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U.S., India to Increase Maritime Security

The U.S. and India agreed to beef up maritime security to prevent the use of shipping containers for smuggling weapons of mass destruction and other trans-national crimes, the Times of India reported. Reaffirming their commitment to the free flow of commerce and to the safety of navigation at sea, the two countries agreed to conclude a Maritime Cooperation Framework to enhance security on the high seas. This will allow the two sides to prevent piracy and other trans-national crimes at sea, carry out search and rescue operations, combat marine pollution, respond to natural disasters, address emergent threats and enhance cooperative capabilities, including through logistics support. (Source: Times of India)

This Day in Naval History – May 25 & 26

May 26 1944 - USS England sinks fifth Japanese submarine in one week 1952 - Tests from 26-29 May demonstrate feasibility of the angled-deck concept conducted on simulated angled deck on USS Midway 1990 - USS Beaufort rescues 24 Vietnamese refugees in South China Sea May 27 1813 - American joint operations against Fort George, Canada 1919 - Navy NC-4 completes trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Lisbon, Portugal

Spain Ousts Stricken Tanker From Its Waters

Spain's refusal to allow the stricken tanker Castor into sheltered waters is hampering the trans-shipment of gasoline from its damaged holds, its owner Athenian Sea Carriers said on Tuesday. "All we're asking for is to come four to five kilometers (2/3 miles) off the coast where it is more sheltered for a safer trans-shipment," a company official said. Since the Castor, carrying 29,500 tons of gasoline, developed a 20-m crack in its deck 16 days ago it has approached Spain

Evergreen, CKYH Alliance Rationalization Plan

Evergreen Line has announced a rationalization plan with the CKYH Alliance (Coscon, "K"LINE, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping) for the U.S. East Coast / Northwest Europe Service. The new service combines their Evergreen Line's Trans Atlantic string of North Asia-U.S. East Coast-Europe pendulum service (NUE) and the Alliance's existing Trans Atlantic service - loop1 (TAS1) into a new Trans Atlantic Express service (TAE) commencing September 2009.

Arctic Sea Routes of Limited Use to China

Photo: The Arctic Institute

As China’s international trade remains seemingly ever-growing, the country continues to seek diversified options for expanding its global trade. The prospect of Arctic shipping passages have generated much discussion throughout the industry, especially as weather trends seem to implicate a potentially vast opening of passable routes, most specifically for China in the Northern Sea Route. Executive Director of The Arctic Institute, Malte Humpert, conducted a study

NOIA Welcomes BOEM Shell's Plan Conditional Approval

NOIA President  Randall Luthi

  NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on BOEM's conditional approval of Shell's revised Chukchi Sea exploration plan: The BOEM's (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) decision to conditionally allow Shell to proceed with the carefully planned and coordinated drilling effort in Alaska is good news.  The potential for energy development in the Chukchi Sea would allow Alaskans to benefit from well-paying jobs and resources to safeguard the environment

GA Reduces Trans Pacific Capacity

Following a meeting in Singapore, the CEOs of the Grand Alliance (GA) member lines engaged in the Trans Pacific trade, Hapag-Lloyd (HL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), have announced that the GA will lay up vessels during the traditional slack season, effective 20 November 2006 (week 47). MISC Berhad, the fourth member of the Grand Alliance, is not engaged in this trade. The lay up will amount to approximately 3

Sappino Leaves APL After 29 Yrs

APL said today that 29-year veteran Bob Sappio, head of the shipping line’s PanAmerican Trades, will leave the company August 1 to remain in the San Francisco Bay Area.    Sappio has been the head of APL’s Trans-Pacific Trade since 2003.  He played a key role in establishing APL as the leader in the Trans-Pacific and in building its brand reputation for high-quality service in the industry, said Ron Widdows, CEO of parent company NOL Group.   

Tschudi Shipping Considers Alaska Port Possibilities

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell

Tschudi Shipping Co., one of Norway's oldest shipping firms, will begin exploring the possibility of establishing a transshipment port in western Alaska, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell said today. Treadwell, who leads the state's work with the eight-nation Arctic Council, applauded Tschudi's decision, saying it is a tremendous step toward developing Alaska's economic opportunities related to Arctic shipping. Tschudi Shipping Co

Behave in the South China Sea, US Admiral Warns China

USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan. Photo: U.S. Pacific Command

 US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift  has fired a broadside at China and other regional nations who are flouting international law in the South China Sea.   Admiral Scott has warned that if bullying behaviour at sea of the kind shown by China is not confronted, it will spread to land and become a "friction point" there.    His remarks are part of an escalating US campaign directed against Chinese land reclamation on reefs under Beijing’s

US West Coast Dockworkers, Shippers to Talk Contract Extension

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Major cargo shippers and the union representing dockworkers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports have agreed to talks on a possible extension of their current contract, which is set to expire in mid-2019, the two sides said in a joint statement on Tuesday.  

