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Star turning 50

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Grieg Shipping Group wants to improve the communication by linking our vessels closer to the office - and at the same time make it easier for the crew to communicate with family and friends. Pages 10-11

We can proudly say that the heritage from the early days is on steady course with committed owners at the helm and a highly competent organisation worldwide, on land and at sea. Pages 14-19

Making the vessels ready for another 5 years of uninterrupted service. Pages 26-29

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Grieg Shipping Group magazine SUMMER 2011

From the Past into the Future I have been told that Per F. Waaler was a forerunner when it came to creating good working conditions for the employees. Maybe he was influenced by his father, Rolf Waaler, who was a professor in organizational psychology and a pioneer within this new field? Reading about all the achievements from the beginning in the 60’s and some of the things that happened, tell us that there must have been a great deal of courage, foresight and not at least teamwork from the beginning, and many good stories to look back on. Gunnar Haavik has shared with us some of the good stories, and I encourage our old-timers to share with us other good memories from the past. In this edition of Crew you get a short glimpse of Star’s history from the beginning until today. However, as you can read in the article by Mike Collins, there is no progress without change. There are currently several innovative projects being implemented which will take us into the future. An example of this is “Always on” – giving the crew internet connection onboard and opportunities we could not dream about 50 years ago. Also the new slewing crane concept will give us new opportunities when it comes to what cargo to carry. You can read about this in the article “From Containers to Project Cargo”, where you get an insight into the project cargo market. The 5-yearly dry docking program for all vessels will affect how we plan and carry out our work both ashore and onboard our vessels. The SafeClass project will also affect how leadership is performed on board in the future. And externally we have to face changing laws and regulations, and a very exciting shipping market. You can read about all this in Crew. We hope you enjoy the good stories from the past, and find it exciting to read about the new projects driving us further!

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Environmental Challenges

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Environmental Challenges Environmental emissions and governmental regulations are becoming increasingly more challenging for the global shipping industry. To meet the challenges we are implementing advanced technical solutions in three major disciplines: Sulphur emission Sulphur (So2) is an emission component in the exhaust gas from the ship’s fuel oil consumers. We will meet new rules and regulations requiring new technology to reduce sulphur content. Gradually stricter emission Control areas (eCa) are planned and will be implemented in 2012 and onwards. These will define fuel oil sulphur limit reductions from 1.5% to 0.1%, whilst outside eCa will be required to step down these emissions from 4.5% to 0.5% by 2020.

CO2 emission Co2 is the greenhouse gas of concern to global warming. eeDi (energy efficiency Design index) is an index to measure how much Co2 (in gram Co2/ton x nautical mile) a ship emits per unit of goods transported. The index tells us how energy efficient the ship is. eeDi may become mandatory by 2013. eeDi is not scientifically precise but merely gives a number for comparison of alternatives, and also to measure progress in efficiency using improved technology.

There are two options to meet with the eCa regulations: 1. make use of scrubber technology for cleaning the exhaust gas. engines can run on normal sulphured fuel. Scrubbing systems make use of untreated seawater or treated freshwater as a scrubbing agent to remove Sox and particulate matter from exhaust gas. 2. run engines on low sulphured fuel, which may prove more expensive.

as the carbon content in fuel is constant, the only way to reduce Co2 emission is to reduce consumption by means of various technologies, or to make use of other types of energy, e.g. LnG. a rule of thumb tells that 1 kilogram fuel creates 3 kilograms Co2. Grieg Shipping is presently running a test program for energy efficient operation of the vessels. The Star istind is appointed test vessel in this respect, and we will come back on the result from this testing in a later issue of Crew.

presently, calculation shows that scrubbers are the most economic way to meet this challenge. This is based on the fact that uSa will implement eCa reaching 200 nautical miles from shore, both on east- and west coast. extended emission controlled areas are also expected in the mediterranean and around Japan. We are now in a process of evaluating available technology in the market, and will present our proposals this fall.

Ballast water treatment (BWT) in order to maintain stability during transit, ships fill their ballast tanks with water. port areas are home to a wide variety of organisms that live in the water and bottom sediments. When a ship loads ballast water, it also loads many of the organisms living in the sea. These might

be different from the species living where the ballast is released, and could thus cause a transport of species deemed unsuitable to these new areas. Thus ballast water treatment (BWT) has a very high priority.

7 ton decrease! We had noticed that most of the crew onboard our vessels used too much washing powder when washing their clothes. This led to that the machines did not manage to rinse the clothes properly nor was it environmentally friendly. We therefore wanted a system which could feed the machines with a fixed quantity of washing detergents. So in 2009 we tested out a system onboard Star hansa and their feedback was very clear. The best project ever!

There are various technologies already approved for ballast cleaning. Grieg Shipping has chosen treatment technology based on uV-light and filter that does not apply active substances like chlorine to the water. The imo Convention on BWT will enter into force a year after ratification, which is expected within 2011. This means our new L-class vessels will be delivered with BWT plant.

all our ships have now installed the same equipment onboard. The result is less emission to sea, the crew is happy to have cleaner clothes and laundry rooms and we save money. in total our 26 vessel use approximately 7 tons less washing detergents per year.

For existing ship, we have allowed for installation of one test plant in 2011. The retrofit installation is a comprehensive task that should be carried out during dry docking of the vessel. Due to limited space for the BWT, a new mezzanine deck is planned to be installed in the engine room in order to accommodate the equipment. The following address is useful if you want more information on environmental issues:

May-Britt Bjørø purchaser

h t t p : / / w w w. i m o . o r g / o u r Wo r k / environment/pages/Default.aspx Olaf Tronvold project engineer

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Always On

One of the antennas installed on Star Hansa. The connection to satellite will provide an “Always on” service to the internet from anywhere in the world.

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All vessels connected to the internet by 2011

“Always on” the Internet

When talking about web browsing we must keep in mind that the capacity of the link to the internet is limited. Web browsing via Satellite will never be the same as we are used to at home. We give access to many computers over the link, which means they have to share the capacity. This may influence the speed. Typical of norwegian thinking, we try to share the benefits equally.

Equipment The system consists of two separate FleetBroadband 500 antenna systems installed on each side of the vessel. all vessels will have a cordless crew phone installed onboard somewhere where the crew can call in private when they want. The cost of calling will be 29 cent pr minute to fixed land line and 39 cent to mobile phones. The vessel crew will pay for the voice communication by buying “strings” or pin cards from the vessel slop chest.

Grieg Shipping Group wants to improve the communication by linking our vessels closer to the office - and at the same time make it easier for the crew to communicate with family and friends.

Project status The nine vessels with “always on” is Star hansa, Star Japan, Star Florida, Star Kinn, Star istind, Star atlantic, Star Grip, Star isfjord, Star hidra. We have now ordered for the equipment for Star alabama, Star ismene, Star Gran, Star Kilimanjaro and Star harmonia. it is our goal that all vessels shall have “always on” by the end of 2011.

The iT Department will be able to remote control the server and computers from shore. This will save time both for the iT department and the masters onboard, and it will make it much easier to help you when you have problems.

SMS Crewmail on vessels with an “always on” connection, all crew will be able to browse the internet via the new SmS Crewmail software via wifi. The internet access will be limited to web browsing only. You will also be able to chat live with your family and friends ashore using chat providers like mSn, Yahoo, Facebook and aoL. We will make the SmS Crewmail client software available for installation on private computers. internet browsing will be free for the crew members, but only be available via the SmS Crewmail software.

Learned so far • The equipment is well received onboard. The crew is always able to communicate with families and friends back home. • The business communication is better since the vessels master do not need to connect to the office to receive email. The emails are coming automatically. • There are some crew members who are lucky and have wifi (wireless) access in the cabins and some not.

Since we have two antennas and two satcom systems the risk of loosing the data communication due to system failure is much smaller. The problem where the vessel superstructure is shadowing for the satellite will be removed. one of the satcoms will always reach the satellite. The problem may still occur when we are in areas where the shadow comes from shore side.

Øystein Sivertsen maritime iCT manager

Free SMS/E-mail We plan to upgrade the SmS Crewmail software on all vessels. in the upgraded version all crew members will have free SmS and email. This upgrade is not related to “always on” and will be installed on all vessels as soon as possible.

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Star turning 50

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Fully integrated organization Solid position in the market 26 owned open hatch vessels + 10 new innovative open hatch ships and 2 supramaxes ordered for CBCD

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Owners WestfalLarsen and Grieg split. Fleet and trade divided. Star renamed Grieg Star Shipping

Growth in Southamerica Star J-CLaSS vessels delivered

41 large openhatch and 3 S-class vessels in pool.

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2009 Market re-established after the de-merger. new trades from Chile and Brazil. Star K-CLaSS vessels ordered.

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Shanghai office opened

Seoul office opened Expansion - 6 vessels, atlanticargo bought and rio office opened.

First BC-Europe pulp contract. Vancouver office opened.

Star ShiPPinG Per F. Waaler was registered Bergen Per Grieg is introduced to Per Waaler

Star B-CLaSS New York office opened

Star C-CLaSS ordered. Car transport. tokyo & San Francisco offices opened

Per Waaler dies in plane crash

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1973 Grieg major shareholder.

Star E-CLaSS Star F-CLaSS ordered

1988 Fred. Olsen leaves the Star pool. 50/50 W-L and Grieg (Billabong)

Star i-CLaSS ordered delivered in 1999

Star h-CLaSS 8 vessels in order. indonesia-Europe trade started. W-F establishes Masterbulk in Singapore

Star a-CLaSS 8 vessels ordered Gantry crane

Star Sydney is established

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Dry Docking

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Dry Docking Photos by Anders Moseid

Over the last few years we have implemented 5 - yearly dry docking intervals for all vessels. The majority of the dry dock jobs and actual work scope has been standardised, based on our experience from previous yard work and actual maintenance needs.

Have a nice summer! The Editorial Group Berit Myklebust

CREW is published by Grieg Shipping Group and Grieg Star Shipping. All contributions to the magazine are written by employees unless other is noted. Editor in Charge: Berit Myklebust Editors Torill Lunde torill.lunde@grieg.no and Ellen Sundøy ellen.sundoy@griegstar.com Layout and design: Ole-Jørn Borum Cover photo: Hung Hgo CREW is printed on environmentally friendly paper

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From Containers to Project Cargo

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From Containers to Project Cargo after closing down the regular container traffic on the north atlantic (atlanticargo), the Gothenburg office has gone through an organizational restructure and the strategic focus has changed. Today the focus is project cargoes, and we are seven people in the office. as it lies in the name ‘project’, each cargo is often one or a few unique shipments, and then the job is completed. The wide variety of cargoes and constantly having to chase new cargoes, is what makes the project cargo business both challenging and fun. over the last years project cargo has become an important complement to Grieg Star Shipping’s core business. on an ongoing basis we expand our commercial network. a solid network catching up and bringing the cargo to us is very important, as project cargo is normally not channeled through the regular broker channels. our idea is to step by step develop our commercial network, but not faster than we actually can deliver what we promise. one of our main goals is to establish the name Grieg Star Shipping as a brand in the project cargo market. our vision is to be recognized as a project

The Gothenburg Office

carrier, same way as we are known as a forest product- or steel carrier, by the forest and steel shippers. By systematic sales and marketing we aim to be on the project cargo shippers ‘radar screen’ whenever they have a need for ocean transport within our business scope.

