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1 Number 078 *** COLLECTION OF MARITIME PRESS CLIPPINGS *** Thursday News reports received from readers and Internet News articles taken from various news sites. The former training vessel PRINSES MARGRIET seen as the mega yacht SHERAKAN, anchored in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten, N.A. Photo : Judik van der Sar Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 1 3/19/2008

2 IF YOU HAVE PICTURES OR OTHER SHIPPING RELATED INFORMATION FOR THE NEWS CLIPPINGS?? PLEASE SEND THIS TO : EVENTS, INCIDENTS & OPERATIONS SVITZER OCEAN TOWAGE Jupiterstraat 33 Telephone : HC Hoofddorp Telefax : The Netherlands The HOEGH TREASURE seen arriving at the river Tyne Photo : Kevin Blair UN Branches to Launch a Medical Guide for Ships A revised and updated handbook for seafarers medical welfare aboard ships has been jointly released by three arms of the UN, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Labour Organisation and World Health Organisation (WHO). A communique from the three says the third edition of the International Medical Guide for Ships provides the most upto-date practical guidance for those who must render assistance when seafarers fall ill or are injured on board vessels. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 2 3/19/2008

3 Since it was first published in 1967, the International Medical Guide for Ships has been a standard reference for medical care on ships. The recently adopted ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, stipulates that all ships should carry a medicine chest, medical equipment and a medical guide. The importance of a thorough knowledge of the Guide is highlighted in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended; the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995; the revised Code of Safety for Fishermen and Fishing Vessels, 2005; and the FAO/ILO/IMO Document for Guidance on Training and Certification of Fishing Vessel Personnel, In addition, the International Medical Guide for Ships is cross-referenced in the Medical First Aid Guide for Use in Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods, published by IMO, on behalf of ILO, IMO and WHO. The International Medical Guide for Ships upholds a key principle of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: to ensure that seafarers are given health protection and medical care no less favourable than that which is generally available to workers ashore. This includes prompt access to the necessary medicines, medical equipment and facilities for diagnosis and treatment and to medical information and expertise. By ensuring that this guide is carried on board ships entitled to fly their flags, and following its instructions, countries can fulfil their obligations under the terms of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, and ensure the best possible health outcomes for their seafaring population. The second edition, written in 1988, was translated into more than 30 languages, and has been used in tens of thousands of ships. This, the third edition, contains fully updated recommendations aimed at promoting and protecting the health of seafarers, and is consistent with the latest revisions of both the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines and the International Health Regulations. Seafaring has always been a dangerous occupation. Long voyages, extreme weather conditions, illnesses and accidents can take a heavy toll on the health of crew members. Seafarers are exposed to greater risks to their health and are isolated from the usual sources of medical care and assistance available to people on shore. Source : AllAfrica Vlaamse loodsen willen niet meer schepen bedienen na verdieping door Harmen van der Werf. De kans bestaat dat er na de verdieping van de Westerschelde toch niet meer en grotere schepen naar Antwerpen kunnen varen. Vlaamse loodsen eisen dat gelijktijdig met de verdieping ook maatregelen worden genomen om de scheepvaart beter te kunnen bedienen. Als hun eisen niet worden ingewilligd, houden ze vast aan de huidige werkwijze. Wat de Westerschelde aan scheepvaart aan kan, zit al bijna tegen de grens aan, volgens secretaris Sven Deridder van de Vlaamse Beroepsvereniging van Loodsen (BvL). "Je kunt de infrastructuur vervolgens wel aanpassen door de vaarweg te verdiepen", stelt Deridder, "maar daarmee ben je er nog niet. In Antwerpen zijn te weinig sleepboten. De coördinatie vanaf de wal in de aanloop tot de Antwerpse haven moet ook verbeteren. Ander punt is dat de beloodingsvaartuigen in de Scheldemonding versleten zijn. Ze zijn dringend aan vervanging toe. De Vlaamse overheid zegt al jaren dat zij ermee bezig is, maar doet niks. Het is onder deze omstandigheden loodstechnisch onverantwoord meer en grotere schepen te bedienen, zeker gezien de toename van stroomsnelheden na de verdieping." Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 3 3/19/2008

4 De verdieping moet Antwerpen altijd bereikbaar maken voor grotere schepen Dit heet 'van levensbelang' te zijn. De Vlaamse loodsenactie ligt dan ook gevoelig. Nederlandse loodsen, die 27,5 procent van de schepen op België doen, steunen hen. Joost Waasdorp van het Nederlands Loodswezen: "Na de verdieping gaan we samen bekijken welke gevolgen dat heeft voor de beloodsing van schepen. We trekken één lijn." Bron : PZC The ELLY MAERSK seen hiding behind 6 gantry cranes at the APM terminal in Rotterdam-Europoort Photo : Paul Lammers DEME complies with ISO Environmental Management Standard At a ceremony in Antwerp on Monday evening, the Belgian Dredging, Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering (DEME) Group received the ISO Environmental Management Standard certificate. The recognition by Lloyd s Register confirms DEME is dealing in an accountable way with a variety of environmental impacts on project sites, ships and in offices. The label guarantees all DEME clients that environmental concern is an essential part of the corporate endeavour for quality. ISO certificate handed by Lloyds Register manager Dirk van Bogaert to DEME CEO Alain Bernard Photo : DEME By awarding the ISO Environmental Management Standard certificate, Lloyd s Register EMEA recognizes that DEME is complying with environmental legislation; that the group is committed to further improvement; that environmental impacts are fully part of project engineering and execution; and that the company is organizing internal environmental checks and audits in a systematic way. The ISO certificate was awarded for the business unit DI-BDC (Dredging International Baggerwerken Decloedt), and refers to all offices, ships and project sites worldwide. Besides being a commercial trump in tendering, it is a strong signal to stakeholders in the first place: sustainable development is a major element of DEME s corporate mission in particular for hydraulic engineering, dredging and reclamation projects. It is the intention of the company to obtain shortly the certificate for all offshore activities as well. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 4 3/19/2008

