions. The
activities of Somali pirates extending into the
busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Aden, have
called into question the authority of masters to
shape courses in the region, while minimising
risk of attack, writes Michael Grey. LLOYDS
LIST, 24 July 2008 (No.59,721) , p 3
African pirates target bulkers. Somali
pirates are becoming bolder in their attacks on
commercial ships. Pirates are increasingly
targeting handymax bulkers and larger merchant
vessels off the coast of Africa as they seek
greater rewards. TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008
(Vol.19 No.30), pp 34-35
Secure seals could offer US an alternative to
scanning. Container ports and deep sea
boxlines should spare a thought for their air
freight brethren, writes Roger Hailey.
LLOYDS LIST, 28 July 2008 (No.59,723) , p 6
Spain and Estonia back use of troops in
Somalia piracy fight. Countries with firsthand experience of pirates call for deployment of
multinational naval force. Diplomatic pressure
for military action against Somali pirates appears
to be growing, with two senior level EU
politicians throwing their voices behind the

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demand in recent days. LLOYDS LIST, 30


July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 1

for world trade. PORTS AND HARBORS, July


2008 (Vol.53 No.4), pp 26-29

More doubts emerge over US box scanning.


Top officials tell Senate hearing of problems
with enforcing the proposed scheme, writes
Rajesh Joshi. US plans to scan 100% of
incoming containers from 2012 appear destined
to come unstuck, recent developments on
Capitol Hill have suggested. The 100%
inspection clause was enacted into law in August
last year, as part of the 9/11 Commissions
implementing recommendations. LLOYDS
LIST, 30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 13

NCL America feels the heat as anti-terrorism


effort backfires. All crew are told to report
suspicious activity, to serve as managements
eyes and ears for possible terrorism threats. But
as the Pride of Aloha incident makes clear,
honest crew diligence can spawn a security
and legal fiasco if the original report is
distorted as it winds its way up the management
chain. SAFETY AT SEA INTERNATIONAL,
July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473), pp 10-11

Aden pirate attacks may escalate. The


International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has
warned of the situation getting out of hand if
piracy continues unchecked in the Gulf of Aden.
Pirates are attacking ships and snatching crew
with impunity, Noel Choong of the Bureaus
Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur told
Fairplay. If the trend continued illegal business
syndicates might be tempted to move in, offering
attractive sums to Somali pirates to seize ships,
he added. FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6492), p 8
Disruption should be goal of UN Somalia
Resolution says IMB. Welcoming last
months UN Security Council resolution, which
aims to curb piracy along Somalias coast by
allowing ships to enter the countrys territorial
waters to prevent attacks by armed robbers, the
ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) says
the measure could be a useful tool in the ongoing
fight to reduce piracy in the region.
COMMERCIAL CRIME INTERNATIONAL,
July 2008 (Vol.26 No.2), p1
Dangerous waters. Piracy is on the up. The
total number of incidents reported in 2007 to the
International Maritime Bureaus (IMB) piracy
reporting centre was up by 10 per cent on 2006.
In addition to this, pirates are now better armed
and seem to show no hesitation in assaulting and
injuring
crew.
TRANSPORT
INTERNATIONAL,
July-September
2008
(Issue 32/3 2008), pp 19-20
The 80Bn USD security bill. Ask those
opposed to 100% scanning about the regime that
the US Congress wants to introduce in 2012 and
the reply is likely to be couched in far from
diplomatic language. Congress is being
harangued on all sides and bombarded with
papers that may hinder its business as severely
as its own security measures are being posited

Somali pirate attacks get more sophisticated.


Piracy levels are increasing dramatically off the
coast of Somalia, the Norwegian Shipowners
Association (NSA) has revealed in its annual
report. The NSA attributed the rise in piracy to
increasing lawlessness ashore. SAFETY AT
SEA INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42
No.473), p 12
New port security for Asia. A new south
Asian regional port security organisation has
been formed with the aim of combating a wide
range of threats, including terrorism and piracy.
The South Asia Regional Port Security
Cooperative (SARPSCO) comprises the nine
nations of the Indian Ocean Bangladesh,
Comoros, India, Madagascar, the Maldives,
Mauritius, Oman, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
SAFETY AT SEA INTERNATIONAL, July
2008 (Vol.42 No.473), p 13
Security in the spotlight. The oceans may be
lonely but no ship needs unwanted visitors.
SASI considers the benefits of security
equipment as a preventative measure against
piracy and terrorism on the high seas. Since 9/11
security has been a hot topic in maritime circles
just as it has in other industries. SAFETY AT
SEA INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42
No.473), pp 32-33
The terror threat. A new report from a US
think-tank has played down links between
piracy and terrorism but warned of the need for
better security. Pirate or terrorist attacks on
shipping could trigger vast and cascading
effects on the global economy, a new study has
warned. TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41
No.07), p 29
Can the shipping industry do something
concrete about piracy?. Maybe it is time to
take the Lloyds List Leader of a few months
ago to heart. The Leader on Piracy commented
on the Roman fleet commanders successes at

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the time after the first raids by the Angles and


the Saxons along the coast of Britain, as he was:
Unconstrained by the need to observe IMO
regulations or other diplomatic niceties, his no
nonsense approach certainly got results
BIMCO BULLETIN, June 2008 (Vol.103 No.3),
pp 54-57

Weather forecasts extended to cover new


shipping routes. Increased oil and liquefied
natural gas transport from Russia and Norway
towards North America means that international
shipping routes are passing Iceland for the first
time in peace time. LLOYDS LIST, 25 July
2008 (No.59,722) , p 10

Les dfaillances du systme de sret


embarqu. Le systme dalerte de sret (Ship
Security Alert System, SSAS), bord de milliers
de navires marchands depuis les attentats
terroristes du 11 septembre 2007 aux tats-Unis,
est dfaillant. LE JOURNAL DE LA MARINA
MARCHANDE, 11 July 2008, (No.4624), p 33

Masters still have to like it or lump it.


Heres a clever idea. Why dont masters get
involved in the design of ships bridges and the
amazing control consoles that are installed in
them? LLOYDS LIST, 28 July 2008
(No.59,723) , p 9

Piraterie en lgre baisse au premier


semestre. Le nombre dactes de piraterie
(effectives et tentatives) a diminu au cours des
six premiers mois par rapport au premier
semestre 2007. Nigeria, lun des principaux pays
risques, ragit aux vols de ptrole brut dans le
delta du Niger. LE JOURNAL DE LA
MARINA MARCHANDE, 18 July 2008,
(No.4625-4626), p 12

7.
NAVIGATION
COMMUNICATIONS

AND

IMO sets 2012 ECDIS deadline for


newbuildings. The mandatory use of
electronic chart display and information systems
onboard ships came a step closer with last
weeks International Maritime Organizations
Safety of Navigation sub-committee agreeing a
set of deadlines for installation, writes Craig
Eason. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008
(No.59,708) , p 3
Malacca meeting planned. The Nippon
Foundation and the Roundtable of Shipping
Associations have confirmed plans for a
symposium to be held in Kuala Lumpur in
November, to discuss navigation safety and the
protection of the marine environment in the
Strait of Malacca and in Singapore, writes
Neville Smith. LLOYD'S LIST, 09 July 2008
(No.59,710) , p 5
The route to confusion. Professional outrage
is the best way to describe the response of
mariners to the results of the Hill Harmony case,
which affirmed the right of a charterer to specify
the route a ship must follow, unless the master
has good grounds for going a different way.
LLOYDS LIST, 24 July 2008 (No.59,721) , p 8

IALA VTS Manual 2008. The IALA VTS


Manaual was published first in 1994, with
revisions in 1998 and 2002, that matched the
four-yearly work cycles IALA has adopted.
Logically, the next edition should have appeared
in 2006, but during deliberations while meeting
in Hong Kong in 2003, the VTS Committee
realised that the task could not be met in
timescale. SEAWAYS, July 2008, pp 14-16
Radar and AIS. 2008 sees the requirement
for all new radars to be able to display AIS
(Automatic Information System) information,
and a new book, Radar and AIS Integrated
Bridge Systems Vol 1, from which this is an
extract, sets out to explain the implications of
integrating these functions. SEAWAYS, July
2008, pp 21-24
S-Mode for onboard navigation displays.
The IMO has expressed its desire that eNavigation should be user led and defined by
user needs. For this reason, the NI has been fully
engaged in the development of e-Navigation: the
concept of S-Mode has been part of this work.
The concept, to improve operational safety and
promote more effective training through a
standard display, menu system and interface
device, has been created and refined through the
multitude of member feedback over many
years. SEAWAYS, July 2008, pp 25-26
Training the bridge team. When I was an
apprentice, navigation buoys were items of note
to record in the movement book as the ship
passed up and down a channel or when entering
port. As third mate it was important to ensure
that the apprentice made the entries (as well as
making the tea). SEAWAYS, July 2008, p 30
e-Navigation and the case for e-Loran.
International discussions on the concept of enavigation have identified a robust positionfixing system as one of the essential components.