Singapore Continues to Harmonize LNG Bunkering Standards

MoU inked to further efforts to facilitate uptake of LNG for the future. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 To develop the world’s first set of harmonised LNG bunkering standards, a network comprising Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge, subsequently expanded to include Jacksonville and Norway, was formed.    Taking reference from documents by organisations such as the

Zim Adds Pacific North West Service

Photo: Zim Integrated Shipping Services

 Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) is introducing an additional Asia-Pacific North West Trade route, CEN – (China Express Northwest service) with the following rotation: Xingang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Prince Rupert – Xingang.   

Florida's First Ocean-to-Air Transhipment

Innovative programs such as this one also help  business community strengthen ties within the global marketplace Photo Crowley

Already the busiest port of entry in America for international air freight, Miami International Airport will soon be able to receive perishable freight imports by sea as well – a first for any Florida airport – through a permit approved in September by the U.S

Ice Free Arctic?

Photo Credits: NASA/Kate Ramsayer

 Arctic melting slowed enough in midsummer that scientists don't expect this year's sea ice minimum to set a new record. This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through

White House Sees a Path to Approval of Pacific Trade Deal

Photo: White House

The White House on Monday said it was hopeful it could win congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before President Barack Obama leaves office, and warned that failing to do so would undermine U.S. leadership in the region.

This Day In Naval History: September 1

1800 - During the Quasi-War with France, the schooner, USS Experiment, commanded by Lt. Charles Stewart, captures the French privateer Deux Amix off Barbuda, West Indies.   1814 - The sloop-of-war, USS Wasp, commanded by Johnston Blakely, sinks the British brig sloop, HMS Avon

Half of Hanjin Boxships Denied Port Access

A Hanjin Containership at Sea (Credit: Hanjin)

Of 98 container ships, 44 blocked from ports. U.S. firms take legal action over unpaid bills. Roughly half of Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd's container vessels have been blocked from ports since the South Korean firm's collapse, putting manufacturers and their customers increasingly on edge about the

Hanjin Sends SoS

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 As most of  Hanjin Shipping Co's assets are stranded at sea or in ports world-wide, the the South Korean company is seeking to protect assets world-wide.   Hanjin Shipping’s government-backed creditors are ready to provide the collapsed carrier with roughly 100 billion won

Hanjin Collapse: Shippers Look to Fill Gaps

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 Global shipping giants are now trying to fill the void left by South Korea's Hanjin Shipping. According to Nikkei, Global shipping heavyweights are rushing to open new lines on the trans-Pacific route, seeking to fill the gaps left by Hanjin.  

Los Angeles Pier 400 Ready for Ultra-Large Container Ships

Los Angeles Pier 400. Photo: APM Terminals

 The first of ten ship-to-shore (STS) cranes at the APM Terminals Los Angeles Pier 400 facility was raised 33 feet (10 meters), making it the tallest port crane in North America and will be ready for vessel operations in the next few months.  

Striking Bollard Pull Results for ALP Striker

ALP Striker performed an impressive and most satisfactorily bollard pull test

ALP Striker achieved an impressive and most satisfactory bollard pull results of 309.6 tonnes during her sea trials. The DP II Anchor Handling Salvage Tug was delivered on 12 September to ALP Maritime Services. The vessel is designed for towing very large floating objects while also offering

APL Launches Atlantic Gulf Express Service

AGX – Atlantic Gulf Express (Westbound)

APL today announced the launch of the Atlantic Gulf Express (AGX) Service – a direct Trans-Atlantic service which connects the key markets of North Europe, US South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. “Directly connecting the Port of Le Havre and Miami

Lifeboat Crew Exchange Hits Fifth Year

Photo: IMRF

For the fifth consecutive year, rescue volunteers from European nations are to participate next week in a seven day Lifeboat Crew Exchange Program organized by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF).   The well-established program will include representatives from 13 countries

CMA CGM sees Opportunity in Hanjin collapse

A CMA CGM Containership (credit: Marad)

CMA CGM will look at opportunities in container shipping triggered by the collapse of South Korea's Hanjin Shipping, the French group's vice chairman said on Tuesday. Hanjin, the world's seventh largest container line, filed for receivership last month

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