Grieg Star Shipping’s Gothenburg office is located in the center of Gothenburg, direct at the river ‘Göta älv’. The river is the inland waterway to the lake ‘Vänern’ and coasters are frequently passing by the office. Today there is a staff of seven people, and the office has a commercial function for project cargoes.

it is with great interest and enthusiasm we look forward to see the new L-class vessels start trading. The new crane concept will open up for new opportunities. We see many projects destined for ports which do not have sufficient crane capacity available, for example for windmill projects. another opportunity is the yacht market.

anders holmquist is the General manager, and his main tasks are finance and general administrative issues. anders has been with atlanticargo from 1981 -1985, and after two years with Stena Bulk, joined us again in 1987.

sales. Gerrit came to Grieg Star Shipping Gothenburg in September 2010, after 10 years at different positions in the Wallenius Wilhelmsen system. petra Danbratt, assistant Traffic manager, is working with booking, documentation and invoicing. in addition supporting commercial activities. petra has been with atlanticargo since 1993.

Daniel Tisell, assistant Traffic manager, is working with booking, documentation and invoicing in addition supporting commercial activities. Daniel joined the team in January 2011. Daniel came from the Danish container feeder operator unifeeder. Christer Karlson, is the operational manager and has his main focus on operational issues and keeps track of all container equipment used in the atlantic trades. Christer joined atlanticargo in 2004, and came from p&o nedlloyd.

Lisa Lundgren is accountant/hr and payroll administrator and is working with anders. Lisa has been with atlanticargo since 1982.

over the next few years we believe there will be interesting opportunities for Grieg Star Shipping in the project cargo market. Hans Gunnar Mo Commercial Director

hans Gunnar mo is Commercial Director, with main focus on business development and sales. he started with Star Shipping in Bergen in 1999 and moved to Gothenburg in 2001, and had various positions in the former atlanticargo organization. Gerrit hartmann, Commercial manager, is focusing on business development and From left: Hans Gunnar Mo, Daniel Tisell, Lisa Lundgren, Petra Danbratt, Anders Holmquist, Christer Karlsson, Gerrit Hartmann

Project market The project market is mainly controlled by forwarders, often specializing in certain commodity groups. Most forwarders deal with the shipping line direct, or its agent. As the forwarder often handles a project from door to door, the inland transportation might be a challenging part, with many barriers to overcome both in terms of infrastructure and bureaucracy. We therefore often experience that the ports closest to the origin or destination, are not always the ones to be chosen as load and discharge ports.

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Commodities Currently a large share of the ‘global’ project market is related to energy. It can be cargo for the oil and gas industry, power plants, transformers, generators or windmill equipment. Another commodity group is infrastructure related cargoes, as steel structures, machines, cranes or any items related to a construction site.

Competitors In current market many operators are chasing project cargoes. We are competing with container carriers, roro carriers and multipurpose carriers operating geared vessels of different sizes.

Rates The different type of operators have different cost picture, hence often pricing the cargo differently. Therefore we see it as very important to ‘educate’ customers by highlighting the benefits and advantages the Grieg Star Shipping concept can offer for their cargo.

Heavy project cargo: The heaviest item loaded so far this year was a Siemens transformer of 360 tons, shipped from Rotterdam to Houston.

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Words from the CEO

50 years in Open Hatch Shipping! Dear friends & colleagues – sailing and ashore. 50 years ago there was no Grieg Star Shipping, no Grieg Shipping Group, no Open Hatch ships or industrial shipping concept in the forestry industry, only a few ambitious enthusiastic creative brave young men with a drive to start new business and with the gift of making people believe in them. They convinced the industry, the investors and the people that came to work with them to build a company to be recognized as the best within its field. It has been a long journey filled with hard work, ups and downs in the shipping market and in the world economy, new competitors entering the market, partners coming and going, new business areas started and closing down, but the enthusiasm and the belief in the concept and the people have been constant, and passed over to the next generation.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all colleagues, past and present, for your substantial contribution to our shipping group. Let us continue to let our vision guide us; “Create lasting value through our common effort’’ I wish you all a warm and sunny summer filled with happy reflections, outdoor activities and quality time with your family and friends. Warm regards Camilla Grieg

Today Grieg Shipping Group consists of 850 people covering all the aspects of a long term industrial shipping company; Grieg Star Shipping with its unique market position and worldwide presence close to our customers in all markets, our seafarers onboard our ships with long specialized knowledge of our Open Hatch vessels, our technical and project departments making sure all our vessels are top quality and on-hire and constantly aiming to make new improvements on existing and new vessels, in addition to all the support functions that are essential to make the whole operation work. We have a large fleet of Open Hatch vessels, a fleet of conventional bulk ships that we operate, a large order-book, a healthy balance sheet and an aggressive growth strategy. All of which we are very proud. It took 50 years to get here; we have a huge responsibility to make sure we stay on! Although the world around us and the framework conditions within the shipping industry have changed over those 50 years, we still have a lot to learn from the history of our company and the early days of the business. It is a tough market out there today with very demanding customers and aggressive competitors. The fighting spirit, enthusiasm and creativity of the entrepreneurs of our company are something that will be essential to have in the current organization to stay in business also in the future. I sincerely hope you all find inspiration in our company history and feel, as I do, gratitude of our current business position, which is a direct result of that history.

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Grieg Shipping Group magazine SUMMER 2011

Commercial Corner Dear colleagues

There have not been any significant changes the last year that should make us change our market view. We are still of the opinion that the dry bulk market will remain extremely pressed for the next 12 to 18 months.

for STX Pan Ocean/Fibria in our segment, starting late 2012, definitely affects the way we look at the future business from Brazil/ Uruguay. There are now four Open Hatch operators established in Brazil, all fighting for the same contracts coming up.

In April this year Star Shipping celebrates its 50th anniversary. After the demerger on January 1st 2009, the name changed to Grieg Star Shipping, with the Grieg family as the sole owner of the marketing company. It goes without saying that the demerger resulted in a smaller organization, the trading pattern was changed, and the fleet was substantially reduced. With a good reputation in the market, and a continued high focus on business, we feel certain that we will remain as a strong and leading marketing organization in our segments, also in the future.

When I wrote to seems that the ”There have not been any ItOpen you in December Hatch the market for the significant changes the last year segment will be Supramaxes was that should make us change our very competitive around USD 14,500 in the years to per day. It increased market view.” come. Both somewhat, but is from a market currently back to the same level. Though perspective and from a competitive point of there has been a fairly strong increase view, it is imperative, more than ever, that We have very strong and focused in bulk commodity volumes for ocean we have a good market organization with owners, and we have together started the transportation, it has not been sufficient to top qualified people. I feel strongly that discussions, taking us beyond the dates balance out the supply and demand. For we have that. But the focus has to remain of our newbuildings. With part of our 2011 it is expected that another 13 percent on the people, also for the future. We have fleet, being represented by older vessels, capacity will be added to the current fleet. strengthened most we still have the By looking at the current order books, of our branch offices “There are now four Open possibility to close to 50 percent of the current fleet is with more capacity adjust our fleet still to be delivered. Based on this scenario both operational and Hatch operators established in size, depending we remain rather negative in the shorter commercial the last Brazil, all fighting for the same on our needs and picture. couple of months. of course on the contracts coming up.” With our current general market In the Open Hatch market several organization, we are conditions. substantial contracts are being concluded convinced we should and negotiated these days. By looking at be able to create the optimal trading Thanks to all of you, for continued strong the levels some of this business has been pattern, with the right cargo combinations. focus on what we are doing. concluded at, it is quite obvious that our competitors also expect this segment to CBCD continues to deliver very Have a nice summer! remain extremely competitive in the years satisfactory results. We still have contracts Tom Rasmussen to come. entered into in a higher shipping market, President so despite a rather pessimistic market view, The introduction of 20 Open Hatch vessels Grieg Star Shipping we should do well - also for this year.

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No progress without change Mike Collins has been Star’s representative in Brussels for more than two decades. As Mike will retire in July, we asked him if he could share some of his reflections on how the market has developed since he started in the business. One of my first tasks when joining Star Shipping more than 21 years back was to spend two days in Paris with Fred Loy meeting with wood pulp sales agents. Today it may sound quite decadent spending two days in Paris, but they were two full days meeting with eight sales agents and our stevedores and agents for Boulogne and Sete. We did not have time to meet with the buyers of French paper mills also located in Paris at that time. Today we have one remaining sales agent working in Paris and one buyer, half a day is quite sufficient to cover them both.

South East Asia exporting predominantly hardwood pulp at competitive costs. Paper makers have learnt the art of substitution leading to a severe downturn in export volumes from North America. In the South Eastern USA, softwood pulp producers have gradually switched to production of fluff pulp for hygiene products and we have become much more cargo care conscious in order to carry the delicate products.

Most wood pulp suppliers had agents located in every European country. Today, the major producers maintain their own sales offices, mostly in Switzerland, and they only rely on agents for remote locations.

Our fleet has grown in number and size. The new builds of 21 years back had a cubic capacity of around 1,6 million cuft compared to 2,3 million cuft today. We have progressed through gantry cranes with the highest possible rain protection to high tech slewing cranes. This will position us well for the challenges of high volume pulp shipments from South America. The new vessels will also be excellent for long steel and project cargoes.

21 years ago, our sphere of activity was basically North America handling exports of softwood pulp. Since then we have seen the growth of South America and

Our cargo base has diversified and we have become a very competent carrier of project cargoes.

