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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.


NordLB Back to Profit

Image by NordLB

 Although the crisis is not over in all segments, Germany's second-largest marine lender, Nord LB, said its shipping loan portfolio turned a corner in the first quarter after several years of hefty losses, says a report in Reuters.  


L.A., Long Beach Create Supply Chain Working Groups

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  Seeking new supply chain efficiencies, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced the creation of working groups focusing on peak operations and terminal optimization to develop ways to strengthen the competitiveness of the San Pedro Bay port complex.  


Mexico Removes Bid Limit on Shallow Water Oil Tenders

Mexico's oil regulator voted on Friday to relax previously established rules on bidding terms and contracts that form the first step in an historic sector opening that kicks off this summer with the public auction of 14 shallow water fields.  


Kongsberg Contracted to Support FLNG Conversion

CG drawing of the Golar Hilli after conversion (Image courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime secures position in the LNG market with electrical and automation contract for Golar Hilli FLNG   Keppel Shipyard in Singapore and Black & Veatch in the U.S. have awarded Kongsberg Maritime an order for the delivery of an electrical package and safety and automation


ERMA Bullish on Ballast Water Treatment

Photo:  Ermafirst.com

 After having delivered several BWTS systems in Kita Nihon shipyard in Japan, one more ERMA FIRST BWTS was successfully installed onboard the Bulk Carrier M/V SCARABÉ(DWT: 60,000t), managed by NIOVIS SHIPPING COMPANY, which was built at Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd


European Ports Identify Their Priorities

Photo: European Sea Ports Organisation

European ports are real “multitaskers”: they combine different functions ranging from gateway to the world, nodes in the transport chain, hotspots for Europe’s industrial activity, safe and secure shelters, the link between Europe’s peripheral regions and islands to the


HMAS Anzac Visits Portsmouth, UK

Australian Navy frigate visit

  The Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter frigate HMAS Anzac has arrived in Portsmouth, England, as part of her NORTHERN TRIDENT 2015 deployment.   Anzac departed Sydney in March 2015, and has transited the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, Suez Canal


Two ASC Kalmar Cranes for DP World Brisbane

Kalmar automatic stacking cranes at DP World Brisbane

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order from DP World Australia to deliver two new Kalmar automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) for its semi-automated terminal in Brisbane.    The cranes will join a fleet of 14 Kalmar ASCs at Fisherman Islands Terminal


Long Beach Port to Set-up Peak Relief Chassis Fleet

The Port of Long Beach will seek bids on the creation of a new fleet of truck chassis for peak periods of the year

  The Port of Long Beach will seek bids on the creation of a new fleet of truck chassis for peak periods of the year, complementing the existing equipment used to haul cargo containers to and from terminals. “It’s not enough for us to be a passive landlord; the industry needs


Inmarsat 3rd Global Xpress Satellite's Launch Delayed

“ This incident involving a failed Proton launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome is extremely unfortunate and will inevitably delay our launch plans for our third Global Xpress satellite.

  Inmarsat has provided an initial update on the launch schedule for Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) following the failure of the preceding Proton Breeze M launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday 16 May. According to an announcement by Inmarsat’s launch partner, ILS


Gener8 Maritime to Go Public

Image: General Maritime Corporation (now Gener8 Maritime)

 Private equity-backed tanker operator Gener8 Maritime filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to proceed with an initial public offering worth up to $100m.   The company was created in February 2015 via the merger of General Maritime and Navig8 Crude.  


Kongsberg Technology for Johan Sverdrup Field

Photo: Statoil

Kongsberg Maritime has been awarded a call-off order for delivery of the Safety and Automation System (SAS), Life Cycle Simulator and SAS Information Management System for the four platforms on the Johan Sverdrup field centre. The order is based on the Project Specific Agreement for the Johan


Star Clippers to Build Massive Square Rigger

Photo courtesy of Star Clipppers

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named


Sulfur-Laden Bulk Carrier Grounds off Port Arthur, TX

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with state and local partners in response to a bulk carrier loaded with sulfur that ran aground in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, while transiting outbound from Neches Industrial Park. At approximately 1:30 p.m.


GE Gas Turbine to Power USCG Cutter

USCG Cutter James (Photo: GE Marine)

GE LM2500 gas turbine to power United States Coast Guard‘s eighth National Security Cutter   GE Marine reports that its LM2500 gas turbine will power the United States Coast Guard’s eighth National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757)






 
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