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Mexican Offshore Rig Accident Kills 2 Workers

Mexican oil company Pemex said an accident on Tuesday has left an offshore maintenance rig in the southern Bay of Campeche listing, killing two workers, but has not affected crude production.   Pemex said the Troll Solution rig, which was contracted to operate in Pemex's Abkatun-Pol-Chuc shallow water oil field, was positioning itself to carry out maintenance on wells linked to the Caan Alf platform.   It earlier reported that two workers had suffered minor injuries.   "The accident on the Troll Solution platform does not affect production because it is a mobile platform dedicated to well maintenance," Pemex said in a Tweet.   Photos circulated on social media showed dark streaks in the water stretching a few hundred meters (yards) from what appeared to be the platform, which was tilting steeply.   "We rule out any crude spill," a Pemex spokesman told Reuters. "It is likely the platform contained diesel ... That could have fallen into the water."   The Caan field where the accident occurred produced nearly 12,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude in March, according to Pemex data. That in turn is part of the Abkatun-Pol-Chuc area, which produced almost 309,000 bpd in March.   Pemex said the platform was continuing to lean into the sea, but another spokesman for the company added that the accident had not "compromised" any wells.  

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.

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

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

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

Pemex Confirms Explosion in Oil Platform at Gulf of Mexico

Photo: Petróleos Mexicanos.

 An oil platform run by Mexico’s state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) in the southern Gulf of Mexico suffered what appeared to be an explosion on Monday.    Pemex confirmed that there had been an “accident” and a “fire” after a leak of oil and gas, while local media called it an “explosion”.   The company claimed to have contained the oil and gas leak that appears to have sparked a fire on its satellite oil platform

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

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

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.  

Weapons Bound for Yemen Seized on Iranian Boat

Saudi-led coalition forces said on Wednesday they had seized an Iranian fishing boat loaded with weapons on its way to deliver them to Houthi fighters in Yemen.   The announcement came a day after tribal fighters backed by the coalition won control of a strategic dam in central Yemen from Houthi forces following weeks of fighting east of the capital Sanaa.   The coalition, which also includes Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates

TIGER Revs Up the Hoosier State

(Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation)

Since 1985, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville has played an important role in handling millions of tons of steel, grain, fertilizer, salt and other bulk cargoes for both inbound and outbound markets – domestic and abroad.   Located directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Ky

Celata Heads BOEM's Gulf of Mexico Office

Michael Celata

  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper today announced Mike Celata as the Regional Director of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Region. Celata, who starts his position immediately, has been with BOEM and its predecessors since 1988

Hapag-Lloyd Boosts Direct EAX Service Between Europe and Australia

Map by Hapag-Lloyd AG

 German liner company Hapag-Lloyd has further improved the Europe Australia Express service (EAX), one of its prime products.   New port calls in Fos sur Mer and Pointe de Galets / Short transit times from Europe to Australia unchanged / Italian port switched to Salerno on Northbound

Port of Bronka Prepares for Opening

Photo: Port Bronka

Technical plant and equipment installation for the first stage of Bronka’s port facilities is now complete with the Liebherr LHM 800 mobile port crane installed at the end of September, bringing the port closer to operation.   The deepwater Port of Bronka is located on the outskirts

Tropical Storm Olaf strengthening in Pacific, to Become Hurricane

Cyclone Olaf Courtesy Wikipedia

  Tropical storm Olaf is strengthening in the Pacific between Mexico and Hawaii and is likely to become a hurricane by Saturday night or Sunday, but is not expected to make landfall, the National Hurricane Center said. The center said Olaf is forecast to become a major hurricane by Monday

AOA Calls for Southern Ocean Conservation Commitments

Courtesy  Antarctic Ocean Alliance

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) called on the 25 member countries gathering today for the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to finally agree on lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.  

Hurricane Patricia Brings Rain, Flooding to Louisiana

Torrential rainstorms battered Louisiana on Sunday, leaving thousands without power, after pounding southeastern Texas as the remnants of Hurricane Patricia converged with a second storm. The heaviest band of rain moved over the Gulf of Mexico

Phillips Heads Gulf Petrochem's Credit Risk, Bunkering Div.

John Phillips

Gulf Petrochem has appointed John Phillips as Head of Credit Risk for the Group’s Bunkering division. With over 30 years experience in the Maritime sector, John is a well known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as Credit Management (focused on Bunker business)

Alabama Announces $20 Million Transocean Settlement

Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday announced that Alabama has agreed to a settlement with Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc., which owned the Deepwater Horizon. Alabama will receive $20 million. “The State of Alabama suffered tremendous environmental and economic losses because

La Spezia CT Wraps up Asian Tour


  Senior executives from Italy’s La Spezia Container Terminal - Contship Italia Group, wrapped up a whirlwind tour of key supply chain hubs in South East Asia and China this week with a presentation and networking event in Shanghai.

Gulf Navigation Posts 123pct Profit Growth

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding

 Dubai-based Gulf Navigation Holding (Gulfnav), a leading maritime and shipping company, has reported a substantial 123 per cent profit growth at the end of the third quarter of 2015 compared to the same period the previous year.  

Australia’s New Icebreaker Unveiled

A graphic of the new icebreaker (Image: Damen/DMS Maritime/Knud E Hansen A/S)

The Australian Government has provided the first look at Australia’s new icebreaker, a ship it says will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.   Upon its commissioning, planned for October 2019

Oil Tankers Queueing in US Gulf Seen as New Symbol of Glut

A traffic jam of oil tankers has emerged along the U.S. Texas coast this month, a snarl that some traders see as the latest sign of an unyielding global supply glut.   More than 50 commercial vessels were anchored outside ports in the Houston area at the end of last week

DSD Shipping Convicted of Environmental Crimes

Photo: DSD Shipping

 A federal jury in Mobile, Alabama, has convicted Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab AS (DSD Shipping) and three employees with obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), witness tampering and conspiracy, announced Assistant Attorney General John C

South African Boatbuilding: Tugboat Honors Mandela Birthplace

(Photos courtesy of Southern African Shipyards)

Transnet National Ports Authority announced a milestone in its $98 million tug building contract when the first of its nine new tugboats was launched at the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards.     “This is the largest single contract TNPA has ever

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