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Shipowner Fails in Claim against Agent for Fuel Costs

Press Release -- International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has reported a case in which the owner of a chemical tanker made an unsuccessful claim against a port agent for costs incurred in taking on additional low-sulphur fuel at a European port.    The port agent was appointed by the owners of the chemical tanker to attend the vessel in port. As the agent did not have an office at that particular port, it engaged its usual sub-agent to assist locally.    Prior to the vessel’s arrival, the master sent an email to the agent asking whether there were any restrictions on the type of fuel that could be used while the vessel was both alongside and at the port’s outer roads. The agent passed this request to its sub-agent, who in turn made inquiries of the local harbor-master, who was responsible for enforcing the EU directive relating to the use of low-sulphur fuel.   The harbor-master confirmed that the vessel was required to burn low-sulphur marine gas oil from the time of its arrival at the port’s outer roads. This advice was passed to the master, who duly followed these instructions.    As the vessel waited at anchorage it became clear to the master that he would not have sufficient low-sulphur fuel on board to complete operations and, as the vessel was unable to take on additional low-sulphur fuel at that port, the owners decided to divert to another port to replenish their supply


Surveyors Find Torpedo-like Object off Scotland

Shipping vessels have been advised not to anchor where an object thought to be a torpedo was discovered on the seabed of Scapa Flow, Scotland.   On Saturday, February 27, Orkney Vessel Traffic Services informed the U.K. Coastguard that a 7-meter torpedo-like object had been found during a routine seabed sonar survey carried out by SULA Diving on behalf of Orkney Islands Council Marine Services. Video footage was then captured using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV)


Freighter Allides with Two Boats

The Unified Command responded to two boats being struck on the West Bank of the Flats in . The Unified Command consists of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, Dept. of Natural Resources, the Cleveland Fire Dept., Cleveland Police Dept., the Fire Boat Anthony J. Celebreeze and the Cleveland Harbor Master. The Station Cleveland 25-foot response boat were on scene providing a safety zone to ensure safe travel of all boating traffic.  


Preventive Measures Against Ebola in Benin, Cotonou

  Following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in West Africa, Cotonou port authorities have taken the below preventive measures to fight the spread of the virus:    1) For all vessels calling Cotonou port, the agent is required to send to the Harbor Master office a port of call list mentioning the last 10 ports of calls, three days prior to arrival. 2) All vessels arriving from or which have called at a ports in one of the countries infected by Ebola should have on board


USCG Rescues Fisherman off Massachusetts

USCG photo

A fisherman was rescued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) after his 40-foot fishing vessel became caught in the surf on the Chatham Bar in Chatham, Massachusetts, Wednesday.  USCG Watchstanders at Sector Southeast New England received a notification from a good Samaritan informing that the fishing vessel Never Enough was stuck in waves and needed assistance. Coast Guard Station Chatham rescue crews arrived on seen with two 42-foot fast response boats to assist


Britain To Institute New Port Regulations

Britain will introduce new port safety rules resulting from lessons learned from the Sea Empress tanker oil spill in 1996. The UK Government will introduce a Port Marine Safety Code early next year, Shipping Minister Keith Hill said at a harbor masters' seminar. "Recent maritime history, including the grounding of the Sea Empress in 1996, has demonstrated the need to improve port safety to save lives and safeguard the environment," Hill said


MPA Leads Ferry Emergency Exercise

Photo: MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed 'FEREX 2015' August 21. The annual ferry exercise (FEREX) aims to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore.   More than 350 personnel from 10 agencies and companies took part in this full deployment exercise which includes deployment of resources at sea at the Eastern Special Purposes A Anchorage for rescue operations


Ayton Cross Arrival Boosts Wijsmuller Fleet

Wijsmuller Marine has accepted the first of two azimuthing stern drive (ASD) tractor tugs from the Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Zamacona. Following a crew familiarization period, the Ayton Cross is expected to be in full service by the middle of the month. The second tug, Ormesby Cross, is to be delivered by Zamacona before the end of the year. Both tugs will be based on the River Tees from where the Wijsmuller tug fleet covers both the Tees and the port of Hartlepool.


