Fake Security Contracts Costly

By MarEx 2015-07-23 12:38:59

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) is alerting ship owners that some private maritime security companies (PMSC) are using unauthenticated copies of GUARDCON, which are transit agreements. GUARDCON is a standard contract for hiring private maritime security guards onboard vessels.

BIMCO’S report reveals that these falsified versions of GUARDCON contain different type wording than the BIMCO verified documents. BIMCO also warns ship owners that falsified GUARDCON contracts may lessen the liabilities and responsibilities of PSMCs if pirates actually boarded their vessels.

GUARDCON is available from a single distributor, and BIMCO recommends that all GUARDCON contracts be verified immediately to confirm that the documents were printed directly from IDEA2. BIMCO’s Secretariat is available to verify any contracts an operator may suspect to to be unauthentic.

BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association with 2,300 members in around 130 countries.


US approves Seattle-Tacoma pact

Seattle and Tacoma will soon become America’s third-largest container gateway after receiving approval for a marketing and operations alliance from US regulators.
The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted unanimously on 22 July to allow the Port of Seattle-Port of Tacoma Alliance Agreement to

US Relaxing Cuban Shipping, Travel Rules

By Reuters 2015-07-23 11:45:10

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators will introduce amendments to a Senate bill on Thursday that would end major U.S. restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba.

The measures being put forward at the Senate Appropriations Committee, if approved, would be the first legislation to make it through any congressional committee to facilitate President Barack Obama’s push to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba.


Liberian Grand Jury Indicts Port Director

By MarEx 2015-07-23 11:24:53

The Liberian National Port Authority’s managing director was indicted by the Monteserrado County Grand Jury. Madam Matilda Parker, who was suspended in April, faces charges of economic sabotage, theft of property and criminal conspiracy. Parker was arrested July 21st and released on $1 million bond. The defendant is accused of awarding a falsified wreck removal contract to Denmar Enterprises valued at $800,000.

Parker was suspended by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf following an investigation by the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LAAC). The investigation alleges that Parker awarded contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission on behalf of the NPA for the removal of wrecks at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan and Greenville. The grand jury’s indictment alleges that Parker made fraudulent payments to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo for personal use.


Australian ship detentions rise

The number of ships detained in Australian ports increased by 15.5% in 2014, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Port State Control 2014 report released this month.
The authority detained 269 ships last year, up from 233 in 2013.
Along with the sharp increase in detentions,