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Welland Canal Opens for Business

Captain Brett Walker of the Algoma Central Corporation vessel Captain Henry Jackman was presented with the ceremonial top hat at Lock 3 this morning, when the Welland Canal officially opened for its 175th consecutive year of service. Dick Corfe, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, declared the Welland Canal officially open. He also unveiled the first billboard in a striking educational campaign to promote the many benefits to be derived from the increased use of the marine mode - reduced congestion, reduced air pollution and reduced highway maintenance costs. Starting this week, anyone who travels the Toronto - Windsor corridor by road will start to see these billboards along the 400-series of highways. He also announced a new operating draft of 26’6”, (an increase of three inches over last year) for all inland vessels and for ocean vessels equipped with bow thrusters. This will allow full size seaway vessels to carry an additional 300 T on each voyage, improving the efficiency and productivity of both the system and vessel fleets. At the ceremony, Mr. Corfe was joined by his U.S. counterpart Albert Jacquez, Ernie Parsons, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Transportation and MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings, Bruce Timms representing Regional Chair Peter Partington, Tim Rigby, Mayor of St. Catherines, and other elected officials


Siemens Opens Third Service Location

Siemens Industry, Inc. has announced that it has opened a third marine service location in Houma, La., devoted to servicing offshore supply vessels, ferries, cargo carriers and other ocean vessels. Similar to its sister marine service locations in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Seattle, Wash., the new Gulf Coast location will serve both on-call and service contract customers. The new Houma-based office will offer a myriad of repair and spare parts services for automation, drives, motors


Seaway Tonnage Rebounds in 2010

The St. Lawrence Seaway experienced a rebound in activity over the course of the 2010 navigation season, with a 15% increase in cargo volume yielding an estimated total of 35.5 million tonnes.  Shipments of iron ore posted a strong 35% gain over the level witnessed in 2009.  Grain likewise showed improvement, posting a 10% increase year over year.  Coupled with a 63% surge in general cargo, which consists principally of iron and steel break-bulk shipments and project cargo such


Largest Cargo Year Ever for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Photo: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor records 2014 as highest shipment year in its 44-year history   The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more shipments in 2014 than any year since the port opened in 1970. Total tonnage was up 30 percent over 2013 driven by strong shipments of steel, grain and salt.    "It was a terrific year thanks to our port companies, steelmakers and businesses that use our port," said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana


Viking Goes Blue Water

Chairman Torstein Hagen & Viking Star: Image credit Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises launch Viking Ocean Cruises, the first new cruise line in nearly a decade. Developed from the ground up to return the focus of cruising to the destination, Viking Ocean Cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 with its first vessel—Viking Star—embarking on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. The company says it  has aggressive expansion plans in both the ocean and river cruise categories


Schlumberger Offers New Satellite Teleports

Schlumberger, a global technology services company, announced today it has launched three new fully licensed and operational satellite Teleport facilities. These facilities in Houston, Macae (Brazil) and Singapore supplement the established Aberdeen Earth Station to provide complete global satellite coverage for the Schlumberger DeXa.Net global, secure connectivity offering. These facilities are strategically located to link VSAT (very small aperture terminal) services to offshore rigs


STP Coast Guard Utilizes Latest Technology

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Jason Morris, Africa Partnership Station Public Affairs The Sao Tome and Principe (STP) Coast Guard has installed and have received training to use the latest surface surveillance program, the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) here, Jan. 28. RMAC, a U.S. Navy inspired coastal surveillance program, utilizes Automatic Identification System and ground-based radars and sensors to provide the user situational


Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Sets Record

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon handled 735,000 tons of cargo in December, which was the highest ever single-month total at any of Indiana's three ports, and also produced the highest fourth-quarter shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana history. December's results were 31 percent higher than the previous single-month record set in 1993 and the port's fourth quarter shipments broke its own quarterly record established in 2013. The port finished 2014 with 4


Advisory System to Automate Fuel Efficiency

ABB launches complete marine advisory and automation system to improve fuel efficiency. Integrated advanced software, electrical systems and Azipod® propulsion can help ship owners slash fuel consumption by up to 20%. Zurich, Switzerland, September 18, 2012 -- ABB, the leading power and automation technology group announced that it has introduced several new software applications for the marine market that will help all types of ocean vessels dramatically reduce their fuel consumption


St. Lawrence Seaway Closes

The St. Lawrence Seaway officially closed for the season on December 30, 2004, with the passage of the McKeil Marine integrated tug and barge, McCleary’s Spirit, through the St. Lambert Lock at 5:51 a.m. in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section. The Seaway opened its 46th shipping season on March 25 and remained open for 281 days in 2004. The Welland Canal section closed at 5:19 p.m. on December 31, with the transit of the Canada Steamship Lines vessel CSL Niagara.


