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LCA: Lakes Limestone Trade Up 14 Percent in August


Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.8 million net tons in August, an increase of 4 percent over July, and an increase of 14 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments were also just about even with August’s 5-year average. Shipments from U.S. quarries increased 22 percent compared to a year ago and slightly bettered the month’s 5-year average.  Loadings at Canadian quarries were off roughly 15 percent compared to both a year ago and August’s 5-year average. Through August the limestone trade stands at 16.1 million tons, a decrease of 5.2 percent compared to the same point in 2010, and a drop of 14.8 percent compared to the 5-year average for the January-August timeframe. U.S. ports: Calcite, MI, Cedarville, MI, Drummond Island, MI, Kellys Island, OH, Marblehead, OH, Port Inland, MI and Presque Isle, MI.  Kellys Island ceased operations in the fall of 2009.  Canadian ports: Bruce Mines, Manitoulin Island, Port Colborne, and Smelter Bay (all Ontario).  Port Colborne ceased shipping by vessel in 2006. Lake Carriers’ Association represents 17 American companies that operate 55 U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes and carry the raw materials that drive the nation’s economy: iron ore and fluxstone for the steel industry, limestone and cement for the construction industry, coal for power generation...

ShipConstructor on Course at FMI

Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL) announced the introduction of ShipConstructor into the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Systems Design three-year diploma programs at the Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MI) in St. John’s, Canada. ShipConstructor is the easy-to-use, AutoCAD-based 3D product-modeling software for the design and fabrication of complete ships and offshore structures.

International Ship Masters’ Association 2011 Convention Complete

New officers (both elected and appointed):  Front, L to R:  (Elected Officers) Grand Secretary-Treasurer George Skuggen, Grand 2nd Vice President Rebecca Hancock, Grand President Tom McMullen, Grand 1st Vice President Seann ODonoughue;  Back, L to R: (Appointed officers) Grand Marshal Joe Walters, Grand Chaplain Camilla Ross, Grand Warden Mark Stevenson, Grand Sentinel Mike Pratt. Photo courtesy the ISMA

The 121st annual convention of International Ship Masters’ Association (ISMA), held in Detroit, Mich., concluded on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Newly-elected officers were installed on Friday, February 11: Grand President: Thomas McMullen, of Livonia, MI Grand 1st Vice President: Seann O’Donoughue, of Owen Sound, ONT Grand 2nd Vice President: Rebecca Hancock, of Traverse City, MI Grand Secretary-Treasurer: George R. Skuggen, of Avon Lake, OH  

Arctic Russia LNG Plant Contracts Awarded

Japan's JGC Corporation with France's Technip to carry out the EPIC & commissioning of an integrated facility for natural gas liquefaction at the Yamal Peninsular. The contract was awarded by JSC Yamal LNG, owned by NOVATEK (80%) and TOTAL (20%). The project will start immediately with a phase of estimation, detailed engineering and early procurement. The Yamal Peninsula located in Yamal-Nenets autonomous district of northwest Siberia, Russia

Vital North Sea/Baltic Sea Link Disruption

Map credit Wikipedia

The local labour union VERDI has given official notice of a strike at Kiel-Canal Locks (Brunsbuettel) 7, August through to Sunday 11, August, 2013. Maritime traffic will experience heavy delays/restrictions during this period. The Kiel Canal, one of the busiest waterways in the world, is a 98-kilometre (61 mi) long canal linking the North Sea at Brunsbüttel to the Baltic Sea at Kiel-Holtenau. An average of 250 nautical miles (460 km) is saved by using the Kiel Canal

This Day in Coast Guard History – September 29

1898-The American steamer, Toledo with the barge Shawnee in tow, became water-logged 25 miles southwest of the station at Ship Canal, MI. Her crew boarded Shawnee and sailed to the canal. There they engaged the steamer D. F. Rose to tow Toledo in and the surfmen assisted to lay her on the beach near the piers. The keeper then telephoned for a tug and lighter, and upon their arrival all hands set to work until 11 p.m. saving about 1,000 feet of lumber

MPC to Participate in Oil-In-Ice Exercise

Culminating a three-year effort, Marine Pollution Control, in conjunction with the Coast Guard’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) program, will participate in an Oil-in-Ice Exercise in St. Ignace, MI, the week of February 18. The exercise is designed to demonstrate the use of a variety of technologies—from skimmers to fire boom to sonar—and techniques like ice “herding” to help clean up oil in arctic conditions

Maritime Bills Introduced

Great Lakes protection Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 4416) to establish the Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Committee. Customs and immigration authorizations Representative Crane (R-IL) introduced a bill (H.R. 4418) to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2005 and 2006 for the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security

House Addresses Great Lakes Dredging Crisis


The end of the Great Lakes dredging crisis took a step closer to reality last week when the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4348 and included a provision that could lead to substantially increased Great Lakes dredging funding. The amendment directs that all funding collected in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund be spent on dredging each year.   “Passage of H.R. 4348 with the Boustany amendment represents further progress in requiring that the Harbor Maintenance Trust

