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Colonial, Shippers to Face off over Pipeline Congestion

Executives from Colonial Pipeline, which runs the main fuel artery for the U.S. Atlantic Coast, will be questioned by customers and regulators on Wednesday after worsening congestion spawned secondary markets for space on the system, driving up costs for wholesale diesel and gasoline buyers.   Refiners, retailers and trading houses have jockeyed to move barrels in an increasingly competitive race for space on the line since a 300,000 barrel per day expansion between 2011 and 2013 failed to ease traffic as shippers increased on the 2.5 million bpd system.   Customers including Costco Wholesale Corp complain that so-called line space trading adds business costs, prompting a rare hearing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.   "We have very sophisticated customers. Of course they've adapted to the system as it is. They are serving the marketplace," Colonial's Chief Financial Officer David Doudna told Reuters.   Competition is so tough that so-called line space - a spot market - has sold for 15 cents or more per gallon. That means the person who buys half of another's 100,000 barrels of allotted space spends $314,999 on top of Colonial's per-barrel rate to move fuels.   That could amount to millions of dollars a year in extra costs.   Even costlier is a more long-term secondary market that sprung from Colonial's perpetual crowding: shipper history transfers that allow newer players a way to access space allocated to


Europe Rushes to Meet US Fuel Demand, Spiking Freight Costs

File photo: Aurelie Moulin

European oil traders rushed on Tuesday to book vessels to carry gasoline to consumers on the U.S. East Coast left stranded without their main domestic supply source, more than quadrupling shipping costs, traders and ship brokers told Reuters.  An explosion late on Monday on the Colonial pipeline, which carries roughly one-third of the 3.2 million barrels per day (bpd) of gasoline consumed on the East Coast, makes U.S. drivers more reliant on imported oil products.


Massive Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Docks in Norfolk

Brilliance of the Seas. Pic by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, one of the biggest ships on the seven seas, docked in port at Nauticus, Norfolk for a short time and fueled big business across Hampton Roads.   Nearly 3,000 people on-board flooded on the streets of Norfolk. More than 500 tourists took advantage of shore excursions and day trips to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.   The cruise ship, which has 860 crew members


Sea Tow Awards New U.S. Franchises

Sea Tow Services International Inc., announced the opening of four new franchises: Sea Tow Buzzards Bay (Mass.), Sea Tow Montauk (N.Y.), Sea Tow Lake Eufaula (Ala.) and Sea Tow Lake Lewisville (Tx.). The company also announced the sale and transfer of ownership of three existing franchise areas. Captain Walter Garschagen is the new owner of Sea Tow Central Hudson (N.Y.), Jim and Jan Pulley are the new owners of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake (Mo.), and Capt


Rogers Appointed President of Seabulk Towing

Seabulk International, Inc. announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Rogers as President of its Seabulk Towing subsidiary. He was also elected a corporate Senior Vice President, reporting directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Gerhard E. Kurz. Rogers, 46, joined Seabulk Towing in 2001 as Senior Vice President for Marketing. He will be based in Fort Lauderdale and succeeds William R. Ludt, who is retiring after 23 years with the Company.


USCG Training Center Holds Heritage Event

Lenape Indian artifacts are put on display during a Native American Heritage event held at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center,

  Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J., were treated to a speech on the history of the Lenape Indian tribe during a Native American Heritage event held on base, Nov. 5. Wesley Dunn, vice president of the Museum of Indian Culture, presented interesting facts about the tribe that inhabited the area more than 500 years ago. Additionally, Dunn brought many Lenape artifacts which he displayed for members to examine.


Singapore Shipping Line NOL a Takeover Target?

Image: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

 Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) may be shaping up as a takeover candidate, a report in Bloomberg said.   The appeal of the shipping company that helped cement Singapore's status as a global trade hub has increased after it agreed to sell its logistics unit last month for US$1.2 billion to cut debt.    Possibility of a sale may help Temasek Holdings Pte, the Singapore state's Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) that controls Neptune Orient, bolster returns. The $1


Niger Could Sign Deal With Areva soon

  The government of Niger, the world's fourth largest uranium producer, is on the verge of renewing an agreement with French state-controlled nuclear group Areva, the West African nation's mines minister said on Sunday. Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, is pushing to boost revenues from its uranium, but Areva, which dominates the sector in the country, has claimed that increasing royalties would make its operations there unprofitable.


UTV Training Prepares Towing Industry

Quality Management International, Inc. has developed a two-day training program for professionals in the towing vessel industry.  This course for Uninspected Towing Vessels (UTV) focuses on all the current regulations including clauses of the ISM Code relevant for tugs, towboats and barges.  By attending this class, towing professionals can get ahead of the curve and be well-prepared for the impending inspections.


US Coast Guard Hosts Subchapter M Forum

Steven Douglas from the Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise explains the inspections requirements for new and existing towing vessels outlined in Subchapter M, at Illinois Marine Towing Nov. 9, 2016. Douglas presented the information during a forum held to educate more than 80 industry representatives from across the Midwest. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Byron Rios)

Marine Safety Unit Chicago and the U.S. Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise hosted an informational outreach forum Wednesday with towing vessel operators to explain the implementation of the new regulations for the inspection of towing vessels, Subchapter M. The meeting was held at the offices of Illinois Marine Towing in Lemont Wednesday morning with more than 80 industry representatives from the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Basin attending.