RUMBA Sails with 'Spirit of Malabo' Onboard

Antillean Marine Shipping Corporation Puts Rower Back On Course

  A container carrying the twenty-four foot Brazilian built ocean rowboat, Spirit of Malabo, left the Port of Cap Haitian on Saturday en-route to Port Everglades Terminals (PET) in Florida aboard Antillean Marine Shipping Corporation vessel RUMBA.


India-US “New Vision” for Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Pic: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 India and the USA on Sunday released a Joint Strategic Vision statement for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region, marking the deepening strategic equation between the two nations.  The partnership is expected to cover a wide sphere of influence that would extend from Africa to the


Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon Bests Tonnage Records

Photo: Ports of Indiana

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon handled 735,000 tons of cargo in December, which was the highest ever single-month total at any of Indiana's three ports, and also produced the highest fourth-quarter shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana history.   


Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold

Photo: Marcon International

After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5


Satellites to Track Illegal 'Pirate Fishing'

File photo

About 20 percent of the world's fishing catch is taken illegally by poachers, experts estimate, but a new satellite tracking system launched on Wednesday aims to crack down on the industrial-scale theft known as "pirate fishing."  


Piracy Violence Continues Against Seafarers

The family of Ashphalt 2’s third engineer, seafarers and friends gather around the coffin (Photo: MPHRP)

The MPHRP highlights the hardship inflicted upon seafarers and families.   Responding to recent reports on current levels of international maritime piracy, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) noted the trend that they appear to avoid the word "piracy" in


Winners of Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards Named

Sunset over the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida. One of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Awards was given for research in the reserve. (Credit Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve)

  Eleven individuals and organizations have been named as winners of the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Awards for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management, an award given by NOAA’sOffice for Coastal Management for exemplary leadership and a commitment to balancing the human use


COSCO Gets $1.75 bln Loan to Buy Ships

China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company has received a $1.75 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to buy 53 new ships, which it plans to order from Chinese shipyards, the firm said on Monday. The state-backed shipping conglomerate, which controls China COSCO Holdings Co Ltd


California Fines 4 Shipping Firms

  The California Air Resources Board has fined four shipping companies a combined $146,719 for failing to switch from dirty diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters – within 24 nautical miles of the


Iranian Naval Fleet in Rescue Mission

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (Courtesy:  IRGC - Iran)

In a bid to protect cargo ships and oil tankers in international waters, the Iranian Navy’s 33rd fleet of warships departed for the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea on Sunday, says Tasnim News Agency.  The naval fleet consists of Vice-Admiral Qandi destroyer


Inmarsat Debuts Enhanced Maritime Product Roadmap

Enhanced Maritime product roadmap to include 2 new services for #GlobalXpress: Fleet Xpress & FleetBroadband Xtra

  Inmarsat today announced its enhanced Maritime product roadmap consisting of two new services designed specifically for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network: Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband Xtra. Fleet Xpress is a hybrid solution


Shell Charters Oceaneering Vessel for IMR

MSV Ocean Alliance (Photo courtesy of Oceaneering International)

Oceaneering International, Inc. has entered into a two-year, multiservice vessel charter agreement with Shell Offshore Inc. for use of the Ocean Alliance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) commencing January 1, 2015.   The Ocean Alliance is a U.S


BSEE Allocates $6m for Oil Spill Research Projects

Photo courtesy of BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will invest up to $6 million to support oil spill response research projects in 2015 and is soliciting proposals for these projects.   In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government’s business


Illegal Fishing Vessels in Southern Ocean

Illegal fishing vessels fail to comply with New Zealand Navy’s attempts to board   The captains of two illegal vessels in the Southern Ocean have refused to allow the New Zealand Navy to board after HMNZS Wellington hailed and attempted to board both vessels


Fidelis Group Launches Ocean Cargo Division

H. Elder Brown, Jr. (Photo courtesy: Fidelis Group)

Fidelis Group launches ocean cargo division; Doug Fischer and Crystal Prout named managing directors Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH) with its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd. announced  the formation of its new ocean cargo division.






 
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