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Coast Guard Inspects Cleveland's First Containership

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Johnson, a marine inspector stationed at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland, inspects navigation equipment aboard the motor vessel Fortunagract for compliance with international and domestic regulations April 19, 2014. Fortunagracht was the first vessel of its kind to enter the Great Lakes as part of the newly-formed Cleveland-Europe Express. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Stephanie Pitts

U.S. Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted safety and security examinations on the first-ever containership to arrive in Cleveland Saturday morning. The Fortunagracht, a 450-foot Dutch-flagged containership, delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Before the establishment of the Cleveland-Europe Express, shippers relied heavily on rail service to transport goods from the larger east coast container ports, such as New York and Baltimore, to the Great Lakes region. Talks to bring CEE to Cleveland began in the fall with cooperation between the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, the FBI and other government agencies. “Marine Safety Unit Cleveland worked closely with the Cleveland Port Authority’s facility security officer, CBP, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement officials to ensure safe and secure operations for the CEE,” said Lt. Cmdr. J. Wade Russell, commanding officer of MSU Cleveland. “MSU personnel focused primarily on maritime domain awareness surrounding the operations and compliance with safety and security regulations within the port.”


Europe to Africa Route On Table

Hydro Air, a South African company, is mulling the possibility of launching a sea-air service between Europe and Africa in the longer term. Hydro Air, will launch its first-ever cargo service and first Africa-European air service in the first week of November with a Boeing 747-200 freighter. Hydro Air cargo's commercial director Louis van Deventer said the company was considering the possibility of a sea-air service in the future


Chevron, Exxon and Petrofina Celebrate Genesis' First Oil

Flow of first oil was announced by partners in the Genesis Project, a deepwater oil and natural gas drilling and production facility in 2,600 ft. of water in the Gulf of Mexico, located 150 miles south of New Orleans. Genesis is expected to produce approximately 30,000 barrels of oil and more than 20 million standard cu.-ft. of natural gas per day during 1999. Production is planned to increase at a steady pace so by the year 2000 Genesis will reach its peak production capacity of 55


Port Awards Environmental Excellence Award

The Port of Los Angeles, along with the California Air Resources Board and the South Coast Air Quality Management District, presented today its first-ever Environmental Excellence Award to Evergreen America Corporation. The award recognizes the environmental stewardship of Port of Los Angeles customers. Port Chief Operating Officer Bruce Seaton presented the Environmental Excellence Award to Captain Hwang and Jason Hsu of Evergreen America.


Mitsui Celebrates 40M bhp

On July 3, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Tamano, Japan, hosted an unusual event. Mitsui gathered employees and guests from sub-suppliers and subcontractors as well as MAN B&W Diesel A/S to celebrate Mitsui’s 40 million bhp of MAN B&W two-stroke engine power. The engine marking the 40 million bhp is a 6S70MC for NKK Shipyard who was also present at the celebration. Mitsui has held a license to build B&W engines since 1926 and is, thus


Petrobras Awards Lankhorst Ropes Dyneema Deepwater Mooring Line Contract

Lankhorst Ropes Gama 98 rope braiding machine low-res.jpg

Leading deepwater rope manufacturer, Lankhorst Ropes, has secured the first-ever, worldwide order for Dyneema synthetic mooring rope for deepwater MODU (Mobile Operating Drilling Unit) projects from Brazilian oil and gas producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras). Gama 98 is a rope construction developed by Lankhorst Ropes specifically for deepwater mooring, and used on a number of major deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The rope will feature up to 12 Dyneema SK78 yarn sub-ropes


China's First Cruise Ship to Sail Soon

China Star: Credit Wikipedia CCL Asiacruiser

'China Star', first ever cruise ship for China, sets sail soon An unusual twin-hull cruise ship will set sail from Hong Kong on March 8, after being acquired by a Chinese mainland tycoon, his first step towards building a Chinese cruise ship fleet. Huang Weijan, an entrepreneur from Wenzhou in East China's Zhejiang province, bought the 20,295 ton ship, launched in 1992 from the Finnyards Shipyard in Rauma, Finland for the Diamond Cruise Line


US to Sell Offshore Wind Farm Leases

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to hold first ever competitive lease sales in federal waters south of Rhode Island & Massachusetts on July 31, 2013. Citing a U.S. Department of Interior release, Reuters report that BOEM will auction commercial wind energy leases to 164,750 acres located about 9.2 nautical miles south of Rhode Island. According to a report recently released by the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Northern Sea Route Traffic to be Joined by Russian Navy

Warship “Pyotr Velily”: Photo credit Russian Navy

Two vessel groups from Russia’s Northern Fleet will be sailing Arctic waters during the busiest season for commercial shipping along the Northern Sea Route reports the 'Barents Observer'. Citing Commander Vladimir Korolev's press statement Barents Observer reports that the Russian Navy plans to send a detachment of the fleet’s combat ships led by the nuclear-powered missile cruiser “Pyotr Velily” to eastern regions of the Arctic Ocean".


