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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.


Bosphorus Strait Closed after Vessel Allides with Villa

A cargo ship ran aground and smashed into a villa on Turkey's Bosphorus Strait on Tuesday, forcing maritime authorities to close the key waterway to transit traffic, shipping agency GAC said. The 105 metre Sierra Leone-flagged Majed & Randy had no pilot on board when it suffered a rudder malfunction before hitting the villa, located on the Asian side of the waterway near Istanbul's Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, GAC said.


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


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


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


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


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


Sitka, Lynn Canal Receiving Increased Ferry Service

The Alaska Marine Highway System has begun a special schedule for the M/V Chenega/ providing service between Juneau and Sitka, and Juneau, Haines and Skagway, which will continue through mid-April. M/V Chenega is filling in for the M/V Fairweather on these routes, while Fairweather is in Ketchikan for maintenance on its engines. Chenega will make a round trip between Juneau and Sitka on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The trip from Juneau to Sitka is


Daewoo Shipyard Posts Q1 Operating Loss

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co

 South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. posted a first-quarter loss after incurring more costs to finish some offshore projects.   First-quarter operating loss came to 26.3 billion won ($22.8 million) , sharply narrowing from an operating loss of 1


Liner Reliability Bucks Downward Trend

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors.   The average on-time performance in March gained 5


Liner Reliability Bucks Downward Trend - Drewry

Drewry containership reliability by trade, March 2016.

Ocean carriers bucked a five-month downwards trend by improving container service reliability in March, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. The average on-time performance in March gained 5


Cruise Ship Industry Sues Alaska Capital over Artificial Island

City leaders in Juneau, Alaska, have misspent millions in fees from cruise ship passengers to build an artificial island with a life-sized statue of a humpback whale, a passenger vessel association said in a lawsuit.   The Cruise Lines International Association on Tuesday sued Alaska's


Norway Shortlists DCNS, ThyssenKrupp for New Subs

Ula-class submarines. Source: Royal Norwegian Navy

 Norway's Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide of the Conservative Party made it clear that there would be no submarine deal with Sweden, according to the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.    Instead, Norwegian defense officials have narrowed down their search to French and


US Ports Planning Big Investments -Survey

Photo: Port of Houston Authority

Survey shows U.S. ports plan big investments in capital projects; anticipated federal under-investment in port-related infrastructure could dampen job and economic prospects    In its just-released 2016-2020 Port Planned Infrastructure Investment Survey


Pioneering Container Feeder Vessel Designs

ECX-3800 3800 TEU Feeder Vessel (Image: KNUD E. HANSEN)

The Danish naval architect company KNUD E. HANSEN has recently been developing a number of container feeder vessel designs. Each of the designs presents a series of innovations as part of a solution tailored to specific requirements.  


Ship Runs Aground in Columbia River

Photo courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

 A 623-foot Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Sparna ran aground early Monday morning in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Washington,  according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   The Sparna has taken on water in void spaces


Newest Washington State Ferry: M/V Suquamish

Washington State Transportation Commission selected Suquamish as the name of the states fourth Olympic Class ferry. Photo WSTC

On Wednesday, the Washington State Transportation Commission announced that the fourth ferry in our Olympic Class will be named Suquamish. Ferry names were suggested through a public process, and narrowed down to three for the Commission’s consideration.


Liner Shipping: Is There a Way for More Competition?

Photo: Maersk Line

 With around 80 per cent of global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value carried by sea, and with these shares being even higher in the case of most developing countries, maritime transport, including liner shipping


Oil Price Rise: Perhaps Wrong, Not Irrational

The oil futures curve is flattening as a wave of bullishness washing across the market raises the price of near-dated contracts faster than that of contracts for deferred delivery.   Brent for delivery in May 2016 has risen more than $10 per barrel since early February


Drewry: Deeper Capacity Cuts Required

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 What should have been acceptable ship utilisation figures last year didn’t prevent spot rates from falling to historic lows. Carriers will need to intensify their capacity management tactics in 2016 if they are to reverse the trend.  


Versatile Tug for Port of Toronto

When the Port of Toronto’s 45-year-old single screw tug, William Rest, got some hull damage while breaking ice, the incident lent new impetus to plans for a new boat. Like the original, the new boat would do a variety of tasks from tending to dredging


Loch Ness Monster: Incat Crowther Joins the Search

Image Spirit of Loc Ness Courtesy Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has entered into a contract to design a 20m catamaran passenger ferry to ply the waters of Loch Ness in Scotland, taking tourists in search of Nessie, the lake’s the famous monster. Construction of the vessel for Cruise Loch Ness is underway at Exeter Fabrication Ltd in


Global LNG Prices Lose Ground on Weak Demand

Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices extended losses for a third week, as weak demand gave little support, with more supply beginning to flow from the United States and Australia.   LNG prices for April delivery in Asia eased to $4






 
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