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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

NOAA Releases Restoration Plan for Cosco Busan Impacts


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

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

China Focus for Swedish Club Academy

Logo courtesy of Swedish Club Academy

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

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

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

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

KMTC Feeder Service Comes to Busan’s New Port


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.  

Greyman Express Launched

Greyman Express. Photo by Vroon

 China’s COSCO Guangdong Shipyard today launched Greyman Express, the sixth newbuilding livestock carrier to be constructed for Dutch company Vroon at this yard.    Four newbuilding livestock carriers have already been delivered to Vroon and have entered service. 

Will Cosco-CSCL Merger be a Trend-setter?

Photo: COSCO

 A China Ocean Shipping Company COSCO-China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL)merger makes financial sense, but would have huge implications for competition in the container shipping industry, according to Drewry Maritime Research.  

Juggling Follows New Ship Capacity

Photo: Maersk Group

With China’s COSCO confirming its $1.5-billion order of 11 new 19,000 TEU ships for delivery in 2018, the “arms race” for Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV) of over 18,000 TEU continues but carriers are having to be more creative when deciding where to deploy smaller

Cosco's Ambitious $1.5Bln Megaship Plan

MV Cosco China. Photo: COSCO

Chinese shipping behemoth Cosco Holdings has confirmed it will order 11 container megaships for $1.5 billion, despite an estimated 30 percent overcapacity in container shipping having sent freight rates to levels that at times don't even cover the fuel cost of moving containers across oceans

ExxonMobil Helps Extend Ship’s Piston Ring Life

Athens-based Costamare Shipping has more than tripled the piston ring replacement period to more than 55,000 hours for containership Cosco Yantian, helping the company reduce costs and improve vessel performance.   According to ExxonMobil

China COSCO Orders 11 New Boxships

China COSCO has ordered 11 container ships from four Chinese shipbuilders in a $1.51 billion order that will propel the country's largest shipping line into the big league of giant vessel owners. The ships, which will have the capacity to carry up to 19,000 20-foot containers (TEU)

10,000TH SeaQuantum applications Celebrated

The Team

  In July, Jotun and Dalian Ocean Shipping Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company, Cosco Group), celebrated the 10,000th application of SeaQuantum, Jotun’s premium antifouling, to their 297,336-dwt tanker, Cosrich Lake.

Jotun, COSCO Celebrate 10,000th Antifouling Applications

Cosrich Lake (Photo: Cosco Dalian)

In July, Jotun and Dalian Ocean Shipping Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company, Cosco Group), celebrated the 10,000th application of SeaQuantum, Jotun’s premium antifouling, to its 297,336-dwt tanker, Cosrich Lake.

Cosco CSCL Merger Talks Continue

Photo: Cosco

 The closed-door talks on what is believed to be merger discussions between Cosco and China Shipping continue, reports local media.   According to JoC, the Chinese executives of the carriers have been tight lipped on the discussions

Cosco Pacific Profits up 12%

Photo: COSCO Pacific Ltd

 Major terminal operator Cosco Pacific has reported a 12% on-year increase in net profits for the first half of this year to nearly $164.4m on good cost control and optimisation of management efficiency.   However the revenue of the port and box leasing unit of Chinese state

Busan LNG Bunkering Terminal by 2020

Photo Source: Busan New Container Terminal

 A new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering terminal may become operational at South Korea's Busan New Port by 2020.    South Korean shipping company Polaris Shipping will reportedly invest $500 million (KRW 600 billion) to construct the facility.  

MSC Announces First Sailing on Revised Asia Trade

Photo: MSC

Westbound sailings to North Europe and the Mediterranean to start in September   Container shipping firm MSC has published sailing dates for its new look Asia network announced Monday, August 17.    MSC’s new East-West Network is made up of 193 vessels which operate across

No Tianjin Impact, Says Cosco

Pic: China COSCO Holdings Company Limited

 China COSCO Holdings Company Limited says its operations at Tianjin port have been unaffected by the blasts that killed 114 people here also put a deep dent in the compact between China’s government and its middle class.  

Cosco Blame it on Weak Shipping Industry

Photo: COSCO International Holdings

 The global economic recovery was slower than expected and the overcapacity problem in the shipping industry remained serious, in the  first half of 2015, says COSCO International Holdings.   This drove stable business volume to the Company’s business segments which serve

COSCO Delivers PSV to COSL

On July 22, COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivered a platform supply vessel (PSV), ¡°Hai Yang Shi You 660¡±, to China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL), the Chinese shipbuilder announced.   The vessel measures 85.4 meters LOA, 20 meters in breadth, 8

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