We have experienced a de-merger and subsequently moved closer to our owners in every sense. We are about to see the largest single investment and expansion of our fleet in the history of Grieg Star Shipping. Consolidations, acquisitions and closures in the pulp and paper industries have decreased the number of organizations and people that we work with in the wood pulp trades, but the growth of new markets has expanded our areas of activity and diversified the people and cultures with whom we work. There have been many changes in my time with Grieg Star Shipping and there will be many more in the years to come. Without changes we will not progress, so make the most of them. Mike Collins

Mike Collins (left) and Arild Samland

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Technical Corner We are pleased to see that ship management for our vessels the first five months of 2011 has been taken care of within budgets and without major incidents or off-hire (with the exception of collision with berth for “Star Hansa” during call to Japan). Also external audits so far this year have positive results. Good communication is in all aspects a key factor for optimum performance. We have in our budgets for 2011 included internet connection (AllwaysOn) for all our vessels. So far the system has been installed onboard 10 of our vessels and it works according to our expectations. This will open up a lot of possibilities for more efficient communication between systems onboard and ashore. We will with this equipment also be in position to offer our ship crew possibilities to communicate with their dear ones at home without extensive cost. Approx. 30 of our Captains have the last 6 months been to Bergen for maritime leadership training, meetings with shorebased colleagues and training at the Ship Manoeuvring Simulator Centre in Trondheim. Each group of six Captains has stayed in Norway for two weeks. I am very pleased to hear the positive feedback from these training sessions and meetings. Our success is to a large extent a result of an organisation with good and open communication and co-operation between colleagues. This goes both for our shore organization as well as ship staff. To take time to sit together, talk about common challenges and learn each other better to know is a good investment for future improved performance. By end of this year nearly all our Captains and Chief Officers due for promotion will have been to Bergen. Next year we have in mind to bring all our Chief Engineers to Norway for a similar session including one week with technical training courses. The price of bunker oil has increased substantially since early 2009. In February 2009 the price was around USD 200 per ton. At time of writing the HFO price 66

is USD 650 per ton and it is projected that price will increase in the years to come. Together with our environmental focus this form strong incentives for working systematically with improving our energy efficiency, i.e. reduce our fuel consumption and thereby increase our competitiveness through reductions in cost. We have for a long time been working with energy efficiency reduction measures. At the moment of writing we are about to conclude the project Energy Management in Practice (EMIP). This project has been jointly carried out in close cooperation with four other major shipowning companies. The EMIP project was finalized primo May 2011 where the following has been done; 1. Selection and installation of sensors and decision support systems for improved measuring accuracy and enhanced crew awareness. Sensors and decision support system installed on “Star Istind”. 2. Established common procedures for evaluation of energy saving measures, speed trials etc. 3. Developed training programs for ship crews 4. Establishment of energy and emission profiles for H/I/J class vessels to be used as reference in further systematic work 5. Established a coordinated test plan for various energy saving measures which shall be tested and verified onboard 6. Established a set of recommendations for how to improve energy efficiency In parallel with the EMIP project all H-class and newer vessels have been upgraded with torque meters and state of the art flow meters for measuring fuel

consumption. In addition new engine monitoring equipment (MIP) will also be installed. With this configuration we obtain better ability to improve our energy performance and establish a robust energy management system. Next stage will be to implement the result and conclusions from the EMIP research project onboard our vessels through a coordinated fleet energy efficiency program encompassing crews and all key stakeholders. This will be an important tool both for ship and shore staff in our emphasis for improved energy performance which again will lead to reduced harmful emissions to air and sea, and increased competitiveness. Following up of our extensive newbuilding programme is already well in progress. All major makers of equipment for our L-class vessels have been concluded. Drawing approval has already been going on for a couple of months. Captain Cayabyab, Site Manager for our L-class vessels is already in place at the yard in Ulsan. Chief Engineer Oliva arrived in Bergen early April to assist Project Manager Roar Fanebust with the drawing approval work. Crane production is scheduled to start August this year. We do have hectic months ahead of us. Best wishes to all of you for a nice summer. Henry Svendsen CEO Grieg Shipping


New Generation The work on the L-class has now entered a new phase - detail design and drawing approval. The drawing approval is assisted by Site Manager, Capt. Rodolfo Cayabyab, and Chief Eng. Roman Oliva. They have a long experience onboard our vessels and from previous newbuilding projects. Capt. Cayabyab opened a one man Site Office at the yard in February. By doing this, we establish a good contact with the yard during drawing approval to discuss and clarify technical issues. We also see that it makes it easier for us to approach Korean makers and retrieve information about their products and offers. C.E. Oliva moved to Bergen in March and will stay until September at the main office before he joins the rest of the site team. We have received a lot of suggestions for improvement from the vessels, the office and also from the Captains’ meetings in Bergen. This is very useful input that we evaluate carefully and forward to the yard through approval comments. New features The L-class will have several new features and arrangements compared to our existing vessels. The four new slewing cranes with lifting capacity up to 150 tonnes in tandem operation have fully electric, frequency controlled drives for smooth and efficient operation. Two of the 9 cargo holds will have double length.

On the propulsion side, the L-class will have a fully electronically controlled main engine, i.e. no camshafts for fuel injection and exhaust valve. When it comes to the accommodation, there will be several changes based on experience feedback and new requirements. Single cabins for all, more windows, more locker spaces, re-arrangement of offices and pantry are among the new items that will be noticed. Energy management systems In order to reach our company environmental goal of a 20% reduction in energy consumption by 2015, we cannot only rely on technical improvements and increased efficiency. We also have to think efficient operation. All of the L-class vessels will be equipped with an Energy Management System. Two of them will have a comprehensive version installed, similar to the installation on K-class and Star Istind, while a “light� version will be installed on the remaining vessels. Both versions will be supplied by Marorka.

most energy efficient way to operate the vessels. Construction plan Steel cut for the two first vessels is scheduled to November 2011, 3rd and 22nd respectively. For a long period of time there will be four vessels under construction. We will use the site team as for the K-class, but with external reinforcements on hull and paint supervision. Site team The internal site team members are Capt. Rodolfo Cayabyab (Site Manager), Chief. Eng. Roman Oliva, Capt. Sokrates Trilles, Chief Eng. Mamerto Adajar, Electricians Roy Rallos, Orlando Borja and Gaudencio Banilar. The need for additional internal members are being considered. Roar Fanebust Senior Project Manager - Newbuildings

This will help us to monitor energy consumption across the fleet and for different trades, loadings and weather conditions. We believe that the system will help us to evaluate the effect of various improvements and to find the

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Grieg Shipping Group magazine SUMMER 2011

Environmental Challenges Environmental emissions and governmental regulations are becoming increasingly more challenging for the global shipping industry. To meet the challenges we are implementing advanced technical solutions in three major disciplines: Sulphur emission Sulphur (SO2) is an emission component in the exhaust gas from the ship’s fuel oil consumers. We will meet new rules and regulations requiring new technology to reduce sulphur content. Gradually stricter Emission Control Areas (ECA) are planned and will be implemented in 2012 and onwards. These will define fuel oil sulphur limit reductions from 1.5% to 0.1%, whilst outside ECA will be required to step down these emissions from 4.5% to 0.5% by 2020. There are two options to meet with the ECA regulations: 1. Make use of scrubber technology for cleaning the exhaust gas. Engines can run on normal sulphured fuel. Scrubbing systems make use of untreated seawater or treated freshwater as a scrubbing agent to remove SOx and particulate matter from exhaust gas. 2. Run engines on low sulphured fuel, which may prove more expensive. Presently, calculation shows that scrubbers are the most economic way to meet this challenge. This is based on the fact that USA will implement ECA reaching 200 nautical miles from shore, both on east- and west coast. Extended emission controlled areas are also expected in the Mediterranean and around Japan. We are now in a process of evaluating available technology in the market, and will present our proposals this fall.

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CO2 emission CO2 is the greenhouse gas of concern to global warming. EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) is an index to measure how much CO2 (in gram CO2/ton x nautical mile) a ship emits per unit of goods transported. The index tells us how energy efficient the ship is. EEDI may become mandatory by 2013. EEDI is not scientifically precise but merely gives a number for comparison of alternatives, and also to measure progress in efficiency using improved technology. As the carbon content in fuel is constant, the only way to reduce CO2 emission is to reduce consumption by means of various technologies, or to make use of other types of energy, e.g. LNG. A rule of thumb tells that 1 kilogram fuel creates 3 kilograms CO2. Grieg Shipping is presently running a test program for energy efficient operation of the vessels. The Star Istind is appointed test vessel in this respect, and we will come back on the result from this testing in a later issue of Crew. Ballast water treatment (BWT) In order to maintain stability during transit, ships fill their ballast tanks with water. Port areas are home to a wide variety of organisms that live in the water and bottom sediments. When a ship loads ballast water, it also loads many of the organisms living in the sea. These might

be different from the species living where the ballast is released, and could thus cause a transport of species deemed unsuitable to these new areas. Thus ballast water treatment (BWT) has a very high priority. There are various technologies already approved for ballast cleaning. Grieg Shipping has chosen treatment technology based on UV-light and filter that does not apply active substances like chlorine to the water. The IMO Convention on BWT will enter into force a year after ratification, which is expected within 2011. This means our new L-class vessels will be delivered with BWT plant. For existing ship, we have allowed for installation of one test plant in 2011. The retrofit installation is a comprehensive task that should be carried out during dry docking of the vessel. Due to limited space for the BWT, a new mezzanine deck is planned to be installed in the engine room in order to accommodate the equipment. The following address is useful if you want more information on environmental issues: h t t p : / / w w w. i m o . o r g / O u r Wo r k / Environment/Pages/Default.aspx Olaf Tronvold Project Engineer


7 ton decrease! We had noticed that most of the crew onboard our vessels used too much washing powder when washing their clothes. This led to that the machines did not manage to rinse the clothes properly nor was it environmentally friendly. We therefore wanted a system which could feed the machines with a fixed quantity of washing detergents. So in 2009 we tested out a system onboard Star Hansa and their feedback was very clear. The best project ever! All our ships have now installed the same equipment onboard. The result is less emission to sea, the crew is happy to have cleaner clothes and laundry rooms and we save money. In total our 26 vessel use approximately 7 tons less washing detergents per year. May-Britt Bjørø Purchaser

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All vessels connected to the internet by 2011

“Always on� the Internet Grieg Shipping Group wants to improve the communication by linking our vessels closer to the office - and at the same time make it easier for the crew to communicate with family and friends.

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One of the antennas installed on Star Hansa. The connection to satellite will provide an “Always on” service to the internet from anywhere in the world.

Equipment The system consists of two separate FleetBroadband 500 antenna systems installed on each side of the vessel. All vessels will have a cordless crew phone installed onboard somewhere where the crew can call in private when they want. The cost of calling will be 29 cent pr minute to fixed land line and 39 cent to mobile phones. The vessel crew will pay for the voice communication by buying “strings” or pin cards from the vessel slop chest. SMS Crewmail On vessels with an “Always on” connection, all crew will be able to browse the internet via the new SMS Crewmail software via wifi. The internet access will be limited to web browsing only. You will also be able to chat live with your family and friends ashore using chat providers like MSN, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL. We will make the SMS Crewmail client software available for installation on private computers. Internet browsing will be free for the crew members, but only be available via the SMS Crewmail software.

When talking about web browsing we must keep in mind that the capacity of the link to the internet is limited. Web browsing via Satellite will never be the same as we are used to at home. We give access to many computers over the link, which means they have to share the capacity. This may influence the speed. Typical of Norwegian thinking, we try to share the benefits equally. The IT Department will be able to remote control the server and computers from shore. This will save time both for the IT department and the masters onboard, and it will make it much easier to help you when you have problems. Since we have two antennas and two satcom systems the risk of loosing the data communication due to system failure is much smaller. The problem where the vessel superstructure is shadowing for the satellite will be removed. One of the satcoms will always reach the satellite. The problem may still occur when we are in areas where the shadow comes from shore side.

