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Chantal's Forces Leave Two Fishermen Missing Off Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Chantal slowed to a stop and dumped torrential rain on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday after leaving two fishermen missing at sea and forcing 2,500 evacuations from the low-lying coastline. "At 5 a.m. EDT, Chantal was in a near stationary position 15 miles south of Chetumal," said Stacy Stewart of the U.S. National Hurricane Center. "The storm is carrying torrential rains, up to 15 to 20 in.," Stewart, a hurricane specialist, said. Winds remained at 65 miles per hour (104 kph). Chantal made landfall with winds of 70 miles per hour, around 8 p.m. local time on Monday in Quintana Roo, Mexico's most southeastern state and home to Cancun and other resorts along the "Maya Riviera." High winds churned up Caribbean waters and left two fishermen missing. The men ignored warnings to avoid open seas during the storm, said Jose Nemesio Medina, director of the state's civil protection services. Approximately 2,500 people in the less-developed coastal regions of Xcalat and Mahauhal zones, meanwhile, were evacuated from their homes and taken to temporary shelters in public schools in Chetumal, Quintana Roo's capital and some 18 miles (30 kms) from the hard-hit shore areas. "Only two municipalities required immediate attention since they were the only ones affected by Chantal," said Medina. The two areas were Chetumal and the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, some 78 miles (130 kms) northwest of Chetumal.


Pirates Low Profile in Monsoon Season

NATO Shipping Centre promulgates its latest weekly piracy assessment for the 'High Risk Area' During the reporting period 7 – 13, June 2012, the number of piracy incidents in the High Risk Area (HRA) has remained low, with no incidents reported. Due to the South-West monsoon between June and September, sea conditions in the HRA are expected to be generally unfavourable for small boats. Pirate Activity Groups (PAG) will likely continue to focus their limited efforts in the Northern


New Ports Service Established

A new service between China and U.S. East Coast ports has been launched by Century Bridge Container Lines, which provides direct ports of call to Houston, Miami and N.Y. Lasting only 28 days to arrive to the Gulf, the port rotations encompass Xingang, Qingdao, Shanghai, and Shenzhen (port of Chiwan). With immediate effect, cargo moving on CY/CY basis from Southern China to U.S. on board the company's "all-water East Coast Service" ships


Mediterranean Project Chartering Moves

Mediterranean Project Chartering (MPC), a subsidiary of BBC Chartering & Logistic, is moving its head office in Genoa. Business growth since it was established in 2007 to foster the commercial business activities of BBC in markets across the Mediterranean, has necessitated a move to a larger dedicated office. “As BBC’s representative for the Mediterranean, we have benefited from having access to a large


Joint Venture Returns from the Gulf

The Incat Tasmania-built ship, HSV-X1 Joint Venture, has arrived back at Hobart, Tasmania, returning from the Persian Gulf in service with U.S. defense forces. As the High Speed Vessel HSV-X1 Joint Venture (Incat hull 050) left Tasmanian waters on the evening of September 11, 2001 (AEST) the towers of the World Trade Center fell in New York. The ship which had been chartered for experimental purposes did participate in a number of


Iceberg Alert Off of New Zealand

Maritime officials say they will rely on shipping in the southern ocean to keep tabs on the flotilla of icebergs drifting slowly towards New Zealand. About 100 icebergs, some of them massive, were spotted on Friday by an Air Force crew looking out for illegal fishing. They are about 260 km off the southern coast. Maritime New Zealand says they are often spotted in southern waters at this time of year, but have not been seen this far north in decades.


CMA CGM Launches New Feeder Line

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The CMA CGM Group is expanding its service opportunities in Southern Africa with the launch of the new Rhino Express feeder. The Rhino Express reinforces the Group’s service to Mozambique through an extended coverage of five ports in Mozambique, including two new ports: Quelimane and Pemba, the development of cabotage in Mozambique, a better transit time from India, Middle East, Europe and South America East Coast to Maputo and Beira


Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wash., has been involved in the following recent sales and

Crowley Marine Service sold its 3,200 hp twin screw tug, Howard H, to buyers in the Caribbean. The 125 x 32 ft. tug was originally built in 1967 by Southern Shipbuilding as Gulf King and is powered by twin Fairbanks Morse diesels. Private interests in the San Francisco Bay Area have purchased model bow, single screw tug Tara C (ex-Tacoma) from Campbell Towing, Inc., Wrangell, Alaska. The 64.5 x 19.5 ft. tug was built in 1957 in Bellingham, Wash


Piracy: Attacks Getting Bigger, Bolder

According to data released July 14, 2011, by the International Maritime Bureau, pirate attacks off Somalia and in the GoA/Indian Ocean region climbed dramatically in the first six months of this year. Figures reveal that there were 266 attacks on vessels in this period compared with 196 attacks in 2010. “In the last six months, Somali pirates attacked more vessels than ever before and they’re taking higher risks,” IMB director Pottengal Mukundan said


Damen Ferry Ordered for China Service

DFe 3508, a 35m Aluminium Luxury Sightseeing Ferry.

