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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Can I post these photos on: November 18, 2015, 06:45:47 am
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: MAERSK cuts 4000 jobs !!!! on: November 07, 2015, 02:21:52 pm
As young sailor a old Capt told me: ordering ships in good times is the easy part, running them in bad is the virtue !!!!    How true !!!
Now it seems they got the bad time with the crisis and during the crisis they thought they can fix the problem by expanding the crisis through more and bigger ships. No idea where that mathematics comes from,, such behavior usually is only seen in governments and we know all how that works !!
3  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / MAERSK cuts 4000 jobs !!!! on: November 05, 2015, 08:12:42 pm
It will be interesting to see how far they go down.
AS often,, seemingly invincible companies falling the deepest when the fall comes.

below from the Maritime Connector

The world’s biggest container-ship operator is altering course, slashing jobs and canceling or delaying orders for new vessels after years weathering a sharp downturn in the container-shipping market.

Danish conglomerate A.P. Møller-Maersk A/S said Wednesday its Maersk Line container-shipping unit would cut 4,000 jobs from its land-based staff of 23,000. It is also canceling options to buy six Triple-E vessels, the world’s largest container ships, to cope with the deepest market slump in the industry since the 2009 global financial crisis. Maersk said it would also push back plans to purchase eight slightly smaller vessels.

The decision to halt its fleet expansion represents a significant U-turn for the company, which had been investing heavily amid the downturn. Counting on its market-share dominance and deep pockets, it aimed to expand as smaller competitors retrenched. But after issuing a surprise profit warning last month, Maersk signaled it, too, was no longer immune to a combination of slowing global growth and massive container ship overcapacity on many routes.

The conglomerate said it would cut its annual administration costs by $250 million over the next two years and would cancel 35 scheduled voyages in the fourth quarter. That is on top of four regularly scheduled sailings it canceled earlier in the year.

Maersk has already ordered 27 vessels this year, including 11 Triple-E behemoths, which can carry in excess of 19,000 containers.

“Given weaker-than-expected demand, this will be enough for us to grow in line with our ambitions over the next three years or so,” said Maersk Line Chief Executive Søren Skou.

The Triple-E orders were placed at South Korean yard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and included a nonbinding option to order six more ships. Maersk officials said that under the terms of the deal, the Danish company isn’t subject to any damages for canceling the option. DSME wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Although such options aren’t included in the order books of shipbuilders until they become solid orders, a move like Maersk’s represents a psychological blow for the global shipbuilding industry as well. Ships like the Triple-E go for more than $150 million each, and orders for them have helped cushion the blow for dwindling orders for other ship types.

In recent months, for instance, yards have suffered dozens of order cancellations for dry-bulk carriers and offshore drilling vessels. Those two shipbuilding markets have been hit hard by slowing global demand for commodities and weaker OIL PRICES, respectively.

Maersk Line is the world’s biggest container operator in terms of capacity. The job reductions announced Wednesday will be completed by the end of 2017.

The cost-cutting comes after the full-year profit warning in October, the latest in a series of dire forecasts from the global container-shipping industry. Maersk Line’s full-year underlying earnings are expected to come in at $1.6 billion, compared with an earlier forecast of more than $2.2 billion.

The conglomerate is expected to report its third-quarter results on Friday, but has already said profit for the period would be $778 million, compared with $1.47 billion a year earlier.

The last time Maersk Line cut its staff was in 2008, at the height of the global economic crisis, when it shed about 5,000 people.

Over the past three years, the world’s top 20 container operators have moved to either consolidate or form alliances, in an effort to cut costs amid the downturn.

But Maersk and its biggest competitors have also spent billions of dollars to buy giant ships, like the Triple-E vessels. Cheaper to steam and more efficient when full, these new ships have swollen the world’s fleet.

Analysts estimate the industry suffers from as much as 30% overcapacity on some of the busiest ocean trade routes. Container ships move more than 95% of the world’s manufactured goods.

