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Turkey To Close Bosphorus Strait For 12 Hours

The Turkish government will close the Bosphorus strait to sea traffic for ships over 3,000 tons for 12 hours from 1600 GMT on December 31 to minimize possible effects from the millennium bug problem in computers. Ships over 3,000 tons will not be allowed to pass through the strait from 1600 GMT on December 31, 1999 to 0400 GMT on January 1, 2000 for traffic safety. Ships longer than 200 m will not be allowed to sail through the 19-mile-long strait unless they provide millennium compliance certificates and ensure that their cargo is not dangerous.


Shipping Traffic Resumes in Bosphorus Strait

Turkeys Bosphorus Strait (CREDIT: AdobeStock 106467797)

Traffic in Turkey's Bosphorus Strait, an important international shipping lane for oil and grain, resumed on Thursday after a brief suspension triggered by a bulk carrier suffering an engine malfunction, shipping agent GAC said. GAC said the Marshall Islands-flagged, 225-metre vessel, identified as M/V Anna Smile Forward, had engine malfunction, forcing the transit traffic in the strait to be closed at 12.25 am (0925 GMT).


LPG Ships Collide in France

Two LPG tankers collided in the northwestern French port of Donges causing 60 tonnes of ship fuel to spill into the Sea. French coastguard said the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers the Happy Bride and the Sigmagas hit each other at 1920 GMT. There were no reported injuries and both vessels had been towed back to port. However, 60 tonnes of bunker fuel oil had been spilt in the collision.


Inchcape Shipping Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ISS Greece

A reception hosted by Group CEO Claus Hyldager was the finale of the ISS annual senior management conference in Athens.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has this month celebrated the 25th anniversary of its operations in Greece by hosting its annual senior management conference in Athens, close to the company’s Greek head office in the Port of Piraeus. Over 170 ISS employees, including the entire senior management team, congregated to enjoy three days of strategic development activity, events, networking and customer engagement.


Bosphorus Strait Traffic Suspended as Boat Sinks, At Least 24 Dead

Rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Monday and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants including children, the Turkish Coastguard Command said. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East and beyond pack into often unsafe boats each year and thousands of them drown in their efforts to enter the European Union through coastal states


Bomb Threat Cut Lithuania LNG Terminal Output

Gas supply from Lithuania's liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal was interrupted on Wednesday due to a bomb threat that later turned out to be a hoax, the terminal's operator Klaipedos Nafta said on Wednesday. The terminal is now preparing to restart, a spokeswoman said. The floating terminal, leased from Norway's Hoegh LNG , was opened last year and received the first commercial LNG cargo from Norway in late December.


One dead, Dozens Missing as S.Korean Vessel Sinks

One person was killed and the fate of more than 50 others was unknown after a South Korean fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea off the coast of Russia's far eastern Chukotka region officials said on Monday. "When the fish were being hauled in, the vessel was hit by a wave," said Artur Rets, the head of the maritime rescue service in Russia's far eastern port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, adding the South Korean vessel Oriong-501 had sunk at 0530 GMT.


UK North Sea Workers Give "Overwhelming" Support for Strike

Trade unions Unite and GMB said members working offshore in Britain's North Sea oil and gas industry had shown overwhelming support for industrial action in a consultative ballot which closed at 1200 GMT on Friday. Unite's members covered by the Offshore Contractors' Agreement delivered a 93.5 percent vote in favour of proceeding to a strike ballot, increasing the likelihood of North Sea strike action for the first time in a generation, the union said.


Argentine Grain Worker Union in Wage Talks

Port workers who run Argentina's Rosario grains hub met on Monday with export companies for wage talks aimed at avoiding an open-ended strike that labor leaders had announced for Tuesday, a union official said. A strike at Rosario would slow soy and corn exports in the middle of Argentina's main harvesting and shipping season. Talks are complicated by Argentina's inflation rate, estimated by private economists at more than 25 percent.


