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GAC Keeps Shipping Moving in Egypt

  As political developments continue to unfold in Egypt, GAC is playing its part in keeping shipping moving in the country, Group Vice President for Africa, Russia & Central Asia, Erland Ebbersten is assuring clients.   Despite the unrest, transits through the all-important Suez Canal have continued as normal, and port operations are being conducted as much as possible under the circumstances, he said from his Cairo office.   The biggest challenge that GAC and its clients faced was the shut-down of access to internet and mobile phone networks during the first week of the crisis.   “Alternative means of keeping in touch with clients had to be immediately established,” said Ebbersten. “Emails to GAC Egypt were re-routed to colleagues working abroad at the time, who coordinated with their colleagues locally, to maintain a flow of accurate, up-dated information to clients. Faxes and some land-lines were still working, so those colleagues were able to print off and fax the emails to the relevant office in Egypt.   “The lack of internet interrupted our usual banking procedures, so we liaised closely with the banks and quickly set up emergency telephone banking with high security measures to ensure that Suez Canal transits and other operations dependent on the swift movement of funds continued as normal.”  


LHWCA Statute of Limitations

In an unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the one-year statute of limitations under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) does not commence to run until the claimant knew or had reason to know that the injury was likely to impair his earning capacity. In the instant case, plaintiff hook man injured his back while working in a shipyard in 1993. He was temporarily out of work, but then worked regularly for four years


Back to Work in Dennis' Wake

A transportation operator at Northrop Grumman's Pascagoula shipyard directs a 100-ton material transporter carrying a 13,800-volt power substation past a Goliath gantry crane. The substation, moved to avoid Hurricane Dennis, was set back in place in preparation for shipyard work that will resume Tuesday.


NOIA Applauds Passage of HR 1229

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Washington, D.C. – National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the approval of HR 1229, `Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act': “We applaud the bi-partisan passage today of HR 1229, `Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act'.   The legislation is important to oil and gas companies because it lays the foundation for consistency and reliability in the offshore permitting process


Northrop Grumman Redelivers USS Enterprise

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Newport News sector has successfully redelivered the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), to the U.S. Navy after an Extended Drydock Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA). The redelivery took place May 7 after successful sea trials. "This accomplishment is the result of a lot of hard work by the shipbuilders of Northrop Grumman Newport News and by the Navy," said Bob Gunter, senior vice president, Aircraft Carrier Programs


Gibdock Completes Work on Spirit of Adventure

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Gibraltar-based Gibdock has recently completed a drydocking contract for UK-based Saga Holidays. Last month, the niche cruise operator docked the 9,570gt, 139m long Spirit of Adventure for a 10 day program of works, including steel repairs to the bulbous bow and a comprehensive external clean and repaint. Richard Beards, Gibdock Commercial Director, comments: “This is another important breakthrough for the yard, as it is the first time we have had the opportunity to work for Saga


US: $4B in Loan Aid for Renewable Energy

Are increased use of offshore wind farms in the future for the U.S.?

The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects. The Obama administration's draft plan would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. It will specifically focus on advanced electric grid technology and storage, biofuels for conventional vehicles


FirstWave/Newpark Lands Diamond Offshore Job

FirstWave/Newpark Shipbuilding has been awarded a contract by Diamond Offshore Drilling of Houston, Texas for completion of upgrades to the drillship Ocean Clipper, which returned to Galveston for the additional upgrades on August 16. "We're pleased that Diamond brought Ocean Clipper back to our yard for this project," said Francis Fair, FirstWave's executive vice president Galveston Operations. "FirstWave performed work on Clipper earlier this year


New Maritime Exhibition Planned

Cyprus’ MIE Group, Limassol, is arranging an exhibition of marine equipment managers and services (East Med Marine Exhibition) during 7-8th April next year (2005) at the Hawaii Grand Hotel & Resort, Limassol. Backed by the Cyprus Minister of Communications and Works, the exhibition will not only have exhibitors that use MIE as their agent in Cyprus, but also other marine equipment and service companies. Some 45 companies have already signed up for this exhibition


Asian Shippers Weigh in Against Container Weighing

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THE Asian Shippers' Council (ASC) renewed its attack on the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) over compulsory container weight verification partly because it is hard on shippers in emerging markets. "There are millions of shippers across Asia, with different levels of maturity and different operational constraints. Cargoes have multiple modes of transport - trucks, ships and/or rail. Can you imagine trying to implement what is agreed at the IMO in such a challenging