Project status The nine vessels with “Always on” is Star Hansa, Star Japan, Star Florida, Star Kinn, Star Istind, Star Atlantic, Star Grip, Star Isfjord, Star Hidra. We have now ordered for the equipment for Star Alabama, Star Ismene, Star Gran, Star Kilimanjaro and Star Harmonia. It is our goal that all vessels shall have “Always on” by the end of 2011. Learned so far • The equipment is well received onboard. The crew is always able to communicate with families and friends back home. • The business communication is better since the vessels master do not need to connect to the office to receive email. The emails are coming automatically. • There are some crew members who are lucky and have wifi (wireless) access in the cabins and some not. Øystein Sivertsen Maritime ICT Manager

Free SMS/E-mail We plan to upgrade the SMS Crewmail software on all vessels. In the upgraded version all crew members will have free SMS and email. This upgrade is not related to “Always on” and will be installed on all vessels as soon as possible.

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Rio de Janeiro Cenibra - Belo Oriente Mill Annette Thuen Hansen, Elisabeth Tveit and myself had the pleasure of visiting Cenibra’s mill in the state Minas Gerais at the end of March. Cenibra was set up in 1973 and is the result of the entrepreneurial spirit of Compania Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) and Japan Brazil Paper and Pulp Resources Development Co. Ltd (JBP), which had a dream of building a large forest based company. In 2001 JBP, which is a Japanese company with long experience and relationship with Brazil, acquired the control of Cenibra. Grieg Star Shipping has a two-year contract for one third of Cenibra’s pulp from Portocel to the Far East. Cenibra runs its operation in 53 counties, where they are involved in various social and environmental projects with the objective to contribute to the development

of the region. We took an early flight from Belo Horizonte/MG to Ipatinga, which is a small village close to the mill where we spent the day with Alfredo Mavignier, Cenibra´s Commercial & Logistics Manager, and some of his colleagues. They showed us the whole process of producing wood pulp from cutting trees, the equipment used, transportation of the logs to the mill and the production process until the pulp was baled and stored in the warehouse. We very much appreciated that Alfredo Mavignier took the time to show us the mill. It was interesting to learn and see what is involved in the production and delivery process! Roberto Gayoso VP & General Manager From left: Roberto Gayoso, Elisabeth Tveit, Annette Thuen Hansen and Alfredo Mavignier

Rio office and new staff The Rio office is situated in Barra da Tijuca which is a famous neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, located southwest of the city on the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, the office is located in the same building where Star Shipping’s office was when it was set up in 1993. The Grieg Star Shipping office opened end of October 2009. We are a small office with three people. Roberto Gayoso, Vice President & General Manager, returned to Grieg Star Shipping when the office opened in 2009. Roberto is among others responsible for continuous business development, marketing and management of the office. He is also involved in negotiating freight, port and stevedore contracts, and general cost control.

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Lucien Coppieters joined us in February as our Operations Manager and is currently in charge of all issues related to stowage plans, equipment, documentation as well as attending vessels as a Port Captain. Marion Anvers joined us in December and is currently taking care of office administration and accounting as well as being in daily contact with our Controllers and Lawyers.

From left: Lucien Didier Coppieters, Marion Anvers and Roberto Gayoso at the Rio office.


Planting and harvesting

The production process starts with eucalyptus planting and harvesting. Pulp is eucalyptus wood fibre used as raw material for paper production. 20 trees produces about one ton pulp and one ton biofuel.

Wood preparation

Wood transportation up to the plant is 90% by trucks and 10% by train. The bark is peeled off the logs in rotating drums and used as fuel in the boilers, making the plant self-sufficient in energy.

Cooking

The wood chips dissolution is made through a cooking process using liquid soda, the so-called White Liquor, under high pressure and temperature in a large reactor called continuous digester.

Washing and purification

The pulp is washed with warm water in order to remove residues and recover as much as possible of the soda used in the cooking process. The pulp paste is screened to eliminate the uncooked wood portion.

Bleaching

During the bleaching process, oxygen, soda and chlorine dioxide are applied in four or five reaction and washing steps to remove remaining lignin. Thus, the pulp gradually reaches its natural white color.

Drying

The drying machine produces a continuous pulp sheet with around 50% moisture content. This sheet is fed into a large hot-air drier, where it runs for 800 meters.

Packing and storage

The moisture content after the drier is just 10%. The sheet is then fed into a Cutting Machine, where it’s cut into rectangular pieces, which are piled into 2000 kilo pulp bales. Source: www.cenibra.com

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Star Shipping Per F. Waaler was registered Bergen Per Grieg is introduced to Per Waaler

STAR B-CLASS New York office opened

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Owners WestfalLarsen and Grieg split. Fleet and trade divided. Star renamed Grieg Star Shipping

Growth in SouthAmerica STAR J-CLASS vessels delivered

41 large openhatch and 3 S-class vessels in pool.

Fully integrated organization Solid position in the market 26 owned open hatch vessels + 10 new innovative open hatch ships and 2 supramaxes ordered for CBCD

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2009 Market re-established after the de-merger. New trades from Chile and Brazil. STAR K-CLASS.

2006 Shanghai office opened

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Expansion - 6 vessels, Atlanticargo bought and Rio office opened.

First BC-Europe pulp contract. Vancouver office opened.

STAR C-CLASS ordered. Car transport. Tokyo & San Francisco offices opened

Per Waaler dies in plane crash

STAR D-CLASS ordered. Forest products increase

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STAR I-CLASS ordered delivered in 1999

STAR H-CLASS 8 vessels in order. Indonesia-Europe trade started. W-F establishes Masterbulk in Singapore. Star office in Singapore opened.

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Star turning 50 The Grieg family had been in shipping for 76 years already when Per F. Waaler registered his company, Star Shipping Per F. Waaler, on April 11, 1961. A 30 year old banker with shipping experience from Hilmar Reksten, a profiled Bergen shipping entrepreneur at the time, was set to make a difference in the shipping world. Per Waaler and Per Grieg struck a unique friendship from the beginning, a friendship that inspired ideas that should win the confidence of investors and shippers, and enough confidence for the Grieg family to pursue them long after Per Waaler was tragically killed in an airplane crash in 1972. Much has been written about Stars history, at the 25th anniversary, the 40th anniversary and in the book “A Star Story”. The owners, the organization, the people and the passion to develop innovative ideas aimed at rationalizing cargo handling, making it more efficient, cheaper, faster and safer, ideas that are still at the core of our business today. A fully integrated shipping company under the sole ownership of Grieg and with a newbuilding program of 10 open hatch vessels with new and innovative features, aimed at expanding our business scope into new trades and new markets. For the first time we are also adding owned tonnage to the Conventional Bulk Carrier Division (CBCD) with 2 supramax newbuildings to be delivered in 2012. 16

At 50, the commitment to the early ideas and the future is stronger then ever. The following is a selection of milestones picked from a long list collected by our newly retired colleague Gunnar Haavik.

The 60ies – the founding years

On April 11, 1961 Star Shipping Per F. Waaler was registered in Bergen. Shortly after, Per Waaler moves to Sydney to explore the Australian market and converts the export of rutile sand from bags to bulk. Star Sydney is established in 1963. In1964 Star Bulk Shipping Co was founded as a pool with Westfal-Larsen. Investors in Waaler’s company, Billabong, included Joachim Grieg & Co as well as other prominent Bergen investors. The B-class ships were purchased second hand and fitted with 15 ton gantry cranes. The New York office was opened. The first pulp contract from BC to Europe was signed in 1966, the B-class was converted to open hatch, 6 open hatch vessels with gantry cranes were ordered and the Vancouver office was opened. In1967 8 more ships, the A-class, were ordered. The commercial breakthrough of open hatch gantry craned ships is a fact. In 1968 a new business was started when

a contract with Toyota to carry cars from Nagoya to the US Gulf was entered into. Star San Francisco was opened to further develop the pulp trades and Kongshavn Industri was established to design and build specialized cargo handling equipment. In 1969 the Tokyo office is opened.

The 70ies – tragedy and commitment

In 1970 the fleet consisted of 3 conventional ships, 13 open hatch ships, 11 tc ships and 5 newbuildings were on order. Total cargo carried was almost 4 million tons. The Pool expanded when Fred Olsen & Co took a 30% share and ordered 3 additional A-class vessels. In 1971 the business expanded to Italy and new trades from BC/USWC and USEC/ Gulf to Italy were started. In 1972 the name was changed to Star Shipping AS. The container business from Japan to North America was started and a choice of direction was made when the Toyota contract was sold to Øivind Lorentzen (NOSAC). Per Waaler tragically dies and Bjørn Østervold takes the helm. CBCD is formed with Rethymnis and Kulukundis. At the end of the year the combined fleet exceeds 30 vessels.


In 1973 Grieg becomes the main shareholder in Billabong. In 74 the forestry business is expanded with the trade from St. John NB to Japan, and in 1975 Billabong orders the first 2 D-class vessels followed by 5 more in 1976, but this time the contracts were placed with Pao and Cheng and the vessels chartered back.

The 80ies and 90ies – expansion and building for the future

In 1980 Grieg controls about 70 percent of AS Billabong and buys out the rest of the company. The forest products volume has increased to 2.4 million tons compared to 1.1 million in 1970. Grieg orders the 2 E-class ships followed by 3 F-class ships in 1983. In 1984 Grieg orders 2 G-class vessels. Westfal-Larsen orders 2 Gs as well. In 1987 the 3 smaller S-class ships are added to the Star fleet. In 1988 Fred Olsen leaves the pool and the ownership changes to 50/50 Billabong and Westfal-Larsen. In1989 Star takes over Westwood’s service from BC/USWC to Europe as well as 5 Hoegh ships on charter. Westfal-Larsen adds the second hand vessels Star Trondanger, Star Leikanger and Star Langanger to the fleet.

Expansion continues. Between 1990 and 1993 Grieg adds Star Tuva, Star America and Star Alabama and Westfal-Larsen Star Evanger, Star Austanger and Star Siranger. During the same period the Atlanticargo container and project cargo services are bought and the Rio office is opened.

grow and the J-class vessels were delivered between 2004 and 2006. In 2008 the owners decided to part ways and the fleet and trades were divided between the two. The Star brand continued under the sole ownership of Grieg and was renamed Grieg Star Shipping.

In 1994 the trade from Indonesia to Europe is started and the first of 8 H-class vessels are delivered. In 95 Westfal-Larsen establishes Masterbulk and their 50% ownership of Star moves to Singapore. Shortly after, Star’s Singapore office is established.

We have re-established our presence and offices in the areas that we parted with in the de-merger. We have entered new trades from Chile and Brazil and the fleet has expanded with the 4 K-class ships. CBCD has continued it’s historically strong performance after the de-merger as 100% owned after the cooperation with R&K ended at the end of 2009.

In 1996 Masterbulk adds Star Altanger to the fleet, the trade from Brazil to Italy starts and the New York office moves to Atlanta. In 1997 the 7 I-class ships are ordered for delivery in 1999.

2000 + changes and a new beginning

With a fully integrated organization and a solid position in the market, a fleet of 26 owned open hatch vessels, an orderbook of 10 innovative open hatch ships and 2 supramaxes for CBCD, we can proudly say that the heritage from the early days is on steady course with committed owners at the helm and a highly competent organisation worldwide, on land and at sea.

