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Kestrel Liner Agencies, SSL Extend Logistics Cooperation

Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics appointed as agent for Scandinavia and the Baltics by Kestrel Liner Agencies /Tropical Shipping   Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) and Kestrel Liner Agencies / Tropical Shipping have agreed to extend their cooperation to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. SSL will add these countries to Sweden, Norway and Finland where it already acts as representative agent for Kestrel and Tropical.   Kestrel and Tropical Shipping specialize in services to and from the Americas, with offices throughout both North and Latin America. Kestrel manages the full range of services, including container (both fcl and lcl), breakbulk and ro-ro cargo.   Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, a privately owned company, offers many services including liner agency, port agency, freight forwarding and project logistics.   Joachim Lagerstedt, MD of Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics, said, “We are delighted to further increase our cooperation with Kestrel / Tropical Shipping. It is part of our continued ambition to keep expanding our business and to represent more liner services in Scandinavia and the Baltics.”  


Passage of Cyclone: Australian Ore Ports Reopening

As the tropical cyclone 'Christine' has now weakened, affected northwest Australia ore-loading ports are set to reopen informs GAC, as follows: Dampier and Port Walcott Berthing of vessels to be confirmed once the appropriate channel inspections have been carried out, sea conditions are within safe operating parameters for berthing and the Terminals are ready to start loading again. At this stage, first vessels to berth will be vessels that pre-loaded prior to terminal closure.


Cruise Ships Prepare for Hurricane

Five Miami-based cruise ships have changed their itineraries to avoid Tropical Storm Chris. Forecasters have issued a hurricane watch for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands as Tropical Storm Chris threatens to intensify. Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas, which plans to return to Miami by August 5, skipped a visit to St. Maarten and will arrive in Nassau on August 4, a day earlier than planned


Maersk Line Introduces Sustainable Container Floors

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New Maersk Line procurement policy for container floorboards aims to reduce demand for illegally logged tropical hardwood Today, Maersk Line announced a new policy to refrain from purchasing containers with floors made of uncertified tropical hardwood. “Illegal logging is widely recognised as a serious threat to forests, people and wildlife. We feel obligated to use our purchasing power to push for higher standards and ensure that the timber we use for container floors come from


Cyclone Approach Sends NW Australia Iron Ore Carriers to Sea

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A tropical cyclone intensifying off northwestern Australia was on course to sweep across some of the world's largest iron ore mines after causing giant shipping ports to close. Vale declared 'force majeur' and iron ore prices rose world-wide, reports Reuters. Shipments of millions of tonnes of iron ore were suspended from the west Australian ports of Port Hedland, Dampier and Cape Lambert ahead of Cyclone Christine, a category three tropical storm, making landfall.


Eye of Tropical Storm Iselle Makes Landfall on Hawaii

The eye of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday with strong winds and heavy rain, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. The center said Iselle had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved over Hawaii. Iselle is being closely followed by Julio, a Category 3 hurricane set to reach Hawaii on Monday. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Bill Trott)


Fire Causes Cruise Ship To Lose Propulsion

While the torrid pace of cruise line expansion continues, the cruise industry as a whole has endured some rather serious bumps and bruises lately, with a spate of collisions, groundings and fires which could result in potential travelers casting a wary eye when making vacation plans. The latest in the line of mishaps has struck Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corp., the world's biggest cruise operator. Last Sunday (September 19) a fire broke out in the engine room of Tropicale --


Gustav Blows Buoys Off Course

The Coast Guard has begun the job of repairing numerous navigational aid discrepancies throughout the Outer Banks after damages resulting from Tropical Storm Gustav. U.S. Coast Guard small boat stations throughout the Outer Banks performed preliminary surveys Wednesday and discovered nine navigational aids with discrepancies in Ocracoke Inlet and two discrepancies in Hatteras Inlet. Coast Guard Aids To Navigation Team Cape Hatteras has worked to repair some of the discrepancies.


Caribbean Storm Likely to Strengthen, Veers Away from US

A low-pressure system moved over Puerto Rico on Friday and is expected to veer northeast away from the U.S. East Coast but still has an 80 percent chance of forming into a tropical storm in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. "There's a good chance that this system could develop into a (tropical) depression within the next 48 hours," said David Roberts, a Navy hurricane specialist with the NHC.


Waterways from Matagorda to Galveston Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has reopened waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay following their closure due to Tropical Storm Bill.   The USCG informs it has lifted the Federal Safety Zone in place for small crafts, and has opened the waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay, at 6 a.m. Wednesday.   Port Condition is back to normal as set by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Houston.


