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M/V Sheila McDevitt Begins Service

The newest vessel in TECO Transport's Gulfcoast Transit fleet is now in service. The M/V Sheila McDevitt - named in honor of TECO Energy's senior vice president, general counsel and chief legal officer - left Tampa for Texas early last week, where it will load a shipment for delivery to the east coast. Gulfcoast Transit purchased the geared 40,000-ton bulk carrier in February of this year to meet the needs of its growing business. It is the third ship added to the company's diverse fleet, which also includes 13 oceangoing tug and barge units. The M/V Sheila McDevitt will handle new transportation business for Gulfcoast Transit, traveling between the Pacific, Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States. TECO Transport President Jeff Rankin said, "Thanks to the ability of our team to aggressively pursue opportunities to build our business, we were able to make an excellent acquisition - one that we're confident will add value for our customers." Gulfcoast Transit, the largest ocean-going U.S.-flag dry bulk carrier, is a subsidiary of TECO Transport. Other TECO Transport businesses include Mid-South Towing and Electro-Coal Transfer. TECO Transport is a wholly owned subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc., a $2.3-billion revenue energy holding company based in Florida whose other businesses include Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System, TECO Power Services, TECO Coal, TECO Coalbed Methane, TECO Propane Ventures and TECO Solutions.


Montrose Heads for Inspection

The cargo ship Montrose began its trip to safe anchorage in the Chesapeake Bay. Divers will conduct an underwater inspection after its arrival 12 miles south of where it ran aground. The divers will look for any damage under the ship. The 712-foot Liberian flagged ship was carrying 74,215 metric tons of coal when it ran aground Feb. 28 near Sharps Island, Md. Multiple tug boats working together were unable to free the Montrose from being stuck and a Unified Command determined coal


Rheinmetall Wins Breakthrough Malaysian Navy Order

Germany's Rheinmetall Group to supply 12 fire control radars & 6 electro-optical systems for six new patrol boats. Together with spare parts and training, the order also includes a transfer of know-how to Malaysia, which will enable local industry to take an active part in the project. Delivery of the systems will commence in 2015 and continue through to 2020. The Malaysian Navy’s new “Second Generation Patrol Vessels Littoral Combat Ships” (SGPV LCS)


Coal Trade Rescues Dry Bulk Market, US Gains Traction

Dry bulk trade grew by an impressive 7% in 2012 with steam coal proving to be the saviour of the freight market, which otherwise would have seen a complete bloodbath, according to Drewry's latest 'Dry Bulk Forecaster'. Steam coal trade increased by about 18% from 665 million tonnes in 2011 to 784 million tonnes in 2012, supported by high availability and low prices. The report shows that Global GDP grew by 3.2% in 2012, following growth of 5.2% and 4


Ukraine Buying 1 mln Tonnes South African Coal

Ukraine will buy one million tonnes of coal from South Africa because the military conflict in its Donbass region has disrupted domestic coal production, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday. Pro-Russian separatists are battling Kiev's forces in eastern Ukraine, which is home to much of the country's heavy industry and coal mines and accounts for about 18 percent of the economy's output. "They (the rebels) bombed our main coal mines ..


Lightering Company Adds Power

The booming Thai economy and the shallow waters of the Chao Phrya River combine to create a growing demand for lightering operations of bulk cargos in the Gulf of Thailand.. This demand is being met by the S. P. Inter Marine Co. Ltd of Bangpli, Samutprakarn near Bangkok. Originally a trucking and land based company, the firm moved into the marine logistics field in 1995 and now operates a fleet of 80 barges, 20 ocean going tugs, numerous little river tugs


Heavy Lift Ship Tests Port Rupert Pilots

Arrival HHL Macao: Photo credit Port Rupert Authority

Prince Rupert Port Authority, BC, saw the safe arrival of equipment integral to its coal export operations aboard 'HHL Macao'. The stacker/reclaimer unit, for delivery to Ridley Terminals Inc. is considered important for the planned expansion of coal export operations. The successful arrival of the vessel and subsequent movement of the stacker/reclaimer components required a wide-ranging team effort. The Prince Rupert Port Authority collaborated with ship's agent Peter Riley of G.W


QinetiQ Launches ARKs for Hazardous Environments

QinetiQ recently launched a range of Appliqué Robotic Kits (ARKs) designed to convert the current in-service military JCB 4CXM or CAT320B families of vehicles into fully integrated remote controlled units for use in various hazardous environments in less that 12 hours, giving users control of the vehicle from as far as 1 km away. In addition, the ARKs are designed to allow existing vehicles to change between full remote or manual mode


Increased Demand for Panamax Vessels, Drewry Reports

A decline in demand for Capesize vessels has been countered by an improvement in demand for Panamax vessels, according to the latest Dry Bulk Insight published by Drewry Maritime Research. This left the Drewry Hire Index unchanged from January’s level. Panamax was the sole segment to record an improvement in earnings in February. Rates for vessels doing round voyages from Far East to East Australia more than doubled, rising from $3,954pd to $6,818.