In 2003 the Seoul office was opened. In 2006 the Shanghai office was opened.

Happy 50th Anniversary Star and Happy onward Sailings to all of us!

The beginning of the new century was marked with further expansion. The business in South America continued to

Terje Michelsen Chief Operating Officer

At the turn of the century the fleet consists of 41 large open hatch vessels owned by the two owners plus the S-class.

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A historical glance

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I came to Star in January 1972. The fleet consisted of 17 ”open hatch” ships, and ten conventional ships (including 4 car carriers). The market was terrible.

1972 was a year of milestones in many ways: •

I did not understand much of what went on at first, but the constant action, the quick decisions, people travelling everywhere, the big numbers and the high spirit in the office was infectious. Since I spent a lot of that year in our telex room, I saw some of the negotiations leading to the milestones before anybody else. It was always a thrill to hand deliver a telex message to Per F. Waaler. Whether good or bad, his reaction was always worth watching. Waaler was known for quick decisions. In the spring of 1972 Star agreed with Mayor Alioto of San Francisco to bring the polar vessel ”Gjøa” back from its place in Golden Gate Park, to its new home in Oslo. ”Star Billabong” was only two days away from Oslo when Waaler barged in to our group stating that the discharge would be a TV event. We thought that was great, until Waaler demanded that the ship arrive with Norwegian colors flying, and ”paint over Monrovia on the stern, and paint on Bergen instead”. Legal arguments did not work. Luckily the discharge happened on a Sunday, and the deception never made the news – even though the safe delivery of “Gjøa” did. Since ”Star Billabong” sank on its way to the wreckers 1980 it should be safe to tell the story today. 18

A/S Billabong was run by Star. On watch in the telex room I got a call from a captain in Genoa, wondering when his crew replacement would arrive. It took us several hours to figure out that our crewing office had sent 6 men from Bergen the day before, but they were headed for Goa in India (GOA is the IATA code for Genoa Airport). They were turned around in Bangkok, and the ship lost a full day waiting. The full story as well as the extra costs involved, were nicely covered up. (I never learned why the travellers themselves did not sound the alarm). The day Waaler died was unforgettable. We were told in the morning that his plane had stalled and crashed when leaving Moscow for Tokyo. Then we learned there were survivors, and hope soared. Next we learned that the survivors were in first class. That was even more encouraging. When Østervold finally told us that Waaler was confirmed dead, grown men cried openly. The next days and weeks were scary. There were rumours Star would be sold, or merged with Gearbulk, or simply closed down. Finally Østervold was named president, and slowly things began to move towards normal again. Gunnar Haavik

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Our name was changed to Star Shipping A/S (from Star Bulk Shipping Co). The cooperation with Rethymnis and Kulukundis established the CBCD pool Our auto transport business was sold to NOPAL The ”Global computer system” was launched, allowing for electronic booking lists Squamish Terminals had its maiden call by Star Columbia Per F. Waaler was killed in a plane crash November 2

Gunnar Haavik


1) Star Clipper was the first vessel Per Waaler aquired. First bulk loading in Newcastle, Australia, November 7th 1962. 2) Roald Amundsen’s famous polar vessel “Gjøa” transported from San Francisco to Norway onboard “Star Billabong”

3) Per F. Waaler to the left 4) “The twins” - Per Waaler and Per Grieg 5) Staircase and smokestack onboard Star Japan. 6) Bjørn Østervold

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Celebrations around the world

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Spring 2011

Officers’ Conference - Leadership The first 2011 Officers’ Conference was held at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in March 2011. On Wednesday 23rd. more than 80 senior and junior officers attended the venue. In a positive atmosphere, meeting new and old colleagues, the conference started as it always does, giving every participant a short time to introduce himself or herself enabling us all to learn to know eachother better. The overall focus during the conference was Leadership, founded on the Safe Class project and Performance Management. We have also seen over the years that dividing the different departments and giving them specialized topics to evaluate and discuss is very useful, and always highly appreciated. In addition, workshops were held where the participants were given ample time to discuss, evaluate and suggest, and thereafter present their findings to the rest of the conference attendants. During day one general information, updates and company specifics were presented. Strategy and performance of the Grieg Shipping Group, both in general terms and more detailed on the Ship Management side, was presented. A special focus was given to Health, Safety and Environment, as well as introducing the new vessels to come, both the L-class and the Supramax vessels. Ensuring adequate training of our cadets and junior officers is a major task for all, both onboard and ashore, ensuring that we will have sufficient officers in the years to come. Budget, status and manning updates were amongst the topics addressed in general on day one. An update from Grieg Philippines was given by Mr. Ernesto Mercado and Captain Azanza, and after 2 years in operation, on routines and the plans going forward, as well as the need for future officers and crew. To conclude the day a presentation on the cadet programme, as well as our evaluation on taking on female cadets were given. Day two was entirely used for Safe Class and Performance Management where 22

Mr. Mjell started out by again giving the definitions and where we are now, how this has been built step by step over the years, including both the ship and the shore side. The day also included how to carry out safe job analysis and root cause analysis, and a major part of the day was used for group work and presentations, very useful indeed. During day three the conference delegates were split into groups, deck, engine and electrical; and were given presentations/ group work. Mr Winther/Mr Hammer gave presentations on operational issues for the Deck Department, followed by Mr. Bjørn Flåm from Assuranceforeningen Skuld, our main P&I insurance company. Mr Andersen and Mr. Jensen held separate venues for the engine and electrical departments. For the technical department work orders and AMOS were among the topics addressed and discussed. For the electricians the main focus was: How to reduce down time/off hire of Gantry Cranes The day was ended through an environmental presentation, and thereafter a short workshop in which the participants were invited to discuss and suggest how Grieg Shipping Group can achieve our environmental objectives together. All participants where given copies of the presentations held, enabling them to study further, and for the top management, also to use onboard for presentations. Saturday is the Annual Award Dinner and a very special evening to all. 200 guests arrived, and it was a pleasure to bid the 17 awardees and the 6 retirees most heartily welcome, some present themselves and some represented by close family. It was indeed an evening to remember, with so many fine representatives of our seafarers present, where we are able to give out the small token of appreciation in form of a plaque to our committed and

hard working long term seafarers and their families. The evening was concluded in the traditional way with karaoke singing, where colleagues and friends had a good time together creating memorable moments. Thank you all who participated, both during the Conference and the Award Dinner, for your long term commitment, your participation and your dedication to Grieg Shipping Group. The autumn conference will be held 26th till 29th October 2011. Eli K. Vassenden COO

Electrician session For the first time at the “Officers conference” there was a separate session only for the Electricians. The two main focus areas were: 1. “How to reduce the down-time/off-hire of the Gantry cranes” 2. “How to do more and better condition based maintenance at the Gantry cranes” During the session we had a lot of interesting discussions about the Electrician’s daily work and challenges. We ended up with a “Top 20 list” with suggestions for improvements In the future these special Electrician sessions will also be a part of the forthcoming conferences. Tore Jensen Superintendent


10 year awards

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APULI, ELVIN L.

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CAYABYAB, RODOLFO P.

MASTER

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DE GUZMAN, MIGUELITO C.

CHIEF COOK

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DOTIMAS, WINCE C.

3/OFF

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ESTALILIA, RADNEY L.

CH/OFF

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GLORIA, VICTOR M.

AB

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LANDEZA, JEARIM S.

AB

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MONTECILLO, SERLITO

MM

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PACATANG FELIX JR. M.

STWD

10 PASTOR, JAIME S.

DK.FTR/AB

11 PORAL, ANTONIO J.

2/A/E

12 RANUDA, ROMELL O.

3/OFF

13 REGALADO, NESTOR M.

AB

14 RICAROS, GUADALUPE JR.

AB

15 SANTIAGO, PABLO G.

1/A/E

16 SUMBILLO, EDWARD L.

CH/OFF

17 YANSON, EDGARDO G.

E.FITTER/ MM

A fantastic show was presented to us by the Manila Dance and Cultural Arts Foundation Inc. where children and youth dance together, both traditional Philippine dances and more modern dances. These young people come from less fortunate families, and are given an opportunity for the future through this foundation. Indeed an impressive performance.

Electricians From left: Wingard Incapin, Jurolito Consuegra, Voltaire Dagaman, Eedgar Boy, Vicente Zamora, John Aguila, Luis Leonardo jr., Sherwin Sergio, Domingo Tatad, Kim Garcia, Joel Cacafranca, Tore Jensen, Marianito Uy jr., Napoleon Jovita

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Compliance Committee In 2010 an internal compliance committee was established in Grieg Shipping Group. Members represent different functions within the company and bring various experiences and views to the committee meetings. Eli Vassenden leads the committee, and members include Terje Winther, Ole Petter Frafjord, Heine Berge, Mariann Revheim and Marit Trodal. Elisabeth Grieg participates as an observer. So far four meetings have taken place, focusing on issues ranging from health and safety onboard and ethical concerns in our value chain. We strive to continuously improve our own standards, routines and policies in order to ensure we are in compliance with laws and requirements. And most importantly, we need to make sure that we are in line with our own high quality standards, as outlined in our vision statement and policies. Outcomes from the committee’s discussions, as well as recommendations on actions that need to be taken by the organization are reported back to the management team or board of directors. Eli K. Vassenden - COO

In Search of Well-Being During the Officers’ Conference, the wives enjoyed a two day seminar titled “In-Roads to Wellness and Business”. The seminar kicked off with two hours of aerobic work out. The ladies were given pointers on the benefits of exercising, such as that it improves the mood, combats chronic diseases, manages weight, boosts the energy level and promotes better sleep. Having become acquainted with each other, the seminar went on with presentations and group work on how to establish your own small-scale business and manage your finances. On the second day, the ladies learned how to make chocolate candies and enjoyed a lecture on massage therapy and reflexology.

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About 50 wives attended the seminar, which proved to be another successful get-together. As part of their seminar, the ladies were also given some insight to life onboard our vessels and the family medical plan. Jannicke Steen


Conducting the Master’s Leadership Development seminars:

SafeClass - Hanne Borgersen I am a resident Doctoral Student and HR Consultant in Grieg Shipping Group from 2010 to 2014. My field of work is safety-critical leadership on board, and I divide my time between research projects on authentic leadership and safety climate at the University of Bergen (Faculty of Psychology), and conducting the Masters’ leadership development seminars. In addition, I assist the technical department in implementing the employee dialogue concept between superintendents and officers. This involves visits on board, something I really appreciate. The ship visits teach me about life and work on board – it brings great value to my research work, but most of all I also get to meet everybody.

Objectives of the seminar

The main objectives of the leadership development seminars is to ’drive home the point’ that good leadership on board

springs from the Master’s self-confidence and his ability to take the lead of his officers and his crew. We can strengthen our self-confidence by working to increase our self-awareness. This is a worthwhile process, because increased self-confidence supports our ability to ‘stand the ground’ and not give in to inappropriate demands when executing authority.