Horizon Applauds Introduction of Harbor Maintenance Tax Legislation

Charles G. (Chuck) Raymond, Chairman, President & CEO of Horizon Lines, Inc. expressed strong support for legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate that would exempt coastwise shipping of containerized cargo from the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT). The legislation, introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ), would exempt water carriage of non-bulk cargo between ports from the HMT. This would eliminate both the tax and associated paperwork burdens that discourage shippers from routing

NYK Charters 2 LNG Carriers for Freeport LNG Project

  Two joint-venture companies that NYK has established with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. each concluded a time-charter contract for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier with Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. In addition, one of the joint-venture companies

Two LNG Carriers Ordered for US Shale Gas Transport

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) informs it has received orders for the construction of two next-generation liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers that will primarily carry shale gas produced in North America.  

Euronav Acquires $ 750 mi Facility

Euronav secures $750m bank loan

  The Executive Committee of Euronav NV today announced that it has signed a new USD 750 million senior secured amortizing revolving credit facility led by DNB Bank ASA and Nordea Bank Norge ASA acting as Coordinators, Mandated Lead Arrangers and Bookrunners and ABN AMRO Bank NV

Honghua Wins Order for 200 LNG Vessels

Honghua Group Ltd. informs it has signed a shipbuilding deal with LNG Power Shipping Ltd. for the construction of 200 eco-friendly inland river ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).   The contract, worth approximately RMB760 million ($122

Indian Naval Chief to Visit Singapore, Thailand

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan. Photo: PIB

 With an effort to consolidate the Navy-to-Navy cooperation and to strengthen the relationship in tune with India’s Act East policy, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral RK Dhowan will be going on a five-day tour to Singapore and Thailand. 

$ 10 mi Infusion to Fuel Growth of Satcom Global, AND Group

“ BGF’s investment enables us to make the next step in fulfilling the long-term growth strategy of BSS, allowing us to address additional growth opportunities & partnerships across key geographies & specific market segments

  Broadband Satellite Services Ltd (BSS), parent company of satellite communications provider Satcom Global and marine engineering firm AND Group, has received a $10m investment from UK based organisation, Business Growth Fund (BGF).

GasLog Partners in $ 483 mi Acquisition Deal

Methane Alison Victoria

  GasLog Partners LP and GasLog Ltd. announced today that they have entered into an agreement for the Partnership to purchase from GasLog, the sole member of the Partnership’s general partner, 100% of the shares in the entities that own and charter the Methane Alison Victoria

Oz, NZ ships Seize $700 mi in Narcotics

Courtesy Australian Defence

  Maritime security operations by Australian and New Zealand frigates operating in the Middle East region during the past six weeks have seized almost a tonne of narcotics worth an estimated street value of $711 million.   Royal Australian Navy Guided Missile Frigate

LNGL Raises A$174 mi for N. American Projects

Liquefied  Natural  Gas  Limited  announced the placement of 40 million fully paid ordinary shares in the capital of LNGL, which has raised A$174 million before costs (Placement). Use of Proceeds The proceeds of the Placement will be used towards:

April Ice Weighs on US-flag Lakes Cargo

Icebreaker Great Lakes.jpg

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 6.7 million tons of dry-bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in April, a decrease of nearly 6 percent when compared to the month’s 5-year average.  Another brutal winter again spawned heavy ice formations Lakeswide that slowed the vessels that

NYK Orders Three LNG Carriers

Mitsubishis Sayaringo STaGE LNG carrier

 Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) has concluded time-charters for two new LNG carriers with Diamond Gas International, a Singapore affiliate of Mitsubishi Corporation.   NYK also concluded a contract with MI LNG Company Limited for the construction of the LNG carriers

ABB wins Brazil $30 mi Wind Farm Order


  ABB has won orders worth around $30 million from Casa dos Ventos, a leading renewables company in Brazil, to provide substations and related power infrastructure enabling the efficient integration of power from two new wind complexes (comprising 13 wind farms) into the country’s

USCG Medevacs Man from Tanker 12 mi off Galveston

The new 45-foot response boat-medium boasts Courtesy USCG

  A Coast Guard boatcrew medevaced a 46-year-old man from an oil tanker in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage Wednesday evening. At approximately 3 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a phone call from the captain of the 580-foot Jupiter Ace stating that a

NASSCO Bags $24 mi Award for Littoral Combat Ships Sustainment

Littoral Combat Ships Courtesy Wikipedia

  General Dynamics NASSCO has been awarded a $24.1 million contract by the U.S. Navy for Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) sustainment execution in support of LCS' home-ported in or visiting San Diego. General Dynamics NASSCO is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Officials Call for Freight Infrastructure Investment

Rep. Lowenthal to Head ‘Call to Action’ on Critical Need for Long-term Freight Infrastructure Funding; Congress Members and Goods Movement Stakeholders to Address National Need   Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) will be joined by Rep

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