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Coal Export Facility Approved at Bunbury

Western Australia's Environment Minister Albert Jacob has approved plans to build a $500 million coal export facility at Bunbury Port, GAC reported. Construction is expected to start in mid-2015, with the first exports planned for 2017. Coal for exports will travel to the port by rail. The facility will require dredging up to 1.9 million cubic meters at the port and blasting 20,000 cubic meters of rock. Approval was given with a number of conditions, including a requirement to monitor dolphin populations and not conduct blasting activities during dolphin calving periods from October to May each year.  


First Cargo Transhipped at Rotterdam's Sheltered Waters Facility

Maasvlakte 2 facility: Photo Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam says that the first commercial cargo has been transhipped on the inner waters of Maasvlakte 2. At one of the two specially designed berths, oil products were transhipped from the ‘Blue Marlin’ to the ‘Chemtrans Sea’. As the berths are sheltered, it is possible to work faster, more reliably and more safely than on open sea. At the end of this year, the terminals on Maasvlakte 2 will be operational and containers will also be handled there.


Minoan Flying Dolphins Acquires 10 More Ferries

Minoan Lines subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins added to a recent flurry of vessel acquisition with the purchase of 10 more ferries for an undisclosed amount, bringing its total fleet to 63 vessels. The ferries purchased are: Poseidon Express II, Pegasus, Milos Express, Papadiamantis, Poseidon Hellas, Aeas, Apostolos, Hellas, Aphaea and Aegina. Minoan Flying Dolphins' fleet includes 34 new technology ships, 25 of conventional technology, and four RoRo ships.


Minoan Subsidiary Picks Up Three More Vessels

Minoan Lines' 70 percent-owned subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins has maintained its very active buying spree of late with the announcement that it has acquired three ferries from the shipping family Nomikos for an undisclosed amount. The ferries are F/B Anemos, F/B Lemnos and F/B Macedon. F/B Anemos services the sea route linking the port of Piraeus with the islands of Ikaria and Samos in the Dodecannese, also making stops in the Cycladic islands


ESS Lands Second Contract with Dolphin Drilling

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ESS Support Services Worldwide, part of Compass Group, has won a new, three-year contract, worth £10.5 million, to provide hotel and catering services to Dolphin Drilling Ltd. Aberdeen-based ESS has worked with Dolphin Drilling since 2007, delivering food and housekeeping services on board the Belford Dolphin. This second contract, which commenced on June 1, 2014, will see the ESS team provide catering and hotel services to 180 people across seven levels of accommodation on board


Dolphin die-off Spurred by BP Oil Spill

Dolphins are seen swimming through the oil spilling from the Deepwater Horizon oil well at the height of the spill in 2010. (Credit:NOAA)

A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure.   Scientists said the study of dead dolphins tissue rounded out the research into a spike of dolphin deaths in the region affected by BP Plc's oil spill that was caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.  


Foss to Build Hybrid Tug

Foss Maritime Company plans to build the world’s first hybrid tugboat, a green vessel that is designed to reduce nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, sulphur dioxide and carbon emissions. It will also consume less fuel and be quieter than its conventional predecessors. Officials of the Seattle-based marine services company say the project must still gain final board approval. But the decision to move forward with the hybrid tug got a boost earlier this week as the Port of Los Angeles


Minoan Lines Subsidiary Orders Ferries

Minoan Lines subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins reportedly ordered three new high speed ferries from Australia's Austal Ships.


Unconventional Wisdom from Dolphin Geophysical CEO

Atle Jacobsen CEO Dolphin Geophysical

Atle Jacobsen, the CEO of Dolphin Geophysical, is, in many ways, a bit of a paradox. An experienced, no-nonsense, veteran of the marine seismic surveying industry, he is also disarmingly easy to “talk shop” with, engaging and has an obvious thirst for new ideas and technology. But the core contradiction lies in his approach to business. This is a man that shows no qualms about ripping up the rulebooks and making brave decisions


Blyth Workcat Begins Dolphin Viewing Trips off Gibaltar

Tourists leave Gibraltar on Dolphin Adventurer 2 to view local sea life.jpg

Cruise ship passengers and tourists stopping in Gibraltar now have the opportunity to view the region’s dolphins and marine life from the comfort of a new Blyth Workcat. The 14-meter GRP-hulled boat has been acquired by Dive Charters Ltd. who own and operate Dolphin Adventure one of Europe’s largest dolphin watching organizations. The new Dolphin Adverturer II which can carry up to 70 passengers, has joined her sister ship Dolphin Adventurer which is a 50 seat 12-meter Blyth


