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US Ocean & Coastal Shipping Market Report

A decline in demand for freight transportation leads IBISWorld to update its market report on US Ocean & Coastal Transportation. The transportation sector provides deep-sea, coastal, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway water transportation. The deep-sea shipping activity includes US flagged vessels and non-US flagged vessels. Marine transportation establishments using the facilities of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority Commission are considered to use the Great Lakes water transportation system. This industry also includes deep-sea passenger transportation such as cruise ships. The updated report indicates that an overall decline in demand for freight transportation caused nearly all operators to struggle during the recession. However, the overall economic revival will pave the way for industry growth, as demand for waterborne freight shipping, cruise travel and higher fuel prices stimulate revenue. Despite these positive factors, external competition will prove to be an imminent threat. Excerpts from the report: In the five years to 2012, revenue for the Ocean and Coastal Transportation industry is expected to decline at an annualized rate of 2.2% to $28.3 billion. According to IBISWorld analyst Lauren Setar, “The global shipping market struggled during the recession as consumers began to spend less, reducing the trade of goods around the world


Eight New Coastal RoRos Slated for U.S.

Maritime Transport & Logistics Advisors, LLC (MTLA) an industry consulting firm based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has been engaged by Roadships America, Inc. to provide research and analysis of the U.S. Coastal Transport market, as well as assistance with operational considerations in the final design stages of Roadships’ new generation high speed Ro/Ro vessels. Roadships America, Inc., a Reno, NV company is owned by U.S. and foreign investors.


Coastal Towing Announces New Refinancing

Coastal Towing, Inc., announced today the consummation of a $28 million senior term loan with the CIT Group/ Equipment Financing, Inc., Heller Financial Leasing, Inc. Pursuant to this transaction, the Company refinanced senior term debt under existing agreements with CIT and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. In addition, the loan will be used to facilitate Coastal?s barge construction program. Coastal Towing Announces New Corporate Officer


Judge Recognizes MARAD Authority

As a result of the Maritime Administrator’s designation of New Jersey as an adjacent coastal state, pursuant to 33 USC 1508(a)(2), Atlantic Sea Island Group, LLC, (ASIG) a deepwater port applicant, filed suit against the Maritime Administrator and Secretary of Transportation on February 15, 2008.  In addition to filing the suit, the plaintiff also sought a preliminary injunction.  ASIG alleged that the Maritime Administrator's designation of New Jersey as an "adjacent


Kirby Corp. to Acquire Allied Transportation

Kirby Corporation agrees to purchase assets of Allied Transportation Company, a subsidiary of Allied Marine Industries, & two affiliated companies. Kirby Corporation, based in Houston, Texas, is the nation's largest domestic tank barge operator, transporting bulk liquid products throughout the Mississippi River System, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, coastwise along all three United States coasts and in Alaska and Hawaii.


MARAD Opens California Green Trade Corridor

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today dedicated the California Green Trade Corridor.  The Corridor will help take freight traffic off California’s congested I-580 by offering shippers an option to move cargo along the waterways between the Ports of Oakland, Stockton and Sacramento. The project received a $30 million grant from the Department of Transportation, as well as $5 million from local sources


K-Sea Completes Acquisition of Smith Maritime and Sirius Maritime

K-Sea Transportation Partners L.P. has completed the acquisition of Smith Maritime, Ltd. of Honolulu, Hawaii and Sirius Maritime, LLC of Seattle, Wash. President and CEO Timothy J. Casey said: “We are very excited about welcoming the Smith and Sirius operating teams to K-Sea. This acquisition immediately increases our barrel-carrying capacity by 770,000 barrels, or 22% of our capacity of 3.5 million barrels at June 30, 2007


NOAA Finalizes Plans for 2011 Survey Season

As the new year approaches, NOAA ships and independent contractors are preparing for the nation’s 177th hydrographic surveying season, aiming to collect critically needed ocean and coastal mapping data for 2,525 square nautical miles in high-traffic coastal waters of the continental United States and Alaska.   “The science of these surveys underpins the steady flow of commerce and the safety of mariners and coastal communities,” said NOAA Corps Capt. John E


HSRP to Meet in Honolulu

The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will convene a Public meeting on May 4-6, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Panel will meet to present and discuss NOAA’s hydrographic services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship, coastal and marine spatial planning, recreational boating


BC Ferries Financial Losses: Consultation Report Released

Kirk & Co. were engaged to assess public & stakeholders opinions regarding measures to ameliorate BC Ferries financial operating losses. BC Ferries operates one of the largest integrated marine transportation networks in the world. Despite being comparable in efficiency with the world’s best services, rising costs and declining ridership have created a financial challenge for the corporation. BC Ferries lost more than $16 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.


