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Maritime Administration Releases Compilation of Maritime Laws

The Maritime Administrations announced it has released its annual Compilation of Maritime Laws for fiscal year 2007. Each year since 1995, the Maritime Administration has published the laws as an essential reference for its Agency leadership and staff. The compilation is also widely used by the Members of Congress, their staffs and committees, attorneys practicing in the area of Federal Maritime Law and interested members of the general public. The Maritime Administration believes that it is essential that this publication be made available to ensure access to the current state of significant maritime laws, including current statutory amendments. This publication has been changed considerably from earlier editions to reflect the codification of Title 46 Appendix, United States Code, in Public Law 109-304. An Index giving the old and new citations for various provisions of law has been included at the end to help the reader find new section numbers. The volume is current through the second session of the 109th Congress. While this compilation is a helpful research tool, citation to the law should be made by reference to the United States Code or other official reporters.


Maritime Exchange Completes Enhanced Maritime Intelligence System

The Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a not for profit trade association representing the interests of maritime-related businesses in the tri-state region, announced the completion of a major project to convert its community based port information software to a new Internet-based platform. Known as Maritime On-Line (MOL), the system includes a collection of applications to assist maritime and law enforcement personnel with the day-to-day operations of vessel, cargo


DMCA and Civil Defence Discuss Dubai Maritime Strategy

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Move aimed at promoting role integration in driving maritime sector development. Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) recently held a joint meeting with officials from the Directorate General of Civil Defence – Dubai to discuss the latest developments in implementing the Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (MSS) which is the first step aimed at achieving a radical change across the local maritime industry and ultimately positioning Dubai as a leading international maritime hub


DOT Provides $7 Million for Maritime Education

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced that America’s six state maritime academies – California Maritime Academy, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Maine Maritime Academy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, SUNY Maritime College and Texas Maritime Academy – and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, N.Y., will each receive $1 million from a government program that recycles obsolete vessels


EU and China Sign Maritime Agreement

The European Union (EU) and China have signed a maritime agreement, which replaces existing bilateral agreements between China and various EU member states. The agreement provides for freedom to provide maritime transport services, free access to cargoes and cross trades, unrestricted access to and non-discriminatory treatment in the use of ports and auxiliary services as well as on the principle of commercial presence.


Canada Maritime Launches New Website

Canada Maritime has launched a new web site offering more services to its customers with a simple to use architecture which makes good use of the company's distinctive red livery. Found at www.canadamaritime.com the new site utilizes an approach that will be familiar to most users, mirroring an office theme using a clear card index system to access the six different sections, providing all the information Canada Maritime customers need to help them move their shipments.


EU Adopts New Maritime Safety Laws

According to reports, the European Commission said it has adopted new laws to step up maritime safety in the EU. The commission said the new measures increase the responsibilities incumbent on EU member states to regulate vessels under their flag. It added that the rules will facilitate inspections carried out by the port state on suspect vessels. The EU executive said this will allow the EU to produce a 'blacklist' of shipping companies with vessels that do not meet international


West Asia Maritime Signs $33.5M Deal with Mitsui

West Asia Maritime Limited (WAM) has signed an MoU of $33.52M deal with Mitsui & Co, Japan for taking a IHIMU, Japan built geared 56,120 DWT Bulk Carrier under Bareboat Charter with purchase option. The new vessel, which is to be delivered in 1st Quarter 2008, is chartered for 12.5 years and will be trading worldwide for the movement of dry bulk cargoes. This is the first time that an Indian shipping company has taken this route to control with an option to acquire ships


Singtel Launches Integrated Maritime VSAT Service

Singtel has announced that it has launched its Maritime VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminals) service which will enable the maritime community to use high-speed two-way IP broadband satellite communications services between ship and shore. With the service, maritime companies can integrate their IT applications onboard ships with their offices at shore via IP. The service supports e-mail, web browsing, fax and VoIP via an IP broadband satellite transmission network


