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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a global trade association for shipowners, says that a unilateral decision by the European Union to incorporate international shipping into its regional Emissions Trading System (ETS) will polarise and impede current discussions on additional CO2 reduction measures at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO).

“Non-EU nations will be disappointed and very concerned by yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament Environment Committee following IMO’s adoption just a few weeks ago of a comprehensive road map for action,” said ICS Director of Policy and External Relations, Simon Bennett.

“But we hope that EU governments and the European Commission will see sense and recognise that threats to their trading partners will not serve the development of the global solution which both they and the shipping industry want and need.”

Bennett continued: “ICS is confident that IMO Member States, most of which are developing nations, will adopt a CO2 reduction strategy in 2018 that will include ambitious CO2 reduction goals and the development of a mechanism for delivery. But threats of EU unilateral action will do nothing to help this complex process.”

ICS says that emissions trading, which has been developed primarily for industries such as power generation and cement and steel production, is completely inappropriate for international shipping which mostly comprises SMEs typically operating less than 10 ships.

“The EU ETS has been an abject failure. Its unilateral application to global shipping would create market distortion while generating trade disputes with China and other Asian nations, as happened when the EU tried unsuccessfully to impose its ETS on international aviation,” said Bennett.

The ICS’ position is that if IMO Member States should decide to apply a market based measure for CO2 reduction to international shipping, the preference of the industry would be for a global fuel levy.

The ICS says that shipping therefore fully accepts responsibility for reducing its CO2 and building on the 10 percent reduction already achieved by the sector during the last five-year period for which IMO data is available (2007-2012).

But fuel levy by the IMO, ICS says, would require the full support of developing nations which are worried about the potential impact on trade and economic development.

“Even if market based measures are found necessary to achieve the objectives which IMO sets for the sector, threatening non-EU partners with unilateral action is not going to help them to overcome their legitimate concerns. The only forum in which to have this debate is at IMO,” said Bennett.

ICS says it is working closely with the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) to persuade the plenary of the European Parliament, as well as EU Member States and the European Commission, to reject the EP Environment Committee’s report.

The plenary of the European Parliament is expected to vote on the Committee’s report in early 2017.

 

 

Izvor :  GC

 

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The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has completed its review of the proposed vessel-sharing alliance “THE Alliance”, allowing the grouping to become effective on December 19, 2016.

THE Alliance is comprised of five different container shipping companies: Hapag-Lloyd; K Line; MOL; NYK; and Yang Ming. It plans to deploy 240 ships across 31 services and over 75 ports in Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America and the Middle East.

The Commission voted to allow the agreement to become effective following a period of substantive and constructive discussion with the parties.

The application on THE Alliance plan to establish a vessel-sharing agreement was submitted to the FMC on November 4, 2016. The Commission says it made no Request for Additional Information, clearing the way for the agreement to come into force within the initial 45-day review period.

Under the terms of the agreement, THE Alliance members are permitted to share vessels, charter and exchange space on each other’s ships, and enter into cooperative working arrangements.

“I am very cognizant of the concerns industry stakeholders had regarding provisions in this agreement, particularly those related to information sharing and joint procurement,” stated Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero. “This office will continue to carefully focus on the impacts of the carrier alliance restructuring that is taking place in the shipping industry. Considerable review and analysis goes into assessing a final agreement before it is allowed to go into force and I am grateful for the hard work of Commission staff.”

The scope of this agreement applies only to trade lanes between the United States and other nations, the FMC noted. Not covered is cargo moved by carriers in THE Alliance that does not originate or terminate in the United States.

The Federal Maritime Commission is responsible for regulating the Nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer. The Commission’s mission is to foster a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices.

Aaccording to Alphaliner, THE Alliance will be the smallest of the three major shipping alliance groups operating between Asia and Europe. The others are the 2M (+ HMM) and Ocean Alliance.

The Alliance is expected to begin service in April 2017.