Strike to hit Sweden's Gothenburg Port

Swedish port workers in the city of Gothenburg are set to go on strike on Tuesday after negotiations between unions and employers failed, a union representative said. The strike will likely hit trading hard since the Gothenburg port handles over half of Sweden's container traffic. It is Scandinavia's largest port. The Swedish Dockworkers' Union said on its home page that a series of periodic strikes, which are expected to bring operations to a standstill while carried out


Borr Drilling Scoops up Transocean Rigs for $1.4 Bln

   Borr Drilling, founded by former executives of financially troubled Seadrill, has snapped up Transocean's fleet of shallow-water drilling rigs for $1.35 billion.   The rig market deal is Borr's biggest since it was set up last year by Tor Olav Troeim and other executives who


Thessaloniki Port Workers Plan Stoppage to Protest Port Sale

Photo: Thessaloniki Port Authority

Workers at Greece's second-biggest port, Thessaloniki Port, will walk off their job for a few hours on Wednesday to protest the port's sale, a key condition of the country's international bailout.   The sale was launched in 2014 but has been plagued by delays and political resistance


Case Study: 18-day Exhaust Gas Scrubber Install

Rigging the scrubber section into the ship. (Photo: Goltens)

Goltens was contracted by a large cruise vessel owner to undertake the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers on one of its ships to comply with sulfur emissions regulations. The vessel is powered by four GMT/Sulzer 16ZAV40S and two GMT/Sulzer 12ZAV40S diesel electric generating sets.


Hapag-Lloyd Expects Rising Freight Rates in 2017

File Image: CREDIT - Port of Boston

Moderate increases in freights to be achieved in 2016; new Alliance membership starts on April 1.   German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd expects freight rates to be several percentage points higher this year than in 2016, one of a number of factors that should help the company


Hungary Bans Shipping on Danube as River Freezes Over

Hungary has banned ships from the Danube as the river is freezing over and floating ice poses a risk, a spokeswoman for the General Directorate of Water Management said on Tuesday. The ban is effective from 1500 GMT between, Gabriella Siklos said, in a reply to Reuters questions.  


Oil Steady; Record High Russian Output Forecast Offsets Weak Dollar

Oil prices were little changed on Tuesday as forecasts for record production out of Russia in 2017 helped offset earlier gains related to a decline in the U.S. dollar and Saudi Arabia saying it would adhere to OPEC's commitment to cut output.


Norwegian Shipping Firm Denies Polisario Accusation of Illegal Shipment

A Norwegian shipping firm on Thursday denied a tanker it manages had violated a European court ruling after Western Sahara's Polisario movement accused it of illegally transporting an oil cargo through disputed territory it claims. The Polisario independence movement this week called on the


Oil Prices Fall as US Drillers Add Rigs

Oil prices slipped on Friday, extending losses after data suggested drilling is ramping up in the United States, easing the focus on efforts by OPEC and other producers to support prices by cutting supplies.   U.S. crude futures for March delivery fell 98 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $52


Boat with 28 Chinese tourists missing off Malaysia

A boat carrying 31 people, including 28 Chinese tourists, is missing off the coast of Borneo, Malaysian maritime authorities said on Sunday. The boat left Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia's eastern Sabah state, at about 9 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Saturday bound for the popular tourist spot of


Norwegian OSV Operators in Blockbuster Merger

File Image: A Farstad OSV (CREDIT: Farstad)

Debt-laden Farstad Shipping gets lifeline; billionaires Fredriksen and Roekke join forces.   Hit by the oil industry recession, Norwegian offshore service vessel (OSV) operators Farstad Shipping, Deep Sea Supply and Solstad Offshore announced plans to merge on Monday to counter the downturn


A.P. Moller-Maersk Misses Q4 Forecast

File Image: A Maersk product tanker underway (CREDIT: Maersk)

Net operating loss after tax of $2.7 bln means dividend cut. Chairman to step down at end of March.   A.P. Moller-Maersk missed fourth-quarter profit expectations on Wednesday as the world's largest shipping company pressed on with changes, taking impairments


Hamburg Elbe Dredging Plan Needs Improvement

The port of Hamburg, Germany (CREDIT: AdobeStock)

Plans to dredge the river Elbe in Hamburg must be improved before a stop order on the work is lifted, a German court ruled on Thursday, raising the risk of more delay to work to deepen Germany's biggest port and open it up to new container ships.  


Singapore Fuel Oil Trading Heats Up

Singapore fuel oil trading volumes have soared after the 380-cst front-month time spreads widened by around $1 per tonne from the previous day's close, in what could develop into an aggressive trade strategy that occasionally rattles this market.  


Frontline says DHT Holdings Rejects Improved Offer

Tanker firm Frontline said on Tuesday it had made a higher and final offer for rival DHT Holdings which was rejected.   Frontline said it had raised its all-share offer to 0.80 Frontline share per DHT share from an initial 0.725 but that DHT had again rejected the offer.  


One Dead, Three Missing in Helicopter Crash off Irish Coast

One person died and three were missing after a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed off the coast of Ireland during a rescue operation, the Irish Coast Guard said on Tuesday.   The search-and-rescue helicopter, which was assisting another aircraft with a medical evacuation from a fishing vessel






 
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