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Ship owners should start planning for the 2020 sulphur cap, as time frame is closing rapidly says DNV GL

The next few years are bound to change a major part of the way that the shipping industry is operating, as there will be a tectonic shift in fuels used and as such, major conversion and retrofit projects on existing vessels, as well as planning for future-proofing current newbuildings, need to be set in motion by ship owners. In an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), Mr. Ioannis Chiotopoulos, Regional Manager South East Europe & Middle East with DNV GL, said that even if suppliers and yards gear ...

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John Fredrisken’s Slow Steaming Policy, Angelicoussis’ number of vessels on ballast or laden, new trading patterns are now directly available through Vessels Value’s new online tool

Ship owners and shipping executives in general are often facing challenging decisions, when it comes to vessel employment and strategic planning of their fleet. As such any useful information is in fact added value. To this extent, ship valuations experts VesselsValue just launched a new online product, called VV Trade, which analyzes global trading patterns, starting at the individual vessel level, by using VV’s Deep Sea AIS mapping service to create real time analysis on the speeds, amount of time spent at laden or ballast and even the total Ton ...

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Maritime Terrorism, Cyber Crime, Kidnappings and Ransoms are the “New Somalia” For Today’s Shipping Industry

A few years back it was Somalia which took the maritime world by force, awakening ship owners to a new reality of maritime dangers. Today, when most people seem to think that these are now perils of the past, the realities of maritime shipping are much more dangerous and complex, just not so much in the spotlight any more, as high profile attacks are now scarcer. In an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), Mr. Alexandros Theodosios Kontos, Chief Operating Officer with LSS-SAPU, a specialized maritime security company, ...

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Interview: Tanker market to face headwinds during 2017, as OPEC’s lower oil output will shift trade flows around the globe

The latest decision from OPEC to trim oil output and the agreement which followed with non-OPEC members as well is bound to shift trade flows around the globe, posing new challenges to tanker owners. In an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), Mr. George P. Los, Senior Market Analyst with US-based shipbroker Charles R. Weber and Ms. Rachel Yew, research analyst with Singapore’s Ocean Freight Exchange, noted that negative pressures on rates and earnings will be shared heavily among the crude tanker size classes, with VLCCs in particular bearing ...

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European Shipowners need certainty, says ECSA’s Secretary General

IMO’s recent sulphur cap decision is a positive step as the ship owning community across Europe needs certainty, claims Dr. Patrick Verhoeven, Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), in an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), ahead of the European Shipping Week, due to take place in Brussels during the period from 27th of February and until the 3rd of March. Still though, “we have to ensure that there is quality fuel available everywhere in the world and that adequate enforcement measures are in place ...

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LNG marine fuels are gaining market share as emissions’ and costs’ benefits are hard to ignore says Titan LNG

The recent decision by the IMO to limit the amount of sulphur emissions from vessels is bound to have a significant effect in the shipping market, as it will reduce the global sulphur cap to 0.5% from 2020 onwards. As such, alternative fuels, such as LNG are bound for a take off in the years to come, with industry players ready to implement the changes needed in order to achieve the goals set. Mr. Schaap, Commercial Director Marine, Titan LNG, discussed with us the possible implications, noting that LNG as ...

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Shipping needs to be more efficient — Q&A with Dirk Vande Velde, Mediterranean Shipping Company’s Chief Sustainable Development Officer

This year’s Review of Maritime Transport, launched on 7 November, highlights that 2015 was another difficult year for the shipping industry, with continued overcapacity and historically low freight rates. Following the report’s launch, we sat down with Dirk Vande Velde, chief sustainable development officer for Mediterranean Shipping Company, to discuss strategies for overcoming these challenges and for making shipping more sustainable. Q: What has MSC’s strategy been to overcome the challenges facing the shipping industry, such as overcapacity and low freight rates? A: Many analysts are saying that larger ships ...

