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FMC: OTI may not use unlicensed, unbonded agents

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an order stating that, under the Shipping Act of 1984 and its implementing regulations, a licensed ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) may not use unlicensed and unbonded agents to provide non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) and ocean freight forwarder services to the public. The OTI had petitioned for a declaratory order allowing such an exception, citing the evolving business conditions. The majority of the Commission denied the petition, noting that it is not aware of any legislative history or case law that would indicate the Congress intended to distinguish between persons would act as OTIs (and must be licensed and bonded) and persons who provide OTI services (and could avoid the license and bonding requirements). One Commissioner dissented, arguing that, at the very least, the FMC should examine the issue in greater depth and seek public comment. Docket No. 06-08 (HK Law).


White House: No Change in Crude Oil Exports Regulations

Josh Earnest (White House photo)

The White House said on Tuesday there has been no change in the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, responding to a question about whether an impending change might be behind price moves in oil markets.   "There has been no change in regulations regarding crude oil exports," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, noting the Commerce Department was in charge of export regulations.   "I'm not going to speculate about any sort of policy change that may or may not be


Intereuropa Shares Down Amid Merger Doubts

Slovenian shipping firm Intereuropa fell over four percent by midday trade on Wednesday amid fears that the government may not approve its proposed merger with port operator Luka Koper. At one point during the day, shares of Intereuropa were down 4.58 percent at 2,480 tolars ($13.03) on volume of 5,526 shares, although the company earlier in the morning reported a 24 percent in group nine-month net profit. Traders said there was no explanation for the drop other than the possibility that


EPA Issues Notice on Low-Sulfur Diesel Fuel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that, effective June 1, refiners will begin producing low-sulfur diesel fuel for use in ships. Initially, the sulfur content may not exceed 500 parts per million (ppm). The eventual goal is a maximum sulfur content of 15 ppm. Source: HK Law


Trico Marine. Announces Pricing of New Senior Notes

Trico Marine Services, Inc. announced today the pricing of its previously announced private offering of $250.0 million aggregate principal amount of 8 7/8 % Senior Notes due 2012. The notes were priced at 99.196 to yield 9.0% Trico Marine expects to use the net proceeds of the offering of the senior notes due 2012 to purchase its existing 8 1/2% senior notes due 2005 pursuant to an outstanding offer to purchase such notes and to pay related fees and expenses.


Boat Race Victims Perhaps Not Seen

Newport Beach to Ensenada boat race entrant 'Aegean' destroyed, 4 dead, may not have been seen by larger vessel Coast Guard investigators working to determine what caused the destruction of the 37-foot sailboat off the Mexican coast, consider that there's a possibility that no eyewitnesses remain. All four crew members of the Aegean were killed. And based on the level of destruction — small pieces of the boat were found spread over a wide area — it may be no one aboard the


Tokyo MOU to establish Detention Review Panel

The Tokyo MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) on Port State Control issued a Notice stating that, effective 1 January 2005, it is establishing a Detention Review Panel. The purpose of the Panel is to review, at the request of a flag state or recognized organization, specific port state control inspections undertaken by Tokyo MOU members. If the views of the Panel support the flag state or the recognized organization, the port state will be requested to reconsider its decision


SS&Y Indices Drop Again

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 53 points to 5,284. "Owners have been keen to get their vessels fixed well before the office Christmas party to keep them trading over the festive period, which has been gratefully grasped by charterers who got the discounts they desired," SS&Y said. "This may not be the case in January when the balanced positional market will have little encouragement for owners to discount asking prices


Cleaner Maritime Air for North America Comes Soon

Image credit EPA

The North American Emission Control Area (ECA) under MARPOL Annex VI will become enforceable on 1 August 2012 On the operative day the sulfur content of the fuel oil used on board ships operating within the ECA may not exceed 1.00 percent m/m (10,000 ppm). Ships will be required to maintain and, if requested, make available to Port State Control authorities:     •    Bunker delivery notes (for vessels 400 gross tonnage and above)


Safety and the Law Collide on the Water

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We all can agree that the safety of our employees is critical; if not the most important concern of each of our companies. Our marine-based employees face day-to-day perils that are not encountered by the average American office worker. It is our duty to do everything that we can to ensure that each of our employees returns safely to his or her family once their hitch is over. Our industry has made great strides in improving safety over the years by utilizing improved training programs