5 The ISO management tool extends the quality assurance policy in the field of various environmental impacts including emissions, waste, soil and water pollution, and other hazards such as particulate matter (PM), turbidity, light or vibrations. Other requirements for obtaining the certificate deal with energy and fuel consumption savings, and with anticipating emergency situations like oil spills, accidents, etc. For every single project, DEME promises to draft an Environmental Impact Analysis that determines which preventive measures have to be taken somewhat to be compared with a Risk Analysis in safety management. By awarding the quality assurance label, Lloyd s acknowledges that DEME is following well established procedures for the prevention of negative environmental impacts; is committed to organize environmental training for all staff; will mobilize all means that are required for implementing environmental policy; and will monitor full application of selfimposed environmental standards by way of internal and external audits. The ISO Environmental Management Standard certificate enhances the green profile of the Antwerp-based group. Earlier this year, DEME launched a fully re-engineered worldwide house style, focusing on sustainable development. In the past year, environmental activities at DEME amounted to 130 million, representing some 10 percent of corporate turnover. VLIERODAM WIRE ROPES Ltd. wire ropes, chains, hooks, shackles, webbing slings, lifting beams, crane blocks, turnbuckles etc. Nijverheidsweg GJ RHOON The Netherlands Telephone: (+31) (+31) (a.o.h.) Fax : (+31) Internet & After an extensive drydocking period the SMIT BERMUDA departed under her new name IRIANA from Willemstad Photo : Kees Bustraan Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 5 3/19/2008

6 ULSTEIN SEA OF SOLUTIONS WINS INDUSTRIAL MARKETING AWARD 2008 Ulstein Sea of Solutions, designer of complex offshore vessels, has won the Industrial Marketing Award Mrs Maria van der Hoeven, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, revealed the winner, which according to the jury has used marketing most convincingly in its industrial environment. Sea of Solutions from the Netherlands, since March 1st Ulstein Sea of Solutions, designs vessels for the development of offshore oil and gas fields. The jury report reads: Ulstein Sea of Solutions investigates the needs of its customers from the end user perspective and translates these into practical and innovative solutions. They design vessels that are fully customised to improve the value creation for the client. The company uses her full organisation to translate the wishes and requirements of her clients into working units and as such proves to be a truly market driven organisation. This market driven approach is also strongly reflected in the innovative designs that are in-house developed at own costs and risks. These designs are presented to the client and are a source of inspiration for the project that needs to be realised. The Industrial Marketing Award shows the great importance associated with the combination of technical innovation and the realization of value for the client and even the client s customer. Ulstein Sea of Solutions has convinced the jury the most in this respect says Bernard Fortuyn, chairman of STEM, Foundation for Technology and Marketing. Bob Rietveldt, managing director at Ulstein Sea of Solutions, is proud that his company has won the prestigious Award. It is recognition of our approach towards the market and the needs of the international offshore oil and gas industry. It is also the drive and commitment of all our employees that we, as a small sized company, have been able to become the international market leader for the development and design of complex offshore vessels. Ulstein Sea of Solutions is a young, dynamic company developing projects for operators, contractors and ship owners in the exploration, construction and production market, as well as the maritime transport market. It provides products and services on an independent and confidential basis. Beside innovative designs for newbuild vessels, the company is actively involved in upgrade and conversion projects for existing offshore vessels. Since March 1st 2008 the company is member of The Ulstein Group. Drunken Sailors questioned Four crew members aboard a Malta-flagged ship being investigated by the Coast Guard after a dispute in the Chesapeake Bay last week were drunk, and one, armed with a knife, shoved a Maryland Port captain, federal prosecutors charged yesterday (17 Mar). Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 6 3/19/2008

7 The master of the Ocean Victory, Wojciech Kowalski, 63, of Poland, was charged with failing to ensure the wheelhouse was staffed by a competent crew member and with failing to notify the Coast Guard that the ship did not meet minimum staffing requirements, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. The four crew members were charged with operating a ship under the influence of alcohol. They were identified as 2nd Officer Yevgen Bystrov, 39, of Ukraine; Seaman Sergey Prokofyev, 37, of Russia; Seaman Yolodym Voychenko, 45, of Ukraine; and the oiler, Yuriy Shelkunov, 29, of Ukraine. According to the court documents, crew members said they bought a case of Budweiser beer and that one crew member had drunk eight beers before departing from Baltimore. The crew members charged with being drunk face a maximum one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The Coast Guard detained the 328-foot ship at the mouth of the Patuxent River, near Drum Point in Southern Maryland, on March 10 after what was described as a dispute. Federal prosecutors said three captains from the Association of Maryland Pilots boarded the ship to help the crew depart from the Port of Baltimore through the Chesapeake Bay. One pilot reported smelling alcohol on a crew member, and that member departed the bridge, prosecutors said. After the ship passed under the Bay Bridge, prosecutors said, the helmsman also left the bridge, "leaving no member of the ship's personnel in the wheelhouse," according to prosecutors. A port captain went to the master's stateroom, and one crew member then returned. But that crew member, prosecutors said, shoved the captain twice and "held a large knife." The ship master took the knife away, and the port captains handcuffed the man. They said he refused to take a breath test but later passed out, according to federal court documents. The Maryland captains anchored the ship and left "because the ship could not safely navigate with intoxicated crewmen," according to the statement of probable cause filed by federal authorities. Source : ShipTalk Filipino Survivors Home Four of the five Filipino seamen rescued after a three-ship collision off Kobe, Japan have arrived in Manila. Chief Officer Cristavio M. Villamor Jr., 2nd Engineer Wolfrando Q. Israel Jr., bosun Yolando R. Generales and messman Wilson M. Cura arrived at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) via Philippine Airlines PR407. The four said Second Deck Officer Jorico E. Mariano, who was the guard on duty during the collision, was still in Japan to help the Japanese Coast Guard (JCG) in its investigation into the incident. The Filipino seamen were crewmembers of MV Gold Leader, a 1,466-ton Belize-registered freighter that sank after it was struck by 2,498-ton tanker Ocean Phoenix, which collided with Daigo Eisei Maru, a gravel carrier, on March 5. After the Gold Leader sank, passing fishing boats and other vessels rescued six of its crew members, one of whom died at a local hospital. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 7 3/19/2008

