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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Cayman Islands News

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou (Photo: Tototheo Maritime)

Theodosiou Re-Elected as WISTA Int'l President

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, co-CEO of Tototheo Maritime, has been re-elected as WISTA International President during the association’s 39th Annual General Meeting, held in the Cayman Islands on October 30, 2019.“As 2019 draws to a close, I can already look back and see the work we have achieved within WISTA International and the amount of work and energy put by national WISTA associations around the world. We should all be proud of what we have achieved over the years”, said…

Despina Theodosiou (Photo: WISTA International)

Diversity, Tech on Tap at WISTA Conference

A top hostage negotiator, the CEO of a company which supplies environmental products to ship owners and operators and the heads of two maritime technology firms are all part of an impressive line-up of speakers scheduled to speak at the 2019 Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) AGM & Conference which takes place next week from Tuesday, October 29, to Friday, November 1. The four-day event is being hosted by WISTA Cayman Islands and is expected to bring over 200 maritime experts from 30-plus countries.

Photo:  Captain Patrik Dahlgren, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines/ WISTA

RCL Executive to Keynote Cayman WISTA AGM

Cayman’s Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association – WISTA Cayman Islands – has announced that Captain Patrik Dahlgren, Senior Vice President, Global Marine Operations at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 WISTA International AGM & Conference which is being hosted by WISTA Cayman from October 29, to November 1. Captain Dahlgren’s responsibilities span across six cruise brands with offices in Miami, London, Hamburg, Madrid and Shanghai.

Image: Bristow Group

Bristow Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Offshore helicopter services provider Bristow Group filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after reaching a deal with senior bondholders on a plan to slash its debt load.The struggling Houston-based helicopter operator for offshore oil and gas industry looks to cut debt after reaching deal with senior bondholders, as it attempts to restructure its crippling debt load.The Chapter 11 filing, dated 11 May, covers only six US- and two Cayman Islands-registered businesses, with…

Ocean Cay (Artist's rendering of the MSC custom built island, the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.)

Cruise Building: Growing, Cleaner and Not Always Bigger

2019 will be the biggest year ever for new ship introductions.The ships are coming. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) suggests that in the coming year 18 new ships are on order for CLIA cruise lines. The next few years will see the arrival of new cruise giants at PortMiami and Port Canaveral. But first they will need giant terminals.The Global Impact of Cruise LinesCLIA estimates 30 million travelers will cruise next year, up six percent from 28.2 million in 2018;…

Pic: Idwal Marine Services Limited

Idwal Marine Secures Ten Year Contract for Flag Services

Idwal Marine announced the signing of a new contract after tender process with the Isle of Man Ship Registry, for the provision of maritime support services, which has been inked for a 10 year term. The Ship registry has developed a new General Inspection regime which is being carried out by the Ship Registry’s own team of surveyors and is supported globally by Idwal Marine in locations such as China, Singapore, Philippines, Brazil, Germany, UK, France, Spain and the USA by the Idwal Marine surveyor network.

Mark McAndrews (Photo: AAPA)

AAPA Installs 2016-17 Board, McAndrews Named Chairman

Mark McAndrews, port director of the Mississippi’s Port of Pascagoula, was formally installed on October 26 as the 2016-17 chairman of the board for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the voice of seaports in the Americas. As AAPA chairman, he succeeds Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John in New Brunswick, Canada. McAndrews accepted his new chairmanship duties at a membership meeting in New Orleans, La., during which the entire slate of 2016-17 delegation officers and board of directors were inducted as part of AAPA's 105th Annual Convention.

Nicky Pappadakis (Photo: NAMEPA)

Pappadakis to Receive NAMEPA Lifetime Award

Nicky Pappadakis has been unanimously selected to receive the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) 2016 Lifetime Award, announced Joe Hughes, NAMEPA Chairman. “Mr. Pappadakis has dedicated his life to the shipping industry and demonstrated his commitment for the sea, seafarers, safety and the environment,” Hughes said. Pappadakis began his career in 1961 with the family firm A.G. Pappadakis & Co. in London, England. “My acceptance is in the name of all who care about the environment and who try to help make a difference,” Pappadakis said.

Photo: Transas

Transas Sponsored Cayman Maritime Week

The Cayman Maritime Week, sponsored by Transas, brought together industry experts, ship owners and operators, yacht managers and brokers, and other professionals from all areas of the maritime industry, during May 2-4. Over the three-day event, Transas participated in the conferences organized under the Cayman Maritime Week's umbrella, and presented its concept for the coastal monitoring and ship traffic control in the Caribbean waters, its views on using simulators as tools for marine environment protection…

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Republic of the Marshall Islands Maintains Qualitative Edge

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) received preliminary information regarding the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) Qualship 21 list during Intertanko’s North American Panel meeting. The meeting, which took place on day one of the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (CMA’s) Shipping 2016 conference, was the largest attended North American Panel meeting to date. Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, USCG presented the preliminary results showing the RMI on the Qualship 21 list for 2016.

MV Tatoosh. By Comiquaze

Microsoft Mogul's Yacht Destroys Coral Reefs

The anchor chain of 303-foot mega-yacht, the Tatoosh, belonging to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been blamed for destroying a large area of protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands. It destroyed almost 14,000 square foot, or about 80 per cent,  of reef in a protected area in the West Bay area of the Cayman Islands, according to the islands' Department of Environment (DoE). Allen's Seattle-based Vulcan Inc organisation, which manages his fortune, said on Wednesday that…

Photo: The Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers Responds to Singapore Strait Tragedy

Global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers outlines emergency support work with surviving crew members of the Thorco Cloud – a general cargo vessel which sank in the Singapore Strait after a collision on December 16. The other vessel involved, chemical tanker Stolt Commitment, received only minor damage and is in a stable condition. Cayman Islands-registered Stolt Commitment and freighter Thorco Cloud bearing the Antigua and Barbuda flag collided in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait.

