Greek Shipping News Cuts
Week 10 - 2009
* The executive committees of the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee (GSCC) and the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), used the occasion of their February 27 meeting at London's Baltic Exchange to exchange views on the general situation as it is developing for the shipping industry. The meeting, a regular six-monthly get-together, expressed satisfaction at the Greek government's participation in the action to counter piracy. Air emissions, GHG, crewing and especially the lack of officers and P&I insurance were also discussed.
* The Laboratory for Maritime Transport, School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)
hosted a two-session workshop February 27 on environmental risk evaluation criteria.EThis subject is currently under investigation by Imo's Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which established a correspondence group mid-2007 to address the issue under the coordination of Greece, led by NTUA professor, Harilaos N. Psaraftis who led-off proceedings. Psaraftis reminded the gathering at the Golden Age Hotel, Athens that it is "a long road from reactive to proactive regulation". Working towards environmental risk acceptance criteria, was addressed by Pierre Sames and Rainer Hamann, of classification society Germanischer Lloyd; while conducting cooperative natural resource damage assessments for oil spills in the US, was addressed by Norman Meade, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA. A statistical study of data was made by Yasuhira Yamada, National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI), Japan, while data and database issues, were addressed by Panos Zachariadis, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management of Greece.
* Spyros Polemis, chairman, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), chaired a meeting organised by the London Shipping Law Centre March 3 at which the focus fell on the pressing risk of piracy and its consequences. Held in the London premises of Ince & Co., a general discussion covering how to manage the risk, insurance implications, GA issues, the effect of piracy on the chartered voyage, and what practical steps have or could be taken by owners and in the international scene were all raised, by the panel which included Polemis, Joe O'Keeffe and Stephen Askins, both of Ince & Co; Neil Roberts, Lloyd's Market Association; William Beveridge, Arch Insurance; and Stephen Martin, Steamship Insurance Management Services Ltd. -- See 'From the Marketplace'.
Source: 6 March 2009, www.newsfront.gr
Brussels to impose curbs on Hellenic Register
Justin Stares, Brussels - Wednesday 4 March 2009
The European Commission, which has the final say, would be lobbied with a view to having it eased, he said.
Other conditions are to be imposed, it was revealed. While Hellenic will continue to be able to issue certificates to its current fleet, it will not be able to use its representatives outside Greece, who will be brought back to headquarters for training over the next few months. While this happens, representatives will be sent overseas from Greece, Hellenic said. The company has offices in Malta, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
One source suggested the entire fleet would need to be re-surveyed, though the company denied this.
An external body, possibly the International Association of Classification Societies, will be brought in to oversee training, it was reported.
The final timing will depend on how quickly the texts can be translated into all the official EU languages, he added.
New jackets and lights from Lalizas
---Greece-based Lalizas has introduced a new inflatable lifejacket, the 150N, which complies with the latest SOLAS specifications.
The jacket features twin-chamber inflation for double security, with an automatic mechanism and easily accessible inflation tubes for additional top-up oral inflation by the user. The lifejacket is also equipped with an approved water-activated light, retro-reflective tape and a whistle and grab loop.
Lalizas claims the jacket is user-friendly and provides maximum safety thanks to its rapid inflation, even at very low temperatures. The lightweight design makes it ideal for use in passenger ships, commercial vessels, yachts, fishing boats and in all vessels where storage space is limited, the manufacturer says.
It is available in one adult size, is suitable for people of over 32kg weight and comes in an orange/yellow colour.
Source: Fairplay Magazine - Feature 05 Mar 2009, Safety & security:
Report calls for bigger ports
---Many ports in the Aegean and Ionian seas are potentially dangerous for passenger ships as they are too narrow for dockings, according to a report made public yesterday by the Masters and Mates Union of the Greek Merchant Marine.
In the report, experts note that many port basins are too narrow to adequately accommodate modern passenger ships. In addition, the piers of many island ports cannot accommodate more than one passenger ship at a time and even smaller vessels, such as speedboats, often encounter problems when trying to dock.
Last summer, union officials blamed inadequate infrastructure at ports for a spate of ferry collisions in the Aegean. They said the inadequate coordination of crew members and human error were less of a problem than poor infrastructure.
Nomikos withdraws suit against Carbofer
---Greece's AM Nomikos Bulkcarriers has withdrawn a New York lawsuit seeking to freeze over $3.3m in funds from Swiss coal and steel trader Carbofer over an unperformed supramax contract.
Under the two-voyage contract of affreightment (COA) brokered by SSY London in May 2008, AM Nomikos was to carry two 50,000-tonne cargoes of pig iron from the Black Sea to Charleston at a rate of $33 per tonne. Carbofer allegedly cancelled the charter.
In time-charter equivalent (TCE) terms, the contract was worth over $54,000 per day at a time when AM Nomikos could have chartered in the tonnage at $4,800 per day. The COA would thus have meant some $2.5m in profit.
It is not clear whether the parties have settled their dispute or whether security for a London arbitration has been provided. The New York lawsuit was filed in late December but remained under seal by a judge's order until recently.
Lugano-based trading company Carbofer, controlled by Alexander Katunin, has close links to Russia's Evraz Group, from which it acquired Russia's largest steel distribution business.
Meanwhile, Carbofer is chasing two different parties over a charter of the 42,000-dwt Glorious Morning (built 1983) that resulted in an arrest.
Carbofer had the ship from Shenzhen-based Transglobe Shipping Co Ltd under an August 2007 and chartered it on to Liverpool-based S Norton & Co Ltd, who eventually arrested the ship at Novorossiysk. Carbofer is claiming sums under $1m against both, respectively in a London arbitration and in an English High Court action.