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Cruise Ship Passenger 'Bill of Rights' Adopted

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has approved "Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights" detailing members' commitment to the safety, comfort & care of guests in a number of important areas. The CEOs of CLIA North American member cruise lines are each immediately verifying in writing that they have adopted the Passenger Bill of Rights, which is a condition of membership in the Association. CLIA also will submit the Passenger Bill of Rights to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), requesting formal global recognition and applicability under the IMO's authority over the international maritime industry.  The Passenger Bill of Rights will be effective immediately for U.S. passengers who purchase their cruise in North America on CLIA's North American member cruise lines, regardless of itinerary. International Cruise Line Passenger Bill of Rights:    1.    The right to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions such as food, water, restroom facilities and access to medical care cannot adequately be provided onboard, subject only to the Master's concern for passenger safety and security and customs and immigration requirements of the port.     2.    The right to a full refund for a trip that is canceled due to mechanical failures, or a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to those failures.


Frontline Proposes DHT Takeover

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 DHT Holdings, Inc has received a non-binding, highly conditional proposal from Frontline Ltd to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of DHT in a stock-for-stock transaction.    Frontline has proposed a ratio of 0.725 of a Frontline share for each share of DHT, which represents an implied price of $5.09 per DHT share, based on the closing price of Frontline shares of common stock on January 27, 2017.  


Right Whale – Wrong Whale

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a rule rescinding its 2003 rule that purported to separate the right whale into the North Atlantic right whale and the North Pacific right whale and make various other changes under the Endangered Species Act. The 2003 changes were made without proper authority. NMFS will commence analysis to determine whether the two northern right whales are related. Adding to the confusion, there is also a southern right whale


Potential Whale Breeding Grounds Discovered

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A large number of North Atlantic right whales have been seen in the Gulf of Maine, leading right whale researchers at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center to believe they have identified a wintering ground and potentially a breeding ground for this endangered species. The NEFSC’s aerial survey team saw 44 individual right whales on Dec. 3 in the Jordan Basin area, located about 70 miles south of Bar Harbor, Maine


CG Reminder, Slow for Right Whales

The Coast Guard reminds operators of vessels 65 ft or greater in length that the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule takes effect Nov. 1, requiring those vessels to slow down while operating in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic waters where North Atlantic Right whales are known to migrate, calve and nurse. The Coast Guard has worked closely with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Fisheries Service division during the past decade to further both agencies’


Zodiac Aids With New Self-Righting Design

Zodiac International has developed a new patented, self-righting technique to comply with the updated RoRo ferry liferaft regulations. Formulated by a team of technical engineers, the design is patented in both France and the U.S. - to be followed shortly by other jurisdictions. The self-righting design enables liferafts to automatically turn from a capsized position to an upright position on the surface of the water, regardless of whether they inflate in the inverted position underwater or on


Ship Passengers Granted New Legal EU Rights

A new European Union regulation gives passengers travelling by water improved rights to assistance in cases of cancelled or delayed departures. Passengers travelling by water are set to enjoy improved rights to assistance in cases of cancelled or delayed departures as a new EU regulation on maritime passenger rights enters into force.. These passengers will now benefit from similar rights to those travelling by air and rail.


Update on Omega's Chapter 11 Proceedings

Omega Navigation Enterprises Inc. has announced that, in connection with its Chapter 11 proceedings in Houston, Texas, the Court has granted all of the interim relief that Omega requested. This included the right to continue to operate and pay all operating expenses in the ordinary course; the right to continue to pay employees and crew in the ordinary course; the right to continue all cash management procedures in the ordinary course; and the right to continue to maintain all insurance in the


Sedative OKd To Help Free Entangled Whale

A federal judge in Boston on Friday cleared the way for rescuers to use a sedative to free a whale tangled in fishing line while fighting for its life off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. District Judge George O'Toole rejected a motion by an environmental activist who said a sedative would kill the 50-ton North Atlantic right whale -- one of an estimated 100 to 500 of the endangered species remaining. The Center for Coastal Studies, a rescue group from Provincetown, Mass


Colombia Grants E&P Rights To 5 Oil Companies

The Colombian government Tuesday granted exploration and production rights on nine offshore areas on the Caribbean coast to five different companies in an effort to boost the country's oil reserves. In Tuesday's auction, Colombian state-owned oil company Ecopetrol SA, India's state-run oil company Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (500312.BY), Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PBR), U.K.-based BP PlC (BP) and Hess Corp. (HES) won the rights separately or in partnership to explore the nine blocks