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Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are


known to have vulnerabilities and onboard
alternatives such as inertial systems have
limitations
THE
JOURNAL
OF
NAVIGATION, July 2008 (Vol.61 No.3) pp
473-484
The safety and security systems of maritime
navigation. This paper discuses the main
issues of todays maritime navigation and its
safety and security systems. Fast development of
sciences and technologies, further fast
development in the shipping industry, but mainly
the appearance of the new very dangerous
threats at sea that appeared at the beginning of
this century, deeply influence the safety and
security of maritime navigation and its systems.
THE JOURNAL OF NAVIGATION, July 2008
(Vol.61 No.3) pp 529-536

8. POLLUTION
Marpol implementation inches ever closer in
US. Full implementation of Marpol Annex VI
in the US is another step closer after the US
Senate passed its version of a Bill that would
clear the way for the country to adopt the
international regime, writes Rajesh Joshi in New
York. LLOYD'S LIST, 01 July 2008
(No.59,704) , p 3
Letters to the Editor: Objectivity is not a
matter of opinion - From Natasha Brown.
Sir, With reference to your report on studies on
greenhouse gas emissions, June 27, alleging that
the International Maritime Organization
Secretariat refused to process two recentlyconcluded studies for consideration by the Oslo
meeting (June 23-27) of the MEPC Working
Group on such emissions. LLOYD'S LIST, 01
July 2008 (No.59,704) , p 4
Letters to the editor: Slow steaming a
welcome trade-off From Lars Carlsson.
Sir, In response to points made by Tor Svensen
from DNV in Svensen calls for speed limits to
reduce CO (Lloyds List, June 24).I note that
Mr Svensen identifies slow steaming as the
efficient way to reduce emissions from shipping
and especially CO2 emissions. We could not
agree more. LLOYD'S LIST, 01 July 2008
(No.59,704) , p 4
Letters to the Editor: Time for debate is far
from over - From Geoffry Lucas. Sir, I refer
again to your Comment of June 25 and to my

letter commenting on it, which you kindly


published on June 30. I have since had the
opportunity of reading in full the address of the
secretary -general of the IMO to the first
intercessional meeting of the Working Group on
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships and of
briefly discussing it with him. LLOYD'S LIST,
02 July 2008 (No.59,705) , p 4
Change the tune on climate change. As
spring turns to summer, and with the 2008 US
presidential campaign now a two-person race,
important developments on both the legal and
the political fronts are taking place. LLOYD'S
LIST, 02 July 2008 (No.59,705) , p 4
Slow but steady progress as shipping seeks
answer to CO2. Last weeks International
Maritime Organization meeting on greenhouse
gases made limited progress on developing the
technical basis for how shipping should reduce
CO2 emissions. LLOYD'S LIST, 03 July 2008
(No.59,706) , p 1
Contrasting views. Developing nations like
China say they need more time before making
emissions standards mandatory. Developing
countries could hamper attempts to set
international standards for reducing shipping's
carbon-dioxide
(CO2)
emissions.
TRADEWINDS, 04 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p
46
Swedish bid to clean up shipping with
commercial pressure. Local Swedish
authorities have grown impatient with the
progress
of
international
environmental
regulation and have come up with a unique way
of making sure shipping turns green.
TRADEWINDS, 04 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p
46
UK needs heavy oil spill review. MCA
points to significant increase in traffic. Plans to
deal with a major pollution incident involving
very heavy fuel oil require amendment as a
result of the steep increase in the quantity of
such oil now moving through north European
sealanes. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008
(No.59,708) , p 4
Scrubbing systems still face battle for
recognition. Scrubbing technology could still
be facing troubled waters as Krystallons search
for manufacturing premises continues, while a
partnership with a major engine manufacturer is
still missing, writes Jamie Dale. LLOYD'S
LIST, 07 July 2008 (No.59,708) , p 5

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Pass the parcel. There have been plenty of


illustrations of the effects of pollution from very
heavy fuel oil, whether it is carried around in
bunker tanks or as parcels in product tankers.
The Erika and Prestige incidents are fresh in the
memory, while there will be still recollections of
the earlier Tanio and Evoikos casualties, which
caused mayhem on affected coastlines. It is
filthy stuff, persistent and exceedingly difficult
to clean up. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008
(No.59,708) , p 8
Global warming: Let's start by cutting the
hot air. I was listening to some bleating
official on the radio the other day, complaining
that the general public was failing to take the
issue of global warming sufficiently seriously.
Despite all the propaganda (he actually said
information) being hosed around by the
responsible agencies, the irresponsible majority
(us) are failing to replace all their light bulbs
with the new, dim, energy-saving variety, while
all the incentives offered were not succeeding in
persuading us to properly insulate our homes.
LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008 (No.59,708) , pp
8-9
Shipping could be in ETS. UK Minister of
State for Energy Malcolm Wicks has said the
government is undecided over whether shipping
should be included in the European Unions
Emissions Trading Scheme, writes Neville
Smith. LLOYD'S LIST, 09 July 2008
(No.59,710) , p 3
Shipping has stepped up to climate change.
The importance of international prescriptions to
deal adequately with greenhouse gas emissions
from ships was stressed yesterday by the
secretary-general of the International Maritime
Organization. LLOYD'S LIST, 10 July 2008
(No.59,711) , p 4
US Marpol Annex VI to deal lawmaking
blow. Regional air emission lawmaking in the
US will be dealt a crippling blow with the formal
US accession to Marpol Annex VI, writes
Rajesh Joshi. LLOYD'S LIST, 10 July 2008
(No.59,711) , p 4
South Korea uses the most single-hull
tankers. South Korea is now the worlds
largest charterer of single hull tankers, despite
the Hebei Spirit oil spill last December, writes
Jamie Dale. LLOYD'S LIST, 10 July 2008
(No.59,711) , p 19
Slow steaming: the experts are divided.
Discussion on the merits of slow steaming

misses the point, an emissions expert asserted


last week. The only way to reduce the worlds
CO count is to form an emissions trading
scheme with a cap on tons-per-emission,
Donald
Gregory,
environmental
and
sustainability director of BP Marine, told
Fairplay. FAIRPLAY, 10 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6489), p 6
B Navi hit with $1.5m oil dumping fine.
Italian firm B Navi Ship Management Services
has been ordered to pay $1.5m in fines and serve
three years probation in the latest US conviction
involving oil pollution on the high seas, writes
Rajesh Joshi. LLOYDS LIST, 11 July 2008
(No.59,712) , p 3
Trio charged in US over alleged pollution
from Malta-flag bulker. The owner, operator
and chief engineer of a Malta-flag bulker have
been charged in the US in a so-called "magic
pipe" case. The trio were accused of illegally
dumping waste from the 39,700-dwt Rio Gold
(built 1984) after the whistle was blown in May
on alleged illegal activities on board.
TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.28),
p 18
Wessels to fix kites on newbuilds. A
German player is banking on sails to cut down
on record fuel costs. A German owner is looking
to make greater use of wind propulsion to cut
down on fuel costs as bunker prices break
through
the
$700-per-tonne
mark.
TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.28),
p 19
Grimaldi aims to prove ro-ros are greener
than trucks. A study by Italian ro-ro operator
Grimaldi is being used to demonstrate the
superiority of ships over road traffic when it
comes to carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions.
TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.28),
p 19
IMO report has shipping and aviation
emissions almost equal. A fresh report
suggests that shipping may not be pumping out
as much carbon dioxide (CO2) as had been
feared. Last year, Intertanko caused a stir by
estimating the world shipping fleet's emissions at
around 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 per year,
nearly
double
previous
estimates.
TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.28),
p 38
Open season on ships. If you shout loud
enough about something for long enough, it will
be believed. This is the immutable law

