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Michigan to Regulate Ballast Water Discharges

The State of Michigan enacted two laws intended to regulate discharges in the state of ballast water from ocean-going ships. Act No. 32 broadly prohibits injurious discharges and specifically prohibits unauthorized discharges of ballast water from oceangoing ships. Act No. 33 provides that, effective January 1, 2007, an ocean-going ship may not engage in port operations in the state unless it has a permit and that, to obtain a permit, the ship must demonstrate either that it will not discharge aquatic nuisance species or that it will utilize environmentally sound technology and methods to prevent such discharges. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm issued a Press Release announcing her signing of the two measures. Source: HK Law


Iran to Launch two 35,000-ton Tankers

Concurrent with the launching of its first domestically made ocean-going ship, Iran is also planning to soon launch two 35,000-ton oil tankers being assembled in this major Persian Gulf country. About $8m has been invested in the building of the two tankers, said an official at Fara Sahel Shipbuilding Co. Some 50 percent of the parts used in the oil tankers have been supplied by foreign part producing companies he also stated adding


Sperry Marine Receives Approval for VDR

Northrop Grumman Corporation been awarded type approval from the Italian classification society Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) for its Sperry Marine VoyageMaster II Simplified Voyage Data Recorder (S-VDR). The RINA type approval certifies that the Sperry Marine S-VDR meets the International Maritime Organization (IMO) carriage requirements and performance standards for mandatory “black box” recording devices to be installed on ocean-going ships


Ocean Tankers covers IPO, asks for extension

The Financial Mirror has reported that Ocean Tankers Holdings Pcl has covered its initial public offering but has requested an extension until November 8 in order to allow time to the CSE to open trading accounts for overseas investors, mainly Greek shipowners who are participating in the issue. Ocean Tankers offered a total of 3 mln shares during the IPO aiming to raise CYP 755.700 and according to confirmed reports has completed the issue at least one time.


DonJon Shipbuilding, Repair on Lake Erie

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a global marine services provider based in N.J., announced the creation of Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, LLC (DSR).  Through an agreement with the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority and the acquisition of the assets of the former Erie Shipbuilding, LLC, DSR will engage in shipbuilding and repair on its 44-acre site on Lake Erie, Pa.   The acquisition adds shipbuilding and repair to Donjon’s existing spectrum of marine services


Corvus Energy Joins Aquarius Project

Fukuoka, Japan's Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. announced that Corvus Energy will supply the energy storage component for its patent-pending Aquarius Wind and Solar Power System for ocean-going ships. Since 2010, Eco Marine Power has worked on developing an advanced integrated system of rigid, photovoltaic-equipped sails and energy storage modules to allow ocean-going ships to harness renewable energies and reduce their need for oil


NCL Names Project America Ships

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced the names for its first two Project America ships, which will begin sailing Hawaii inter-island cruising next year. Project America 1 will be named "Pride of America", reflecting the "Best of America" theme on board. The line's second Project America ship, currently sailing as Norwegian Sky, will be reflagged into the U.S. registry, and will be renamed, "Pride of Aloha" reflecting the strong Hawaii theme to be incorporated during a complete refurbishment


Aquarius Eco Ship Concept Unveiled

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Eco Marine Power Co. Ltd. (EMP) unveiled a concept ship design incorporating its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) System. This concept design is called the Aquarius Eco Ship and is part of Eco Marine Power’s ongoing development efforts aimed at moving shipping towards a more sustainable future. The Aquarius Eco Ship is the result of a comprehensive study project which focused on optimising the design of a large ocean going ship such as a bulk carrier or oil tanker to harness the


Ship Pollution Control: MOL Demos Diesel Particulate Filter

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. has started a demonstration test of the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) system installed on the diesel engine used for power generation on an MOL Group-operated ocean-going vessel. This is reported to be the world’s first application of the self-cleaning DPF on an ocean-going ship. With research support from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), MOL and Akasaka Diesels Ltd. have jointly developed a DPF system for marine diesel engines, which run on C heavy oil


Donjon to Build Hopper Barges for Sterling

Photo: Donjon Shipbuilding

Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, located in Erie, Pennsylvania, was recently awarded a contract by Sterling Equipment of Quincy, Massachusetts to construct two hopper barges, with an option for a third. The principal dimensions of these barges are 225’ long x 42’ wide x 12’ deep. Delivery of the barges is to be made by the middle to end of August 2013. Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair's facility, equipped with 1,250 ft. by 120 ft. by 22 ft


