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Great Barrier Reef Eco-Outlook 'Poor'

Great Barrier Reef: Photo CCL

A report from Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority finds the greatest risks to the Reef are still climate change, land-based run-off, coastal development, some remaining impacts of fishing and illegal fishing and poaching. Even with the recent management initiatives to reduce threats and improve resilience, the overall outlook for the Great Barrier Reef is poor, has worsened since 2009 and is expected to further deteriorate, the reports says. The report, published every five years, is required under Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (section 54) and aims to provide a regular and reliable means of assessing reef health and management in an accountable and transparent way. For the first time, the report specifically considers the Great Barrier Reef Region’s heritage values, including Indigenous heritage, historic heritage and the area’s world heritage values. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral structure and home to rich marine life Conservationists also fear that proposed development on the Queensland coast, including a planned coal port expansion at Abbott Point, could further harm its health. This assessment is new and responds to revised requirements of our Act and the World Heritage Committee requesting an explicit assessment of the area’s outstanding universal value.


Cat Marine Engines Re-Power US Army Dredge

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The US Army Corps of Engineers operates two hopper dredges on the west coast of the U.S. to keep shipping channels open. The largest and most modern of them is the Essayons, built by Bath Iron works in Bath, Maine in 1982. Its aging power plant has been replaced by eight state-of-the-art Cat marine engines totaling more than 15,000 kW. The 350 ft long Essayons is based in Portland, Oregon. Its annual schedule includes work in harbours between Alaska and California, as well as Hawaii


Barge Traffic Still Slow On Mississippi

Barge traffic on U.S. Midwest rivers continued slow as low water levels on the upper and lower Mississippi River and ice buildup on the Illinois River kept navigation treacherous, Reuters reported on Wednesday. "At the Memphis gauge, the water level is about three feet below the desired level," said Lt. Brian Meier, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, Memphis office. "The forecast is for water levels to stay pretty steady for next couple days," he said.


More Time to Comply with Discharge Regs

A team of K&L Gates LLP environmental and maritime lawyers representing a coalition of shipping interests has obtained an order from a United States District Judge in San Francisco to allow the maritime industry additional time to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newly-issued requirements governing the discharge of pollutants from vessels.   Enacted by the EPA on December 18, 2008, under the Clean Water Act


Genetic Yacht Lab Maps Sea Life Looking for Cures

A team of scientists has begun collecting the genomes of sea creatures off the Florida coast in the hopes that unmapped species, some of which have the capacity to reverse disease and injury in themselves, may hold the key to new treatments for humans. Of about 250,000 marine species identified so far, scientists have sequenced the genetic material of only about three dozen, according to University of Florida neuroscientist Leonid Moroz.


Skuld Quadruples Bottom Line

Ståle Hansen, President and CEO. Photo: Skuld

 Norwegian marine insurer Skuld delivered a result of USD 20 million in the first nine months of the year, a USD 5 million increase from the same period last year. Overcapacity is still putting pressure on premium levels, says CEO.   Skuld president and CEO Ståle Hansen said: "After nine months the bottom-line ended at USD 20 million, which includes provision for a mutual members' credit of USD 5 million


Containerhsip ANL Excellence Cleared For Voyage

The containership ANL Excellence, which ran aground in Moreton Bay off Brisbane on July 21, has been given the all-clear to continue its voyage. The ship, which was traveling to Brisbane from Malaysia with a large cargo of consumer goods, ran aground when it became trapped on a sand bank at low tide. Owned by Australian National Line, the vessel's captain admitted outright that human error was to blame for the mishap - a pilot missed a navigation beacon.


Fishing Vessel on Cape Peninsular Beach

Photo credit: National Sea Rescue Institute

'Eihatsu Maru' a 50 m Japanese registered long-liner is aground on South Africa's Cape Peninsular Beach The vessel has been on the beach for several days due to heavy surf. Most of those on board had been taken off the vessel, and all were safe, including the ship's dog. Disaster Risk Management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said they would try to move the vessel again again shortly depending on conditions. Crowds gathered to watch from the edges of the beach


Thousands of Migrants Rescued in Mediterranean

Image: MIGRANTE - Europe

 The Italian coastguard has said it had coordinated the rescue of thousands of migrants as they sailed across the Mediterranean on rickety boats, bringing the number of people rescued this weekend to 5,800.   The migrants were to be taken to the Italian region of Calabria as well as the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa, it said.   The bodies of eight migrants were found on board two of the rescued vessels


Fukushima Site Still Leaking After 5 Years

Map shows the location of seawater samples taken by scientists and citizen scientists that were analyzed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for radioactive cesium as part of Our Radioactive Ocean. Cesium-137 is found throughout the Pacific Ocean and was detectable in all samples collected, while cesium-134 (yellow/orange dots), an indicator of contamination from Fukushima, has been observed offshore and in select coastal areas. (Figure by Jessica Drysdale, Woods Hole Oceanographic Insti

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, there is still no U.S. federal agency responsible for studies of radioactive contaminants in the ocean. But scientific data about the levels of radioactivity in the ocean off our shores are available publicly thanks to ongoing efforts of independent researchers, including Ken Buesseler, a radiochemist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), who has led the effort to create and maintain an ocean monitoring network along the U.S


Somali Pirates Demand Ransom for Aris 13

File photo: Euronav

The EU anti-piracy operation in the Horn of Africa  region said that  Pirates are demanding a ransom for the release of the Comoros-flagged oil tanker Aris 13 seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the AP reported.  


