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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. Port Hedland Port Hedland has now re-opened and loading operations have resumed. The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Perth advises that although Ex-TC 'Christine' has weakened below tropical cyclone intensity, damaging wind gusts are likely to continue on the northeastern side of the system during Wednesday as it moves quickly across southeastern WA. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected near the track. A Flood Watch has been issued for the Goldfields. Source: GAC    


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


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.


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


New Orleans Vessel Traffic Returns to Normal

Carnival Conquest

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.


Cyclone Approach Sends NW Australia Iron Ore Carriers to Sea

Bulk carrier at wharf: Photo CCL

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.


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 --


CG Prepares for Hurricane Season

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Operations Center in Portsmouth placed North Carolina units on high alert this morning and is advising them to keep a close eye on Sub-Tropical Storm Gustav that is 290 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C. The local Coast Guard commands were advised to: prepare for threatening winds and rain; prepare their personnel for a potential recall to duty; and make preparations to evacuate non-essential personnel and military dependents.


China Deep-Dive Expedition Anchors to Avoid Typhoon

The oceanographic ship carrying 'Jiaolong', China's manned deep-sea submersible, anchored in Yangtze entrance to avoid typhoon Mawar ahead of a 7,000-meter attempt The ship, the Xiangyanghong 09, left the eastern port city of Jiangyin earlier on Sunday and travelled about 155 nautical miles to an anchorage at the mouth of the Yangtze River near Shanghai, according to the onboard headquarter of the operation. The submersible, named after a mythical sea dragon, will dive 7


USCG Sets Port Status Whiskey for Tropical Storm Arthur

Source: NOAA

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector North Carolina port Captain has set the Port Condition Whiskey for all navigable waterways in North Carolina in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of tropical storm Arthur. Port Status Whiskey is normally set when gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are expected to arrive at the port within 72 hours. The USCG expects winds between 39 and 54 mph to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 within 72 hours


Hurricane Arthur Weakens to Tropical Storm

Hurricane Arthur

  Hurricane Arthur weakened on Saturday to leave New England and was felt in parts of southeastern Canada with heavy rains and winds, where he left some 250,000 homes and business premises without power. Arthur weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday morning after landfall in the Outer


Macquarie to Control IMTT

Macquarie Infrastructure Co LLC said it would buy the 50 percent stake in liquids storage provider International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) that it does not control for $1.03 billion in cash and stock. Macquarie, which owns half of IMTT since 2006


Simplex-Turbulo to Represent Fujian Huadong Yard

Fujian Huadong shipyard (Photo courtesy of Simplex-Turbulo)

Simplex-Turbulo Co. Ltd. announced that it now represents three drydocks: Jurong (Singapore), Astander (Northern Spain) and the newest addition Fujian Huadong (China). A new shipyard built in 2011, the Fujian Huadong shipyard is located on the northern side of Fujian Luoyuan Bay


Second Typhoon Threatens Taiwan

The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as a typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines. Typhoon Matmo, a category-two cyclone on Tropical Storm Risk's scale of one to five


Genetic Yacht Lab Maps Sea Life Looking for Cures

A team of scientists has begun collecting the genomes of sea creatures off the Florida coast in the hopes that unmapped species, some of which have the capacity to reverse disease and injury in themselves, may hold the key to new treatments for humans.


Carnival's Third Ship From Port Canaveral

Carnival Liberty

  Further bolstering its position as Central Florida's largest cruise operator, Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Liberty departed on its inaugural voyage from Port Canaveral, Fla., this weekend, becoming the line's third year-round ship sailing from the Space Coast.


Tropical Cyclones Tend More Towards Poles: NOAA

TRS image: Credit Tim Olander & Rick Kohrs, SSEC/CIMSS/UW-Madison

NOAA-led research results indicate that the average latitude where tropical cyclones achieve maximum intensity has been shifting poleward since 1980, briefs the NOAA. Over the past 30 years, the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles in both


Cape May-Lewes Ferry Celebrates 50th

Captain Billy Ray Phillips - Cape May-Lewes Ferry, 1964

In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was President; the Beatles first appeared on the Billboard Chart with I Want to Hold Your Hand; the World's Fair opened in New York and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry made its grand debut. On July 1, 1964, the very first ferry vessel departed the Lewes


NOAA: "near or below normal" 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a "near or below normal" 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday, with eight to 13 tropical storms and three to six hurricanes, with one or two reaching major Category 3 status with winds above 111 miles per hour (178 kph)


Melting Sea Ice Opens Arctic Passages for Invasive Species

Arctic Navigation: File photo

For the first time in roughly 2 million years, melting Arctic sea ice is connecting the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans. The newly opened passages leave both coasts and Arctic waters vulnerable to a large wave of invasive species, biologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research


Tropical Storm Expected To Hit Omani Coast

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  Adverse weather from 15 to 17 June may affect cargo operations & marine movements of Port Sultan Qaboos, as a result of a tropical storm expected to hit the Omani coast on Sunday (15 June). The Omani Metrological Department has this morning issued a weather warning advising that


Obama Plans to Create World's Largest Marine Protected Area

White House official photo of the day June 2014

The proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where the White House intends to extend an existing protected area, known as the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, where fishing and drilling would be banned over an area of about 2-million sq. km.


GofM 2014 Production Storm Shut-ins Likely Higher This Year

GoM Shut in production: Source EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook, June edition

The risk of Gulf of Mexico 2014 production shut-ins by storms is considered to be higher than last year, according to a recent U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis of the potential for Gulf oil and gas shut-in production during the upcoming months, as follows:


Coast Guard Medevacs 19 Crew from Cargo Ship

Medevac by helicopter: Photo USCG

Nineteen sick crew-members, thought to be suffering from food poisoning aboard the 584-foot cargo ship 'JS Comet' have been hoisted from their anchored vessel 3 miles off Port Canaveral, Florida. USCG informs that two MH-60 helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater safely hoisted


Tropical Forests Destruction in S. America is Sin of Modern Times - Pope

 Pope Francis

  Pope Francisco called for more respect for nature on Saturday, calling the destruction of tropical forests in South America and other forms of environmental exploitation as sins of modern times. In a speech at the University of Molise






 
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