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Vessel Hijacking Reported on Niagara River

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The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Customs and Border Protection, Canada's Niagara Regional Police and the Niagara County Sheriff's Office are investigating a reported hijacking of a Canadian-flagged charter vessel by two Canadian men Tuesday afternoon. About 1:30 p.m. the master of an 18-foot Canadian charter vessel took his boat to Coast Guard Station Niagara, New York, to report that just moments ago two men, both believed to be Canadian citizens, had directed him at knife point to take them to shore. The men had arrived at the Queenston, Ontario, Marina on the Niagara River earlier and paid for a fishing charter. The charter vessel captain reported that after he transited to Lake Ontario for the charter one of the men pulled a knife and demanded the master take them to shore immediately. The master cooperated with the demands and took the men to shore near Four Mile Creek State Park in New York. Both men had phones and began making calls as they fled the scene on foot. The master immediately transited to Station Niagara and reported the hijacking to station personnel. Station Niagara crews completed a shoreline search with no sightings. Once investigators gathered all the information and evidence they needed, a Station Niagara boatcrew escorted the captain and his vessel back to Queenston.   This investigation is currently ongoing, the USCG said.

Horizon Lines Reaches Agreement with CSX


CHARLOTTE, NC, May 2, 2011 – Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ) today announced that it has finalized an agreement with CSX Corporation to reduce charter payments on three vessels leased from CSX. Under the agreement, charter hire expense has been reduced by $3 million annually, retroactive to January 2011, through the January 2015 expiration of the charter. The agreement represents a total savings of $12 million for Horizon Lines over the remaining life of the charter

Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC

Signing of agreement between GAC EnvironHull and Statoil at Statoil’s Headquarter in Stavanger, Norway. From left to right: Åshild Eltervåg, Nadia Nikmanesh, Elin Haave, Karl Ingvar Jorgensen and Robert Anderson. (Photo: Simon Doran)

Eco-friendly HullWiper technology to fight fouling and enhance efficiency for oil and gas company fleet    GAC EnvironHull has signed a contract with the international energy company Statoil to provide underwater hull cleaning services for its vessels operating in Scandinavia, the Middle East and the Far East.   From the second quarter of 2015, GAC EnvironHull, part of global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group

Offshore Solutions’ OAS, 1000 Connections

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring

Offshore Solutions B.V. (OSBV) reported that the OAS, mounted onboard the GDF SUEZ E&P Nederland B.V. (GSEPN) chartered vessel, REM Mermaid, has achieved over 1,000 operational connections without any LTIs. An OAS is a heave compensated telescopic gangway, enabling the safe transfer of personnel from a vessel to an offshore installation (wind turbine, oil or gas platform) designed to operate in 2.5 metre Hs (significant wave height) sea states

Cory Brothers Shipping Wins BP Hub Agency Contract

Cory Brothers Shipping has been awarded a five year Hub Agency contract by BP Shipping covering the Baltic, Europe, and Mediterranean regions. This is the largest region awarded by BP Shipping within its global system and covers some 6,000 port calls per year. Cory Brothers will be responsible for managing the agency network for BP’s own fleet and voyage chartered vessels employed on BP business. The Hub Agency system ‘ShipTrak’ developed by Cory is linked to BP’s

Cecon Completes Installation Offshore Nigeria


End March Cecon has completed the installation of four flexible pipelines and umbilical’s for Broron Oil & Gas/Addax Petroleum in waters offshore Nigeria, West Africa.   The project was  initially awarded (Oct 2011) to Cecon ASA as a fast-track subsea tieback project for the management, transport, installation and tie-ins of two flexible pipelines and two umbilicals between two wells in 130 m water depth and the Okwori FPSO

Evergreen Installs ClassNK-NAPA Green Software

From left to right: Chairman and President Noboru Ueda from ClassNK, President Mong-Jye Lee from Evergreen Marine Corp. and President Juha Heikinheimo from NAPA Group at the signing ceremony in Taipei on April 10, 2015

Eco-efficiency software aims to increase fuel efficiency and business intelligence on Evergreen Line chartered container vessels   Evergreen Line has commenced installation of ClassNK-NAPA GREEN software on chartered container vessels. At the conclusion of a competitive tender process, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN software - developed by NAPA, global maritime software house and classification society ClassNK - was chosen to provide a total solution for planning

Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. Reaches Agreement With Korea Lines Corporation


NEW YORK, March 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (Nasdaq:EGLE) ("Eagle Bulk") announced today that it has reached a comprehensive agreement with the Receivers of Korea Line Corporation ("KLC") regarding twelve time-chartered vessels impacted by KLC's decision to file for protective receivership earlier this year. The agreement follows extensive and highly constructive dialogue between the two parties.

