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Steel Industry Presses for an End to Unfair Trade

Mario Longhi

Today, United States Steel Corporation President and CEO Mario Longhi joined fellow steel industry executives and Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers, in pressing Congress to maintain America’s economic and national security by halting unfair trade practices and enforcing the country’s trade laws. Longhi encouraged action against illegal dumping of Oil Country Tubular Goods by South Korea and others who threaten American jobs, infrastructure and our national security. While testifying before the Congressional Steel Caucus, Longhi emphasized that the issue of fair trade is “a matter of utmost importance to our employees, our company, our industry and our country.” U.S. Steel employs more than 24,000 employees domestically and is the nation’s largest producer of tubular products headquartered in the United States. U. S. Steel’s domestic position in the tubular market makes the “alarmingly rapid and intense surge of imported OCTG (Oil Country Tubular Goods) products into the market” to be of particular concern he stated. “OCTG products are… integral to the building and maintenance of our nation’s critical infrastructure and must meet the highest safety and quality standards,” said Longhi when discussing the importance of the tubular goods products to the country’s energy infrastructure


Port of Indiana 40th Shipping Season

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor opens its 40th shipping season on April 9 with the arrival of the first international vessel – the Iryda. For 40 years, this Great Lakes port has provided an international connection for local businesses to reach world markets. The first ship signifies the start of the shipping season, the arrival of vital materials for local business and the start of another work season for longshoremen, crane operators, truckers and businesses that depend on the port


Report: Tariff Cost Ports Money, Jobs

According to reports, a 20-month tariff on imported steel resulted in a loss of 9.3m tons of the metal and more than 2,000 jobs at U.S. ports, according to a new report from a maritime economics consulting firm. The study by Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pa., commissioned by the American Institute for Imported Steel and the first to document the economic impact of the tariff, found that the trade restriction kept about 424,000 tons of steel and iron from going through U.S


China Places Duties on Steel

It appears the battle over steel continues. In the wake of the U.S. lifting its own 20-month tarriff on steel imports late last year, China, the world's top steel importer, has reportedly placed a hefty import duties on high-grade metal used by the shipbuilding sectors, according to a Reuters report. The U.S. lifted its tarriff in the face of a potential trade war over the matter. China reportedly implemented the new tariffs after it concluded that there was dumping of cold-rolled steel by


Great Lakes Ports Association Elects New Leadership

Members of the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) elected new leadership at their annual summer meeting held this year in Oswego, New York. The new president is William Friedman, President & CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. Dean Haen, director of the Brown County Port & Solid Waste Department in Green Bay, will serve as vice president. The secretary-treasurer position will be held by Paul LaMarre, port director at the Port of Monroe (Michigan)


India May Appeal Parts of WTO Steel Ruling

India said on Tuesday it may appeal against parts of a World Trade Organization ruling against countervailing U.S. duties on some of its steel exports, despite being partly vindicated in a trade dispute. States impose countervailing duties, or punitively high import tariffs, when they suspect another country of gaining an unfair trade advantage through subsidies. The WTO, ruling on the April 2012 case, said on Monday that the United States had acted wrongly in claiming some Indian


Incorporation of Charter Party into Bill of Lading

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that when a charter party is clearly identified in a bill of lading, it may be incorporated into the bill of lading. In the instant case, the time charter for the vessel included a clause providing for arbitration of disputes via a specific procedure. The time charterer then entered into a voyage charter for carriage of steel coils from Latvia to New Orleans. Bills of lading were then executed by the charterer and the shipper for


WSF Port Townsend-Keystone Route to Continue Full Servcie

Washington State Ferries (WSF) said that the Port Townsend-Keystone route will continue to operate on a two-boat regular schedule, despite reports that the Nisqually may be taken off the route and service reduced to one vessel. The Nisqually and the Klickitat will operate on the published summer schedule, which is available online at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/. On Sunday, July 29, a slow leak was discovered in the stern tube (part of the vessel steering system) of the Illahee


Steel Prices Stay Firm

With global steel demand running at an unprecedented level, rapidly rising prices have been a constant headache for ship repairers, as well as ship builders, in recent months. And despite sharply higher steel output, there is little sign of any softening as the New Year dawns. According to the International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), crude steel production for the 62 countries reporting their figures was 945m tonnes by the end of November


Willard Delivers SOLAS Rescue Boats

Photo: Willard Marine

Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats, has recently taken orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) and Maersk Lines Ltd. The Willard Marine rescue boats meet all U.S. Coast Guard requirements under the international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) treaty. AMHS has ordered two 670 rescue boats for the M/V Columbia, which is being refitted with new safety equipment


