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Hampton Roads Coast Guard Change of Command

Sector Hampton Roads Change of Command Captain Patrick B. Trapp will relieve Captain Robert R. O'Brien, Jr. as Commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads on April 21 at Nauticus. The Commander of Sector Hampton Roads is responsible for the Coast Guard's port safety and security, search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation, marine environmental protection, and commercial vessel safety missions. The Commander exercises federal authority granted by law and regulation as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Federal On-Scene Coordinator. The area of responsibility for the Sector includes nearly all of Virginia and the Atlantic Coast of Maryland. Sector Hampton Roads enjoys an excellent working relationship with the port community and has a long-standing reputation for excellence. Captain O'Brien worked closely with the port community, military units, and federal state and local law enforcement agencies to improve the safety and security of the Port of Hampton Roads. Captain Trapp's last assignment was as Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, in Portland, Maine. Prior to that assignment he served as Commander, Coast Guard Group Portland.

Charterer Pays Heavily for Breaching 'Safe Port' Warranty

Photo Wiki CCL

Charterer incurs US$138-million liability by breach of 'safe port' warranty in the 'Ocean Victory' case. Alistair Feeney, partner of London law firm Holman, Fenwick & Willan LLP gives valuable insights via London P&I Club news.  The recent decision of the Commercial Court in Gard Marine & Energy Ltd v China National Chartering Co Ltd (The Ocean Victory) [2013] EWHC 2199 (Comm) serves as a useful reminder of how far charterers' warranties of port safety extend

Coast Guard Continues to Promote Security

U.S. Coast Guard personnel remain at a heightened state of alert in West Coast ports, and are working closely with other law enforcement agencies, port authorities, and harbor pilots to ensure port safety and security as contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and West Coast dockworkers continue. It is Coast Guard policy to remain neutral in labor disputes and recognize the right of all persons to peaceably demonstrate

AAPA Forum to Focus on Technology Solutions

“Moving Goods: More, Better, Faster, Safer” is the theme for the American Association of Port Authorities’ 2007 Operations, Information Technology & Safety Seminar, slated for April 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The seminar will focus on the integration and cooperation required today among those challenged with maintaining and improving freight-handling operations at public ports. Rapidly increasing trade volumes, heightened security requirements and changes in technology can compromise

Port Operations Halted as Baltimore Strike Continues

Photo: Maryland Port Administration

Multiple sources reported that a longshoremen labor strike at the Port of Baltimore Wednesday morning has forced the closure of the port’s major terminals. All cargos at the port's public marine terminals continue to be affected and no ships are operating. The strike was brought into effect by a vote held Tuesday night where the International Longshoremen's Association Local 333 rejected a local contract with the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore

LNG America Taps Paitl for VP Marine Ops

Captain George “Joe” Paitl

LNG America welcomes Captain George “Joe” Paitl to position of VP Marine Operations and HSSE Compliance.    Capt. Paitl is a retired US Coast Guard senior officer who most recently held the position of Commanding Officer and Captain of the Port, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, where he oversaw safety, security, law enforcement, and environmental regulatory compliance across a 39,000 square mile area spanning Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana; the Port Arthur unit

USCG Proposes New Changes in Vessel Arrival/Departure Procedures

On June 19, 2002, the United States Coast Guard proposed permanent changes to its notification of arrival and departure information for all commercial vessels greater than 300 gt. (See, 67 Fed. Reg. 41659). The notice of proposed rulemaking is part of a greater port security scheme that seeks to ensure port safety, security without compromising the flow of commerce. The changes to the present Notice of Arrival (NOA) reporting regime are substantive and procedural

INTERTANKO Objects to Port of Trieste Fines

The Port of Trieste has advised that, with effect from March 3 2010, vessels using fuels with a sulphur content exceeding 0.1% by mass (in contravention of EU Directive 2005/33/EC) will be prosecuted with fine of between Euros 15,000 and 150,000 (usually 30,000 for the first offence). Exemption to the law will not be granted anymore and all eventual special authorizations issued in the past are cancelled, it states. INTERTANKO said that this means ship and port safety may be sacrificed purely

AMS Safety Awards Recipients for 2013

American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) announced that the Houston Pilots Association, Maersk Line, Limited, Un-Cruise Adventures and The Vane Brothers Company would be the recipients of the 2013 AMS Safety Awards. AMS is a nonprofit maritime trade association, which facilitates the maritime industry's compliance with international shipping protocols and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations. The AMS consortium is comprised of more than 400 vessel owners and operators

