Maersk to Make More Regular Use of Armed Guards on Ships
AP Moller-Maersk will make more regular use of armed guards on tankers passing through the Gulf of Aden, the company has confirmed (Source: InterManager, October 17, 2011). However, there are “no immediate plans” to extend the policy to containerships, Maersk Tankers chief technical officer Steffen Jacobsen added.
It remains unclear which contractor is likely to pick up the work, with security industry sources suggesting that it will probably have to be divided between several providers.
The world’s largest shipping concern has seen attacks on a number of its ships, most famously on boxship Maersk Alabama, but has previously employed guards only on an ad hoc basis. Read more at worldmaritimenews...
Recently the French operator Compagnie Maritime Nantaise (CMN) signed a contract with Hyundai MIPO, South Korea for two new RoCon vessels with an option for a third unit. Knud E. Hansen A/S has worked closely with CMN over the past year to develop the design. Main dimensions of the vessels: Length overall 160.0 m, breadth 27.0 m, max draught 7.2 m. RoRo capacity: 2800 lanmeters. Container capacity: 903 TEU.
Evergreen Marine Signs USD 824 Million Loan Agreement for New Vessels
Evergreen Marine announced on Friday the signing of a $824m syndicated loan agreement with nine domestic banks to fund its shipbuilding plans, Shipbuilding Tribune reports. The loans, repayable over 10 years, will cover an order placed in May with state-owned shipyard CSBC Corp to build 10 containerships of 8,000 teu for $1.03bn.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said on Monday that it had secured a combined $1.95 billion worth of deals, Reuters reports. The South Korean shipbuilder said in a statement that it had signed a $1.4 billion deal to construct an offshore natural gas platform in Australia for Chevron Corp (CVX.N), and a $550 million agreement to build a drillship for an unidentified firm.
IAMSP Expresses Concerns Over Recent Pirate Attacks
Allan McDougall, President of the International Association of Maritime Security Professionals (IAMSP) is expressing concern over what he calls a series of “near misses.” We have recently had three attacks that have been touted as successes, but these are at the very best, qualified successes and should more appropriately be considered near misses.
He points to the fact that security is not just about avoiding a hijacking—it is about maintenance of operations and protection of personnel. The purpose of shipping is very simple—the movement of persons and goods from one point to an intended destination so that they arrive at that destination on time, in reasonable condition acceptable condition and for reasonable cost.
Just recently we have reports of a ship being attacked in the Arabian Sea. The response to the attack was to summon assistance, move to a safe room and have the ship take evasive action to avoid boarding. The problem here is in a lack of a complete security posture. With nobody resisting the boarding (armed security or crew with fire hoses), the pirates were pretty much able to work on the wire on the ship without interference. The fact that the report indicates that the wire was noticed as missing after the attack shows some pretty basic issues with maintaining good surveillance around the vessel.
In this case, the attack is reported to have lasted two hours. That attack, with the right kind of security on board, would have been over much faster, getting the ship and her crew out of harm’s way.
In the second case, the crew was able to inform naval assets that they were all secured in the safe room by throwing a bottle out the window. Again, he says, this is pointing to a lack of understanding of the basic infrastructure needed in the safe rooms or the citadels. Military forces in the area have been very clear about what they need to know in order to engage under these conditions—there really is no viable excuse for not having a system in place that doesn`t involve throwing something out the window.
In this case, there is a need for that company to review how it’s equipping that last line of defence.
On the third case, he notes that another vessel had been reported safe and towed to Mombasa, Kenya with its personnel having been evacuated to a naval vessel. What is astounding is that this was characterized as anything but a failure—the fact of the matter is that the ship was severely damaged, as was a portion of its cargo.
Mr McDougall points out that there needs to be revitalization in how companies look at security. This is simply about understanding what you want to protect, what is threatening it, understanding how you are vulnerable, exercising due care and taking steps to provide appropriate security controls. If you decide to cut corners in this industry, you fail—it is something that is well understood in many maritime disciplines but one that has still got to take hold in the maritime security community.
