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Lawmakers Consider Tougher Safety Rules for Ships

Bay Area members of Congress suggested that tougher safeguards might be needed on cargo ships to prevent accidents like the recent Cosco Busan spill that resulted in 58,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel in San Francisco Bay. One possibility would be to require double-skins on fuel tanks or some sort of partial double hull on cargo ships. In response to the disastrous Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in 1989, all oil tankers in U.S. waters must have double hulls by 2015. Another would be to make the Coast Guard's vessel transport system more stringent for ships entering and leaving ports, like the air traffic control system. Though the Cosco Busan did not have a double hull, it did have an added layer of safety: a tugboat, which is required in the Bay under state law for oil tankers, but not cargo ships, was attached to the ship at the time of the accident. The tug escort can push or pull ships away from trouble if they lose power, lose steering or have other problems. Yet despite that precaution, the tugboat apparently was not asked — or may have been unable — to steer the vessel clear of the collision in time. With the cause of the accident still a mystery, the fact that the tug was not able to save the ship could indicate that the pilot and crew did not realize the ship was dangerously off course, experts familiar with the case reportedly indicated.


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


Container Vessel Damages San Francisco Bay Bridge

The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a container vessel Cosco Busan allision with the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The vessel was out bound with a pilot onboard at the time of the allision. The vessel reported damage to the forward left side and bulk fuel (MF 380) was leaking from the vessel. Visibility was limited during the time of the allision due to fog. U. S. Coast Guard and San Francisco Police Department are enforcing a 100 foot saftey zone around the vessel and the fuel in the


Cummings Convenes Hearing on Inspector General’s Report Concerning COSCO BUSAN

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings convened the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to receive a report developed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the circumstances surrounding the allision of the COSCO BUSAN with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on November 7, 2007.  This report was originally requested by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi


NOAA Releases Restoration Plan for Cosco Busan Impacts

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Final Restoration Plan Completed for Cosco Busan Oil Spill; Projects will Address Impacts from Ship that Struck the Bay Bridge. State and federal trustee agencies have released the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan. The document summarizes the injuries to wildlife, habitat, and recreational uses from the oil spill that occurred on Nov. 7, 2007. It also describes a number of restoration projects that will be implemented to compensate for injuries from the


China Focus for Swedish Club Academy

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The Swedish Club Academy focuses on China during a five-day Maritime Resource Management road show at the end of March. MRM training aims at establishing safe operational cultures where teamwork and effective communication are key components, even to the extent of encouraging crew members to ‘challenge’ decisions made by their masters and superiors. “People with high rank can make mistakes too, and when they do the team members who detect it must be assertive enough to


Report - COSCO BUSAN Pilot Actions

The report was hampered in that the pilot surrendered his license shortly after the incident and the on-going criminal investigation made various possible witnesses unavailable. Nevertheless, the report concluded that pilot misconduct was a factor in the allision. Among other things, the pilot failed to utilize all available resources prior to getting underway; failed to clearly communicate with the master; failed to exercise sound judgment when he lost confidence in the radar in reduced


Multiple Factors Caused Container Ship Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board determined on Feb. 18 that a medically unfit pilot, an ineffective master, and poor communications between the two were the cause of an accident in which the Cosco Busan container ship spilled thousands of gallons of fuel oil into the San Francisco Bay after striking a bridge support tower. On November 7, 2007, at about 8:00 a.m. PST, in heavy fog with visibility of less than a quarter mile, the Hong Kong- registered


Hearing for Fleet Management Pilot

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal prosecutors told a judge that the pilot of the container ship that struck the Bay Bridge in November 2007 ignored basic safety precautions, lied to licensing authorities about his prescription drug use, and should be sentenced to 10 months in prison, the maximum recommended by his plea agreement. Capt. John Cota's lawyers asked for a two-month sentence, the minimum term in the plea agreement


KMTC Feeder Service Comes to Busan’s New Port

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With the calling of JSS2, BNCT in Busan’s New Port adds its 12th KMTC service and hopes for more to come.   This recently launched service connects Busan, South Korea with Sendai, Japan.   BNCT will continue supporting Busan’s feeder network in the future with 700,000TEU additional capacity available in March 2015 linked to completion of its Phase II expansion plan.  


COSCO to Roll out Cruise to Xisha Islands

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 China’s state-owned COSCO Shipping Corp plans to launch cruise services in the South China Sea in July, reports Reuters.    The first route is expected to travel from Sanya to the Yongle Island, part of the Xisha Islands in Hainan province.  


