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USCG: Old Ferry Removed for Inspection

Washington State Ferries (WSF) is performing additional hull inspections on the 80-year-old Steel Electric Class vessels, which will temporarily affect the San Juan inter-island run. The 59-car Illahee has temporarily been removed from service awaiting the additional inspection, so the 87-car Evergreen State has taken its place serving the San Juan inter-island route. Starting July 15, the 34-car Hiyu will operate on the inter-island route for 1 week while the Evergreen State is at the ferry system’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility for its required, annual inspection. Two Steel Electric Class vessels will continue to operate on the Port Townsend – Keystone route. “We recognize that a ferry with less auto capacity inconveniences our customers. Therefore, we are working very hard to make sure the Evergreen State and the Illahee return to service as soon as possible,” said WSF Executive Director Mike Anderson. The additional hull inspections were requested by the USCG following recent, unplanned maintenance of the Steel Electric Class vessels. WSF shares the USCG’s interest in the maintenance and safe operation of the vessels by requiring additional inspections and an augmented long-term repair and maintenance plan. “WSF’s aim is to provide consistent and safe service to our customers, and we look forward to working with the U.S

SecurePort 2004 to be Held in Miami

SecurePort 2004, sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP), and chaired by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), will be held in Miami, Florida on February 25-27.

PCA Seeking Ways To Safeguard Water

The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) inaugurated an inter-institutional commission charged with safeguaring the trade route's vital supplies of fresh water into the future. The commission, made up of government and environmental groups under PCA stewardship, aims to establish mechanisms to protect the Canal's fragile rainforest watershed, while achieving long-term sustainable development for resident communities, the Authority said

CMA CGM Improves US East Coast Port Coverage

CMA CGM improves the US East Coast port coverage of its CAGEMA service. The CMA CGM Group is pleased to announce the reshuffling of its CAGEMA Main Liner service, linking the United States East Coast and the Caribbean, effective 9th September 2011. The modifications will be as follows: *The addition of two direct calls to New York and Jacksonville, enhancing port coverage of the US East Coast. * The ports of Castries (Saint Lucia), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

OMM Completes Cable Work at Greater Gabbard

Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has completed a contract with Fluor for the installation of 36 inter-array cables at the Greater Gabbard wind farm. Originally contracted to install 29 cables, the remit of OMM’s work was expanded during the course of the project to encompass provision of a full range of installation services for 36 inter-array cables, including front end pre-engineering support, installation and the delivery of a final report using in-house survey capabilities

Ferries Consider Sprinkler after Fire

Maritime industry regulators plan to require inter-island passenger vessels to install automated firefighting equipment to help fight fires at sea like the one that struck the SuperFerry 12 last week. Maritime Industry Authority proposes making sprinkler systems a requirement on domestic passenger liners, many of which are equipped only with manual water pumps and fire extinguishers. The fire on the SuperFerry 12 was placed under control within 30 minutes and completely put out three hours

ISS Contracted to Support Offshore Greece LNG Exploration

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) appointed by Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) to support a key marine seismic survey project in Greece. Under the three month research project, ISS Greece will provide marine services to the survey vessel ‘Nordic Explorer’ and two smaller support vessels as they work along the western Greek coast from Patras Port.  The national project has been commissioned by the Greek government to try and seek out important new reserves of natural gas.

New Broström Tanker Launched

At a ceremony on May 10 at the Shipyard Ferus Smit in Holland, the sixth vessel, in a series of eight 6,900/7,600 dwt double-hulled product tanker, was launched and named. The vessel was given the name Bro Genius by the godmother Maria Rasetorp. After the delivery in July this year Bro Genius will join the Broström fleet of modern product tankers serving under Broström's cargo contracts with major oil companies. Out of the total Broström commercial fleet exceeding 60 vessels some 35 are

GMATS’ New Piracy Countermeasures Security Seminar

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The Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) located at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, provides world-class, professional mariner education and training in accordance with the provisions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and other national and international standards, laws, and regulations relating to the training and certification of seafarers

Dryships, Covenant Waiver & Load Deferral

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, announced on Feb. 3 that it has reached an in principle agreement with Piraeus Bank, to restructure its two loan facilities in the original aggregate principal amount of $220m with current outstanding $164.9m. As part of the restructuring, caused in large part by the failure of certain buyers to conclude the agreed purchase of three vessels

Controversial Nicaragua Canal Project Postponed

Image: Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) Co

 China's Hong Kong Nicaragua Development (HKND) Co. said it is delaying the start of construction on a controversial $50 billion inter-ocean canal across Nicaragua until late 2016.   HKND has obtained approval for environmental studies of the canal earlier this month

Shipping Braces for post-Paris Pollution Tax

Brussels sets end-2016 deadline for CO2-cutting proposals by IMO. The shipping industry expects to be stung by a carbon levy as momentum building from climate talks in Paris starting this month makes a cut to its greenhouse gas emissions likely.

