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Lower Mississippi Exclusive Tug Franchise Ruling

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order stating that the ALJ is recommending that the Commission approve settlement of allegations against Cargill, Incorporated that it violated the Shipping Act of 1984 by engaging in an exclusive tug franchise at its four grain facilities on the Lower Mississippi River. Under the agreement, no exclusive tug arrangements would be in place for docking and undocking assistance. In its place, there would be a two-tier system, with the upper tier applying to vessels of 13,501 GRT and larger and the lower tier applying to smaller vessels. For tug assistance services other than docking and undocking, rates would be capped at the rates charged by the tug company selected by Cargill as set forth in the company’s public tariff. Subject to Commission review, the ALJ has dismissed Cargill from this proceeding. Docket No. 01-06 (HK Law).


FMC Will Hold Meeting

The Federal Maritime Commission will hold a meeting in Washington, DC on January 30, 2002. The Agenda states that the open portion of the meeting will address issues regarding financial coverage for performance of cruises by passenger vessels boarding passengers in the United States. The closed portion of the meeting will address exclusive tug arrangements in Florida ports. Source: HK Law


FMC Declines to Expedite Appeal Process

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order denying the appeal of Canaveral Port Authority whose earlier motion to stay discovery and expedite its appeal had been denied by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The FMC has initiated two proceedings against the port authority: one alleging unjust refusal to establish reasonable regulations relating to towing services in the port and another alleging unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate


Robert Allan Ltd. and Rotortug (KST) B.V. Sign Agreement

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Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver, B.C., and Rotortug (KST) B.V. of Rotterdam, Netherlands are very pleased to announce the initiation today of a new strategic alliance for the future development of the Rotor Tug concept. Under this Agreement Robert Allan Ltd will now act as the exclusive designer for all Rotor Tugs. The Agreement covers the continuous technical development for all existing and future Rotor ® Tug designs. The Rotor® Tug line will be added to Robert Allan Ltd


Damen to Build Robert Allan Designed Rotor Tugs

ART 80-32 class Rotor® Tug: Image credit Robert Allan

Two new ART 80-32class Rotor tugs, the first vessels designed for KST B.V. under the recent agreement naming Robert Allan Ltd. as the exclusive designer of Rotor tugs, are to be built by the Damen Shipyards group for owners Elizabeth Ltd. This is the first time that the Damen Group will build a design from Robert Allan Ltd. Kotug has provided significant input into the requirements for this design, and Robert Allan Ltd


Boskalis' SMIT Gladstone Towage Business Sold

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has successfully completed the sale of its Australian harbor towage business to its strategic partner Smit Lamnalco. The sale is part of a strategic realignment of the company's towage activities. Boskalis received US$ 55-million in cash for all the outstanding shares in Smit Marine Australia Pty Ltd, the legal entity holding the exclusive harbor towage license in the port of Gladstone, Australia with 6 tug boats included


Wilhelmsen Ships Service Handles Seatrade’s 200th Port Call

From left to right: Christopher Lugnani, Wilhelmsen Ships Service Senior Ships Coordinator,Portia Walton, Bunker Surveyor, Port Auxiliary Services, Capt Vyodor Popov of the River Phoenix, Victor Calderon, Dock Controller, Gibraltar Port Authority. Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service was acting as ships agents for the MV 'River Phoenix when she docked in Gibraltar last month, the 200th vessel owned by Seatrade to do so this year. Wilhelmsen Ships Service, which is Seatrade’s exclusive agent in Gibraltar, was invited to join in the celebrations to greet the River Phoenix. As the ship arrived, it was greeted with fire-tugs spraying water and a small flotilla of vessels. Wilhelmsen Ships Service exchanged commemoration gifts with the captain


ABG Shipyard`s Orderbook Rises

Karvy recently met the management of ABG shipyard and had a plant visit to their Surat shipbuilding facility. The company is an established manufacturer of a variety of marine ships, including bulk carriers, deck barges, interceptor boats, anchors handling supply ships, diving support ships, tugs and offshore vessels. Till date, the company has constructed and delivered around 93 vessels and has delivered three modern specialized Newsprint Carriers to Lysline, Norway.


KOTUG Begins Operations in Mozambique

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG Mozambique has begun exclusive port and terminal towage services with two Rotortugs in the new port of Nacala-a-Velha in northern Mozambique for Nacala Development Corridor (CDN), effective May 5, 2016.   The RT Magic and RT Spirit welcomed the largest bulk carrier Shining Dragon, to assist her safely to her berth. The Rotortugs, pioneered by KOTUG and featuring three separate azimuth propulsion units to provide improved vessel safety, power and maneuverability


Australia Helps Curb Illegal Pacific Fishing

Operation RAI BALANG, against illegal Pacific commercial fishing, involved a multi-national force The Australian Defence Force mission against illegal fishing in the Pacific is progressing well after the successful completion of multi-national Operation RAI BALANG. Operation RAI BALANG is the first of four annual regional monitoring, control and surveillance missions involving Pacific Island nations.  The operation counters illegal


ATB Design Comes of Age

Kim M. Bouchard / B. No. 270 (Credit: Guarino & Cox)

The emerging trend of marrying the design of an articulated tug and barge (ATB) to a particular propulsion system to maximize efficiencies of that system has, of late, been taking hold in workboat markets. For example, one recent project involving a dynamic partnership between Bouchard


Sanmar Building 150th Robert Allan Designed Tug

Photo courtesy of Robert Allan

Robert Allan Ltd. and Sanmar Denizcilik A.S. have reached a milestone in their ongoing relationship: scheduled to be launched later this year, a RAstar 2800 will mark the 150th tug that Sanmar has built to a Robert Allan Ltd. design.  