About the seminars

The two-day seminars are held outside the office, and are built around research results from the 2009 SafeClass survey. The lectures, discussions, exercises and role plays are designed to demonstrate that the Masters’ leadership behavior connects to how well the crew and officers maintain safety in their daily work. Therefore, we discuss and practice open and well-argued communication, like how to ask for and use information - as opposed to ‘thinking alone and closing the ears’. We also discuss

You can read more about the SafeClass project on page 13 in Crew Winter 2010. “A scientific approach to life at sea”.

and practice how to lead, as the SafeClass results indicated that Masters who have developed the ability to display a balance of formal authority, self confidence, openness and harmonious relations run safe and happy ships. To date, it is my experience that the GSG Masters are aware of this need to balancing for instance strictness with leniency. I am also impressed by the Masters’ expressed willingness to continuously work on improving their leadership skills. This positive attitude inspires really good seminars, and I look forward to the continuation of this work we do. Hanne Borgersen

The SafeClass Captains Group 1 November 2010

Alejandro Yuson Edwin Mendoza OlivoYuson Jimmy Sanchez

Group 2 January 2011

Rodrigo Lumad Edgar Jao Felipe Reyes George Pastor Elmer Tuvida

Group 3 February 2011

Elton Nolie Ancheta Jonathan Sison Freddie Maranan Paul Leong Reynaldo Sison Socrates Trilles

Group 4 April 2011

Rey Domopoy Cornelio Lauderes Norberto Lee Dave Osunero Silvestre Notorio Reynaldo Costillas

Group 5 May 2011

Vincent Aseniero Edilberto Cruz Vicente Capero Cesar Pasaylo Raymund Taotjo Hilar E. Venus

From left: Marianne Berentsen, Cornelio Lauderes, Rey Domopoy, Reynaldo Costillas, Norberto Lee, Silvestre Notorio, Dave Osunero and May-Britt Bjørø.

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Dry Docking Photos by Anders Moseid

Over the last few years we have implemented 5 - yearly dry docking intervals for all vessels. The majority of the dry dock jobs and actual work scope has been standardised, based on our experience from previous yard work and actual maintenance needs.

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Some of the main objectives of the yard stay are: • to carry out the jobs without injuries neither to our own crew nor to the yard’s personnel • to complete all the work within the planned number of days and budget • to make the vessel ready for another 5 years of uninterrupted service As the complexity and amount of jobs undertaken increases, the importance of proper planning and good communication and team work involving purchasers, superintendents, the vessels management, area mangers and operators is paramount.

described in a vessel specific “Specification for Dry dock and Repair” which is based on observations from the superintendents regular visits on board, input from the on board management and the overall maintenance policy. This specification is then forwarded to the yard in good time to establish the cost level and to allow time for the yard to plan for provision of the material and resources required.

“The degree of attention we receive at arrival and the effectiveness of the work execution cannot, in my opinion, be beaten by anybody. “

All spare parts, paints, hull anodes and other consumables to be supplied by us must be available on board upon commencement of the work. Also service personnel for specialised assistance within areas like main engine overhaul and automation, rudder overhaul, crane repair, check out of life boats etc, must be booked and ready. Contracts for delivery of major components must be established up to 9 month prior to the planned yard arrival date in order to carry out engineering, class approvals and fabrication. (Installation of tween decks or replacement of hatches are good example of this). All planned jobs for the yard stay is

When the vessel arrives at the yard, the crew has already been busy for some time receiving spare parts, optimising fuel storage, cleaning ballast tanks, removing waste oil and garbage and generally readying the vessel. The superintendent is the owners’ representative and carries the total responsibility for the “yard stay project”, but proper assistance and commitment from the vessels’ officers and crew is

essential. Star Atlantic has just finished its yard stay completing 350 jobs and each job must be checked out by the superintendent or one of the officers. Particularly for the older vessels, we often find that additional unplanned jobs must be attended to. Normally, the yard will be able to carry out these jobs within the planned days, but sometimes these jobs are on the “critical path” and will cause delays. The job for the officers and crew is not completed when the vessel leaves the yard. There will always be cleaning up and some remaining work to be finished or equipment to be commissioned. Proper updating of documentation files and registration of all the maintenance work in AMOS are also time consuming, but necessary. Planning for the next yard stay starts immediately after leaving the yard. A yard stay is a complex technical operation that involves many people throughout the organization over a long period of time. Our proven ability to prioritise, cooperate and plan is the guarantee for future successful yard stays and by the end of the day for the safety of our seafarers and technical performance of our fleet. Stein Andersen Fleet Manager

Docking in China For the planned yard stays in 2011 and 2012, we have made a fleet agreement with Chengxi and subsidiary Xinrong Shipyard in Jiangyin for all vessels. (Star Grip, Star Atlantic, Star Eagle, Star Java, Star Harmonia and Star Evviva). Chinese yards are generally very competitive when it comes to cost, but this is not the only reason for choosing this yard. Grieg vessels have been at Chengxi since 1999 and we have developed a very good personal relationship with the management teams there. The degree of attention we receive at arrival and the effectiveness of the work

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execution cannot, in my opinion, be beaten by anybody. We also observe that the yard’s continuous HES improvement programmes are progressing with visible effect. Over the years we also have established a network of high quality service providers and vendors locally or in the Shanghai area which is a two hour drive away. However, going to China for all yard stays is not without complications. We try to schedule the yard stay to commence

roughly one month before the expiry of the vessels 5-yearly certificate renewal date. At the same time we try to avoid January and February (because it is too cold for proper paint work), Chinese New Year, and June/ July (because it is too hot and humid for proper painting and Norwegians in general!). In order to ensure that the vessel is in position for the yard, also repositioning of a number of other vessels will be required. Stein Andersen


Dry Dock - Star Atlantic The 10th of May 2011 Star Atlantic finally departed from Chengxi Shipyard after finishing her 5th renewal survey. She had now been in service for 25 years and was in need of some attention. Superintendent Leif Arild Herøy and I went to visit the vessel in British Colombia in September last year to do a pre-docking inspection and start the planning together with officers and the crew. During the visit and the following months many jobs came to the attention and were included in the dry docking specification. More than 150 jobs was planed and sent to the yard prior to the yard stay. One of the leading jobs, both time and cost wise, was a major overhaul of the gantry cranes. When the vessel arrived at the yard the complete trolley was landed on the berth. This would make the work on the trolley and gantry crane much easier and safer. Everything from, gantry crane drivers cabin, tooth racks and hydraulic cylinders was changed and the remaining electric motors and equipment got a large overhaul. After 30 days and a few hours the vessel had completed her yard stay and was bond for the seven seas once again. During her lengthy stay we had completed a large overhaul of the gantry crane, the main engine, renewal of the manoeuvre system, about 70 tonnes of steel renewal as well as blasting and painting of the hull. We would like to use opportunity to thank all officers and the entire crew, which did a magnificent job, working from early morning to late at night to get the vessel back in ship shape. Anders Moseid Trainee/superintendent

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From Containers to Project Cargo After closing down the regular container traffic on the North Atlantic (Atlanticargo), the Gothenburg office has gone through an organizational restructure and the strategic focus has changed. Today the focus is project cargoes, and we are seven people in the office. As it lies in the name ‘project’, each cargo is often one or a few unique shipments, and then the job is completed. The wide variety of cargoes and constantly having to chase new cargoes, is what makes the project cargo business both challenging and fun. Over the last years project cargo has become an important complement to Grieg Star Shipping’s core business. On an ongoing basis we expand our commercial network. A solid network catching up and bringing the cargo to us is very important, as project cargo is normally not channeled through the regular broker channels. Our idea is to step by step develop our commercial network, but not faster than we actually can deliver what we promise. One of our main goals is to establish the name Grieg Star Shipping as a brand in the project cargo market. Our vision is to be recognized as a project

Project market The project market is mainly controlled by forwarders, often specializing in certain commodity groups. Most forwarders deal with the shipping line direct, or its agent. As the forwarder often handles a project from door to door, the inland transportation might be a challenging part, with many barriers to overcome both in terms of infrastructure and bureaucracy. We therefore often experience that the ports closest to the origin or destination, are not always the ones to be chosen as load and discharge ports.

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carrier, same way as we are known as a forest product- or steel carrier, by the forest and steel shippers. By systematic sales and marketing we aim to be on the project cargo shippers ‘radar screen’ whenever they have a need for ocean transport within our business scope. It is with great interest and enthusiasm we look forward to see the new L-class vessels start trading. The new crane concept will open up for new opportunities. We see many projects destined for ports which do not have sufficient crane capacity available, for example for windmill projects. Another opportunity is the yacht market. Over the next few years we believe there will be interesting opportunities for Grieg Star Shipping in the project cargo market. Hans Gunnar Mo Commercial Director

Commodities Currently a large share of the ‘global’ project market is related to energy. It can be cargo for the oil and gas industry, power plants, transformers, generators or windmill equipment. Another commodity group is infrastructure related cargoes, as steel structures, machines, cranes or any items related to a construction site.

Competitors In current market many operators are chasing project cargoes. We are competing with container carriers, roro carriers and multipurpose carriers operating geared vessels of different sizes.

Rates The different type of operators have different cost picture, hence often pricing the cargo differently. Therefore we see it as very important to ‘educate’ customers by highlighting the benefits and advantages the Grieg Star Shipping concept can offer for their cargo.


The Gothenburg Office Grieg Star Shipping’s Gothenburg office is located in the center of Gothenburg, direct at the river ‘Göta älv’. The river is the inland waterway to the lake ‘Vänern’ and coasters are frequently passing by the office. Today there is a staff of seven people, and the office has a commercial function for project cargoes. Anders Holmquist is the General Manager, and his main tasks are finance and general administrative issues. Anders has been with Atlanticargo from 1981 -1985, and after two years with Stena Bulk, joined us again in 1987.

sales. Gerrit came to Grieg Star Shipping Gothenburg in September 2010, after 10 years at different positions in the Wallenius Wilhelmsen system. Petra Danbratt, Assistant Traffic Manager, is working with booking, documentation and invoicing. In addition supporting commercial activities. Petra has been with Atlanticargo since 1993.

Daniel Tisell, Assistant Traffic Manager, is working with booking, documentation and invoicing in addition supporting commercial activities. Daniel joined the team in January 2011. Daniel came from the Danish container feeder operator Unifeeder. Christer Karlson, is the Operational Manager and has his main focus on operational issues and keeps track of all container equipment used in the Atlantic trades. Christer joined Atlanticargo in 2004, and came from P&O Nedlloyd.

Lisa Lundgren is Accountant/HR and Payroll Administrator and is working with Anders. Lisa has been with Atlanticargo since 1982. Hans Gunnar Mo is Commercial Director, with main focus on business development and sales. He started with Star Shipping in Bergen in 1999 and moved to Gothenburg in 2001, and had various positions in the former Atlanticargo organization. Gerrit Hartmann, Commercial Manager, is focusing on business development and From left: Hans Gunnar Mo, Daniel Tisell, Lisa Lundgren, Petra Danbratt, Anders Holmquist, Christer Karlsson, Gerrit Hartmann

Heavy project cargo: The heaviest item loaded so far this year was a Siemens transformer of 360 tons, shipped from Rotterdam to Houston.