8 Two other Filipino seamen -- Jaynario Salvador Jr. and Rodryan Adio Bracamonte -- are still missing. In its advisory Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the JGC was still searching for two Filipino seafarers who disappeared after the mishap. The 5th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Kobe had confirmed to the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka that four vessels and an airplane with a combined crew of 35 coast guard personnel were tasked to continue the search for the two Filipinos. The body of Captain Tomasniri D. Demandaco, Jr., Gold Leader skipper, was recovered by a fishing trawler in the afternoon of March 6. The fishing trawler participated in the large-scale search and rescue operations conducted by the JCG from March 5 to 10 which involved 48 vessels, eight airplanes and eight helicopters with a combined crew of 450 JGC personnel and augmented by fishing boats and other vessels from the private sector. The bodies of Demandaco and the other unnamed fatality were repatriated March 13. Lopez said the consulate continued to monitor the investigations being conducted by the JGC as part of the assistance it was extending to the five survivors. Dockwise TERN seen off the Angolan coast Photo : Willem Dijkstra Havenverkeer Antwerpen ernstig verstoord Vanuit de Antwerpse haven is er geen scheepvaartverkeer meer mogelijk langs het Albertkanaal en in de richting van Brussel. Dat is het gevolg van de staking van de Vlaamse ambtenaren die woensdag de provincie Antwerpen aandoet. De acties begonnen vroeger dan verwacht. Maandagavond vanaf 22 uur werden alle kleinere bruggen en sluizen in Antwerpen onder de bevoegdheid van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap al geblokkeerd. Sinds middernacht is ook de belangrijke sluis van Wijnegem dicht. Dat zorgt ervoor dat schepen niet meer van de haven in het Albertkanaal raken en omgekeerd. Vervolgens legden de ambtenaren de vaaras Antwerpen-Willebroek-Brussel plat. Via onder andere de zeesluis van Wintam is er geen scheepvaartverkeer meer mogelijk vanuit de Antwerpse haven naar Brussel. Momenteel staan de overheidsvakbonden met een stakerpiket aan het administratief centrum van de Vlaamse gemeenschap in Antwerpen. In dat zogenaamde Anna Bijnsgebouw in de Antwerpse Lange Kievitstraat legden ook alle administratieve krachten het werk neer uit solidariteit met de actievoerders. Volgens een woordvoerder van het ACOD is het de bedoeling om deze acties vol te houden en er rond de middag een schepje bovenop te doen door de Zandvlietsluis te blokkeren. Zo zou de ontsluiting van de Schelde bijna volledig lam worden gelegd. Zowel zeeschepen als de binnenvaart ondervinden nu al problemen. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 8 3/19/2008

