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Port of Pittsburgh Seeks New Technology Partners

The Port of Pittsburgh Commission (PPC) is building an innovative wireless broadband network along the rivers in Pittsburgh and is seeking partners to explore new applications for transportation, safety, security and environmental monitoring, according to James R. McCarville, Executive Director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission. The project, called Wireless Waterways, consists of both the Network System Infrastructure (NSI), which will be scalable and expandable, and an Interoperability Test Bed (ITB). The project has been under construction for nearly a year by the PPC’s contractor, CONXX, Inc., from Johnstown, PA. The PPC will begin to conduct experiments within the Test Bed in June. It is working with Carnegie Mellon University, Consol Energy’s River Division, The Gateway Clipper, Pittsburgh Voyager, Carnegie Science Center and various other companies and Water and Sewer Authorities to begin to explore how this new network could add to the transportation and economic development of the region The PPC has been working with towing companies and the USACE for more than a year to define improvements to transportation data gathering. The Test Bed will explore the integration of disparate sensors, communications and information management systems to develop innovative and cost effective ways to better use waterway transportation, water quality monitoring, safety and security.


Inland Waterway Safety Advancement: Port of Pittsburgh & CONSUL Join Hands

Waterway Operations: Photo courtesy of CONSOL

CONSOL Energy & Port of Pittsburgh unveil a state-of-the art broadband network designed to Improve efficiency & safety on Inland waterways. Aboard its newly refurbished river fleet vessel, the M/V Safety Pledge, CONSOL Energy Inc. and the Port of Pittsburgh Commission have unveiled the first wireless broadband network deployed on inland waterways in the United States. Developed exclusively on Pittsburgh's three rivers over the past several months


Response to Grounding of Clipper Lasco

The U. S. Coast Guard continues to coordinate the response to the grounding of the 645-ft. cargo ship Clipper Lasco just west of the designated anchorage area off Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla. The vessel remains aground this evening as members of the unified command work to ensure that planned salvage operations do not cause further disruption to the ocean floor, are conducted as safely as possible, provide adequate resources for any contingencies that could arise and mitigate the risk of


Vessels: Tall Stacks Draws 800,000 to Queen City

By Larry Pearson Every four years the excursion vessel segment of the commercial marine industry stages one of the largest festivals in the United States, yet except for the vessels that participate in it, little is known about this event. It overshadows the Workboat Show but receives little attention in the marine press. From an attendance standpoint, if this event were the World Series of Baseball, the Workboat Show would be T-ball for five-year olds


Clipper Tankers Selects KVH

Clipper Marine Services A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark, is the latest commercial maritime operation to take advantage of the broadband access and affordable service offered by KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) and its compact TracPhone V7 satellite communications system and the mini-VSAT Broadband service. In the coming months, 22 of Clipper Tankers’ vessels will be equipped with KVH’s 24-inch (60 cm) TracPhone V7 antenna along with multiple voice service lines and broadband Internet


Three Sailors Rescued 350 Miles off Virginia

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it coordinated the rescue of three people Thursday who were rescued by good Samaritans after their 41-foot sailboat, the Elusive, was beset by storms in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 350 miles east of Virginia Beach. Rescued are Larry Monesson, 60, Sean Monesoon, 40, and James Moore, 40. The father of James Moore contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders at approximately 1 a.m


Crescent Unifies Ownership

U.K. shipping and transport group Crescent has unified its ownership structure. As of June 28, 2002, Crescent is wholly owned by the Bahamas-based Clipper Group. "It has been a great challenge to work with Clipper to focus and develop Crescent after its separation from the Hays transport group. It is a good time now for me to move on to new entrepreneurial challenges, and for Crescent to benefit from the backing which only a major group like Clipper can provide," says Hutch Wright


‘Second youth’ for Clipper Stad Amsterdam

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The three-masted, steel-hulled Clipper ‘Stad Amsterdam’ undergoes a complete overhaul at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen, the Netherlands.   The revision of the 13-year-old vessel will give her a ‘second youth’. The work will be finished before the end of May 2013. At the moment the Clipper is already at the yard and all interiors have been removed, including the boarding of the accommodation


Nordic Shipholding to Exercise Divestment Option

Nordic Shipholding A/S decides to exercise its option agreement with Nordic Tankers Shipowning A/S and Clipper Group A/S. The option agreement referred to was dated 28, March 2012. In connection with the divestment of the chemical tanker activities in Nordic Shipholding A/S as referred to in company announcement no. 1/2012 and no. 5/2012 a vendor note with a total principal of USD 20,000,000 was issued by Nordic Tankers Shipowning A/S in favour of the company


M&S Plan Major Logistic Centre at DP World's London Gateway

Company Executives Stride Forward: Photo credit DP World London Gateway

Prime Minister visits to welcome £200 million investment by UK household-name retailers Marks & Spencer to build new distribution centre at London Gateway. Marks & Spencer (M&S) and DP World London Gateway  jointly announce that M&S will build a major new distribution centre at the new deep-sea container port and logistics park, which opens later this year on the Thames in South Essex, just 25 miles from central London.