Damen Shipyards and Afai Southern Shipyard contracted to build 35 m ferry for Liuzhou Yinliu Hotel Management.   Liuzhou Yinliu Hotel Management Co. Ltd. (China) has ordered a Damen Ferry 3508 with Afai Southern Shipyard (China). The DFe 3508 is a 35m Aluminium Luxury Sightseeing Ferry and is designated for the municipal government of Guangxi Liuzhou. As Liuzhou is the main business port of the Guangxi Zhuang region


Huge Iceberg Broken off Antarctica Heads for Open Ocean

Pine Island Glacier rift seen from the Digital Mapping System camera aboard NASAs DC-8 on Oct. 26, 2011 (Image Credit: NASA / DMS)

Scientists are monitoring an iceberg roughly six times the size of Manhattan - one of the largest now in existence - that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean. NASA glaciologist Kelly Brunt said on Wednesday the iceberg covers about 255 square miles (660 square


STEM: SeaPerch Underwater Robotic Championships

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University of Southern Mississippi Site for Fourth National SeaPerch Challenge – Underwater Robotic Championships Excitement continues to build for the Fourth Annual National SeaPerch Challenge, as 2014 will see the largest group of SeaPerch competitors ever to assemble and compete for the


Thinking Outside the MR Tankship Rate Triangle

MR Tankship: File photo

Although US refined products exports largely underpin medium-range (MR) product tanker demand in the Atlantic Basin, there is little evidence of similar stability in US Gulf – UK Continent (TC14) freight rates, find shipping industry advisors Poten & Partners in a recent study


Keystone Backers Keep Their Faith In Embattled Pipeline Plan

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  Six years after applying to build the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada's frustrated oil industry appears steadfast in its support of the plan even though Washington has again delayed a decision on whether to approve the politically charged project.


BP Spill Compensation Battles Rage On

BP pays billions in compensation but some claims still unpaid; Oil still appearing on beaches in Gulf of Mexico. Company says claims process is flawed, not all oil from spill. Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana


Captain of capsized S Korean Ferry Arrested

Arrest of S. Korean ferry Captain

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news agency said. Yonhap said Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, faced five charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.


Years After BP U.S.Oil Spill: Compensation Battle Rages

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over.   Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colourful


Ultra-deepwater Drillship 'Maersk Valiant' Delivered

Maersk Valiant: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling advises that its second new drillship, 'Maersk Valiant', has been delivered from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with


A New Standard in Marine Communications

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KVH provides and Harvey Gulf employs possibly the most sophisticated on-board SATCOM and related service package on the water. That’s no accident.     If quality service, high tech hardware and quality personnel are the common bonds shared by marine communications


Australian Navy Assists French Fishing Vessel

Photo: Sarah Williams, RAN

While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel. The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of April 10


USCG: Deepwater Horizon Response is Far from Complete

Discoverer Enterprise arrives to install the capping equipment - July 2010 (Photo: BP)

The U.S. Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator (FOSC) for the Deepwater Horizon Response completed the transition to the “Middle Response” (“Middle R”) process and opened active National Response Center (NRC) cases for three miles of coastline in Louisiana.


South Stream Gas Pipeline Re-route via Turkey Possible

Pipe No.1: Photo Gazprom

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday that Ankara would consider the passage of the South Stream natural gas pipeline through Turkey if Russia made such a request. The future of the 2400 km (1,490 mile) line from Russia via the Black Sea to Europe, avoiding Ukraine


BOEM Proposes GoM Oil and Gas Lease Sale

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As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau today announced that the bureau will offer more than 21 million acres offshore Texas for


Iran Changes Mind on Atlantic Ocean Warship Deployment

Iran destroyer, same class: Photo Wiki CCL

Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach U.S. maritime borders in response to the U.S. navy's presence in the Gulf. A senior Iranian naval commander was quoted in February as


gplink Helps Kaitek Oversee Southern Ocean Traffic

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The unforgiving environments found in the southern extremes of Chile easily highlight the “remote” in remote monitoring, gplink said, and now the company is aiding captains in the region. Operating in close proximity to the Cape Horn and Drake Passage


 
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