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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.

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;

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.

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

Danelec Marine Unveils eSERVICEConnect Initiative

Courtesy Danelec Marine

  Danelec Marine launched its new eSERVICEConnect initiative today in a move to automate and streamline shipboard service for its products worldwide. Danelec’s eSERVICEConnect is an Internet, cloud-based solution designed to provide seamless integration of the ship service process by connecting the equipment manufacturer, service company and shipmanager to ensure fast, efficient and high-quality service for ships anywhere in the world.

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

Braemar Launches New Salvage Support Operation


Incident response and environmental clean-up specialist Braemar Howells and its sister company Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) are to work together to provide a 24-hour global response capability to the world’s shipping and marine insurance sectors. In what is being seen as a key development in the expansion of Braemar’s Technical Services (BTS) division, both companies have formed Braemar Marine Salvage Support Services which will provide on-site distressed

Interschalt Offers Navigation, Communication Service

Three time zones availability: With its customized worldwide Shore-based Maintenance concept, Interschalt offers a followthe- sun-concept.

The shipping software and service provider, Interschalt maritime systems AG, has developed a highly customer-focused concept for the maintenance of navigation and communications systems on board, called  InterschaltShore-based Maintenance (IS-SBM). For an annual flat-rate fee, the maintenance concept, which is individually tailored to each customer, is a complete service package which includes coordination, annual performance tests, replacement parts, labor time and travel costs

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.  

FleetWeather Opens New Office in Greece

FleetWeather Business Intelligence, a provider of maritime business intelligence solutions and consulting services for global shippers, announced the opening of a new office this October in Athens, Greece.   According to FleetWeather, the office launch is the result of a developing customer

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports   

Swiss Re Establishes North America Marine Team

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has expanded its marine business by opening a North America marine office. Beginning October 1, 2015, the New York-based team will provide ocean cargo insurance, with additional products to follow, the company said.  

HMS Announces Management Hires

Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today.   Prior to joining Harley Marine

Danelec Marine Expands in Brazil

Press release - Danelec Marine has announced that it is expanding its presence in Brazil by naming Telnav Telecomuniçacões Navais a Certified Service Center. With nearly 30 years of market experience, Telnav employs a technical staff of 15 engineers and technicians

Höegh Names SSL as its Agent in Finland

Pic: Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics

 Höegh Autoliners appointed Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, which has already worked with the Norwegian ocean carrier in Sweden and Norway for several years, as its agent in Finland, effective Dec. 1., 2015.   SSL is opening a branch office in Helsinki and has recruited

Maersk to Install Inmarsat's Entertainment Service


  The leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that Maersk Tankers, the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest fleets of product tankers, has chosen to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its

MacGregor's Deck Machinery for Sentinel Marine ERRV

MacGregor Safety and service quality

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will supply deck machinery for a new 65m emergency rescue & response vessel (ERRV) for Sentinel Marine. The ship has been designed by Focal Marine & Offshore Pte Ltd and will have a bollard pull of 100 tonnes of FOCAL 552

Northern Fleet to Conduct Anti-terrorist Exercises

Sailors of the Northern Fleet

  The sailors of the Northern Fleet will conduct anti-terrorism exercises at Novaya Zemlya. During the exercise, the coast will be a landing. The landing will take place on the west coast of the South Island in the Gulf of Rogachev, the press service of the Northern Fleet

USCG Search for Missing Crew of El Faro

Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles.  While searching in the vicinity of the ships last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the Coast Guard located a deceased person in a survival suit in the water.  A heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the El Faro was also located Sunda

  Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles. While searching in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical miles northeast

Crowley Awarded MSC Contract for ROCON Fleet

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s government services group has been awarded a $130 million technical management contract for five U.S. government-owned, Military Sealift Command (MSC) Roll-On/Roll-Off and container ships (ROCON). The contract will see Crowley provide full turnkey operation and

MacGregor Hatch Covers for Six Boxships from Japan

Hatch cover courtesy MacGregor

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed a contract for the design and delivery of key components and the fabrication of steel structures for the hatch covers on board six 14,000 TEU container vessels under construction at Japan Marine United's (JMU) Kure shipyard

ICTSI Colombia Gears for 2016 Launch

SPIA staff and officials welcome the arrival of the terminal’s first four quay crane

  Sociedad Puerto Industrial de Aguadulce S.A. (SPIA), a unit of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in Colombia, recently received four super post Panamax quay cranes (QC) and five rubber-tired gantries (RTG) as it enters the final stage of preparation for the

Xerox, MHI Ink ITS Project Deal

Signing ceremony

  Today, at the ITS World Congress and Exhibition, Xerox and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), both leaders in transportation solutions, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore, globally, on a case-by-case basis, potential joint Intelligent Transport System (ITS) opportunities.

SBM Offshore Says Petrobras Discussions Ongoing

Floating production services provider SBM Offshore responded to media reports of a potential settlement with Petrobras regarding tenders in Brazil, stating the discussions are presently ongoing and a conclusion has not been reached.  

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