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understood by lobbyists the world over, who


practice it assiduously. LLOYDS LIST, 14
July 2008 (No.59,713) , p 8
Owners too mean to go green, says Wrtsil
chief. Technology available for years is
shunned. Lack of demand from shipowners for
efficient green technology lies behind the slow
progress in reducing the industrys emissions.
LLOYDS LIST, 15 July 2008 (No.59,714) , p 7
Cold ironing trial for Xin Ya Zhou. One of
the largest ships to switch off its engines and use
shoreside power, often called cold ironing, has
successfully completed a trial at the Port of Los
Angeles, writes Craig Eason. LLOYDS LIST,
15 July 2008 (No.59,714) , p 7
Shipping would gain from ETS. Stena says
scheme is preferable to carbon levy. Inclusion of
shipping in the European Unions emissions
trading scheme could be the first step towards a
global system to monitor and reduce carbon
dioxide emissions, according to a leading
shipowner. LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008
(No.59,716) , p 16
Why new IMO sulphur tests will affect
shipping. Bunker procedures are streamlined.
The International Maritime Organizations
verification procedures for testing bunker
samples could have far-reaching commercial
implications for buyers and sellers of marine
fuels. LLOYDS LIST, 18 July 2008
(No.59,717) , p 15
Verification
procedures
under
the
microscope. To summarise the MEPC
verification procedures, a Marpol sample,
prepared in accordance with regulation 18 of
Marpol Annex VI, forms the basis for
determining the sulphur content of the fuel
consumed by a vessel, writes Ton Visser.
LLOYDS LIST, 18 July 2008 (No.59,717) , p
15
Australian LNG projects at risk from
emissions trading scheme. Cap-and-trade
system to curb greenhouse gases could pull the
plug on $58.2bn-worth of LNG investments. The
mischievous law of unintended consequences is
at play in the liquefied natural gas industry. 4
Cleaner living. In recent months there has
been a great deal of increasingly strident
accusations about shippings harmful emissions.
It has forced the industry onto the defensive,
which is a pity, because much of this is
unproven, in advance of any proper scientific

assessments and mostly politically driven.


LLOYDS LIST, 21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , p 8
Australian emissions scheme panned. Road
transport benefits at cost of shipping and rail. If
the Australian federal government wanted
industry feedback on its Green Paper on the
emissions trading scheme to alert it to possible
oversights, it got its wish from the Australian
Shipowners Association and the Australasian
Railway Association at the weekend.
LLOYDS LIST, 22 July 2008 (No.59,719) , p
18
IMOs PSPC has not gone far enough, warns
expert. New rules may also generate conflicts
of interest, says IPs Hindmarsh. While
accepting that the International Maritime
Organizations Performance Standard for
Protective Coatings, which came into force on
July 1 for vessels over 50,000 dwt, is a step in
the right direction, International Paints
worldwide marine business development
manager Mike Hindmarsh believes the new
standards could have gone further and raise a
number of issues. LLOYDS LIST, 23 July
2008 (No.59,720) , p 12
Clean water group aims high. White House
hopefuls lobbied over invasive species in Great
Lakes. Environmental lobbyists are targeting US
presidential candidates Senator Barack Obama
and Senator John McCain as the potential
political muscle needed to stem the tide of
invasive species reaching Great Lakes ports.
LLOYDS LIST, 23 July 2008 (No.59,720) , p
18
Greenwave puts drag kit to test. Shipping
charity to use sea trials to evaluate fuel savings
from its system of aerodynamic fairings.
Greenwave, the shipping charity developing
green shipping technologies, is planning to
launch its drag kit of aerodynamic fairings as the
first of four main shipboard innovations in the
next two or three months. LLOYDS LIST, 24
July 2008 (No.59,721) , p 16
Maersk box ships spark anger of green
groups. The fate of three Maersk-operated
boxships, Maersk Brisbane, Maersk Barcelona
and Ankara, due to be sold for demolition, has
raised the ire of environmentalist groups.
FAIRPLAY, 24 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6491),
p9
Ballast bug cost grows & grows. The impact
of invasive species carried in ballast water into
the US Great Lakes is $200M a year and rising,

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according to a study released last week by the


Center for Aquatic Conservation at the
University of Notre Dame in Indiana. And that
amount only deals with the impact on the US
side - not the Canadian side of the Lakes.
FAIRPLAY, 24 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6491),
p 11

Ships cleaner than road transport. Road


transport remains the biggest source of air
pollution in Europe, according to the European
Environment Agency, writes Justin Stares in
Brussels. LLOYDS LIST, 31 July 2008
(No.59,726) , p 2

Shippers up pressure for green action.


Owners may soon have to prove their
environmental performance. A world in which
shipowners not only have to compete on freight
rates, speed and consumption but also
environmental performance might not be too far
away. TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008 (Vol.19
No.30), p 12

Carbon cost is not just a black and white


issue. Next weekend, environmental protestors
begin a week-long climate camp on the site of
proposed coal-fired power plant at Kingsnorth,
Kent, in a bid to draw attention to a plan they
say presents an unacceptable addition to carbon
dioxide emissions. LLOYDS LIST, 31 July
2008 (No.59,726) , p 8

We want to go green (if its cheap and easy).


Survey shows mismatch between aspiration and
implementation. Keen-to-be-green shippers are
piling the pressure on their logistics suppliers to
cut carbon emissions, but are less inclined to pay
more for a cleaner supply chain. LLOYDS
LIST, 28 July 2008 (No.59,723) , p 6

Tankers tackle climate change. When a


tanker delivered 40,000m of water to the
Cypriot port of Limassol recently, the citys
inhabitants danced on the docks in celebration as
they looked forward to relief from a 10-year
drought. FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6492), p 14

Spills risk from new LNG carriers


marginally worse. A high-level US study
concludes that the potential consequences of
spills from the new generation of larger liquefied
natural gas carriers are only moderately greater
than for those vessels with a conventional
capacity, writes Tony Gray. LLOYDS LIST,
29 July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 4

Class driven by environmental issues.


Lloyds Register of Shipping says that it has
introduced an environmental management
standard for the shipping industry. Using the
expertise of its quality assurance business,
LRQA, it has developed an industry specific
guide for the ISO 14001 environmental
management standard to enable ship operators to
establish and implement effective environmental
management systems. THE MOTORSHIP,
July-August 2008 (Vol.89 Issue 1051), pp 28-32

California revives fuel sulphur restrictions.


