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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Headland SatNews


Singapore's intl maritime hub presence gaining ground
Singapore is moving closer to its bid to bolster its position as an international maritime hub, with many companies picking the city-state for their businesses. Faststream Singapore Managing Director Mark Robertshaw recently noted a 22% increase in business ventures in Singapore compared to last year. "It appears that an increasing number of offshore and shipping companies are restructuring their activities to have a more prominent presence in Singapore," he was quoted as saying in a press statement. "Singapore, with its geographic location, state of the art maritime infrastructure, and commercially attractive Maritime Incentives scheme seems to be attracting owners and contractors who are facing increased economic pressures in other parts of the world," he added. Despite the improving figures, many analysts in the industry are cautiously optimistic, especially since the state of the international economy still needs much improvement. Recent surveys by Faststream Singapore show that many companies in the maritime industry are looking to hire more this year, another positive sign for the city-state. "Offshore support and construction, and increasingly LNG are becoming prominent in the local market. These are high-value projects and companies need to attract the right people," Robertshaw said. "Whilst Singapore is an expensive place to live, it is important to put this into perspective in relation to company and regulatory costs in overseas economies which are considerably higher."

Philippines prepares for MS Columbus' arrival
MS Columbus is set to arrive in the Philippine island of Boracay on Sunday with around 600 foreign tourists and 300 crew on board. The MS Columbus is the second largest cruise ship to bring in tourists to the world famous island in Aklan after the visit of the MV Legend of the Seas last year with 1,500 passengers. Aklan Rep. Florencio Miraflores and Gov. Carlito Marquez together with the other local officials will welcome the visitors upon their arrival with the performance of the Ati-atihan tribe, which Aklan is known for, Philippine News Agency reported. The MS Columbus will arrive at Boracay island Sunday noon and

SAFETY Stow planners
Stow planners are frequently required to produce stow plans for chartered ships as well as their own ships, especially in the container line trade. Several incidents of poor or negligent stowage have come to light in the recent past where it became apparent that the stow planners lacked an understanding of their own responsibilities and those of the Master. Typical incidents include: stowage of heavy containers in upper tiers which resulted in the tier limits for the

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The department also disclosed that the number of uncertificated officers slid by 27% in 2012. followed by a joint airforce drill. Stow planners appeared to believe that. AFP reported. This is incorrect. the defence ministry in Seoul said. do shopping and dining and other activities. North Korea said the test -. In its report. noted a key rise in the number of officer cadets . "The drill is aimed at testing our readiness against threats from the enemy. however. the South vowed to accelerate the development of longerrange ballistic missiles and new cruise missiles capable of a precision strike on members of Pyongyang's high command. marking a 19% increase from the previous year. The exercises will practise operations to detect and track North Korean missiles and submarines.was a direct response to UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang after last year's rocket launch. which both came after long-range rocket launches. Seoul starts naval exercise South Korea has a naval exercise involving US surveillance aircraft on Tuesday. Pyongyang insists the December launch put a satellite into orbit for peaceful research. It is also important that the government reassess the training package brought forward by unions and ship owners to avoid a shortage of seafarers in the future. stowage of heavy over light containers. the owner). according to a new report from the Department for Transport (DfT). as between owner and charterer there is no duty on the Master to intervene and correct a stow if the stow plan is improper. the ministry added." a spokesman told AFP.htm (2 of 5) [2/19/2013 11:48:27 AM] . but critics said it amounted to a banned ballistic missile test that marked a major advance for the communist state's nuclear weapons programme. a global trades union which represents seafarers and allied workers in the country. and lack of understanding as to how the GM of a ship adversely affects the tier limits and alters the extent to which the standard lashing arrangements can be relied upon. Subject to charter party terms.e.whose number stood at 2.widely condemned by the international community -.160 in 2012. the DfT stated that the number of seafarers had plunged by 19% since 2006. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/DCO%20Master/Desktop/NL%20MARITIME%20NEWS. particular metacentric height (GM) of the ship being exceeded. Nautilus International. unless the stowage puts the ship itself at risk. as it was the Master's responsibility to check and approve the stow plan. Under English law 'supervision' (as provided for in the charter) or actual approval of the stow plan by the Master does not transfer responsibility for stowage to him (i. Day one of a six-day drill in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) involved South Korean warships and submarines. The report. Pyongyang is already under international sanctions for conducting two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. Source: Britannia P&I Meanwhile. Following the North's nuclear test on February 12.NL MARITIME NEWS will be staying there for about eight to nine hours just enough to give the passengers ample time to dive on the white sand beach. The DfT attributed the reduction most likely due to large companies' decision to relocate their operations out of the country. as well as surveillance planes from the United States. the responsibility for the consequences of any collapse of the stow would shift to the Master. It is the latest in a series of military exercises. Earlier this month Seoul and Washington conducted a joint naval exercise with a US nuclear submarine off South Korea's east coast. DfT report: UK ship officers down by 19% There has been a significant decline in the number of officers in United Kingdom ships over the past six years. which have been staged alone by South Korea or jointly with the United States since the North launched a long-range rocket on December 12. said that the sharp drop in the number of officers in UK ships indicates the need for the government to realise strategic maritime policy proposals rolled out by country's shipping minister last year.

