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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

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

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.

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

ACP Chairman Addresses Executives

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board Chairman and Concurrent Minister of Canal Affairs Dr. Ricaurte Vásquez Morales spoke at a private-sector forum hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in Tokyo, Japan last Friday, September 22. Dr. Vásquez briefed forum participants on the Panama Canal expansion proposal, as well as highlighted investment and business opportunities in the areas of infrastructure, multi-modal transportation

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

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

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

INTERTANKO Guide to Reducing Emissions

INTERTANKO is publishing this week its new Guide for a Tanker Energy Efficiency Management Plan (TEEMP). This moves forward in practical terms the IMO process to reduce actual GHG emissions from shipping by assisting operators to implement a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan as recommended by IMO Circular MEPC.1/Circ.683. This Guide is based on INTERTANKO best practice, using information and experience from members with more than 700 tankers

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

Fond Farewell to HMAS Tobruk

Decommissioning of HMAS Tobruk

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert, MP, and Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, today attended the decommissioning of HMAS Tobruk to bid the ship a fond

New OSV-inspired Ferry for the Fiji Islands

Photo courtesy of United Ship Design

In recent decades there have been great advances in design of crewboats and offshore supply vessels to meet the needs of the petroleum industry.  Recently a number of nations have turned to these designs as inspiration for naval craft. Now the Government Shipping Services of the Fiji Islands

As First Victims Mourned, Italian Navy Searches On

Italy held a funeral service on Tuesday for 13 migrants who died in the worst shipwreck in the Mediterranean in recent history, while the navy continued its search for other victims of the disaster. More than 700 people, most of them locked below deck, were believed to have drowned in April

Terrorists Will Exploit EU Migrant Crisis, ESC Warns

Photo: TORM A-S

ESC Global Security has called for the Mediterranean to be classed a maritime High Risk Area in the wake of the terrorist atrocities in Tunisia and Europe’s escalating migration crisis.   “There is a reasonable doubt that some refugees from these areas will be a threat to

Uni Asia Forms New Subsidiary and Buy a New Vessel

Pic: Uni-Asia Holdings Limited

 Uni-Asia Holdings Limited has acquired a new wholly owned Panama-incorporated company known as Fortuna Containership S.A. as a ship owning subsidiary for the purpose of acquiring a 3,500 TEU second hand containership.   Fortuna Containership was incorporated in Panama on 20 May 2015

Maritime, Migration Heads Pledge Joint Action

Sekimizu (left) and Swing pledged to work together on a number of specific actions, including the establishment of an inter-agency platform for information sharing on unsafe mixed migration by sea and the dissemination of information material on the dangers of such migration, in collaboration with other interested agencies. (Photo: IMO)

The heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday, June 29 reaffirmed their commitment to urgently address the humanitarian crisis arising from the dramatic increase in unsafe mixed migration across the oceans and seas in

Indian Warships Visit Cambodia, Thailand

Welcome ceremony at Thailand. Photo by National Informatics Centre, Govt of India

 In pursuit of India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF)

Stolt Acquires Three Ships for European Fleet

Stolt Tankers B.V. has agreed to acquire three 5,800 dwt fully stainless steel parcel tankers from Odfjell Tankers AS.   The ships, which were built in 1997-1998 and are sister ships of three tankers currently operated by Stolt Tankers

Stolt Tankers Buys Three Ships


Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Bors: SNI) announced  that Stolt Tankers B.V. has agreed to acquire three 5,800 dwt fully stainless steel parcel tankers from Odfjell Tankers AS. The ships, which were built in 1997-1998 and are sister ships of three tankers currently operated by Stolt Tankers

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