9 Volgens het verenigd vakbondsfront duren al deze acties maximum 24 uur. Ze volgen dus niet het voorbeeld van hun collega s in Oudenaarde en Evergem die hun staking verlengden tot respectievelijk woensdag en vrijdag. De Vlaamse ambtenaren staken voor een koopkrachtaanpassing van 5 pct via loonsverhogingen. Daarnaast eisen ze de terugtrekking van een controversiële nota van de Vlaamse Overheid in verband met een nieuw personeelsstatuut. Bron : svh (belga) Boskalis profiteert van sterke vraag Baggerbedrijf Boskalis heeft vorig jaar geprofiteerd van een fors gestegen vraag naar zijn diensten. Voor dit jaar rekent het bedrijf op een hoge omzet, een volbezette vloot en gezonde winstmarges. Dat heeft Boskalis woensdag bekendgemaakt.,,de opgaande lijn van de wereldbaggermarkt, die in 2005 is ingezet, zette zich in 2007 in versterkte mate voort'', aldus Boskalis. Het bedrijf vaart wel bij de groei van de wereldhandel, de wereldbevolking en het toenemende verbruik van energie. Dat leidt tot de vraag naar landwinning, het uitbaggeren van bestaande havens en de aanleg van nieuwe havens. Boskalis had aan het eind van 2007 voor 3,6 miljard euro aan opdrachten in de boeken staan, het hoogste bedrag in de historie van het bedrijf. Daarmee is een groot deel van de omzet voor dit jaar al binnen. Ondanks de positieve vooruitzichten vindt Boskalis het nog te vroeg om een concrete prognose te geven voor dit jaar. De nettowinst bedroeg vorig jaar 204,4 miljoen euro bij een omzet van 1,87 miljard euro. De cijfers zijn iets hoger dan de verwachting die Boskalis begin januari afgaf. In 2006 haalde Boskalis een winst van 116,6 miljoen euro bij een omzet van 1,35 miljard euro. De onderneming stelt over 2007 een dividend voor van 1,19 euro per aandeel, de helft van de winst per aandeel. Boskalis is nog steeds geïnteresseerd in de zogeheten terminalactiviteiten van maritiem dienstverlener Smit Internationale. Dit onderdeel levert een breed pakket aan havendiensten, waaronder loodsen, het afmeren van schepen en inspecties, reparatie en onderhoud. Boskalis bracht eind februari samen met zijn Saudische partner Rezayat een bod van 300 miljoen euro uit op het onderdeel, maar dat werd afgewezen door Smit. Hoofdpunten Nettowinst euro 204,4 miljoen (+75%) - Omzet euro miljoen (+38%) - Recordhoogte orderportefeuille euro 3,6 miljard (+40%) - Hoge vlootbezetting, hogere marges - Winst per aandeel euro 2,38, dividend per aandeel euro 1,19 Vooruitzichten Hoge omzet, hoge materieelbezetting, gezonde operationele marges Nigerian crew and barge released after attack Five Nigerian crew and a barge were released five days after they were captured by gunmen in the creeks of the oil producing Niger Delta in southern Nigeria, a source at the company operating the vessel said on Tuesday. The men were released unharmed on Monday and the barge was recovered with most of the building materials it was transporting at the time of the attack on March 12, the source said. He said the release was the result of negotiations with the attackers and no ransom had been paid. The barge is operated by Nigerian-German construction company Julius Berger, an arm of German group Bilfinger Berger. The crew and the barge were kept hidden in the creeks of Rivers state, which has been the epicentre of violence in the anarchic delta for more than a year, until the release. The Niger Delta, home to Africa's biggest oil industry which exports about 2.1 million barrels per day, is plagued by militancy and crime. Piracy, abductions for Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 9 3/19/2008

10 ransom, armed robberies and crude oil smuggling are all common problems. Attacks on oil industry vessels and other commercial ships have become increasingly frequent over the past two years, prompting seamen's unions to campaign for shipping firms to grant crew war-risk bonuses for operating in Nigerian waters. NEW SD SHARK ENROUTE ROTTERDAM Kotug s new build tug, SD SHARK, has been delivered from the yard and sailed for Rotterdam on the 18th of March. The ETA of the SD SHARK will be the first week of April. The SD SHARK is the first out of four Robert Allen Rampart 3200 tugs. All four tugs have a bollard pull of 65 tons. The tugs are build at the Medmarine ship yard in Eregli, Turkey. The three sister tugs of the SD SHARK will be delivered within the next few months. Source : KOTUG Nemanskii captain in jail interview Captain Andrey Salmin has been imprisoned in Norway for being unable to pay a fine for illegal sailing in the Barents Sea. To a local Norwegian newspaper Salmin says he will continue the fight against the ship owners of the "Nemanskii" when released from prison. It has been six months since Nemanskiy Captain Andrej Salmin saw his wife and daughter for the last time. After he was arrested and put in jail in late February, he has spoken with his daughter on the phone only two times. He misses his family a lot, but at the same time the fisherman is used to being away for several months at the time, says Salmin to regional Norwegian newspaper Finnmarken in an interview in Vadsø County Jail. On New Years Eve, Salmin and his crew left the Norwegian border town Kirkenes without permission. They were later caught by Norwegian Coast Guard and brought in to Vadsø Harbour. Then, the "Nemanskii" was drifting without engine power and had a seriously injured sailor on board. Salmin was given a NOK fine for violations of the Norwegian law, but this he could not pay for. Before he was imprisoned he sat for one and a half month in the Nemanskii trawler waiting for the ship owner, Goldfish Nord, to pay the fine. It never happened so he had to spend 36 days in prison to pay for the penalty. I have not done anything criminal. I am no pirate. My penalty is an administrative one, Salmin says to the newspaper. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 10 3/19/2008