Imtech Marine Nav/Com Partner for Groen OSV

Christening of the 7-Oceans

The first newbuild ship in a series of three offshore support vessels (OSVS) for shipowner Groen (Scheveningen), 7-Oceans, was delivered at Damen Maaskant Shipyards in Stellendam, the Netherlands at the end of July. Imtech Marine Netherlands provided all navigation and communication equipment


Joe Barton: Lift Oil Export Ban

A senior U.S. Congressman from Texas has come out in full support of the United States lifting the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, putting him at odds with fellow House Republicans wary of weighing in on the controversial issue. Rep


NZ's Lyttelton Port Recommends Offer, to Pay Special Dividend

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The board of New Zealand's  Lyttelton Port Co. Ltd recommended minority shareholders accept an offer of NZ$3.95 a share offer from the commercial arm of the Christchurch city council. The board backed the offer from Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, which controls 95


RIMPAC Exercise Puts LCS Through Paces

No Drama The littoral combat ship Independence is seen here on plane guard duty with the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan during the Rim of the Pacific exercise in July, marking the first time a ship of this class operated

  It was the middle of May, and the littoral combat ship Independence was operating out of San Diego, testing components of the mine warfare mission package. The mission is one that, except for several extended overhaul periods, has consumed much of the ship’s operating time since the


USCG Medevacs Mariner in Port Alexander, Alaska

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  The Coast Guard medevaced an 87-year-old female reportedly suffering from complications associated with a lower back injury aboard the fishing vessel Annie B in Port Alexander, Sunday evening. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the injured woman and transported


MHI, IHI & DBJ Join Forces On Investments

  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), IHI Corporation and the Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) concluded a three-way formal agreement today on their respective investments into a new commercial aero engine company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines, Ltd


SBM Offshore Completes Real Estate Divestment

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  SBM Offshore is pleased to announce that is has completed the sale and lease back of its Monaco real estate portfolio.  The last of the three buildings was sold for approximately US$62 million net of expenses, resulting in a book profit of approximately US$58 million.


Brazil AHTS Contract Breakthrough for Havyard

Contract signing: Photo Havyard

Havyard says it is to deliver the ship design and equipment for four anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels that are to be built and operated by the Brazilian shipping company and shipyard group Grupo CBO. The contract has been entered into by Havyard Design & Solutions


Info-X Invests in $5m Headquarter Expansion

Info-X Software Technology’s newly renovated headquarters in Gurgaon (Photo courtesy of Info-X Software Technology)

Transportation solutions provider capitalizes on outsourcing trend Info-X Software Technology, provider of software solutions and back-office support to U.S.-based transportation companies, introduced its newly renovated and expanded $5 million headquarter facility situated in Gurgaon


Long Beach Cargo Operations Resume

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Repair work begins after storm surges subsides The Port of Long Beach resumed full cargo-handling operations Thursday, Aug. 28, after a lessening of storm surges from Hurricane Marie that had battered south-facing piers and interrupted the loading and unloading of four vessels a day earlier.


Narendra Modi Eyes Breakthrough Nuclear Pact with Japan

India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.


ESG Replicates Historic Schooner 'Columbia'

Schooner Columbia launch: Photo collage courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) informs that a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner COLUMBA has been launched at its Panama City, Florida, shipyard with employees, dignitaries and guests in attendance. The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester


Report: Ports Lack Maintenance Support

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The latest Barometer Report from Trelleborg has revealed a huge gap in the maintenance requirements of port owners and operators, and the support that suppliers are able to provide. While 75% of those surveyed think that it’s essential or important to have the supplier involved in the


US Aircraft Carrier 'Ike' Leaves Drydock

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The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) has left dry dock and moved from Dry Dock 8 to pier 42/43 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Va. informs USN. USS Dwight D. Eisenhower  has been in dry dock since September 2013


RWE Dea Starts Gas Production in Egypt

RWE Dea achieved first production from the Central Treatment Plant

  RWE Dea achieved first production from the Central Treatment Plant (CTP) of the Disouq Development Project in Egypt. Production commenced at an initial rate of 45 million standard cubic feet gas per day. Total production of 150 million standard cubic feet gas per day from the Disouq






 
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