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Emily on tour During March we had the pleasure of having Emily Kiley Carra working in Bergen for 3 weeks before she moved on for a visit to our Livorno office. Emily works in our Atlanta office, which is one of the largest branch offices in Grieg Shipping Group. The office is located in northwest Atlanta and has a staff of 20 people. Just before Emily left for Livorno, we had a nice talk, and the opportunity to ask her some questions.

Emily, what was the main purpose of your visit to Bergen and Livorno?

This visit to Bergen is part of my continued training, and provides an excellent chance to meet and work with colleagues that I’m in daily contact with. I was able to sit with the various trades and departments, and go through the everyday routines that are in place here. I joined the group on the scheduling meetings which I found very helpful in the overall scheme

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of things. It is interesting and useful to see how things are done at the head office.

Could you tell us a little about your work experience in Grieg Star Shipping?

I have been with Star for almost 9 years. I started working as a marine accountant, and then moved on to more of the operational side, then as an Assistant Traffic Manager for the Gulf/Med Trade and for the last 6 months as a Traffic Manager. For me this is a very interesting and challenging position, giving me the possibility to be in contact with the players in the market we serve. I am in very close contact daily with the ports, agents/stevedores, and clients.

After 3 weeks in Bergen which memories will you bring back home?

I have had a wonderful experience in my stay here in Bergen. I stayed at a flat next to the theatre and it was just a few minutes walking distance from the office, so that was extremely convenient. In Bergen


Emily’s job: Traffic Manager Among a lot of things, a Traffic Manager is responsible for bookings and traffic matters, scheduling to meet contract obligations and for optimum port rotation, book and fix cargoes and coordinate cargo bookings, both contract and otherwise, to produce best voyage results. Also produce and distribute cargo recaps, issue booking notes, and maintain good relationships with contract and key shippers, which involves travelling, customer visits, public relations etc. In addition, a Traffic Manager keeps the trade group locally and in Bergen continuously informed about changes in bookings to ensure that stowage, draft and any other operational issues are addressed as soon as possible. Another task is to obtain quarterly and annual forecasts from shippers, and provide the Commercial Director with such information.

there are so many good opportunities to get outside and take in the fresh air. I was able to both hike and take the Funicular up to Fløien. In addition, I had the privilege of going up to Ulriken in the cable car. Both mountain trips boasted spectacular views of Bergen. You can walk everywhere here, which is great. People have been very friendly and accommodating. The surrounding of Bergen is amazing with the mountains and the harbour. “Bryggen” is just opposite the office building, and

actually what you lay your eyes on when you look out the window.

Atlanta is one of the major cities in the south-east of USA with 5 mill citizens.

And as I love fish, Bergen is an ideal place to live. It has not been difficult to decide the menu.

It’s a modern city with all the American “drive-in facilities”. Atlanta is also an intersection in the area and has the largest airport in the world with 85 mill. passengers per year.

Ellen Sundøy

The city is situated far from the coast. Maybe a little odd for a shipping company to have a branch office here, but for Grieg Star Shipping the office is close to some of the most important forestry customers in the country. The closest ports of shipment are Savannah, Brunswick and Mobile and transportation by rail and road is very efficient.

From left: Frode Hamre, Audun Baardsen, Emily Carra, Sigrid Risa and Kari Vevle

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Elisabeth & Camilla Visit Vancouver

Vancouver update

The much awaited visit of Elisabeth and Camilla finally took place in May -- the first time after the split. It’s been 7 years since their last visit in May of 2004. The timing was perfect as the visit coincided with the annual market pulp convention in Vancouver attended by all of the Who’s Who in the pulp industry. The presence of Elisabeth and Camilla at our reception, lunches and dinners was a testament to the commitment of Grieg Star Shipping to servicing the West Coast, and our customers were delighted for the opportunity to meet them. Everyone in the office was happy to meet the owners for the first time under the

After a long, cold rainy winter, the Vancouver office is finally seeing the cherry blossoms blooming. Over the past couple of years, our office has experienced numerous changes and despite that we were able to surpass these challenges and has made Grieg Star Shipping stronger.

Grieg banner, and their presentations once again gave us a sense of pride to be working for a company with a clear business vision and high ethical standards. We in turn briefed them on what we do operationally and commercially in this part of the world, although they most likely have a full grasp of our operations. The visit was most welcome, and we would all be happy if they’d make their visit an annual event just like their father used to do. Keiko Hirai

Over the past few months our office has seen an increase in business, which has lead to us hiring some exceptional people who are introduced on the New Employees pages Our office is quite dynamic, there are always opportunities for new people to start and develop their careers here, and there is also the stability and strength found in the employees who have made Grieg Star Vancouver what it is today. We have a number of employees celebrating 30+ years with the company. In March, Monique Guerin, celebrated 35 years with us. The following people have also worked with us for over 30 years: • Terry Koke • Al Empey • Teo Talento • May Wei In July, Keiko Hirai will be celebrating an amazing 40 years with Grieg Star Shipping. Keiko initially began her career with us in Japan in 1969 and moved to the Vancouver office in 1971.

Camilla and Elisabeth with colleagues from the Vancouver office

It is due to the hard work and dedication of employees like these that our office is how it is! Sundeep Thakur

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Fukushima

Thank you for the Kizuna. Kizuna – the bonds of friendship e of unprecedented scale One month has passed since an earthquak lives. Even today, evacuation struck Japan taking thousands of precious 150,000 people. than shelters are still the only refuge for more was no food, no water, no In the tsunami-devastated regions there unications. At that desperate electricity and the survivors had no comm our side bringing hope and to d rallie time people from around the world inspiring courage. brought warmth and strength Every blanket and every cup of hot soup thing. Rescue teams every lost had who to the cold and exhausted s of broken rubble, while heroically searched for survivors in the heap injured. the for g medical teams worked tirelessly carin ouring of encouragement, We are still receiving a tremendous outp . We deeply appreciate the prayers and support from people worldwide n and I want to thank show have world Kizuna our friends around the the bottom of my heart. every nation, entity, and you personally, from are putting every effort into Reconstruction has already begun and we hi Nuclear Power Plant. Daiic a shim Fuku the at stabilizing the situation of the global community, Through our own efforts and with the help ger. We will then repay you stron even back Japan will recover and come for your generous aid. her dedicated to rebuilding With this in our hearts, we now stand toget the nation. into feelings of hope, we, As our feelings of deep gratitude to you grow thanks to you all. the people of Japan, express our sincere Naoto Kan Prime Minister of Japan April 2011

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Return of the Herring

Squamish Streamkeepers

Hiking in Bergen

The development of Squamish Terminals (SQT) in 1972 opened up new spawning areas for herring. Prior to this time, herring stocks had been in decline in the area for many years. Bladder wrack seaweed growing in the newly placed riprap (rocks walls) along the Terminal shoreline allowed some herring to spawn successfully. However, most of the herring sought the more protected and quiet area to spawn under the East dock. The dock was constructed in the traditional style of the time with pilings that were treated with creosote to protect them from the many species of marine borers that would normally attack any wooden structure in the ocean waters. The creosote unfortunately and unknowingly did kill the herring eggs that were laid upon the pilings.

Every week the Bergen walking group walks up one of the mountains surrounding Bergen and the weather has to be very, very bad to stop this band of intrepid walkers setting off after a hard day’s work to conquer yet another mountain top.

Herring eggs on the seaweed by the terminal docks

In 2006, the Squamish Streamkeepers were checking the net pens that Squamish Terminals had put in to aid salmon enhancement and stumbled onto the dead herring eggs on the creosote pilings under the dock. With funding from the Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO), the Streamkeepers began wrapping the pilings with various materials to see what might protect the delicate eggs from creosote damage. After a number of attempts a material was found that protected the herring eggs and a successful hatch was the result. With the cooperation of Squamish Terminals, efforts by the Streamkeepers and good spawning conditions around the Terminals, the Howe Sound herring run is seeing positive results with a few billion eggs hatching out since 2006. For more information, visit the Squamish Streamkeepers online at www. squamishstreamkeepers.net. 36

We are always particularly pleased when colleagues from abroad are able to join us and last Tuesday we were joined by Chief Engineer Roman Oliva on a trip up Mount Løvstakken. Terje Monslaup lead us up a new route to the top where we enjoyed spectacular views of the city in bright sunshine. It was quite a tough uphill climb in places for several of us and especially for Chief Eng. Oliva who admitted that it was his first mountain trip in such a natural terrain. He was heard to mutter ‘This is terrible’ several times as he wiped his brow and stopped to draw breath, but he impressed us all by making it to the top and wants to come on the next walk. We would like to advise all colleagues from the branch offices to automatically pack their walking gear when they come to Bergen as we would like to see the ‘Tuesday walk’ become a compulsory part of a trip to Bergen :-) Elizabeth Horn

Chief Eng. Oliva on his first mountain trip in such a natural terrain.

Members of the hiking group on top of Løvstakken - one of the 7 mountains surrounding Bergen


Lotus Lantern Festival Every spring, Seoul City Hall Square is filled with beautiful lanterns hanging below azure sky. Many people, whether intentionally visiting or just dropping by, gather under colorful lanterns dancing within spring breeze. These touchable rainbows signal the start of one of the biggest festivals in Korea - Lotus Lantern Festival. Lotus Lantern Festival, initiated as celebration of Buddha’s birthday, has become a national carnival for centuries. The records showing that parades carrying lanterns could be found as early as during the era when Buddhism was first propagated in Ancient Korean Dynasties. Lotus Lantern Festival consists of lots of fabulous entertainments. Shining lanterns near Seoul City Hall Square is just a part of the celebrations. Streets are filled with people in beautiful Korean costumes carrying more than a hundred thousand different lanterns. Along with the parade, visitors also love Hoehyang Hanmadang, a big party throwing on the main streets of Seoul. Long history and celebration of Korean Buddhism culture and people’s enjoyment are the reasons for the festival’s everlasting popularity. Hu K Kim

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Looking after the kids Grieg Shipping Group has supported the SOS Children’s Village in Cebu for three years now. The running cost of this Village is wholly supported by funds from the Norwegian maritime industry. Many of the employees, both ashore and onshore, in Grieg Shipping Group have been contributing to this commitment through monthly salary deductions.

poverty, and the number of orphans is even higher in Asia than in Africa. Thus, there is a great need for long-term social welfare projects.

If you are one of those that would like to contribute, but have so far not been part of this joint effort, you are more than welcome to participate. For practical reasons you can choose between three monthly amounts USD 10 (NOK 50), USD 15 (NOK 100) and USD 20 (NOK 150). Send an email to: Jannicke.stadaas@grieg.no and she will coordinate with the payroll office.

SOS Children Villages have 8 Villages in the Philippines. Each village has 10 to 12 houses with approx 10 children in each house living together with their SOSmother. In connection to the Villages there are kindergardens and schools where children from the local communities also can participate. In addition to the SOS Villages, they have numerous family strengthening programmes to assist families in the local communities.

