Legal & Regulations

  • Challenges in securing maritime claims in the...

    Securing a maritime claim through a ship arrest is a common and essential form of security prior to or during litigation or arbitration proceedings. Commercial ships, by their nature, are only in port for a limited amount of time to load and/or discharge cargo. Therefore, ship arrests are required to be achieved by creditors as a matter of extreme urgency. However, recent procedural challenges in Dubai Courts have impacted this crucial method of security.

  • International Maritime Guidelines Agreed

    An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden has seen its scope significantly broadened to cover other illicit maritime activities, including human trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

  • Jafza issues new company regulations

    Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), a DP World Company, and the UAE’s flagship trade and logistics hub for the Middle East region and Africa, has issued a new set of guidelines for the Jebel Ali Free Zone Companies Implementing Regulations 2016 that enables foreign companies to transfer and continue operations in the free zone without the need to open a branch or establish a new company.

  • Hoover Ferguson acquires Uniteam business

    Hoover Ferguson Group (Hoover Ferguson), the global leader in container, workspace and packaging solutions for the energy and petrochemical industries and general industrial enterprises, has acquired the rights and obligations of Uniteam Holding AS’s (Uniteam’s) offshore container rental business. 

  • Austal delivers Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10)

    This milestone marks the third LCS built by Austal as the prime contractor. “It’s exciting to be handing over another littoral combat ship to the Navy,” said Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle. “This is the fourth Navy ship we’ve delivered this year, a sure sign of the steady maturation and momentum of both our Expeditionary Fast Transport and Littoral Combat Ship programs.”

  • Modernization of The U.S. Fishing Fleet

    Coming in the January 2017 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is an insightful report on the modernization of the U.S. Fishing Fleet, with a focus on the ubiquitous Pacific Northwest. Modernization of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, a study by The McDowell Group for the Port of Seattle, has made the rounds and given weight to the idea that a major fleet upgrade really is underway. With average 2014 gross revenues having run between $2 million for Bering Sea/Aleutian Island trawl vessels to $16 million for some catcher-processors, there’s a feeling that owners can afford new vessels that might cost $15 million for the first group or $130 million for the second.

  • Brunvoll Acquires Scana Propulsion

    Brunvoll, a family-owned company headquartered in Molde, Norway, a company that designs, manufactures and services complete thruster sstems for maneuvering, positioning and propulsion of advanced vessels, this week signed an agreement with Incus Investor ASA to acquire all the shares in Scana Propulsion AS, including subsidiaries Scana Volda AS and Scana Mar-El AS in Norway and three sales companies located in the United States, Singapore and China. 

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MeteoGroup Underlines FleetGuard's Applicability for IMO and EU MRV Regs

MeteoGroup says its interactive tool for live fleet monitoring, planning, and vessel optimisation, known as FleetGuard, can help shipping companies fully comply with new regulations implemented by the International Maritime Industry (IMO), as well as European Union's (EU's) Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) regulation.

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China says SC jurisdiction to cover all seas under its control

China’s Supreme Court has extended its maritime jurisdiction to cover all seas under the country’s ‘sovereign control’, as Beijing firmed up its hold over the disputed South China Sea.
China will resolutely safeguard maritime rights and interests, a work report of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) submitted to the country’s legislature the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Sunday said.

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Bureau Veritas Gains EU Maritime MRV Accreditation

Bureau Veritas has gained accreditation from United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS), in their pilot scheme, to carry out assessments and verifications for compliance with the European Union’s Maritime Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) regulation.
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