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MARAD: U.S. Vessels Can Clear West Coast Backlog

Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert highlighted the capabilities of the U.S.-Flag fleet in an effort to respond to allegations that U.S.-flag vessels are not available to ease present cargo congestion in West Coast ports. "Qualified Jones Act vessels are standing by with available tonnage on the West Coast to assist any shipper or carrier in moving cargo forward as necessary," Schubert stated. Schubert added, "The Maritime Administration is carefully evaluating all potential alternatives that would alleviate congestion in the ports, and expedite the delivery of cargo to its final destination. We would strongly encourage all non Jones Act qualified carriers to consider utilizing the available domestic carriers for this purpose." According to the U.S. Maritime Administration’s Office of Ports and Domestic Shipping, U.S.-flag coastwise qualified companies available for carriage of West Coast cargo are as follows: CSX-LINES - will divert a ship if necessary to pick up cargo in LA to ease port congestion for Oakland or provide other lifts to ease congestion. Chuck Raymond (CEO) specifically cites the CSX ENTERPRISE (1,000 FEU) as ready for service. For service Raymond can be reached at 704-973-7006. NAKNEK Marine of Seattle - has tugs and barges available to reposition containers. For service, Jim Harper can be reached at 206-658-0222. NAKNEK's services may also be arranged through Northland Services: .

Bulker Being Towed Away from New Zealand

The New Zealand Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) has stated that the bulker Taharoa Express is being towed away from the Northland coastline, after being at anchor off the coast of Dargaville for the past two days as a result of engine problems. The towage passage plan calls for the ship to be towed 200 miles offshore where it will be met by a larger tug for towage to Japan.

Demolition of Derelict Wharf Begins

Work has begun to demolish the former Odin Seafood dock on the Prince Rupert waterfront in British Columbia, the Prince Rupert Port Authority announced today.   Located between Atlin Terminal and Northland Cruise Terminal on Cow Bay Road, the condemned wharf structure will be dismantled and disposed of over the next two months, with completion scheduled for mid-December 2015.    The contract for the demolition and disposal work was awarded to the Coast Tsimshian Northern

Sea-Tow and Bechtel Partner Up

Sea-Tow Limited has won a tender with Bechtel Australia Pty Limited to barge large fabricated modules from Brisbane to Gladstone for the construction of Comalco’s new alumina refinery. The 13-month contract will involve at least 30 voyages consisting of assemblies weighing between 50 and 380 tonnes. The assemblies will be rolled on and off the barge using a heavy lift platform trailer provided and operated by Mammoet.

Weathernews Center Opens in Copenhagen

Photo: Weathernews Inc.

Weathernews Inc. announced that it has established a new Voyage Planning Service operations center in Denmark.   Along with reinforcing the service team for European customers adopting Optimum Ship Routeing (OSR) service that supports voyages by appropriately matching the business objectives of each voyage, the new outpost in Copenhagen aims to improve the satisfaction of existing customers through close communication.  

Astrium, Inmarsat Sign Distribution Agreement

Photo: Inmarsat

Astrium and Inmarsat have reached a strategic distribution partnership agreement which will see Global Xpress services made available to Astrium Services’ large partner and customer base. Astrium Services will deliver Global Xpress high-speed broadband services through its worldwide distribution channels. The strategic agreement will cover key vertical markets, including the maritime as well as the government and defense sector, initially in Europe

BC Ferries Becomes Self Financing Company

As a Crown corporation, BC Ferries has been subjected to years of political interference in everything from rate setting to vessel construction and spending priorities. This problem, which has been well chronicled in independent reports by Hugh Gordon, George Morfitt and Fred Wright, has seriously inhibited the corporation’s ability to operate in a businesslike manner. Over the next 15 years, $2 billion will be required to replace aging ships and upgrade terminals;

CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines

Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization.    The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Gulfbridge service between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean area To adapt the group’s offer to its clients’ demand, CMA CGM decided to improve its Gulfbridge service by decreasing its transit times to Colombia.    The service first rotation will start on April 29, in New Orleans

Hatteland Display Appoints New Service Partners

  O.K.E. Service Co. Ltd has joined the Hatteland Display worldwide service network after signing a contract with the leading marine display and computer manufacturer on 10th April 2008, at 's principal maritime event, the Sea Japan exhibition in . The agreement will see the well established marine service company performing both warranty and non-warranty service for all Hatteland Display products in . Based in , with service offices in , , and

Crowley Restructuring Announced

Crowley Maritime Corp. is planning a significant strategic restructuring that will result in a more decentralized ocean cargo transportation company once the sale of its South America liner services to Hamburg Sud is complete. Having completed this assignment, P. Elliott Burnside will leave the position of president of Crowley American Transport to establish his own industry consulting service, which Crowley will utilize

