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Crude Gains on Libyan Strife as Analysts Warn of Potential Market Shock
by Ship Bunker
Monday, April 08, 2019

But regardless, prices won't return to 2018 highs anytime soon.




HXZA Becomes First PSC in Asia to Receive ICoCA Certification
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

Following an extensive review of Hua Xin Zhong An (Beijing) Security Service’s (HXZA) systems and procedures, the International Code of Conduct Association for Private Security Service Providers’ Association (ICoCA) awarded the company full ICoCA Certification on March 21, 2019.

ICoCA Certification demonstrates real commitment to the provision of responsible security that respects human rights and humanitarian law. This recognition positions HXZA alongside 17 other best-of-breed private security companies from around the world who have also achieved ICoCA certification and solidifies the company’s status as the leading security service provider from Asia— becoming the first Asia-based ICoCA-certified private security company. 

Additionally, at the time of award, HXZA is the sole company worldwide currently certified by ICoCA for the specific service scope: Provision of Maritime Security Services in the Gulf of Aden, East Coast of Africa and the Indian Ocean. This certification goes above and beyond standard ISO/PAS 28007:2015 conformity audit, with review of additional national and international standards recognized by the ICoCA board, which verifies compliance with the International Code of Conduct itself. 

The Executive Director of ICoCA, Jamie Williamson, offered comments on this achievement saying, “We are delighted to award ICoCA Certification to HXZA. This represents an important milestone for HXZA and for ICoCA in helping raise industry standards and ensuring the responsible provision of private security. We look forward to welcoming more Chinese, Asian and maritime security companies to ICoCA and to helping them achieve Certification. As well as raising industry standards, ICoCA certification lowers risk of liability and reputational damage for clients and provides security companies themselves with a competitive edge.”

IcoCA is a multi-stakeholder initiative established as a Swiss non-profit association. The purpose of the Association is to promote, govern and oversee implementation of the International Code of Conduct and to promote the responsible provision of security services and respect for human rights and national and international law in accordance with the Code.

The Code includes a wide range of standards and principles for the responsible provision of private security services which can be broadly summarized in two categories: first, principles regarding the conduct of Member Company personnel based on international human rights and humanitarian law standards including rules on the use of force, sexual violence, human trafficking and child labor; and second, principles regarding the management and governance of Member Companies including the selection, vetting and proper training of personnel.

HXZA is a leading provider of security and risk management solutions in complex environments around the world. The company provides specialized customer-centric services to protect clients’ assets and personnel by implementing bespoke threat mitigation strategies which simultaneously simplify operations and harden security posture while reducing costs and building a responsible brand. Core services include armed maritime security, executive protection in hostile environments, K&R response, static and mobile manned guarding, risk assessment and integration of security technologies. 

Weihong Yin, HXZA’s chairman, highlights, “A positive result from ICoCA’s review of our management systems is a fitting testament to our company’s persistent integration of applicable laws and best-practice standards across all HXZA global activities. It is an industry first for companies from our region and in our unique operating environment; further cementing our market position as a truly internationalized company with a broad geographic footprint, seamlessly committed to quality assurance, compliance and human rights - from my office at our headquarters, throughout our subsidiaries, and across all worldwide operations. We approached this process with an open mind, pursued our policy development with an open heart, and are now accelerating our commercial growth with a wide-open throttle.”




Intermarine UK appoints agent for Greece and Cyprus
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

Port of Portland Dorset UK-based maritime engineering company Intermarine UK has appointed the shipping agent Olimpic as its representative in Greece and Cyprus.

Intermarine President Slawomir Kalicki said the new agreement will see Olimpic charged with bringing Greek and Cypriot-owned and registered ships into its 2400 sqm ship repair facility in Portland Port on England’s south coast.

“We are delighted to appoint Olimpic as our agent for the Greek and Cypriot ship owning markets which are so important globally,” he said. “I have known Olimpic’s owner Georgios Orfanos for many years through his Polish operations in the Port of Gdynia and we are confident we can offer ship owners a very strong ship repair and spares package at Intermarine’s base in Portland.”

Olimpic president Georgios Orfanos, who was born in Poland to Greek parents, said he will be bringing an extensive contact network in the Greek shipping market to Intermarine.

“We will be focusing on promoting Intermarine’s Portland operations to tankers and bulk carriers,” he said. “Mainly we are looking at non-drydock afloat repairs, emergency repairs and classification society upgrades. Intermarine has a very well equipped welding and fabricating factory and is strong in hot and steel works and it can offer engine works and electrical system repairs and maintenance. We think this is a very strong package for Greek and Cypriot-owned ships operating on England’s south coast which is one of the busiest in the world.” 

Kalicki said Greece is a critical market being second only behind China for fleet size by ship owners and ship managers based in the country.

“Greece is home to more than 4,000 ships of 1,000 gross tons and above,” he said. “So it is very important we raise awareness of Portland Port to Greek ship owners and managers. Portland is one of the best located ports in Britain. It sits on pole position for commercial shipping operating on the South Coast and English Channel. Intermarine offers ship repair facilities that complement the range of maritime services already available at the port. The depth and size of the harbor means Portland can accommodate ships of all sizes.”

