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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.


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


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


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’


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.


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


P&O Nedlloyd to Become Independent and Listed

P&O and Royal Nedlloyd N.V. ("Nedlloyd") announce that agreement has been reached for Nedlloyd to acquire P&O's 50% interest in P&O Nedlloyd Container Line Limited ("PONL"). Nedlloyd will be renamed Royal P&O Nedlloyd N.V. ("Royal P&O Nedlloyd") upon completion of the transaction. As consideration, P&O will receive approximately EUR215 million (GBP147 million) cash and a 25% interest in Royal P&O Nedlloyd post completion of the


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


MTS Assists Damen in Maersk Connector Sea Trials

MTS assisting Maersk Connector

Leading marine service provider, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) has supported shipbuilder Damen during sea trials of its latest offshore cabling vessel, Maersk Connector. During the two-week testing period, MTS Vigilant, a Damen Shoalbuster


FSRU Golar Tundra Sold to Golar LNG Partners

Golar LNG Limited has entered into a purchase agreement to sell the Golar Tundra, a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), to Golar LNG Partners LP for a sale price of $330 million.   In connection with the closing, Golar LNG Partners will receive a daily fee plus operating


Sydney Deep Water Port Project Named NOVAPORTE

The Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) and the Port of Sydney announce the new brand for Sydney’s new container terminal: NOVAPORTE and its adjacent logistics park NOVAZONE.   “The name reflects the international nature of our project”, said Albert Barbusci


Innovative Equipment Will Help Unload Listing Ship

Modern Express (Photo: Rotterdam Port Connector)

Following Smit Salvage’s salvage of the stricken ship Modern Express in the Gulf of Biscay, another Rotterdam company has now become involved in the rescue operations. The Koninklijke Roeiers Vereeniging Eendracht (KRVE) (Royal Boatmen Association Eendracht) will use its ShoreTension system


Svitzer, Guangzhou Port JV to provide Towage

Image Courtesy Svitzer

Guangzhou Port Group and Svitzer signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with the intention of forming a joint venture providing towage and related marine services for the Port of Guangzhou. Guangzhou Port Group is the world’s 5th largest port with more than 100 vessel calls a day and


China: U.S. Seeks "Hegemony" after South China Sea Sailing

China accused the United States on Monday of seeking maritime hegemony in the name of freedom of navigation after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea. China claims most of the South China Sea


BP Pulls Plug on Oceaneering Vessel Contract

Photo: Oceaneering International, Inc

 UK giant BP will end a contract off Angola with Oceaneering International about eight months early.   Oceaneering International has announced that BP has exercised its right to terminate its use of the chartered vessel Bourbon Oceanteam 101 at the end of May 2016.  


More Strikes Planned at Greek Ports

A new 24-hour general strike in Greece is planned for February 4, by both public and private sector unions, while the Seamen’s Union is scheduling another 48-hour strike on the same date, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising.


GEODIS joins Maersk Line’s Carbon Pact challenge

Photo: Maersk Line A/S.

 Global Forwarder GEODIS and Maersk Line deliver their share and partner on a 5-year strategic commitment to reduce their environmental footprint.    This agreement integrates both companies’ sustainable commitments to reduce GEODIS’ CO2 emissions per container moved


Shipbreaking Practices in 2015 Reveal Appalling Record -Report

Graphics: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

Ignoring industry leaders and human rights and environmental organizations, ship owners continue to profit from dangerous and dirty shipbreaking practices on South Asian beaches in 2015, according to new data released today by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.


Sulayem Gets DP World's CEO Role Too

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem is Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

DP World is pleased to announce the appointment of His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem as Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. His Excellency became Chairman of DP World in May 2007 and has overseen DP World's expansion


U.S.-Georgian Consortium Wins Black Sea Port Contract

A U.S.-Georgian consortium has been awarded a $2.5 billion contract to build and develop a deep-sea port in Anaklia on Georgia's Black Sea coast, as the tiny ex-Soviet republic sets eyes on lucrative cargo transit from Asia to Europe. The Anaklia Development Consortium is a joint venture of


US Warship Rescues Mariners in Distress

A rescued mariner is flown aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower after her vessel became disabled off the coast of Florida. Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway preparing for the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). (U.S. Navy photo by J. E. Veal)

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) came to the rescue of distressed mariners at sea, February 7.   Ike received a distress call via bridge-to-bridge communications from the U.S.-flagged sailing vessel (S/V) Selket at approximately 7 p.m


Subchapter M: The Designated Person Ashore and You

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As the workboat industry marches toward Subchapter M, and ever closer to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the appointment of a Designated Person Ashore (DPA) becomes more important, the position’s job functions become more defined


India to Import LNG from Australia

Piyush Goyal. Photo: Official Facebook Page of Piyush Goyal

 India may contract long-term supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Australia if price is comparable to Indian coal which remains the fuel of choice for power generation companies in New Delhi.    Power Minister Piyush Goyal






 
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