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Port Security Bill Passes

Congress has approved a homeland security bill with measures that increase port security and that emphasizes Wi-Fi wireless solutions, according to WiFi Wireless, Inc., a company which markets an end-to-end wireless tracking and monitoring system for shipping containers. The bill provides new steps to prevent terrorism at sea ports such as putting nuclear, chemical or biological devices into the 11 million shipping containers entering the country every year. Further measures are expected. The Senate passed the bill by a voice vote and President Bush has signed it into law. Senator Susan Collins, chairwoman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the legislation would be a "major leap ahead" in strengthening national security. The bill approves $400 million a year over five years for risk-based grants for training and exercises only. It also requires the United States' 22 largest ports, which handle 98 percent of all cargo entering the country, to install radiation detectors by the end of next year. Preferential cargo processing is offered to importers who meet certain security requirements which WiFi Wireless says its sytem provides.

DryShips Announces Write-Off of Receivables

DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of off-shore contract drilling oil services, has announced  the agreement with one of its charterers to write-off about $16.5 million in overdue receivables related to charter hire payments due on 11 vessels on time charter. As part of the transaction, the charterer has agreed to forgo the exercise of certain "in-the-money"

Brittany Ferries, Telenor Sign Agreement

Telenor Satellite Services signed a three-year agreement with Brittany Ferries to provide high-speed data communications via satellite. Telenor will provide Ku-Band service for two Brittany vessels, the Val de Loire and Brittany's newest vessel the Pont Aven, with an option to install as many as six additional Sealink systems for the rest of the company's ferry fleet. Operating at speeds up to 192 kbits per second, Telenor's Sealink service provides high-speed data communications

Court Confirms TBS International Plan of Reorganization

TBS International plc announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed the Company's Plan of Reorganization, paving the way for the reorganized Company's expedited emergence from chapter 11 proceedings, less than 60 days after its February 6 filing. The Plan reflects overwhelming support from its voting lenders to restructure the Company's secured debt and to pay in full in cash all allowed claims of unsecured creditors, including all vendors

Moose Boats Awarded New Contract

City of New Orleans CBRNE Fire Rescue Vessel

Moose Boats Awarded New Contract for City of New Orleans CBRNE Fire Rescue Vessel. Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a new contract from the New Orleans Fire Department for the construction of a M3-36 Monohull CBRNE Fire Rescue Boat. The M3 is a new product line for Moose Boats and incorporates the builder’s established design and quality reputation in a more compact platform than the M1 and M2 Catamaran Vessels.

DNV GL Issues RP on Offshore Fiber Ropes

Høvik laboratories-syrobe testing machine-fullscale testing (Photo: DNV GL)

The results of two DNV GL led joint industry projects (JIPs) and a JIP pre-study commissioned by Statoil are now captured in a new Recommended Practice (RP) on offshore fiber ropes. With a system perspective on mooring performance, DNVGL-RP-E305 provides new industry guidance for achieving cost reductions of overall mooring operations, by addressing the engineering, manufacture and integration of offshore fiber ropes.  

New Luxury Fast Ferry on Boston Route

Photo courtesy of Bay State Cruise Co.

Bay State Cruise Company has introduced their brand new fast ferry, the 'Provincetown IV' which now travels between Boston and Provincetown, M.A. The operators say that thisvessel will boast more power, less emissions and a smoother ride in rough weather when compared to Bay State’s currently-operating fast ferry, the 'Provincetown III'.    The Provincetown IVis the fifth vessel that Bay State Cruises has dedicated to the Boston to Provincetown route since the

Shippers Form Working Group On Jones Act Conflict

The Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF) and the National Industrial Transportation (NIT) League have reached agreement on the establishment of a joint working group which will address Jones Act service issues between U.S.-flag carriers and American shippers. The offer of creating such a group was made by the MCTF in a meeting hosted by the NIT League last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At its core, the MCTF offer was an effort to engage the shipper community in a dialogue which goes beyond

GNS Expands its Voyager Suite

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) will unveil its new Voyager suite of products that for the first time connects ship and shore through one e-navigation solution.   Scheduled to debut at events in London, Singapore and Hamburg on June 17, 18 and 19, GNS’s new web-based Voyager Management Service now enables shore-based ship managers to check that vessels are always carrying required charts and publications, in either digital or paper format

Exova Partners with Endures Center


Exova, the global testing, calibration and advisory services provider, has agreed a strategic partnership with Endures in the Netherlands, previously known as the TNO Maritime Material Performance Center. Endures’ Den Helder center is primarily focused on the marine and offshore industry, and its team of scientists oversees research and testing in microbiological corrosion through DNA analysis, bio and anti-fouling, and mechanical, chemical and electrochemical corrosion.

