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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


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


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


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


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


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


USCG Issues Guidance For Vessel Boarding Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued guidance to its personnel regarding vessel boarding safety when conducting boardings of large commercial vessels as part of the homeland security mission. The guidance cautions Coast Guard personnel about the need for safety briefings prior to any such boarding, the risks of explosive vapors, and the risks inherent in confined space entry. It notes that many Coast Guard personnel may not have received specific training concerning the risks related to this new


Hampton Roads – Security Zones

The U.S. Coast Guard has established security zones around passenger vessels and vessels carrying Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC) while they are in the navigable waters of the Captain of the Port (COTP) Hampton Roads zone. When within 500 yards of such vessels, other vessels must operate at the minimum speed to navigate safely. Other vessels may not operate within 100 yards of such vessels. The rule comes into effect immediately. 69 Fed. Reg. 40768 (HK Law).


Shipping Industry Faces Major Dilemma on BWM

Ballast water management. Picture by DNV GL

 The Round Table (RT) of International Shipping Organisations (comprising BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) is deeply concerned if the international convention to regulate ships’ ballast water comes into force in the near future without a realistic


Seminar Highlights Freight Liability in Russia

Kevin King

International freight insurer TT Club convened a special seminar at the recent conference on transport and logistics, Trans Russia in Moscow.  Lead by TT Club’s General Manager, EMEA, Kevin King and Kirill Berezov from the insurer’s long-established Russian network partner


MCPON, CNO Honor Sailors of the Year

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathon Greenert delivers remarks during the 2014 Sailor of the Year promotion ceremony at the Navy Memorial. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Lockwood.

  The Navy's 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial, May 14. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert served as guest speaker at the pinning ceremony hosted by Master Chief Petty Officer of the


SeaProcurement Version 2.2 Launched

SeaProc Dashboard (Image courtesy of iMarine Software)

Marine eProcurement system adds new features to expand functions and enhance management reporting.    iMarine Software announced today the release of SeaProcurement (SeaProc) Version 2.2, expanding the next generation in marine eProcurement systems to include contract management


Container Rates Fall on Declining Chinese Exports

bimco containership.jpg

Since February, freight rates on the three key container shipping lanes has left the erratic up and down movements behind only to slide week after week. On Friday April 10, 2015 the freight rate including ocean freight and surcharges, i.e


NOIA Reviewing Proposed Well Control Rules

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

NOIA President Randall Luthi issued the following statement on the proposed bop/well control regulations announced by the Department of the Interior:   “The Federal regulators promised a big rule, and at more than 200 pages, they certainly delivered


Box Ship Oversupply Stoking Trouble

Source: Drewrys Container Forecaster

Despite positive growth momentum, the container shipping industry continues to suffer new, big ship deliveries with no let-up to the ordering frenzy according to the Container Forecaster, published by Drewry Maritime Research.   Drewry forecasts another year of excess growth in relation to


Rough Weather Force Australian Ports closure

Wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

  A slow moving low pressure system is bringing severe weather conditions off the New South Wales coast, prompting port closures at Port Kembla and Sydney and the imposition of restrictions in Newcastle. Port Kembla remains closed with monitoring of the port entrance to continue


London P&I Club Issues Recommendations on Bauxite Cargoes

Dr Martin Jonas (Photo: London P&I Club)

The London P&I Club has issued a list of recommendations to owners contemplating the carriage of bauxite cargoes in the wake of renewed concerns about the dangers of cargo mis-declaration and potential liquefaction. In the latest issue of the club’s StopLoss Bulletin, Dr Martin Jonas


Online BWM Tools Launched

The revamped GloBallast website offers free access to online e-learning tools for anyone involved with the operational aspects of ballast water management. (Image: IMO)

Spreading the word on ballast water management – new free online tools launched   A new online learning portal including a free e-learning course on the Operational Aspects of Ballast Water Management (BWM) was launched today by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Program and the


Shipping Industry Faces Ballast Water Dilemma

The Round Table (RT) of International Shipping Organizations (comprising BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) said it is concerned if the international convention to regulate ships’ ballast water comes into force in the near future without a realistic


Vessel Draft Restrictions Lifted at Oregon Inlet, NC

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) informed it has lifted restrictions and enforcement of the regulated navigation area Thursday at Oregon Inlet between Bodie and Pea Islands.   The captain of the port for Sector North Carolina lifted vessel draft restrictions and enforcement of the regulated


NZ Ports to Turn Away Cruise Liner

Ovation of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruises

 Radio New Zealand says that ports of Auckland is set to turn away one of the world's largest cruise ships after agreeing with its council-owner not to build one of two planned wharf extensions.   It said, without the extension, it could not berth the Ovation of the Seas


Shipping Industry Faces Major Dilemma on BWM

Sustainable BWM

  The Round Table (RT) of International Shipping Organisations (comprising BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) is deeply concerned if the international convention to regulate ships’ ballast water comes into force in the near future without a


Quad Cities Kicks Off Navy Week

Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, during a practice demonstration. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrea Perez

Quad Cities Navy Week kicked off May 4 with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) presentation by USS Constitution and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 1 Sailors at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa






 
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