ICS Urges NZ To Retain Anti Trust Immunity For Liner Trades

The International Chamber of Shipping has urged the New Zealand Government to consider the benefit of current practices in other parts of the world when it considers making changes to its maritime competition regime.


In a paper submitted to the New Zealand Productivity Commission, ICS comments: “We believe that New Zealand should take full account of the recognition given by other competition authorities to the benefits of current practices, such as liner conferences and consortia, in terms of efficiency of world trade, and the implications for national economies and the interests of consumers.  We respectfully suggest that this is especially important for nations such as New Zealand that have such a very high dependency on the availability of reliable maritime services in order to maintain their position as major trading economies.”


ICS highlights current practices in Australia, the United States, China and other Far Eastern countries, pointing out that “whatever might be decided for reasons of national competition policy, ship operators trading to and from New Zealand are part of a global shipping market, and that the various maritime competition rules that apply in the Asia Pacific are currently broadly in alignment.


 “We suggest that whatever New Zealand decides should be consistent with the APEC Guidelines Related to Liner Shipping adopted by the APEC member economies in June 2011 in Brisbane, ” it urges in its submission.


ICS says it believes there is “a very strong case” for the exemption of liner trade practices such as conference and consortia agreements from the competition provisions of the NZ Commerce Act.


 “They allow shipping services to cope better with the severe and sudden imbalances in trade flows that are a feature of global shipping markets, including intense seasonal fluctuations,” it states. “Co-operation amongst liner companies helps them to commit to the long term investments required to operate their high value assets.


“Reliable and stable shipping services have been the backbone of world trade and it is important that they continue to be so in the future.” 


Notes To Editors:

·                       A copy of the ICS submission is attached to this email

Launch Of Best Management Practices 4

The following is issued on behalf of the sponsors of Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy (BMP4).


The fourth edition of the ‘Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy’ (BMP4) has been launched.

Supported by all major shipping associations, the Best Management Practices provides invaluable information to help all shipping companies, ship’s masters and crew to fully prepare their ship for transit through the High Risk Area, in order to avoid, deter or delay piracy attack.

Now in its fourth edition, the handy-size booklet provides important updates and new information since the issue of BMP3 in 2010. Changes include a section on the three fundamental requirements of BMP 4, an aide memoire on how to avoid being a victim of piracy, a checklist for company planning and, expanded guidance on the possible use of Private Maritime Security Contractors.

BMP 4 is fully supported and endorsed by EUNAVFOR, NATO, CMF, UKMTO and INTERPOL. Since they were first published, implementation of Best Management Practices has consistently proved to be the best defence against Somalia based piracy.

Complimentary hard copies of BMP4 will be distributed from September and soft copies will be available for free download from each of the websites listed on the attachment.

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Flag State Rules And Requirements On Arms And Private Armed Guards On Board Vessels

With the assistance of its members, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in association with the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), has compiled a useful reference document collating the policy and rules of Flag States on the carriage of arms and private armed guards on board vessels.

The document, providing tabulated information on Flag States’ rules, has been added to the ICS website and is proving to be a popular reference tool for shipowners and other interested parties within the shipping community.

Kiran Khosla, ICS Director of Legal Affairs and secretary of the ICS’ maritime law and insurance committees, says: “When the information is compiled together like this it is interesting to see the similarities and variations in approach throughout the international community. Piracy remains a major cause for concern among shipowners and the wider shipping industry and we are not surprised that members are keen to ensure they are up to speed with the latest recommendations and advice.

“The consensus view among ICS national shipowner associations remains that private armed guards are a clear second best to military personnel. However, in view of the current crisis, ICS has had to acknowledge that the decision to engage armed guards, whether military or private, is a decision to be made by the ship operator after due consideration of all the risks and subject to the approval of the vessel’s Flag State and insurer,” she said.

The ICS points out that this information is for general guidance only and is not a substitute for proper verification with the Flag States concerned.

The ICS welcomes further information from Flag States to update their listing or to be added to the list.
Notes to Editors:
• A copy of the ICS/ECSA document is attached for your reference.
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Jamaica Ship Registry Appoints China Agent

The Jamaica Ship Registry (JSR) is pleased to announce it has appointed Mr Tang Shu Jia of IBS China, to be its Representative in Northern and Southern China and Taiwan.