He points out that the IAMSP is expanding its library of resources for the maritime security community at www.iamsponline.org, making those resources available to members and non-members alike at no charge. He points out that IAMSP is currently taking a leading role in building capacity within the overall maritime community and that the Association has been meeting that role and others, including the vetting of security firms, for some time now.
CMA CGM dismisses Hong Kong rumour, no plans to buy or charter new ships
CMA CGM recently said it has "no short term plans to either purchase or long-term charter-in any vessels," according to the company statement. The denial comes after a report in the Hong Kong Ta Kung Pao newspaper about it buying twenty 9,000- to 10,000-TEU vessels from China Shipbuilding and State Shipbuilding, allegedly to be financed by Export-Import Bank of China. CMA CGM said the priorities of the world's third largest carrier are to reduce debt and strengthen its financial position. "Looking beyond 2013 and in line with its long-term commitment to driving continuous improvement in fleet efficiency, the group is looking at various charter projects with a number of shipyards and financial partners." "While CMA CGM will pursue these non-binding discussions over the next few months, it has no intention to reach an agreement in the near future." The carrier currently runs a fleet of 408 vessels, in which 92 are self-owned.
CMA CGM to order 20 containerships worth $2billion in China
CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest container shipping group, is looking at placing $2 billion worth of orders to shipyards in China, where bank loans are more available, while European banks tighten lending, Beijing-backed Ta Kung Pao reported on Friday.
The French shipping firm was in talks with China’s top two ship builders, State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC), for a total of 20 container ships of 9,000 to 10,000 twenty-feet equivalent units (TEUs) each, the paper quoted industry sources as saying.
On September 28, 2011 Eversafe marine engineering company successfully launched the 5000 CBM LPG Carrier with 26 pieces ship launching airbags for Sinopacific Shipbuilding Company in Jiangsu province, MaritimeProfessional reports.
That LPG Carrier was built on a concrete ramp with two slopes 1.3/100 and 2.5/100. The elevation of ramp end is 3.635 meters. Due to vessel’s narrow shape and deficiency of launching water the launching calculation result showed “Abrupt Drop” would happen during the launch. It is estimated the vessel would drop 2 or more meters when its gravity center passed by end of slipway. That is not acceptable because the LPG carrier will be only launched with open deck. www.maritimeprofe...
Safmarine intends to integrate its internal support and management functions into those of its sister company Maersk Line, Safmarine said Monday.
Merging such internal support functions and central management involves the closure of Safmarine’s Antwerp head office and regional offices in Antwerp, Shanghai, Dubai, Cape Town, and Mumbai, along with centre support functions currently carried out in Singapore and Cape Town, the company's press release said. This will potentially affect 240 people in those locations.
The changing role of Safmarine’s management also brings a shift in responsibilities for the company’s leadership. Current CEO, Tomas Dyrbye, will be leaving his position. His successor will be announced in the near future.
Eivind Kolding, CEO Maersk Liner Business says that the company regrets the loss of trusted colleagues: “We are sad to have to consider losing some very strong colleagues, who have made an important contribution to the company and helped change the way we think about shipping. All changes are subject to consultation and we are working with our employees to find a fair outcome for everyone affected."
Kolding adds that Safmarine will continue to be an important part of the business. “It has proven that a close focus on a particular approach can deliver stronger customer service and lasting relationships — this is core to our mission of redefining shipping.”
The exterior as well as the interior portion of the vessel has been styled by Reymond Langton Design. The super-yacht bears similar dimensions and almost same general designs like its three sister yachts - Eminence, C2, and TITAN, WIDN reports. Slight variations are evident in the vessel's exterior lines like its mast style and the arrangement pattern of its windows.
The hull of Amaryllis sports a deep blue tone complemented by a white-hued superstructure. It is equipped with a total of six staterooms which have a capacity to house a maximum of 12 guests. The vessel also comprises accommodation facility for 22 crew members.