Russian, Azerbaijani Navy to Hold First Ever Joint Drills in Caspian Sea

Pic: Russian Navy

 About 10 Russian and Azerbaijani ships will take part in a joint naval exercise in the Caspian Sea for the first time; RIA Novosti cited the statement of Russia’s Southern Military District.    "The military officials of the countries reached a decision during consultations to hold a joint exercise on the defense of maritime economic infrastructure on September 2015," says the statement.  


Carnival Orders Two Ships from Meyer Turku

Photo Carnival Corporation

  Carnival Corporation & plc, Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku today announced a multi-billion Euro contract for four 180,000 gross ton large next-generation cruise ships.  The ships will feature a revolutionary “green cruising” design and will be the first-ever cruise ships


Cosco Bags Research Ship Order

Photo credit: Cosco (Guangdong) Shipyard

 Cosco (Guangdong) Shipyard secured a contract worth over 129 million yuan ($20.8m) to build one research vessel, to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017.   The contract will become effective upon the receipt of letter of guarantee from the shipyard's bank.   


WFW Advises on MSC Cruise Ship Financing

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised long-time client MSC Cruises (“MSC”) on the €1.2 billion (US$1.35bn), export credit agency (ECA) supported financing of two newbuild ‘Seaside class’ cruise ships


Jebel Ali Port Wins Top Industry Award

DP World’s Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Vice Chairman HE Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah, Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf; Senior Vice President and Managing Director of UAE Region, Mohammed Al Muallem, and COO Mohammed Ali Ahmed holding the Award.

DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port has been recognized for excellence in container terminal operations at the first ever Navis Inspire Awards 2015. HE Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World said the industry prize underlined the global marine terminal operator’s customer


BC Ferries’ First-Ever Cable Ferry Named

Captain Esther Allen officially christens BC Ferries’ new Cable Ferry

  BC Ferries unveiled the name of its newest vessel and first-ever cable ferry, Baynes Sound Connector, at an official naming ceremony at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver on 9th May. The 78.5 metre ferry – named after the channel it will regularly cross –


USN Successfully Tests Electromagnetic Catapult on CVN 78

The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) transits the James River during the ships launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier three for the final stages of construction and testing.

  The Navy conducted the first-ever, shipboard, full-speed catapult shots using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) aboard the aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), Naval Sea Systems Command announced May 15.


China, Russia Conclude Naval Drill

Photo: Ministry of Defence, Russia.

 Russia and China naval forces concluded their first-ever joint military exercise in the Mediterranean Sea this morning, according to an online news briefing from the Chinese Defense Ministry.   The naval drill code-named “Joint Sea 2015” was held from May 17 to 21 and


China Builds-up Naval Power

Map: CIA

 China has outlined a first ever "white paper" on military strategy that outlined a more robust posture for its blue-water navy, and warned of threats to its security from "still smouldering" boundary disputes over land.  


Karachi Port Signs MoU with Chinese Port Trust

KPT head office. Photo: Karachi Port Trust

 The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and Guangdong Transport Department, China signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for strengthening shipping connectivity and establishing cooperation.    The MoU was signed by KPT Chairman Vice Admiral Shafqat Jawed and Guangdong Transport


Peel Ports Welcomes 3 Queens

Three of the world’s largest and grandest ocean liners - the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria  - paid a historic visit to salute the city of Liverpool, the original home of their owners, cruise-line

  Three of the world’s largest and grandest ocean liners - the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria  - paid a historic visit to salute the city of Liverpool, the original home of their owners, cruise-line company Cunard


Karpowership to Present Ghana Powerships Project

Image: Karpowership

Karpowership to share Ghana project at African Energy Forum   Karpowership, a subsidiary of Karadeniz Holding, and its executives will update participants on its first ever project in Africa, the “Power of Friendship for Ghana” project at the upcoming 17th annual African Energy


Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Opens Cruise Season to the North Pole

Icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (Photo: FSUE)

Nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) owned by FSUE Atomflot has left the port of Murmansk on her voyage to the 'top of the world', the company’s press office said. The 25th season of tourist cruises started on June 4.


Nordics First Bunkering Station for LNG

First Ever Bunkering Station for Liquefied Natural Gas (

  Skangas announced that the first ever bunkering station for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Nordics is open and operating successfully.  The new bunkering station fuels Fjord Line’s cruise ferries, which are the first - and largest - in the world to use "single fueled


Egypt Receives LNG Shipment from Australia

Woodside Rogers. Photo by Maran Gas Maritime Inc.

 Egypt received a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Australia after the exporter sent two shipments to the region in the past two years, signaling increasing demand, reports The Daily Star.   The Woodside Rogers tanker arrived at Egypt's Ain Sokhna terminal Thursday after loading at


India, Australia Pitch Maritime Drill

Indian Navy Ships Satpura and Kamorta, alongside in Fremantle, Western Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 With increased awareness that strategic and security interests are converging given the geopolitical situation, India and Australia have agreed to hold their first ever bilateral naval exercise in this year and are planning to make the joint war game a regular feature in coming years.






 
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