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Comsat Teams With NOAA and Coast Guard For Maritime Reporting

Comsat Mobile Communications(CMC), a unit of Lockheed Martin Global Telecommunications, has teamed with the United States Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to offer free Amver/SEAS (formerly Automated Mutual-assistance VEssel Rescue / Shipboard Environmental-data Acquisition Systems) messaging to mariners that use COMSAT-C satellite messaging service. CMC recently distributed more than 2,000 free packages of Amver/SEAS software to vessels and maritime shipping companies. This software combines Amver capabilities with NOAA volunteer observing ships weather reporting. The software, which uses a message format developed by COMSAT, enables ships to send compressed data via Inmarsat-C terminals using COMSAT-C service. All Amver/SEAS messaging is free to ships using the special software and sending reports using COMSAT-C service. In response to increased national security concerns, the United States Coast Guard has temporarily changed Amver reporting requirements for vessels bound for or departing from U.S. ports. Amver reports, including schedules, routes, passenger, crew, and cargo information, are now required from all vessels 96 hours prior to entering domestic ports or waterways. According to U.S. Department of Transportation officials, these changes in Amver reporting are necessary to help improve the collection and flow of arrival and departure information. This ruling is in effect until June 15, 2002.


Bulk Ship Owner Follows Trend, Reports 2012 Profit Plunge

Excels Bulk Carrier Mairaki: Photo courtesy of Excel Maritime

Greece-based shipowners Excel Maritime reports results for the second half and year-ended December 31, 2012, re-n For the year ended December 31, 2012, Excel reported voyage revenues of $242.0 million compared to voyage revenues of $353.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Corporate highlights The Company is currently in advanced restructuring discussions with its lenders under its syndicated credit facility, dated as of April 14, 2008 (the “Syndicate Lenders”)


Excel Maritime Reports 3Q Results

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd (NYSE: EXM), an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today its financial and operating results for the third quarter and nine month period ended September 30, 2007 and declared a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share for the third quarter 2007. Total revenues for the third quarter 2007 amounted to $43.2m as compared to $32.7m for the same period in 2006


Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance 2012 Report Released

Defence IQ releases Survey Data for Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Study which  explores the key threats to global maritime operations. The report, based on a survey of 114 defence professionals from within the maritime domain, also examines the key areas for growth and investment in the market. Furthermore, the study underscores piracy as a key issue within the maritime community and considers what impact counter-piracy operations are having.


Sweden's Ship Registry Cannot Compete

The Swedish Register of Shipping is not competitive, and it will probably never be, according to a new report. The report from the governmental Trafikanalys recommends that there should be less focus on rebuilding a fleet under the Swedish flag in future, according to Maritime Denmark and Sjöfartstidningen. A number of Swedish ships are flagged out to Denmark, while the Faroe Islands has attracted many former Swedish vessels


Global Marine Trends 2030

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Three scenarios shaping the future of the world’s maritime industries. Report issued  at events in Singapore and London indicates strong growth for the maritime sector in the years up to 2030 and an even bigger role for China in the maritime world, as seaborne trade increases from 9 billion tonnes annually to between 19-24 billion tonnes. Lloyd’s Register, Qinetiq and Strathclyde University has released Global Marine Trends 2030


Maritime Exercise Held in China

China's largest ever maritime search-and-rescue exercise, involving 400 people, 28 fleets, two helicopters and an aircraft, was carried out on Thursday in the waters near Dalian Port, northeast China's Liaoning Province. The exercise started when a collision between a passenger ferry and a cargo boat was reported and the National Maritime Rescue Emergency Plan was enacted immediately. The main elements of the exercise, including the rescue of 368 passengers and dozens of sailors


Shipbuilder JES International in the Red

According to a Feb. 25 report from Seatrade Asia Maritime News, Chinese shipbuilder JES International plunged into the red last year but remains confident on the long-term outlook for the shipbuilding industry. Singapore-listed JES reported a full loss for 2009 of $15.6m. (Source: Seatrade Asia Maritime News)


U.S. DOT Report Expects Oceanborne Trade Growth

Global oceanborne commerce is expected to continue to grow three to four percent annually over the next several years, according to a new report released by three agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S. international waterborne trade, which accounts for about 20 percent of the global total, is also expected to grow at a similar rate. The report, Maritime Trade and Transportation, 1999, is a result of an ongoing cooperative effort by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


MARAD, Public Port Development Expenditure

The Maritime Administration has released its new U.S. Public Port Development Expenditure Report (FYs 2006/2007-2011) (February 2009).  This report is the only one of its kind in the port industry that covers capital expenditures at U.S. ports.  It is used by port authorities, federal and state policy makers, industry associations, and other entities interested in the marine transportation industry. The February 2009 U.S


Pirates Approach Tanker in Bab El Mandeb

The U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office in Bahrain (MARLO) has advised that on or about 12:30 UTC on 14 April, the Master of an oil tanker reported being approached by a white-blue skiff in position 12.25.00 North - 043.43.00 East, in the Bab El Mandeb (BAM).


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


USCG Responds to Vessel Fire

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported it is responding to a report of a vessel that caught fire and became disabled with two men and a dog aboard south of the McCormick Bridge in the Intracoastal Waterway in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Thursday.


Nigeria Maritime Academy Gets Bridge Simulator

Photo courtesy NAUTIS

A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator was purchased and delivered to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron. The new simulator will be used to provide qualitative education and training for the merchant Navy and maritime industry in full accordance with international standards.


Divers Struggle in Search for Ferry Survivors

Rescuers struggle with waves, murky waters; Captain faces charge of abandoning South Korean ferry. About 290 people still missing, many of them teenagers. Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people


Shipowners to Become Liable for Costs of Wreck Removal

Wreck image courtesy of IMO

Shipowner liability is on the horizon as the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015 following the deposit, on 14 April 2014, of an instrument of ratification by Denmark, with the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


Search resumes for missing in S. Korean ferry disaster

South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the country's worst maritime disaster in over 20 years. They will also be seeking answers to many unanswered questions surrounding


UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers


Offshore Driller Noble Corp Q1 Earnings Beat Forecasts

Noble Corp., a leading offshore driller, reported first-quarter net income on Wednesday of $0.99 a share, higher than consensus forecasts, as new rigs helped lift revenues. ThomsonReuters I/B/E/S had forecast earnings of 70 cents a share or 82 cents a share excluding special items.


Crashes in Crucial US Crude Waterway Hit 10-year Low

USCG photo

Serious crashes in the bustling Bay of Galveston have fallen to the lowest level in a decade even as more oil moves on U.S. waterways, official data show, suggesting that better training and equipment are helping avert spills like one in March.


Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

© New Wave Media

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners


Search Resumes in S. Korean Ferry Disaster

USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 has entered search operations (U.S. Navy photo)

Poor weather conditions may hamper effort; Mystery surrounds capsize of ship; Nearly 280 people still missing, many of them teenagers South Korean coastguards and navy divers resumed their search on Thursday for nearly 280 people still missing after a ferry capsized in what could be the


Collision, Grounding and Anchor Draggings in Chesapeake Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with local response agencies and the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Tuesday after receiving a report of a collision between two ships in the Thimble Shoal Channel and are responding to several subsequent reports of ships dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay.


Tug Spills 2,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers are responding to a report of a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut, Fla., Tuesday evening. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report from the motor vessel Neptune that a fuel tank holding approximately 7


Litigation Can Cost Shipbrokers an Arm & a Leg

File photo CCL3

A survey of London solicitors by specialist intermediaries insurer ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts, reports trade association Maritime London. Indemnity insurers ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all


 
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