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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


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.


Jumbo Shipping and Volgo-Baltic Logistic

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LC Volgo-Baltic Logistic (VBL), one of Russia’s biggest freight agencies, has signed an exclusive agreement with Dutch Heavy Lift shipping company Jumbo Shipping. Jumbo Shipping has appointed VBL as its exclusive commercial agent for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).


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


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


37 Piracy Incidents in Q1, Says IMB

Image: International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

Worldwide, International Maritime Bureau (IMB) recorded 37 piracy and armed robbery incidents in the first quarter of 2016, down from 54 in the same period last year. Three vessels were hijacked and 29 boarded, with 26 crew kidnapped for ransom and a further 28 held hostage.  


Englishman: 11th Humber Tug Bears the Name

Photo: SMS Towage

Humber tugboat operator SMS Towage has drawn on an old name for the latest addition to its fleet. The new Englishman is the 11th Humber tug to bear the title, in a tradition stretching back to the 19th century.   Built at the Sanmar yard on the edge of Istanbul to a Canadian design


Fincantieri Delivers Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista is the largest ship ever built for the Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet Photo Fincantieri

Carnival Vista, the new flagship of the fleet of Carnival Cruise Line, brand of the Carnival Group, was delivered today at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone. The ship was presented yesterday evening during a ceremony which was attended, among others


Port of London Bridge Simulator Upgraded

Photo: PLA

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested £250,000 to upgrade its ship’s bridge simulator, adding a full tug bridge simulator in a move that is set to enable a boost in port trade and helps terminals verify their expansion plans.  


Cyprus LNG Terminal Non-starter?

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. Photo: Cyprus Govt

 Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has said that building an LNG terminal in Cyprus will depend on discoveries and the results of the country’s third licensing round.   Discussing the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone’s third licensing round


Ships Instructed to Avoid Piracy-prone Waters around S. Philippines

The Indonesian Navy has instructed all commercial vessels to avoid piracy-prone waters around the southern Philippines, a spokesman for the Indonesian military said on Thursday, following a spate of kidnappings and piracy in recent weeks.  


Eastern Cranking Out Escort Tugs

Neptune (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivers the escort tug Neptune to Suderman & Young Towing Company and launches the Escort Tug David B to Bay-Houston Towing Co.   Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the escort tug Neptune (Hull# 237) on March 28, 2016


China, South Korea to Hold Maritime Talks

Map: Xinhua

China and South Korea held talks on delimiting their overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZs) in the Yellow Sea – the first such discussions in seven years.    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin talked to his South Korean counterpart, Cho Tae-yul on maritime demarcation


BigOceanData Provides VMS to Falkland Islands

Photo courtesy of BigOceanData

BigOceanData has been awarded a contract to provide the Government of the Falkland Islands with its vessel monitoring system (VMS) capability for another five years. For the first time the system will include AIS data, which will be integrated with existing Inmarsat tracking data from the


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple


DP World Awarded Limassol Port Concessions

DP World has been awarded a 25-year concession by the Cypriot government for the exclusive rights to operate Limassol port, the Dubai-based ports operator said on Monday.   Separately, it said that P&O Maritime Cyprus, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DP World


US Freedom of Navigation Ops Targeted 13 Countries Last Year

The U.S. military carried out freedom of navigation operations against 13 countries last year, including several against China for what it views as excessive claims to maritime and airspace jurisdiction, the Pentagon said in an annual report on Monday.  


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

(Photo: Stevens Towing Co., Inc.

March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring


Violent Attacks Worsen in Seas Off West Africa - IMB

Piracy on the world’s seas Courtesy ICC & IMB

 As piracy on the world’s seas continues to fall, new figures from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) highlight growing violence off the coast of West Africa, where 44 seafarers have been captured so far this year.


New Tank Barge Delivered to Harley Marine

Fight A.L.S., a tank barge designed by EBDG and built by Vigor Fab, was delivered to Harley Marine Services in February (Photo: EBDG)

The newly built tank barge, the Fight A.L.S., was delivered to Harley Marine Services on February 19, 2016.   Designed by Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) and constructed at Vigor Fab in Portland, Ore., the 83,000 bbl tank barge joins Harley’s offshore fleet working the Gulf and East






 
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