Industry angered by legal manoeuvre
Astounding, contradictory and inconsistent The
Pacific Merchant Shipping Associations
response. The state of California is pushing
ahead with unilateral rules on the maximum
level of sulphur in marine fuel, despite court
rulings that the regulations are pre-empted by
two federal statutes. LLOYDS LIST, 29 July
2008 (No.59,724) , p 5
Blame game Accusations over Mississippi
spill. American Commercial Lines is facing at
least three class action lawsuits in the US over a
tank barge collision and oil spill on the
Mississippi River, writes Rajesh Joshi.
LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 1
An efficient ship is a green ship, says GL.
Ship efficiency leads the way for more
environmentally
friendly
ships,
says
Germanischer Lloyd, and there are various
options to be analysed as early as the design
phase, writes Felicity Landon. LLOYDS LIST,
30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 12

CREATING worlds cleanest ship. Over the


years the general perception is that shipping has
grown ever more environmentally unfriendly,
emitting large quantities of toxic nitrogen oxides
(NOx) and sulphur oxides (SOx). Now partners
from the EU-funded CREATING (Concepts to
reduce environmental impact and attain optimal
transport performance by inland navigation)
project, together with oil multinational BP, have
developed a new vessel, which they claim is
virtually emissions free. THE MOTORSHIP,
July-August 2008 (Vol.89 Issue 1051), pp 48-49
The inside story. Attention in the coatings
world has recently switched from the vessels
outer hull to its ballast tanks as the new PSPC
regulations come into force. Not so long ago it
was antifoulings that captured all the headlines,
with coatings manufacturers shrugging off years
of stagnation to find suitable alternatives to
banned
TBT
products.
FAIRPLAY
SOLUTIONS, July 2008 (Issue 142), pp 30-31

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Ship-to-ship transfers targeted. The UK is


cracking down on marine pollution. The
government has drafted tough regulations to
control ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of hazardous
substances in UK waters. And to show it means
business, it intends to impose stiff fines on any
transgressors.
SAFETY
AT
SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
p7
Who pays the binman?. Port reception
facilities (PRFs) for ship-generated waste and
cargo residues vary widely and both ports and
ships are telling researchers that they would like
clearer, more detailed guidelines to ensure a
more uniform approach. SAFETY AT SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
pp 26-28
Mopping up the mess. Even small oil spills
can be a financial burden to shipping companies.
Thats why crews need to be given the best
possible chance to minimise damage, staff
reporter Tom Bailey learns. It is hammered
home in all walks of life that prevention is better
than cure, and the old adage certainly applies to
the shipping industry when it comes to
pollution.
SAFETY
AT
SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
p 29
Reception facilities: IMO call. Fresh
criticism of the poor standards of waste
reception facilities for ships visiting many of the
worlds ports has been raised by the head of the
International
Maritime
Organization.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 9
Minister tells ships to slow to get greener.
Transport minister Ruth Kelly has called for
more to be done to cut emissions from shipping
describing this as the industrys most urgent
and serious challenge. TELEGRAPH, July
2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 9
How kitchen towels could help clean oil
spills. Researchers have come up with a plan
to use giant kitchen towels to clean up oil spills
at sea. They predict the wafer-thin membranes
could be used to replace booms and detergents in
responding to marine-pollution incidents.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 11
Sigma S6 useful for oil slick detection.
Rutter Technologies (Rutter) has successfully
completed an independent trial of its Sigma S6
Radar for oil slick detection. The trial proved
that the technology could be used to detect oil on
the ocean surface from a moving vessel. OIL

SPILL INTELLIGENCE REPORT, 19 June


2008 (Vol.31 No.26), p 3
Spill from sunken ship contained. Oil
leaking from a second vessel that foundered and
sank in the Philippines during Typhoon
Frank/Fengshen has been brought under control,
according to the Philippine Coast Guard. The
MV Lake Paoay went down 4 kilometres (2.5
miles) off the coastal town of Cartes on Saturday,
21 June 2008, a victim of the same storm that
sank a ferry, the MV Princess of the Stars, also
on 21 June. OIL SPILL INTELLIGENCE
REPORT, 02 July 2008 (Vol.31 No.28), p 1
Combating greenhouse gas emissions: IMO
ahead of the game. The Marine Environment
Protection Committee has embraced the proposal
of International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos to
fast-track work on developing a regulatory
regime for greenhouse gas emissions, writes
Aline De Bievre. BIMCO BULLETIN, June
2008 (Vol.103 No.3), pp 36-39
Eyeing the environment. Classification
societies are going green in an effort to help their
shipping clients adapt to the onerous challenge
of climate change, reports Namrata Nadkarni.
SEATRADE, July-August 2008 (Vol. 37 No.4),
pp 33-37
Kerch Strait clean again ?. According to
Ukrainian emergencies ministry, the Kerch Strait
has been completely cleared of traces of last
Novembers massive fuel spill. On 11 November
2007, during a fierce storm, an oil tanker,
Volganeft-139, broke in half in the middle of the
Strait of Kerch in Ukraininan waters. OIL
SPILL INTELLIGENCE REPORT, 10 July
2008 (Vol.31 No.29), pp 1-2
Rice University nanobatons may beat
pollution. Nanobatons developed by a team
of researchers at Rice University (Houston,
Texas, USA) may eventually be used in oil spill
cleanups, water pollution mitigation, and even
the delivery of medical treatments. OIL SPILL
INTELLIGENCE REPORT, 10 July 2008
(Vol.31 No.29), p 3
Un comite pour dfendre la faade
atlantique. Plusieurs associations dofficiers
de la marine marchande, dlves ou danciens
lves des ENMM ACLCCI, ACOMM, HSM)
ont form un Comit maritime de la faade
atlantique
qui
vise

defendre
un
dveloppement de la formation dans les ENMM
pour faire face aux besoins franais. LE

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JOURNAL DE LA MARINA MARCHANDE,


27 June 2008, (No.4622-4623), p 13
Le Canada renforce les rgles techniques.
La rglementation sur les eaux de ballast vient
d'tre renforce pour les navires empruntant la
voie maritime du Saint-Laurent. Elle impose des
conditions
techniques
drastiques.
LE
JOURNAL DE LA MARINA MARCHANDE,
18 July 2008, (No.4625-4626), p 30

9. PORTS AND HARBOURS


New projects sail clear of the global credit
storm. China and India growth has created
new markets and has stimulated investment in
emerging ports, writes Mike King. Sub-prime
woes in US financial markets and the subsequent
global spread credit squeeze might have affected
shipping lending, but the impact on port and
infrastructure investment projects in emerging
markets has been muted. LLOYD'S LIST, 08
July 2008 (No.59,709) , p 10
World ports unite on climate declaration.
Ecological framework based on data sharing.
Ports worldwide have signed up to an
environmental charter that seeks to combat
climate change and improve air quality through
co-operation, exchange of information and best
practice. LLOYDS LIST, 21 July 2008
(No.59,718) , p 6
Lbeck steams ahead with cold ironing.
Lbeck will next month inaugurate an onshore
power supply plant for cold ironing in the port,
after 13 years of developing and testing, writes
Sabine Rabach in Cologne. LLOYDS LIST,
21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , p 6
Logistics and the ISPS Code. The ports
industry in Norway has been working to
establish a regional solution to the practical
problems thrown up by the working of SOLAS
Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code. The hope is
that if a system can be agreed on for use in
Norway it could then be rolled out within the
European Union. PORTS AND HARBORS,
July 2008 (Vol.53 No.4), pp 18-20
Reducing the risks. Insurance companies
have had to respond to the increasing incidence
of bodily injury claims and handling equipment
claims in ports. Beyond the headline stories
such as this years spectacular crane collapses in
Southampton and Felixtowe there are others
where dockworkers in ports around the world

have lost limbs or even their lives while


conducting routine cargo handling operations.
PORTS AND HARBORS, July 2008 (Vol.53
No.4), pp 22-24

10. SEAFARERS
Policies for poachers. The shortage of
quality seafarers, we are constantly told, is the
greatest crisis facing the industry today, feeding
from the fast-growing fleet into the casualty
statistics, or the maritime infrastructure. Good
technical managers and superintendents are
becoming like hens teeth. LLOYD'S LIST, 03
July 2008 (No.59,706) , p 8
Letters: Double up to solve officer shortage From Captain Ivica Tijardovic. Sir, In the 29
May issue (p40), you mention that Greek owners
have very few answers to the officer shortage. In
the past 10 years Ive been working four months
on and four months off. I have prepared at least
45 apprentice officers for officer jobs, or at least
45 mates for promotion. FAIRPLAY, 03 July
2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6488), p 13
Mentor-based training urged. A veteran
ship manager has called for changes in advanced
maritime training, using a mentoring system to
familiarise newcomers with widening roles.
Aswin Atre told Fairplay on the eve of his
retirement from NYK Shipmanagement that
companies today are spending much more on
training sea staff than ever before. FAIRPLAY,
03 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6488), p 12
Six P&I clubs makes losses amid worries
over crew quality. A loss of $6m has been
unveiled by the Shipowners' Club the last of the
International Group protection-and-indemnity
(P&I) mutuals to give an indication of its
financial performance. TRADEWINDS, 04
July 2008 (Vol.19 No.27), p 18
ITF offers its support to Hebei Spirit pair.
The
International
Transport
Workers
Federation weighed in yesterday over the
wrangle involving senior officers on the Hebei
Spirit with a statement of support for master
Jasprit Chawla and chief officer Syam Chetan
and their families, writes Keith Wallis.
LLOYD'S LIST, 08 July 2008 (No.59,709) , p 2
Facts about fatigue. A useful pamphlet
produced by the UK Maritime & Coastguard
deals with the elements of fatigue, why it is
dangerous, and why it is pretty well
unacceptable to run ships where this risk is

