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MOL Crew Rescues Mariners from Disabled Vessel

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While steaming some 700km west of Guam on January 20, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. operated coal carrier C. S. Sunshine rescued all 24 Chinese crew members of a disabled freighter January 20. At 8:15 a.m. (local time) on January 20, the Panama-registered C.S. Sunshine, which departed Newcastle, Australia, bound for Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, received a distress signal from a Panama-flagged freighter that had lost power. The 46,700 MT, 228.4m C.S. Sunshine, manned with two Japanese and 19 Filipino crew, immediately altered course and made for the distressed vessel at all possible speed. All 24 Chinese crew members aboard the disabled vessel were successfully rescued by 3:40 p.m. The rescued crew members were then transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard on January 22.  


Aker Yards to build Six Containerships

Aker Yards has been awarded a contract by Reederei F. Laeisz GmbH in Rostock (Germany) to build six container ships of the newly developed type Aker CS 2800. The total contract value is approximately EUR 245 million. Delivery by Aker Yards in Germany is scheduled between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the third quarter of 2010. The contract is subject to financing. Aker Yards has previously delivered four container vessels to F.


Santos Discovers Oil and Gas in Vietnam

Santos Limited (STO) announced that it has completed testing of the Dua-5X well, offshore Vietnam, after discovering multiple gas and oil reservoirs in the southern fault block of the Dua structure. The company reported that the two reservoir intervals have been tested with the primary reservoir target flowing oil at a stable rate of 5,543 barrels of oil per day (bopd) plus 6.76 million standard cubic feet of gas per day through a 2 inch choke.


Partnership of the Americas Conducts PASSEX with Spanish

Partnership of the Americas (POA) Task Group 40.0 conducted Passing Exercises 21 with the Spanish Frigate Santa Maria (F 81) while underway during POA 2007. The PASSEX contributed to improved working relationships between the two navies and served as a foundation for increasing responsiveness and promoting regional security initiatives. Operations Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Miluska Salazar, watchstander, had a brief conversation with a Spanish sailor from the Santa Maria while the ships


Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting, Oct 26-27

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Notice of Open Meeting: The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee established to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, its amendments, and such other appropriate matters that the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice. DATE AND TIME:


GCS Adds New Feeder and Short-Sea Links

The Global Container Service Group (GCS) has added new feeder and short-sea links to the list of services calling at the NUTEP terminal in Novorossiysk. Both GCS and NUTEP are members of the Delo Group. X-Press Feeders X-Press Feeders has launched the BSX service to Novorossiysk, Odessa and other Black Sea ports by adding a vessel to Evergreen’s Black Sea feeder (BSF). Originally it was operated by Evergreen with a single ship, the 1578TEU Calisto, on a rotation:


Rolls-Royce Wins $150M Marine Contracts

Rolls-Royce has won ship design and equipment supply contracts for offshore service and cable-laying vessels, worth approximately $150 million over the last three months, including its biggest-ever commercial marine order. Dr. Saul Lanyado, President -- Marine, Rolls-Royce, said: "This is a significant step for Rolls-Royce. Development of the marine business is key to the future strategy of the group. These orders demonstrate a growing demand for specialist offshore vessels


New Scottish Cargo Service

Scottish cargo customers are benefiting from the launch of a new domestic service, linking the Port of Grangemouth to strategic east coast English ports. Forth Ports has recently teamed up with Feederlink to provide a service from Grangemouth – the UK’s largest feeder port – to Southampton, offering an opportunity for Scottish customers with export, import and domestic cargo needs. The new route meets the demands of a range of industry sectors – in particular retail


Captain of the Port sets Port Condition ZULU, Closing Ports

 The Captain of the Port for New York and New Jersey set port condition ZULU for all commercial waterways, effective 7 a.m., Monday,  in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. During Port Condition ZULU (sustained gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 12 hours) the ports will remain closed to all incoming and outgoing vessel traffic until directed by the Captain of the Port.  


