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Dredging Permits for Bayport & Barbours Cut Expected Soon

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Following the recent meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, the following news items  of note were released. Dredging The Port Commission approved a $68 million construction contract with Orion Construction L.P. for Bayport and Barbours Cut channel improvements. These significant dredging projects will begin, following issuance of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits and approval of its assumption of maintenance of the channels, Executive Director Roger Guenther reported. Pilotage rates agreement In her role as Chairman of the Board of Pilot Commissioners, Chairman Longoria commended the Houston Pilots and maritime industry representatives for working cooperatively, with goodwill, and on behalf of the best interests of port stakeholders as they reached an agreement for 2014, 2015 and 2016 pilot rates. The Pilot Board went on to approve the agreement at today's meeting. Port's monthy financial & cargo report The Port Authority's monthly financial and cargo report for February 2014 shows solid results, and Guenther added that facility operations showed strong results during the first two months of the year. Year-to-date operating revenue is up $2 million, net operating income is up $2 million, and cash flow is up $2.2 million, after setting aside two non-recurring revenue events from early 2013, which caused an overall decrease in those categories.


Shipping Associations, Danish Maritime Authorities Join Forces

In the wake of IMO resolution MSC.138(76) recommending the use of pilot for ships navigating through the entrances to the Baltic Sea, international shipping associations and Danish maritime authorities have joined forces to find ways to further enhance the safety of navigation through the entrances to the Baltic Sea. This will be accomplished by an open transparent dialogue between pilotage service providers and users


Intertanko/Intercargo, DMA Join Forces on Pilotage

As a result of mutual discussions, Intertanko and Intercargo and the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) agree to set up a Joint Pilotage User Group. The group will also be joined by the Royal Danish Administration of Navigation and Hydrography (RDANH). Intertanko will also be seeking support from its industry partners to support this initiative and participate in the group. The background of this industry-government initiative relates to the concerns expressed by the Danish Maritime regarding the


Ships Collide Causing Damage at Lagos Port

A container ship, the MSC Pillar, which was on its way to Tin Can Island Port, has run into another ship on anchorage, inflicting severe damage on the vessel at the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa. Josco Suzhou, a 35,000 metric tonne vessel laden with 6,524 metric tonnes of bulk gypsum, was discharging at Berth 19 of the port complex at the weekend inside the terminal owned by Greenview Development Nigeria Ltd. when the MSC Pilar came on it.


Shetland Cadets To Receive Advanced Simulator Complex From Transas

Transas UK has won a competitive tender for the design, supply and installation of a new simulation complex at the North Atlantic Fisheries College, Scalloway, Shetland. According to this contract, in early 2002, Transas will replace the customer’s existing Norcontrol simulation facilities. The new complex will comprise a full mission bridge simulator, with 180 degree visual system, including two ARPA radars /ECDIS /conning and ship controls


Louisiana Revises Pilotage Oversight

The Louisiana legislature has adopted and forwarded to the Governor a bill that will create a single Pilotage Fee Commission and the Board of Louisiana River Pilot Review and Oversight. Fees for pilotage in Louisiana waters will, under this bill, be established by the Pilotage Fee Commission, rather than by the various pilot associations. Meetings of the Commission will be open. House Bill 1708 (HK Law).


Increase of Pilot use into Baltic Sea

On the September 6, the members of the Joint Pilotage User Group (JPUG) INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, ICS, OCIMF, BIMCO, Danish Maritime Authority and Danish Royal Administration of Navigation and Hydrography expressed their satisfaction with the increase in ships that are using pilots to navigate through the entrance to the Baltic Sea, route-T. Current statistics indicate a continuing increase in the number of ships that take a pilot in this area and also an increase in the use of a Pilot


Le Havre Utilizes Transas Simulator

Pilotage Maritimes du Havre, the famous French pilot station, has chosen a Transas bridge simulator to be used for training professional seafarers at their premises. The contract for supplying and installing the simulator, as well as for dedicated Instructor training, has been secured by Transas Europe GmbH, the official representative of the Transas Group in Western Europe, in close cooperation with Electronic Equipment S.A., their local partner in France.