 

Izvor : GC

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DECEMBER 6, 2016 — OMERS Private Equity ("OPE"), part of OMERS Private Markets, says that it has agreed to sell ship manager V.Group to another private equity firm, Advent International OPE will reinvest in a minority stake in V.Group, working with Advent and the management team to support the continued growth and development of the business. V.Group's management team will retain a minority stake in the company. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

Operating out of 70 international offices, V.Group manages over 1,000 vessels on behalf of its customers in the commercial shipping, cruise, energy and defense sectors and provides a range of technical, personnel and advisory services. V.Group employs more than 3,000 people and supports over 47,400 personnel in marine and offshore roles.

Following Advent's investment, V.Group's growth strategy will remain focused on further geographical expansion and deepening its range of services organically and through complementary acquisitions. Advent says it will also support the management team in making significant investments in technology, systems and operations to continue to deliver world-class solutions for its clients.

Clive Richardson, CEO of V.Group, said, "We have enjoyed great support and solid growth under OPE's ownership, and our company has continued to strengthen its position in the market through our recent acquisitions of Bibby Ship Management and Selandia Holdings. V.Group has a unique offering in marine services, and as ship owners and operators increasingly consider strategic options for the management of their fleets, we are committed to delivering performance excellence alongside lower costs. We look forward to working with Advent to make this possible."

James Brocklebank, a Managing Partner at Advent International, said, "V.Group has a proven track record of delivering value for its customers alongside consistent growth, and we believe that Advent is well-placed to help the business build on this success. Advent's global presence, sector specialization and focus on business transformation make us an ideal partner for V.Group in the next phase, and we look forward to supporting its continued expansion and development."

Haris Kyriakopoulos, a Director at Advent International, added, "We are very excited to expand the business into new geographies and sectors, while broadening the scope of marine services that V.Group offers. In a market that is changing rapidly, V.Group as a market leader has an opportunity to deepen its engagement with current and prospective customers, responding to their evolving needs and offering comprehensive solutions to help manage their assets."

 

 

Izvor:  M. Log

DECEMBER 6, 2016 — A Simon Møkster Shipping AS platform supply vessel, M/V Stril Polar, is the first Norwegian vessel to comply with new IMO Polar Code, receiving the first polar ship certificate issued by DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.

The goal of the newly adopted IMO Polar Code is to ensure a minimum standard for ships entering into the Arctic waters and/or Antarctica. The code is an international set of rules that takes into account the extreme conditions and the additional challenges that vessels encounter in these areas.

After being awarded the certification, Anne Jorunn Møkster, Managing Director of Simon Møkster Shipping AS, said:

"The strategy of Møkster Shipping has for many years been to operate in cold and rough waters as opposed to targeting warmer areas such as Brazil or Australia. Now that we have implemented the Polar Code for our offshore supply vessel M/V Stril Polar, we have the opportunity to go into polar areas knowing that the safety of ship, crew and the environment is well taken care of. As a result of the good cooperation we have had with DNV GL, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate and our own insurance company we are very motivated to get more vessels certified to the Polar Code."

The M/V Polar Stril is built for operation in cold climates; therefore only minor adjustments were needed to achieve compliance with the Polar Code. The process of achieving compliance required DNV GL to undertake a risk assessment of the planned operational profile, as well as detailed review of the vessel's equipment to ensure that the requirements of the code were met.

As a result, no deviations from the code were found during DNV GL's inspection of the vessel together with the Norwegian Maritime Directorate in November, and M/V Stril Polar is now the first Norwegian ship with a Polar Code certification.

The IMO Polar Code is mandatory for all new SOLAS-registered ships that will be operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters as of January 1, 2017. For existing ships, the Polar Code certification is required after the first intermediate or renewal inspection after January 1, 2018. The polar code is a supplementary regulation to the existing IMO codes where the main requirements are related to safety (SOLAS) and the protection of the environment (MARPOL). DNV GL can, on behalf of flag states, issue Polar code certificates for ships that meet the code requirements.

 

 

Izvor : M. Log

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