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GPA Marks Gains in the Fiscal Year

Double-digit growth in TEUs, autos The Georgia Ports Authority has announced  that the authority posted increases across all reporting categories for the first two months of fiscal year 2013. At its Oct. 8 meeting, the GPA board heard a report from Executive Director Curtis Foltz detailing 5.6 percent growth in tonnage across July and August, with 13.8 percent growth in total TEUs for the month of August. That’s an increase of 240,000 tons over the same two months in FY2012. “Our deepwater ports achieved a good start for fiscal year 2013, despite a slow national economy,” Foltz said. “The ports of Savannah and Brunswick have established solid momentum to start our fiscal year, which translates into increased jobs and economic opportunities throughout our region.” The Port of Savannah handled 522,744 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) over the first nine weeks of the fiscal year, for a growth of 4.4 percent. August accounted for 270,614 TEUs, the GPA’s second-highest month for TEUs, behind only October 2010. In tandem with the strong growth in tonnage, GPA rail cargo also saw a boost in numbers. Growth in intermodal activity was significant during August, and led to a record month, handling 29,364 intermodal rail moves. “Greater reliance on rail movement is a strategic initiative of the GPA, allowing the Port of Savannah to increase capacity without putting more trucks on the road


Tankers to Require Stability Instruments Starting 2016

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Lloyd's Register informs that new stability instrument requirements will apply to all tankers constructed (keel laid) on or after January 1, 2016. These ships will be required to fit an approved stability instrument, capable of verifying compliance with intact and damage stability requirements. Oil tankers, chemical tankers and gas carriers constructed before January 1, 2016 must also comply with the requirements (by confirming or upgrading existing equipment


ClassNK Approves New Super-Efficient Fillet Welding Consumable

Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK

  Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK announced that it has granted type approval for the new MX-200F welding consumable, developed by Kobe Steel Co., Ltd. (KOBELCO) to greatly improve welding efficiency and coating quality in commercial vessels.  Up until now, shipbuilders using conventional fillet welding consumables had to make two welding passes for the required weld leg lengths of around 8mm or above


Niger Cabinet Approves New Areva Uranium Deal

 Niger's cabinet of ministers on Friday approved a renewal of French nuclear group Areva's uranium production deal in the West African nation, the government said on Friday, completing two years of often fraught negotiations. The two parties announced the signature of a new 10-year agreement for Areva's Somair and Cominak mines in May, but Friday's green light from President Mahamadou Issoufou and his ministers clears the way for its implementation.


Panama Council Approves New Canal Tolls

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The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama has officially approved a proposal to modify the Canal tolls structure, following a recommendation from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors.   The accepted proposal—which modifies the pricing structure for most Canal segments—will better facilitate the Canal’s goal of providing outstanding service and reliability to the global shipping and maritime community while allowing the ACP to safeguard the


OTC Approves New Construction Rules

Two new Rule-sets approved at the first Offshore Technical Committee (OTC) held at LR's Global Technology Centre in Singapore. Lloyd's Register say that these two new rule-sets will be made public later this month (May 2013). The Floating Offshore Installations at a Fixed Location 2013 Rules and the Mobile Offshore Unit 2013 Rules, contain several changes from previous versions in order to improve usability, reflect industry best practice, new novel designs and legislative changes.


BOEMRE Approves Deepwater Drilling Permit for New Well

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved a deepwater drilling permit for a new well that was described in Shell Offshore Inc’s recently approved Exploration Plan.  The proposed well was also considered in the Site-Specific Environmental Assessment (SEA) completed as part of the plan review.  In order to receive the permit approval, Shell complied with rigorous new safety standards implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon


Llyods Register Statutory Alert:

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MARPOL Annex VI – certification of an ‘Approved Method’ for MAN B&W S60MC engines.   Applicabilty: All owners and operators of new and existing ships Classification News 22/2010 detailed changes to nitrogen oxides (NOX) controls introduced by the Revised MARPOL Annex VI. These apply to marine diesel engines, with a power output of more than 5,000 kW and a displacement at or above 90 litres per cylinder, installed on ships constructed on or after January 1