INS Sahyadri in Philippines for Goodwill Visit

INS Sahyadri. Photo by Indian Navy

 The INS Sahyadri, a Shivalik-class stealth frigate, of Indian Navy arrived in Manila on Sunday for a four-day goodwill visit to the country.  It is docked at the South Harbor.   The warship is likely to remain in Manila till November 4 for extensive interaction with the

Boskalis JV Wins Galloper Offshore Wind Farm Contract

VBMS wins  cable-laying joint venture

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announces that VBMS, its strategic cable-laying joint venture with VolkerWessels, has been awarded two contracts by Galloper Wind Farm Ltd. for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm. The total value of the contracts to VBMS is approximately EUR 200 million

North Sea Trials for Inter-vessel Communications

MBR connects all vessels in complex offshore operations. (Photo: Kongsberg)

The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA), Norwegian Coast Guard and the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) took part in a full-scale trial of Kongsberg Maritime’s Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) inter-vessel communication system in the North Sea this June.

IMO Welcomes UN Resolution on Migrant Smuggling

“There is a clear recognition among IMO Member States that using the SAR system to respond to mass mixed migration was neither foreseen nor intended, and that although Governments and the merchant shipping industry will continue rescue operations, safe, legal, alternative pathways to migration must be developed, including safe, organized migration by sea, if necessary”

  IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has welcomed the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of a UN Security Council resolution which authorizes Member States to intercept vessels suspected of migrant smuggling off the Libyan coast.

Re-Drawal of High Risk Area in Indian Ocean

Revision of the HRA boundary back to its original state should thus greatly reduce the insurance costs of Indian shipping companies.

  The International bodies have agreed to India’s efforts to push back the High Risk Area (HRA) from 78 degrees East longitude to the 65 degrees East longitude. This will result in huge savings for India’s EXIM trade and consumers on account of reduced insurance premium and

Danish-South Korean Co-operation Strengthened

Headquarters in Sejong City

  The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks yesterday. The Minister for Business and Growth's meeting with the South Korean Minister of Oceans and Fisheries is important for further developing the close co-operation.

Friendship to Green Ships

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Korea and Denmark both have ambitious national plans for a transition to greener and more energy efficient economies.    The Danish-South Korean Green Growth Alliance met for roundtable talks. The Minister for Business and Growth’s meeting with the South Korean Minister of

USS Porter Hosts Albanian Dignitaries

Cmdr. Blair Guy, commanding officer of USS Porter (DDG 78), provides remarks during a distinguished visitor visit while anchored off the coast of Albania Sept. 26, 2015.

  The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) hosted a reception for senior Albanian defense officials aboard the ship September 26. The reception was an expression of Porter’s appreciation for hosting the ship and its crew in Vlore

ADF Tests Amphibious Capability

The Amphibious Ready Element on the flight deck of HMAS Canberra during Sea Series 2015

  The Australian Defence Force is testing its newest amphibious capability ahead of the upcoming cyclone season. Exercise SEA RAIDER in Far North Queensland involves some 1400 troops embarked in HMAS Canberra with medium lift helicopters, landing craft and small boats, trucks

Will Opening of Expanded Panama Canal Be Delayed?

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

 Though cracks were detected in the concrete walls of one of the locks of the newly expanded Panama Canal last month, the  Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is maintaining an April 2016 start date for the revamped inter-oceanic waterway, reports Fox News.  

IMO’s Sekimizu Condemns People Smugglers

Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

Prompted by recent incidents in which hundreds of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe have lost their lives, including dozens found dead in the holds of the ships that were carrying them, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has voiced

USCG, Royal Canadian Navy Conduct Jt Exercise

Joint Exercise

  U.S. Coast Guard crews from Southeastern New England conducted various evolutions with the Royal Canadian Navy to train and improve the inter-operability of the two nations’ militaries and surface search and rescue assets. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Station Provincetown

Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries

Ferry map

  Registration opened for Third annual International Student Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries. Today the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) announced its latest competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry, with entries being sought from naval architectural students from

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