Fuel-saving Upgrades for 11 Odfjell Tankers

M/T Bow Firda, delivered in 2003, was the last and most advanced chemical tanker in Odfjell’s 37,500 dwt Kværner Class. It is powered by an MAN B&W 7S50ME-C main engine driving a MAN Alpha VBS1560 propeller and shaft alternator (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Upgrade packages ordered for Odfjell Tankers fuel-saving upgrade package with Kappel technology to optimize propulsion efficiency and lower fuel consumption of 11 vessels   MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Propeller & Aft Ship organization has won an order to retrofit and upgrade a series


Odfjell Board Announces New CEO’s Start Date

Kristian Mørch (Photo: Odfjell)

Odfjell's new president and CEO Kristian Verner Mørch to start August 1, 2015    Kristian Verner Mørch will take up his new position as president and CEO of Odfjell SE from August 1, 2015, the company’s board of directors announced


Rail Deal to Boost New Orleans Container Flow

Work continues on the $25.1 million Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal, which will feature electric-powered rubber tire gantry cranes for more efficient loading and unloading of containers. The terminal, scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, will be a modern and efficient intermodal container transfer facility located within the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. (Photo: Port of New Orleans)

CN Railway expands Gulf gateway focus in signing supply chain agreement with Port of New Orleans   The Port of New Orleans and CN signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will see the parties develop greater supply chain efficiencies aimed at drawing more container traffic through


Pirates Attacks Three Ships in SOMS within Three Hours

Map by ReCAAP

 Three commercial ships were boarded by pirates within just three hours of each other in Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) has reported.   The vessels have been identified as the Brazilian-flagged bulk carrier MV Densa Shark


Long Beach, Los Angeles ports host forum to gather input

Joint Meeting

  More than 100 cargo owners, trucking firm leaders, longshore labor, marine terminals and other goods movement industry representatives turned out Wednesday for a joint meeting hosted by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to gather input


PSA Commissions new Dammam Terminal

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  Saudi Global Ports LLC (SGP), a joint-venture company formed between the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PSA International (PSA) started its commercial operations this month, at the second container terminal in the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam


PSA starts up in Dammam

Pic by Saudi Global Ports

 Saudi Global Ports (SGP), a joint-venture company formed between the Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and PSA International (PSA) has started its commercial operations this month, PSA said. This began at the second container terminal in the King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam


GAIL to Stop LNG Imports at Dabhol

Dabhol LNG terminal: GAIL

 GAIL India is all set to stop LNG imports at the Dabhol terminal in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra from this month as the onset of monsoon will make operations difficult without a breakwater, says a PTI report.   The terminal cannot be operated during monsoon in absence of a


Odfjell Names Mørch President, CEO

Kristian Mørch (Photo: Odfjell)

The board of directors of Odfjell SE has appointed Kristian Mørch as the company's new president and CEO. He will succeed current president and CEO Tore Jakobsen by November 1, 2015.   Mørch is a Danish citizen and presently holds the position as co-CEO of Clipper Group


Havila Extends Niche Deal with Maersk

Platform supply vessel (PSV) by Havila Shipping ASA.

Havila Shipping ASA has seen Maersk Oil & Gas (MOG) extend an option for a vessel, allowing the company to avoid the weak North Sea spot market for 12 more months.   Maersk Oil and Gas Company declared the first of three one year options for the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) Havila


Kalmar to Heighten STS Cranes of DP World Antwerp

Courtesy DP World Antwerp

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract to heighten three Kalmar ship-to-shore (STS) cranes operated by DP World Antwerp Gateway NV. The order was signed into Cargotec's first quarter of 2015 order intake, with the completion of the project scheduled to take place in the


Star Clippers to Build Massive Square Rigger

Photo courtesy of Star Clipppers

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named


APM Terminals Reaffirms Poti Mega-Port Plans

Poti Sea Port

  Speaking at the 4th Annual Black Sea Ports and Shipping Conference 2015 on May 29th on the subject of Black Sea Ports as agents of economic growth for the region, APM Terminals Poti Deputy Managing Director Joseph Crowley discussed the advantages of Poti Seaport as the prominent gateway


Seattle, Tacoma to Submit Seaport Alliance Proposal

Taking another step in forming The Northwest Seaport Alliance, commissioners from the ports of Tacoma and Seattle voted Friday to submit a final agreement to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for approval.   The Northwest Seaport Alliance will unify the two ports’ marine cargo


Upgrade Packages Ordered for Odfjell Tankers

MT Bow Firda, delivered in 2003, was the last and most advanced chemical tanker in Odfjell’s 37,500 dwt Kværner Class. It is powered by an MAN B&W 7S50ME-C main engine (the world’s first) driving a MAN Alpha VBS1560 propell

  Fuel-saving upgrade package with Kappel technology to optimise propulsion efficiency and lower fuel consumption of 11 vessels MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Propeller & Aft Ship organisation has won an order to retrofit and upgrade a series of 11 × 37






 
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