Security Training to Become Mandatory for Seafarers

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The Manila amendments to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers Code (the STCW Code) came into force on 1 January, 2012. The revised Code (known as STCW 2010) introduced new minimum rest hours with immediate effect and a timetable of implementation dates for training and certification arrangements. The key implementation dates are as follows:   July 1, 2013: New entrants commencing training are required to do so according to the standards laid


BOEMRE Approves Operations for Ninth Deepwater Well

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Drilling Permit Meets Critical New Safety Standards NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) today approved a deepwater permit for the drilling of a ninth well that complies with rigorous new safety standards implemented in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. This includes satisfying the requirement to demonstrate the capacity to contain a subsea blowout


VARD Selects Synapsis INS For an Advanced Research Vessel

Example of a Synapsis INS, installed on a research vessel. (Photo: Raytheon Ansch├╝tz)

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract for the supply of a Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to an advanced research vessel. VARD Holding Limited, a major global designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels


India's Cochin Shipyard Gears up for IPO

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 Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL),  India's largest public sector shipyard, has filed  initial public offering (IPO)document with  the market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)  to go public.  The government approved a stake sale of up to 25 percent.


Norway's Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply Agree Merger

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 Norwegian OSV companies Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply have signed off on merger plans first announced on February 6, 2017.   The statutory merger plans have been approved and signed by the boards of Solstad, Farstad


Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel to Expand

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, India chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday approved fresh estimates of the project Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel (Phase-II).  


Hapag-Lloyd, Inmarsat Ink Fleet Xpress Deal

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 Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has signed a five-year contract with Hapag-Lloyd to migrate all ships directly managed by the shipping line to services enabled for Fleet Xpress.   Hapag-Lloyd, the sixth largest container shipping operator in the world


Green Signal for India-Bangladesh MoU on Aids to Navigation

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Photo: Press Information Bureau

 The Indian Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for greater cooperation with regard to marine aids to navigation that includes advice on lighthouses and beacons besides vessel traffic service.   "The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra


Tauck to Double Small Ship Cruising Capacity

Tauck announced a four-year plan for doubling its small ship cruising capacity through strategic fleet expansion, deepened partnership programs and new itineraries.   “We’re destination explorers at Tauck and some destinations are best explored by both land and sea


Port Everglades, Royal Caribbean Sign MOU

Broward County's Port Everglades has negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides the framework for a new long-term business agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCL) that will include complete, customized renovations of the Port's Cruise Terminal 25 targeted for


European Recyclers Form Ship Recycling Group

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 Five European ship recycling yards have joined forces to effectively raise awareness of existing best practice and the fact that there is capacity in Europe to properly recycle ships.    The newly established European Ship Recyclers Group (ESR)


India's Sagarmala Program: 415 Projects, $120 Bln Investment

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: PIB

 Under India's prestigious Sagarmala Programme,  415 projects, at an estimated investment of approximately  INR 8 Lac Crore (USD 120 Bln) , have been identified across port modernization & new port development, port connectivity enhancement


Viega Names Fortuny Technical Manager

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Viega LLC has hired Yasmin Fortuny as its new technical manager for its shipbuilding and cruise business development division in the Florida, Puerto Rico, Bahamas and Caribbean regions.   In this position, Fortuny is responsible for positioning Viega as the primary choice for marine


G2 Ocean Given All Anti Trust Approvals

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 The US Department of Justice has approved the establishment of G2 Ocean.  Authorities in Poland, Germany and Brazil have already approved G2 Ocean.   This means the joint venture between Gearbulk and Grieg Star is a vital step closer to reality


Fibria Inks $636 mln Ship Deal with Pan Ocean

Brazil's Fibria Celulose SA , the world's largest producer of eucalyptus pulp, signed a $636 million shipping deal with South Korea's Pan Ocean Co Ltd, according to a securities filing on Friday.   The deal, approved by Fibria's board in November


ABS Delivers Subchapter M Support to Blessey Marine

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 ABS said it has been awarded a Third Party Organization contract by Blessey Marine Services, Inc., owner and operator of a fleet of inland towing vessels and tank barges, to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements.   


Sri Lanka Approves $180 mln Vessel Deal for Colombo Dockyard

Sri Lanka's cabinet has approved the awarding of a $180 million deal for three offshore patrol vessels for the country's coast guard to Colombo Dockyard , a government document said on Wednesday. Colombo Dockyard has agreed to arrange a loan for the deal






 
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