Mr Tang, who has many years of ship registration experience, is supported by Jessie Zou and Elaine Yu who both also boast considerable experience in the registration of ships.

The new Representative will compliment the efforts of JSR’s Asian Regional Office, which is headed by Dr Aloysius Tay, Jamaica’s Trade Commissioner in Singapore. Mr Tang’s appointment signals the further expansion of Jamaica in the Asian region and follows the appointment of Captain Say Eng Sin (GMAPS Inspection & Survey Services Pte Ltd) last year as representative in Singapore and Greater Asia. Capt. Say is assisted by Jenn Lee.

Seymour Harley, JSR Registrar General of Ships, said: “The JSR is optimistic of the prospects for its growth and expansion in Asia. We welcome Mr Tang and his team and look forward to a successful and enjoyable collaboration.”

In addition, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica has appointed both the Isthmus Bureau of Shipping (IBS), a Panamanian company, and GMAPS Inspection & Survey Services Pte Limited as its technical representative. IBS will conduct surveys on vessels and issue certain technical certificates to those vessels on behalf of the MAJ. IBS China will also be Jamaica’s technical representative in China, as is GMAPS in Singapore.

A complete listing of JSR’s Registration and Technical Representatives may be viewed at its website: www.jamaicaships.com

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Vector Signs Exclusive Medical Contract

Huttons has signed an exclusive contract to supply medical equipment and to provide annual survey services for Vector Offshore Limited.

Vector’s fleet of offshore support vessels operates out of Aberdeen and each uniquely carries two Autonomous Rescue and Recovery Craft (ARRC) which are capable of operating on their own, putting the company at the cutting edge of rescue and recovery in the North Sea.

Hutton’s will deliver directly to the vessels as needed on a seven-day a week, 24hours a day basis as required.

In addition, Hutton’s will ensure the ships’ medical stores are up to date and comply with relevant regulations and will provide a removal service for out of date medicines.

Craig Warburton, HSE Advisor for Vector Offshore, explains they chose Hutton’s to supply directly to their vessels: “As the Master of the vessel is ultimately responsible for the safe keeping of controlled drugs and maintaining stores onboard at the recommended level, removing the office from the chain simplifies matters”.

John MacDonald, Hutton’s Medical General Manager, said: “We are delighted that Hutton’s is able to meet Vector’s individual requirements. We are always happy to provide tailor-made services for our clients to suit their needs.”

Hutton’s Medical specialises in supplying a wide range of pharmaceutical and medical supplies to the shipping and offshore industries and holds appropriate Home Office and Wholesale Dealer licenses.

John explains: “Ensuring a ship’s medical requirements and supplies are always up to date is a necessary and legal obligation for the well-being of those onboard and the denial of essential medical treatment can have very serious legal implications.

“Staff at Hutton’s Medical are fully conversant with the latest marine medical legislation and can provide an inspection, stock replenishment and certification service of a ship’s medical locker anywhere in the world to ensure that customers’ legal requirements are always maintained,” he said.

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Elaborate Signs Two New International Maritime Clients

Leading maritime PR and publishing agency, Elaborate Communications, is delighted to announce it is now assisting the International Chamber of Shipping and Braemar Technical Services with their media relations.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) needs no introduction – it is well known as the international trade association representing all sectors and trades of the global shipping industry.

Established in 1921, ICS membership comprises national shipowners’ associations from 36 countries whose member shipping companies operate more than 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage. Engaging with all relevant intergovernmental regulatory bodies, especially the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ICS is concerned with all technical, legal, employment affairs and policy issues that may have an impact on international shipping.

Elaborate Communications, led by Editorial Director Sean Moloney, will assist ICS with international media relations, publicity and placement.

Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General of ICS, said: “We are very pleased to appoint Elaborate Communications to help represent us on the international stage. ICS works tirelessly on behalf of the global shipping industry and we are keen to ensure that our positions are communicated as widely as possible.”

