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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


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


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).


Rotterdam Port Opens Secure Trailer Car Park

second secure trailer car park

  The Port of Rotterdam Authority has opened a second secure trailer car park on Theemsweg in the Botlekgebied, which enjoys a central location. There are 107 slots for loaded and empty trailers. The Theemsweg facility is a follow-up to the first dedicated trailer car park in the


Bunker Throughput up in Rotterdam Port

The biggest containership of the world – bunkered in Rotterdam

Bunkering rose again for the first time since 2011 in Rotterdam, the biggest bunker port of Europe: 10.6 million tonnes compared to 10.4 in 2013. The whole of the increase is accounted for by marine gas oil and diesel; sales rose from 500,000 to almost 700,000 tonnes


RINA - Lloyd's Maritime Safety Award

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  The safety of the seafarer and the maritime environment begins with good design, followed by sound construction and efficient operation. Naval architects and engineers involved in the design, construction and operation of maritime vessels and structures can make a significant contribution


USCG Recruits Enjoy Christmas with Host Families

Recruits stand ready to be taken by their host family during the annual Operation Fireside pick up process at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Dec. 25, 2014. Nearly 300 recruits were assigned host families to spe

The Coast Guard and American Red Cross placed nearly 300 Coast Guard recruits with several dozen South Jersey families for Christmas as part of Operation Fireside. Operation Fireside has placed recruits with South Jersey families during the holiday season since 1981


The Economic Impact of Inland Waterway Investment

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A recently released study entitled INLAND NAVIGATION IN THE UNITED STATES evaluates the economic impacts and the potential effects of infrastructure investment on our economy. The comprehensive, 98-page document was prepared by the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee in November


Rolls-Royce, VTT Unveil Futuristic Bridge Concept

Image: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, together with VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, unveiled its latest vision of Ship Intelligence, a bridge concept which it said could become reality by 2025.   Rolls-Royce has worked together with VTT’s researchers and Aalto University to develop the new bridge


U.S. Port Congestion Adds to Cotton Traders' Woes

File Photo: A containership at the dock in the Port of Oakland, CA.

U.S. merchants face delays of as much as a week to ship cotton from major West Coast ports, threatening exports to China, the world's largest textile market, ahead of a key Chinese deadline at month's end for imports to arrive. Congestion has plagued West Coast ports for months


IMO adopts Polar Code Safety Requirements

On November 21, the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or the SOLAS, which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.  


Liberia Releases Mandatory MLC Compliance Report

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The Liberian Maritime Authority has released the mandatory MLC Annual Report for 2013. This report confirms that Liberia’s approach to enforcement of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 has resulted in low deficiency rate for Liberian-flag ships, the group said. 


EU Regs on Ship CO2 Reporting Complicates IMO Agreement

Peter Hinchliffe, ICS Secretary General

ICS Concerned that EU will Preempt IMO CO2 Negotiations.   The global trade association for shipowners – the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – is disappointed and concerned that the European Union is about to pre-empt negotiations taking place at the International


EU Regulation on CO2 Reporting a Setback for ICS Efforts

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

  The global trade association for shipowners – the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – is disappointed and concerned that the European Union is about to pre-empt negotiations taking place at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the collection of data on CO2


“Olympus” Named in Fosnavåg

Olympus

  Build number 116 from Havyard is called ‘Olympus’. It is the third in the series of Havyard’s 832 design, and, as mentioned, the eighth vessel to be delivered to Global Offshore Services. On Friday night, an Indian ceremony was held on board


Merger Talks Feed Energy Sector Deal Speculation

Employees work in a lab at the Halliburton Co. facility in Houston.

  Talks that could lead to oilfield services provider Halliburton Co buying rival Baker Hughes Inc may herald increased deal-making in the energy business as companies bet on a protracted drop in oil prices, industry bankers said. Competing service companies including National Oilwell


Keeping Their Cool – Marine Clutches and Brakes

Wichita provides expertise in such applications allowing it to add value to the design process as well as providing innovative materials and solutions for a wide range of marine applications

The marine environment is extremely harsh and delivering equipment capable of performing reliably and efficiently requires expert design engineers combined with advanced materials technology. Neil Wright, Managing Director of Wichita Clutch, assesses the requirements of modern marine clutches and


New Solutions for Electric Ship Propulsion

The green chimney when starting a generator set

Start-stop function combined with variable generator speed   For many years the start-stop function has become a common feature on automotive engines to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions. But the saving potential is much larger with onboard electrical power supply and propulsion






 
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