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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


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


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.


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.


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.


This Day In Naval History: July 25

Ships Sponsor, Naunita Harmon Carroll, and her party at the Fore River Shipyard during the USS Harmon (DE 678) launching ceremonies in Quincy, Mass. on July 25, 1943. (U.S. Navy photo from the Naval History and Heritage Command)

1898 - During the Spanish-American War, a landing party from the armed yacht, USS Gloucester, single-handedly captures Guanica, Puerto Rico. 1943 - The first Navy ship named for an African-American, USS Harmon (DE 678), is launched. USS Harmon is named in honor of Mess Attendant 1st Class


China sets up South China Sea environment protection fund

China has set up a 15 million yuan ($2.25 million) environmental protection fund for the South China Sea having already spent double that in the past four years, the Xinhua state news agency said on Monday. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled this month that China did not have


LNG: Did the Greeks Get it Wrong?

Graph: Alibra

 In December 2013, Alibra’s market report front page read: “When in shipping, do as the Greeks do.” At that time, Alibra was referring to the fact that 31% of the LNG carrier orderbook had been ordered by Greek owners.  


INTERSCHALT Expands South American Network

Photo:  INTERSCHALT

INTERSCHALT maritime systems GmbH, a provider of services for communications, navigation and bridge equipment and the maker of voyage data recorder systems, has expanded its service network in South America through the addition of ITEC Electronica Maritima S.A


DNV GL Commissions OVRT Test Unit for Wind Turbines

Photo: DNV GL

 DNV GL adds to its service offering  offers in the field of electrical measurement for renewable energy producers with a mobile test laboratory for carrying out “Over Voltage Ride Through” (OVRT) tests.   The first measurements have now been successfully started for a


This Day In Naval History: July 15

Oregon (BB-3) (IUSN photo # NH 42972, courtesy of Allan J. Drugan, copied from Album of Lewis H. Rockey, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.)

1862 - While CSS Arkansas makes her way down the Yazoo River, she encounters the Union gunboats USS Carondelet, USS Tyler, and USS Queen of the West. In the ensuing battle, CSS Arkansas damages the first two vessels and makes her way into the Mississippi River


Japan Regulator Investigating LNG Shipping Restrictions

File photo: MOL

Japan's anti-monopoly regulator is investigating whether clauses in liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts preventing buyers from selling the fuel to third parties hurts competition, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing unidentified sources.  


Two more Cranes for APM Terminals Cotonou

APM Terminals new mobile harbor cranes photo APM

APM Terminals Cotonou, operating as Coman SA at Benin’s primary port, adds two new cranes, the largest mobile cranes in the Benin port. Cotonou, Benin- Coman SA, operated by APM Terminals Cotonou in Benin’s primary port, has commissioned two new Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHC) at a


This Day In Naval History: July 13

Richard Byrd (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

1812 - The frigate, USS Essex, commanded by Capt. David Porter, captures the merchant brig, Lamprey, in the Atlantic.    1854 - The sloop of war, USS Cyane, bombards San Juan del Norte (Greytown), Nicaragua, in retaliation for ill-treatment of U.S. citizens


GE Technology to Power Massive Crane Vessel

Semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir. (Image: GE)

A recent partnership between Sembcorp Marine and GE aims realize one of the most challenging offshore projects in recent times for Heerema’s new Semi-Submersible Crane Vessel (SSCV) Sleipnir, which at 220 meters long and 102 meters wide, will be the world’s largest crane vessel.


Bering Sea Deal a First for Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

Alaskan Leader (Photo: Alaskan Leader Fisheries)

Inmarsat announced that its partner Network Innovations (NI), together with Fusion Marine Technology, have signed a contract with Alaskan Leader Fisheries to install Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s new high-speed broadband maritime communications service, powered by Global Xpress (GX). 


This Day In Naval History: July 12

U.S. Navy fighter aircraft perform a flyover at the conclusion of the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). (U.S. Navy photo by Rusty Black)

1836 - Charles H. Haswell is commissioned as the first regularly appointed Engineer Officer. In Oct. 1844, he is promoted to Engineer in Chief of the Navy.    1916 - The AB-3 flying boat, piloted by Lt. Godfrey de Chevalier, is catapulted from USS North Carolina (ACR 12) while underway


Pipelay, Construction Work Completed for Chevron in Nigeria

(Photo: Sea Trucks Group)

A pipelay and construction campaign for the Sonam Field Development Project for Chevron Nigeria Ltd. has been successfully completed, announced Sea Trucks Group.   The contract for the project was awarded to West African Ventures Ltd, Sea Trucks’ principle Nigerian business in June


Shipowners Reject Proposals for Ships to Pay for EU Ship Recycling Licences

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping

 Proposals to compel ships, regardless of flag, to pay for European Union ship recycling licences when calling at EU ports, will undermine efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve working and environmental conditions in developing nations


DNV GL Advises EU on Adoption of LNG as Marine Fuel

As the take-up of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as ship fuel in Europe is still largely in its early stages, DNV GL has provided a report for the EU providing recommendations on how to address barriers to wider adoption.   By November 2016 all member states are required to submit national






 
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