and forensic analysis has been performed on the ship. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Diaz described the oil return line that leaked as stretching from the ship's No. Texas. is expected to touch down in the United States by mid-April. the crew's response. "Companies in the oil and gas industry can now specify much larger and heavier offshore structures. They have interviewed passengers and crew. Investigators are now looking more into the cause. the defence ministry said in a statement to Russian news agencies.000-metric ton Jack/St Malo platform hull in the voyage to Kiewit Yard in Ingleside." the company added. SHIPPING Dockwise Vanguard loads largest offshore platform Dockwise Vanguard has loaded the biggest semi-submersible offshore platform hull and departed from Geoje after it finished fastening. She said investigators have been with the massive 14-story vessel since it arrived Thursday in Mobile. "These mega-structures can then be transported on-board the vessel to remote offshore locations. ''Bloomberg'' reported. According to vessel owner Dockwise Ltd. A military source quoted by RIA Novosti said their main task could be taking part in a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria. accomplished its initial float-on operation at the Silli-do deep hole near the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard. The Associated Press reported. which carries the 56.000 tons. "Even though the tasks of the warships have not been announced. the ship. Ala. 6 engine to the fuel tank.NL MARITIME NEWS South Korea's outgoing President Lee Myung-Bak said Pyongyang was drawing closer to "a dead-end" by inviting isolation and sanctions from the international community. with the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board representing US interests in the probe.htm (3 of 5) [2/19/2013 11:48:27 AM] ." she said. The Netherlands-based company said that the ship." Dockwise said. its mother company announced. The vessel was in international waters at the time of the incident. which can carry a maximum load of as much as 110. The four landing ships will join an escort ship and smaller vessels that are already on duty in the region. Russia sends four more warships to Mediterranean The Russian defence ministry announced that the country is sending four more warships to the Mediterranean Sea as the crisis in Syria worsens. She said the crew responded appropriately to the fire. In an email after Monday's conference call. and these can be integrated at a single fabrication site. leaving its passengers without power and a working toilet for five days. Hatfield said the Bahamas . AFP reported. even in harsh climates where no commissioning facilities are available. and why the ship was disabled for so long. "They did a very good leading the investigation.where the ship is registered. or flagged . it can be assumed that given the development file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/DCO%20Master/Desktop/NL%20MARITIME%20NEWS. INCIDENTS US Coast Guard: Fuel oil leak led to cruise ship fire US Coast Guard official Cmdr Teresa Hatfield said that investigations show that a leak in a fuel oil return line caused the engine-room fire that disabled a cruise ship.

to support economic growth. and the USCG-designed 47-foot Cape class motor lifeboat as medium-endurance lifeboat cutters for the Great Lakes and more sheltered coastal areas. tents as well as foodstuffs like fish and milk conserves as well as sugar." said the source. marine search and rescue. It also plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of the country's ocean territories and waterways.htm (4 of 5) [2/19/2013 11:48:27 AM] . SHIPPING DATA file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/DCO%20Master/Desktop/NL%20MARITIME%20NEWS. aircraft and other services. the government announced a procurement of 24 helicopters to replace the current fleet. to ensure public safety on the water. Several major vessels have undergone extensive refits in recent decades. marine pollution response. marine communications and traffic management services. as well as a "Polar" class icebreaker . The agency is undergoing a modernization and refleeting that began in the 1990s. MARITIME INSTITUTIONS Canadian Coast Guard The Canadian Coast Guard is a Special Operating Agency of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). and to ensure Canada's sovereignty and security by establishing a strong federal presence in its addition to inshore and offshore fisheries science vessels and a new oceanographic research vessel. It said a hotline had been set up for Russians who were thinking of leaving Syria. The CCG ordered five 47-foot (14. In 2012. with psychologists on hand to take the calls. most notably CCGS Louis S. and support of other government departments. boards and agencies by providing ships.3 metre) motor lifeboats in September 2009.since named CCGS John G. Its specific missions include providing aids to navigation. bedding. Davidson. It has already acquired more up to date equipment for its Search and Rescue fleet after the purchase of British Royal National Lifeboat Institution-designed Arun-class high-endurance lifeboat cutters for open coastal areas. comprising of nine vessels. New vessels delivered to the CCG from 2009 onward includ the hovercraft CCGS Mamilossa and the nearshore fisheries research vessels CCGS Kelso and CCGS Viola M. "Citizens of Russia and the (ex-Soviet grouping) CIS wanting to leave can leave Syria on these planes. Diefenbaker . StLaurent in place of the Polar 8 class of icebreakers.NL MARITIME NEWS of the situation in the region their main job will be taking part in a possible evacuation of Russian citizens from Syria. The missions of the CCG are: to protect the marine environment. a ministry statement said. adding that the departure from Latakia back to Moscow was planned for later Tuesday. The aid consists of electrical equipment. The CCG helps the DFO perform its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. icebreaking and ice-management services. The Russian emergencies ministry Ilyushin-62 and Ilyushin-76 planes were carrying over 40 tonnes of humanitarian aid and would be ready to evacuate Russians from the country. channel maintenance. The coast guard has announced plans for the Mid Shore Patrol Vessel Project." the ministry said. to add to the 31 existing boats.

9800 5.1276 1.1400 30.9893 0. Handysize Index BHSI 411 EXCHANGE RATES New York (Mon Cls) Fgn Currency in USD Britain (Pound) Canada (Dollar) China (Yuan) Euro India (Rupee) 1.1800 0.6500 3.010640 0.0246 0.2475 0.NL MARITIME NEWS BALTIC EXCHANGE Market snapshot: 12:30 GMT Dry Capesize Panamax Supramax Index Index Index Index BDI BCI BPI BSI 747 1408 845 679 -6 -26 +13 +7 -1 .htm (5 of 5) [2/19/2013 11:48:27 AM] .0109 6.1601 1.7490 54.5551 40.6468 1.2399 Indonesia (Rupiah) 0.3188 0.000103 Japan (Yen) Norway (Krone) Philippines (Peso) Poland (Zloty) Russia (Ruble) Singapore (Dollar) 0.3350 0.0184 USD in Fgn Currency 0.8065 file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/DCO%20Master/Desktop/NL%20MARITIME%20NEWS.00 93.5461 0.0332 0.2660 9683.

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