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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

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

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.

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

Tankers to Require Stability Instruments Starting 2016

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

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

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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

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

Security Training to Become Mandatory for Seafarers


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 Fifth Deepwater Drilling Permit

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) approved a fifth deepwater drilling permit on March 24 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. The approved permit is a revised permit to drill a new well for Chevron USA Inc.’s Well #1 in Keathley Canyon Block 736 in 6,750 ft

Historic Pacific Trade Deal Faces Skeptics in US Congress

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

Twelve Pacific Rim countries on Monday reached the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world's economy in a deal that faces skepticism from U.S. lawmakers.   The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact struck in Atlanta after marathon

Eletrobras says Compensation for Hydro Plants Could be $330 mln


  Brazil's state-run utility Eletrobras said on Friday a report into six hydroelectric plants found the assets had a remaining value of 1.3 billion reais ($332 million) after amortization and depreciation. Under Brazilian law, Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA

NOCC Opts for Optimarin BWT System for Its Newbuild


  Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has been chosen by Norwegian Car Carriers AS (NOCC) as the supplier of choice for its two newbuild vessels currently under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea

Carnival to Begin Operations in Alabama

Carnival Fantasy. Photo: Carnival Cruise Line

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Fantasy will begin voyages from the Alabama coast, marking the return of cruise ships to Mobile after a four-year absence.   The first cruise will start from the Mobile Cruise Terminal in autumn 2016

SC Line Begins Service to Cuba from Port Everglades

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 Shipping company SC Line has started up service between Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Cuba, reports Sun Sentinel.   The cargo and cruise vessels no longer require a special license to ply between US and Cuba.   SC Line can serve the Cuban seaports of Mariel and Santiago

International Yachts Under Biosecurity Spotlight in NZ

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 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) in New Zealand plans to turn the biosecurity spotlight on international yachts visiting Northland this season, says a government press release published in the Scoop.   Last season MPI introduced a range of new biosecurity checks following two

BCG Debuts Desktop Ship Simulator

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Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) Inc. launched a turnkey desktop ship simulator that adds a visual component to the company’s existing line of radar and communication simulation products.   The system represents the integration of BCG products with third party software for a complete

Container Growth Up at GPA

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Geargia Port Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported a 16.6 percent calendar year to date increase in container volumes, as well as capital projects necessary for future growth.    The Port of Savannah has moved 2.55 million twenty-foot equivalent container units since the

Long Beach Port Weighs Options to Enhance Efficiency

Temporary depot closes, creating new opportunities as cargo rises

  The Port of Long Beach today announced plans to seek new ways to use a largely undeveloped 150-acre pier to help move cargo more efficiently as the Port continues to welcome increasing trade. With the looming closure at the end of this month of the temporary storage depot at the

Shell, BG Merger Faces Roadblock

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 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has raised concerns that Royal Dutch Shell's proposed $70 billion takeover of BG Group may lessen gas supply competition in eastern Australia and delayed a final decision on the bid to November.  

SCPA Box Volumes Up; Leadership Realigned

On the heels of announcing its five-year growth, investment and cargo base expansion plans at the State of the Port, South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported a four percent increase in August container volumes over the same month last year.  

Bristol Harbor Group Announces Two New Hires

Zachary Gilfus and Marissa Stutzman (Photos: BHGI)

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) announced the addition of naval architect Zachary Gilfus and mechanical engineer Marissa Stutzman to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice.   Gilfus is the most recent addition to BHGI

Maersk Oil Orders FSO from MODEC

MODEC awarded contract to provide FSO for Maersk Oil's Culzean Field Maersk Oil North Sea UK limited has contracted MODEC, Inc. to supply a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel for the Culzean development project in the U.K. Central North Sea.

OceanSaver BWT for 2 European-owned VLCCs

Ballast water treatment (BWT) supplier OceanSaver said it has been contracted to deliver BWTsystems for two VLCCs to a European owner, currently being constructed by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in South Korea. The contract’s value is undisclosed.  

Port of Cleveland Awarded for Cargo Growth

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The Port of Cleveland informs it has been awarded by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) for its international cargo growth.   The Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award, presented to the port by the SLSDC this morning at its monthly board meeting

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