The Commission has proposed a new package of measures to reinforce passenger safety on ships. Two proposals aim at preventing accidents such as the Express Samina’s in 2000 by increasing stability requirements for vessels and by reinforcing safety rules to cater for passengers with reduced mobility in general, and high-speed ships in particular. The Commission also presents its view on how passenger protection should be strengthened through stricter liability rules when accidents do occur. These new proposals already announced in the Commission’s new White Paper on Transport, complement a series of rules adopted in the late 1990’s following the Esotonia accident. The new safety package for passenger ships proposed by the Commission consists of three parts: Increased ship stability requirements, which aims to improve the capacity of a passenger ship to stay afloat after a serious incident, the commission proposes harmonized stability requirements for all RoRo passenger vessels operating on international voyages to or from European Union ports. Strengthened and simplified safety rules for passenger ships. The Commission proposes to amend the existing Directive on safety rules for passenger ships to include new safety requirements for high-speed ships and for passengers with reduced mobility. Better protection of passengers in case of accident
Coast Guard Pacific Area is set to commission a new port security unit (PSU 312). Vice Adm. Harvey Johnson, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, will be the presiding official for the ceremony in which Cdr. Donald G. Huenefeld will assume responsibility for PSU 312. PSUs provide a force of six active duty and 140 reserve members who possess specialized skills, capabilities and expertise to perform a broad range of port security and harbor defense missions
The book cover of “Farragut, America’s First Admiral” by Naval Historical Center historian Robert J. Schneller, Jr. Adm. Farragut was appointed the U.S. Navy’s first four-star Admiral in 1866, but is most famous for his cry at the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 1864: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” U.S. Navy photo. The Navy will commission the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Farragut (DDG 99), June 10, during a ceremony in Mayport, Fla.
U.S. Senators Jon S. Corzine (D) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D) of New Jersey, in the aftermath of what might turn out to be one of the worst oil spills ever on the Delaware River, called on President Bush to pay the federal government’s overdue tab to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) which is charged with managing the Delaware River for four states and the federal government. The federal government is nearly $6 million delinquent in dues owed to the commission as part of its
Every day, about 17,000 cargo containers enter U.S. ports, yet only one or two percent of them is routinely inspected. Since Sept. 11, government officials and global supply chain experts have been focusing on vulnerabilities and potential solutions to help ensure that weapons of mass destruction are not concealed in international cargo shipments. The formation of a new group of prominent supply chain thought leaders experienced in both the private and public sectors is being announced at
USCG commissions its first Sentinel-class cutter 'Webber' at the Port of Miami The 154-foot Coast Guard Cutter Webber is a Fast Response Cutter and will be able to deploy independently to conduct missions such as ports, waterways, and coastal security, fishery patrols, drug and illegal migrant law enforcement, search and rescue, and national defense operations along the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission adopted a final rule requiring potential developers of new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals to initiate pre-filing procedures at least six months prior to filing a formal application with the Commission. Initiating the rulemaking was the Commission’s first formal action under the recently enacted Energy Policy Act of 2005. The new law requires the Commission to issue within 60 days of the law’s August 8, 2005
The main item discussed at the European Council meeting of European industry ministers on December 5 was shipbuilding. In May 2001 the Commission presented to the Industry Council the fourth report on the situation of world shipbuilding. Once more, the conclusions pointed to anti-competitive practices by South Korean shipyards: i.e. debt forgiveness, debt moratoria, advantageous refund credits, fresh credits and guarantees, allowing them to offer ships at below-cost prices.
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) says revisions to the proposed EU directive on sulfur content of marine fuels published on August 8 by the European Commission do not go far enough to introduce abatement and trading as means to reduce sulfur emissions. And IBIA warns that new provisions bringing entry into force of the directive only six months after the date of publication are likely to be unworkable.
The Federal Maritime Commission announced four compromise agreements in which an ocean carrier and intermediaries agreed to pay a total of $625,000 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Shipping Act of 1984. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier (VOCC) and three ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs). The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission's Area Representatives in Los Angeles, Seattle, South Florida
The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to confirm Mayor Bob Foster’s appointment of the City’s former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Lori Ann Farrell to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which oversees the Port of Long Beach and the staff of the City’s Harbor Department.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the worldwide trade association for shipowners says it has made an important written submission to the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) suggesting a possible way forward with respect to complex discussions about additional
Dutch shipping company CFL has chosen Pronautas to implement the proven Ku-Band VSAT connectivity solutions on all vessels in their fleet. Headquartered in Amsterdam and well known for its innovative market approach, CFL owns and operates a fleet of young and flexible eco-friendly multi-purpose
Finnish-headquartered Navis has installed and commissioned its first dynamic positioning (DP) simulator with Chinese language interface, at the renowned Dalian Maritime University, one the world’s largest training facilities for seafarers.
Today in U.S. Naval History - November 25 1775 - Continental Congress authorizes privateering. 1943 - In Battle of Cape St. George, five destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 23 (Captain Arleigh Burke) intercept five Japanese destroyers and sink three and damage one without suffering any damage
The European Commission has opened formal antitrust proceedings against several container liner shipping companies to investigate whether they engaged in concerted practices, in breach of EU antitrust rules. The news comes at a less than fortunate time for the three largest European container
Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) will raise its rates for the company's Guam/Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) and Micronesia services by $275 for both westbound and eastbound containers, effective January 26
PortMiami is scheduled to receive its first shipment of cold-treated grapes from Peru on December 1, part of a new Cold Treatment Pilot Program that recently went into effect allowing cold treated products to be imported directly from Peru to the Port.
In conjunction with the first meeting of the newly established European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF), which is scheduled to take place today, the shipping industry in a joint statement urges the European Commission to provide support in meeting the IMO requirement for 0
Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Co-Chairs Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Bob Herron have approved of a recent DoD report, introduced by United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, but pointed out that the overarching language is short on details and lacks a plan for implementation.
Diana Shipping Inc. has time- chartered out the 75,336 dwt MV Triton to Bunge S.A., Geneva, at a gross charter rate of US$11,000 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of up to minimum September 1, 2014 to maximum October 31, 2014
Wärtsilä's new 2-stroke, low pressure, dual-fuel engine has been selected by Terntank Rederi A/S, the Denmark based tanker operator, to power two new environmentally advanced, 15,000 DWT tankers. These will be the first installations of this engine.
Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it took delivery of the m/v P. S. Palios (formerly JK Pioneer), a 2013 built Capesize dry bulk vessel of 179
Today in U.S. Naval History - December 2 1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by Lt. George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission will host a Global Regulatory Summit in Washington, D.C. on December 17, 2013. The Summit will include shipping and transportation regulators from the European Union and China. "I am pleased that officials from China and the European Union accepted FMC