11 Both he and his crew have been on the boat for six months without any payment from ship owner Goldfish Nord. At age 55 Salmin has the possibility to retire, but with the current situation he will hardly be able to do that. His personal bank account is almost empty and the monthly pension of 6000 rubel will only cover the apartment rent in Murmansk. Salmin has several offers to be captain on other ships and will most certainly sign on with a new boat when he gets home. The first thing he will do when he is back in Murmansk is to fight for his own and his crew s missing payments from the ship owner Goldfish Nord. Salmon is as the captain responsible for his crew and it bothers him that none of them has been paid for the job they have done on Nemanskiy. Salmin says that he knows a lot of people in Murmansk that will help him in the fight against the ship owner. Goldfish Nord says that Salmin left Kirkenes of his own will, that he has destroyed the ship and that he has tried to take over control of the ship and denying the ship owner access to Nemanskiy. Salmin says that these accusations are false and an attempt to run away from their responsibility for the ship and its crew. Salmin will be released from prison on April 4th. Just in time to be home for the Russian Easter celebrations. Source : BarentsObserver Nederlands vrachtschip nog steeds vast op Frans strand De bemanning van het Nederlandse schip dat al meer dan een week op het Franse strand ligt na een zware storm, heeft woensdagochtend bezoek gehad van de Nederlandse ambassadeur in Frankrijk, Hugo Siblesz. Op dit moment maken de bemanningsleden gebruik van deze tijd om onderhoud te doen aan het schip. Foto : Ruth Mauritz De Nederlandse rederij die de negentig meter lange Artemis beheert, stelt samen met de Franse autoriteiten alles in het werk om het schip zo snel mogelijk weer vlot te trekken. De Artemis bevat geen gevaarlijke stoffen en het grootste deel van de brandstof is uit voorzorg van boord gepompt. Ambassadeur Siblesz sprak ook met de burgemeester van Les Sables-d Olonne om zich te verzekeren van een goede samenwerking tussen de betrokken partijen. Die verloopt uitstekend. De rederij heeft opdracht gekregen om een plan van aanpak in te dienen. Dat wordt nu opgesteld samen met het Franse sleepbedrijf Les Abeilles. Pogingen om de Artemis vlot te trekken hebben tot nu toe geen resultaat gehad. Wel kwam het vrachtschip met de achtersteven naar zee te liggen, waardoor de eigen motorkracht zou kunnen worden gebruikt. De scheepvaartinspectie, die op grond van de internationale afspraken bevoegd is om een onderzoek te doen naar ongevallen met schepen die onder Nederlandse vlag varen, zoekt ter plaatste uit wat de oorzaak van de stranding kan zijn geweest. Het Nederlandse vrachtschip liep op 10 maart vast op het strand tijdens een zeer zware storm bij de badplaats Les Sables-d Olonne. Bron : Blik op het nieuws Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 11 3/19/2008

12 SHIP LOSSES UP 37% A DRAMATIC increase in the number of ship total and partial losses that took place last year is set to be repeated this year, according to the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI). New statistics from IUMI, which represents marine underwriters worldwide, indicate that the total figure for the 2006 year has jumped from an early estimate of 67 to 92, an increase of 37%. Reported so far for 2007 are 82 total losses (compared to 67 for 2006 at the same point). If reports increase at the same level as 2006, says IUMI, by March 2009 the total will be 112. The downward trend of total losses over recent years, therefore, will be sharply arrested. There has been an equally dramatic increase in major serious or partial losses. IUMI states: 727 serious incidents have been reported for 2006, a 6% increase since the last report, and a staggering 914 so far for This is a 270% increase in one decade, The statistics, relating to the marine and offshore energy markets, collated and analysed by IUMI s facts and figures, ocean hull and offshore energy committees, are based on information from a number of authoritative sources, including Lloyd s Marine Intelligence Unit, Clarkson, Rigzone, Willis, and the International Association of Drilling Contractors. Weather remains the major cause of total losses, says IUMI but collisions have overtaken groundings as the next most common proximate cause. Of the weather losses, a total of 14 general cargo vessels over 25 years old were total losses in The 270% increase in major serious losses over the 10-year period is equivalent to 0.64% of the fleet suffering a serious partial loss in 1998 to 1.73% in Machinery damage continues to be the major cause of serious partial losses, with a frequency of approximately 35% in the past five years. Deirdre Littlefield, the New York-based president of IUMI, said: These figures underline the relentless surge in marine claims that has come about due to a number of factors, not least being the shipping boom itself with ships and crews being driven harder than anyone can remember. Further, the figures dramatically demonstrate the volatility of marine risks. Regrettably, she added, this dangerous spiking of the casualty graph is happening when the worldwide premium base for marine insurers is flat and competition is rife. Underwriters are struggling to obtain realistic increases in their pricing of risks. But they can and must help themselves by showing discipline and practising responsible underwriting. Risk calculation, not risk taking, must be the underwriter s primary concern. Source : Maritime Global Net UK HOLDS 6 THE UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) detained six foreign ships during February 2008 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. In February 159 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 41 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 70 had between one and five deficiencies, 36 had between six and ten deficiencies 11 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies and there was 1 vessel inspected which had more than twenty deficiencies. Out of the detained vessels three were registered with a flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, six were registered with flag states on the grey list and two were registered with flag states on the black list and one was not listed. The vessels detained in February included a 499gt St Vincent & Grenadines flagged general cargo vessel which was detained in Hull following the arrest of the master who had been arrested by the local police as it was suspected he had been drinking. In addition, there was no evidence to prove that officers on board held CECs from the Flag State as it appeared that these certificates were locked up in the safe and only the master knew the combination. The vessels Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 12 3/19/2008

13 magnetic compass had a large bubble and there had been no entries into the compass deviation/correction log since October The vessel had also suffered a black-out on departure of Antwerp before arriving at Humber that needed to be investigated and any problem resolved as required. In another case a 20,248gt Panama-flagged vessel was detained in Bristol because the port lifeboat suspension falls blocks - forward & aft were holed and wasted. The fire drill and abandonment drill was substandard and the crew showed a lack of emergency preparedness during these drills. The propeller shaft in the starboard lifeboat was found to have an excessive misalignment and required rectification. The number and nature of the defects identified on board indicated a major breakdown of the vessels' Safety Management System (SMS). Source : Maritime Global Net Van Oord's HAM 318 "asbestos-free and officially cleared" Van Oord has announced that clean-up and inspection operations on the trailer HAM 318 have been completed, with an accredited European inspection agency officially declaring the vessel asbestos-free so that work can resume on its extension. HAM 318 is at the COSCO yard in Dalian, China, where asbestos blankets were used earlier this year during the extension of the trailer. "The inspectors found that the contamination was only very slight, even below the EU standard," commented managing director Pieter van Oord. "But we decided not to take any chances and ordered the yard to clean the entire vessel from top to bottom. A 100- man team spent four weeks cleaning the HAM 318. In situations like this, we don t leave anything to chance." Pieter van Oord travelled to China this weekend to pay a personal visit to the yard. All Van Oord employees and sub-contractors involved in work on HAM 318 have been told to resume work. The clean-up operation meant a five-week delay in the project. Work on HAM 318 will now be completed in mid-may The addition of a mid-section block will increase the vessel s hopper capacity to 37,500 m³, making it the biggest trailing suction hopper dredger in the world. CASUALTY REPORTING Pier Pressure A Norwegian cargo ship crashed into a pier and cracked its hull, spilling 5,000 liters (1,320 gallons) of engine lubricant into a bay in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, officials said Monday (17 Mar). Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 13 3/19/2008

