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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.


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)


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


New Orleans Vessel Traffic Returns to Normal

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Vessel traffic on the Mississippi River returned to normal Sunday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen dissipated. U.S. Coast Guard officials rescinded all restrictions on the River and area waterways about midnight, allowing vessels and mariners to resume normal operations. The Carnival Conquest arrived at the Port’s Erato Street Cruise Terminal about noon, followed by the Carnival Elation berthing at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal a half hour later.


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


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


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.  


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


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


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.  


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.


Hurricane Blanca Weakens off Mexico, Still Headed for Resorts

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  Hurricane Blanca weakened to a category 1 storm on Friday but is still expected to hit Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Blanca, the second hurricane to form off Mexico's Pacific coast this year


US Forecaster Predicts Below-average Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Ocean will see a below-average number of hurricanes this season due to cooler seas and a strong El Niño effect, the U.S. government weather forecaster announced on Wednesday.   The forecast calls for six to 11 tropical storms this year


Star Clippers to Build Massive Square Rigger

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Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named


GUARDIAN Antipiracy Barriers Available to Lease

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Guardian Maritime announced that GUARDIAN antipiracy barriers are now available to lease. A passive solution against the threat of piracy, GUARDIAN ship protection system provides worldwide 24/7 protection against stowaways, robbery and piracy for vessels, crew and cargo at sea


Super Typhoon nears Philippines, Officials warn of Landslides

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  A powerful storm strengthened to a "super typhoon" on Sunday hours before it was set to slap the northeastern tip of the Philippines, prompting officials to warn of landslides and call on residents along the coast to evacuate to safer ground.


Cyclone Threat Closes Australian LNG Port

SYDNEY, May 1 (Reuters) - An Australian port used by Chevron for liquefied natural gas exports has been forced to close by a cyclone off the country's west coast. The Port of Ashburton was shut at 0400 GMT, the Pilbara Ports Authority said.


Tropical Cyclone nears Dampier Port

  According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's update at 0600 hours local time today (30 April), Severe Tropical Cyclone Quang has just reached category 4 intensity. The cyclone lies about 785km (425NM) northwest of NW Cape. Further intensification is possible.


Venezuela Curbs Cocoa Exports

Venezuela's flavorful cocoa, coveted centuries ago by pirates and now a darling of specialty producers, will not be enriching foreign chocolate bars any time soon.   The South American country's socialist government has drastically reduced export permits for cocoa in the last five months






 
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