‘DAM’ – the First Hollywood Movie by the Mariners Launched

April 30, 2008

Kochi: The second and final day of ShipTek 2008, the international conference on Shipbuilding and Conversion Technology resumed at 9.00 am. There were two sessions included for the final day.

The topics included in the first session were Conversion of Single Hull Tankers, Some Major Design Aspects of FPSO Conversion, Opportunities & Challenges in Rigs and Repair & Upgrade of Drilling Rigs. There was also a special presentation on Role of Visual Media in the Maritime Industry. The papers presented for the last session included Support to Shipping through Professional Education, Role of Technology in Shipping Industry, Maritime Arbitration in Asia and ‘India – an Emerging Outsourcing Destination for Ship Design’. ShipTek Expo also continued to the second day and all the exhibition stalls were closed at 6.00 pm.

The second annual international maritime video awards started at 6.00 pm at Hotel Le Meridien. The winners for the best maritime videos were honored with Marine BizTV video awards. The venue also witnessed the launch of ‘DAM’, the first Hollywood movie venture from the marine industry and a prestigious project of the Aries Group, along with the first anniversary celebration of Marine BizTV and the tenth anniversary celebration of Aries Marine. The thespian actor, Shri.Madhu, the ever gorgeous and bubbly actress of Malayalam, Smt. Sheela along with one of the best directors of the period, Shri T.V. Chandran were the special invitees for the mega award nite.

Distinguished personalities of many prominent institutions and societies of the marine industry gathered for the mega award nite. The invitees were greeted with Thalappoli. An array of traditional art forms of Kerala followed by dazzling performances gave an enthralling visual treat to the audience. The gathering was addressed by Mr. Sohan Roy, the visionary and master brain behind Marine BizTV. There were 26 award categories included this year. Fifteen award categories came under the People’s Choice Awards and the remaining eleven categories came under the Maritime Excellence Award.

The lifetime achievement award for maritime service was given to Dr. Dong Shik Shin, Chairman and Founder, Korea Maritime Consultant Co. Ltd., who is also known as the ‘Father of Korean Shipbuilding’. The lifetime achievement award for the maritime entrepreneurship was given away to the father of Ship Management, Capt. C.A.J Vanderperre, Founder & CEO, Univan Ship Management, Hong Kong. The lifetime achievement award for maritime academics was bagged by Prof. Erno Eugen Wieback, Rostock University, Germany, who is known as the “Father of Ship technology Department-CUSAT”.

The live telecast of the event was available at http://live.marinebiztv.com/ on 29 & 30 April 2008. This is also the first event in the maritime industry to be telecast live.


APM Terminals Sweeps 2007 PMA Safety Awards

April 30, 2008

APM  Terminals  North  America  celebrated  a  clean  sweep  of  the  Pacific Maritime Association Safety  Awards  announced  last  month.

APM  Terminals  Tacoma,  APM Terminals  Pier  400  (Los Angeles)  and  APM Terminals  Oakland  were each recognized  at  the  59th  Annual  PMA  Safety Awards  celebrations  in  their respective  U.S.  West Coast  PMA  regions.    APM Terminals  Oakland won  First Place  in  the  Class  C  container  group category  at the  PMA  Northern  California Area Safety  Awads,  and  also  was  recognized  for achievement  in  reduction  of the  Lost  Time  Rate  in 2007. APM  Terminals  Pier 400  won  the  First Place  Safety  Award  in  the  Class  “A” Container  Terminal Operator  category  for  Los  Angeles/Long Beach  Harbors.  The facility  also  won the  First  Place Group  “A”  Container  Companies  Coast  Award, and  received  a Coast  Accident  Prevention Award for  a  Reduction  in  Injury Rate Three Consecutive Years  and  an  Area  Award  for  Reuced Injury/Illness  Rate  for 2007. APM  Terminals  Tacoma  won  the First  Place  Safety  Award  in  the  Class  C container  category  for the  Washington  State  Area,  as  well as  the  2nd  place Coast  Award  in  the  Class  C  container category  for  Accident  Prevention.

