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Panama Canal Case Headed to Arbitration

Picture Credit: Panama Canal Authority.

 The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and the consortium building a third set of locks for the inter-oceanic waterway said in separate statements that they will take a dispute over cement quality to international arbitration.   The PCA has asked for an international arbitration panel to review a decision to award US$233 million to the consortium expanding the canal in a dispute over cement quality.   The consortium, led by Spain's Sacyr and Italy's Salini Impregilo, and including Belgium's Jan de Nul and Panama's CUSA, said in January it had won US$233 million of the US$463 million it claimed in the dispute.   In the latest chapter of an often thorny relationship between the authority, known as the ACP, and the Grupos Unidos por el Canal consortium (GUPC), the latter said Tuesday it has filed a request for international arbitration as it seeks an award of $345 million.   The request for arbitration comes 56 days since the issuance of a decision by a panel created by the contractor and the Canal Authority to resolve disputes. Under the terms of the contract, both sides have the right to appeal the decision of the panel to the court of arbitration.   Arbitration is the last resort of the mechanism established in the contract for the design and construction of the new locks. It will be held in Miami.  


Mideast Crude Tanker Earnings Slip, Ukraine Watched

By Jonathan Saul, Reuters Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route fell on Tuesday as a build up of vessels available for hire weighed on rate sentiment. Shipping markets continued to monitor developments in Ukraine after Russia sent military forces into the Crimea region of southern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would only use military force in Ukraine as a last resort. A U.S. official said it was ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia.


New Maritime Exhibition Planned

Cyprus’ MIE Group, Limassol, is arranging an exhibition of marine equipment managers and services (East Med Marine Exhibition) during 7-8th April next year (2005) at the Hawaii Grand Hotel & Resort, Limassol. Backed by the Cyprus Minister of Communications and Works, the exhibition will not only have exhibitors that use MIE as their agent in Cyprus, but also other marine equipment and service companies. Some 45 companies have already signed up for this exhibition


Final Designs, King Abdullah Sea Port

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Emaar, the Economic City (Emaar.E.C), the Tadawul-listed company developing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), has revealed the final blueprints of the KAEC Sea Port, designed in coordination with Halcrow, the international consultancy specializing in the provision of planning, design and management services for maritime projects. One of the six key components of the 168 million sq m KAEC, the Sea Port will be the largest in the Red Sea with a capacity to handle 20 million TEU (twenty ft


Hurricane Blanca Weakens off Mexico, Still Headed for Resorts

Hurricane Blanca Photo NOAA

  Hurricane Blanca weakened to a category 1 storm on Friday but is still expected to hit Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Blanca, the second hurricane to form off Mexico's Pacific coast this year, is about 330 miles (531 km) southwest of the major port of Manzanillo, with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour (145 km), the Miami-based NHC said in a report.


Hurricane Patricia Threatens Mexico

Photo: NOAA

Hurricane Patricia strengthened into one of the most powerful storms in history on Friday as it barreled toward Mexico's Pacific Coast, forcing resort hotels to evacuate tourists and residents to stockpile supplies. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the Category 5 storm was the strongest ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, and the World Meteorological Organization compared it to 2013's Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines.


World's First Floating Resort Scheduled To Set Sail In 2001

The world's first ocean-going luxury resort is scheduled to be afloat late in 2001 now that Bahamas-registered ResidenSea has secured financing and found a builder, company officials said. The vessel for the rich, dubbed The World of ResidenSea, was conceived four years ago by Norwegian cruise magnate Knut Kloster Jr. "After four years of an uphill struggle...we have finally made it," Henning Oeglaend, chairman of the board of ResidenSea


Ottawa to Mulls Banning U.S.-bound Tankers from N.B. Waterway

The Canadian Press reported that federal politicians say Canada is considering regulations to ban liquefied natural gas supertankers from a sensitive waterway in the Bay of Fundy, risking renewed territorial tensions with the United States. Maxime Bernier, Canada's new minister of foreign affairs, assured a citizens' group on Sunday that Canada is opposed to the prospect of LNG supertankers navigating the treacherous waters that lead into Passamaquoddy Bay between Maine and New Brunswick


Marauder Fired on by U.S. Fleet Tanker

USNS Rappahannock: Photo credit USN

A small motor vessel fired on in the Persian Gulf after ignoring warnings to keep away from 'USNS Rappahannock' The incident occured near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates. In accordance with Navy force protection procedures, the sailors on the USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force.
 The U.S. crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel's operators to turn away from their deliberate approach


Nearly 100 Rescued after Batam Ferry Hits Trouble

Sea Prince. Photo by BatamFast Ferry Pte. Ltd

 Almost 100 people were rescued when a ferry sailing toward Singapore from the Indonesian island of Batam hit a floating object and reportedly started to sink, maritime officials said.   Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said it received a report last night that Indonesia-registered ferry 'Sea Prince' had hit a floating object after leaving Batam, one of the popular resort islands about 40 minute ride from Singapore.    