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


Australian Navy: Torpedo Firings on the Mark

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The Royal Australian Navy has tested its primary anti-submarine warfare weapon during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER off the coast of Western Australia recently.   HMAS Melbourne, with the support of Collins class submarine HMAS Dechaineux, conducted three exercise firings of its MU90 torpedo


Royal Australian Navy Conscripts MAN

Photo courtesy of RAN

Navantia, the major Spanish shipbuilder, has chosen MAN main and GenSet engines to power two fleet-support-tanker newbuildings it is currently constructing for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Each vessel will feature 2 × MAN 18V 32/40 main engines and 4 × MAN 7L21/31 GenSets with


Ferry Tales: Having a Ferry Good Time

At the most basic level, all new construction projects should offer an improved customer experience. While there are many challenges for designers and builders, complying with the latest ADA accessibility guidelines is a given. Likewise, customers have an elevated level of expectation for improved technology to augment their ride. WiFi, power ports, automated ticketing or counting systems, and onboard information displays are all fast becoming necessities, rather than amenities. (Courtesy: Vigor

Despite of some of the lowest fuel prices experienced in the last eight years, demand for ferry construction is at a seemingly all time high. The focus on building new ferries kicked off in early 2013 and the sustained interest is the continued result of an unleashing of pent up demand


Ship Breaking Hazardous Waste Disposed off Safely at Alang Yard

File Photo: A.P. Moller - Maersk

 All the hazardous waste generated in ship recycling at Alang are being disposed off in safe and environmentally sound manner in Gujarat Pollution Control Board authorized Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) site operated by Gujarat Maritime Board.   


Another New Ferry for NYC

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Plans are in motion to procure another newly built ferry for New York City.   A city-run organization in charge of running New York’s Governors Island said it is seeking bids for the design and construction of a new passenger-only ferry for its service between the island and Manhattan


Global Shipping Meltdown Impacts European Banks

Photo:  International Chamber of Shipping

 The collapsing maritime shipping industry is stoking another European banking headache, this time in economic powerhouse Germany, says a report in WSJ.   While the Commerzbank, Germany’s second largest bank, reported earnings


FCI Debuts Compact, High Output Watermaker

Image: FCI Watermakers

Space is a precious commodity on any vessel, even a large one. Making its debut at the Miami International Boat Show, FCI Watermakers' new Atlas+APC is compact, yet produces 1,400-3,600 gallons of potable water per day and is fully automatic in its operation


Ultramar Takes Delivery of Catamaran Ferry

Ultramar Takes Delivery of High-End 48m Catamaran Ferry Photo Incat Crowther

A high capacity 48m catamaran passenger ferry Ultramar has been delivered to the Mexican operator Ultramar.   Designed by Incat Crowther and built by Midship Marine in Louisiana, Ultramar is specifically designed for the operator’s busy Playa de Carmen – Cozumel run


DEME Orders World’s Largest Cutter Suction Dredger

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Royal IHC said it has been awarded a contract for the design, construction and delivery of a 164m-long, 44,180kW self-propelled cutter suction dredger (CSD) for DEME in Belgium. The vessel, Spartacus, will be built in the Netherlands for summer 2019 delivery.  


SM Line Launches New Shipping Services

Photo: SM KLC

 South Korea's new container carrier, SM Line, which is built mainly on the remains of collapsed Hanjin Shipping, plans to kick off operations with as many as nine routes this year.    According to Yonhap,  it will begin its services to Thailand, Vietnam


OSV Runs Aground in US Gulf

U.S. Coast Guard photo

An offshore supply vessel has run aground off the west Cameron Jetties in Louisiana, Wednesday morning.   There were no injuries to the four passengers and three crew aboard the vessel, and no pollution was reported.    The 120-foot offshore supply vessel Miss Lynda was carrying


Sydney Harbour Wears Out its Cruise Ship Welcome

File Image: A panorama of Sydney Harbour. CREDIT AdobeStock (DirkR)

A parking nightmare in Sydney harbour left the giant cruise liner Radiance of the Seas unable to dock because the single berth big enough to take her was already occupied.   With a tight schedule to meet, the cruise organisers were forced to pay half a million dollars early last month to


Spot Freight Rates Soar from North Europe to Asia

Photo: Maersk Line

 Spot container freight rates from North Europe to China increased by 45 percent this week, reaching a four-year high.   The “World Container Index assessed by Drewry” market reading on the route from Rotterdam to Shanghai jumped to $1,076 per 40ft dry container today






 
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