In summer 2018 Intermarine announced it has supplied £1million worth of piping to Cammell Laird shipyard for the building of the RRS Sir David Attenborough polar ship. Intermarine has further worked with the A & P shipyard group helping maintain Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels. And the company recently demonstrated its wider engineering capacity by assembling a pre-formed corrugated stainless steel tank for Cornwall-based water treatment specialist Eliquo Hydrok.

Kalicki said Intermarine has invested more than £500,000 of its cash reserves in equipping its workshop in Portland since opening in January 2018. Equipment includes bending machines, welding sets, CNC plasma machines and laser cutters. In addition, he said the company has created 20 jobs, including 15 labourers and five office-based positions. In total he said 60 new jobs should be created in the next two years as Intermarine seeks to support shipyards and ship owners across the UK and the world in line with the UK’s new shipbuilding strategy. Kalicki said Intermarine is actively recruiting for more multi-skilled engineers who have competence across plating, welding and mechanical fitting and urged anyone in the area with this skill-set to get in contact.

Intermarine’s expansion to Portland has been championed by politicians as an example of much coveted foreign investment in the UK’s maritime sector. South Dorset MP Richard Drax said: “Intermarine’s investment is truly exciting and welcome. The company brings with it highly skilled jobs and good career prospects, which is exactly what we need in South Dorset.”

Meanwhile, then Business and Industry Minister Richard Harrington said: “Intermarine’s investment in Portland Port will bring new jobs to the local area and will also help ensure UK shipbuilding expertise remains in the area for years to come. Through our modern Industrial Strategy and National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are working with the sector to attract more investment like this and secure a viable future for UK’s maritime sector.”




Singapore Player Files Houston Bad Bunker Claim
by Ship Bunker
Monday, April 08, 2019

Charterer says fuel supplied last year failed to meet Clause 5.




Singapore Players File Houston Bad Bunker Claims
by Ship Bunker
Monday, April 08, 2019

One says fuel supplied last year failed to meet Clause 5, other says fuel did not meet various 8217 limits.




VLSFO Available, but No Buyers Yet
by Ship Bunker
Monday, April 08, 2019

Price is too high and people don't need it yet, says Vitol.




U.S. Coast Guard Praises Rescued Fishermen: “They did everything correctly”
by gCaptain
Monday, April 08, 2019
The U.S. Coast Guard is praising three men for their emergency preparedness after their 32-foot fishing boat sank approximately 90 miles west of Naples, Florida. The three men were subsequently rescued from their life raft. Rescued were Madeira Beach natives, Terry Britton, 58, and Patrick Leoni, 43, and St. Petersburg native Kyle Haskins, 29. Watchstanders […]




PDVSA Tanker Arrested in Singapore
by Ship Bunker
Monday, April 08, 2019

The detention of Arita took place on Saturday.




Authorities Put Dublin Express HFO Spill at 100,000 Gallons
by gCaptain
Monday, April 08, 2019
Authorities estimate that up to 100,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil was released from the containership Dublin Express during its transit along the East Coast to New York and in the Arthur Kill. The oil spill was first reported to Coast Guard Sector New York on March 28 near the Goethals Bridge in Arthur Kill […]




U.S. Blacklists Greek Tanker for Sanctions-Busting
by The Maritime Executive
Monday, April 08, 2019

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has blacklisted two shipping firms and dozens of vessels, including one Greek tanker, in connection with U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. 

The two companies are Ballito Bay Shipping and "ProPer In Management Inc." of Athens. Both share the same address in Piraeus. 

The tanker was identified as the Despina Andrianna, IMO 9182667, a 70,000 dwt crude tanker belonging to Ballito Bay Shipping and operated by ProPer In Management. According to Treasury, the Andrianna is employed in carrying oil from Venezuela to Cuba in violation of American sanctions on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

“Cuba has been an underlying force fueling Venezuela’s descent into crisis. Treasury is taking action against vessels and entities transporting oil, providing a lifeline to keep the illegitimate Maduro regime afloat,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement. “Cuba continues to profit from, and prop up, the illegitimate Maduro regime through oil-for-repression schemes as they attempt to keep Maduro in power.”

According to the Treasury, Cuba is a major importer of crude oil from Venezuela, and in return it sends assistance to the Venezuelan government in the form of political advisors, intelligence and military officials and medical professionals. The Trump administration seeks to remove Maduro, who the White House views as illegitimate. The United States and a large number of its allies recognize the leader of the Venezuelan political opposition, Juan Guaido, as the nation's acting president. 

Treasury's regulations generally prohibit all business transactions between American entities and sanctioned businesses or individuals - including bank transactions that occur within the United States. 

The other vessels on Treasury's new list are linked to Petroleus de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), Venezuela's state-owned oil company. The list includes three Venezuelan drilling vessels and dozens of Venezuelan tugs.  

Venezuela objected to the sanctions designations. “Venezuela considers unacceptable the cynical and criminal decision by the government of Donald Trump to try to apply measures that violate international rights,” said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreasa in a statement.




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