New ship deliveries will boost capacity by 1.7 million containers, or 8.2%, while demand growth should top out at 2% this year, the lowest since 2009, estimates Jonathan Roach, a container analyst at London-based Braemar ACM Shipbroking.

“It’s one of the worst periods in container shipping, and prospects for the near-term don’t look good,” he said.

Amid the industry rout, German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG and Chile’s Compania Sud Americana De Vapores merged last year to form the world’s fourth-largest operator by capacity.

Chinese state-controlled shipping giants China Ocean Shipping Co., or Cosco Group, and China Shipping Group Co. are in merger talks, focused on combining the groups’ container-shipping units.

Such full-blown mergers have been rare in recent years. Instead, the biggest lines have embraced alliances with competitors, sharing space on each other’s ships, as well as infrastructure like port operations and service vessels.

Maersk pushed hard for a mega-alliance between itself and Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Co. and French giant CMA CGM SA, the industry’s No. 2 and No. 3 players, respectively. Chinese regulators scotched that deal, which drove Maersk into a smaller alliance with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co.

Slowing growth in China and the eurozone’s anemic economy have pushed freight rates to levels that barely cover fuel costs. The rates have been hovering well below $1,000 a container on the main Asia-to-Europe trade loop for much of the year, much lower than the $1,300-a-container average that ship operators say they need to break even in the long-term.

Those rates come during what is supposed to be peak season for container shipping, as retailers stock up on clothing, electronics, home appliances and toys ahead of the year-end holidays.

4  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Confronting the safety challenge - Maritime industry on: November 05, 2015, 07:53:50 pm
Take the internet off from the ships/rigs , like the permanent connections to control rigs/ships and let crews do it  and BINGO problem gone !!!!
OH NOOOOOOOooooo not possible,,crew is always too expensive and technic is always cheap DuuuuuuHHHHHH.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: A Triple E among container vessels to be laid up on: October 30, 2015, 05:22:30 pm
Hi Lappino

Well I whish I had be wrong !!!!!

But basic mathematics, which I was taught in 1st and 2nd grade told me that it will happen.
I wonder if those managers who are now in the problems ever were in 1st and 2nd grade ,looks to me more that they skipped those important years of school :-)

I fear that one or two of the real big may be skirting bankcrupcy or even become insolvent.
How an old Capt told me when I was a young sailor,, ordering them in good times is the easy part,,running them in bad times is the skill !!!!
Excatly that seems to show more and more,,todays managers only thinking from quarter to quarter with their eyes on the bonus programs and not on the years to come !

6  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Bulker aground in Patricia aftermath on: October 27, 2015, 10:55:49 pm
Like it or not,,that ship is history :-(((
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Consultations and review of site standards / Re: Category standards: Ships in Drydock on: October 23, 2015, 11:23:55 pm
I think present standard is fine, has to be rather loosely looked at for the sake of seeing things which often is totally impossible to see for most people here.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Classification on: October 21, 2015, 12:38:09 pm
Phil is right on mark here. !!!!
Like a bulker which transports lumber,,it is still a bulker and not a general cargo ship
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Tokyo Spirit on: October 18, 2015, 04:51:48 pm
@ Ventuari,, I set that as a given and did not mention it !!!
but I know some officers,,you drop anchor,,they switch music on and navigation is over
I would not wonder when exactly that what happened !!!!
Same thing with giving alarm in such cases, most OOW,s calling the master and waiting until he is there
I have hat in the standing orders on the bridge !!!!

Also personally Standing orders of the Master is a joke generally,,all what happens there that I tell
or have to tell the OOW,s that they have to do the job of the OOW,,like check positions,,keep look out etc,,,   thats their JOB and what they lerned before and in the nautical schools (at least so far the theorie!!!),,I should not have to tell them that !  But then,,if something goes wrong I have lawyers on my back because I did not tell the OOW to keep look-out for example!!!!!
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Tokyo Spirit on: October 18, 2015, 02:12:23 pm
One wonders that such things still happen.
Stormy weather on anchorage close to shore, FIRST order
!!!! engine on short notice!!!!
which means that all what they have to do pump up the oil pressure on the M/E and the engine is ready to start/use, usually a process which takes 5-10 min max. A full engine ready process is usually between 30-60 min depending on the engine itself and also how good the engineers are anyhow.

