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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Mount Vernon Port Breaks Indiana Shipping Record

The Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon recorded the highest quarterly shipments by any port in Ports of Indiana's over 50-plus year history during the first quarter of 2015. This was the second consecutive quarter the port broke this record. First quarter shipments increased three percent over the fourth quarter of 2014 and were up 48 percent over 2014's first quarter. A key driver for the high volumes was a 36 percent increase in grain shipments.   


Near-Record Volume for Burns Harbor Port

Port Of Indiana-Burns Harbor Courtesy Port of Indiana

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled 2.8 million tons of cargo in 2015, the second highest tonnage in over two decades. Following 2014's all-time record volume, the year marked only the third time the port handled 2.8 million tons or more in the port's 45-year history.  


Attempts to Move Containership CSCL Indian Ocean Aground in Elbe Successful

Image: CSCL

 The last five days stuck in Elbschlick 400-meter (1,312 feet) CSCL Indian Ocean, the 19,000 teu vessel aground on the river Elbe, owned by China Shipping Group Co.,  is available again.   After several failed attempts to budge the containership salvage teams were preparing to


OSD Designs Research Vessel for TORI

Image: OSD

 Offshore Ship Designers (OSD-IMT) has signed a new contract to design an IMT2001 Scientific Research Vessel for the Taiwanese Ocean Research Institute (TORI).    The vessel will be used to support long-term oceanographic observation programs


Premier Oil and Rockhopper Abandon Ocean Rig Contract

Photo: Premier Oil

 Two of the major British players in Falkland Islands offshore oil development, Premier Oil and Rockhopper Exploration, cancelled a joint venture contract with Ocean Rig UDW.   In June 2014, the companies entered into a contract with Ocean Rig for the provision of the Eirik Raude for


New Deep-Sea Vents, Volcanic Activity Found in Mariana Back-Arc

The autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry (yellow, at left) is prepared for deployment off the stern of the RV Falkor, after a trace-metal CTD instrument package and water sampler is recovered (lower right). Photo credit SOI

  Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor returns from the first ever expedition to systematically characterize the rarely explored Mariana Back-Arc. HAGANTA, GUAM – A diverse team of scientists are returning from a 28-day expedition onboard R/V Falkor that has more


Ocean Yield and Höegh Autoliners Charter Pact

Photo: Höegh Autoliners

 Ocean Yield ASA has agreed to certain amendments to the charter agreements with Höegh Autoliners (Höegh) for four PCTC vessels on long term charter.    Ocean Yield currently has two newbuilding PCTC vessels of 8,500 CEU capacity under construction at Xiamen Shipbuilding


Norwegian Research Ship Launched at Gondan

Photo: Gondan

Gondan Shipyard in Figueras today launched a new fishery and oceanographic research vessel to be operated by the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research of Bergen under a program led by NORAD, FAO and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  


Icebergs Turn Oceans Greener

Photo: University of Sheffield

 Icebergs the size of Singapore could be playing a bigger role in how much carbon the Southern Ocean absorbs than previously thought, a new study says.    Icebergs that break off Antarctica could account for twice as much carbon dioxide stored in the Southern Ocean than previously


Online Retailer Amazon Expands into Ocean Shipping

Amazon.com Inc's China arm has registered as an ocean freight forwarder, according to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, a move that will give it more control over shipping products from Chinese factories to U.S. shoppers.   The registration is the latest indication that Amazon plans to


COSCON Selects CargoSmart’s Carrier IT Solutions

CargoSmart Limited, a shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, announced that COSCO Container Lines Co. Ltd. (COSCON) has started to implement CargoSmart’s online customer service and ocean carrier analytics solutions


Happy Reunion with CMA CGM

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM is offering more Reunion Island services as it positions the French department to be its hub in the Indian Ocean.   CMA CGM presented its new strengthened services offer linking the Reunion Island during the inauguration of the Group’s new offices, on Tuesday 26th January


Energy from the Ocean: The Ocean Thermal Energy Converter

A 1MW plant developed by the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) which will be built for installation off the coast of South Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, in the South Pacific Ocean.

Despite historic lows in traditional oil and gas energy markets, research and develoment continues in earnest on a number of projects designed to produce green energy. The latest, an Ocean Thermal Energy Converter (OTEC) from KRISO, received Approval in Principle from classification society Bureau


Coast Guard Rescues 9 in Gulf of Mexico

Nine rescued over the course of two separate incidents in the Gulf of Mexico Photo USCG

The Coast Guard rescued nine people over the course of two separate incidents in the Gulf of Mexico, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile were notified that a 36-foot recreational fishing vessel with five people aboard was taking on water 47 miles south of Dauphin Island at


BP Pulls Plug on Oceaneering Vessel Contract

Photo: Oceaneering International, Inc

 UK giant BP will end a contract off Angola with Oceaneering International about eight months early.   Oceaneering International has announced that BP has exercised its right to terminate its use of the chartered vessel Bourbon Oceanteam 101 at the end of May 2016.  


Boxship Aground Near Port of Hamburg

A Chinese container ship that is one of the world's largest has run aground on the river Elbe near Germany's largest port Hamburg but shipping to the harbour continues as normal, German marine police said on Thursday.   The stricken vessel is the CSCL Indian Ocean of Chinese shipping






 
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