SOS Philippines The population in Asia counts for over 60% of the world population with a total of 3,8 billion, and the Philippines have 86 million inhabitants. A large population is often related to poor living conditions, as

SOS-mother Nanay Angel has been SOS-mother in Cebu for 29 years and during these years she has taken care of 32 children ! “I am very proud and grateful for being a SOS-mother, even though it is often challenging. They are my children no matter who they are and what background they come from and I hope they will have a good life”, she says. Some of Nanay Angels happiest moments are when the children graduate and when they get married. She also appreciates when visiting grown up children in their own homes. 18 of her children are married and she has 17 grandchildren. In her house in the SOS Village she has now 12 children.

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News from SOS Cebu In SOS Cebu there are 132 children and 29 SOS-mothers and other employees.

The Village is a lively and active place where a lot of activities are happening. The youth have participated in a leader course in cooperation with UNICEF, and the village has been visited by students who have thought the children about various subjects. The children go to school in the local community and are hard working The SOS Village also has a kindergarden where 225 children, both from the village and the local community are enrolled. 45 of these children come from very poor families and the tuition fees are paid by the SOS Village. Jannicke Stadaas


Life in the youth house Jason (15) lives in the youth house in Cebu together with his twin brother Jefferson and other youths from the SOS Village. The two boys also have three sisters who still live in the SOS Children’s Village. Jason goes to high school and has a lot of activities in his spare time; karate, basket ball and dancing. In the youth house he learns to be responsible for himself together with other children at his age. “The SOS Children’s Villages has meant everything for me. I grew up in a family together with my siblings and I got the chance to go to school. I dream of having a well paid job in order for me to take care of my brother and sisters,” he says. (The persons in the photo have no relevance to the text. Illustration purpose only)

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Onboard computer training The trend nowadays is all about computers - be it Bridgework or Deck and Engine operations. Even today’s Water ballasting procedures involves the use of computers. Due to this the Top Management had decided to conduct Basic Computer Tutorial for the crew on weekends. Simple knowledge about how computer works, the Do’s and Don’ts, Writing Reports and use of Excel Spreadsheets are very helpful for computer users. In addition, this will enhance computer knowledge which will be very beneficial when the company’s “Always On” project finally has been introduced in the whole fleet. Hands on errors will be minimized, less need of assistance from the Officers and most of all crew will have knowledge how to take extra care while using our shipboard computers. At these weekend gatherings/courses we

learn about Basic Computer knowledge. As an example the use of Excel Spreadsheet on how to set up a Family Budget. Each Officer (deck and Engine) was given a subject to discuss. The Electricians discussed power management, battery care, proper connections, etc. The Third Officer was given the task of Networking, Internet, File Downloading and Uploading while the 1st and 2nd Eng’r were asked to discuss the use of MS Word when writing reports and how to attach pictures. Everyone at the course had eagerly contributed with pieces of useful computer related information. A benefit to crew without formal computer education. This is a typical example of good harmonious working relationship among the officers and crew.

Last phase of the program will be dedicated for individual exercises by creating own spreadsheets and report writing. On long voyage just like we have now, this is one way to keep ourselves busy and at same time keeping abreast of the trend while having a very beneficial different kind of challenge. Finally, we look forward to see our friends and colleagues in the whole fleet having similar useful activities for the benefit of us all. The Management Team Star Kirkenes

A Healthy Ship is a Safe Ship At sea and especially on long ocean passage, we device routine exercise program. This is a 30 minutes (0800H – 0830H) exercise held indoor at the Gym during uncooperative weather and on deck (poop deck or on top of hatch cover) in favorable condition, though we prefer the later for getting morning fresh air. Preceding this is a short but solemn prayers DAILY ROUTINE EXERCISES Head Rotation Arm Rotation Chest Expander Side Bending Back Bending Body and Arms Twisting Hip Rotation Bend & Reach Knee Rotation Squat Bending Bomber (30 rep) Stork Walk (40 rep or more) Jumping Jack (40 rep or more) Jog in Place (40 rep or more) Breathing Mountain Climb. (30 rep or more) Push Up 15 counts Breathing

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by assigned Exercise Leader of the day and contemplating for good intentions, these are to develop physical attributes, health awareness, and at same time hasten camaraderie among crewmembers. Doing so not only physically beneficial to each crew but also we always have healthy, happy and ever ready hands suited to face all kinds of shipboard task and challenges.

We believe this half hour work interruption is not much of a hindrance affecting maintenance work on board since added to this is a short talk by the Department Heads whether it be a safety reminder, follow up on the current work status and even current events for the info of all. Capt. Menorca Star Kirkenes


POLA’s “Placard” Ceremony All ships in the K-class calling Los Angeles are receiving a placard from the port authorities. The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) wants to greet the new ships calling the port by having a small ceremony onboard each ship when convenient for both parts. The first ship out to receive the Placard was Star Kilimanjaro arriving LA 8th January.

Captain Cesar Pasaylo receives the POLA’s Placard

Congratulations to Star Fraser:

1,146 valuable marine observations! I am pleased to announce Star Fraser has been awarded a 2010 Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) Award and Plaque with an outstanding total of 1,146 valuable marine observations! This was an all time new ship’s record! and was the highest number in the Star Shipping Fleet. On the month of March 2011 Star Fraser were in the 10th place for the top 50 list in the whole world.

The observations help make better weather forecast which lead to safer operations. In times of emergency, they enable a safer and more rapid response to help. These benefit meteorological agencies worldwide. Ensure accurate marine forecasts and ultimately help save lives.

Star Fraser, as well as the most other Star ships, trades in very important and valuable regions to receive weather observations, particular importance are observations from the Southern Hemisphere. Within a few minutes of transmission, the observation is utilized by the world’s meteorological agencies such as; USA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, etc.

Many thanks for your outstanding and fantastic work!

We are very thankful for the voluntary effort by the ship’s officers.

Larry Hubble Port Meteorological Officer Anchorage Alaska

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Ann-Kristin Eidsvik joined Grieg Star Shipping, Bergen, as Port Captain in January.

Joseph Kinyanjui joined Grieg Star Shipping, Vancouver, as Marine Accountant in February

Ă˜rjan Torsvik joined Grieg Star Shipping, Bergen, as Port Captain in January.

Galin Stoyano joined Grieg Star Shipping, Vancouver, as Port Captain in February.

Randy Hillsman joined Grieg Star Shipping, Atlanta, as Equipment Coordinator in December.

Alexander Graf joined Grieg Star Shipping,Vancouver, as Inbound Coordinator in April.

Patrick McNamara joined Grieg Star Shipping, Atlanta, as Documentation Coordinator and Marine Accountant in May.

Ottavia Cavaliere joined Grieg Star Shipping, Livorno, end of March and she will take care of administration and operation/documentation in the office.


Roberta Digosciu joined Grieg Star Shipping, Livorno, in May and she will take care of commercial and operational work in the office.

Jeong Aa Kim joined Grieg Star Shipping, Seoul, as Traffic and Documents Manager 28 March.

Marion Anvers joined Grieg Star Shipping, Rio, as Administration/Finance Assistant in December.

Karen Allaby joined Squamish Terminals in September and provides support to the Payroll & Traffic Department.

Lucien Didier Coppieters joined Grieg Star Shipping, Rio, as Operations Manager in February.

Erin Yeo joined Squamish Terminals as Marketing & Administration Coordinator in April.

Daniel Tisell joined Grieg Star Shipping, Gothenburg, as Assistant Traffic Manager in January.

For further information we refer to announcements on CrewNet

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NORWAY BERGEN: Grieg Shipping Group AS Grieg-Gaarden, C. Sundtsgate 17/19 P.O. Box 781 Sentrum N-5807 Bergen Telephone: +47 55 57 69 50 Grieg Shipping AS Grieg-Gaarden, C. Sundtsgate 17/19 P.O. Box 781 Sentrum N-5807 Bergen Telephone: +47 55 57 69 50

Grieg Star Shipping Technical Department, Rotterdam Edisonweg 16 NL-3208 KB Spijkenisse Telephone: +31 181 610998 ITALY LIVORNO Grieg Star Shipping S.r.l.u Via Salvatore Orlando, 3A-2nd Floor 57123 Livorno Telephone: + 39 0586 851936

Grieg Star Shipping AS Grieg-Gaarden, C. Sundtsgate 17/19 P.O. Box 1088 Sentrum N-5809 Bergen Telephone: +47 55 23 96 00

US/CAN.E.COAST & US GULF ATLANTA, GA: Grieg Star Shipping (USA) Inc. 600 Galleria Parkway – Suite 925 Atlanta, GA 30339 Telephone: +1 770 226 5900

OSLO Grieg Shipping Group AS P.O. Box 513 Skøyen Karenslyst allé 2 N-0214 Oslo Telephone: +47 23 27 41 00

US WEST COAST LONG BEACH, CA: Grieg Star Shipping (USA) Inc. 1330 N. Avalon Blvd. Wilmington, CA 90744 Telephone: +1 310 233 2720

SWEDEN GOTHENBURG: Grieg Star Shipping AB Skeppsbroplatsen 1 SE-41118 Gothenburg Telephone:+46 31 3395500

CANADA VANCOUVER, BC: Grieg Star Shipping (Canada) Ltd. 9th floor 1111 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6E 2J3 Telephone: +1 604 661 2000

THE NETHERLANDS ROTTERDAM: Grieg Star Shipping Cargo Handling Dept. Rotterdam Streefwaalseweg 15, Port No. 2810, 3195-KN Rotterdam-Pernis, The Netherlands Telephone: +31 (0) 10438051

SEOUL: Grieg Star Shipping AS 18th floor Kwanghwamun Bldg 64-8, Taepyungro 1ga Chung.ku, Seoul, Korea 100-101 Telephone: +82 2 399 2880 MANILA: Grieg Philippines INC. G/F Legaspi Towers 200, 107 Paseo de Roxas Street 1229 Makati Citi Philippines Telephone: +63 917 511 9416 SHANGHAI: Grieg Star Shipping AS Unit 2904-2917, Office Tower Shanghai Central Plaza 381 Huai Hai Zhong Road Shanghai 200020 Peoples Republic of China Telephone: +86 21 6171 1100

SQUAMISH, BC: Squamish Terminals Ltd. P.O.Box 1520 Squamish, BC V8B 0B1 Telephone: +1 604 892 3511 BRAZIL RIO DE JANEIRO Grieg Star Shipping Comercio Maritimo Ltda. Av. Gildásio Amodo No. 55 Rooms 2006/2007 Edificio Centro da Barra Rio de Janeiro Tel: + 55 21 2493 7705

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BELGIUM Grieg Star Shipping Belgium Avenue des Bouleaux 11 1420 Braine l’Alleud (Brussels) Telephone: +32 2 351 8088

FAR EAST TOKYO: Grieg Star Shipping AS 22F Toranomon Kotohira Tower 2-8, Toranomon 1-chome Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, Japan Telephone: +81 3 5501 1761

www.grieg.com www.griegstar.com


Crew summer 2011  

Internal magazine for Grieg Shipping Group

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