Conn. Marine Pilot License Solicitation

As authorized by the Connecticut General Statute Sec 15-13, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation is soliciting applications from qualified mariners interested in receiving a marine pilot license from the State of Connecticut to work on the Connecticut side of the Joint Rotation of Pilots.  Application packages are to include the following information with documented proof: Name Social Security Number Date of birth


Sydney Port Tariff to Rise

A Port Tariff increase will come into effect for New South Wales ports covering Sydney (Gore Bay, Port Botany and Kurnell) from August 1, 2014, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News report. Sydney Ports has determined that an increase in Statutory Charges of 9.64% is required for all commercial ships and related cargo arriving in the port to help cover navigation services, pilotage and site occupation for non-passenger vessels. Source: GAC


Maersk Aims to Raise Aisia-Europe Freight Rates

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The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it planned to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $450 per 20-foot container (TEU). The new rates will take effect from Aug. 1, the company told Reuters in an email on Friday


Asia VLCC Rates Could Nudge Higher on Activity

Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian freight routes could hold steady or gain next week as charterers seek to complete their vessel chartering programme for the first 20 days of August, brokers said on Friday. The pause would come after charter rates from the Middle East to


Mercator Lines Profit Hit by Low Bulk Freight Rate

Bulk carrier fore-deck: Image courtesy of Mercator Lines

Mercator Lines (Singapore) reported a revenue of US$ 16.5 million for Q1 2015, an increase of 19% as compared to correspoding period in the previous previous year, however a net loss of US$ 7.1 million for the quarter as against a loss of USD 6


Asia Dry Bulk Capesize Rates Stay Flat

Bulk carrier anon: File photo

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to remain in the doldrums next week, staying flat or gaining just a few cents as an oversupply of ships weighs on cargo availability, ship brokers said. But there could be brighter prospects in the coming weeks on rates for voyages from


Cost-Cutting Container Carriers Forge Ahead: Analysis

Maersk Triple E: Photo CCL 3

As freight rates keep declining, cost reductions are the top priority for box carriers, according to Drewry's 2Q14 'Container Forecaster', highlighting that there is a widening gap between the positive financials of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines


Capesize Bulker Over-supply in Asia Trade: Rate Slide Forecast

Capesize Bulker: Image CCL

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as too many ships chase too few cargoes from Australia and Brazil, brokers said. There are around 32 capesize ships in ballast and currently available for charter


Moody's Rates Sovcomflot Ba2: Negative Financial Outlook

Tankship bridgefront: Photo courtesy of SCF

Moody's Investors Service says it has confirmed the Ba2 corporate family rating (CFR) and the Ba2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) of Sovcomflot JSC with $800 million of rated debt affected. Concurrently, Moody's has confirmed Sovcomflot's Ba3 senior unsecured issuer rating and the Ba3


New Russian Tax Credits Encourage Arctic Oil Exploration

Arctic drilling platform: File photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off a new law on mineral extraction tax incentives for hydrocarbons produced in Yamal and the Nenets Autonomous District, reports official news agency Arctic-info. The document [signed] also refers to the resources that are extracted in Eastern Siberia


Caterpillar Tier 4 Offering Hits the Market

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Caterpillar Marine today announced the open order board of the Cat 3516C United States EPA Tier 4 propulsion, auxiliary and diesel electric propulsion (DEP) power solutions. In addition to being EPA Tier 4 certified, the 3516C solutions are IMO II certified and IMO III compliant


Tianjin: No Petrochem Fraud

China's Tianjin Port Holdings has found no evidence of an alleged fraud involving petrochemicals reported by media earlier this month, the company said in a statement on Monday. Citing police and trade sources, Reuters had reported police were investigating a suspected contract fraud at Tianjin


Med Tanker Market Pins Freight Rate Hopes on Libya Oil Export Push

Rising oil exports from Libya after months of disruption helped push Mediterranean tanker rates to the highest levels in nearly six months on Wednesday, and shipping players expected more gains in earnings as shipments from the OPEC member step up.


Trans-pacific Container Shipping Group Aims for Rise in Rates

Photo: CMA CGM

Container shipping companies were urged to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) with effect from Aug. 1, their organisation TSA said on Wednesday. Members of the TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) include 15 of the world's biggest container shipping


Asia-Pacific Container Shipping Rate Hike on the Cards

Container ship: Photo APL

Container shipping companies were urged to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) with effect from Aug. 1, their organisation TSA said on Wednesday. Members of the TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) include 15 of the world's biggest container shipping


UK Club Rating Upgraded by S&P to A (Stable)

Financial rating image credit UK Club

Leading P&I club, the UK Club informs it has received the full report from Standard and Poor (“S&P”) explaining its reasons for upgrading the Club's financial rating. Extracts follow: The report explains that, in assessing the Club’s business and financial risk profiles


Asia-Europe Container Shipping Rate Falls 5.5%

Container ships bow: Photo courtesy of APL

Reportedly, shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 5.5 percent to $1,230 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.






 
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