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Mediterranean Shipping Company Announces New Carribean Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. (MSC)has commenced a new weekly service in the Caribbean with the sailing of the MSC CARIBS out of Miami, Florida to Freeport, Bahamas. The company is serving Rio Haina, Dominican Republic, Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti on a dedicated weekly basis via Freeport. The MSC vessel, MSC Bahamas, will be used in rotation linking Miami and Freeport with these three Caribbean destinations. The company is also doing a second loop that will serve the Eastern Caribbean i.e. Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia, Guyana and Suriname. “By commencing our own dedicated service to the Caribbean, MSC can best serve the needs of those who rely upon Miami connections to this important region,” said Nicola Arena, president of MSC (USA) Inc. “It is a logical extension of our well-established Miami-Freeport service which already utilizes Freeport as a hub for cargoes transshipped to the Americas and overseas.” Named as Line Manager for MSC’s Caribbean Service is Rocco L. Basile. Basile has been with MSC since September of 1994, working as assistant line manager, South Atlantic & Gulf service. From 1996 until 1998 he worked as assistant line manager in the West Coast South American Service. Most recently, he served as line manager for the company’s SouthAfrica/Australia service. In his new post, Basile will be responsiblefor business development, pricing and operations for the Caribbean services.


Companies Sign Joint Contract with ConocoPhillips

Bay-Houston Towing Co., Suderman & Young Towing Co. LP, and Moran Towing Corporation are pleased to announce they have jointly contracted with the ConocoPhillips Company to provide harbor tug services for LNG vessels calling at the Freeport LNG terminal, currently under construction in the Port of Freeport, Texas. Bay-Houston and Suderman & Young will each provide one 6300 hp Z-Tech tractor tug while Moran Towing Corp. will provide a 5100 hp ASD tractor tug. All three tugs will be classed by


Next Generation of Subsea Engineers

Photo courtesy Fifth Ring Integrated Corporate Communications

Dave Peter, GE Oil & Gas engineering and technology manager—training, explained the purpose of a subsea tree to children from Robert Gordon’s College and Aberdeen Grammar school attending Offshore Europe. The SVXT subsea tree is a new product launched at Offshore Europe, designed and being manufactured in Aberdeen. 12. Bradford Marine, Grand Bahama Shipyard Agreement Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies


Hornbeck-Leevac Delivers BJ Blue Ray, Acquires Tank Barge

Hornbeck-Leevac Marine Services, Inc., announced that it has taken delivery of its first 265-ft. class deepwater offshore supply vessel, the BJ Blue Ray, which immediate commenced service under a 5-year time charter with BJ services to support well stimulation services, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. Three additional 265-ft. class offshore vessels are under construction for delivery in 2002. President and CEO, Todd Hornbeck


Oil Rig Crew Rescue Two

Crewmembers working on the oil rig Dularge rescued two people after their boat capsized, 12 miles south west of Freeport, Texas, on Sunday. A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call from the crewmembers, stating that they had picked up two people from the water. It is unknown how long the people were in the water or what caused their boat to capsize. Coast Guard Station Freeport dispatched a rescue boat crew to pick up the people from the rig and transport


Man Jumps From Cruise Ship, Rescued by Casino Boat Crew

A man who jumped from a cruise ship into the Atlantic ocean was rescued by the crew of a gambling ship early on Wednesday after spending more than seven hours in the sea, Coast Guard and cruise officials said. The unidentified 23-year-old man was a passenger on Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas, a 2,280-passenger ship on a four-day cruise out of Florida's Port Canaveral. His sailing companions reported him missing about 2 a.m


PDVSA Chooses Bunkerstem

Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) has chosen Bunkerstem, as one of only two approved outlets for bunker fuel sales. PDVSA will begin selling bunker fuel via the Bunkerstem purchasing network later this month from its terminal in Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island. "I believe that before the end of the month, in one or two weeks, we will be selling our fuels via Bunkerstem. We are very excited about this new development" said Rafael Vilagut


First Choice Marine Supply in Charleston

First Choice Marine Supply announces it now offers launch services in the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. First Choice now handles all scheduling and pricing of launch services including personnel, spares in transit or deck and engine supplies. President Greg Nielsen said, “We are excited about this new expansion. Our company has been supplying services into Charleston for quite some time. This is one more step for us in our growing relationship with our customers in this market


Hanjin Subic Freeport Yard - 2 More Vessels

South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co.-Philippines (HHIC-Phil) has launched two new vessels, the third and the fourth container ships it has built at its $1.6b shipyard in Subic Freeport. (Source: Philippine News Agency)


Rig to be Dewatered, Surveyed

ESCO Marine In., is conducting an inspection, de-watering, & structural survey operation on board the mobile off-shore drilling unit Zeus which is located at the entrance of the Freeport Channel. ESCO is conducting this operation in order to end the recurrence of minor pollution discharges caused by rain-water run off. Currently, this process is expected to last several weeks, and it will be carried out with U.S. Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office


