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Matson Completes the Sale of Two Ships

Matson Navigation Company, Inc. has completed the sale of two combination Ro/Ro /lift-on, lift-off containerships to Sea Star Line, LLC (Sea Star) in Jacksonville, Fla. The vessels, which have been bareboat chartered to Sea Star since the company was formed in 1998, will continue to be deployed in the Puerto Rico trade. The sale to Sea Star, which is owned jointly by SaltChuk Resources, Inc., Matson and Taino Star Investment, Inc., underscores the investors' long term commitment to the line's Puerto Rico service. Matson is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. of Honolulu (Nasdaq:ALEX). The two ships, the SSs El Yunque and El Morro, were both built by Sun Ship Building and Dry Dock Company and initially placed in the U.S. Atlantic Coast-Puerto Rico trade. Matson purchased the vessels in 1989 and 1990, respectively. Following the purchase, Matson modified both ships from strictly roll-on, roll-off vessels to combination ro-ro/lift-on, lift-off containerships. When the vessels were chartered to Sea Star, further modifications were made to increase their "big box" container capacity. As part owner of the Puerto Rico venture, Matson is confident that the two ships are well suited for Sea Star's service and will prove to be a good long term investment in the liner's operations. Mike Shea, president of Sea Star said, "These two vessels have contributed significantly to Sea Star's success in delivering superior service to our customers


Shipping Company Banned from U.S. for 3 Years

The Sun Ace Shipping Company, based in Seoul, South Korea, has pleaded guilty to a one-count information for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, in relation to the operation of a bulk carrier vessel the M/V Sun New, the Justice Department announced today. Sun Ace, which was the operator and manager of a fleet of five ships, is charged with failing to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book that fully recorded the disposal of oil residue and bilge into the ocean and then


NASSCO and TOTE Christen the M. V. Midnight Sun

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) has joined with Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) to christen the M. V. Midnight Sun, the first commercial dry cargo vessel to be built in the United States in 10 years. The Midnight Sun is the first of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. Lynn Garvey, wife of Mike Garvey, Chairman of the Board of TOTE's parent company, Saltchuk Resources, Inc


MOL Adjusts Intra-Asia Service Network

MOL Liner Ltd. (MOL) announced an enhancement of its Intra-Asia service network with new rotation of “HS3” and new Japan-Strait service “HS4,” offering competitive service despite potential schedule disruption as a result of recent port congestion in the region. Renewal of “HS3” with New Feeder Service “AJS”  MOL will introduce Singapore-Jakarta feeder service (AJS is operated by MOL) to stabilize the service schedule of


Canadian Shipbuilding: East against West

According to a May 16 report from the Vancouver Sun, the Harper government is expected to release its long-term shipbuilding strategy in the coming weeks, creating two national centers to handle billions of dollars worth of contracts. The strategy could spark a high-stakes game pitting West Coast firms against East Coast companies in a winner-take-all contest. Vancouver-based Washington Marine Group and J.D. Irving on the East Coast will be asked to submit proposals to become the “center


Seafarers Set Adrift in Liferafts After Hijack

Seafarers Set Adrift After Hijack

  Fourteen Indonesian seafarers were found adrift in life rafts after their tanker was hijacked by pirates. The pirates left the crew in the life rafts and sailed off in the tanker. The crew were physically unharmed. The seafarers were found on 31st January near Indonesia’s Lembeh Island due south of the Philippines. The Indonesian-flagged chemical tanker “Rehobot” is still missing. The tanker was boarded by pirates near Lembeh Island, North Sulawesi in Indonesia


MARAD to Fund Study on LNG Conversions

Midnight Sun will be converted to dual fuel LNG propulsion starting in December 2015 (Photo: TOTE)

MARAD provides funding to further study LNG as marine fuel for containerships The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it has entered a $900,000 cooperative agreement with Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE) to study the costs and benefits of converting vessel to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.  Under the agreement, TOTE who is to convert its containership MV Midnight Sun to operate on dual fuel LNG


Bridge Collapsed By Chain of Barges

According to a report from the Sun Herald, on March 22, salvage crews removed debris from the Back Bay two days after a chain of eight barges crashed into the Popp’s Ferry Bridge in Biloxi, MS. The collapsed spans were lifted from atop one of the barges. Two cranes, tugboats and other heavy equipment were moved in to do the work. (Source: Sun Herald)


A&P Southhampton to Repair Sundream

A&P Group has won the contract to carry out repairs to the 22,945grt Cruise Liner Sundream at its Southampton dry dock facility. The ship, which is operated by Sun Cruises (part of the MyTravel Group), will arrive at A&P Southampton on 26th October for a scheduled 21 day dry dock and refit period. Work will include extensive tank repairs, blasting and painting of the hull and davits, shell door inspections, various steel and pipe work renewals


Midnight Sun

Type Commercial Dry Cargo Vessel Owner Totem Ocean Trailer Express Builder NASSCO National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) and Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE) christened M.V. Midnight Sun, the first commercial dry cargo vessel to be built in the U.S. in 10 years. The Midnight Sun is the first of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska.


