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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.


Cable Trackers Help Diving Companies and Military

WJ Castle diver preparing to enter the water and track a cable with JW Fishers CT-1 cable tracker; Inset photo – Castle diver in water with CT-1 probe.

Trying to locate subsea power and communications cables has always been a difficult job. Regulations require cables be buried from several feet to several meters under the ocean bottom to prevent snagging by boat anchors and fishing trawls.  The amount of overburden on a cable often means it’s too deep to be located with conventional metal detection equipment. The device that has proved most effective in finding them is a cable tracker


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


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


Maritime Crime Continues Growth in Southeast Asia

U.K. maritime intelligence provider, Dryad Maritime released its Q3 maritime crime figures which show that piracy is continuing across the globe at similar levels to Q2, with incidents of cargo theft in Southeast Asia continuing to rise. Dryad’s figures show a 27% drop in crime overall between Q2 to Q3, but point to the continuing attacks that are happening across the globe as reported in Q2. Maritime crime across Southeast Asia continues at pace during the period


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


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


CMA CGM Launches New Feeder Line

Image: CMA CGM

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


Iran Navy Repels Pirate Attacks

Image: Iran Military

Iran’s 33rd naval fleet has foiled pirate attacks on two Iranian tankers during the first days of its presence in the open waters and the Gulf of Aden.  The timely presence and action of the Iranian Navy’s 33rd Flotilla thwarted the attack by pirate speed boats, equipped with various weapons, on an Iranian oil tanker in the waters of the Gulf of Aden three days ago, forcing the pirates to flee the scene.  


CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines

Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization.    The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Gulfbridge service between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean area


Fugro Expertise for Wind Farm Developers in Netherlands

Fugro Logo

  Fugro has been contracted by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, to execute the geotechnical site investigation and geological modelling of sites I and II of the future Borssele wind farm park


Navy Officer Pleads Guilty to Bribery

U.S. Navy officer pleads guilty to selling classified ship schedules as part of expanding Navy bribery probe   A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to bribery charges in federal court, admitting that he accepted cash


Suezmax Tankers Bullish

 Suezmax: By Palmali Group of Companies

 Global fixture activity for suezmax crude tankers rose in the first quarter by 5% year on year, with most of the activity coming out of West Africa.   Suezmax fixtures out of the Caribbean rose by 48%, most of which headed to the US Gulf and East coast Panama.  


Great Lakes Losing Ice

Great Lakes Ice Cover: Picture Credit: Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

 The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory reports ice cover for all of the Great Lakes combined at around 52%, thanks to milder temperatures and gusty winds over the past several weeks.   On March 1, nearly 89 percent of the Great Lakes were covered in ice


BP Terminates GoM Rig Contracts

BP terminated contracts for two deepwater oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico as the British oil company slashes its exploration budget due to fallen oil prices. Offshore drilling company Ensco said it had received notice to terminate BP-operated rig DS-4 in the Gulf of Mexico


Hess Selects BMT for Stampede Marine Monitoring System

BMT Scientific Marine Services (BMT), an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been selected by Hess Corporation to supply an Integrated Marine Monitoring System (IMMS) for the Stampede Tension Leg Platform (TLP) in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.


USMRC LNG Bunkering Safety Course for Harvey Energy Crew

Photos courtesy of USMRC

The United States Maritime Resource announced that its training partner, Harvey Gulf International Marine, recently launched the PSV Harvey Energy, the first LNG-fueled vessel to enter service in North America. In March, the PSV Harvey Energy began working on charter to Shell in the Gulf of Mexico


Italy Rescues 1,500 Migrants in Just 24 Hours

Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours, officials said on Sunday. All of the migrants were rescued on Saturday by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations


LNG Import Terminal Opens in Pakistan

Engro Corporation, Excelerate Energy commission Port Qasim LNG Terminal    On March 28, 2015, officials from Engro Corporation, Excelerate Energy and the Government of Pakistan were present for the inauguration of Pakistan's first LNG import terminal in Port Qasim


Evergreen Launches India-Gulf Service

Evergreen Line announced it will partner with Simatech, a feeder operator based in Dubai, in launching a joint Chennai-Colombo-Gulf Service (CCG) service next month aiming to improve its service on the India-Gulf trade.   The CCG service will utilize four containerships of around 2


CMA CGM Launches MEDGULF Service

Photo courrtesy of CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group has launched of MEDGULF Service linking the Mediterranean to the U.S. Gulf and Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Jamaica). This new service will offer weekly sailings from the Mediterranean to U.S. Gulf and Caribbean, a unique and direct rotation from Houston to Tangiers and


Research Vessel Gets 20-year Life Extension

Photo: Damen

French scientific research vessel to be completely renovated in life extension project   French research vessel, Marion Dufresne II arrived at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on March 14 for a project that aims to extend her life by a further 20 years. The work will span a total of four months


Workboat Interior Outfitting: Decorated for Success

The modern bridge of Harvey Energy.

The trend to properly outfit the interiors of today’s workboats goes far beyond the new Maritime Labor Convention. Instead, it’s about doing the right thing for the right reasons. Harvey Gulf, for example, has it right. In a one-on-one interview conducted with Shane Guidry not too


US Fishermen Seek Federal Action against Illegal Fishing

Florida Rep. David Jolly listens to Mark Hubbard, CEO of Hubbards Marina in Johns Pass, Fla., explain how foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting commercial fishing throughout the Gulf region. (Photo: Gulf Coast Leadership Conference)

Gulf of Mexico fishermen are threatened by a daily wave of foreign illegal fishing vessels and the U.S. fishing industry is calling on Congress to take action, Florida business owners said April 8 at an event hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.  






 
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