Crew Winched to Safety Near Skegness

Two people have been winched to safety after their vessel suffered engine failure and began to take on water, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.   The call came in as a Mayday to Humber Coastguard Operation Centre at 7:36 a.m


USCG Rescues 5 Off Oahu

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Honolulu is anchored 250 yards offshore Laie, Oahu

  A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium anchored off Laie Point after becoming disabled has been removed and is being towed to Coast Guard Station Honolulu, yesterday. A RB-M boat crew from Station Honolulu removed the disabled RB-M from its anchorage and towed it to the Coast Guard


US Navy Lays Keel for PCU Indiana

A welder carves the initials of ships sponsor Diane Donald on a metal plate during the keel laying ceremony for the future Virginia-class attack submarine Indiana (SSN 789). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries by Ricky Thompson)

The U.S. Navy held a keel laying ceremony for the Virginia-class submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Indiana (SSN 789) at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding, May 16.   The initials of the submarine's sponsor, Diane Donald


Fisherman Medevaced Off US West Coast

Screenshot of a U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station North Bend

A fisherman who had reportedly lost consciousness and was suffering from chest pain was medevaced by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew 30 miles west of Crescent City, California, Tuesday.   An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Oregon


Powerful Submarines Join Israel’s Navy

The new Tanin (Crocodile) submarine en route to Israel from Germany. Image by Israel Defense Forces

 The Israel Navy’s fourth submarine, the ISS Tanin (Crocodile), is expected to become fully operational in a few weeks and participate in naval operations.   The nuclear-capable submarine boasts an array of sophisticated weaponry


Murray & Associates Hosts 4th Fishing Challenge

Photo courtesy of Murray & Associates

A group of industry professionals from the commercial maritime sector gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on March 28 to participate in Murray & Associates LLC’s 2015 Fishing Challenge.   The naval architect and marine engineering group hosted the tournament for the fourth


Spain Investigates Sinking off Canary Islands

Spain launched an investigation on Thursday into the sinking of a Russian ship off the Canary Islands, as coastguards battled a six-km (3.7-mile) oil slick close to tourist beaches.   Environmentalist group Greenpeace criticised authorities for towing the burning fishing vessel out to sea


USCG Medevacs Injured Mariner Near SW Pass

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  A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medevaced a man south of Southwest Pass, at around 12 p.m., Tuesday. The crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans was dispatched approximately four miles south of Southwest Pass to pick up a mariner who had


Trelleborg's Fender System Patented

Photo courtesy of Trelleborg

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has received a patent for its innovative ‘slide in, slide out’ or ‘SISO’ marine fender system, which is now in operation in Dampier, Western Australia, in addition to a number of other sites across the region.  


Bulker Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City)

A 603-foot bulk carrier ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan, early Wednesday.   The motor vessel Mississagi, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St. Marys River from Bruce Mines, Ontario


USCG Responding to Vessel Aground in St. Marys River

The motor vessel Mississagi sits aground in the lower St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Mich., April 22, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station

  The Coast Guard continues to monitor the 603-foot bulk carrier Mississagi which ran aground in the St. Marys River near De Tour Village, Michigan early Wednesday. The motor vessel, a Canadian-flagged bulk carrier with a load of stone, was transiting downbound the St


USCG Searching for Mariner off Hawaii

U.S. Coast Guard rescues one, searching for another mariner off Lanai   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued one man and is still searching for another after the 34-foot fishing vessel Munchkin ran aground on the rocks about one half a miles west of Lanai, Hawaii 12:12 a.m. today.  


USCG Searching for Missing Boaters in Mobile Bay Area

USCG search for missing Boaters

  The Coast Guard continues to search for at least five people in the Mobile Bay area Sunday. Rescuers searched throughout the night for the missing boaters and have covered a total of 1,773 square miles as of 11:00 a.m., Sunday.


USCG Suspends Search for Missing Mariner off Lanai

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  The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday for a missing mariner after the fishing vessel he was aboard capsized approximately one mile west of Lanai. “Following extensive efforts by sea, air, and land we have decided to suspend the search.” said Capt


Marine Accident on the Saginaw River

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of an accident in the Saginaw River, Friday afternoon.   At 10:30 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report of a man clinging to a buoy in the Saginaw River near Veterans Memorial Park in Bay City






 
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