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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


EU Ministers Fail To Agree on Shipbuilding Aid

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.


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.


First of 3 New Pilot Boats Launched for Milford Haven

St Brides (Photo: Mainstay Marine)

St Brides, the first of three 19-meter pilot boats built by Mainstay Marine for the Port of Milford Haven, has recently been launched.   Shipbuilder Mainstay Marine Solutions called the £3.6 million contract a flagship project, with delivery for the second and third vessels due in


Kalmar to Deliver Straddle Carriers for Maher's NJ Terminal

Straddle carriers for Maher Terminals Photo Cargotec

Kalmar has received a large order for  27 straddle carriers from its long-term customer Maher Terminals LLC in Elizabeth, NJ.   The order has been booked into Cargotec's 2015 third quarter order intake and deliveries are expected to be completed during the spring 2016


FUGRO Wins BHP Pyrenees Contract

Photo: FUGRO

Fugro has been awarded a contract by BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd for the Pyrenees Phase 3 Installation Project.   The Pyrenees development is located offshore Western Australia, in approximately 200 metres water depth, 45 kilometres northwest of Exmouth


Kemp Joins PMSA as Vice President

Carl Kemp (Photo: PMSA)

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) announced the hire of Carl Kemp as a Vice President based in the organization’s Long Beach office.    Kemp brings more than 20 years of experience in government and public affairs


Greek Shipers Disagree with EC on Tax Issues

The European Commission recently published Decision (C(2015)9019 final / 18-12-2015) alleging that some provisions of the Greek shipping taxation regime are in breach of EU state aid provisions and, in particular, the conditions set out in the current Community Guidelines on State Aid to Maritime


Diana Newcastlemax in $2.13m RWE deal

Courtesy Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with RWE Supply & Trading GmbH, Essen, Germany


Ampelmann Expands to Aberdeen

Safe crew transferring with the Ampelmann - A type North Sea Courtesy Ampelmann

Ampelmann, a provider of motion compensation access solutions, is opening an office in central Aberdeen as the next step in the continued expansion of the company. Ampelmann claims an an extensive track record in supporting Walk to Work campaigns in the North Sea


January 25: This Day in U.S. Navy History

1941 - The keel to USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is laid. Commissioned in April 1944, she serves during the later stages of World War II in the Pacific. She is now a museum battleship stationed in Norfolk, Va.   1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) encounters German blockade runners transporting ore in the Bay


Yamal Project’s First Ice-going LNG Carrier Launched

Image: ABB

The first of 15 ice-going LNG carriers for the Yamal project has been launched and is set to sail the arctic waters from Siberia to Europe and Asia. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in its Okpo South Korea yard, the new vessel, SCF Yamal


IMTRA Acquires Custom Product Sales Talent

Prentice Weathers

Marine Manufacturer Adds Talented Technical Sales Professional To Expand Key Big Boat Market Segment Presence IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today the addition of Prentice Weathers to its sales team.


Redwood City to Boost Bauxite Ore Imports

The Port of Redwood City Commission Wednesday approved expanding acreage use by International Materials Incorporated (IMI) for its handling of bauxite ore imports.   IMI entered its initial lease agreement with the Port in 2010 for approximately a 2


Merus Technology for VOS Paradise

Image: Pronomar

Vroon Offshore Service B.V., an international shipping company with a fleet of approximately 90 offshore vessels, has again trusted in Merus technology, commissioning Pronomar to install four Merus rings on platform supply vessel VOS Paradise this week after sister ship VOS Pace was equipped with


Slashed Charter Rate for Diana's m/v Houston

Courtesy Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels


SwissMarine Hires Diana's Capesize Bulker

m/v Houston: By Diana Shipping

 Greek dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter agreement with Geneva-based SwissMarine Services S.A. for its Capesize dry bulker the m/v Houston.   The gross charter rate is US$5,150 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties


This Day In US Naval History - February 1

USS Enterprise (CV-6) (Official U.S. Navy Photograph)

1800 - USS Constellation engages French frigate La Vengeance in a 5-hour battle during the Quasi War. 1902 - USS Plunger (SS-2), the lead ship of the Plunger-class submarine, launches. She is commissioned Sept. 19, 1903, at the Holland Company yard at New Suffolk, Long Island, N.Y






 
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