Elaborate Communications already represents leading international shipbroker Braemar Seascope, and FTSE-listed Braemar Shipping Services Plc – a leading international provider of shipbroking, consultancy, technical, logistics and other services to the shipping and energy industries. Now BSS has reorganised internally to align its technical services business into a new division called Braemar Technical Services Incorporating the Salvage Association.

From now on Elaborate Communications’ experienced PR team will also handle international media enquiries, publicity and promotional work on behalf of Braemar Technical Services Incorporating the Salvage Association.

Sean Moloney said: “Elaborate is growing and we have recently appointed two new members of staff to our strong Public Relations department—internationally experienced PR Executive Debra Massey and former journalist Samantha Giltrow. We are pleased to be able to offer the services and skills our global clients need in this competitive shipping arena and we now look forward to speaking with international maritime press on behalf of our new clients.”

For Further Information Please Contact:
Sean Moloney / Debbie Munford Tel: +44 (0) 1296 682356


For Immediate Release 8 August 2011
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The shipping industry remains firmly behind the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the architect of change when it comes to regulating shipping’s CO2 emissions, according to Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

While it is clearly in the interest of shipping to minimise its CO2 output by reducing fuel consumption, recently agreed amendments to Annex VI of IMO’s MARPOL Convention which – on a global basis – will make the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) mandatory for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) mandatory for existing vessels, were ‘absolutely’ what had been hoped for by ICS.

Addressing delegates attending a special Guest Lecture at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Mr Hinchliffe said: “The EEDI is a non-prescriptive requirement, as the decision over which technologies to use within a specific ship design are left to the industry. So long as the required energy-efficiency level is achieved, naval architects and ship builders may employ whichever solutions they deem fit. The new regulations are also being presented as a vehicle for technical cooperation and the transfer of technology where improvements in energy efficiency are concerned, particularly as administrations must cooperate with international bodies such as the IMO to offer support to states requesting technical assistance.

“The regulations were ‘absolutely’ what this organisation had hoped for and the IMO’s decision is an important one, not just for the shipping industry, but I think it shows that a consensus can be achieved on climate change within an international debate. It’s a global first and because the IMO has done this for operational and technical measures, this means it can generate the will to do something about market-based measures as well,” he stressed.

The shipping industry will fully support measures which are ‘parented in the IMO’ and I am confident that the impact on world trade and on the business of shipping will be taken into account. I am not confident that these factors would be taken into account if the debate occurs at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or as a result of the outcome of the high level advisory group which the UN Secretary General convened. We want the IMO to continue to work on this process and we believe it has demonstrated that it can do just that.”

He added: “The European Commission or perhaps more correctly the European Parliament, makes a habit of trying to force IMO’s hand; we saw it done over recent fuel sulphur content legislation and we are seeing it again over CO2 emissions. The EC has told the IMO on several occasions that if it does not have legislation in place by a certain date then Brussels will impose unilateral legislation within Europe.

“Although people imagine that this could mean the inclusion of shipping in the European Emission Trading Scheme like international aviation, in practice it is clear that Europe does not really know how to deal with the complexity of shipping. With aviation recently having been given leave to go to the European Court of Justice, this seems to question the confidence with which Europe felt it could regulate the airlines of non-European States. But the problem that Europe is creating is a rush to conclusion in IMO that may very well be at the cost of good legislation. If the rush is too fast then the legislation may merely increase costs across the industry without actually reducing CO2 emissions at all – a rather pointless exercise in bureaucracy.

“CO2 emissions from international shipping cannot be reduced effectively and meaningfully through the incorporation of shipping into any regional financial instrument. Therefore ICS is strongly opposed to the application of any regional Green House Gas scheme to international shipping.

“In fact ICS is strongly opposed to the application of the European ETS to shipping. We believe that if and when governments are ready to apply a global market-based mechanism to shipping then a compensation fund-based approach is more likely to offer a bankable solution that will have the least negative impact on the carriage of goods by sea. There is no doubt that the IMO’s success at delivering technical and operational legislation was an astonishing success – perhaps this will put a spotlight on UNFCCC at its Durban meeting in December,” he stressed.

For Further Information, please contact:
Elaborate Communications, Sean Moloney (UK) Tel +44 (0) 1296 682124
Email: smoloney@elabor8.co.uk
Website www.marisec.org

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