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LCA: Lakes Limestone Trade Up 14 Percent in August

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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.


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


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


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


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


House Addresses Great Lakes Dredging Crisis

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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


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


ABB wins Brazil $30 mi Wind Farm Order

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  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


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


April Ice Weighs on US-flag Lakes Cargo

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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


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:


Mitsui Orders 2 LNG Carriers from MHI

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) reports it has received an order for two next-generation LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers from Mitsui & Co., Ltd., scheduled for completion and delivery in 2018 and 2019, respectively. They will be put into service for the Cameron LNG Project


PHA Budgets $ 275 mi for Capital Improvements

Courtesy Port of Houston

  In 2015, the Port of Houston Authority has budgeted $275 million for various capital improvement projects. About $184 million is being allocated to its container terminals for continuing development of Bayport and modernization at Barbours Cut


Holland America Line $4.3 mi Aid to fight Cancer

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  In honor of World Cancer Day, Holland America Line announced that to date, the guests and employees of the company have raised more than $4.3 million for cancer support through “On Deck” programming that began in 2006. Currently


Puerto Caacupe-mi Successfully Deploys N4 TOS

              Unloading shipping containers at Puerto Caacupe-mi (Photo courtesy of Caacupe-mi Private Port)

Paraguay's Puerto Caacupe-mi successfully went live with the N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS), the operating system's developer, Navis, announced today in a press release. “The implementation process went smoothly because of the combined efforts of the Caacupe-mi and Navis teams


Navis to Deploy Its N4 TOS to France's Largest Container Terminal

  Navis has reached an agreement to deploy its N4 terminal operating system (TOS) to the largest container terminal in France, the company announced today.   The license agreement was with EUROFOS, operator of France's Mediterranean at Fos-sur-Mer terminal


AKPS, Crowley JV Secures $ 325 mi Commitment

Courtesy Aker Shipyard

  The joint venture between Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA (AKPS) and Crowley has received a firm and fully underwritten commitment from a group of banks and other financial institutions for a USD 325 million senior secured term loan facility.


Swiber Gains $405.6 mi Contracts

Courtesy Swiber Holdings

  Business momentum is fast picking up at Swiber Holdings Limited despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry as the Group clinches a total of US$405.6 million for a series of contracts, including its latest US$333 million contract for Engineering, Procurement


Russian Trawler Sinks with 54 Dead

Map: Tass news agency

 At least 54 people died when a Russian trawler sank off the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, media reports say.    The Dalniy Vostok sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement in the Kamchatka region and 250 km south of the city


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


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).


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






 
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