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Port Valdez and Valdez Narrows – security zones

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a temporary rule extending through October 31 its security zone encompassing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) Valdez Terminal Complex and TAPS tank vessels and a second security zone in the Valdez Narrows. Comments on this action should be submitted by June 30. 69 Fed. Reg. 28827 (May 19, 2004). The U.S. Coast Guard also issued a proposal to make these security zones permanent. Comments on this proposal should be submitted by July 30. 69 Fed. Reg. 28871 (HK Law).


Russian Navy Blocks Channel Between Crimea, Russia

Reuters - Russian navy ships have blocked off the Kerch Strait which separates Ukraine's Crimea region and Russia, the Ukrainian border guard service said on Tuesday. The border guards have said that Russian servicemen are in control of the Crimean side of the narrow channel and that Russian armoured vehicles have been sighted on the Russian side. "The Kerch Strait is blocked by two Russian ships - from the north and from the south," Pavel Shishurin


Supertankers Pose No Danger to Bay of Fundy

Proponents of a controversial liquefied natural gas plant in Maine say a study ordered by the Canadian government has found there is no reason to ban supertankers from the Bay of Fundy, as Ottawa has threatened to do if the U.S. approves the project. Downeast LNG said the environmental study found there were no immediate risks of having LNG supertankers go through the Bay of Fundy, part of which is split by the New Brunswick-Maine border, to the proposed plant.


Alaskan Cruises a Success

Photo credit American Cruise LInes

American Cruise Lines’ first Alaskan cruises aboard 'American Spirit' applauded American Cruise Lines  announce that its inaugural season in Alaska aboard the American Spirit has begun, with its opening 11-night Seattle-to-Juneau cruise having just been successfully completed. Weekly roundtrip cruises from Juneau will now run through early September. Featuring a complimentary shore tour package and pre-cruise hotel stay


World Economy Poised for Faster Growth Says Oil Report

The prediction comes from NYC-based PIRA Energy Group in its latest 'Oil Market Recap', as follows: The world economy is set for faster growth now that it has achieved escape velocity. Current low oil inventories and stock declines are supporting strong prices. Key light product inventories are low, with distillate vulnerable to a spike with very cold weather. Brent-Dubai will be fairly wide in January and February before narrowing sharply in April


Shell Employs Concordia P-MAX Tankers

Photo: Concordia Maritime

Concordia Maritime has signed an agreement with Shell Tankers Singapore Private Ltd. covering the employment of the P-MAX tankers Stena Penguin and Stena Progress. “Generally speaking, the product tanker market is developing well and in accordance with our planned fleet disposition. We are of course happy to have concluded this business,” said Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime. The Stena Penguin (built in 2010) and the Stena Progress (built in 2009) are 2 of the ten


Brisbane Marine Pilots Train at MSI-Newport

Stephen Cummings and David Harris of the Brisbane Marine Pilots attended an Emergency Shiphandling course conducted September 13-17, 2004, at MarineSafety International's simulator training complex in Newport, RI. Topics covered included ship maneuvering in narrow channels and docking operations in tight quarters under difficult circumstances of wind and current. The pilots were also able to practice procedures for employing escort tugs using a computer model of the port of Brisbane


Freighter Freed

A Panamanian registered freighter carrying potash that ran aground between Germany and Denmark was freed by tugboats on Sunday and will go to a Danish port for checks, coast guard officials said. The 32,935-ton Friendly Ocean ran aground on Saturday west of the northern German region of Darss, in a narrow shipping area between Denmark and Germany where ships have often struggled with shallow waters. A German and a Danish tugboat freed it on Sunday morning


UAE Says Japanese Oil Tanker Attacked by Terrorists

According to a report from the Christian Science Monitor, Japanese oil tanker M. Star was subject last month to a terrorist attack, UAE inspectors said on Friday, August 6, raising fears of a new campaign targeting global oil interests. The M. Star, a 1,082-ft supertanker, was shaken by what appeared to be an explosion shortly after midnight on July 28 as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow channel of water separating Iran and Oman


Two Rescued from Vessel Taking on Water

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa rescued two men from a vessel taking on water approximately one mile southwest of Petersburg, Alaska, Tuesday. A smallboat crew from the Anacapa took the 24-foot pleasure craft Deborah K under tow and safely transported its passengers to the port in Petersburg. Coast Guard command center watchstanders at Sector Juneau received a call from passengers aboard the Deborah K reporting they had struck a rock and were taking on water near Wrangell