China Okays Cosco, China Shipping Merger

Photo:China Shipping Group Co

China's State Council has approved a merger of the country's two biggest shipping conglomerates, China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) and China Shipping Group Co, the state asset supervisor said on its website on Friday. The combined entity would become the world's fourth-largest


NASSCO Delivers Second LNG Containership

Perla Del Caribe (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

 Fueled by liquefied natural gas, the Perla Del Caribe will join its sister ship, the Isla Bella, as the greenest containerships in the world.   U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered the world’s second containership to be operated by liquefied natural gas (LNG)


Port of Beaumont Celebrates Centennial

Photo courtesy of Port of Beaumont

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Port of Beaumont, a major deepwater port in Southeast Texas.  A series of celebrations and public events began October 20th, when the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce presented the port with its Spindletop Award for outstanding corporate citizenship


All-Women Crew Indian Navy Ship Enters Chennai Port

INSV Mhadei. Photo: Indian Navy

 The Indian Navy said on Saturday that its sailing vessel Mhadei, having an all-women crew of naval officers, has entered the Chennai Port.    The vessel which had left Visakhapatnam on February 9, was scheduled to make stops at Chennai and Kochi ports enroute before reaching her


South Korea Okays Casinos on Cruise Ships

Sapphire Princess. Image by Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd

 South Korea has given the go-ahead for cruise ships to operate onboard casinos for foreign guests, , reports the Korea Joongang Daily newspaper.   South Korean cruise vessels voyaging overseas will be able to operate casinos on board – but casino admission will be only for


DryShips Misses on Revenue

Ocean Rig Corcovado and Ocean Rig Olympia naming ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries. Photo by DryShips Inc

 The Athens, Greece-based DryShips reported a $1.44bn loss in the second quarter but delivered an operational profit that was in-line with expectations.   DryShips is an international provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its affiliate


Panama Canal to Limit Cargo on Bigger Ships amid El Nino Drought

Image: Panama Canal Authority

 The Panama Canal Authority said that next month it will temporarily limit the amount of cargo for larger ships using the waterway because drought has lowered water levels in Gatun and Alhajuela lakes, reports AP.   Earlier there were reports that the size of ships will be temporarily


Ill Merchant Seamen Dies at Sea

A team of four Guardian Angel pararescuemen from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., parachutes to the Green Ridge container ship during an over-water rescue mission Aug. 18, 2015.

A multiagency rescue operation to help a seriously ill merchant sailor aboard a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean was cancelled Wednesday morning after the man was declared deceased, the U.S. Coast guard announced.   Tuesday, at approximately 9:50 a.m


Climate Change Will Forever Alter Key Ocean Microbes

Image: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

 Global warming will irrevocably mutate a micro-organism that plays a crucial role in the ocean food chain, reports a study.   Trichodesmium (referred to as “Tricho” for brief by researchers) is likely one of the few organisms within the ocean that may “repair”


Collective Efforts Helped Curtail Piracy Attacks

EU COUNTER-PIRACY OPERATION ATALANTA EXTENDED TO END OF 2016

  Collective effort by maritime industry and naval forces keep pirate attacks suppressed: EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE   At a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander


TOTE Shifts Maritime Companies under Unified Brand

Photo: TOTE Maritime

U.S. Jones Act carrier TOTE announced it has shifted operating companies Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, respectively serving the Alaskan and Puerto Rican/Caribbean markets. Going forward, the companies will be known collectively as TOTE Maritime.


Port Monitors Impact of Ship Noise on Whales

Photo: Port Metro Vancouver

Underwater listening station launched to better understand impact of ship noise on at-risk whales   Underwater noise has been identified as a key threat to at-risk whales. In order to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on whales throughout the southern coast of


'Blue' Economy Ocean Industries & the Next 50 Years

Chemical tanker leaving  Cape Town.

“Sustainable development” has gone from buzz word to business imperative in the two decades since the initial Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Companies are increasingly evaluated on how well they address sustainability as a critical measure of their commitment to the triple


Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016

Photo: Star Bulk

Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday.   The dry cargo shipping industry has been hit hard this year by the global commodities meltdown


MPA Chief to Keynote SOS 2015

Sustainable  Ocean Summit

  Mr Tan will provide the opening keynote address for the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit, (SOS), 9-11 November 2015. MPA Chief Executive Mr Andrew Tan stated, “Singapore is honoured to host the first Sustainable Ocean Summit to be held in Asia






 
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