Wilhelmsen Ships Service: Mastering Complex Logistics

Photo: WSS

From racing boats to steel pipelines, windmill blades to massive hydraulic hammers, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) says its personnel in the Middle East can move just about anything, anywhere.   Last summer, WSS was contracted to source ocean transportation options for the return of


First Damen Tug for Fratelli Neri

Damen ASD Tug 3212 Luisa Neri Courtesy Damen

Fratelli Neri S.p.A has taken delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 3212. The new vessel, called Luisa Neri, was handed over from Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam in the Netherlands, on 25 January 2016. The vessel represents two firsts: it is Fratelli Neri’s first Damen newbuild tug and it is the


BMT Provides Ferry Design for River Murray

Photo: BMT Design & Technology

BMT Design & Technology Pty Ltd (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has completed a design project for the South Australian Government’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).    Working in partnership with the DPTI


Chemical Shipping Freight Rates to Remain Under Pressure

Chemical tanker orderbook to existing fleet ratio (Source: Drewrys Chemical Forecaster)

On the back of low bunker prices and more new buildings to be delivered in 2016, chemical shipping freight rates for both contracts of affreightment and spot cargoes will be under pressure throughout 2016, as there are some new operators looking to break into the long-haul trade routes


Port of Indiana Handles Record Volume

Courtesy Port of Indiana

 The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon set a new annual shipping record in 2015 by handling over 6.6 million tons for the first time in its 40-year history. This was a 36-percent increase over 2014 and 30 percent higher than the previous record set in 1994


New Mooring System for Commercial Vessels

Photo courtesy of PSI Marine

Eliminating the slack line required for conventional tie-ups, PSI Marine's TideSlide Mooring System reduces inertial loading usually generated by a moored vessel.   TideSlide's strength and safety are ideal for commercial docks where cargo or passengers are loaded


Damen Takes on Six Viking River Cruises Vessel Jobs

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Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) reports that it is currently working on a modification and maintenance contract for six inland cruise vessels owned by Viking River Cruises. With this winter service complete, all six vessels – known as longships – will be ready for the coming river


McQuilling Releases 2016-20 Tanker Outlook

McQuilling Services has  announced the release of the 2016-2020 Tanker Market Outlook.    This report is a five-year outlook for eight vessel classes across 18 benchmark trades and represents the company’s 19th forecasting cycle


Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville Breaks Annual Shipping Record

For the second year in a row, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville set an annual shipping record with total cargo tonnage for 2015 exceeding the previous year's volume by nearly 16 percent. The port handled 2.8 million tons of cargo in 2015, driven by heavy volumes of agriculture and steel products


Weather Shutters Australia's Port Hedland

Australia's Port Hedland was officially closed earlier on Friday following warnings from the weather bureau that a tropical cyclone was developing off the northern coast, Pilbara Ports Authority said in a statement. Port Hedland, which handles about a fifth of the world's seaborne iron ore trade


Safety Milestone for Maydon Wharf Infrastructure Upgrade

Photo: TNPA

Transnet Capital Projects (TCP) – which is overseeing Transnet National Ports Authority’s project to reconstruct the quay walls and deepen berths at Maydon Wharf – recently achieved a safety milestone of 1,000,000 man hours without a lost time injury (LTI) on the reconstruction


MSC Confirms 4 Ship Order From STX France

Cruise ship company MSC Cruises confirmed orders for four ships in a 3-billion-euro ($3.26 billion) deal that will secure thousands of jobs at the STX shipyard in St-Nazaire in the west of France.   "These are the biggest cruise ships yet built by a European operator - each using


First Steel Cut for Bibby WaveMaster

SOV Wavemaster 1 for Bibby Marine Services_LR Photo Damen

Following the recent contract signing for the first ever Damen Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with walk-to-work capability, the first steel was cut this week at Damen Shipyards Galati, marking the beginning of construction for U.K.-based client Bibby Marine Services.


Royal IHC and DIHAG Acquire Allard-Europe

Royal IHC and German company DIHAG Holding GmbH have jointly acquired the Belgian steel and iron foundry, Allard-Europe NV. IHC and DIHAG each take an equity stake of 40% and 60% respectively.   Through this acquisition, IHC is able to realize a reliable supply chain (competitive on


Twin Dredgers for Canadian Oil Sands

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has completed a construction contract comprising two electric-powered Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD) for the Canadian oil sands industry. With both vessels built in Canada, the contract marks the close cooperation between Damen and Aecon






 
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