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


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


Wreck-Removal Convention to Enter into Force

Photo courtesy IMO

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


Shipowners to Become Liable for Costs of Wreck Removal

Wreck image courtesy of IMO

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).


MacGregor Wins Damen RoRo Contract

Each of the new ice-class ferries will be equipped with MacGregor bow doors, a bow ramp/door, a stern ramp, shell doors and a hoistable car deck system

RoRo equipment contract for Damen is supported by MacGregor's experience with Canadian ferry services MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a contract from Dutch shipbuilding group, Damen Shipyards, for the design and delivery of key components for RoRo access equipment for two 80m ice-class


Storm Approaching Waters East of US, Canada

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A very rapidly developing storm is expected off the East Coast of U.S. and Canada as air pressure is forecast to drop abt 30 hPa in 12 hrs; from abt 998 hPa 26/00UTC to abt 968 hPa at 26/12UTC, after that the low deepens further on NE-ly track.  


Important China Dual-Fuel Diesel Engine Order for Wärtsilä

RT Flex 50DF Engine: Image courtesy of Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä inform that its new  low-pressure, 2-stroke, dual-fuel engine (DF), the 5-cylinder Wärtsilä RT-flex50DF engine, together with the gas valve unit and other relevant equipment, has been ordered for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessel being built for the


Epic Gas Secures Tankship Fleet Expansion Credit

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CITIC Maritime Finance says it has provided a $46.4 million senior secured credit facility to Epic Gas Ltd. headquartered in Singapore, which operates a fleet of  40 LPG and petrochemicals tankships. CITIC add that the facility was used to partially finance the acquisition of a fleet


Sweden Shares Littoral Knowledge

The participants at the Littoral Operations Center inaugural wargame planning workshop in Monterey, California. (U.S. Navy photo by Javier Chagoya)

Swedish Navy working with U.S. Naval Postgraduate School to focus on the global littorals; Sweden shares its knowledge on how to fight and win in the littoral Naval experts are meeting in Monterey, California, this week to discuss something the Swedish armed forces know quite well: naval


ABS Approves GTTNA’s LNG Bunker Barge Design

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Houston-based GTT North America (GTTNA), U.S. subsidiary of French engineering and technology company Gaztransport & Technigaz SA (GTT), has received approval in principle (AIP) from ABS for the design of a 2,200 cubic meter liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge


Presentations Illustrate Dimensions of Accurate Marine Mapping

The Ocean Dimensions animation helps users visualize how ocean data can apply to several dimensions

Two new products—the Ocean Dimensions animation and Crowded Ocean Spaces: A 3D View visualization—explain why two-dimensional marine maps cannot tell the whole story. Understanding this fact helps viewers gain a more accurate picture of marine-siting conflicts and compatibilities


Tsunami Alerts Triggered by Chile 8.2 Quake

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A powerful earth quake identified by the US Geological Survey as situated about 52 miles north-west of the mining area of Iquique killed at least 5 people, and 6ft waves have hit some areas of Chile. Power cuts, fires  landslides are also mentioned by BBC News.


Software Tailors Hull Coatings to Specific Vessel Ops

Intertrac records vessel draft, total sea miles, seamiles per month, percent activity above 5 knots and stationary periods. The system divides the world’s oceans and coastal waters into 64 large marine ecosystems and overlays a vessels route, speed and location data in order to calculate a fouling risk from very low to very high.

Overlays global oceanic and coastal foul risk assessments for any vessel AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business, the producer of advanced International hull coatings has developed Intertrac, the shipping industry’s first, patented applied for software system that enables ship owners


Infrastructure Investments Strengthen Soybean Supply Chain

ISA efforts to open soybean markets through improved transportation infrastructure span overseas, including a recent trade mission to Southeast Asia that focused on exporting more Illinois soybeans in containers.  Photo by Scott Sigman.

Transportation plays a crucial role in the soybean supply chain. With access to multiple transportation modes, Illinois soybean farmers enjoy significant advantages for reaching domestic and global markets. But aging transportation infrastructure can increase costs for Illinois farmers.


U.S. Maritime Advisory Panel Names 10 New Members

Official portrait of Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations


 
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