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U.S. East Coast Refiners Slash Light Crude Imports

Reuters - East Coast refiners slashed imports of lighter, sweet crudes from countries like Norway and Nigeria last year as they commissioned new rail offloading terminals to increase use of domestic Bakken and Canadian crudes. By mid-year, new rail-to-barge facilities in Pennsylvania and Virginia will be able to bring in another 200,000 barrels per day of North American crude, enough for refiners like PBF Energy Inc or Phillips 66 to back out their last foreign barrels of some grades. A third facility in New Jersey may add to the flow soon.


EU Seeks to Improve Passenger Safety on Ships

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


Navy to Commission New Guided-Missile Destroyer

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.


Coast Guard Commissions New Port Security Unit

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


Security Council Formed With Assistance From Savi Technology

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


US Coastguard Commissions New Fast Response Cutter

Coastguard Cutter Webber: Photo credit USCG

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.


FERC Requires Pre-Filing Process for New LNG Projects

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


NJ Senators Call for Delinquent Dues

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


IBIA Warns on Tighter EU Sulfur Timetable

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.


FMC: Update Regarding Commission Briefings on the Status of Hanjin Shipping

Photo: Federal Maritime Commission

The status of Hanjin Shipping and the disruptions caused by its bankruptcy to the American shipping community, as well as global supply chains, was examined closely by the Federal Maritime Commission during the closed session of the September 20, 2016 public meeting.   Commissioners were briefed by staff from the Office of the General Counsel; the Bureau of Trade Analysis; the Bureau of Enforcement; and the Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolution Services about a variety of


Diana Shipping Gets Charters Two Bulkers

New Orleans. Photo: Diana Shipping

 Greek dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has entered into time charter contracts for its two vessels, the M/V Orleans and the M/V Melite, which are scheduled to start in December 2016.   "Diana Shipping, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary


Navy to Christen Submarine Colorado

Boats logo for the future USS Colorado (SSN 788). This is the 15th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the fifth Virginia-class Block III submarine. The ship began construction in 2015 and is scheduled to commission in 2017. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nations undersea superiority well into the 21st century. (U.S. Navy graphicReleased)

The Navy will christen its newest Virginia-class fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Dec. 3 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. The Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy


Obituary: Stewart B. Nelson

Stewart B. Nelson, Ph.D.  - B. June 9, 1937 D. September 12, 2016   Dr. Stewart B. Nelson URI -MMA 1974, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and marine historian passed away of complications related to cancer on September 12, 2016 in Tampa, Fla


Ships Will Wipe Out Half the Emissions Savings

Graph: European Federation for Transport and Environment AISBL

 Growth in emissions from shipping and aviation will undo nearly half (43%) of the savings expected to be made by the rest of transport in Europe through to 2030, a new independent study has found.    It means that almost half of the already-inadequate emissions savings expected


Hapag-Lloyd UASC Merger to Get EU Approval Soon

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

 The planned merger between German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) could be on the verge of gaining EU Antitrust approval, reported Reuters.   The planned tie-up, which would create the world’s fifth-largest carrier is one step closer


ZPMC gives Cranes a lift at APM LA Terminal

ZPMC Crrane Services Los Angeles Photo APM

The tallest port crane in North America was recently raised to that height by ZPMC, which raised the crane 33 feet (10.08 meters) to prepare for Ultra-Large Container Vessels calling at APM Terminal’s Pier 400. In a landmark project that kicked off July 1, 2016


Navios Buys a 2013-built Chemical Tanker

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, announced today the closing of the previously announced sale of the Nave Constellation, a 2013-built Chemical Tanker of 45,281 dwt.   The vessel was sold for $36.4 million (net of commissions), of which $16


Australian Navy Frigate on Task in Kaikoura

Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Darwin approaches Underway Replenishment Tanker HMNZS Endeavour to conduct a Replenishment at Sea. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin has sailed to Kaikoura to provide humanitarian and disaster relief support at the request of the New Zealand government.   Darwin is using her embarked S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter for the evacuation of civilians and the distribution of


Tema Port To Be Expanded

President cuts sod for work on Tema Port project. Photo: Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority

 Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has launched the start of major expansion works at the Tema Port, near Accra, according to local reports.   This ambitious project involves an upgrade and significant expansion of Ghana’s main seaport


New Project Uses Drones to Monitor Ship Emissions

Photo: Martek Marine

Global maritime technology innovator Martek Marine said it has been included on a framework contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) services in the maritime environment.   EMSA was established for the purpose of ensuring a high


European Commission Gives Conditional Backing to Hapag-Lloyd, UASC Merger

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

The European Commission on Wednesday said it has given its conditional approval to a merger between German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd and the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).   The merger would create a combined company worth about 7 to 8 billion euros ($7.5-$8.6 billion)


Abu Dhabi Ship Building Expands Portfolio

Mid Osprey, a 140m chemical tanker, is undergoing major repairs including the refurbishment of the ship’s accommodation. Photo Abu Dhabi Ship Building

Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB), a leading provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, has expanded its customer portfolio to now include chemical tankers. ADSB welcomed its first chemical tanker at the new drydock facility at Mina Zayed


Majo Appointed President of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino Port Authority

Francesco Maria di Majo is Counsel in the corporate group, based in Rome Photo WFW

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW“) is delighted to announce that Rome corporate Counsel Francesco Maria di Majo has been appointed president of the prestigious Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Gaeta and Fiumicino (Lazio Region, Italy).


AMP Applauds Chao as Secretary of Transportation

Elaine L. Chao (File photo: Elaine L. Chao / U.S. Department of Labor)

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has issued the following statement on the selection of Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the next United States Secretary of Transportation.   “The American Maritime Partnership congratulates Secretary Elaine Chao for her nomination by President-elect


DNV GL Assists John Laing in Horath Onshore Wind Farm

Photo: DNV GL

 DNV GL, the world largest resource of independent energy experts, has assisted John Laing, a leading international originator, investor and manager of infrastructure projects, in its investment in the onshore wind farm Horath Wind Farm in Germany.   






 
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