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).
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 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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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).
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
Global Ship Lease, Inc. (GSL) announced that it has priced an offering of $420,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 10.000% first priority secured notes due 2019 at an issue price of 98.5% in a private placement. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally
Natural gas pipelines and power utilities across the United States struggled for several weeks to keep lights on and homes warm through the coldest winter in decades, but it may take many months for the cost and the fallout of the so-called "polar vortex" to work through the energy chain
The job’s not over until the paperwork is done. Done correctly. When an accident occurs on one of your vessels, an accident investigation is necessary. As safety is our primary concern, it is important to determine what happened, how it happened and how we can prevent it from happening in
Business owners put their companies at risk when a new project gets under way. With even the best advance preparation, things can still go wrong, with the potential for injury, property damage and financial loss lurking in the background. If you are the project owner who is hiring multiple
By John Kemp. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters. Britain's North Sea exploration and production business is set to be transformed, with cooperation replacing competition and proactive, intrusive regulation replacing a light touch.
The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) said it has underlined its commitment to investing in the future of the Singapore and global shipping industry by sponsoring S$50,000 through three scholarships during the 2014/2015 academic year. The scholarships will come under the the MaritimeONE
The Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police, has issued a safety message for all ice surface users near icebreaking operations and shipping routes in the Great Lakes as follows:
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) launched its latest Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table (which can be downloaded from the ICS website – www.ics-shipping.org). ICS Director External Relations, Simon Bennett explained
The Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police, has an important safety message for all ice surface users near icebreaking operations and shipping routes in the Great Lakes. Broken and fragmented icy tracks left behind by
Rescue operations delayed by ice conditions. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) has been advised this morning that sea ice conditions in the area are likely to delay today’s planned rescue of passengers from the MV Akademik
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division marked the opening of the maneuvering and seakeeping basin (MASK) facility, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Dec. 19. The 360-foot long and 240 foot-wide facility holds approximately 12 million gallons of water and is used to evaluate the
In recent months, the Coast Guard received complaints alleging that certain waterfront facilities within the Sector Houston-Galveston area of responsibility are charging an unreasonable price to remove MARPOL residues/waste from vessels.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has raised concerns with governments about preparations worldwide for issuing tens of thousands of seafarers with new certificates for security-related training by January 1, as required by the 2010 amendments to the IMO Convention on Standards of
Global Ship Lease, Inc. (GSL) announced that it plans to issue an aggregate principal amount of up to $400,000,000 of first priority secured notes due 2021 in a private placement. The notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed, jointly and severally
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) – the worldwide trade association for shipowners – has made a written submission to the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) suggesting a possible way forward with respect to complex discussions about additional global