ICT for Port of Burnie

An artists impression of the DP World Burnie international container port

  Australia’s largest stevedore DP World Australia today confirmed that it had entered into an exclusive agreement with the Tasmanian Ports Corporation, Tasports, under which the two parties will work together to provide an international container terminal at the Port of Burnie in

APL launches U.S.-flagged Guam Saipan Express

A dedicated APL vessel of 1,100 TEU will service the route

  APL today introduced a new fortnightly U.S.-flagged service to Guam and Saipan. The Guam Saipan Express (GSX) will connect with APL’s weekly U.S.-flagged Eagle Express service (EX1) in Yokohama, giving Guam and Saipan shippers an alternative for shipping from the U.S. mainland.

SSI to Present Welding & 3D Model Papers at ICCAS

"Intuitive Weld Management" and "Innovative methods for leveraging a 3D model" are two of the white papers that representatives from CAD/CAM developer SSI will present this week at the 17th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS) in Bremen

Naval Symposium Examines Ship Capabilities, Career Options

Vice Adm. Tom Rowden (E.H. Lundquist photo)

Warfighting ethos key to a distributed and lethal surface force   The annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) West Coast Symposium was held on the waterfront at Naval Station San Diego on July 16, and provided attendees an update on some key operational and career developments important to

Maritime Solutions for the Big Apple’s Growth

Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

Like most of our Nation’s major urban areas, New York City is experiencing growing pains. The Big Apple’s rising population means surging needs for freight and services, which have made congestion a common reality for the city’s more than 10 million daily commuters.  

Multimodal Freight Bill Introduced in US Senate

Cantwell, Booker, Murray, Markey introduce freight investment legislation aiming to eliminate chokepoints at critical highway, rail, port and intermodal facilities to support economic growth, and reduce the impact of freight movement on communities  

NASSCO Delivers USNS Lewis B. Puller

NASSCO Program Manager William McKay and Area Manager Aaron Rockwell present the ships captain, Jonathan Olmsted, with a photo of the MLP 3 AFSB, USNS Lewis B. Puller. (Photo: NASSCO)

Shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the U.S. Navy’s newest ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller (MLP 3 AFSB) on Friday, June 12.   The ship is named in honor of the late U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis “Chesty” Puller

VOSTA LMG: 50 Years in Dredge Ball Joints


Celebrating a company milestone this week, VOSTA LMG notes it has been 50 years since the company started with the development and production of bayonet dredge ball joints.   The 50 years are a unique amount of experience for the dredge component and it overlaps a significant part of the

US Designates Three Marine Highway Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects.   The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, previously designated as the M-55 and M-35, connecting Chicago and Minneapolis to New Orleans, will serve as the primary routes for a new container-on-barge

700+ Migrants Killed in Shipwreck 'the Worst Mediterranean Massacre'

Italian maritime forces carry out rescue operations of migrants in distress on the Mediterranean. File Photo: International Organization for Migration ( IOM )

 More than 700 migrants are feared to have drowned 'like rats in cages' on a smuggler boat because they were locked in the hold when it capsized off the Libyan  and sank in the Mediterranean sea.   The African migrants, who are thought to have included women and children

Carnival Expands Fleet with Larger, Newer Ships

Carnival Victory and Carnival Magic to provide new options from Central Florida   Starting in February 2016, Carnival Cruise Line passengers sailing from Port Canaveral will have the larger Carnival Victory as their vessel for shorter vacations and in December 2016

First Deep Sea Exploration of the Perth Canyon Begins Today

      The RV Falkor (Photo courtesy of the Schmidt Ocean Institute)

  The first deep-sea exploration of the Perth Canyon, Australia's largest undersea valley, will launch today, is reporting. The 12-day expedition is backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt and will study the conditions and marine life inside the canyon

BHP Billiton Focus on Operation & Productivity


 * BHP Billiton is now targeting US$4 billion of annualised productivity gains in its core portfolio by the end of the 2017 financial year, a US$500 million increase on previous guidance.  * Improved capital productivity will allow planned investment to be reduced from US$14

Eni CEO Addresses Porto Marghera Deal

Claudio Descalzi (Photo: Eni)

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi issued a statement on the agreement for Porto Marghera signed today in Rome at the Ministry of Economic Development. “The agreement signed today is an important milestone for the future of Porto Marghera and reflects Eni's commitment to restructure its industrial

OW Bunker Collapse Rattles Singapore Bunker Markets

Major oil companies, trade firms to expand market share; tight credit hits small retailers. The collapse of OW Bunker in the wake of an alleged fraud at its Singapore trading unit will shake up the city state's more than $25 billion marine fuel market, the world's largest

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