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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. 


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


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.


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


JSAT Mobile Venture for Japanese Market

Stratos Global Corporation (Stratos) announced that Furono Electric Co., Ltd. (Furuno) and Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC) and have become shareholders in JSAT Mobil Communications Inc. (JSAT Mobile). Furuno and JRC, both marine electronics manufacturers, will each assume a 10 percent share in JSAT Mobile. Stratos formed the joint venture company JSAT Mobile in August with Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (Sky Perfect JSAT) to serve the Mobile satellite communications needs of Japanese businesses


Seaspan Signs MOAs With Guild & ILWU, Strike Averted

Chief Executive Officer Seaspan -

  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


California Port Truckers End Strike

Ports of Los Angles and Long-Beach

Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments.


French Patrol Ship Rescues 217 Migrants off Libya Coast

Migrants being rescued courtesy  Guardia Costiera

  A French patrol ship rescued 217 migrants from three small boats that had run into trouble off the coast of Libya on Saturday, the maritime police said in a statement. The Commandant Birot helped several dozen people in distress and intercepted two suspected people smugglers


Argentine Soyoil Exports Slowed by Strike

Argentina soyoil shipments were slowed on Tuesday by the start of a wage strike by a union representing 20 percent of the country's crushing workers, while the powerful CGT dock-workers union debated whether to join work stoppage. Argentina is being racked by wage negotiations driven by


Suspected Migrant Smugglers Arrested

German police arrested three men on Wednesday suspected of belonging to an organised criminal group that smuggles people from Africa to the European Union.   Around 7,000 migrants, most from Africa, were rescued from boats in the Mediterranean last weekend and around 900 drowned last month


Indian Cabinet Okays Shipping Pact with Jordan

Indian PM Narendra Modi (Official page of Modi)

 The Union Cabinet of India has given its approval for signing of a shipping agreement between India and Jordan. The Union Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.    An official press release said the government had decided to sign the agreement with a view to


UN Pushes EU on Migrant Rescue Mission

The European Union must urgently set up a rescue operation for migrants at sea and commit to receiving significantly higher numbers of refugees, top U.N. officials and the International Organization for Migration said on Thursday. "The European Union response needs to go beyond the present


UN Cautiously Optimistic with EU Migrant Plan

The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday the European Union's plan to triple its naval search mission in the Mediterranean for migrants was an "important first step towards collective European action." In a statement issued in Geneva


Fifty Mali Migrants Among Hundred Drowned in Med

At least 50 Malians from the impoverished region of Kayes were among up to 900 migrants who drowned trying to cross from Libya to Europe this weekend, the government said on Friday. The deaths triggered worldwide outrage and prompted the European Union to agree to triple the size of its naval


Four Petrobras Platforms Halt Output Due to Oil Leak

Four Petrobras oil platforms off the northeast coast of Brazil have halted production after a leak of about 7,000 liters of oil was detected coming from a pipeline linking them, a local oil workers union head said on Friday.   Brazil's oil regulator, ANP


APM Maasvlakte II Terminal Opens

King Willem-Alexander officialised the opening of Maasvlakte II by informing a remote crane operator to launch the multi-coloured ballet of containers on 62 battery-powered Lift-Automated Guided Vehicles. Next to him are CEO of the Maersk Group, Nils s. Andersen and CEO of APM Terminals, Kim Fejfer. Photo: Maersk Group

 APM Terminals Maasvlakte II held a ceremony  to celebrate the opening of the world’s most automated container terminal.   The  event that was attended by Dutch King Willem-Alexander and 500 representatives of the port industry and governments from around the world


Truckers to Strike Four SoCal Shippers

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Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation's busiest cargo hub.


Long Beach Picketers Not Striking -Port CEO

Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup issued a statement addressing the status of picketing truckers at the harbor, pointing out that the demonstration is not a strike.   “The Teamsters union started informational picketing this morning at the Port of Long Beach


Gazprom Expects Gas Exports to Rise in 2015

Russian top natural gas producer expects its gas exports to the European Union and Turkey to increase to 152-153 billion cubic metres this year, Gazprom's deputy head Alexander Medvedev said on Wednesday.   In 2014, the exports stood at 147 bcm.  


Argentine Port Strike May Cut Soy Flow, Raise World Food Prices

Argentina's main grains port of Rosario was paralyzed at midday on Wednesday by an open-ended wage strike by boat captains needed to help dock incoming cargo ships, the country's port management chamber said.   At a busy time of the year for exporters


Strike Paralyzes Argentine Grains Port for 2nd Day

Argentina's grains hub of Rosario was paralyzed on Thursday by the second day of pay strikes by unions representing stevedores and other workers needed to dock and load recently-harvested soy and corn, union and management spokesmen said.  






 
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