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports    Abu Dhabi Ports─ the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate─ informs it has received the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations (IPSO) certifications

DNV GL: New Class Notation for Gas Bunkering

DNV GL has developed a new class notation for gas bunker vessels that targets safer fuel transfer operations from one ship to another. Until now, the development of standards guiding gas fuel transfer operations in ports has lagged behind, as the maritime industry focussed on developing

Industry Group Launches Marine Pipeline Alert System

Photo: CAMO

The Coastal and Marine Operators (CAMO) group has announced it has successfully completed the first step in rolling out an initiative to protect the safety of mariners, the environment and hydrocarbon pipelines from being damaged.  The CAMO group began transmitting Automatic Information

MPA Leads Ferry Emergency Exercise

Photo: MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed 'FEREX 2015' August 21. The annual ferry exercise (FEREX) aims to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore.  

Unsafe Ship Banned from Australian Ports

An Indonesian flagged general cargo ship has been banned from entering or using any port in Australia for three months.   The vessel Noah Satu (IMO9313620) has been issued with a direction not to enter or use any port in Australia for three months after being detained by the Australian

TSB to Investigate : MOL Precision Strikes Berth

Container vessel MOL Precision courtesy MOL

Richmond, British Columbia, 11 May 2015 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to Port Metro Vancouver, in British Columbia, where the container vessel MOL Precision struck the berth. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence

Hurricane Seasonal Alert for Delaware Bay

  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is setting Hurricane Seasonal Alert. Seasonal Alert is automatically set annually on June 1st and remains in effect through November 30th, unless otherwise dis-established. All vessels, facilities and marinas are asked to take adequate precautions

Congressional Leaders Visit Port of Houston

The delegation learned more about the Houston Ship Channel aboard one of the Port of Houston Authoritys three Emergency Response Vessels. The group also saw the Port Authoritys four new Super Post-Panamax Ship-to-Shore cranes at the Barbours Cut Container Terminal. (Photo: Port of Houston Authority)

The Port of Houston Authority hosted Congressional leaders on port matters for a facilitated visit and tour of the Port of Houston, Friday, June 5.    Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Congressman Ted Poe and Congressman Brian Babin visited the Port of Houston and learned more about the

Helm Report Says Workboat, OSV Safety Compromised

Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations

  Some 50% of crews working on offshore support vessels are willing to compromise safety rather than say ‘no’ to clients or senior management, while nearly 80% believe commercial pressures could influence the safety of their working practices.  

Shell Arctic Rig Protesters Detained and Released

USCG photo by Katelyn Shearer

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), partner agencies detain, release violators of established safety zone   The 24 people who violated the 500-yard safety zone established around the Shell Arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer were detained by USCG and partner agency law enforcement personnel Monday

Waterways from Matagorda to Galveston Reopened

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has reopened waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay following their closure due to Tropical Storm Bill.   The USCG informs it has lifted the Federal Safety Zone in place for small crafts, and has opened the waterways from Matagorda Bay to Galveston Bay

Safety Zone at Delaware Bay

Delaware Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay is alerting mariners of a safety zone to mitigate the risks associated with the Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 Parade of Sail. The safety zone is effective 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 25, 2015.

Greece Port Operations Update

Photo: Piraeus Port

An update on Greece’s port operations and local conditions was issued today by maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).   According to ISS, no operational delays have been reported in Piraeus container terminal operations since capital controls were enforced.

Kalmar's AutoStrad delivered to Patrick's Port Botany

Automated straddle carrier solution for Patrick Stevedores

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, played a successful role in delivering an automated straddle carrier solution to Patrick Stevedores' during their recent automation of Port Botany container terminal in Sydney, Australia. The conversion from manual operations at Port Botany was made in only four

Thome Signs Safety Service Agreement with WSS

Harald Lundestad (Photo: WSS)

Singapore-based Thome have signed a Safety Service agreement with Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS). Ryan Dalgado, Procurement & Supply Chain Manager from Thome said, Working with WSS, we also benefit from their geographical spread and in-depth knowledge of local port procedures to keep port

Port Infrastructure Projects Underway in Virginia

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx breaks ground on major infrastructure projects at the Port of Virginia; federal funding supports reduced congestion in nearby neighborhoods   U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today joined Virginia Gov

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