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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


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


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.


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).


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


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


Shipping Confidence at 7-year Low -Survey

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Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to May 2015 to a level equal to the lowest rating recorded in the past seven years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens


Confidence Low in Shipping Idustry

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 Confidence levels in the global shipping market have fallen to a seven-year low as a glut of cargo ships, weak freight rates and excess liquidity continue to batter the industry, a survey by Moore Stephens, a London-based consulting firm finds.  


Asia-N Europe Container Freight Rates Jumps 60%

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  Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe rose by 60.4 percent to $879 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


FSL Trust Inks Tanker Contracts

FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd., as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust announced new time charter agreements for FSL Shanghai, FSL Hamburg and FSL Singapore. The Trust has reached an agreement with a leading global commodities trader to charter the three vessels for a fixed period of two


AMSA GM Elected Chairman of IMO's Safety Committee

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves

  The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Navigation Safety and International Relations General Manager Brad Groves has been elected as Chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee for 2016.


Shipping Faced with a Positive, Yet Complex, Changing macroeconomics landscape

Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

  The global macroeconomic scene has become more volatile, with prominent factors such as oil prices and global currencies causing a commotion. This is resulting in large-scale distributional changes of wealth and income that will impact global trade patterns in the long run if these changes


Transas Packs New Features into Pilot PRO

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Transas has released a new version of Transas Pilot PRO, iPad-based chart plotter for professional pilots and mariners.    Transas said its Pilot PRO is designed to make the job easier for pilots and other marine professionals in their daily routine


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

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Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


Hercules Offshore to Begin Restructuring

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 The Houston-based NASDAQ-listed drilling contractor Hercules Offshore Inc. (HERO) has entered a restructuring agreement with a noteholder group, and expects a prepackaged reorganization plan.   HERO says the agreement will convert $1


Maritime Partner Reaches Vessel Landmark

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Norway's Maritime Partner is set to reach a landmark in its history as it completes the construction of its 2000th vessel since founding in 1994. Maritime Partner CEO Peder Myklebust said the Aalesund based company is ‘immensely proud’ that its 2000th boat will be delivered to its


US Navy Picks First Female Submariners

Sailors train two female aboard the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan. Photo: US Navy

 The U.S. Navy has selected more than three dozen female enlisted sailors to qualify to serve aboard a submarine in a historic first for the sea service as part of a plan to more fully integrate women into the undersea force.   The 38 selected female sailors are only the first step in


New DCF Valuations on VV‏

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  VesselsValue.com is launching Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) valuations to its existing portfolio of daily, automated valuations for the shipping industry. Discounted Cash Flow vs Market Valuations Discounted Cash Flow Valuations is the amount a vessel would be expected to earn as a


Captain John Foley – Obituary

Captain John Foley

Britain: April 30, 1940 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: June 22, 2015   Family, friends and colleagues of Capt. John Foley, Master Mariner and Great Barrier Reef “Grand Pilot” gathered together at St. Augustine’s Church, Hamilton, Brisbane on June 26


Otto Marine Secures $131 mln in New Contracts

Otto Marine Limited, an offshore marine company which specializes in building complex offshore support vessels, ship chartering and offers specialized offshore services, has announced that in the second quarter of financial year 2015 (Q2FY2015) till date


Global Ship Lease Extends Panamax Charter with X-Press Feeders

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 Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Orion, a 1997-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders.    The extension is to between November 26, 2015 and February 26, 2016






 
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