Top LNG Buyers Form Alliance to Push for Flexible Contracts

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The world's biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyers are clubbing together to secure more flexible supply contracts in a move that further shifts power to buyers rather than producers.   Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-March with


Diana Containerships Launches USD 150 Mln Securities Offering

Photo: Diana Containerships Inc

 Diana Containerships, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, announced today that the Company has entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with Kalani Investments, an entity organized in the British Virgin Islands (Kalani) that is not affiliated with


Capsized Cargo Ship Refloated in Sweden

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Ardent salvage crews used a parbuckling method to right and refloat the cargo vessel, M/V Sternö, which was loaded with 1,400 tons of grain when it suffered a collision and rested on a jetty structure with a 54-degree list.   Ardent crews were mobilized in late February 2017


Cycles in Seaborne Trade

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the last few decades, the shipping industry has generally been able to rely on seaborne trade as a fairly steady performer, says a report from Clarksons Research.  However, the slowdown in volume growth since the financial crisis has focussed the industry’s thoughts on


Ship Values Successful Women

HMAS Success sails south towards Busselton, Western Australia, during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 International Women's Day at sea onboard HMAS Success was business as usual with key positions held by female officers and sailors during replenishment activities.   New Zealand's HMNZS Te Kaha was the Australian battle tanker's thirsty recipient on 8 March


EU Lawmakers Reject Call for Ban on Arctic Oil Exploration

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The European Parliament rejected a call to ban Arctic oil and gas exploration on Thursday, in a symbolic vote seen as a barometer for future moves by Brussels to regulate to protect the region. Lawmakers who back the ban, which had drawn the ire of Norway


New Intermodel from Antwerp Port to Rhine-Ruhr-Main

Photo: H&S Container Line GmbH

 The rail operator H&S Container Line is introducing an additional round trip between Andernach in Germany and the two container terminals in the Deurganck dock in the port of Antwerp.    H&S already operates on this route


Port of Amsterdam Reduces CO2 Footprint by 25%

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 Following a previous successful pilot, GoodFuels Marine has also won Port of Amsterdam’s tender for its fleet of five patrol vessels. The vessels will now run on fuel containing 30% exceptionally high-quality biodiesel. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 25% compared to fossil diesel.


Chemline Launches Contractor Services

Polyurea/polyurethane protective coatings manufacturer Chemline said it has established a new dedicated sales team and web page specifically for contractors.   The company has served primarily the OEM market for 20 years, and is now adding contractor-focused services is in response to


China Dismisses Philippine Concerns Over EEZ Incursions

China on Friday dismissed concerns expressed by the Philippine defence minister over what he believed to be survey missions by its ships deep into the southeast Asian nation's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).   Amid a warming relationship


UK Chamber for Including Marines in New T-Level Qualification

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

 The UK Chamber of Shipping has welcomed Government’s plans to introduce new technical qualifications, but raised questions as to why marine engineering is absent from the plans.    As part of the 2017 Budget, Government outlined its plans to introduce recommendations made


Britain to Review Tax to Speed up North Sea O&G Deals

Britain will look at ways of making it easier to sell North Sea oil and gas fields by changing tax rules in order to keep them producing for longer, the finance ministry said.   The move, which is due to be announced in finance minister Philip Hammond's budget on Wednesday


Italy's 15-Cargo LNG Buy Tender Attracts Competitive Bids

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A tender to supply Italy with about 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes between April and September attracted highly competitive winning bids from traders including Gunvor, Trafigura, MET and Uniper, trade sources said.   Companies offered to supply the shipments at only a slight premium


Memorial Service Held 30 Years After Ferry Tragedy

More than 400 attend 30th anniversary service marking the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster    Grieving families affected by the Herald of Free Enterprise RO/Ro passenger ferry disaster gathered to mark the 30th anniversary memorial service in Dover on March 6.  


Four AIDA Cruise Ships Sail to Hamburg Port Anniversary

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 For the sixth time, the cruise line AIDA Cruises is main sponsor for the Hamburg Port Anniversary, demonstrating its continued dedication to the Hanseatic City.   Hansjörg Kunze, Vice President Communication & Sustainability, says






 
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