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endemic. LLOYD'S LIST, 08 July 2008


(No.59,709) , p 8
Seafarers charities finding strength in a new
unity. A more business-like approach required.
OXFAM or Save the Children Fund are two of
the global heavyweights that are able to draw on
their instantly recognisable names to raise huge
sums of money for eminently deserving
recipients. LLOYD'S LIST, 09 July 2008
(No.59,710) , p 4
Rotting on remand. It's a cruel and unusual
punishment when two people found to be
innocent of all crimes put before them are denied
their freedom. Yet that is exactly what the South
Korean authorities appear to have concluded in
the case of the two Hebei Spirit senior officers.
LLOYD'S LIST, 09 July 2008 (No.59,710) , p 8
Lower Saxony homes in on training.
Germanys maritime capital, Hamburg, borders
Lower Saxony to the south, and both states share
common interests in maritime policy,
particularly when it comes to hinterland
infrastructure. LLOYD'S LIST, 09 July 2008
(No.59,710) , pp 8-9
Because you're worth it. Everyone, even the
super-salariat of financial services, or Premier
League footballers, considers that they could
probably do with a boost to their salary. It is part
of the human condition. In shipping circles there
is a sort of consensus among employers that
wages are spiralling upwards, driven by the
gathering employee shortages. But what is the
reality? LLOYD'S LIST, 10 July 2008
(No.59,711) , p 8
Letters to the Editor: Unacceptable fate of
Hebei Spirit officers - From Capt Kelso. Sir,
The comment, by a source that the pact
between Skuld and South Korea relating to the
early
payment
of
oil
contamination
compensation does not really relate to the
continued incarceration of two innocent men
demonstrates, yet again, a facet of the callous
indifference of the industry towards those who
serve it aboard ship. LLOYDS LIST, 11 July
2008 (No.59,712) , p 4
Officers say wages are failing to keep pace
with cost of living. Survey finds little
evidence of wages explosion. Seafarers believe
that they are being badly hit by a falling dollar
with wages not keeping pace with costs ashore, a
survey into salaries and employment benefits has
concluded. LLOYDS LIST, 11 July 2008
(No.59,712) , p 5

Rights under threat. South Korea has agreed


to safeguard seafarers' rights so why are two
men cleared of wrongdoing still being held?
South Korea appears to be backtracking on a
new international agreement on seafarers' rights
with its treatment of two Indian officers involved
in the Hebei Spirit pollution case.
TRADEWINDS, 11 July 2008, (Vol.19 No.28),
p 38
Nautilus tired of fatigue inaction. Nautilus
UK - the main British seafarers union - is
asking the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and
other members of the Paris MoU to launch a
concentrated inspection campaign targeting
fatigue, writes David Osler. LLOYDS LIST,
14 July 2008 (No.59,713) , p 3
The human touch. Attitudes change, and
when you mention the magic words human
element, people nowadays dont roll their eyes,
or change the subject to Manchester Uniteds FA
Cup chances next season. LLOYDS LIST, 14
July 2008 (No.59,713) , pp 8-9
Thinking inside the box. Sociologists now
assure us that television, more than any other
factor, can alter peoples behaviour. Inevitably,
with Reithian attitudes long forgotten, for the
worst, although they would consider such a view
elitist. LLOYDS LIST, 14 July 2008
(No.59,713) , p 9
Bargaining forum let down by P&I clubs
no-show. Employers and seafarers miss out on
expert advice. P&I Clubs have disappointed
seafarers and their employers by not showing up
at the International Bargaining Forum held in
Hong Kong this week. LLOYDS LIST, 18
July 2008 (No.59,717) , p 5
K Line plans major recruitment drive.
Japan's K Line has detailed plans to boost
recruitment and safety through the expansion of
its in-house management and training capability.
The Tokyo-based company wants to keep more
than 90% of its ships under in-house
management as it grows its fleet from 499 to 750
vessels by 2015. TRADEWINDS, 18 July 2008,
(Vol.19 No.29), p 35
Confidence blow. The bravery of Jasprit
Chawla and chief officer Syam Chetan is beyond
doubt. Hundreds of miles from home, detained
by a legal system that has once already found
them innocent of blame in respect of the Hebei
Spirit oil spill, they still managed weak smiles

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for the Lloyds List photographer. LLOYDS


LIST, 21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , p 8

in prison. LLOYDS LIST, 28 July 2008


(No.59,723) , p 4

Singapore awards $2.7m scholarships. As


Singapore strives to attract more young talent to
the shipping and marine industries, 42 students
have been given scholarship and sponsorship
awards worth S$3.7m ($2.7m), writes Marcus
Hand in Singapore. LLOYDS LIST, 21 July
2008 (No.59,718) , p 20

Too clever by half. Integrated bridge systems,


so their enthusiastic manufacturers declare, are
the cats pyjamas. People who find themselves
parachuted in to use them, often without any real
training, are not so sure. LLOYDS LIST, 28
July 2008 (No.59,723) , p 8

Industry condemns Hebei Spirit detentions.


Shipping industry associations have joined a
maritime union and the International Group of
P&I Clubs in issuing a vigorous joint protest
at the continued detention of Jasprit Chawla and
Syam Chetan, master and chief officer
respectively of the tanker Hebei Spirit, writes
Neville Smith. LLOYDS LIST, 23 July 2008
(No.59,720) , p 2
Keeping a human perspective on the drive
for automation. With the Tall Ships now well
under way to Norways southwest coast for the
first leg of this years race, I look forward with
double excitement to seeing this most gracious
of fleets approach the city of Bergen in a
fortnights time. LLOYDS LIST, 23 July 2008
(No.59,720) , p 4
Rina teams up with NACE as new training
course is developed. Having initially worked
with leading international testing company
Bodycote on the development of marine-specific
training courses, seminars and testing facilities
for customers to provide compliance with the
International
Maritime
Organizations
Performance Standard for Protective Coatings
regulations, this year Rina has further extended
its involvement in the coatings field. LLOYDS
LIST, 23 July 2008 (No.59,720) , p 11
Letters to the Editor: Imprisoned captains
need our help now - From CR Kelso. Sir,
Welcome as the news is (Industry condemns
Hebei Spirit detentions, Lloyds List, July 23)
that the Round Table, the International Transport
Federation, the Hong Kong Shipowners
Association, InterManager, the International
Group of P&I Clubs, and others, have jointly
issued a vigorous protest at the continued
detention of Capt Chawla and chief officer
Chetan, let us not forget that six years after his
stricken ship was denied a port of refuge, Capt
Mangouras of the Prestige is still not at liberty
and that Capt Laptalo of the Coral Sea - after 12
months in a maximum security prison in Greece
and a farcical show trial where he was denied
natural justice - has been sentenced to 14 years