Bahri Q2 Net Profit Soars

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 47.2 percent increase in second-quarter net profit on Tuesday. The company's net profit for the three months to June 30 was 504.18 million riyals ($134.44 million), up from 342


Gulf Petrochem Group Expands European Bunker Operations

Neil Lamerton (Photo: Gulf Petrochem Group)

Gulf Petrochem Group, the UAE based global bunker supplier, has announced that it is now officially offering physical bunker supply in the port of Rotterdam, out of its new office based in Dordrecht. The office will cater to the group’s global customers and provide them with a wide


Two SAAM Tugs Christened in Chile

Christening Ceremony of the Third and Fourth RAstar 3200 Class  Courtesy Robert Allan

In early June, after a traditional blessing ceremony held in Valparaiso, Chile where SAAM S.A. is based, the company officially puts two more new Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 3200 class tugs Yunco and Huairavo tugs into operation. Representatives of local authorities, the Chilean Navy


Nigeria Becomes Piracy Kidnapping Hotspot, says IMB

Graphics: International Maritime Bureau

 Despite global improvements, kidnappings are on the rise, with 44 crew captured for ransom in 2016, 24 of them in Nigeria, up from 10 in the first half of 2015.   “In the Gulf of Guinea, rather than oil tankers being hijacked for their cargo


First VectRA 3000 Tug Delivered

(Photo: Sanmar)

Sanmar’s first VSP (Voith Schneider Propeller) tug, of the new VectRA 3000 series, named Arie A has been constructed for Italian operator Tripmare Spa of Trieste. The vessel has been delivered by a Redwise crew to Ashdod Port, located some 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv where it will operate


Jakarta to Boost Security of Small Vessels

Indonesias Maritime Security. Photo: US Embassy in Indonesia

 Jakarta will boost security of small vessels after hijackings 15 July, says a report in Protection Vessels International Ltd (PVI).   Indonesia is currently discussing with the International Maritime Organisation the rules for deployment of naval and coast guard vessels to escort


Fire-fighting ASD Tugs Sail to Argentina

Photo: Damen Galati Shipyards

At the end of June, two Damen ASD Tugs 2810 set sail from Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania to Puerto General de San Martin (Argentina) for towing, mooring, and fire-fighting operations in the Argentinian region around Rosario on the Paraná river.  


12th Chesapeake Tug for Vane Brothers

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers 12th Tug to Vane Brothers Photo Chesapeake

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, MD announced it has successfully delivered another ocean going tugboat to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD.   The boat, named Fort McHenry, marks the 12th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for the maritime transportation company


Saab's KleinPort Contracted for Curacao Ports Authority

Photo courtesy of Curacao Ports Authority

Defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract from the Curacao Ports Authority to install the latest version of Saab’s KleinPort for the Authority’s new Harbor Management System. Curacao Ports will be using KleinPort to manage its multi-harbor operations


Marsol Launching Rhino Craft in Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Photo: Rhino Craft

Marsol International, a UAE-based global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, will be launching and demonstrating its Rhino Craft 750 HDPE vessel at exclusive events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  


Fratelli Neri S.p.A. Orders Three Damen Vessels

L to R:  Dott. Corrado Neri, Director Fratelli Neri Group and Managing Director Labromare Livorno; Andrea Trevisan, Damen Sales Manager; Dott. Piero Neri, President Fratelli Neri Group; Dott. Corrado Neri, Director Fratelli Neri Group and Mr. Riccardo Sala, Broker Branchero Costa on the occasion of the contract signing for the three vessels. (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Fratelli Neri S.p.A., the family-owned, Livorno-based harbor towage company, has ordered three new Damen vessels; an ASD Tug 2913, a Stan Tug 1606 and a Stan Launch 1305, the last for its subsidiary company Labromare, which is 50% owned by Tripmare S.p.A.  


Damen Tugs Delivered to Dutch Navy

Handover ASD Tugs 2810 Hybrid Photo Damen

In an official handover ceremony at the Den Helder Naval Base, the Royal Netherlands Navy took formal delivery of three Damen ASD 2810 Hybrid tugs. In addition to providing an increase in ship handling capacity, the new vessels are also installed with hybrid propulsion systems


Vietnam Welcomes South China Sea Ruling, Reasserts its Own Claims

Vietnam welcomed a ruling by an international arbitration court concerning the South China Sea on Tuesday, saying it strongly supports peaceful resolution of disputes, while reasserting its own sovereignty claims.   "Vietnam welcomes the arbitration court issuing its final ruling






 
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