Image: Royal Caribbean Cruises

No Cruise Ship Tendering In Cayman Islands

Moses Kirkconnell, the Cayman Islands’ minister of tourism said that future off-shore tendering of cruise ships is out of the question in lieu of building a $150 million cruise pier and terminal in the Cayman Islands. Given that in 2014 approximately 82% of Cayman’s cruise business came from Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line , he asked them about their future plans and was told that tendering is not something they are willing to consider. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has informed the tourism minister that they will not tender their mega cruise ships, says a report in Cayman News Service.

Surveyor Umar Ali from LR’s Trinidad office carries out an inspection of the tugboat Trafalgar

LR First to Certify Small Caribbean Ships

After becoming the first classification society to issue Cargo Ship Safety and Small Commercial Safety Certificates to two Trinidad and Tobago vessels LR was recently authorised by several Caribbean flag administrations to carry out surveys and issue certificates under new codes on their behalf. Code of Safety for Caribbean Cargo Ships (CCSS). This applies to ships of under 500gt. The administrations authorising LR are: The Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and St. Kitts & Nevis Code of Safety for Small Commercial Vessels operating in the Caribbean (SCV).

Photo: AAPA

AAPA Cruise Seminar to Explore, Assess Industry Issues

The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2013 Cruise Seminar in San Francisco, April 24-26, will kick off with a candid look inside the cruise industry from the perspective of four key cruise line executives and end with a tour of the Port of San Francisco to see the impact of the America’s Cup on port operations. In between these bookend sessions, seminar participants will be treated to a host of presentations ranging from new international regulations on ship air emissions to itinerary planning, cruise facility design, financing and joint-use terminal opportunities.

   Dr. Guy Harvey and Sir Richard Branson (Photo courtesy of the Guy Harvey Foundation)

Sir Richard Branson Joins Guy Harvey in Great Shark Race

Renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey and Sir Richard Branson are calling on individuals and corporations to sponsor shortfin mako sharks that will be tagged and released off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico later this month. Dr. Harvey and his foundation, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, along with the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University, have created an innovative race that allows businesses and/or individuals to sponsor sharks through the purchase of satellite tags.

Oceanco Delivers Superyacht Equanimity

The etymology of the word equanimity derives from the Latin aequus meaning balanced and animus meaning spirit or internal state. The concept of equanimity—internal balance— is both profound and refined. Oceanco’s newly delivered 91.5-m Equanimity is aptly named; from her exterior to her interior to her inner core, she is perfectly well balanced. Equanimity (Y709) has the distinction of being the industry’s first superyacht designed and built to be fully Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) compliant. The owners look forward to extensive world travel aboard their distinctive luxury vessel.

Argentine Union Warns ITF Certificate Obligatory for Bahia Banca Entry

The UK P&I Club’s Argentinian Correspondents have advised that the local Maritime Workers Union (SOMU) have issued a note stating that they will not allow the entrance of any vessel to the port of Ingeniero White (Bahia Blanca) that does not hold a valid ITF certificate on board. The Union has also demanded that a copy of the ITF certificate is sent by mail in advance. The Club’s Correspondents have spoken to the local representatives of ITF in Argentina to obtain their input…

An OSV: Photo credit Vard

North Sea OSVs Liable to Detention if MLC Non-compliant

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), an international agreement which safeguards the employment rights, working conditions and health care of seafarers, came into force in the UK on 7 August. Shipping and maritime law expert Katie Williams of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that although most UK operators were already compliant, vessels operating or passing through UK waters under other national flags could now be at risk of enforcement action. "The Maritime Labour Convention consolidates what has been in place in the UK for some years…

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WISTA USA Hosts 2015 AGM & Conference

This year's WISTA USA Annual General Meeting (AGM) brought together more than 120 maritime industry professionals from across the United States and around the world. Declared a major success by WISTA USA president, Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons (president, Total Marine Solutions), the event was hosted by the New York/Jew Jersey chapter in Manhattan. WISTA USA membership, as well as the WISTA International Executive Committee and several international WISTA members including Canada…

Piers Baker (Photo: REG)

Red Ensign Group Charity Appeal for The Mission to Seafarers

Six British shipping registers, which work together under the banner the ‘Red Ensign Group’ (REG), will host a shipping reception on Wednesday, September 9 in aid of global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers. REG is made up from the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies (Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) and the UK Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and the Turks & Caicos Islands) which operate shipping registers from their jurisdiction.

Indian Contingent at WISTA International

First Indian Elected on WISTA Board

At the 34th WISTA International AGM & Conference held in Limassol, Cyprus, Sanjam Sahi Gupta, President of WISTA India was elected to the board of WISTA International.She is the first Indian lady and the youngest to be on the board. The conference with the theme: 'Shipping Connects' was supported by Ministry of Communications and Works which include the creation and implementation of government policy in the sectors of transport, communications, public works and antiquities. The current Minister of Communications and Works, Mr. Marios Demetriades attended the program.

Car Carrier 'Dresden': Photo courtesy of Siem Car Carriers

Siem Car Carriers at Houston Texas Break Bulk Expo

Siem Car Carriers to exhibit at upcoming Breakbulk Americas Transportation Conference & Exhibition. Siem Car Carriers operates a transpacific liner service, specializing in the movement of cars, roll on roll off (RO-RO), high, wide and heavy (OHW), break bulk & project cargo to provide a North America Pacific Asia (NAPA) liner service between Mexico, the US West Coast, China, Japan, Korea and Russia. The company says Its fleet is modern and efficient and that they work closely…