India eases ban on foreign seafarers. A


maximum of two foreign officers to be allowed
per vessel. The serious shortage of Indian
seafaring officers has prompted the countrys
Directorate-General of Shipping to allow
domestic shipowners to recruit and employ
foreign seafarers on their vessels. LLOYDS
LIST, 29 July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 16
Unions to support Hebei Spirit pair. Indian
seafarers unions have planned a massive
demonstration outside the Korean consulate in
Mumbai on Thursday morning to highlight what
they argue is the illegal detention in South Korea
oftwo Indian crew members of the tanker Hebei
Spirit, writes Shirish Nadkarni in Mumbai.
LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 3
Shipping targets schools to solve recruitment
crisis. When FenderCare founder Yvonne
Mason decided to move on from the company,
which is now part of James Fisher, she wanted to
give something back to the people and
companies in the maritime industry which had
looked after me so well for the past 20 years,
writes Felicity Landon. LLOYDS LIST, 30
July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 13
Letters to the Editor: Basic respect is the key
to safety - From Capt David Baily. Sir, I read
Michael Greys article The Human Touch
recently (Lloyds List, July 14). He often raises
issues of seafarer welfare and safety, and I
believe he understands many of the arguments
and genuinely tries to raise them where it counts.
But this article, while it followed this theme,
made me want to shout out loud. LLOYDS
LIST, 31 July 2008 (No.59,726) , p 4
Managing the move into the hot seat. One
issue dominates the ship management sector crew recruitment and retention. Fairplay has
found that there are still plenty of potential
cadets out there eager to make their mark in
shipping, especially in the Philippines.
FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6492),
pp 26-27

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A
deterrent
to
recruitment.
The
InterManager president is not a man to pull his
punches. Stene also blasted the South Koreans
for detaining the master and chief officer of the
tanker Hebei Spirit. Although cleared of all
charges a month ago, the Indian nationals have
been prevented from leaving South Korea
pending a retrial, which might not take place for
six months. FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6492), p 2
Australia wants the burden shared. The
bluewater sector is advocating a training trust to
fund the costs of securing the countrys seafaring
skills base, Dale Crisp reports. Finding recruits
for a seagoing career is no problem for
Australian ship managers and operators.
However, they carry the enormous burden of the
cost of training these recruits, only to see them
siphoned off by other sectors of the industry.
FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6492),
p 29
Sino-foreign ventures lack commitment.
Quality and quantity of training are the biggest
challenges currently facing Chinas ship
managers, as Bouko de Groot discovers.
Although the number of Chinese companies
dedicated solely to ship management is growing
steadily, nothing seems able to solve the
manning shortage. FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008
(Vol.363 Issue 6492), p 30
New website will be online lifeline. The ITF
has a special relationship with the worlds
seafarers. Because of their unique working
conditions and the flag of convenience system,
they are the only group of transport workers with
whom the ITF communicates directly rather
than via their union affiliates. TRANSPORT
INTERNATIONAL,
July-September
2008
(Issue 32/3 2008), p 18
Continuing professional development (CPD)
Raising standards. This is the first of a
series of articles highlighting the need for a NI
CPD system. These articles will cover views
from industry, training providers, other nonmaritime professions and seafarers. The system
will be web-based and output-orientated,
generating personal profiles for members which
will identify their expertise. It will be launched
in March 2009 at a conference to be held in
London. The introduction of a CPD system is
part of the Nautical Institutes Strategic Plan.
SEAWAYS, July 2008, pp 5-6
Manning and fatigue. It is impossible to
separate fatigue from undermanning: the general

fatigue on a ship is directly caused by the


manning problems on ships. Regardless of the
size of ship or the flag, the undermanning
problem is universal in its effect. And there is
overwhelming evidence that fatigue causes many
accidents at sea and in port, in addition to the
general reduction in safety. SEAWAYS, July
2008, pp 27-29
Gas carriers seek new blood. A potential
change in the LNG market could put more stress
on the already-stretched world crew. Industry
disquiet over the lack of qualified and
experienced officers for the global merchant
fleet has spread into the LNG sector. In some
quarters the question of where to find competent
senior officers for the large numbers of LNG
carriers soon to come into service causes
concern.
SAFETY
AT
SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
pp 16-20
Time to invest in training. In the short term
the expanding LNG and LPG sectors will have
to engage in a significant amount of poaching
of officers and then push them through
conversion courses and periods of supervised
onboard experience. SAFETY AT SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
p 22
Bill of Rights on course. Nautilus UK has
welcomed fresh progress towards the
introduction of the 2006 Maritime Labour
Convention (MLC) the so-called bill of rights
for seafarers. The MLC will introduce new and
improved standards to govern working
conditions at sea, and needs to be ratified by at
least 30 states representing 33% of world gross
tonnage before it comes into effect.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 1
Owners in warning on officer training.
Leading international shipowners have called
for more work to be done to ensure that
seafarers certificates serve as a genuine
guarantee
of
competence
standards.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 7
Skill crisis is set to grow as orders hit record
levels. The global seafaring skills crisis is set
to worsen as a result of the boom in ship orders
and safety will suffer in the process a leading
industry researcher warned last month.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 7
Fatigue: watch out. The two-watch system is
inherently dangerous and rapidly leads to very
high levels of fatigue, a new scientific study has

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shown and rapidly leads to very high levels of


fatigue, a new scientific study has shown.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 21
Past answer to present-day crisis. As cadet
training ships make a comeback in some parts of
the world, veterans from a British training
flagship reunited in Liverpool last month after
half a century. Some had not seen each other for
half a century. TELEGRAPH, July 2008
(Vol.41 No.07), pp 24-25

11.
SHIPBUILDING
RECYCLING OF SHIPS

AND

CESA warns of creating weak CO2 design


index. The Community of European
Shipyards Association has warned that the
development of a CO2 design index may be
happening too quickly and may not be robust
enough to placate regional policy makers, such
as the European Commission, writes Craig
Eason. LLOYD'S LIST, 04 July 2008
(No.59,707) , p 3
Turkeys shipbuilders face workforce
challenges. One of Turkeys leading
shipbuilders has warned that questions over
safety at the countrys shipyards and the
determination of the industrial union Limteris to
expand its influence in the sector - even though
most yards already have agreements in place
with the recognised industry union - could
undermine its growing reputation on the
international stage. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July
2008 (No.59,708) , p 4
EU extension of state aid rules on
shipbuilding
welcomed.
European
Shipbuilders have welcomed the European
Commissions decision to extend once again its
temporary framework rules on how state aid can
be applied to shipbuilding, writes Craig Eason.
LLOYD'S LIST, 08 July 2008 (No.59,709) , p 7
Shocking failures of new engines are
revealed. Too many breakdowns of ships
under five years old. A shocking number of
damages to engines, often aboard new ships,
indicate that machinery systems are not
becoming more reliable, the president of the
Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and
Ship Surveyors has complained. LLOYDS
LIST, 11 July 2008 (No.59,712) , p 1
MAN and Wrtsil lay blame on engineers.
European engine manufacturers have defended

their quality record, saying statistics show


reduced incidents of engine failure, and that any
perceived problems could be due to
inexperienced engineers. LLOYDS LIST, 11
July 2008 (No.59,712) , p 1
Mindful of machines. Very few days pass
without at least one incident of serious
machinery breakdown reported in our casualty
columns. In the worst case, they can be fatal,
with disabled ships washed ashore, but there
probably is no longer such a thing as a cheap
machinery breakdown. LLOYDS LIST, 11
July 2008 (No.59,712) , p 8
Green group criticises scrap plans for
boxship trio. Three containerships reportedly
back on the demolition market this week have
attracted the attention of a Paris-based
environmental group calling for their green
scrapping, writes Michelle Wiese Bockmann.
LLOYDS LIST, 15 July 2008 (No.59,714) , p
19
Korean yards refuse to reveal security
measures. South Korean shipyards have
remained silent over how they are protecting
their intellectual property, writes Mike Grinter in
Hong Kong. LLOYDS LIST, 15 July 2008
(No.59,714) , p 19
HHIC hit with another cease and desist
order. Hanjin Heavy Industries and
Constructions Subic Bay shipyard in the
Philippines received a cease-and-desist order
after the death of a worker last Saturday, writes
Mike Grinter in Hong Kong. LLOYDS LIST,
15 July 2008 (No.59,714) , p 20
Get digging. Repair capacity is running short,
and although everyone is making money from
their tonnage, even a day offhire for repair is
grudged. A lot of repair yards have scaled back
or shut down during the lean years, while the
growth in the fleet has been attended by no
commensurate increase in repair yards.
LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008 (No.59,716) , p 8
LNG spy formerly of ABS. Prosecutors in
South Korea have identified one of the
inspectors to be arrested on suspicion of spying
for the Chinese as having worked for American
Bureau of Shipping. The 35-year-old Chinese
national -identified only as Zhang or Mr J in
documents - has been charged with stealing
1,500 files of core technology from South
Korean shipyards - nearly the entire detail of
closely guarded LNG cargo tank designs.