New Monitoring Network for Scottish Ports

Photo: OTT

Historically, ferry masters operating off the west coast of Scotland would have to sail to a port and on arrival visually assess the weather and tide conditions before deciding whether safe berthing alongside the pier or quayside would be possible. This wastes time and fuel, and can causes frustration among passengers, who may see ferries come close to a port, but thereafter depart without berthing when conditions are determined by the ferry Master to be unsafe


Viking Star Towed into London

Credit: Viking Star

Kotug Rotortugs RT Ambition and RT Evolution were charged with a special task this morning as they towed new cruise ship Viking Star on her first call to the Port of London. RT Ambition and RT Evolution towed Viking Star through the Thames Tidal Barrier on the Upper River Thames and assisted her to swing and berth at Greenwich, towage operator Kotug said. At 228 meters long, Viking star is the largest vessel to call Central London


Lucas Marine, Harbor Breeze Cruises Partner to Cut Fuel Costs

Photo courtesy of Harbor Breeze Cruises

Lucas Marine is partnering with Harbor Breeze Corporation to help reduce the yacht charter and cruise company's fuel costs, maintenance and environmental impact in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors.   Harbor Breeze is one of the largest yacht charter and cruise companies operating within


Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award Recipients Named

Clockwise (from top left) Arthur E. Imperatore, Christopher Wiernicki, and Donald Marcus, Photo USS

The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2016 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Arthur E. Imperatore, Founder and President of New York Waterways; Donald Marcus, President of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots; and Christopher Wiernicki


Port Business: Is Bigger Better?

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Ports strive to meet growing demands /  Bigger Ships, Volumes, call for Expanding Facilities and Infrastructure   Every port is different.  But the harbor masters meeting in Vancouver this week are finding they all have much in common


Canada Invests $289 Mln in Harbor Improvements

Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced that the Government of Canada is investing $289 million in small craft harbors across the country in 2016-2017.   The announcement includes $32 million of the $149 million allocated to small craft harbors in


Flaws Hinder US Harbor Maintenance Fund -Report

Photo: Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure

There exist serious flaws in U.S. infrastructure funding practices that hinder the maintenance and improvement of American ports and harbors, according to a new report, “Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund: Broken or Misused?” released by the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii)


Barge Master Wins Innovation Award at OTC

Photo: Barge Master

The Barge Master T40 motion compensated knuckle boom crane has been recognized for technological innovation, winning the Spotlight on New Technology Small Business Award at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.  


First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban

Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. (Photo: Philip Wilson)

One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban.  


Incat Crowther Launches Harbor Master

New Generation Cruise Vessel Photo  Incat Crowther’

Incat Crowther launched the Harbor Master, a new generation of tour vessel to operate on Tasmania’s picturesque Macquarie Harbor. Developed in collaboration with World Heritage Cruises, the 220-passenger, 35-metre catamaran combines the operator’s layout and propulsion concepts with


The Master’s Authority: a Vital SMS Caveat

Katharine Sweeney

As safety management systems (SMS) on board vessels evolve, the vessel’s master still holds ultimate authority.    Subchapter M is finally underway. A starring role in this new CFR is a safety management system onboard all vessels


Port of Prince Rupert Adds Navigation Systems

The Port of Prince Rupert, in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), as well as input from the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) and BC Coast Pilots (BCCP), has established another aid to navigation with advanced technology capabilities at the mouth of Prince Rupert’s Fairview


Kärnebro Appointed Harbor Master, Gothenburg Port

Port of Gothenburg appoints new Harbour Master Photo Gothenburg Port

The Port of Gothenburg has appointed a new Harbour Master – Åsa Kärnebro. Åsa has been deputy Harbour Master at the Port of Gothenburg since 2010. In her new position she has identified a number of ways to further strengthen the port's competitiveness


Boston Harbor Dredging Project to get Underway

Courtesy Boston Harbor Association

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to approve to execute a Project Partnering Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and MassDOT to start the Boston Harbor Dredging Project.  A signed agreement allows the ACOE to bid contracts for construction on a


Shoaling Safety Zone Set in Santa Cruz Harbor

Image: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard informs it has established a safety zone for the entrance of the Santa Cruz small craft harbor effective Friday, March 18, until Sunday, May 1, or upon the completion of emergency dredging as announced via broadcast notice to mariners.


Long Beach Port Appoints 3 Directors

Harbor Commission fills positions by promoting from within Photo Port of Long Beach

The Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved the appointments of new directors for the Port of Long Beach’s Finance, Surveys and Transportation Planning divisions. Maurina Lee, previously the Harbor Department’s controller, will become the Director of Finance


World War II Torpedo Found at Scapa Flow

Naval divers return to the wreck of HMS Royal Oak to replace her White Ensign (Photo: UK Royal Navy)

U.K. Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have found a German torpedo from World War II at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.   The torpedo was found on the seabed March 1 after a recent routine sonar survey on behalf of Orkney Islands Council






 
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