OAO Sovcomflot’s 9M/Q3 2014 Results

  OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) today reported results for the nine months and third quarter (Q3) ended 30 September 2014.   Nine months 2014 – Financial Highlights (IFRS accounts) USD millions 2014 (9 months to 30 September) 2013 (9 months to 30 September) +/-

Offshore Surveyor Training: Kongsberg's New Workboat

True North: Image Kongsberg

Kongsberg Maritime says it has introduced a series of new on-water training courses for offshore surveyors and survey engineers following the launch of its own chartered vessel, 'True North'. The vessel will enable Kongsberg Maritime Ltd to introduce a practical element to the courses already offered at its training centre in Westhill, Aberdeen, on the company's products for the offshore survey industry. True North, which works out of Stonehaven just a few miles from the training centre

Thomas Miller Acquires Marine Law Firm

Peter Jackson, Head of TM Law

  Thomas Miller the international insurance, professional and insurance services provider announces the acquisition of the partners and staff of specialist marine law firm, Davies Johnson & Co of Plymouth. The acquisition brings an additional six fee earners to the Thomas Miller Law

Strong Returns for Sovcomflot

Grand Aniva is one of two Sovcomflot LNG tankers chartered by the operator of the Sakhalin-2 project – Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC). The photo has been provided by SEIC.

 Russia’s biggest shipping company PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) surpassed its own expectations and went forward on both revenue and net profit in the first six months.   It has posted a gross revenue increase of 11.8 per cent in the first half of 2015 worth USD 754

Damen Delivers First Twin Axe FCS for O&G

Merel-G (Photo: Damen)

Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam have a decade-long relationship with the family-run Groen Offshore, Guard & Support, having built seismic research vessels and completing a majority of its repairs in the past.  On July 17, the two parties were united again in an event marking the

Huge Yacht Carrier Headed for South Pacific

DYT Yacht Transport’s largest semi-submersible ship, Yacht Express, will make its first trip to Sydney, Australia. (Photo credit: Onne van der Wal)

New policies making it easier for foreign-flagged vessels to explore the coastlines of Australia have lead DYT Yacht Transport (DYT) to schedule its largest semi-submersible yacht carrier, the 686-foot (209-metre) Yacht Express, to deliver yachts to the South Pacific

USCG, Paramedic Assist Man off Cape Fear

Photo USCG

  Coast Guard Oak Island crew members and a Brunswick County paramedic came to the aid of an ailing man Wednesday aboard a charter fishing vessel approximately 15 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River entrance.   Personnel at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification

Samskip Charters Box Ship to Boost Norway Capacity

MV Alk  (Photo: Samskip)

Samskip has increased capacity on Norway by chartering the 657 TEU container vessel MV Alk, built in 2004 and measuring 132.60 x 19.20 metres. Caesar Luikenaar, Trade Director Scandinavia Trade says the company has deployed the 8,015 DWT vessel on the weekly Norwegian West Coast service which

First Damen Twin Axe for Offshore O&G

Contract signing

  To develop its large fleet, Groen Offshore, Guard & Support has selected the first Damen Twin Axe Fast Crew Supplier 2610 to be customised with Offshore Oil & Gas standby capabilities. The Netherlands-based company will deploy the new vessel on long-term charter for a major E&P

Ailing Mariner Medevaced Near Alaska

A USCG helicopter crew hoists an ailing mariner from the fishing vessel Western Profit near Sitka, Alaska. After safely hoisting the injured man, he was brought to a higher level of medical care in Sitka. (Screenshot of USCG_ video by Air Station Sitka.

A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an ailing mariner from Deep Bay, 25 miles north of Sitka, Sunday.   The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the 68-year-old man from the Western Profit, a 62-foot charter vessel

Yemen-bound Aid Ship Docks in Djibouti

Iran- Shahed cargo ship. Photo: Islamic Republic News Agency

 An Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid for war-ravaged Yemenis has arrived in Djibouti. It will be inspected by the United Nations so its cargo can be shipped to conflict-torn Yemen.   It now remains to be seen whether the ship will be boarded and inspected before continuing

WFP: Aid Cargo for Yemen will be Delivered After Ship Docks

The World Food Programme will deliver a cargo of Iranian aid for Yemen once the ship carrying it reaches Djibouti's port, the U.N agency said on Friday. Earlier this week Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel, the Iran Shahed

USCG Terminates Charters Boat Voyage In Buzzards Bay

a crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Massachusetts, boarded the vessel

  The Coast Guard terminated the trip of a 23-foot charter vessel today in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, due to an expired operator's license and evidence of illegal fishing. During a random safety boarding, a crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Global Ship Lease Extends Ville d'Aquarius Time Charter

Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Aquarius, a 1996-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders. The extension is for an additional four to six months, at charterer's option

Subsea 7 to Slash Workforce, Cull Fleet

Photo courtesy of Subsea 7

Oil services firm Subsea 7 plans to cuts its workforce by close to 20 percent and reduce its fleet of 39 by up to 11 vessels as global oil and gas firms continue to cut spending after the plunge in crude oil prices. Subsea 7, which focuses on the North Sea but has a global operation

MISC Says AET Tankers Unit Not for Sale

Photo: AET

MISC Berhad issued a statement today addressing recent market speculation that the company is set to sell its wholly owned petroleum tanker subsidiary AET Tankers. The company said, “Petroleum shipping is a core element of [MISC’s] current and ongoing business and, as such

AAL Fleet to Expand, Surpass 500,000 DWT in 2015

  The AAL Bangkok (Photo courtesy of AAL)

  Global ocean transport operator AAL today announced plans to increase the size of its fleet to over 500,000 dwt in 2015.    Comprising owned and chartered vessels, the move will add needed capacity to the multi-purpose sector’s youngest and most advanced fleet

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