Tropical Storm Forms Off US Mid-Atlantic Coast

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Tropical storm Claudette, the third named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic season, formed east of the mid-Atlantic coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.   Claudette was located about 290 miles (465 kilometers) south-southeast of Nantucket


Zamakona Builds Tuna Vessel for Echebastar

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 Zamakona Yards informs its Astilleros Zamakona shipyard will deliver new build EuskadiI Alai, the third tuna freezer vessel ordered by the Echebastar Group to the Bermeo Group Echebastar on Saturday at the maritime cruise station in Getxo, Port of Bilbao.  


Rolls-Royce Bolsters R&D for MTU Engines

Rolls-Royce Power Systems will be use the new facilities to test new combustion processes, advanced technologies for electronic regulation and control and, from mid-2016, alternative fuels such as gas. Rolls-Royce Power Systems has invested some 40 million euros in the new testing facilities at MTU. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

New R&D test facilities in Friedrichshafen already in service; 40 million euros invested for greater fuel economy and lower emissions    Rolls-Royce Power Systems informs it is investing in the development of the next generation of ecological sound and cost efficient combustion


BSEE Updates Hurricane Reporting Requirements

BSEE is providing updated guidance for the current and future hurricane seasons through a Notice to Lessees (NTL) released July 27, 2015. NTL 2015-G02 clarifies reporting requirements related to personnel evacuation, production curtailment, and shut-in activity


Storm Carlos Moves West, Nearing Mexican Pacific Port

Tropical storm Carlos threatened Mexico's Pacific coast with heavy rain on Monday as it churned west near the port of Lazaro Cardenas, and it is forecast to become a hurricane again by early Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.


Storm Forces Closure of Some Texas Waterways

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) closes waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay as Tropical Storm Bill arrives   The USCG said it continues to broadcast notification of a Federal Safety Zone in place for small crafts Tuesday on the waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay.  


Tropical Storm Bill Pelts Texas Coast

Tropical Storm Bill punched the Texas coast with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, just three weeks after floods killed about 30 people in the state.   The second named tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season made landfall near Matagorda


Catamaran Race Starts with 2 Rescues

An Air Station Corpus Christi rescue swimmer is deployed for two rescues in the Gulf of Mexico and audio of a distress call from one of the mariners on VHF-16. (screenshot from USCG video)

Great Texas 300 catamaran race begins with two Coast Guard rescues on the first day   The U.S. Coast Guard brought two men to safety Thursday after a sailboat capsized 3 miles offshore and rescued another man who went overboard 11 miles offshore; all were participating in the first leg of


Tobruk Sails Home for the Last Time

HMAS Tobruk sails into Sydney Harbour for the final time

  HMAS Tobruk (II) sailed through Sydney Heads back to her home port at Garden Island for the last time today.  The amphibious heavy lift is scheduled to decommission on Friday 31 July, after 34 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.  


Philippine Ferry Sinks, 36 Dead

A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves on Thursday, killing at least 36 people but the majority of those on board were rescued, the coast guard and police said. The MBCA Kim-Nirvana, a motorised outrigger with 173 passengers and 16 crew on


Passenger Ferry Capsizes in the Philippines, Nearly 40 Dead

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 MBCA Kim Nirvana, a passenger boat carrying 189 people has capsized in the central Philippines, minutes after leaving port, the Philippine Red Cross and coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said.   There were 173 passengers and 16 crew members on board


Severe Tropical Storm Linfa near Hong Kong

Standby Signal No.1 is in force in Hong Kong, in anticipation of the possible impact of Severe Tropical Storm Linfa, GAC reported in its Hot Port News bulletin.    Linfa was estimated to be about 460 kilometers east of Hong Kong and forecast to move north slowly at first


Loaded Matson Ship Stalls in Pacific Ocean

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 A Matson ship en route to Oahu from California has stalled at sea and may need to be towed to the islands, reports Hawaii News Now.   A problem in the engine room cut off power on the cargo ship, Matsonia, and engineers onboard are working to restore power


Seas Could Rise 6m Even if Govts Curb Warming -Study

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Sea levels could rise by at least six metres (20 feet) in the long term, swamping coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, even if governments achieve their goals for curbing global warming, according to a study published on Thursday.   Tracts of ice in Greenland and Antarctica melted when


Typhoon Glances off E. China Coast

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  China's eastern coast took less of a battering than feared after Super Typhoon Chan-hom changed course and lost much of its strength shortly after making landfall near Shanghai late on Saturday. Chan-hom, which Chinese government meteorologists feared would be the powerful typhoon to






 
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