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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.  


Top 10 Container Ports by Volume

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It comes as no surprise that the world’s top 10 container ports by TEU volume are all located in Asian countries. Seven of those top ports are Chinese, with Shanghai leading the way with 36.54 million TEU in 2015, according to data compiled by the World Shipping Council.


Carl Vinson Strike Group Arrives in the Republic of Korea

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Photo: US Navy

 Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit, March 15.  


Deck Carrier BigRoll Beaufort Delivered

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The heavy marine transportation provider BigRoll Shipping has reached a milestone. The fourth and final MC Class vessel for BigRoll shipping was handed over by Cosco Dalian Shipyard Co. Ltd to new owner BigRoll Shipping in Leiden, the Netherlands.  


Cosco Shipping 2016 Profit Dip

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 Cosco Shipping International (Hong Kong) has seen its profit for the year ended December 31, 2016 drop 29 percent to HKD 236.5 million (USD 30.4 million) from HKD 362 million (USD 46.6 million) reported a year earlier.   Although the company’s operating profit dropped to HKD 544


COSCO Shipping Denies OOCL Bid Reports

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Rumors that COSCO Shipping Corp plans to bid for Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) are incorrect, a spokeswoman for the Chinese shipping giant said on Friday.   "We deny these rumors," she told Reuters.  


COSCO Shipping Holdings to Buy Qingdao Port's Shares

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 COSCO Shipping Ports and Qingdao Port International (QPI) announced to enter into the Transaction Agreement, pursuant to which COSCO Shipping Ports will make strategic investment in QPI.    Taking the proposed New H Share Issurance plan of QPI into consideration


OOIL, COSCO Deny Deal Rumors

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 China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited (Cosco Shipping) and Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL)  denied reports that they are in negotiations for Cosco Shipping to take over OOIL subsidiary Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).  


Cosco Nantong Bags Wind Farm Support Vessel Order from Everbright

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 China’s Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard has won a contract to build one multi purpose wind farm support vessel (WFSV) for the Hong Kong-based Everbright Int’l (HK) Offshore.   Cosco Corporation's 51 per cent owned Cosco Nantong will deliver the contracted newbuild in the fourth


Cosco Scraps Eight Container Ships

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 Shanghai-listed Cosco Shipping Holdings sold eight container vessels to scrap during the fourth quarter 2016. The ships correspond to a total tonnage of 409,914 dwt, and the youngest in the pack was 15 years old, says the Chinese carrier.  


Korea's Seaport Cargo Grows

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 The volume of cargo processed at South Korea's seaports reached a record high last year despite a global economic slump and the collapse of the country's leading shipper, Korea Herals quoted the government as saying.   Cargo handled at seaports across the nation totaled 1


COSCO Ports and CMA Terminals Join Forces

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 Cosco Shipping Ports  has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CMA Terminals Holding in Shanghai.    The two parties have agreed to seek cooperation in ports worldwide and preference will be given to ports that the Ocean Alliance calls


Cosco Shipping Holdings to Post 2016 Loss

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 Cosco Shipping Holdings (CSH)has announced that its profit for 2016 will be below that of 2015, reports Reuters.    The container shipping arm of state-owned China Cosco Shipping Corp expects to post a net loss of 9.9 billion yuan ($1


SM Line's Maiden Voyage Next Month

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 The new container carrier SM Line, owned by South Korean Samra Midas (SM) Group, will launch its first service in the second week of March.    The shipper which took over Hanjin's service network between Asia and the US, will also take over several of Hanjin's terminals in South


Cosco Closing Down Yards

On Dec. 16th, 2016, the opening ceremony of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. was held in Shanghai. Photo: China Cosco Shipping Group

 COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co is planning to cut the number of shipyards that are able to manufacture offshore engineering products from five to two by 2020, China Daily reported.   China's third largest shipbuilder by output makes this move as the company's latest effort to cut


Container Lines to Cut Terminal Cost in China

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 Eleven container liner transportation companies have promised to cut or standardize the Terminal Handling Charges (THC) in order to lower nearly 3.5 billion yuan burden of export enterprises each year, according to National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).   






 
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