14 The NCC Jupail smashed into a docking pier while trying to leave the Aratu port in the city of Salvador on Sunday, tearing a three-meter (10-foot) wide gash in its hull, said Beth Wagner, director of Bahia's Environmental Resources Center. Cleanup crews armed with containment buoys and floating pumps had recovered 3,000 liters (793 gallons) of the engine oil by Monday morning, and continue pumping the rest into metal drums and using absorption substances to disperse the spill. "It is all under control," Wagner said. The ship was carrying a load of flammable gasoline additive methyl tert-butyl ether, or MTBE, to Amsterdam. The substance, which has been banned in many U.S. states due to reported health risks, did not spill into the bay. Salvador's Port Authority is investigating the accident, while the ship remains in Bahia undergoing repairs, she said. The name of its operator has not been released. Source : ShipTalk NAVY NEWS The British Type 22 Batch 3 frigate F 86 CAMPBELTOWN seen moored in Dubai (U.A.E.) Photo : Ton Grootenboer $313 million for six new Coast Guard ships NATIONAL Security Minister Martin Joseph yesterday revealed that the six fast patrol vessels, which are expected to assist in securing the country's coastline and the eradication of the drug trade, will cost just under $313 million. Responding to a question in the Senate, Joseph said an additional figure of over $78 million was also included to the cost for a five-year maintenance of the vessels and training for Coast Guard personnel. Joseph said the three contracts to Australian firm, Austal Ships PTY, would cost a total of $ million. In the meantime, two interim patrol vessels are said to have been acquired and are being outfitted for military use at a local marine service company. In response to a supplemental question by Senator Wade Mark, Joseph revealed that Captain Inniss, of the United States Navy, who was involved in the acquisition of the OPVs, was the independent procurement consultant in the purchase of the fast patrol boats. The consultant was among several experienced senior officials that formed an evaluation committee, which sifted through final proposals submitted by seven manufacturers. Source : trinidadexpress Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 14 3/19/2008

15 TOS Rotterdam (+31) Nation's First Littoral Combat Ship Powers Up Freedom (LCS 1) Successfully Completes Operational Test of Vessel's Electrical System The nation's first Littoral Combat Ship, Freedom (LCS 1), has successfully completed another testing milestone with the "light off" and test of the new warship's electric plant. The first ship in its class, the agile, 377-foot Freedom was designed and built by a Lockheed Martin led industry team to assist the U.S. Navy in future littoral -- or close-to-shore -- operations. The recent tests aboard Freedom included the light off -- or initial operation -- of the ship's four 750-kilowatt Fincantieri Isotta Fraschini diesel generators and testing of its three-megawatt electrical power plant. The testing of the generators involved loading each generator to its full- power capacity. Following successful completion of this step, further testing included synchronizing -- or "paralleling" in shipbuilding terms -- the generators to attain the power levels required to support Freedom's operations at sea. In addition, the power quality was closely evaluated to ensure all ship systems and sensors requiring electrical power could operate effectively. This marks a significant milestone for Freedom as her electric plant is completely functional and able to support all tests, evaluations and operations at sea. Testing and outfitting of Freedom continues dockside at Marinette Marine. Freedom will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in 2008 and will be homeported in San Diego. SHIPYARD NEWS REDWISE MARITME SERVICES B.V. Amersfoortseweg 12-E 3751 LK Bunschoten-Spakenburg The Netherlands Phone : +31 (0) (24 hr) Fax : +31 (0) China shipbuilder's net up 140% China State Shipbuilding Co, the nation's biggest shipyard, said its 2007 net profit soared 140 per cent as it increased production to meet rising demand for vessels and diesel engines. China has occupied the mainstream shipbuilding market as one of the three largest ship manufacturers. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 15 3/19/2008

