Cargo Care Solutions Signs Exclusive Service Contract

Cargo Care Solutions is delighted to announce it has extended its established partnership and signed an exclusive contract for the newbuilding sales and the service of Macor Marine equipment. Cargo Care Solutions will now become the exclusive agents of Macor Marine equipment for the Danish and Norwegian markets and act as agents on a project basis for Sweden and Finland.

Cargo Care Solutions will focus on assisting the clients from its new and modern office facilities.

Torben Brammer, Board Member of Cargo Care Solutions, says: “This contract demonstrates that Cargo Care Solutions is regarded as a good and reliable service partner for the many different Macor Marine-built cargo handling systems on vessels operated by Scandinavian owners. Macor Marine’s cargo access equipment and rudder systems are particularly used on the many Ro-Ro lines operated within the Danish and Norwegian area and Cargo Care Solutions has a long experience in this field enabling us to provide superb service.”

In the immediate future and as the starting point of the just agreed collaboration, Cargo Care Solutions is set to service the newly-ordered ferries at J.J. Sietas KG Schiffswerft GmbH by Danish owner Danske Færger A/S and the contracted ferry newbuildings of Scandlines which are just under construction at P&S Werften in Stralsund.

Peter Peltenburg, Group Director of Cargo Care Solutions, adds: “We are looking forward to offering our Scandinavian customers Macor Marine-built cargo access systems for their newbuildings in addition to our current ability to provide spares and services for the many different brands of cargo access equipment. We will continue to grow our service network on a strong global basis to provide our customers and partners with the best possible service.”

Carsten Löhmer, Sales Director of Macor Marine, says: “With this new collaboration between CCS and Macor we are combining our established service know-how and capacity. With this step ahead we are particularly increasing our service performance and reliability in the Scandinavian area, supporting ship-owners and operators in the best possible way. This is the right step at the right time in order to serve all of our clients well and to show that we are an extraordinary reliable and professional partner in all fields of cargo access equipment and full spade rudder systems of all types and sizes.”

Notes To Editors:
• Cargo Care Solutions has a long history in the field of cargo access equipment. As the former after-sales network of Macor Neptun (formerly Deutsche MacGregor) and SEOHAE Marine System, it has more than 30 years of experience in its field. It is an independent and all-round supplier, able to supply parts and services for all types and brands of maritime cargo access equipment. Main categories of serviced equipment are Folding Hatch Covers, Side-Rolling Hatch Covers, Pontoon Hatch Covers, Ro-Ro equipment and Hydraulic Doors.

• Macor Marine is a world-wide leaders in designing, manufacturing and supplying passenger and cargo access equipment for vessels in the shipping and ship-building industry. Its equipment is specifically-designed for container carriers, ferries, Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax Ferries, as well as other types of cargo carrying and passenger vessels, including Mega-Yachts. Macor Marine offers an array of client services, ranging from consulting and customized design, to fabrication responsibility and turn-key supply.

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IMO Commends KPI Project

The International Maritime Organisation has commended InterManager for its work to introduce an industry-wide standard measurement tool, known as the KPI Project.

In a letter to the InterManager Secretary General, the IMO’s head of Policy and Planning, Ms A Rothwell, congratulated InterManager on the progress made through its “continued commitment and hard work”.

“I commend you on the project objective to raise the quality of shipping standards globally,” she wrote. “A focus that is very much in accordance with the IMO’s own objectives of safe, secure and efficient shipping on cleaner oceans.”

Pledging continued support she added: “As a stakeholder to the project we will continue to participate wherever possible in support of the overall aim of improved standards in shipping.”

George Hoyt, an InterManager Vice-President, welcomed the positive feedback: “This letter is 100% result of a team effort. I have never participated in a project where there has been better team work, support and cooperation between shipping companies and other industry stakeholders in every aspect of the project. We are very honoured and grateful to have the IMO’s support.”

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Cargo Care’s Emergency Hatch Cover Seal Causes A Stir

An emergency rubber sealing which can be used repeatedly is causing quite a stir at maritime trade shows and proving popular with customers. It’s a time and money saving solution which provides extra security when needed for bulk and general cargoes.

The Emergency Seal from Cargo Care Solutions is a rubber sealing which can be pressed in the cross joint to give extra security for the weather tightness of hatch covers. It works between a gap of 20mm to 50mm provided there are no wedges or cross joint cleats installed. A complete set for one cross joint consists of one straight length of packing (cut-to-size) and two pieces with 90˚ corners.

Emergency Seal is used as extra security next to the existing hatch cover sealing system and, unlike tape solutions, it can be used many times.

Peter Peltenburg, Group Director of Rotterdam-based Cargo Care Solutions, said: “We are receiving very good feedback about this product. We displayed it at trade shows last year including Posidonia and SMM and it caused quite a stir and we expect it to be of great interest during this year’s events. People were very interested in an alternative like this.

“It is very cost effective compared to regular hatch cover tapes as you can use it many times. And the beauty is that it pays for itself within two useages. It is also a clean alternative because it does not leave the residue that a tape would do.”