Panama Canal Conducts Trial Through Expanded Cocoli Locks

ACP Owned crane ship Oceanus successfully transits the new Pacific facing Cocoli Locks on Monday Photo ACP

Today, the Panama Canal conducted another successful trial transit in the Expanded Canal. The transiting vessel, a U.S.-built crane ship named the Oceanus, was maneuvered through the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks by Panama Canal Pilots Fernando Jaén and Ricardo Varela.   


Greece's Competition Commission Okays OLP-COSCO Deal

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 The Competition Commission approved the sale of a majority stake in Piraeus Port (OLP) to China’s COSCO during its meeting on Wednesday, saying it is in line with Greek competition laws.   According to Greek national news agency AMNA


Countdown Begins for Expanded Panama Canal opening

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History will be made in Panama on Sunday, June 26, when the first-ever Expanded Panama Canal is inaugurated. The COSCO Shipping Panama will transit through the new locks on this significant day, with the world as its audience.   The Panama Canal Expansion project is the largest construction


China Launches New 98,000-ton Heavy-lift Mega Ship

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 The Guang Hua Kou, one of the world's largest heavy lift semi-submersible ships, was launched last month at Guangdong Shipyard International. At 98,000 tons, it's one of the largest vessels of its size, anywhere in the world.   


COSCO Rolls Out Shipping Financial Platform

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 China COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd (China COSCO Shipping) officially  inaugurated the company “COSCO shipping Financial Holdings Limited (COSCO shipping Financial) in Hong Kong.   It was former China Shipping (Hong Kong) Holdings, reports Sinocast.  


CMA CGM to Improve its PEX 2 Service Between Asia and the Caribbean

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 In order to continue offering the best dedicated service from Far East to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, CMA CGM is glad to inform its customers about the new rotation of its PEX 2 service.   As from m/v CMA CGM NEW JERSEY voy


COSCO Launches World's Largest Oil Tanker Fleet

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 China's largest shipping company by fleet size China COSCO Shipping Co has officially launched COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation Co in Shanghai on Monday, creating the world's largest oil tanker fleet in terms of both ship numbers and deadweight tonnage, says a report in China.org.cn.


Greek Cruise Operators Fret over Strikes Sparked by Port Sale

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Greek cruise ship operators are worried of a lasting impact on the sector from an ongoing strike by port workers protesting against the sale of the country's biggest port Piraeus to Chinese shipping giant COSCO.   Greece in April agreed the sale of a 67 percent stake in Piraeus Port to


Piraeus Port Shareholders Approve COSCO Deal

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Piraeus Port shareholders approved a new concession agreement with Chinese shipping giant COSCO on Friday, bringing Greece a step closer to concluding the sale of a majority stake in the port. Greece agreed in April to sell a 67 percent stake in the port to COSCO for 368.5 million euros


Greek Workers Protest Port Selloff

Dozens of demonstrators blocked the entrance to Greece's privatisation agency offices in central Athens on Friday and planned more protests during the day against the sale of the country's two biggest ports. Privatisations have been a key plank of Greece's succession of bailouts since 2010 but


COSCO's Vessel Departs Greece for Inaugural Transit through Extended Panama

Departing Greek Port of Piraeus today, COSCO Shipping Panama will make the inaugural transit of Expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, June 26 Photo COSCO

The container vessel COSCO Shipping Panama set sail from the Greek Port of Piraeus today on its way to Panama to make history. The Neopanamax vessel will make the inaugural transit of the Expanded Panama Canal on Sunday, June 26, after a 14-day journey.  


Piraeus Port Shareholders Okays Sale to COSCO

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 The buy-out of the Greece's Piraeus Port by Chinese shipping giant COSCO is closer to completion, as shareholders approved a new concession agreement, reports Reuters.   Greece had already agreed in April to sell a 67 percent stake in Piraeus to COSCO for $415.7 million


COSCO Shipping Bulk Sets Sail

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 The world's largest bulk vessel fleet in terms of both ship numbers and deadweight tonnage COSCO Shipping Bulk Co is officially launched in Guangzhou. Its a merger between two companies - COSCO Bulk Carrier Co and China Shipping Bulk Carrier Co.  


Two Dead in Crew Attack on board Fishing Vessel

Vietnamese crewmen held over killing of S.Korea ship captain, engineer. Two Vietnamese crewmen on a South Korean fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean have allegedly stabbed and killed the ship's captain and the engineer over a dispute, South Korea's coast guard said Monday.






 
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