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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

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

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 ..

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

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

Total Logo

  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

Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "There's too many ships in the Pacific. There's a lot of ballasters (empty ships) sailing to Brazil," a Singapore-based ship broker said.

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

An AEP river tow (File image)

American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Impacted by China Holidays

Weak holiday demand to pressure rates lower. Rebound seen after China returns to market on Oct 8. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could come under pressure next week as lower cargo volumes due to holidays in China thwart shipowners efforts to push rates higher, ship brokers said.

Aker ASA Equity Holdings Restructured

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

  Aker ASA has on 30 September 2015 transferred its equity holdings in Converto Capital Fund AS to Aker Capital AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aker. As per 30 September 2015, Converto Capital Fund AS directly held 7,237,631 of the issued shares and votes in Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA

Weaker Capesize Demand Pulls Down Baltic Index

Photo: Alex Sergienko

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry-bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday, primarily due to lower demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax

Infrared Systems Protect UK Navy Ships at Sea

HGH’s Spynel-S 3500 as seen above, top right on top of container, on the integrated, mobile C2S system from Qinetiq (Photo: HGH)

International manufacturer of panoramic infrared thermal imaging systems HGH Infrared Systems was selected by the British Navy to incorporate its Spynel-S 3500 into an integrated Compact Combat System (C2S) for situational awareness and ship-based protection against small fast inshore attack

NYK Acquires Coal Carrier

Tenryu Maru

  On September 25, a new 100,000 deadweight tonnage coal carrier ordered by NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte. Ltd., an NYK Group subsidiary company based in Singapore, was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture)

USS Cowpens Holds Cruiser Modernization Induction

USS Cowpens

  The guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) was inducted as the first ship to undergo a modernization effort that will significantly upgrade its capabilities in multiple mission areas, Sept. 25, at Naval Base San Diego. The CG Phased Modernization Program is designed to balance the

Slower China Growth Hurts Global Shipping Sector: Fitch

Image: China Ocean Shipping Company

 China's slower growth and economic transition will pose significant risks for the already struggling shipping sector, rating agency Fitch said.   The shipping sector is already faces overcapacity, weak freight rates and stretched financials.  

Baltic Sea Freight Index Remains Flat

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained unchanged on Monday.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels

USCG Transfer Man, Medevacs Woman in NC

USCG Medevacs Woman in NC

  The Coast Guard transferred a male patient on Saturday from Morehead City, then medevaced an 80-year-old woman from a cruise ship approximately 50 miles south of Cape Lookout. Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders received a request Saturday morning to transfer a male patient suffering

Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift

Barcelona Yacht Repairer

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard.

Insights: Tracy Zea, Director-Government Relations, WCI

Tracy R. Zea

Washington-based Tracy R. Zea advocates for Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) goals for authorizations and appropriations which support a modern, efficient, and reliable inland waterways transportation system. Zea also works to enhance WCI’s stakeholder relationship with the U.S

Great Lakes Cargo Volumes Down in August

Photo: LCA

Foreign steel, vessel repairs and a broken lock combine to cut U.S.-flag Great Lakes float 10 percent in August, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Continued high levels of steel imports, coupled with three large vessels idled for repairs and a lengthy closure of the

IMO Warns on Bauxite Liquefaction Dangers

Photo: IMO

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced it has taken action to warn ship masters of the possible dangers of liquefaction associated with carriage of bauxite, following consideration of findings from the investigation into the loss of the 10-year-old Bahamas flag bulk carrier

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb

Shipowners confident rates will climb on tighter tonnage supply; Shipowners seek rates premium for Australian coal cargoes. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could continue to recover as ship owners scent the possibility of higher cargo volumes on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said

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