Already several leading companies are using the Cargo Care Emergency Seal. Mr Peltenburg added: “Graig Ship Management and Clipper Group have been using it on their multi-purpose vessels since 2004 and are very happy with the seal.”

For more information about the Cargo Care Emergency Seal see the company’s website: www.

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Jamaica’s Admiral Peter Brady Heads IMO’s STW Sub-Committee For A Ninth Term

Jamaica has maintained its position at the heart of international maritime rule-making following the re-election of Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, as chairman of the Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) sub-Committee at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations’ body governing marine safety, security and pollution prevention.

He was unanimously re-elected for the eighth time as STW Chairman for 2012 at the recently-held 42nd session of the STW Sub Committee which was attended by over 400 delegates from member states party to the STCW Convention as well as associate members, intergovernmental organisations and NGOs.

Admiral Brady was nominated by the Philippines and seconded by Chile with support from member states including India, Malta, Marshall Islands, Panama, Singapore, South Africa the US, Spain, Bahamas, Mexico, Ghana, Indonesia among others. 2012 will be an important year for the work of the STW Sub-Committee after the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) and STCW Code was amended at a Diplomatic Conference held in Manila from June 21-25 last year.

Acknowledging his re-election, Admiral Brady said: “I am humbled by your very kind remarks and sentiments and would like to thank you for this recognition and demonstration of support and confidence to lead you in this sub committee as your Chairman for 2012 when the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code come into force.”

“I thank you for electing me once again and I do so while expressing great pride on behalf of my country Jamaica and indeed the remainder of the Caribbean Region. It is a great honour.”

He added: “I thank you also for your cooperation and great sense of purpose as we have set about the task of establishing rules and standards for the seafarers of the world that they may be properly trained, equipped and motivated to operate the worlds’ ships safely, securely while keeping our oceans clean.

“Your preparatory work for the successful conclusion of the Diplomatic Conference last year which resulted in the Manila Amendments, is testimony to your enduring interest in their development and to the credibility of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). I am also very proud of the team from the secretariat led by the very capable and knowledgeable Ashok Mahapatra.”

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Braemar Seascope Reports Ship Delivery Underperformance In 2010, Expects Similar Out-Turn In 2011

Industry concerns over the glut of newbuilding deliveries last year may have been overplayed as the three major shipping market segments – dry bulk, container and tanker – avoided significant oversupply, according to figures released by Braemar Seascope.

The London-listed shipbroker compared the orderbook at the end of 2009 with the full-year delivery statistics for 2010. The gap between what was anticipated to deliver and what actually delivered offers an insight into the development of the shipbuilding and freight markets.

The difference between the orderbook schedule and actuality in 2010 was a function of technical underperformance at certain shipyards and the fall-out of the credit crunch. Some orders were cancelled while, in many cases, ship owners renegotiated delivery dates.

Dry bulk deliveries were scheduled to total 1,400 ships of 113 million dwt last year. In the event, 950 ships of 78 m dwt were delivered: a shortfall of 31%. Braemar Seascope had anticipated the delivery of some 270 Capesize bulkers (over 120,000 dwt) in 2010. In the event, 195 delivered – still one nearly every working day of the year but 27% less than the schedule at the start of 2010.

The orderbook at start of 2011 suggests that 262 Capesize ships could deliver this year, though Braemar Seascope’s London-based Research Manager Mark Williams says: “It’s quite likely that the freight market outlook will encourage further delays in deliveries. It will not surprise us if as many as a quarter of this year’s anticipated deliveries don’t turn up by December this year. The delays may prolong the downturn but equally they could allow demand to catch up with supply during the recovery from the 2009 recession.”

Braemar Seascope expected crude oil and oil products tanker deliveries to total nearly 400 ships last year, totalling 51m dwt. In the event, 290 ships delivered, totalling 37m dwt, representing a shortfall of 27%. The biggest shortfall among crude tankers was in the Suezmax segment, where 36 out of an expected 57 ships delivered, a shortfall of 37%. In the smaller size, only 9 out of the 22 handy tankers destined for international trading were actually delivered in 2010. According to Mark Williams, these figures exclude Chinese built ships intended for Chinese domestic trades.
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In 2011, almost 80 VLCC deliveries are scheduled, but after a 26% shortfall in 2010 deliveries, the segment might escape the worst effects of oversupply if demand continues to hold up in the face of $90+ per barrel oil. Braemar Seascope, one of the world’s leading chartering brokers, anticipates that not all the 60 Suezmaxes that are due for delivery in 2011 will enter the market on time, helping to constrain the oversupply in this sector of the market.

The fast-growing containership fleet was braced for more than 350 new ships in 2010, of which 80 were over 7,500 teu. In fact, 290 ships of 1.35m teu delivered compared to expectations of 20% more capacity – 1.7m teu. Braemar Seascope points out that these raw supply figures do not account for slow steaming, lay-up and other forms of supply management which continue to support freight rates in the boxship sector. Williams notes that after a 27% shortfall in the number of expected 2010 deliveries, we can expect more underperformance this year, when 222 boxships of 1.47m teu are due for delivery. “That could make the difference between red and black ink in the accounts for many owners,” concludes Williams.

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