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NOAA Unveils Collection of Civil War Maps and Nautical Charts

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011, NOAA has assembled a special historical collection of maps, charts, and documents prepared by the U.S. Coast Survey during the war years. The collection, “Charting a More Perfect Union,” contains over nearly 400 documents, available free from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey website. “People are planning now for their visits to Civil War sites next year, and we want to give them an opportunity to visualize the terrain, ports, and coasts as they were from 1861 to 1865,” said Meredith Westington, NOAA’s chief geographer. “Most people wouldn’t think of turning to NOAA for historical Civil War documents, but the agency has an amazing legacy.” Coast Survey’s collection includes 394 Civil War-era maps, including nautical charts used for naval campaigns, and maps of troop movements and battlefields. Rarely seen publications include Notes on the Coast, prepared by Coast Survey to help Union forces plan naval blockades against the Confederacy, and the annual report summaries by Superintendent Bache as he detailed the trials and tribulations of producing the maps and charts needed to meet growing military demands. In the nation's early years, the United States lost more ships to accidents than to war


Carnival Legend Earns Perfect Scores

The new 88,500-ton Carnival Legend scored perfect 100s from both the U.S. Department of Public Health and Canadian Public Health Service during inspections in Baltimore and Halifax, Nova Scotia, earlier this month. The new 2,124-passenger vessel, which entered service in August 2002 and embarked on a six-day Bermuda cruise from Baltimore yesterday, Oct. 30, received perfect marks on all 42 items that comprise the U.S. Public Health Service's Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP)


MOL Installs Marine Broadband on LNG Carriers

MOL President Koichi Muto

Enhancing Safe Operation by Always-on Connection.     Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) announced that its subsidiary MOL LNG Transport Co., completed installing a high-speed, monthly fixed-charge (flat rate) Internet service “OceanBB” for vessels using VSAT*1 provided by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT; President: Shinji Takada), on the MOL LNG-managed Wakaba Maru and four other LNG carriers in October 2011. 


Labor Union Summit Focuses on Automation Issue

The ILWU and ILA recently met in Washington, D.C.: first item on agenda was report on progress of East Coast USA contract negotiations. The meeting was attended also by ITF President and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) National Secretary Paddy Crumlin and ITF Maritime Coordinator Steve Cotton.
 The first item of business was a report from ILA President Harold Daggett on the progress of the New East Coast contract


Update On Vancouver's Possible Tug Strike

Following discussions at Vancouver the tug company Seaspan has announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the GUILD union, agreeing to enter federal ediation/arbitration with regards to collective agreement negotiation. As per the MOA, Seaspan will defer implementation of their own Term of Agreement and the union, whose members will meet today to discuss a strike vote have agreed not to go on strike.


French CGT Oil Sector Workers to Join May Strike

French oil sector workers of the CGT trade union will join a national strike at refineries and other installations from May 17 to May 20 against a planned government reform of French labour law, a CGT union official told Reuters on Friday. The union will also propose to shutdown production at refineries and other oil sector sites during a May 20 meeting, Thierry Defresne, CGT union official at Total, said after a general assembly meeting of the trade union.


Australian Tugboat Crewing Dispute Escalates

A dispute between Australian towage operators and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) over tugboat manning numbers escalated as MUA officials said a crew-reduction plan by Adsteam Marine was an act of discrimination. MUA representatives took exception with Adsteam's plan to cut tugboat crews to three people from four, saying that their union was singled out for the cuts. Three unions had been involved in enterprise negotiations, they said


Maritime Global News App Launch at SMM

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New Maritime Global News App launch at the Maritime Reporter and Engineering News at SMM in Hall B7, Stand 603. Maritime Reporter is changing the way our industry gets its news with the all new Maritime Global News App. This free mobile app is perfect for the busy maritime professional on the move. Updated regularly, the Maritime Global News app delivers all the news you need and want directly to your mobile devices from the world’s leading source for maritime business news and


Seaspan Signs MOAs With Guild & ILWU, Strike Averted

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  North Vancouver, BC — Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan CEO, announced today that it has signed agreements with both the Canadian Merchant Service Guild (the Guild) and International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 400 to enter into binding arbitration/mediation. Following extensive discussions with the Honourable Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Status of Women, Seaspan and both unions have agreed to allow the Federal Government to appoint an arbitrator


Total Refinery Plans Revealed by Next Spring

La Mede/Lavera plant merger project failed; Total may invest 300 mln euros in La Mede near Marseille. Total, Europe's biggest oil refiner, is giving itself until the spring of 2015 to review its options for the French refining sector, which could include capacity cuts but no site closures, union sources told Reuters on Friday. Total's European refining margins have dropped to near four-year lows this year, as the sector struggles to compete with more efficient plants in the Middle East


Peru Workers Plan Strike That Could Disrupt LNG Exports

Natural gas workers in Peru plan to hold an indefinite strike starting Dec. 29 that would disrupt production of the widely-used fuel as well as Royal Dutch Shell Plc's liquefied natural gas exports, the union SUTRAPPEC said Thursday.  


