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.
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.
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
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 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 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.
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
Greek rescuers will deploy a robot submarine to search for the bodies of two French tourists believed to have drowned when a cruise ship sank off a resort island in the Aegean Sea last week, reported the Houston Chronicle. The ship's captain blamed the accident on sea currents that swept the Sea Diamond onto a charted reef off the island of Santorini, tearing a hole in the ship's hull. According to reports, more than 50 tons of the ship's fuel leaked after the sinking
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
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.
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
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
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
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
A stricken cargo ship drifting on its side off the French Atlantic coast will run aground in southwest France if a renewed attempt to tow it to port fails on Monday, a French maritime official said. The 164-metre-long Modern Express, which was transporting 3
VesselsValue has provided a list ranking the top shipowning nations by value, including the percentage change difference against 2015 figures. Although the order may not have changed much from last year, the standout winner appears to be Denmark as the only country on the list to increase
The NGO Shipbreaking Platform and Transport and Environment (T&E) have criticized Maersk Group’s decision to beach their end-of-life vessels in Alang, India. But, Four of the 167 ship recycling yards have won compliance status with a global regime that seeks to ensure that redundant
U.S. President Barack Obama and allies from Southeast Asia will turn their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing. After a first day focused on trade and economic issues
U.S. President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing. After a first day discussing trade and economic issues at the
Freight rates in Asian trades for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to hold steady around current levels next week, after hitting a near four-week high on Thursday, as tanker supply matches cargo demand. "I can't see the market crashing, or spiking
Suntex Marinas, an owner and operator of marina properties, announced today the promotion of Martin Lucas to the role of Director of Customer Service and Memberships. In this new position, Lucas will spearhead the development and execution of customer interaction and retention initiatives.
Global shipping and logistics services provider masterminds mega move of 22.5-meter-long structure from New Zealand to Maldives resort The acrylic and steel structure for the world’s biggest underwater restaurant is on its way to the Maldives
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.
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, 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