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Columbia Coastal Transport Joins MARAD’s VISA Program

Columbia Coastal Transport, LLC, has been notified by Maritime Administrator, Captain William G. Schubert, that its application was approved for MARAD’s Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) program. Its acceptance into the VISA program allows Columbia Coastal to receive top-tier award priority for Department of Defense peacetime cargo. Columbia Coastal has also completed the contingency contracts for both the Military Traffic Management Command and Military Sealift Command which dictate terms and rates in the eventits vessels are utilized in time of war. “All of Columbia Coastal’s 14 barges are committed into the VISA program,” said Mr. Donovan Murray, General Manager Government Affairs at Columbia Coastal. “This means that our company stands ready to support our country’s defense transportation needs during contingencies.” Columbia Coastal’s barges range in capacity from 3,300 to over 10,000 Long Tons. Many are multipurpose vessels equipped to carry roll-on/roll-off and heavy-lift cargo, and all are fully outfitted to transport containers, including refrigerated units. “With our VISA status in place, Columbia Coastal further strengthens its commitment to handling government cargo such as USAID, Ex-Im Bank projects as well as direct military movements,” Murray added. The VISA program creates apartnership between the U.S


Bath Iron Works Team Wins Design Award for LCS

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $9 million contract to develop a preliminary design for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). With a focus on affordability, LCS will provide the Navy with the capability to defeat terrorist swarm boats, mines, and diesel submarines prevalent in coastal waters around the world. Bath Iron Works leads an international team that includes General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics Canada


VT Halter Marine to Build Swath Vessel for NOAA

Photo Credit: NOAANOAA announced that VT Halter Marine Inc. of Pascagoula, Miss., will complete the final design and build of a new Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull Coastal Mapping Vessel, or SWATH CMV, for the agency. NOAA exercised a $15m option for the ship with VT Halter Marine, which also completed the vessel's preliminary design under a separate option. The primary mission of the SWATH CMV will be to map the full seafloor in coastal areas for the nation's nautical charts


Columbia Coastal Establishes New Division

Columbia Coastal Transport, LLC,has announced the formation of a new government/military and project division to assist companies with their cargo needs in these specialized areas. Donovan Murray will head up the newly established government/military division, and Joseph Villa will serve as general manager operations overseeing the project division. Murray has been with Columbia Coastal since August of 1993, and was named as port manager in Baltimore in August of 1995


Navy Logistics Ship Rescues 10 Iraqis

Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea Boatswain's Mate Clarence Johnson (far left) and Medical Services Officer Paul Manning (third from right) helped rescue 10 Iraqi mariners (pictured) from the sinking coastal tanker MV Nadi February 22 in the Central Arabian Gulf. Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea rescued 10 Iraqi citizens from a sinking 250-ft. coastal tanker in the Central Arabian Gulf Friday, February 22.


TMA Names Greg Cox 'Supporter of the Year'

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'Blue Champion' Chairman Greg Cox of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has been a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors since 1995 and on September 9, 2013 was appointed to serve on the California Coastal Commission. The Maritime Alliance (TMA) explains the choice: Over the last 7 years The Maritime Alliance has briefed dozens of elected and appointed officials about Blue Tech and the Blue Economy


ACB Awarded $9.8m Coast Guard Contract

Aluminum Chambered Boats (ACB) has been awarded a $9.88m contract to provide the United States Coast Guard (USCG) with 47 rigid hull inflatable boats for their Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. This is a five year contract with the first boat deliverable in 90 days. The ACB CB-L will replace the USCG’s aging fleet. The 24-foot CB-L is a center console vessel capable of conducting multiple missions in all weather conditions such as search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement (MLE)


GAC is ExxonMobil's logistics partner for Mid East

GAC Logistics, part of the world's largest independent shipping and logistics services provider, GAC Group, has signed a contract with ExxonMobil, to provide the petrochemical company with total logistics solution across the Middle East. With the signing of the contract, GAC's scope of services to ExxonMobil expands from the distribution of bulk lubricants in Fujairah to become a fully-fledged regional logistics operation providing ExxonMobil with seamless supply chain management


Crowley Sends ATB to Guantanamo Bay

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Crowley Sends First Articulated Tug-Barge to Guantanamo Bay to Deliver Fuel at U.S. Naval Base.   Crowley Maritime Corporation’s shipping services to Cuba reached another milestone this past weekend with the first delivery of petroleum products to the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay via articulated tug-barge (ATB) tank vessel. The cargo was loaded in San Diego, Calif., and transported to Cuba aboard Crowley’s ATB Coastal Reliance / 550-4