ACS Calls Krishnapatnam Port

HYUNDAI MERCHANT MARINE (HMM), the Korean conglomerate operating its ASIA CHENNAI SERVICE (ACS) made an ad hoc call at Krishnapatnam Port on November 26, 2015.   ACS service which was launched in 2007 is a direct service ex Chennai to Port Kelang, Singapore, Shanghai, Busan, Ulsan

Damen Crane Barge and Anti-Pollution Barge Delivered

Damen Shipyards Sharjah has delivered two barges, a Crane Barge 4920 and an Anti-Pollution Barge 2405, to BINCO, a contractor in the Middle East with over 30 years of experience and active in various sectors such as Marine, Pipeline and Oil Tanks

Norway's Offshore Shipping Sector Faces Bleak Year

Norwegian companies that provide supply ships and drilling rigs to the global oil industry face a bleak year ahead as contracts disappear and financing options dwindle in the face of weak global crude prices.   They could increasingly be forced to sell or write down the value of assets

Three Specialists join Wood Group

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group Kenny

  Wood Group has appointed three senior engineering specialists who will lead a new team of up to 20 people in the UK to further build Wood Group’s capability in vibration, dynamics and noise. This follows the acquisition of BETA Machinery Analysis

MacArtney, Moog Focal in Expansion Mode

Trained MacArtney Inc. technicians servicing a Focal slip ring

  Moog Focal Technologies Corporation and the MacArtney Group have agreed to intensify their multi-service partnership aiming at expanding their long-term business cooperation in favour of their extensive customer portfolio. MacArtney has accepted responsibility for the in-field sales and

Barge-Rail Service on Upper Columbia, Snake Rivers

Columbia-Snake River System Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  Container barge service is back on the upper Columbia and Snake rivers.The Up river Container Barge-Rail Shuttle will help importers and exporters in eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho move containerized agricultural products to markets in Asia

Ship Spills Oil in Whangarei Harbour

Photo: Northport Ltd

 A Hong Kong-registered ship, Ning Po, has leaked some fuel but it is unclear how much has been spilled or what the cause of the leak was, say local media reports.   Officials worked to clear a fuel spill from the ship berthed at Northport in Whangarei Harbour

The Digital Oilfield Microwave Communication Offshore Brazil

 FPSO Skarv with  Pointlink antennas. Photo: BP

With most offshore wells in Brazil located between 30 and 300 km from the coast, communication with offshore assets has not always been straightforward or reliable. Some operators and service providers still use traditional maritime VSAT services for coverage offshore Brazil

Opportunities for Growth as Chinese Economy Evolves

China invested more than $89 billion in renewable energy projects in 2014 – a growth of 31% on the previous year. Beijing is aiming to generate 200 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from wind and 100 GW of solar by 2020.

The global breakbulk and heavy-lift markets have had to navigate choppy waters in recent years.   Not necessarily due to a shortage of freight, but as a consequence of unsustainably low freight rates. The global economic recovery since 2009 has been slow

VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard

Photo: VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced that Barge B. No. 272 was launched on November 20, 2015. This is the second barge of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed for Bouchard

RINA Launches Competence Management System Certification

International classification society RINA Services has launched a new Competence Management System certification which it says helps ship owners and managers to raise the skill levels of their crews and shore staff above the basic statutory requirements

Fugro to Survey off Equatorial Guinea

Photo courtesy of Fugro

Fugro has been awarded a contract by Ophir Equatorial Guinea (Block R) Limited for the provision of survey services for the development of large scale assets and infrastructure offshore Equatorial Guinea.   Under the contract Fugro will deploy three of its specialist vessels - Fugro Searcher

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal Launched

Wärtsilä Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal Credit Wärtsilä

  Wärtsilä, the marine and offshore industry's leading solutions and services provider, introduces an innovative new seal that can be fully serviced underwater, without setting up a habitat. The new Sternguard In-Water Serviceable Seal is the first product of its kind on the market

New Appointments at Becker Marine Systems USA

Becker Marine Systems head office Courtesy  Becker Marine Systems

  Becker Marine Systems USA continues growth in North America. Becker Marine Systems, the leader in rudder technology and the inventor of the Becker Mewis Duct Energy-Saving Device has added Brian Rhoades and Adam Wood to their USA staff.

S&P Raises Steamship Mutual outlook to Positive

Pic Credit Steamship Mutual

  Poor’s has revised its outlook on Steamship Mutual to Positive from Stable. The A- financial strength rating has been reaffirmed. In their announcement Standard & Poor’s note: • the Club’s risk-based capital is expected to remain extremely strong;

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