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Vinashin Gradually Stabilizes

According to the VOV News, some members of the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group Vinashin have recovered from the economic crisis and stabilized their production and business to create more jobs and ensure workers’ incomes. On April 9, Vinashin’s Party Committee held its second Party Congress for the 2011-2015 term in the presence of politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, who is also head of the Steering Committee for restructuring the Vinashin group.     (Source: VOV News)  


Revisions to Oil Spill Regulations

The Maine Oil Spill Advisory Committee held a hearing to review proposed revisions to the state's regulations related to oil terminals and vessels transporting petroleum products. The proposed revisions contain several references to vessels transporting petroleum products on the state waterways. AWO's major objection to the Maine regulations relates to a proposed requirement that vessels stay 12 miles offshore, except when approaching Maine's ports


Building Momentum for America

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In Washington, DC, success is often measured in the smallest of increments, especially when we have gridlock in Congress like we have seen this past year.  But when it comes to bringing attention to the importance of the inland waterways system to America’s current – and future – prosperity, progress is being made.  On September 21, Midwest Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mark Kirk (R-IL)


GulfMark Offshore Elects Two New Board Members

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. (NYSE:GLF) has announced the election of Steven W. Kohlhagen and Charles K. Valutas to its Board of Directors for terms expiring in June 2014.   Steven W. Kohlhagen is a retired financial executive who brings to the Board expertise in financial accounting, finance and risk management through his extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the financial, securities and foreign exchange markets


Shiptec China 2014 Taking Shape

In just under seven months’ time, marine professionals from China and around the world will gather for the opening of Shiptec China 2014 at the Dalian World Expo Center. Taking place October 21-24, it is the 11th holding of this increasingly important event, and the organizers have now confirmed many aspects of the forthcoming event. With its leading role now well established thanks to the involvement of the Chinese government


U.S. Energy Panel Plans More Oversight Of Gasoline Reserve

U.S. House Republicans will continue delving into the Obama administration's creation of an emergency gasoline reserve in the Northeast, after a briefing by the Department of Energy failed to quell concerns about the stockpile, a committee aide said on Tuesday. Senior members of the House Energy Committee asked for the briefing after the DOE earlier this year held the first test sale of crude from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) since 1990


New EU Transport Committee

Following the European elections of June 2004, the newly elected European Parliament held its first plenary session from 20 to 22 July. During this session, MEPs formally approved the nomination by the European Council of Portugal's Jose Manuel Durao Barrosso as Romano Prodi's successor as European Commission President. The key institutional change on the maritime front is that the former "RETT" Committee of the European Parliament ("Regional Policy


John Harrison Appointed General Counsel of Technip

Technip appoints John Harrison to its Executive Committee as General Counsel. In this newly created function, John Harrison will as General Counsel be responsible in the Executive Committee for all group legal, corporate and compliance matters and will report to the Chairman and CEO of Technip, Thierry Pilenko. Prior to his appointment and since 2003, John Harrison was General Counsel of the Defence and Security Division of EADS.


SCC Meetings Set

The Shipping Coordinating Committee, sponsored by the US Department of State, will hold two meetings in Washington, DC. The first meeting, on January 22, is to prepare for the upcoming session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Equipment. Topics on the agenda include the longitudinal strength of tankers and prevention of accidents with lifeboats. The second meeting, on January 30, is to prepare for the upcoming session of IMO Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases


Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2014 Board

Clockwise from top left: Judith Roos, Duncan Smith, Nicki Candies and Michael Carthew

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced its 2014 board of trustees. Consisting of 117members, the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees and Directors oversees management of the organization and helps to provide resources to advance the Foundation’s mission to support the service of men and women in the United States Coast Guard


Mexico's Lower House Pass Energy Reform Bills

  Committees in Mexico's lower house on Saturday approved laws fleshing out a landmark energy reform that seeks to drive private investment into the long-shuttered sector. The so-called secondary laws, which detail the implementation of the constitutional energy reform passed last year


Diana Shipping Invests in Diana Containerships

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Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase shares of the common stock of Diana Containerships Inc. for an aggregate purchase price of $40 million.


UN Throws the Book at North Korea Ship Operator

North Korean Merchant Ship: Photo CCL

A U.N. Security Council committee on Monday blacklisted the operator of a North Korean ship, which was seized near the Panama Canal last year for smuggling Soviet-era arms, and raised concerns about Cuba's military cooperation with Pyongyang.


Iraq's Kurds Have Right to Sell Oil While Squeezed by Baghdad

Iraq's Kurdish region has the right to keep selling oil as long as the Baghdad government keeps cutting its budget, the head of the Kurdish parliament's energy committee said on Tuesday, as an oil cargo off Texas was set to be seized at Baghdad's request.


Gazprom's Alexey Miller and Viktor Zubkov Elected

Gazproms Alexey Miller and Viktor Zubkov

  The annual General Shareholders Meeting of Gazprom was followed by a meeting of the Company's newly elected Board of Directors. The meeting resolved to elect Viktor Zubkov as Chairman of the Gazprom Board of Directors. Alexey Miller


Bill Introduced to Assess Great Lakes Marine Sanctuaries

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, and four colleagues introduced legislation requiring a federal assessment of Great Lakes waters with significant cultural, historic or archaeological value for possible preservation as federal marine sanctuaries.


New Director-General Appointed at Gazprom Export

Elena Burmistrova: Photo Gazprom

Gazprom informs that due to a considerable increase in the day-to-day business and its geographical expansion, as well as product diversification within the Company’s international activities, Elena Burmistrova has been appointed Director-General of the Russian energy


New Procedures for Guanabara Bay Olympic Sailing Event

Polluted Guanabara Bay the Venue of Summer Olympic Events

    Port Authorities at Rio de Janeiro are preparing to introduce new procedures for the upcoming Olympic Sailing event to be held in the south and east side of Guanabara Bay in July and August. Sailing teams from around the world will take part and the Brazilian Olympic


Iridium GMDSS Application Reviewed by IMO

Iridium's application to provide global maritime distress and safety system services receives support from International Maritime Organization subcommittee Iridium Communications Inc. today announced that its application to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the provision of


IACS Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) Training Course

FSA course: Photo courtesy of IACS

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) says that to  facilitate a wider understanding of the Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) process, its experts recently held a one-day FSA training course. Details as follows:


Mexico's Senate OKs Bills Expanding Power of Energy Regulators

Mexico's Senate gave general approval on Monday to legislation laying out expanded powers for energy regulators, part of the fine print needed to implement a constitutional reform that overhauls the oil, gas and electricity sectors. Senators must still debate reservations to the regulatory


AAPA Elect Kristin Decas as Next Chairman

Kristin Decas: Photo AAPA

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) informs it has elected Kristin Decas, CEO and port director for the Port of Hueneme (Calif.) as its incoming chair for AAPA’s 2014-2015 activity year. Ms. Decas will take office at the conclusion of the association’s annual convention


Container Shippers Join Forces for Safety

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The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) has been launched as a global business-to-business network that aims to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. Founding members CMA CGM Group, Costamare Shipping Company S.A., E.R. Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie


Gazprom to Extend Gas Supplies from Kazakhstan

Gazprom to extend gas supplies

  Astana hosted today a working meeting between Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Uzakbai Karabalin, Minister of Oil and Gas of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The parties discussed further cooperation in the gas sector and, in particular


House Subcommittee Hearing Highlights “Dismal State” of U.S. Icebreaking Capability

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At the July 23, 2014, hearing of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation on “Implementing U.S. Policy in the Arctic” the committee chairman, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), opened the proceedings by holding up a graphic of the icebreaker fleets of the






 
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