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: www.northlandservices.com .
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.
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.
Stork Technical Services has won the first ever ‘Ideas in Safety’ prize at this year’s UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards. Stork’s on-site machining & bolting team received the award for its innovative hot bolt clamp system, which enables the safe removal and replacement of corroded bolts on live flanged connections which have eight bolts or less. The award recognizes an individual or team working on a UKCS offshore facility who have developed an original
Lloyd's Register acquires WEST Engineering Services to become the top independent provider of technical services to the offshore drilling sector. Acquisition of WEST, subsea systems specialists, builds support for exploration and production activities. Lloyd’s Register has acquired Houston-based WEST Engineering Services in a move that secures the Group's position as the premier independent risk-management organisation supporting the global offshore drilling industry
Specialist Services, manufacturer of living quarters, office and technical modular buildings for the oil and gas industry, is to re-establish a hire fleet at recently acquired Labtech Services to meet growing North Sea and international demand. Offshore modular enclosure firm Labtech, which employs 90 staff across two sites in Aberdeen, was acquired by Specialist Services at the end of last year. Until three years ago
Horizon Lines recieves '2011 Platinum Carrier Award' for the 6th time in succession from Lowe's Company Horizon Lines, Inc., one of the nation's leading domestic ocean shipping companies, has been awarded the "2011 Platinum Carrier Award" by home improvement retailer Lowe's Companies Inc. Horizon Lines is the only Jones Act ocean carrier to receive a 2011 award from Lowe's for domestic ocean transportation service.
Maestra to regionalize operations, offer cabotage, intermodal transport solutions in Brazil ports Real Fernando, president of ship and logistics company Maestra, has drawn attention to his company's regionalization of freight operations in Brazil, so that teams at the port terminals are able to meet the demands of the country's regions locally. The new model, permits greater proximity to customers in each region and increases decision-making flexibility
ABB wins long-term service contract from Carnival to improve energy efficiency ABB has won a long-term service contract from Carnival Corporation to maintain and upgrade ABB’s Azipod equipment over the next 15 years for 20 ships in their fleet, cutting costs by as much as $1 million a year per ship. Carnival is the world’s largest cruise ship operator and has 20 cruise vessels with Azipod propulsion systems
Aker Solutions has entered a long-term agreement with Statoil to provide a full range of heavy well intervention and light-drilling services on the Norwegian continental shelf. The contract period is for eight years with options for three further two-year periods (2+2+2). The contract’s value for the initial eight-year period is approximately USD 1.9 billion. Work will be performed from a new build Category B well intervention rig
Maersk Line, the global containerized division of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, added PortMiami to its Transpacific 7 (TP7) Service. The first call for the TP7 Service started today at PortMiami with the arrival of the Maersk Kristina, a 6
Gulfstream Services, Inc. (GSI), an oilfield rental company providing high pressure equipment for the international oil and gas industry, has named Dale Broussard as Manager – Quality Assurance (QA) and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), announced Gulfstream Services President Mike Mire
Specialist boatbuilder Strategic Marine delivered the Njord Puffin to offshore windfarm service fleet operator Njord Offshore for deployment in Northern Europe. “The Puffin is the sixth in a series of eight vessels ordered, a strong signal of our commitment to the global windfarm industry
A custom-built service center at the new Offshore Marine Center in the Tuas industrial area of Singapore will boost Acteon operations and improve its customer service in Southeast Asia. Due to open in July 2013, the new $11 million, 10,000-m2 Acteon Singapore Operations Center will support the
Evergreen Line, Pacific International Lines, Sinotrans and Yang Ming have announced cooperation in the China, Taiwan, and Australia trade commencing from Ningbo on June 7, 2013. The China-Australia-Taiwan (CAT) service will be operated with six vessels of 4,250 TEU
Harkand, the international subsea inspection, repair, maintenance and light construction group, announced an agreement to acquire the main assets and business of Veolia Marine Services (VMS). The acquisition will add 150 onshore and offshore staff
U.S.-flagged container ship ‘National Glory’ kicks off the new service when she departs Houston for San Juan May 29, 2013. The new 14-day service, which is being provided by National Shippers of America (NSA), is called "Isla Verde Express" and will provide customers
Kanoo Shipping – an offshore and marine services provider in the Middle East, operating throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan – will be present at the Saudi International Marine Services Show -2013 to demonstrate various services provided by the
In view of continuous challenging trading conditions effective from July 2013 CMA CGM, Maersk Line, Hamburg Süd, CSAV, China Shipping Container Lines and Hanjin will restructure their services between the Far East and South America East Coast by launching three new joint services.
Since acquiring Sobrena, Damen Shiprepair Brest has serviced 50 vessels from leading shipowners and managers. The yard’s work portfolio includes a large number of Afra/Suezmax tankers and LNG carriers. The latest project concerns the Höegh LNG owned and MOL LNG Transport
Long-term service agreement improves lifecycle cost control and fleet reliability. ABB signed a long-term Preventive Service agreement with China LNG Shipping International Co. Ltd (CLSICO) to provide maintenance services to all ABB equipment onboard of its six LNG vessels in the next five years
Gulfstream Services, Inc. (GSI) names Billy Marcel as Manager of Global Operations – Decommissioning Services Division. US-based Gulfstream Services, Inc. is a global corporation focused on developing high pressure equipment solutions for the international oil and gas industry
Samskip Multimodal is increasing capacity on shortsea services connecting Rotterdam to Hull, United Kingdom, further reducing transit times. Samskip Multimodal said that as of May 14 it will replace the 340 TEU Veritas H with the 803 TEU Henrike Schepers on its Netherlands to U.K
Braemar Shipping Services plc., an international provider of broking, consultancy, technical and other services to the shipping and energy industries, announced its full year results for the year ending February 28, 2013. Financial Highlights
The CLIP Container terminal at Swarzedz (near Poznan), Poland has joined InlandLinks, the hinterland container terminal link-up. Rotterdam expects to see container flows triple in the next 25 years. Due to the growth in world trade, the favourable geographic location and the increase in very