16 Net income reached 2.92 billion yuan (S$567.9 million) or 5.53 yuan per share last year, up from 1.22 billion yuan or 2.63 yuan per share in 2006, the Shanghai-based company said in a statement. Sales rose 52.3 per cent to 17.9 billion yuan last year after the state-owned company turned out 85 ships, with total carrying capacity of 6.55 million tons, the second largest output in the world. Shipbuilding contributed to 70 per cent of its revenues, diesel engine manufacturing 14 per cent and ship repairs 11 per cent. Chinese shipbuilders received orders for vessels totalling about 100 million deadweight tonnage last year, 43 per cent of the world total, the statement quoted data from the China Ship Marketing Research Center as saying. China had 'occupied the mainstream shipbuilding market' as one of the three largest ship manufacturers along with South Korea and Japan, it said. China State Shipbuilding said that 2008 sales were expected to rise 36.3 per cent to 24.4 billion yuan as it planned to take orders worth 25.6 billion yuan. The company would also increase shipbuilding efficiency, expand diesel engine production capacity and put new repair docks into operation this year. China State Shipbuilding aims to become the number one shipbuilder in the world in 2012, with production capacity lifted to 14 million tons from the current four million tons, according to its website. Source : Xinhua Daewoo profit triples in Feb Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, the world's third-largest shipyard, said profit last month almost tripled from a year earlier as it built more expensive vessels to carry consumer goods and fuel. Net income in February rose to 45.4 billion won (S$61 million) from 16.5 billion won a year earlier, the Seoul-based company said in a regulatory filing. Sales climbed 42 per cent to billion won. The company reports on a monthly basis. Shipyards in South Korea are increasing production by adding new docks and extending the length of existing ones as they work through order backlogs stretching into The country's yards won almost half of the record US$189.8 billion that shipping lines spent on new vessels last year. Operating profit, or sales minus the cost of goods sold, more than quadrupled to 55.2 billion won in February from 13.2 billion won a year earlier, Daewoo Shipbuilding said. Margins to sales increased to 8.3 per cent last month, compared with 2.8 per cent in the same period in Daewoo Shipbuilding received US$1.26 billion in orders at the end of February, increasing its backlog to about US$38 billion, the company said. It delivered two tankers and one car carrier last month. The shipyard expects vessel deliveries this year to be more than the 50 ships it completed in Daewoo Shipbuilding gained 0.3 per cent to close at 29,500 won before the announcement. The stock has fallen 15 per cent in the past 12 months. Source : Bloomberg If Yard s Luck Changes At the end of March 2008 Zelenodolsky ship yard plans to deliver a tanker of 12 thousand tons deadweight, the company announced. The tanker is to transport oil and mazut. Technical data: the length m, the breadth 17.3 m, the hull height 10.1 m, the draught 7 m, the speed - 10 knots. Besides, the yard is building the second tanker of this project. The company does not say when the second tanker will be launched. May be at the end of this navigation, may be, in the next year, as luck would have it, - the representative of the yard said. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 16 3/19/2008

17 The customer and the sum of the contract are not announced. It is a commercial secret, - said at the yard. Source : SeaNews Third drydock for Bahamas Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has confirmed a major expansion through the acquisition of a third drydock. GBS has acquired a 300m long, 54m wide floating dock from the port of Le Havre. GBS managing director David Dalgleish told Fairplay that the total cost of the project including dock acquisition and towing is roughly $50M. The dock will be towed across the Atlantic and will arrive in Freeport in August, and will be fully operational by year-end, according to GBS commercial manager Peter Luijckx. GBS is the most active cruise repair yard in the world, and the new drydock will increase the facility s overall flexibility allowing both more cruise jobs and more work on commercial vessels, Luijckx told Fairplay. In addition, the third dock will also allow GBS to perform upgrade work on Drydock #2, which will be expanded to handle the largest cruise vessels. Luijckx underscored that the drydock acquisition is part of a broader expansion, which also includes added wetdock facilities. While GBS is not planning on entering the new construction business, it will move towards work on larger structures (offshore, etc), said Dalgleish, who added: We have more and more non-cruise work and we re becoming the first choice shipyard for a large number of customers. Source : Lloyd's Register - Fairplay daily news ROUTE, PORTS & SERVICES The FAIRPLAY 28 departed again with the STOLT SNELAND hull (Bow and stern section only-welded together) from Rotterdam Photo : Rick van der Ent Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 17 3/19/2008

18 'Hubbing' diverts more business to Auckland Tauranga's loss is Ports of Auckland's gain as it emerges the big winner from shipping giants Maersk and Hamburg Sud's consolidation of transport routes. From the end of May, the two shipping companies will jointly operate a 12-vessel weekly Australasia-East Coast North America-Europe service combining Maersk's existing Oceania and US East Coast services, and Hamburg Sud's Trident Service, which links Northern Europe with Australia-New Zealand via the Panama Canal. The reconfigured route will see Ports of Auckland pick up the Trident service's import call at Tauranga, leaving Port of Tauranga facing an annual drop from June of approximately 20,000 containers _ around 5 per cent of the company's annual throughput. But the company said the move was no surprise as shipping lines increasingly looked to alliances to improve efficiency. Chief executive Mark Cairns said both companies would still have a strong presence in Tauranga, with one export call a week on the reconfigured service. Ports of Auckland, meanwhile, is set to pick up Tauranga's shortfall as it becomes the only direct call in the new route for import cargo. General manager of sales, marketing and logistics Craig Sain said the announcement confirmed the confidence shipping lines had in its ability to handle the larger container exchanges brought about by hubbing. Sain said hubbing _ where larger ships with more cargo called at fewer ports with regional ports becoming feeder ports serviced by smaller vessels _ was the reality of world trade today. The global trend for a consolidation of shipping services has caused some volume volatility at New Zealand ports. Last month, Ports of Auckland lost a contract with French container company CMA CGM to Tauranga, but recently gained business from Gold Star Line and Maersk. Managing director Jens Madsen welcomed the move by Maersk and Hamburg Sud, but expected the volatile environment to continue. "In the short to medium term, New Zealand and its ports are experiencing a period of intense change as shipping lines look to alliances and significant service changes to maximise efficiencies and minimise the pressure of increasing costs." Source : NZHerald.co.nz INCAT LAUNCHES NEW LOOK WEB SITE Incat is delighted to announce a new, redesigned and easy to navigate web site to bring its range of High Speed Craft to ship owners, operators, brokers, and ferry enthusiasts of the world. The new site links web users to information about Incat vessels old and new, the latest technological advancements in High Speed Craft design, and also to career opportunities for people seeking a new and exciting direction in life. "Whether you're a ferry operator interested in acquiring a brand new state-of-the-art high speed craft, a military in search of a high speed support vessel, or a school student, researching the history of the builder of the world's best high speed ships, it's all here on our new Web site," said Incat Director of Marketing Ms. Kim Clifford. The popular Incat fleet pages have been updated, with a whole new range of information now available at the web user's fingertips. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 18 3/19/2008