SC Ports See Container Volume Uptick

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a 2.8 percent increase in 20 foot-equivalent unit (TEU) volume fiscal year to date, handling 1.6 million TEUs since July 2015.   SCPA said it moved 157,959 TEUs in April, bringing SCPA's calendar year-to-date container volume to 631,753 TEUs


Human Remains and Belongings Found from Plane Crash at Sea

Egypt said on Friday its navy had found human remains, wreckage and the personal belongings of passengers floating in the Mediterranean, confirmation that an EgyptAir jet had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.   President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered condolences for those on board


Taiwan Maritime Negotiations with Japan

Okinotori, the southernmost point of Japanese territory. Photo: KYODO

 Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Minister David Lee said  that the government is slated to start maritime negotiations with Japan by late July in an effort to better protect Taiwan fishermen's rights on the high seas.   Taipei and Tokyo will kick off two-way talks by the end of


Konecranes-Terex Deal to Proceed as Zoomlion Drops Rival Bid

Photo: Terex Corp

China's Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science and Technology Co Ltd has abandoned its $3.4 billion bid for U.S. crane maker Terex Corp , clearing the way for a smaller deal between Terex and Finland's Konecranes.   The decision comes after six months of merger talks between Terex and Zoomlion


Disney Cruise Line Plans to Add 2 More Ships

Image: Disney Cruise Line

Walt Disney Co said it signed an agreement to build two cruise ships for its Disney Cruise Line business.   The company, which signed the agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany, said on Thursday the ships are expected to be completed in 2021 and 2023.  


Pirates Move From High Seas to High Tech

Pic: Ethical Hacking Council

 A group of cunning tech-savvy pirates hacked a shipping company’s systems, enabling them to carefully target cargo on the firm’s vessels.   A curious case reported by Verizon's RISK (Research, Investigations, Solutions and Knowledge)  Team shows that even those lowly


Suntex Marinas Acquires State Dock Marina

Marina Company Purchases Premier Lake Cumberland Destination in the Heart Photo State Dock Marina

Suntex Marinas, an owner and operator of marina properties, announced today the acquisition of State Dock Marina on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. Built to be a best-in-class resort accommodating visitors from every part of the nation, State Dock Marina allows guests to experience a destination


CLIA Joins World Ocean Council

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has partnered with the World Ocean Council (WOC), an international business leadership alliance dedicated to Corporate Ocean Responsibility.   For years, cruise lines have implemented policies and procedures to reduce the industry’s


US Import Prices Fall, but Downward Trend Nearing End

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

U.S. import prices fell in February for an eighth straight month, weighed down by declining costs for petroleum and a range of other goods, but the pace of decline is slowing as the dollar's rally fades and oil prices stabilize.   The Labor Department said on Friday import prices slipped 0


Venture Insurance Programs Acquires Tidal Solutions

Philip J. Harvey, president of Venture Insurance Programs

Venture will rebrand and integrate Tidal Solutions specialty commercial marine products into its portfolio of industry leading programs. Venture Insurance Programs, a national insurance program administrator, today announced it has acquired Tidal Solutions, LLC, a Charlotte


US Gulf Coast Diesel Exports Down Sharply

  Diesel fuel exports from the U.S. Gulf Coast declined sharply since December as increasing output from refiners in South American markets and brimming stocks in Europe squeezed key outlets, Thomson Reuters data show.   As a result


Europort to Partner IRANIMEX

Logo Iranimex, powered by Europort,

Leading maritime exhibition offers gateway to maritime and offshore opportunities in Iran   Europort has become the official and exclusive international partner of IRANIMEX, the leading maritime & offshore exhibition in Iran. The agreement brings together the brand behind the maritime


Upstream O&G Companies Face Interest Payments Friday

At least 10 upstream oil and gas companies, cramped for cash in the oil downturn, must make coupon payments Friday, April 15, according to Thomson Reuters data.   Among them are oil and gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corp , which completed a debt swap last year, and Linn Energy LLC


Adani Ports Profit Up

Vizag Terminal. Photo: Adani Group

 Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ), India’s largest port developer and part of Adani Group, has announced the financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2016.    Consolidated cargo across all ports handled by the company was 152 MMT


Pan Ocean on Recovery Path

Photo: Pan Ocean Co.

 S. Korea’s Pan Ocean Co.  is expected to see its earnings improve amid rising Baltic Dry Index (BDI) that affects spot contracts accounting for more than half of the South Korean bulk carrier’s total shipping contracts, reports the Pulse.  






 
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