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MarAd Offering Tankers for Sale; Issue Ruling

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has two tankers up for sale, for the limited purpose of their reconstruction for sale or charter to a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) country for use as oilers. Both vessels, Henry Eckford and Benjamin Isherwood, are located at the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, Va. MarAd also issued a ruling denying Apex Marine Ship Management Company's request for confirmation. The ruling states upon properly being document under the U.S.-flag, an existing foreign-built vessel may be qualified immediate participation in the U.S.-Israel grain trade consistent with the terms of a 1998 Side Letter issued by the Israeli Government. Liberty Maritime Corporation opposed the request. In addition, Park Place New Orleans of Las Vegas, Nev. has requested to sell passenger vessel Queen of New Orleans to Canadian Riverboat Enterprises, Ltd.


New York Floating Venue for NAMEPA Conference

Hornbolower Infinity: Photo credit NAMEPA

NAMEPA's upcoming 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner to move aboard the 'Hornblower Infinity'. Hurricane Sandy created a lot of havoc in New York, but it hasn’t dampened the  North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)’s plans for its 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner being held on November 14th which will now be held aboard the Hornblower Infinity, docked at Pier 40 (33 West Street). 


NAMEPA Announce Upcoming Conference, Awards

Clay Maitland: Photo credit NAMEPA

Clay Maitland, Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announces two major events. NAMEPA’s Environmental Intelligence in Maritime Conference, will feature “Greening the Marine Transportation System”, “The Arctic”, “Safety at Sea” and “Corporate Risk Management”.  This conference, with NAMEPA's fifth anniversary in mind, will be held on 14, November 2012


ABS Recognized for 150 Years of Service

ABS celebrated its 150th anniversary in Washington, DC on 31 January and was recognized by Members of Congress for the classification society’s proud history and unwavering commitment to the American and international maritime community.  “I ask my colleagues to join with me in congratulating ABS on its 150th anniversary and in recognizing ABS’ significant service to the American marine and offshore industries and our sea services


Royal Caribbean Names Godmother of Liberty of Seas

After a six month search, Royal Caribbean International today named travel agent Donnalea Madaley godmother of the cruise line’s newest ship, Liberty of the Seas, at Cruise Lines International Association’s Cruise3Sixty conference. Donnalea, of Ontario-based Marlin Travel, was selected from among nearly 2,500 nominations of exemplary women travel agents who have demonstrated dedication to philanthropy and service in their communities


Northland Returns Home from Operation Liberty Shield

The Coast Guard Cutter Northland is scheduled to return to its homeport today at 10 a.m. following a 63-day homeland security patrol for Operation Liberty Shield off the Virginia coast. Northland led a maritime security squadron (MSS) guarding the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. At times, Northland coordinated the patrol efforts of two U.S. Navy Coastal Patrol Boats and many fixed winged and rotary aircraft. Northland coordinated this multi-asset patrol effort to increase maritime domain


New Manhattan Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School's to open new branch at Hudson River Trust's Pier 25 Offshore Sailing School has signed an agreement with Liberty Landing NYC at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 in Manhattan's Tribeca area. The New York sailing school will provide sailing lessons and sailing courses for area residents and visitors starting May 15, 2012 at this new location. A long time tenant of Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River


Bourbon Choose PC Maritime ECDIS

PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS ordered for Bourbon’s latest generation IMR (Inspection, Maintenance & Repair) vessels. The new ships are beign built in Zheijiang shipyard, China.  Four dual Navmaster ECDIS 800 have been supplied, with a further five vessels to be equipped this year and in 2014. The first vessel to be fully operational, Bourbon Evolution 802, reports good satisfaction levels with the Navmaster ECDIS


Bourbon Chooses PC Maritime ECDIS

Bourbon Evolution 802 is the first of nine newbuild vessels being fitted with PC Maritime’s dual ECDIS.

PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS has been ordered for Bourbon’s latest generation IMR (Inspection, Maintenance and Repair) vessels being built in Zheijiang shipyard, China.   Four dual Navmaster ECDIS have been supplied, with a further five Bourbon Evolution 800 to be equipped this year and in 2014. Operating a fleet of 458 vessels, Bourbon is a major player in the offshore marine services market. The first vessel equipped, Bourbon Evolution 802


Supreme Court Seeks Views of Solicitor General

The U.S. Supreme Court has invited the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the views of the United States in the case of Green Fire Insurance Company v. M/V Hyundai Liberty. In this case (decided in 2002 by the Ninth Circuit under the name of Kukje Hwajae Insurance v. M/V Hyundai Liberty), the appellate court held, among other things, that the forum selection clause in the ship owner's bill of lading was controlling as regards an action brought against the ship for damage to cargo


Crowley Vessels Receive AMVER Awards

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that 65 of its vessels were recently recognized for participation in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) program, a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to


CMA-CGM to Call Port of Baltimore

International container shipping company CMA-CGM of France announced that it will begin service within the next couple of weeks to the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.   The Port of Baltimore has been added to CMA-CGM’s Liberty Solo service which also includes visits to ports


CMA CGM Launches New TransAtlantic Service

Photo coutesy of CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group announced that it will launch a new container shipping offering between North America and North Europe at the end of May 2015. The group will expand its existing transatlantic services with the launch of the NEW VESPUCCI service and the addition of a new port of call in


MPC Honors Crowley for Tank Vessel Safety

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s petroleum services division has once again been honored by Marathon Petroleum Company (MPC) with its annual Elite Vessel Award, which is given to tank vessel operators who demonstrate commitment to safety, environmental stewardship and operational excellence.


Anthem of the Seas Officially Delivered to RCL

 Royal Caribbean’s 2nd Quantum Class cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, was officially delivered to the cruise line by Meyer Werft in a signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.   Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain officially received the 16-deck-high vessel from


Anthem of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean

Anthem of the Seas (Image: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean International took delivery of its 23rd ship, Anthem of the Seas.   Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain officially received the new ship from Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer in a signing ceremony held in Bremerhaven


Smoke: Cruise Ship Evacuates Passengers

Carnival Liberty. Picture by Carnival Cruise Lines

 A number of passengers and crew members were evacuated after smoke was spotted billowing from the front section of Carnival Liberty cruise ship docked in the Dutch Caribbean nation of St Maarten.   Later the line stated that there was no fire


Feds Delay LNG’s Port Ambrose Application

Port Ambrose Map:  Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

 The US Coast Guard and the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) have temporarily suspended their review of the proposed Port Ambrose deep-water LNG import terminal.   Liberty Natural Gas’s application to build the Port Ambrose deep-water port to receive LNG in the New York/New


Aker Delivers Tanker to SeaRiver Maritime

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Delivers Second Aframax Tanker, Eagle Bay

  Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) has delivered its second Aframax tanker to SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., Exxon Mobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. The 820 foot long, 115,000 deadweight ton tanker was delivered within the timeframe most recently reported by AKPS and will


Sinking Cargo Ship Abandoned in Sea of Japan

The Japan Coast Guard Ship Hilda (Public domain image)

  A 5,000-dwt Cambodian-flagged cargo ship has been abandoned in the Sea of Japan, according to multiple reports.   The Tong Yuan Hai, operated by Liberty Shipping of Hong Kong, was transporting coal from the Russian port of Nahodka to Pohang, South Korea, World Maritime News reported


Carnival Cruise Line Shuffles Ships

Image: Carnival Cruise Line

 A few weeks after Carnival Cruise Line announced plans to move the Carnival Liberty and Breeze to Galveston, the cruise line announced the future homes of the Carnival Triumph, Elation, and Fascination.  The moves will take place in 2016.    


DNV GL Certifies Liberty One

ISO Certificate to Liberty One

  Classification society DNV GL has certified Liberty One under ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for its quality and environment management system. Matthias Ritters, DNV GL Regional Manager Germany, presented the certificates in Bremen to Dietrich Schulz, owner and Managing Director of Liberty One


Record 6 ships docked at Port Canaveral

Image by Port Canaveral Authority

 Port Canaveral was jammed Sunday with both spectators and cruise ship passengers as, for the first time ever, six cruise ships tied up at the port’s docks.  “It’s just a sign of things to come,” Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Walsh said


Swire Pacific Welcomes PSV, Pacific Liberty

Naming ceremony held in Kyoto, Japan on Tuesday, 3rd February 2015

  Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) welcomed its fourth L Class Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), Pacific Liberty at a naming ceremony held in Kyoto, Japan on Tuesday, 3rd February 2015.   The naming ceremony was held at Maizuru Shipyard of Japan


California Fines 4 Shipping Firms

  The California Air Resources Board has fined four shipping companies a combined $146,719 for failing to switch from dirty diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters – within 24 nautical miles of the






 
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