Ferries: An Economic Driving Force

Serge A. Buy

While most people know that ferries are a method of transportation, few have a good understanding of the nature of the sector and its importance. In Canada, ferries transport more than 55 million passengers, over 19 million vehicles, billions of dollars’ worth of goods and they employ close


IMRF: People in Distress Should be Rescued by All Vessels

Bruce Reid (Photo: IMRF)

Recent reports that some would-be rescuers do not fully understand the legal context of rescue at sea, and may have been deterred from helping people in distress because of possible legal action by local authorities seeking to counter trafficking activity are misplaced


Liberian Registry Reaches 4,000-ship Milestone

Scott Bergeron (Photo: LISCR)

The Liberian Registry has reached a milestone with the registration of its 4,000th vessel – the 50,000 dwt chemical / product tanker newbuilding High Trust, owned by d’Amico Tankers Limited, Dublin (d’Amico International Shipping S.A. group).   


Subchapter M: The Designated Person Ashore and You

Sweeney

As the workboat industry marches toward Subchapter M, and ever closer to the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, the appointment of a Designated Person Ashore (DPA) becomes more important, the position’s job functions become more defined


Marintec China Indicates Growth

Image: UBM Maritime Events

 Marintec China exhibition has grown by 14% since its last edition to cover 80,000 sq m with over 2,000 exhibiting companies  from 34 countries  defying the talk of a slowdown in China and its hard-hit shipyards.   The two years since the last Marintec China event have not


Vale Says Ships Sale, Leaseback Could Fetch $1.1 Bln

Brazil's Vale SA said on Friday that it plans to sell its 11 remaining Valemax iron ore carriers and lease them back in transactions that could raise $1.1 billion. Vale has said it has experienced some delay in selling the ships, the key to its attempt to cut transportation costs between its


Bright future for Bunkering at Indian Ports

Bunkering Conference in session

  Hinode’s 5th Annual conference on the Outlook for bunkering and Marine Lubricants in India clearly acknowledged the fact that India was well on its way to becoming a Bunkering destination. Lack of infrastructure, duties, quality of bunkers, etc


Bulkcarrier Market Looks Bullish

Graphics by Clarksons

 Bulkcarrier investors are generally an optimistic lot, with little time for pessimistic analysts, says a research report by Clarksons. They know that however gloomy the forecasts, some time they will make a nice profit.    After all, the ships last 30 years


ABB Services Over 300 Turbochargers for CSCL

Photo: ABB

New service contract covers a further 113 turbochargers     ABB Turbocharging, part of the power and automation technology group, announced it has signed its third and largest Operation Performance Package service agreement with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL)


U.S. Crude Up on Supply, Export Variables

U.S. crude prices up 9 pct this week; at slight premium over Brent for most of day. U.S. crude prices rose for a fourth straight session on Thursday, headed for a 9 percent weekly gain in the lead-up to Christmas as the market tightened on the back of falling supplies and looming exports.


Significant Shoaling in Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to exercise caution while transiting the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) due to shoaling conditions. Several portions of the AICW show significant shoaling, specifically those areas near mile markers 237, 271, 280 and 321 in North Carolina


Yukon River Charts Produced with Satellite Images

This screenshot shows the western entrance to the Yukon River on ENC US4AK98M. The dotted lines show approximate shoal areas (Photo: NOAA)

Coast Survey has issued provisional charts for barge operators and others traversing Alaska's challenging Yukon River, relying solely on satellite images to create the electronic navigational charts that only display shoreline and shoals (shallow areas)


Vessel Design: ‘LNG Ship of the Future’

The team has tested a scale model and discussed the design with shipyards. The final design is expected to save fuel and emissions by 3–5 percent compared with traditional designs. (Photo: BG Group)

Project to optimize LNG ship hull forms aims to reduce emissions and save significant amounts of fuel for LNG vessel operators.   On the shores of the Amazônia Azul – or Blue Amazon, the part of the Atlantic off the coast of Brazil – the LNG ship of the future is being


Damen's InvaSave Passes Shipboard Tests

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen’s port solution for ballast water management on course to help compliance with upcoming IMO regulation.   More and more countries are ratifying the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) and it is very likely that it may enter into force as early as the first


BIMCO: Container Shipping Faces Low Supply Growth

CSCL Globe on sea trials. (Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries)

While the containershipping market continues to welcome a fleet of modern, mammoth efficient ships to the fold, it will struggle in 2016 with low supply growth that will test its mettle, according to a recent analysis from BIMCO. Overall, container volumes being moved around the world have grown






 
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