New SKF Taconite Seal for Bearings

Image: SKF

New SKF Taconite Seal for bearings in split block housings protects against contaminated or wet conditions   A new SKF Taconite Seal for bearings in split block housings protects against contaminated or wet operating conditions. According to the manufacturer


U.S. West Coast Refiners Snap up Russian Crude

Move comes amid worries of seasonal dent in Alaskan supply; gap between U.S., international crude prices narrows. Refiners on the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii have stepped up purchases of Russian crude, taking advantage of a narrow gap between U.S


Officer Shortage in Shipping

Graph by Drewry

The international shipping industry will require an additional 42,500 officers by the end of 2019 to cope with the expected growth in the main cargo carrying fleet, according to the latest manning report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.   


Global LNG Prices Hold, Supported by Middle East Demand

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices for August delivery were firm on Friday, underpinned by steady demand from the Middle East and the potential for stronger European demand after production cuts at the region's largest gas field.  


Gulf of Finland Collision Related Spill Risk to Quadruple in the Future

Image provided by American Chemical Society

 A single oil spill can release 30,000 tonnes of oil into the ocean if two vessels collide. In grounding the high weight can lead to oil disaster, in the Baltic Sea up to 120,000 tonnes. This estimate does not include the new giant tankers


Imtech Management Quits as Turnaround Stalls

CEO, CFO to step down, new CEO from inside company. The CEO and finance chief of Dutch builder Imtech have resigned from the company, as a drop in sales and weaker profit margins showed plans to restore confidence following an accounting scandal were faltering.


RV Polarstern Sets Course for Spitsbergen

RV Polarstern

  On Tuesday, 19 May 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its home port in Bremerhaven, setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) a team of 53 researchers from 11 countries will


Investing in Unsustainable EU Fishing is Risky

Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations

  Recent changes to EU fishing and seafood legislation means that the financing of fishing operations reliant on overexploited stocks, or the use of destructive or unselective methods will prove a high risk to investors, Greenpeace warned today.


China Denies Kra Canal Deal

The Kra-Canal Project. Map: International Institute of Marine Surveying

 China has denied it is involved in work on the Kra canal, defusing hype over a project that purportedly lets ships bypass the Strait of Malacca and Singapore's port, reports Strait Times.   There are no plans by the Chinese government to participate


US Oil Contango Vanishing as Supply Glut Shifts Abroad

The U.S. oil market is on the brink of returning to a more bullish footing known as backwardation for the first time in six months, with the discount for prompt supplies vanishing as a domestic supply glut eases.   The discount for prompt U.S


Kleven Delivers to Olympic Shipping

Photo: Martin Hauge Nilsen

Offshore construction vessel Olympic Bibby, build no. 371 from Kleven Verft, has been delivered to Norwegian shipowner Olympic Shipping. The vessel has a long term charter with Bibby Offshore, and its first job will be on the British sector of the North Sea


ThomasNet.com: Sourcing Solution for the Marine Industry

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Building relationships with reliable, high-quality suppliers is critical to the success of boat operators, naval architects, engineers and others in the marine industry. Having suppliers ‘on deck’ whose products meet shipbuilding and repair requirements is part of that equation


BOURBON Installs Submarine Cable for Sabella D10 Project

NSTALLATION OF THE CABLE IN PICTURES

BOURBON is participating in a tidal turbine connection project off the island of Ushant (Brittany, France), a first in France. A pioneer in the towing and installation of the first floating wind turbine off the coast of Portugal, BOURBON is committed in the field of renewable energies and is now


Kra Canal to Remain Pipe Dream

Kra Canal Map by International Institute of Marine Surveying

 The revival of the idea of building the Kra Canal through Thailand to enable shipping to bypass the narrow Straits of Malacca has been in the news recently.   The plan would be to build a 750 mile (1,200Km) canal at an estimated cost of $28 billion


Kalmar Delivers ASC cranes for TraPac in Los Angeles

TraPac, Los Angeles

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order from TraPac, Inc. to deliver two new 5th generation Kalmar automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) for the expansion of TraPac's automated terminal in Los Angeles. The cranes will join a fleet of 27 Kalmar ASCs and 28 Kalmar automated straddle






 
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