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FAIRPLAY, 17 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6490),


p7

TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.30), p


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ISO
publishes
draft
ship-recycling
guidelines. The International Organisation for
Standardisation has published the first two of
eight specifications for ship recycling, writes
Craig Eason. LLOYDS LIST, 22 July 2008
(No.59,719) , p 7

Toxic scandal yard vows clean-up. Truckers


contracted by Hyundai Vinashin caught dumping
60 tonnes of waste in a residential area. Hyundai
Vinashin, the Vietnam-based shipbuilder and
shiprepairer, has pledged to dispose of 700,000
tonnes of copper slag after becoming embroiled
in a toxic waste scandal. LLOYDS LIST, 28
July 2008 (No.59,723) , p 5

New international standard Rise and rise of


sector as a worldwide entity. The full global
concept of shiprepair operations, drydocking and
maintenance has only come about in the past few
years. LLOYDS LIST, 22 July 2008
(No.59,719) , p 10
Japan plans shipbuilding NGO. Japan is
aiming to form a non-governmental organisation
to represent the interests of Asian shipbuilders at
the International Maritime Organization, writes
Marcus Hand. LLOYDS LIST, 25 July 2008
(No.59,722) , p 5
Negative news prompts major drive to
ensure workers' safety. Hanjin Heavy
Industries & Construction Philippines (HHICPhil) is determined to rebuild the reputation of
its Subic Bay yard after it hit the headlines over
safety issues. Company president Jeong Sup
Shim says the yard has not only raised safetysupervision standards for its employees and
subcontractors but key passes and identity cards
for new workers will only be issued after they
have
undergone
specific
training.
TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008 (Vol.19 No.30),
p19
Letters: "Rights under threat" (TradeWinds,
11 July, page 38 ) From Charles Baker. To
the Editor, It is impossible not to sympathise
with the situation in which Captain Jasprit
Chalwa and Syam Chetan find themselves. But
recent history involving the Prestige and Tasman
Spirit has shown that universal condemnation by
industry bodies takes a long time to have any
effect as the detaining authority naturally
suspects that those protesting have a vested
interest. TRADEWINDS, 25 July 2008 (Vol.19
No.30), p 21
Samsung blamed for duo's plight. A
shipbuilder's alleged efforts to clear itself are
said to be behind the ongoing captivity of a
master and chief engineer. Pressure from South
Korean giant Samsung Heavy Industries is being
blamed for the continued detention of Hebei
Spirit officers Jasprit Chawla and Syam Chetan.

Untrained labour to blame for yard deaths.


Unions point to increased outsourcing for rising
accident rate. A big increase in the use of
untrained labour and subcontracting is behind
the rise in fatalities in shipyards, according to
workers unions. LLOYDS LIST, 29 July
2008 (No.59,724) , p 4
Fatalities on the rise in Asia. Accurate
statistics for shipyard incidents in Asian
countries are hard to come by, but in South
Korea and Singapore there are signs that the
numbers of deaths is rising, writes Marcus Hand
in Singapore. LLOYDS LIST, 29 July 2008
(No.59,724) , p 4
Drydock shortages boost in-service repairs.
Owners seek new ways to keep vessels in water.
Repair and maintenance service providers are
cashing in on a growing shortage of drydock
availability, as owners seek solutions that can be
carried out while a vessel remains on charter.
LLOYDS LIST, 29 July 2008 (No.59,724) , p 7
Turning the tide on beach recycling. A
global ban on the beaching of condemned
vessels by shipbreakers is the key aim of a new
green ship recycling standard announced at a
recent Lloyds List ship recycling conference in
London.
SAFETY
AT
SEA
INTERNATIONAL, July 2008 (Vol.42 No.473),
p8
Yards warned on ship quality. Concerns
over the quality of many of the new ships being
built around the world at present were raised last
month. The surge in orders and the development
of new yards in non-traditional building nations,
coupled with growing unease at the impact of
skill shortages in the sector, have driven fears
that many of the vessels now coming into
service will have very limited lifespans and
could rapidly develop safety problems.
TELEGRAPH, July 2008 (Vol.41 No.07), p 9

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12. SHIPPING
Leave politics out. Turkey is deemed
European enough to have its football team
participate in Euro 2008, its army play a key role
in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and this has to be the clincher - its pop singers enter
the Eurovision Song Contest. Yet somehow, the
country is not quite a full member of the
European club, as evidenced by the entrenched
reluctance to allow it to join the European Union
despite more than four decades spent pleading
with Brussels. LLOYD'S LIST, 01 July 2008
(No.59,704) , p 8
When will we reap the biofuel harvest?.
Very few challenged or questioned biofuels in
the early days, when it was seen as the product
for the future, says Statoilhydro vice-president
of refining and supply optimisation Bent
Pedersen. This brought about a shift of a lot of
companies into the market when the public
opinion was positive. LLOYD'S LIST, 01 July
2008 (No.59,704) , pp 8-9
Asian producers wait for a cue from US and
Europe. Biofuel production has been made the
bogeyman for many of the problems associated
with the rise in food prices, but with escalating
fossil fuel prices biofuel trade in Asia is
expected to increase amid rising local demand.
LLOYD'S LIST, 01 July 2008 (No.59,704) , p 9
Box lines welcome Brussels all-clear for
trade association. Container lines have
received the all-clear from Brussels to set up a
trade association in place of the conference
system that will disappear in October.
LLOYD'S LIST, 02 July 2008 (No.59,705) , p 1
Iran-Gambia deal closed. Gambia and Iran
have concluded a maritime agreement under
which Iran will give Gambia technical aid to
help it develop a yard and port, both at Banjul.
Gambian seafarers will also be trained by Iran
under the memorandum of understanding, and
the countries agreed to exchange expertise and
information on implementing IMO safety,
security
and
environment
conventions.
FAIRPLAY, 03 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6488),
p8
Balancing east and west. There can be no
argument that while the traditional shipping
nations of the industrialised west have seen their
tonnage greatly reduced over the years, the
amount of noise they make on the international
stage has not seriously diminished. LLOYD'S
LIST, 04 July 2008 (No.59,706) , p 8

SkySails seals Wessels order. Skysails, the


German developer of towing kites, has received
an order for a further three ships to be equipped
with its system, writes Katrin Berkenkopf in
Cologne. LLOYD'S LIST, 07 July 2008
(No.59,708) , p 5
Down to the bottom dollar. The shipping
industry faces a tough time finding funds for a
bulging orderbook in a credit squeeze. The sums
are unprecedented in scale. To finance a record
newbuilding order-book, shipping needs to raise
about $340bn in debt funding and more than
$180bn in equity by the end of 2010. LLOYD'S
LIST, 08 July 2008 (No.59,709) , p 5
Insurers cool on Iran threat. Diplomatic
tension may be rising but Tehrans threats to
close the Hormuz Strait and attack US vessels in
the event of a military strike on Iran have yet to
stir the worlds marine insurance capital London,
writes Jerry Frank. LLOYD'S LIST, 10 July
2008 (No.59,711) , p 1
Reality check. Friday night has always been
viewed a good moment to bury bad news, in
the immortal words of New Labour spin doctor
Jo Moore. Embattled executives have always
been advised by their PR handlers that the
Friday night drop meant they could control the
news agenda. LLOYD'S LIST, 10 July 2008
(No.59,711) , p 8
Sarkozys new union targets Mediterranean
shipping tax. Levy on ships entering the
Bosporus, Strait of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal
is among raft of maritime measures from new
organisation. The newly-inaugurated Union for
the Mediterranean is to consider levying ships
entering the Mediterranean as part of a wideranging plan to improve maritime security in the
region. LLOYDS LIST, 15 July 2008
(No.59,714) , p 1
Best foot forward. The pilots party - more
respectfully - the cocktail reception of the
International Maritime Pilots Association, is
one of the events of the summer calendar. Held
towards the conclusion of the IMOs subcommittee on Safety of Navigation, fine food
and good conversation abound aboard the
companys headquarters ship Wellington. The
pilots, too, seem to enjoy boarding a ship other
than up a vertical ladder. LLOYDS LIST, 15
July 2008 (No.59,714) , p 20
Toll of the seas. Governments, it used to be
thought, were supposed to be responsible for