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Inauguration of ShipTek 2008

April 30, 2008

ShipTek 2008, the two-day international conference on Shipbuilding and Conversion Technology was inaugurated on 29 April 2008, Tuesday, 9.00 am at Hotel Taj Residency, Kochi.

Mr. Noboru Ueda, Chairman, Class NK, Japan lit the lamp for the prestigious event organized by Marine BizTV and Aries Marine. Over 200 delegates from across the world attended the conference. The mega event was sponsored by the members of International Association of Class Societies (IACS) like Class NK, Germanischer Lloyd and RINA. Other lead players like Keppel Offshore & Marine, MSI, Transas, Zebec Marine and Seagull Marine were also among the sponsors. The event was co sponsored by Master Shipyard. The inauguration of ShipTek expo 2008, the two day exhibition also took place in the same venue at 1.00pm by Mr. Kevin Shakesheff, ICS, UK and Rear. Admiral Ajit Tewari, Indian Shipbuilders Association, India. The conference had four sessions on the most relevant current issues of the maritime world scheduled for two consecutive days, out of which two sessions including eleven paper presentations were scheduled for the first day. The remaining two sessions of the conference will be held at the same venue on 30 April 2008. The topics for paper presentation for the first day were Indian Shipbuilding Industry and its Future Prospects, Super Eco-Ship – A Human and Environmentally Friendly Ship, World Shipbuilding Trends & Korea Shipbuilding Industry, Strength Aspects and Weather Routing of Multi-Purpose Ships, Assessment of Hull Structural Slamming Loads on High Speed Planing Crafts, Design and Strength Assessment of Moonpool Region and Development of Design of Heavy Lift Cum Pipelay Vessels LTS 3000.

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European Shipyard Week attracts attention

April 30, 2008

For the second time, European shipyards and related companies opened their doors for European Shipyard Week to advertise their high-tech products and processes and promote a wide range of career opportunities.

Open door days at many companies, universities, research centres, museums and other institutions, special presentations for school classes and artistic performances at the opening event in the Netherlands formed part of the program. The promotion attracted thousands of school leavers, young graduates, job seekers and other interested visitors to participate. High-ranking speakers of the European Commission, the European Parliament and representatives of Europe’s shipbuilding regions, attended the opening conference in Brussels on April 2. The first Shipyard Week, launched two years ago, resulted in increased recruitment numbers in maritime universities and companies. Nevertheless, the shipbuilding and ship repair industry still experience a growing shortage of engineers and skilled workers. Due to growing business as well as the age profile of the current workforce, European shipyards will require a further increase in recruitment numbers. This triggered the decision to organize the shipyard week on a biannual basis.

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‘ShipTek 2008’ Inaugurated

April 29, 2008

The much awaited International Conference on Shipbuilding and Conversion Technology – ShipTek 2008 was inaugurated on 29th April 2008, Tuesday, 9.00 am at Hotel Taj Residency. Mr. Noboru Ueda, Chairman & President, Class NK, Japan, lit the lamp and inaugurated the prestigious event organized by Marine BizTV and Aries Marine.

Over 200 delegates from all part of the world marked their presence for the biggest maritime convergence in South Asia. The mega event was sponsored by the members of International Association of Class Societies (IACS) like Class NK, Germanischer Lloyd and RINA. Other lead players like Keppel Offshore & Marine, MSI, Transas, Zebec Marine and Seagull Marine were also among the sponsors. The event was co sponsored by Master Shipyard.

The conference has four sessions on the most relevant current issues of the maritime world scheduled for two consecutive days, out of which two sessions including eleven paper presentations were scheduled for the first day. The remaining two sessions of the conference will be held at the same venue on 30 April 2008. The theme of the conference is trends, new concepts/technology, commerce surrounding the design, construction of new vessels and conversion of the existing ones.