Australia to Provide Increased Maritime Surveillance

The Australian Minister for Justice and Customs stated that a multi-year contract has been signed to provide aircraft for increased surveillance of Australia’s maritime areas. With more aircraft and improved sensors, offshore areas, particularly across the northern coastline, will be patrolled more effectively to detect potential terrorism, smuggling, and environmental violations. Source: HK Law


GAO: Limited Commercial Arctic Development Foreseen

Arctic Tow: File photo

Decreasing seasonal sea ice has opened up Arctic waters for longer periods with resulting potential economic opportunities in commercial shipping, cruises, commercial fishing, oil, and mining. In light of the importance of U.S. efforts to effectively manage Arctic issues, GAO was asked to examine U


Brokers Marcon Conclude Ocean Deck Barge Sale

Barge HML 240-2: Photo credit Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington says that Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, Seattle, has concluded the sale of its 240’ ABS ocean deck barge “HML 240-2” (ex-Aqua 242, MK-242


Hong Kong Receive BMT Maritime Strategic Study

Hong Kong Port: Photo BMT

BMT Asia Pacific (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, says it has completed a major strategic study - “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Position as an International Maritime Centre (IMC)”, undertaken on behalf of the Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau.


Mitsui Pays $40 Mln Compensation After Seizure

  Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd has paid about 4 billion yen ($39 million) in settlement to China as compensation stemming from a wartime contractual obligation, following a seizure of its ship by a Chinese maritime court in Shanghai


Global Shipping Exposed to Cyber Threats

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The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. In this internet age, as more devices are hooked up online, so they become more vulnerable to attack


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

© New Wave Media

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


Navios Time Charters Two Product Tankers

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, has announced  that the Nave Equinox and the Nave Pulsar have been chartered out to an investment grade counterparty for one year at a rate of $14,813 net per day plus a $2


C-MAR's Modern Approach to DP Training in Brazil

Mauricio Santos, C-MAR Country Manager at the Rio de Janeiro training center.

The modern offshore maritime industry heavily relies on different classes of DP vessels, from OSVs to Drillships and Tankers, almost all vessels serving the oil and gas industry need to be DP capable in order to safely operate offshore. The massive growth experienced in Brazil due to the uncorking


USS Taylor to Enter Black Sea

USS Taylor (Official U.S. Navy file photo)

The U.S. Navy reported that the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50), homeported in Mayport, Fla., will enter the Black Sea April 22 to promote peace and stability in the region. The U.S. Navy routinely operates ships in the Black Sea consistent with the Montreux Convention and


Unique Technologies Improve Port Security

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Practical results from the SUPPORT (Security UPgrade for PORTS) project, coordinated by BMT Group Ltd. and part-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Security Research Program will be demonstrated to key stakeholders at Stena Line’s ferry terminals starting at Masthuggskajen in the


Pirates Raid Tanker off Malaysia, 3 Mariners Taken

Armed pirates raided an oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia and took three crew members with them, Malaysian maritime officials said on Wednesday, underscoring increasing threats to shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways. The incident in the Malacca Strait


Ship as Lifeboat Concept Disputed by ICV

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A recent meeting at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. (attended by International Cruise Victims (ICV) Board representatives) discussed the new International Maritime Authority (IMO) policy of using “the ship as the lifeboat”


GEIMS Maritime Training accorded highest grade from DGS

Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies (GEIMS) is now the first approved maritime training Institution in India to achieve the 'outstanding (A1)' grade. The top grading achieved by GEIMS is for all the three approved pre-sea courses being conducted by the institute.


Resolve Maritime Academy to Host 'DC Olympics'

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Resolve Maritime Academy informs it is to host the Damage Control (DC) Olympics as an annual event for officers and damage control crew of US Navy and US Coast Guard vessels visiting Port Everglades during Fleet Week 2014 on April 29 at 9:00am - 4:00pm in Port Everglades


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

© New Wave Media

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


 
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