First Commercial Cruise Will Sail Canada's Northwest Passage

File photo of Crystal Serenity (Courtesy Crystal Cruises)

The first commercial cruise ship to sail through Canada's Northwest Passage was set to depart on Tuesday, part of a growing Arctic tourism industry spurred by rising temperatures and receding ice.   The ship Crystal Serenity was to depart from Anchorage, Alaska


Atlantic Hurricane Season to be Stronger than Expected

In its 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook Update, NOAAs National Weather Service indicates there is a 70 percent chance of 12 to 17 named storms. (NOAA)

 In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May


Gulf Coast Shipyard Delivers MY Imagine

M.Y. Imagine (Photo: GCSG)

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has delivered the Motor Yacht Imagine.  The M.Y. Imagine, a Trinity built yacht, is a 193’x 32’x 14’6” custom designed semi-displacement aluminum hull and superstructure vessel that was constructed in GCSG’s yard located in New


Helen Delich Bentley Dies at 92

Helen Delich Bentley (Image courtesy of the U.S. Congress)

Helen Delich Bentley, a former journalist and a U.S. Republican congresswoman from Maryland who gained global attention by smashing Japanese goods to protest Tokyo's trade policies, died over the weekend at the age of 92, officials said.  


China Admiral: 'Freedom of Navigation Patrols' could end 'in disaster'

Freedom of navigation patrols carried out by foreign navies in the South China Sea could end "in disaster", a senior Chinese admiral has said, a warning to the United States after last week's ruling against Beijing's claims in the area.


CCS is Authorized RO for Maritime Cook Islands

CCS Chairman and President, Sun Licheng. photo MCI

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) has authorized the China Classification Society (CCS) as a Recognized Organization (RO), to conduct survey and certification of ships flying the Cook Islands flag. The formal agreement between MCI and CCS which is a full member of the International Association of


Renewable Energy on Ships: ECO Marine Sees Potential in U.S.

(Photo: ECO Marine)

In a step towards bringing renewable energy to shipping, Eco Marine Power (EMP) has been granted a United States Patent for technology related to its wind and solar power system for ships – Aquarius MRE. As a result, EMP now intends to explore joint development project opportunities in the


Russia's Giant Warship Headed for Syria for Anti-ISIL Operations

Admiral Kuznetsov. Photo: Sputnik

 Russian president Vladimir Putin is sending his country’s largest warship to Syria in an attempt to finally destroy the death cult ISIS, reports Daily Star.    The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has been dispatched to Syria carrying 30 jet fighters and attack helicopters


BigLift Shipping Expands Heavy Lift Fleet

Happy Star (Photo: BigLift Shipping)

BigLift Shipping said it has ordered a third Happy S-type vessel. The new build vessel, to be named Happy Sun, will be identical to BigLift’s Happy Star and will be built by Ouhua Shipbuilding in Zhoushan, China. The new vessel is expected for delivery in the first quarter of 2018.  


ABB Opens Integrated Operations Center in Singapore

Photo: ABB

 ABB is opening a new integrated Operations Center in Singapore, the third facility of its type and first in Asia, which will allow the company’s engineers to follow the sun across the globe. Typically, at the end of the working day


Condition-based Monitoring for MOL’s New Tanker

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has introduced ClassNK Consulting Service’s condition-based monitoring (CBM) system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX on the M/V Taranaki Sun, marking the system’s first commercial application. The ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX CBM system first collects large amounts of voyage


Viking Sea's Maiden Call at Lerwick Port

VIKING WELCOME FOR VIKING SEA’S PASSENGERS PHOTO VIKING

Members of Lerwick’s Up Helly Aa Jarl Squad warmly welcomed Viking Sea passengers ashore during her maiden call to Lerwick.    The brand new 47,842 tonne Viking Sea arrived for the first time at Lerwick on Wednesday 15 June


COSCO Launches World's Largest Oil Tanker Fleet

Image: COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation

 China's largest shipping company by fleet size China COSCO Shipping Co has officially launched COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation Co in Shanghai on Monday, creating the world's largest oil tanker fleet in terms of both ship numbers and deadweight tonnage, says a report in China.org.cn.


Run aground, S. Korea's Shipbuilders Awaits Miracles

Photo: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

 The 'Big Three'—Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries—hold $42.1 billion in loans between them. The firms closed out 2015 with combined losses of more than $6 billion, their earnings reports revealed.  


Is There Often A Rose Between Shipping’s Thorns?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Historically, a prime characteristic of the shipping industry has been that when one sector is performing weakly there is generally another that is strong, and that even when most of the markets are down there is often one which provides at least some counterbalance by performing more






 
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