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Arctic Patrol Ships to be Ordered

A federal cabinet committee has okayed a plan to build six corvette-sized Arctic patrol vessels, according to a report by The Canadian Press and posted on www.canada.com. The committee approved the plan to build the 100-m, 6,000-ton, according to several sources, The Canadia Press reported. It is anticipated that the ships – which will start construction following a two-year period in which the shipbuilding project will be planned – will cost about $300m per ship.


House Judiciary Committee Approves FY 2008 Coast Guard Bill

The House Judiciary Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2008 authorization bill for the U.S. Coast Guard. The legislation has already cleared the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Prior to final approval, the Judiciary Committee added language strengthening the Coast Guard’s ability to combat maritime smugglers of illegal immigrants and would rachet up security at ports and liquefied natural gas facilities


"Cruise-to-Nowhere"Legislation Sees Mixed Results

House Bill (H.B.) 19, in North Carolina, was passed by the North Carolina House of Representatives. The bill prohibits "cruises to nowhere" and regulates other offshore gaming operations the state doesn't have the authority to ban outright. Vessels that embark and disembark passengers in North Carolina, but make an intervening stop in a neighboring state, would be regulated under the bill. To be considered to have made an intervening stop, a vessel would have to dock at a port in another state


Oil Spill Bill Forwarded

The Senate Commerce Committee approved the Oil Spill Prevention Act, legislation introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) that aims to make ships safer and assess and improve vessel tracking procedures.Boxer said, “Californians know all too well the devastation an oil spill can cause to our waters, wildlife and our communities.  Just last fall, 58,000 gallons of toxic bunker fuel poured into the San Francisco Bay after the Cosco


WRDA Passage to End Lakes Dredging Crisis

The end of the dredging crisis on the Great Lakes moved a giant step closer today when a key House committee approved legislation requiring the federal government to spend all the tax dollars it collects for dredging on dredging rather than use nearly half to balance the budget - at least on paper.  Section 2007 of H.R. 5892, the Water Resources Development Act of 2010, mandates that all tax revenues annually deposited in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) be used to dredge the


Container Weight Regulations

Image:  World Shipping Council

 Starting July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments to The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas’ (SOLAS), will require that shippers verify gross container weight prior to shipping.   But now, according to a report in the WSJ, IMO says ‘practical and pragmatic’ three-month grace period would calm exporter fears of widespread backups.  


IMO Conference Addresses Oil Pollution Compensation

A third tier of compensation for oil pollution incidents from tankers, to supplement compensation currently available under IMO's Civil Liability and Fund Conventions, is set to be adopted at an international conference to be held at IMO Headquarters from 12-16 May 2003. The International Conference on the Establishment of a Supplementary Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage is expected to adopt a Protocol to the


Iran Sanction Proposal Targets Oil Companies, Tanker Fleet

A U.S. proposal to sanction Iran’s state-owned oil company and its main tanker fleet may ensnare any person or business in the world involved in purchasing or shipping Iranian oil, according to a report from Bloomberg. Pressure is mounting on Iran’s nuclear program, as the prospect of an attack from Israel grows beyond rhetoric. In turn, the pressure is rising to force Iran to back down. The Senate Banking Committee unanimously adopted a measure Feb


Carnival Pays Quarterly Dividend, Appoints New Director

Carnival Cruise Liner: Photo credit Wiki CCL Rapidfire

Carnival Corporation appoints new non-exec director to serve on health, environment, safety & security committees At the annual shareholders meeting of Carnival Corporation & plc  held in Miami Beach, Fla., shareholders elected a new member to the company's board of directors – Debra Kelly-Ennis, president and chief executive officer of Diageo Canada, Inc.  Kelly-Ennis will serve in a non-executive capacity on Carnival Corporation & plc's 14-member board


EU Approves I-Tech Selektope

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  The antifouling biocide Selektope has been approved by the EU Standing Committee on Biocidal Products for EU-wide use from the 1st of January 2016   On the 8th of July, the European Union Standing Committee on Biocidal Products gave notice that Selektope is approved under the EU Biocidal Products Directive as an antifouling substance for use in both professional and non-professional antifouling products.  