Recent Vessel Sales: August 2013

Below is a list of vessel sales for August, 2013 prepared by Shipping Intellegence, Inc., New York. All sale Prices are listed in Millions USD. Reported_Vessel Name_DWT_BLT/Age_Price Bulk Carriers 08/27/13 - PAN LEADER - 16,695, 86(27), $2.2 08/09/13 - ORIENTE PRIME - 21,995, 94(19), $4.5 08/06/13 - UBC BOSTON - 23,543, 97(16), $6.9 08/19/13 - KEN SHO - 23,581, 95(18), $5.2 08/06/13 – NAXOS - 23,825, 95(18), $5.3 08/06/13 - UBC BATON ROUGE - 24,034, 98(15), $6.9


Electric Rates Reduced at Port of Long Beach

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Reduced electric rates help the port improve air quality; discounts will save tenants $350 million, keep port competitive   The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved reduced electric rates at the Port of Long Beach for the next 24 years and a program for Southern California


Port of Hueneme Receives EPA Grant

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Port staff received news that the Port of Hueneme was among the awardees to receive funds through the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). The funds will be used to complete an enhanced phase II to the Port’s existing Shore Power Project that will allow additional vessels to


First Ship Plugged-In to New Port of Hueneme AMP System

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The Port informs that it has conducted its first operational and safety vessel test of its recently installed Auxiliary Maritime Power (AMP) system. Port crews were on hand to view this first vessel ‘plug in’ by Hamburg Sud’s 'M/V Cap Pasley'


LNG Bunkering Will Develop Fast - LR Study

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Lloyd's Register’s (LR) LNG Bunkering Infrastructural Survey 2014 indicates that major ports around the world are either planning for, or are anticipating, the wide-scale development of LNG bunkering. 22 ports were assessed in the analysis with 18 key questions addressed.


Canadian Ports Offer Financial Incentives for Energy Efficiency

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Canada’s two largest west coast ports are now both offering financial incentives to shipowners based on the ‘A to G’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) rating, which benchmarks the energy efficiency of the international shipping fleet.


Port of Galveston Signs 5-Year Cruise Ship Deal, With Strings ...

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The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves has approved a 5 year agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., that will generate a minimum US$1.86-million in annual operating revenues for the Port of Galveston. The Port explains that the agreement requires making improvements to the Port's


Abrupt Change of Command at Port of Houston

Chairman, Janiece Longoria and the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority with new Executive Director Roger Guenther

Colonel Leonard Waterworth, Executive Director of the Port of Houston Authority announced today that he is stepping down as its Executive Director, effective January 31, 2014. Roger Guenther, Deputy Executive Director of Operations, will take over as the Port Authority's Executive Director.


Recent Vessel Sales: January 2014

Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built(Age) - Price Millions USD Bulk Carriers 01/13 BAO YUN DA - 5,769 - 96(18) - $1.5 01/20 PACIFIC CHIKUSA - 16,870 - 00(14) - $5 01/13 CYNTHIA PIONEER - 23,641 - 09(5) - $15 01/20 DANIELA BOLTEN - 23,641 - 08(6) - $14.8


Port Hueneme Hosts Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen

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The Port of Hueneme, claimed to be one of the most productive and efficient commercial trade gateways for niche cargo on the West Coast, is to be visited by the Acting Maritime Administration (MARAD) Chief, Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen.


Jaenichen Visits Port of Hueneme

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Acting Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen met today with Port of Hueneme officials and Port customers for an industry stakeholder meeting and tour of the Port of Hueneme and Navy Base Ventura County. BMW, Global Auto Processing Services, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics


Five Minutes With Tomas Tillberg

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Modern cruise ships can cost upwards of a billion and built to last more than 25 years, so the platforms must be built for change, as evolving style & taste, material innovation & maritime regulation dictate. “Built to stand the test of time” is the mantra


New Legislation Aims to Help American Ports

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Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced The Maritime Goods Movement Act for the 21st Century (H.R. 4105) legislation that would replace the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT), designed to fund the operation and maintenance of American ports.


Australia's Victoria state may sell two biggest ports

Australia's Victoria state government said it may sell Port of Melbourne, the country's largest container and general cargo port, continuing a rush by states to sell major assets to fund new infrastructure projects. Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien said the government will commission a


Port Metro Vancouver Ups Security as Protests Linger

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Facing the prospect of continued disruption of port operations by disgruntled container truckers, Port Metro Vancouver said it is taking immediate steps to enhance the safety of the port for working truckers. At the same time, the port said it is working with federal and provincial governments


Peel Ports Pulls Out all the Stops

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Operations team docks crucial bulk steel vessel at Port of Liverpool container terminal in order to overcome weather delays and provide an innovative customer-centric solution, which brings added value to customer supply chain.   Peel Ports are never one to complain about gloomy weather


 
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