Total Sells ts Coal Mining Assets to Exxaro

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  Total has signed an agreement with Exxaro Resources Ltd for the sale of its 100% stake in Total Coal South Africa (TCSA), its coal-producing affiliate in South Africa. The consideration for the transaction is $472 million, with completion of the sale subject to approval by the relevant South African authorities.   “This sale is part of the Group’s 2012-14 asset sale program and is in line with Total’s objectives to focus on its core activities and to actively


Great Lakes Coal Falls Short in 2014

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Despite a nearly 1-million ton increase in coal shipments on the Great Lakes in December, the surge was not enough to enable the trade to outperform 2013, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said, reporting that shipments for the year totaled 24


MOL’s Newbuilding Yahagi Maru Delivered

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the delivery of the coal carrier Shin Yahagi Maru, which will serve Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. The vessel was delivered at Imari Shipyard and Works of Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.  on January 22, 2015.


Video: Coastguards Continue Great Lakes Icebreaking

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Continued icebreaking operations from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards open maritime lanes for commercial vessels The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are jointly continuing Operation Coal Shovel, the seasonal domestic icebreaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St


Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Bests Tonnage Records

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The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon handled 735,000 tons of cargo in December, which was the highest ever single-month total at any of Indiana's three ports, and also produced the highest fourth-quarter shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana history.   


Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Sets Record

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon handled 735,000 tons of cargo in December, which was the highest ever single-month total at any of Indiana's three ports, and also produced the highest fourth-quarter shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana history.


Noreco, North Energy Agree Asset Transfer on PL484

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  Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco) has agreed to transfer its 30 per cent ownership in PL484 in the Norwegian Sea to North Energy ASA (North). The transfer is subject to government approval. Further, the companies have agreed that Noreco, under certain conditions


Congress Won't Cool Fight Against Obama on Climate

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  Data showing the heating of Earth in 2104 to the highest level on record will do little to stop Republicans in the U.S. Congress from fighting President Barack Obama's use of executive powers to slow climate change. Republicans, who won control of the Senate in November's elections


Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade

  Hinode Maritime Conferences have announced their "2nd Annual Conference on the Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade". Considered the largest conference in India on Dry Bulk Trade to be held on January 22, 2015 at Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President Mumbai


Great Lakes: US Cargoes Surge on Milder Weather

Photo courtesy: Lake Carriers Association

With the vast ice fields of December 2013 a distant but still troubling memory, U.S.-flag cargo movement on the Great Lakes this past December rebounded significantly.  Shipments totaled 9.6 million tons, an increase of nearly 35 percent compared to a year ago


Cheap Prices Drive Record Chinese Imports

Crude oil, iron ore and soybean shipments hit monthly record. China imported record levels of crude oil, iron ore and soybeans in December as the country took advantage of cheap global prices to boost shipments, despite faltering demand growth at home.


Landmark STS LNG Transfer Achieved

Image: STS LNG Transfer (courtesy Exelerate Energy)

Excelerate Energy Performs 700th Ship-to-Ship Transfer of LNG.   Excelerate Energy L.P. (Excelerate) completed its 700th commercial Ship-to-Ship (STS) transfer of LNG on January 7, 2015 in Escobar, Argentina at the GNL Escobar LNG import facility


US, Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaking Underway

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, homeported in Cleveland, works to keep the CSL Laurentien moving during an escort in eastern Lake Erie March 27, 2014. The crew experienced plate ice as thick as three feet and ice ridges as tall as eight feet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of CSL Laurentien)

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have begun collaborative icebreaking operations.   The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have commenced Operation Coal Shovel seasonal domestic ice breaking operations in the southern part of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St


Bulk Carrier Freight Rates Predicted to Peak in 2016

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“A fundamental and sustainable dry bulk market recovery is expected in the second half of 2015 and throughout 2016, when the total dry bulk market balance could peak at 88%, with peaks during the fourth quarter close to 92%. Improved tonnage balance in 2015/2016 should drive up bulk rates


Panama Canal: 15 Years Under Panamanian Administration

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The Panama Canal celebrated its 15 year anniversary under the leadership of the Panamanian Administration. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is the autonomous agency of the Government of Panama in charge of managing, operating and maintaining the Panama Canal.  


Storm Causes Deadly Grounding in the Philippines

A storm off the Philippines caused a ship grounding incident in Antique yesterday morning which claimed one casualty, local authorities reported. The 18 other seafarers involved in the incident are reported safe.   The Philippines Coast Guard’s investigation revealed that M/Tug Benny






 
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