FERC Drafts EIS on Freeport LNG Project

Image: Freeport LNG

FERC issues draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Phase II Modification and Liquefaction Projects (CP12-29-000 and CP12-509-000) The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Phase II Modification Project


U.S. DOE Gives Preliminary Nod to Cameron, LA LNG Exports

Energy Department Conditionally Authorizes Cameron LNG to Export Liquefied Natural Gas. The Energy Department announced today that it has conditionally authorized Cameron LNG, LLC (Cameron) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade


Carnival Sunshine Embarks on Inaugural Voyage

Carnival Sunshine in New Orleans

The totally transformed 3,006-passenger Carnival Sunshine – the largest Carnival Cruise Lines ship ever to be homeported in New Orleans -- will sail this afternoon on its inaugural voyage from the Big Easy, embarking on a six-day cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.


Freeport Facility to be Authorized to Export More U.S. LNG

Freeport LNG terminal: Photo courtesy of the operators

The Energy Department has conditionally authorized Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction, LLC (Freeport) to export additional volumes of domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States from the


RCI Cruise Ship Propulsion Repairs Necessitate Docking

Allure of the Seas: Photo credit RCI

Owners, of the giant 'Allure of the Seas', Royal Caribbean International say that a mechanical issue obligates performance of unscheduled repairs to their cruise ship 'Allure of the Seas', and the repairs will take place at Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas, the week of February 24, 2014


Bay-Houston Towing Accepts New Tugboat

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Bay-Houston Towing Co. announced it has taken delivery of the first Z Tech 2400 tugboat, the Chloe K, designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, and built by Leevac Shipyards LLC of Jennings, La. The Z Tech 2400 tugs are a smaller version of the Z Tech 7500 tugs that are already in Bay-Houston


Gulf Stream Marine Appoint New CEO

One of the largest privately held stevedore firms in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, announce the appointment of Kevin Bourbonnais as Chief Executive Officer. An experienced senior executive, Bourbonnais was most recently Chief Operating Officer of USA Compression Partners


DOE Authorizes Third Proposed Facility to Export LNG

The Energy Department announced it has conditionally authorized Lake Charles Exports, LLC (Lake Charles) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States from the Lake Charles Terminal in Lake Charles


China Merchants Holdings Complete Terminal Link Deal

Closing Ceremony: Photo credit China Merchants

China Merchants Holdings (International) announce completed acquisition of a 49% stake in container port operators Terminal Link from CMA CGM. Farid Salem, CMA CGM's Executive Officer, said: "CMA CGM is very pleased to enter a new strategic partnership with CMHI which will allow us to


CMHI and CMA CGM Complete Terminal Link Transaction

China Merchants Holdings (International) Company Limited (CMHI) and CMA CGM are pleased to announce the completion on June 11, 2013 of the sale and purchase of the 49% equity stake in Terminal Link, upon the obtaining of all consents and approvals in various jurisdictions and the completion of


Fire aboard Royal Caribbean Liner Cancels Voyage

Photo: Royal Caribbean

Fire broke out aboard Royal Caribbean’s 916-foot cruise liner Grandeur of the Seas at approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning. The vessel, carrying 2,224 passengers and 796 crew en route to CoCo Cay, Bahamas, was roughly 35 nautical miles offshore.


Cruise Ship Superstructure Fire Extinguised by Crew

RCI CEO Inspects the Damage: Photo credit RCI

Royal Caribbean International announce cancellation of the vessel's next cruise to allow for damage repair in the port of refuge, Freeport, Bahamas. At approximately 3 a.m., Monday, Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report of a fire aboard the Bahamian-flagged cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas


U.S. DofE Likely to Grant More LNG Export Permits

The Department of Energy is likely to approve additional permits this year to companies looking to export liquefied natural gas more broadly, reports Market Watch, citing Morgan Stanley. Freeport LNG has recently received DOE approval to export LNG to countries without a free trade agreement with


GofM Energy Hub: LNG Exports to India Planned

Principals Sign the Agreement: Photo credit United LNG

United LNG, LP and Petronet LNG Limited, India's largest LNG importer, agree to supply LNG from the Main Pass Energy Hub™ project in the Gulf of Mexico. The (conditional) agreement was signed by Petronet LNG Managing Director & CEO, Dr. A.K


New STS Base Open in Bahamas

Photo: Fendercare

Fendercare Marine launched a new STS location, operating approximately 15nm offshore Freeport, Grand Bahamas. The fully equipped STS base will offer 24/7 operational cover for all requirements.  The area is fully approved by local authorities and all operations are conducted strictly in


 
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