New Damen Workboat for Bristol Port

Damen Shoalbuster 2308S (Photo: Damen)

The Bristol Port Company has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308S. Modified with several customized options, the vessel will be able to take on a multifunctional role that includes plough dredging, towing, pilotage and survey duties. This is the first contract between Damen and the Bristol


Coalition Urges Congress to Address Asian Carp in the Great Lakes

© Dale Stagg / Adobe Stock

A coalition of maritime business and industry organizations sent a letter to key Members of Congress on Friday, March 24 urging funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to further support efforts undertaken by the State of Illinois to slow


Tradewinds Towing Returns to Laborde for Repowers

Photo: Laborde Products

In September of 2006, Dominique Smith of the then one tug company Tradewinds Towing came to Laborde Products, to look at the S12R engine for the repower of the Miss Lis, an Alaskan built low profile tug he planned on repowering. Later that same month, the deal was made, and shortly thereafter


Potential Maritime Disaster Averted

Photo: TNPA

Collaboration between the Ports of East London and Ngqura, together with the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA), helped avert another potential maritime disaster in the Eastern Cape during the past week.   Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) towed the BBC Shanghai


Towboat Capsizes in Kentucky

 A towing vessel has reportedly capsized and sank at 11:35 p.m., Wednesday, at a pier near Wickliffe, Ky., mile marker 951 on the Lower Mississippi River. The U.S. Coast Guard is responding.   The UTV Tom Rogers had about 3,500 gallons of diesel on board at the time of the incident.


Global Maritime Promotes Thomassen

Espen Thomassen (Photo: Global Maritime)

Marine, offshore and engineering consultancy Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has appointed Espen Thomassen as Regional Manager for the Americas. Thomassen has been tasked with growing Global Maritime’s business throughout the region, which, in addition to Houston


A New Tug Class for Med Marine

Left to right: Oben Naki - Contracts Manager, Robert Allan Ltd.; Yıldız BOZKURT - Deputy General Manager, Med Marine; and Ertuğrul ÇETİN - Procurement Manager, Med Marine (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Construction will soon commence on the first of a newly designed variant of the RAmparts series of tugs from Robert Allan Ltd., the RAmparts 2300-MM, developed exclusively for Med Marine to be built at its shipyard in Turkey.   The new tug will be the first of six vessels expected to be


Submerged Tug Lifted on the Mississippi

The stricken towing vessel Sonny J has been raised and dewatered Sunday after it was partially submerged on the Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, La.   On February 26 local U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders received a report that the Sonny J was partially submerged near Vidalia, La


New Tug for Vane Brothers

Fishing Creek (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the 3,000‐horsepower Fishing Creek, the 13th Maryland-built tugboat to join the Baltimore-based company’s expanding fleet in the last 10 years.   Designed by Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC


AlphaBridge Delivered to the RT Trident

Photo: Alphatron Marine

Alphatron Marine has handed over the turnkey AlphaBridge tugboat console solution onboard the RT Trident to Seabulk Towing Inc. located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This tug bridge concept has been fully equipped with a JRC/Alphatron Marine navigation and communication package.  


ABS Delivers Subchapter M Support to Blessey Marine

Photo: Blessey Marine Services

 ABS said it has been awarded a Third Party Organization contract by Blessey Marine Services, Inc., owner and operator of a fleet of inland towing vessels and tank barges, to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements.   


Lamor Demos New Oil Recovery System

Photo: Lamor Corporation

 In mid-February, Lamor Corporation demonstrated a new way to recover oil by deploying the Lamor Marine Oil Spill Sweeper LMOS 15 Speed Skimming system in Halifax, Canada in cooperation with their local representative, Griffin Engineered Systems


Damaged Tug Heads to Seattle for Repair

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has green lighted a transit plan for the damaged tug Samson Mariner to head south from Ketchikan, Alaska for repairs in Seattle. The vessel departed on Tuesday accompanied by an escort tug.   Samson Mariner was damaged and spilled approximately 1


Hull Failure, Flooding, Led to Fishing Vessel Casualty

The approximate locations of the critical events associated with the Dec. 2015, sinking of the fishing vessel Orin C., including (1) where the Orin C was taken in tow by the Foxy Lady; (2) where a large wave damaged the Orin C and parted the tow line; (3) where the Orin C was when the Coast Guard motor lifeboat arrived on scene; (4) where the Orin C sank and where its crew was rescued; and (5) where the Coast Guard attempted to deploy a rescue swimmer from a helicopter. (NTSB graphic over Nation

The December 2015 sinking of fishing vessel Orin C and fatality of a mariner on board were cause by structural failure of the vessel’s hull and subsequent flooding, according to a marine accident brief released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  


Harley’s Latest tug begins service

MV Earl W Redd, Photo Harley Marine 2017

The latest addition to the Harley Marine fleet is now completing sea trials and preparing to enter service. The “M/V Earl W. Redd” will be operated under the flag of the Olympic Tug & Barge unit of Harley. The 120 foot tractor tug, built by Diversified Marine Inc






 
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