The topics for paper presentation for the first day were Indian Shipbuilding Industry and its Future Prospects, Super Eco-Ship – A Human and Environmentally Friendly Ship, World Shipbuilding Trends & Korea Shipbuilding Industry, Strength Aspects and Weather Routing of Multi-Purpose Ships, Assessment of Hull Structural Slamming Loads on High Speed Planing Crafts, Design and Strength Assessment of Moonpool Region and Development of Design of Heavy Lift Cum Pipelay Vessels LTS 3000.

ShipTek Expo 2008, the exhibition showcasing the latest technology and trends in the Shipbuilding industry was also inaugurated on 29 April 2008 at Hotel Taj Residency at 1.00 pm. All stalls were open till 6.00 pm and will resume the next day. ShipTek Expo constituted exhibitors from all part of the globe like Keppel O&M, Singapore; Class NK, Japan; MSI, Singapore; Walport International, UK; Aries Marine, UAE; Zebec Marine, India; Transas, Russia; Marine BizTV, UAE, Fogtec, Germany; GL, Germany and Pacific Technology, UAE.

The live telecast of the event was available at http://live.marinebiztv.com/ on 29 & 30 April 2008. This is also the first event in the maritime industry, which had a live telecast.


Higher fuel costs buoy demand for ships: Seaspan

April 29, 2008

The practice of “slow steaming” – running ships at lower speeds to conserve pricey fuel – is increasing demand for container ships on global trade routes, Seaspan Corp. chief executive officer Gerry Wang said.

Because customers still want goods delivered on the same schedule, slow-steaming means more ships are required to deliver the same amount of goods – so a shipping line, through redeployment, might run nine ships on an Asia-Europe route that used to operate with eight, he said. Seaspan, which is incorporated in the Marshall Islands and has executive offices in Hong Kong and Vancouver, leases container ships to major shipping lines. Slow-steaming, along with increased Asia-Europe container traffic, is driving container ship demand and makes a potential glut of big new ships less likely, Mr. Wang said on a conference call. “I’m not 100-per-cent sure that even with all the big ships coming on in 2009 that there will be oversupply,” he said. Shipping lines have in recent years ordered more than 100 post-Panamax (too big to fit through the Panama Canal) vessels, raising speculation of a glut of container ships. The company reported a first-quarter loss of $37.7-million (U.S.) or 65 cents a share on sales of $54.2-million for the three months ended March 31, compared with a profit of $14.7-million or 31 cents a share on sales of $41.2-million for the same period the previous year. Seaspan reported “normalized” earnings, which exclude non-cash losses from interest rate swap agreements, of 28 cents a share, a penny off an analysts’ consensus estimate of 29 cents. The company said it is redeploying ships to Asia-Europe routes as that traffic picks up and Asia-North American shipments soften. Asia-Europe traffic is estimated to have grown by 17 per cent last year compared with 6.9-per-cent increase in Asia-North America cargo.

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High-tech pirates are no romantic figures

April 29, 2008

A French yacht. A Japanese tanker. A Spanish fishing boat. After several years of decline, pirates are striking with increasing frequency on the high seas.

Attacks in the first three months of this year were up 20 percent compared with the same period in 2007, analysts say. Last year saw more pirate attacks than the year before. And although the motive is still money, today’s pirates are a far cry from the eye-patched, peg-legged swashbucklers of Hollywood. “The only thing today’s pirates have in common with the romantic vision people have of pirates is that they are ruthless criminals who exploit very vulnerable people at sea,” said Pottengal Mukundan of the International Maritime Bureau, which monitors shipping crime. Today’s maritime muggers don night-vision goggles, carry rocket launchers and navigate with global positioning devices. With the ransoms they collect, pirates can earn up to $40,000 a year, analysts say. That’s a fortune for someone from an impoverished country. A spate of well-publicized attacks this month has cast the problem in sharp relief. On April 4, suspected Somali pirates seized a French luxury yacht and held its crew of 30 for a week. Then, in a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie, French troops chased the hijackers into the desert before the hijackers could make off with the reported $2 million in ransom. Last week, suspected pirates shot at a Japanese tanker in the waters off the Horn of Africa. Assailants have also attacked ships carrying food and relief supplies to war-torn regions.

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