Wagenborg's Acquired Vessels Undergoing Paint Job

From left to right: Leuveborg, Ziltborg (ex Vechtdiep) and Zaanborg (ex Vliediep). Photo: Royal Wagenborg

 Ziltborg and Zaanborg, the third and the fourth of seven general cargo vessels acquired by Dutch shipowner and operator Royal Wagenborg earlier this year, are currently undergoing a paint job at Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in the Netherlands.  


Mayeur to Lead CMR Group’s EIM Unit

Jacques-André Mayeur  (Photo: CMR)

Control instrumentation and electrical engineering specialist CMR Group said it has appointed a senior director to oversee strategy and drive global sector operations.    Jacques-André Mayeur joins as Energy Industry Marine (EIM)business unit director based at CMR Group’s


New Fast Rescue Boats for P&O Ferries

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Survitec Group announced  that P&O Ferries have installed two new Survitec BRUDE Explorer-720 fast rescue boats onto their vessels, the Pride of York and the Pride of Bruges operating on the North Sea route between Hull and Zeebrugge.


Marlink Secures Global Intelsat EpicNG Maritime Coverage

Marlink is a long-standing Intelsat S.A. customer, with services on multiple Intelsat satellites and the IntelsatOne terrestrial network, has signed an agreement for high-throughput connectivity from Intelsat’s Horizons 3e satellite.  


Russian Tankers Smuggle Jet Fuel to Syria

Russian tankers have smuggled jet fuel to Syria through EU waters, bolstering military supplies to a war-torn country where Moscow is carrying out air strikes in support of the government, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.  


NATO Ends Counter-piracy Mission as Focus Shifts to Mediterranean

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NATO has ended its Indian Ocean counter-piracy mission after a sharp fall in attacks, the alliance said on Wednesday, as it shifts resources to deterring Russia in the Black Sea and people smugglers in the Mediterranean.   All ships and patrol aircraft have now left the area off the Horn of


2nd Asian Marine Casualty Forum Launched

FIRST ASIAN MARINE CASUALTY FORUM A HIGHLIGHT OF SINGAPORE MARITIME WEEK 2015 Photo LOC

Following the success of the inaugural Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) in 2015 and by popular demand, the bi-annual industry forum aimed at addressing the current crises in maritime casualty management, is back for the second time running and officially launched in Singapore today


EU to Patrol for Somali Pirates Until end 2018

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The European Union's naval mission will keep patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia for another two years, to guard against any resurgence of attacks, the bloc said on Monday. The number of raids and kidnappings has fallen - though maritime officials have warned that the risk is still


Keels Laid for Young Brothers Tugs at Conrad Shipyard

Glenn Hong, President of Young Brothers, Limited of Hawaii holds a framed print Photo Conrad Shipyard

Conrad Shipyard held the Keel Laying Ceremony for the four Damen Stan 3711 Kāpena Class tugs now under construction for Young Brothers, Limited of Hawaii. On hand for the ceremony was Glenn Hong, President of Young Brothers, Ltd; Jonathan Parrott, President of Foss Marine


More than 1,000 Boat Migrants Rescued, 16 Bodies Found

More than 1,000 migrants were plucked from overcrowded boats and 16 bodies were recovered in the past two days, Italy's coastguard said on Monday, adding to the already record number of arrivals this year.   Coastguard ships recovered some 800 migrants from nine different vessels on Sunday


India Readies Draft Inland Vessels Bill, 2016

Indias Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh L. Mandaviya. Photo: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 The following are the salient features of the draft Inland Vessels Bill, 2016 of India.   The Draft Inland Vessels Bill, 2016 covers the Preamble and has 16 parts i.e. Part I to Part XVI. The salient features are:   1.         Part I- enables the Central


Viega Introduces New Reducer and Union Fittings

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Twelve new P x P reducer and P x FPT union options are available for the Viega MegaPress and MegaPressG systems for carbon steel piping systems.   Viega said it has introduced 12 new reducer and union options for the Viega MegaPress and MegaPressG systems for schedule 5 to schedule 40


GAC's Centralized Cargo Declaration Service for Shipowners

Operators of vessels carrying such cargoes must declare cargo information to the customs authorities in advance of the vessel’s arrival Photo GAC

GAC has introduced a new centralized service to help ship owners navigate the paperwork required for the import of cargoes to European Union (EU) ports from outside the Union. Operators of vessels carrying such cargoes must declare cargo information to the customs authorities in advance of the


India Okays 'Major Port Trust Authorities Bill, 2016'

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB, Govt of India

 The Union Cabinet of India, chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has approved  the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016, a move aimed at bringing greater efficiency and professionalism in governance of ports through full autonomy in decision making and by modernizing the






 
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