Eriksen Joins Singapore's International Maritime Centre Plan

DNV GL’s Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen. Photo: DNV GL

DNV GL’s Group President & CEO Remi Eriksen participated in the first meeting of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) advisory committee for further developing Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC) towards 2030.  


$70 Million Loan Facility for Navios

Photo: Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, announced today that it has agreed to provide a $70 million secured loan facility maturing in November 2018 to Navios Maritime Holdings Inc.   The Loan Facility bears interest of 8.75%, compounded semi-annually and is secured by (1) all of Navios


India Proposes New MCA for Port Sector

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping. Photo: Official FB Page

 India's Shipping Ministry on Thursday proposed a new model concession agreement (MCA) to attract more private sector investments in the development of port infrastructure.     The proposed MCA will replace the existing agreement which came into existence in January 2008


Baltic Exchange Shareholders Approve Singapore Exchange Takeover

Baltic Exchange shareholders on Monday approved an 87 million pound ($112 million) takeover by Singapore Exchange for one of London's oldest institutions, in a deal that will give SGX access to the multi-billion-dollar freight derivatives market.


FAST Act Grant Awards Announced

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced 18 proposed grant awards for projects under the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program. The program, also known as the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National


AFMA Moves to Strengthen Seabird Safety

A BIRD BAFFLER HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO DETER SEABIRDS FROM FORAGING IN BETWEEN THE STERN OF THE VESSEL AND WHERE THE WARPS ENTER THE WATER Photo AFMA

Being followed by an albatross is considered to bring good luck to mariners but the birds themselves aren’t always so lucky when trying to pick up a free feed from fishing boats. To better protect seabirds from fishing gear, AFMA has been working with the fishing industry to develop new


Sagarmala Aims to Promote Port-Led Development in India

Sagarmala Project. Image by Ministry of Shipping, Govt. of India

 To exploit the potential of India’s approximately 7,500 km long coastline and 14,500km of potentially navigable waterways the Sagarmala Programme aims to promote port-led development in the country, says the government of India.  


Op/Ed: Fix the HMTF Now … or in 2027

Shane Skelton

The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) has been misused and underutilized for years, leaving U.S. ports and harbors in subpar conditions and disadvantaging the very shippers that pay to modernize and maintain them – to the tune of nearly $2 billion per year. In May, the U.S


MN100: SeaSchool

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The Company: Sea School prides itself on remaining ahead of the competition with over 36 years experience in dealing with Coast Guard Licensing, Regulations, and Maritime Education. The school employs U.S. Coast Guard approved instructors with extensive knowledge and experience in commercial


MN100: Victaulic

John Malloy (Photo: Victaulic)

The Company: Victaulic is the originator and has been the world’s leading producer of mechanical pipe-joining solutions since 1919. In the maritime industry, Victaulic grooved piping products are used on a wide range of vessels, including tugs and workboats


Ballast Water Convention to Enter into Force in 2017

Päivi Luostarinen handed over the country’s instrument of acceptance to the Ballast Water Management Convention to Kitack Lim on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Finland has acceded to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), triggering the 2017 entry into force of an international environmental protection measure that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species


Governments Must Act on Ballast Water Chaos: ICS

Photo: IMO

 The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) notes Finland’s significant announcement that it has acceded to the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.    This suggests that this new regime, to protect local ecosystems from the impacts of invasive species


Singapore: Committee to Plan Future of International Maritime Center

IMC 2030 Advisory committee members with SMS Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State Prime Ministers Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has established the International Maritime Center 2030 (IMC 2030) Advisory Committee to chart the future directions of Singapore’s IMC.    Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of BW Group


Rickmers Maritime Trust May Face Liquidation

Image: Rickmers Trust Management Pte. Ltd

[ Updated ] The Singapore-based Rickmers Maritime Trust has come to a sitatuation where the choice is between restructuring the securities in the company to less than half their current value or shutting down.  So it has warned the investors that if its proposed debt restructuring


AAPA Commends Senate Leadership For WRDA Passage

AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) today lauded leaders of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and the Senate’s Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee for their success in advancing S






 
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