MOL (America) Show KPI Efficiencies in August

MOL (America) Inc. announces August 2013 KPI results showing continued improvements in documentation accuracy and in-terminal truck turn time. MOL (America) Inc. announces the August 2013 results of its Regional Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in the following categories:  operations, customer service, and electronic data interchange (EDI).  The results are available at www.CountOnMOL.com Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has the world’s largest ocean shipping fleet


ISS Network Expands to Venezuela

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Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has expanded its network in Central and South America with the opening of ISS Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz. Port Manager, Aldo M. Limongelli, who brings 38 years of experience in maritime operations such as chartering, bunkering, stevedoring, transportation


Shipowners to Become Liable for Costs of Wreck Removal

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Shipowner liability is on the horizon as the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015 following the deposit, on 14 April 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


DHL Expects Immunity in Price Fixing Investigation

Deutsche Post expects its DHL forwarding business to be granted immunity from prosecution and fines by Singapore antitrust authorities, who are investigating 11 companies for alleged price fixing, the German logistics company said.  


Little Change in Overall Shipping Confidence

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Little change occurred in the latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index. Slipping only 0.1 points from 57 in March to 56.9 this month, the overall index did however favor improvements in the present situation increasing 1.6 points to 51.8


Australia Proposes Coastal Trading Overhaul

On April 8, 2014 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, announced the release of an options paper on approaches to regulating coastal shipping in Australia. The Department is currently seeking views from interested parties


Crowley Acquires Ship Management Company

 Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it has acquired majority ownership of Accord Ship Management (HK) Limited and Accord Marine Management Pvt. Ltd. The Accord acquisition will be managed by Crowley’s ship management group


Aegis Logistics commissioned ahead of schedule

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Aegis Group, a Leader in Oil, Gas and Chemical Logistics, announced successful early commissioning of the 70,120 KL Bulk Liquid Terminal at Pipavav port on West coast of India.   The Pipavav - Phase I expansion was initiated in February 2013 to set up Bulk Liquid Terminal of 1


TT Club Pinpoints Risks for Logistics Operators

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The overwhelming majority of insurance claims analysed by TT Club have showed that costly damages and loss, as well as serious bodily injury can be prevented or significantly minimised by sensible and concerted risk management efforts. Speaking at this week’s TOC Container Supply Chain


Navios Logistics Offers Cash Tender, Consent Solicitation

Photo: Navios South American Logistics Inc.

Navios South American Logistics Inc. announced today that it and Navios Logistics Finance (U.S.) Inc., its wholly-owned finance subsidiary, have commenced a cash tender offer for any and all of their outstanding 9 1/4% senior notes due 2019 and a consent solicitation to eliminate or modify most of


Mexico, US Seminar on Gulf of Mexico Spill Response

Individuals from each of the agencies represented at MEXUSGULF 2014, from Mexico and the United States, gather after concluding a seminar on oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico at the Isla Grand Beach Resort on South Padre Island, Texas, April 8, 2014. (USCG photo by Andrew Kendrick)

The U.S. Coast Guard and Mexican Navy held a seminar Tuesday in South Padre Island, to update the MEXUSGULF plan for a future coordinated response to a spill in the Gulf of Mexico that would impact both countries. MEXUSGULF is a joint contingency plan between the United States and Mexico


America’s First Marine Highway Comes Back to Life

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The New York State Canal System, once forgotten as a commercial shipping option, is on the rise again, after years of decline. The shorter, greener and smarter route(s) make increasingly good sense for high value cargoes. Commercial utilization of America’s original superhighway – the


First Dacia Imports Arrive at Fos

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The first 402 Dacia cars from Morocco have arrived at Fos aboard the Neptune Lines car carrier City of Oslo under a deal that will see 20,000 vehicles per year imported for the French market. France-bound Dacia cars built at the Renault-Nissan plant in Tangiers are being handled at a new


TT Club Signs Partnership in The Philippines

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Specialist transport insurance provider, TT Club has appointed a network partner in The Philippines.  Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc. becomes the seventh such partner that the international logistics and freight handling insurer has in the Asia-Pacific region


Wreck-Removal Convention to Enter into Force

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Shipowner liability on the horizon as Denmark ratifies international instrument The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on April 14, 2015 following the deposit, on April 14, 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark


New Joint Venture Targets Nuclear Industry

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International maritime logistics expert Cory Logistics, part of Braemar Shipping Services plc, has formed a joint venture with universal supply chain specialist Navarm Limited to create a single source provider for a full suite of maritime and land based services for the nuclear new build industry


 
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