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Working to ensure that ships will be fully compliant with new rules: SKF develops new concept for ballast water treatment eliminating current weaknesses

Ship owners around the world are being faced with a flurry of new rules and standards, which they will have to comply with, in order to be able to trade their vessels. One of the most recent developments includes the ratification of the Ballast Water Treatment Convention, which will officially enter into force in September of 2017. This means that the existing fleet will have to be retrofitted with respective systems, while at the moment none of the existing solutions guarantees that the vessel will be accepted at ports around ...

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EU-led ship recycling regulation could reverse positive effect of Hong Kong Convention on South East Asian scrapyards says GMS

Scrapyards in South East Asia are in the midst of a significant change, as they are constantly improving their operations, adhering to the norms which have been set in motion by the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. However, as Dr Nikos Mikelis, non-executive director, GMS, says on an exclusive interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), the European Union’s Ship Recycling Regulation will see European flagged vessels only be permitted to be recycled at yards reviewed, accepted and published in the European List ...

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Marshall Islands Registry to keep investing in the Greek shipping market

The Marshall Islands Registry (RMI Maritime Registry) has kept growing steadily over the course of the past year, continuing its trend of attaining No1 status among the Greek ship owning community. In an interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), Mr. Theofilos Xenakoudis, Director, Worldwide Business Operations, Managing Director-Piraeus, Greece, International Registries, Inc., talks about its potential, the overall trends witnessed in the shipping market and the challenges lying ahead. In terms of performance, how did 2015 fare for the Marshall Islands Registry, compared with previous years and which were ...

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Dubai Maritime City Authority offers first class maritime cluster to Greek owners

DMCA (Dubai Maritime City Authority) is no stranger to Greek owners, as the Dubai-based maritime cluster has been making huge strides over the past few years, in its attempt to lure ship owners, both from Hellas as well as other locations. In an interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), Mr. Nawfal Al-Jourani, Director of Communications of DMCA noted that Dubai offers both a stable and investor-friendly business environment, attractive taxation, as well local expertise as more than 3,000 maritime business related services companies are currently operating in the country. ...

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Lack of standardization process in ship emissions monitoring will confuse ship owners and the maritime industry

Parker Kittiwake has been in the business of monitoring emissions for quite some time now and certainly years before the latest initiatives undertaken by the EU. As such, its opinion matters, given the expertise acquired over the year. Speaking with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), Mr. Larry Rumbol, Market Development Manager (Marine) with Parker Kittiwake noted that the lack of standardization process with regards to the latest MRV rules set forth by the EU, is setting the industry up for more confusion. It’s also worth noting the huge satisfaction that ...

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KVH future growth will be driven from 40,000-50,000 older vessels in need of upgrades

In an interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com), Michael J. Mitsock, Vice President of Marketing with KVH Industries, noted that a large number of older vessels up to 15 years old, estimated at 40,000-50,000 globally, are currently running outdated systems, in an era when most owners are looking to the cost optimization solutions that the latest high bandwidth technologies like VSAT can provide. Looking ahead, the company will be exploring options to make use of bandwidth to help shipowners optimise their operations, said Mr. Mitsock said. Some recently announced ...

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Verifavia Shipping says now’s the time to monitor your ship’s emissions

The latest MRV rules on measuring ship emissions is among the issues mystifying people here in Posidonia. Verifavia Shipping has been holding workshops on a daily basis to help owners and interested parties understand the importance of pre-emptive action as new rules are gradually being set in place gradually. According to Mr. Julien Dufour, CEO of Verifavia Shipping and Mr. Nikolas Theodorou Managing Director at Verifavia Shipping, who spoke with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com) the company is ready to offer tangible and accurate emissions readings for all ship owners ...

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Shipping consolidation will offer higher standardization and cost-efficient solutions in the maritime communications market

Ship owners are actively upgrading to newer systems with a high demand being evident also in the VSAT markets, says Mr. Tore Morten Olsen, President Marlink Maritime in an interview with Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (www.hellenicshippingnews.com). According to Mr. Olsen, one of the keys for the future is the consolidation process which has been going on in the shipping market. “This will enable us to provide higher standardization of our products to a whole fleet, instead of individual vessels and offer more cost-efficient solutions to the market”, said Mr. Olsen. ...

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