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national security. It was what they did. So what


on earth are we to make of the proposal
emanating from the new Union for the
Mediterranean that a sort of security toll is to be
placed on shipping traversing this sea? Are
governments giving up on this traditional
responsibility? LLOYDS LIST, 16 July 2008
(No.59,715) , p 8
Offshore goes onshore. In an under-reported
decision, the International Monetary Fund is to
drop the distinction between offshore and
onshore financial jurisdictions and put both
under the same scrutiny for compliance with
banking standards and anti-money laundering
rules. LLOYDS LIST, 17 July 2008
(No.59,716) , p 8
Crisis, what crisis?. Six months is a long
time in the shipping industry. The credit crunch
that wasnt expected to hit shipping is now the
only topic under discussion, but shipping might
still find itself stronger when the pain is finally
over as the weaker proposals will be knocked on
the head. FAIRPLAY, 17 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6490), pp 1-2
ELAA promises first-rate data for liner
trades. Membership to cover virtually every
line operating to and from Europe. Concern
about the absence of accurate trade data for the
container shipping industry once conferences are
abolished in Europe is misplaced, says the head
of the European Liner Affairs Association,
which is managing the transition to a new legal
regime. LLOYDS LIST, 23 July 2008
(No.59,720) , p 4
UK shipping industry to speak with One
Voice. New initiative brings maritime players
together. Six UK maritime organisations have
teamed up in a concerted effort to raise the
industrys profile, strengthen their lobbying
power, and eliminate the risk of confused or
mixed messages. LLOYDS LIST, 24 July
2008 (No.59,721) , p 1
Cargo-passenger ships return. CMA CGM
has announced a new service. On six of its trade
routes, it is offering berths for between two and
14 persons. The brochure paints an attractive
picture. FAIRPLAY, 24 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6491), p 37
United front. The numerous organisations
that represent various factions of the British
maritime community should be applauded for
their One Voice initiative. LLOYDS LIST, 28
July 2008 (No.59,723) , p 8

Lost for words over high definition.


Summertime,
and
self-respecting
correspondents melt away to their Suffolk beach
huts, now that air travel has become anti-social
and ones carbon footprint is a matter for close
scrutiny. LLOYDS LIST, 28 July 2008
(No.59,723) , pp 8-9
Campaigners blast insurers for Burma
underwriting.
Activists
working
for
democracy in Burma have attacked a wide
swathe of the insurance industry for
underwriting business on behalf of the countrys
ruling military junta, writes David Osler.
LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 3
Two perplexing issues on the bridge and in
the engine room. In recent months two
troubling issues especially caught my attention
and left me perplexed as to what they portend for
the future of our industry. In May, a significant
decision in the 2002 Tricolor incident was
reached by a US Federal Court, and described in
Lloyds List as welcomed as a manual for
lawyers and judges on how to apportion fault
in a maritime casualty. LLOYDS LIST, 30
July 2008 (No.59,725) , p 4
Slow steaming could leave owners with huge
bills. With crude oil prices so high,
newspapers are full of fuel economy advice to
motorists, and while seagoing vessels cannot
meaningfully carry less ancillary equipment or
accelerate more slowly, many owners and
charterers are seeking to mitigate progressively
costlier bunker consumption by reducing
steaming speeds, writes Andrew GlynnWilliams. LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008
(No.59,725) , p 7
Looking to life after conferences. Lines face
uncertain times as collusion ends re-regulated
market, writes Janet Porter. Twelve weeks from
now, container lines will be on their own. No
longer will they be able to set freight rates
together, agree on surcharge levels and discuss
capacity issues, at least in the European trades.
LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , p
11
Second-class treatment. Shipowners are
doing themselves no favours by short-changing
managers. InterManager president Ole Stene has
fired a warning shot across the bows of wealthy
shipowners, calling for a rebalancing of
relationships between managers and owners; the
two professions work best when they work
together FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363
Issue 6492), pp 1-2

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Asian shipowners ready to stand up and be


counted. It has taken a while. The latest Asian
Shipowners Forum, held in Boao, China, from
June 2-4, and chaired by Cosco head Wei Jiafu,
was the gatherings 17th meet. It was a decisive
one in terms of the group looking to stake its
place in the highest halls of the industry.
LLOYDS LIST MARITIME ASIA, June-July
2008, pp 15-17
Corporate social responsibility. Albert
Einstein once said that concern for man and his
fate must always form the chief interest of all
technical endeavours. It is in this context that
Carla Limcaoco considers the role of corporate
social responsibility (CSR) as an instrument, for
ensuring the viability of the seafaring
profession. SEAWAYS, July 2008, pp 11-13

Special Report: Japan LLOYDS LIST, 10


July 2008 (No.59,711) , pp 10-13
Special Report: Poland FAIRPLAY, 10 July
2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6489), pp 14-19
Special Report: Shipbroking FAIRPLAY, 10
July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6489), pp 20-27
Special Report: Ireland LLOYDS LIST, 11
July 2008 (No.59,712) , pp 10-15
Special Report: Red Sea Ports and Shipping
LLOYDS LIST, 15 July 2008 (No.59,714) , pp
10-13
Bremen and Bremerhaven LLOYDS LIST,
16 July 2008 (No.59,715) ,pp 10-14

Shipping and the other half of the


population. If you were looking for talented
recruits you would not immediately go about
excluding exactly one-half of the potential
population. Or would you? because to exclude
women from this process is to immediately
handicap yourself! BIMCO BULLETIN, June
2008 (Vol.103 No.3), pp 44-45

Special Report: Chile/Peru FAIRPLAY, 17


July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6490), pp 26-35

Flying Angel on the horizon. On 28 March


2006, a Thanksgiving Service took place in
London at Westminster Abbey: the occasion was
the 150th anniversary of The Mission to
Seafarers, a missionary society of the Anglican
Church which looks after the welfare of all
seafarers, no matter what their religion or
nationality. BIMCO BULLETIN, June 2008
(Vol.103 No.3), pp 54-57

Special
Report:
Global
Shiprepair.
LLOYDS LIST, 22 July 2008 (No.59,719) , pp
10-11

An uncertain future medium-term


challenges facing shipping. How do we
prepare for the future? Those who attended last
years BIMCO General Meeting were invited to
do just that, and perhaps were given some
inkling of the complexities of this process if it is
to be in any way meaningful.
BIMCO
BULLETIN, June 2008 (Vol.103 No.3), pp 9497

Special Report: Japan FAIRPLAY, 17 July


2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6490), pp 14-24
Special Report: Reefer Trades. LLOYDS
LIST, 21 July 2008 (No.59,718) , pp 10-14

Special Report: Coatings LLOYDS LIST,


23 July 2008 (No.59,720) , pp 10-12
Special
Report:
European
Cruise
FAIRPLAY, 24 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6491),
pp 14-19
Special Report: Canary Islands FAIRPLAY,
24 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6491), pp 20-30
Special Report: Iceland LLOYDS LIST, 25
July 2008 (No.59,722) , pp 10-12
Special Report: Container Shipping
LLOYDS LIST, 30 July 2008 (No.59,725) , pp
10-15

13. SPECIAL REPORTS

Special Report: Vehicle Carriers LLOYDS


LIST, 31 July 2008 (No.59,726) , pp 10-14

Special Report: Panama FAIRPLAY, 03 July


2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6488), pp 14-31

Special
Report:
Ship
management
FAIRPLAY, 31 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6492),
pp 16-25

Special Report: Developing Ports LLOYD'S


LIST, 08 July 2008 (No.59,709) , pp 10-11

Special Report: Southern Africa FAIRPLAY,


31 July 2008 (Vol.363 Issue 6492), pp 26-34

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