19 After consultation with a number of industry journalists the popular Media selection has been given a complete makeover and the result is an easy-to-use, one-stop portal for anyone intending to write of Incat's activities and achievements. The new Incat web site is live now at Rough seas for Hurtigruten Shareholders of shipping group Hurtigruten, which runs the Coastal Voyage to northern Norway and an expanding cruise program, have been huddling in "crisis meetings." They're worried about poor returns and a weak share price. Shareholders want the financial situation at Hurtigruten to clear up soon. Hurtigruten, which also has been known as the Coastal Voyage in Norway, has specialized in cold-water cruising. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reported Tuesday that the so called "crisis meetings" involve Hurtigruten's co-owner and lender DnB NOR. Hurtigruten ASA was formed through the merger of Norwegian shipowning companies TFDS and OVDS, which each owned vessels that they contributed to the Coastal Voyage line. Its ships have plied Norway's coast from Bergen to Kirkenes for more than 100 years, but now the emphasis is as much on cruising as it is on providing access to remote towns and villages in the Arctic north. Ambitious vessel newbuilding programs during recent years also have greatly expanded and modernized the transport. Hurtigruten has expanded from Norway to the Antarctic and points in between, while also launching cruises to Greenland and around Svalbard. The company also operates more than 50 ferries, bus lines, hotels and a cargo transport service among other travelrelated businesses. It has around 2,400 employees and annual revenues of about NOK 3.5 billion (USD 700 million). DnB NOR and two other Norwegian banks are among its shareholders, and some of their fellow shareholders (including several based in the northern city of Narvik) are getting restless. They have invested large sums in the business, and aren't pleased with their returns. Few would comment on the meetings, where much of the blame is reportedly being put on Hurtigruten's board and management. "There's not much to say other than that results have been such that we feel a need to say something," the vice chairman of the board of Sparebanken Narvik, Jens Petter Opshaug, told Dagens Næringsliv. The value of the company has fallen around 40 percent the past year. Among its alternatives at present are new financing with less stringent capital requirements or a sale of assets. A hotel in Bergen is already for sale, as is a new ship and a bus operation. The company has also been considered a takeover candidate, if regulatory framework would allow it. A sale of Hurtigruten would undoubtedly wound national pride. Source : Aftenposten Yet another new vessel for Lake Victoria A new cargo ferry, m/v THOR has entered service on Lake Victoria. THOR is a Ro-Ro (roll on-roll off) vessel of 270 tonnes and is fitted with cargo tanks capable of carrying 300,000 litres of diesel and kerosene. The lake ferry will operate between Mwanza in Tanzania and Port Bell (Kampala) in Uganda. This brings to four the number of vessels introduced by Kamanga Ferries and provides much needed relief to traders including importers and exporters as well as passengers, after older lake ships either sank or have been withdrawn. Unlike most of the previous government-owned ferries the Kamanga fleet is privately owned and operated. Source : ports.co.za Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 19 3/19/2008

20 Best Ever Group Annual Results DFDS A/S, parent company of DFDS Seaways which operates cruise ferries out of Port of Tyne and Harwich, has announced it s best ever annual results, with pre-tax profits up 31% to DKK 526m. The group saw revenue increase 10% to DKK8.3bn and operating profit up 27% to DKK754m. The good results in 2007 were particularly due to the group s freight based business areas of Ro-Ro shipping, Container Shipping and Terminal Services. Photo : Kevin Blair Whilst the group as a whole demonstrated strong growth, the successes for passenger shipping in DFDS Seaways were less strong. Whilst, passenger volume were up +1.2% and revenue +5% this was offset by rising operational costs and pressure on average yields. John Crummie, UK Managing Director of DFDS Seaways commented The financial highlights are positive and DFDS Seaways is a buoyant business but we are currently operating in a tough and very competitive marketplace. Year on year our passenger figures in and out of Port of Tyne have increased by 17% with vehicles up 5%, whilst out of Harwich these have increased by 9% and 10% respectively. However, with running costs increasing significantly this has impacted on your profit margin. Across the travel industry price competition has intensified, particularly against a back drop of escalating fuel prices which saw bunker prices up 40%, which clearly impacts heavily on our operating costs was our first year of operating the route to Norway. As with all new ventures we have experienced a few challenges. We are working on developing our already extensive range of holidays and short break offerings in Norway and the UK. We hope a tonnage change on the route to offer cruiselike onboard facilities to customers will have an encouraging impact on the route. Whilst UK based passengers travelling with us from Newcastle to Amsterdam and Norway were strong we are seeing fewer than expected Norwegian and Dutch tourists entering the North East. The North East of England has relatively low brand awareness as an attractive regional destination for overseas tourists and this is impacting on our inbound customer volumes. This is an issue that we are looking to address in 2008 and onwards. With a strengthening Euro and Norwegian Krone plus excellent attractions as a destination, North East England is well poised to capitalise on the market. We are looking to work closely with the various regional development and tourist agencies to market North East England more aggressively as a year round attractive tourist destination. A proposition that will only help businesses across the region. Distribution : daily copies worldwide Page 20 3/19/2008

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