11  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / lawsuit and sinking of El Faro on: October 16, 2015, 08:36:33 pm
Below is from the Maritime Connector
Personally I think it is frivolous to file a law suit. Reality is that american sailors making exceptional high salaries compared with international shipping,, I did not hear one of them protesting when the money was send home and not one of the family of the crews protesting that the vessel should not leave.  beside that, as sad as it is, the american sailors have a extremely high insurance in case they get injured and / or killed on/by a ship
it is just redicolous in my opinion,,but of course you will hear next

"oh it,s not about the money ,it,s about that it never happens again,, !!!!  whom you kidding !! 

Family of sunken El Faro crew member files $100 million lawsuit

The family of a crew member missing from the El Faro cargo ship is seeking $100 million in a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against the owners and captain of the ship that sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane two weeks ago.

The lawsuit on behalf of the estate of Lonnie Jordan, one of the 33 crew members presumed dead, was filed on Wednesday in Jacksonville, against Tote Services Inc and Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, as well as the El Faro captain, according to court documents.

"Tote Services, negligently permitted the El Faro to sail out to sea despite being in an unseaworthy condition to handle the conditions of a violent storm," the lawsuit states.

Attorney Willie E. Gary, flanked by relatives of other crew members, told reporters outside the Duval County courthouse, "the ship should have never left dock."

Gary told Reuters he would be seeking the ship maintenance records and had heard that it was undergoing mechanical repairs the day it departed as well as having other problems within weeks of the doomed trip.

More lawsuits would follow on behalf of the other relatives, warned Gary, a flamboyant Florida-based personal injury lawyer who has taken on major corporations such as Walt Disney and Anheuser-Busch.

"We're at war now," Gary said.

Tote Maritime declined to discuss the lawsuit and a spokesman said the company was "fully focused on supporting the families and their loved ones."

Tote executives have previously said the captain sailed with a sound plan and blamed the sinking on engine failure.

Jordan, 33, of Jacksonville, worked on the ship for 13 years as a cook and at other jobs, his family told the Jacksonville Times-Union.

The 790-foot (241 meters) container ship left Jacksonville on a weekly cargo run to Puerto Rico on the evening of Sept. 29. It was last heard from on the morning of Oct. 1 when the captain communicated that the ship had taken on water, was listing at 15 degrees and had lost propulsion.

Its last known position was close to the eye of Hurricane Joaquin, battling 50 foot (15 meters) waves and winds over 100 miles per hour (161 km per hour).

The U.S. Coast Guard called off a search and rescue mission last week after finding only one body amid debris from the ship.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation is under way and is coordinating a salvage team to retrieve the ship's voyage data recorder.
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Collision: Big Bang and Bay Bridge on: October 13, 2015, 07:31:03 pm
Were on a cruise in China Phil ?
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding. on: October 12, 2015, 12:53:31 pm
@ Wade,,and don,t forget the pilot ladders after bulkers loaded grain. Usually the ladders are covered but that dust gets anywhere and can be quite dirty. Washing them makes them wet and sometimes leaves here and there a kind of grim. Can be very dangerous, one tries to clean them or keep them clean, but nonetheless using them and keeping them both not as easy as it may look.
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding. on: October 11, 2015, 01:43:36 pm
@MattyBoy,,, as per Wade,,those ships are boarded via tug boat from the stern not via pilot boat.

Nets would be more hinderance then help!!
I am pretty sure that there was someone watching, one of the things I always do, being outside on the
out wing and watch the pilot boarding. Of course possibly nowadays as not "not needed" anymore, just push a button. Also possible that the ship has cameras in the wing so that one can follow the action from inside.
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: USCG Searching for Missing Container Ship EL FARO on: October 07, 2015, 08:07:38 pm
@ Lappino,,ok thanks for the info,,appreciated
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