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Reaches Agreement

Strike Averted at St. Lawrence Seaway

St. Lawrence Seaway and UNIFOR agree to binding arbitration, avoid strike The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that it has reached agreement with UNIFOR, which represents the corporation’s 460 unionized employees, on Sunday evening to refer certain important issues to binding arbitration, also suspending the right to strike or lockout, ensuring that shippers will encounter uninterrupted navigation until March 31, 2018. Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, said “I am very pleased that we have reached this agreement, which enables navigation on the Seaway to continue without interruption.”  


Scorpio Tankers Continue Spending Spree

Scorpio Tankship: Photo courtesy of Scorpio Tankers

Scorpio Tankers Inc. announces 16 newbuilding agreements and US$ 525-million in commitments to its 2013 Credit Facility. The company has reached agreements with five shipyards in Korea to construct 16 newbuilding vessels consisting of eight LR2, four MR, and four Handymax ice class-1A product tankers. In addition, the Company announced that syndication of the Company's previously announced $267 million Credit Facility has been heavily over-subscribed resulting in an increase of the


Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, and NYK Announce Joint Operations

Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, and NYK announced that they have reached agreement to operate jointly in the trade between Asia, South Africa, and South America. From mid April, the linew will replace the current three strings (one operated by Maersk Line and two operated by Hamburg Süd and NYK) by two strings with modern and fast vessels. The overall capacity produced by the new two string system is roughly the same as the capacity presently provided by the three Lines


Davie Yards to Gradually Resume Operations

Davie Yards Inc. (TSX:DAV) announced that it has reached agreements with its clients for new price increases of $35m on its existing contracts. In addition Davie's largest client, Cecon ASA has informed that it has received a $200m loan offer replacing the lost loan facility with the Norwegian bank DnB Nor. While Cecon completes the loan documentation, Davie has negotiated a $20m prefunding facility which will enable it to gradually resume its operations.


This Day in Naval History – May 22

1882 - Commodore Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade 1958 - Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records, 22-23 May 1967 - New York City reaches agreement to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard, ending 166 years of construction and repair of naval vessels. 1968 - USS Scorpion (SSN-589) lost with all hands (Source: Navy News Service)


US East & Gulf Ports Labor Talks Make Progress

International Longshoreman's Association (ILA) & United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) make progress in contract negotiations Concluding three of four days of scheduled negotiations, the two sides announced agreement in principle on issues involving the introduction of new technology and automation and maintenance and repair of chassis within marine terminals and at off-pier facilities at the East and Gulf Coast ports.


Crowley to Acquire Titan Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. announced last night at the International Salvage Union's annual dinner that Crowley has reached agreement with the owners of Titan Maritime, LLC to acquire the company. The deal is expected to close within the next 30 days. Crowley made the announcement to an audience of about 60 salvors from around the world who had gathered for dinner at the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle as part of the weeklong International


Manitowoc Reaches Agreement On Options for Lighterage System

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. announced that it has signed a contract with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Department of the U.S. Navy, on options for the Improved Navy Lighterage System (INLS). The Navy selected Manitowoc Marine Group in 2003 to build the INLS, and the first unit was delivered in the third quarter of 2005. The new agreement calls for option deliveries over the next five calendar years with an approximate value of $360 million.


Norwegian Offshore Strike Implications for Smedvig

The Norwegian Shipowners Association and the Federation of Offshore Workers Unions (OFS) have not succeeded in reaching agreement at arbitration on the annual settlement. This means that the OFS has called out on strike its members on four rigs. As from July 9, the strike will be extended by one more rig. For the time being none of Smedvig's mobile units are affected by the strike. However, if the strike is extended


Capital Product Partners Recharters M/T Arionas

Capital Product Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: CPLP) announced that it had reached agreement with Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. to recharter the M/T Arionas for a period of 12 months (+/- 30 days) from the expected expiration of its current charter in June 2010. The M/T Arionas (2006, MR product tanker, Hyundai MIPO Dockyard, 37,000dwt ICE Class 1A) was fixed at a gross rate of $12,000 per day ($11,850 net) with a subsidiary of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp., the Partnership's Sponsor


Vessel Discharge Amendment Push Continues

Craig Montesano (Photo: AWO

AWO voices strong opposition to McCain anti-Jones Act amendment   The American Waterways Operators (AWO) is continuing an intensive lobbying campaign to bring the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) to a vote in the Senate and working with the American Maritime Partnership to strenuously


NordLB forms JV Ship Loan Restructuring

German bank NordLB and two partners have formed a joint venture that will specialise in advising on the restructuring of non-performing ship loans, the state-backed lender said on Monday.   The shipping industry has been stuck in a multi-year slump brought about by global economic weakness


Star Bulk Defers More Ship Deliveries

File photo: Star Bulk

In February 2016, Star Bulk has agreed to defer the delivery of five Newcastlemax vessels from 2016 to 2017 and 2018: three vessels were deferred from Q1 2016 to Q1 and Q3 2017, and two vessels were deferred from Q1 and Q2 2016 to Q1 2018. Consequently


Scorpio Cancels Kamsarmax Newbuilding Contract

Photo:  Scorpio Bulkers Inc

 Scorpio Bulkers has continued to cull its fleet expansion with the cancellation of a newbuilding contract for a kamsarmax bulk carrier.   US-listed bulker owner set to save $19.3m final installment costs after walking away from order


Direct Cambodia-China Cargo on Course

Image: Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP)

 Two Chinese shipping giants are likely to sign agreements with Cambodia's Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (SAP), paving the way for exporters to move cargo directly from Cambodia to China, Xinhua reported.  Both Cosco and China Shipping are expected to sign with Sihanoukville Autonomous


Carnival Faces Penalties Over ADA Compliance

Carnival Breeze (Photo: Carnival Corp.)

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Carnival Corp. Over ADA Violations by Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises   The U.S. Justice Department and Carnival Corp. have reached a comprehensive, landmark settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities


Ondimar Firms Order Suezmax Quartet at Navantia

NAVANTIA ratified contracts to build 4 Suezmax tankers, expandable to two

  Navantia and Maritime Transport Ondimar LDA (shipping company Ibaizabal Group) today ratified the contracts signed in late June and the financial structure for the construction of 4 Suezmax tankers, expandable to two. 4 boats will involve 3 million hours of work for Navantia and the


Strike Call Lifted on Panama Canal Expansion Work

Panama Canal Expansion

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) expressed its satisfaction after the main contractor for the Third Set of Locks Project, Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), and the National Union of Workers of Construction and Similar Industries (SUNTRACS) reached an agreement which supersedes the strike


Rosneft Acquires Oilfield Service from Trican

Photo Trican

  A company of the Rosneft Group and a subsidiary of Trican Well Service Ltd. signed a framework agreement and ancillary documents, pursuant to which a Rosneft subsidiary agreed to acquire a 100% shareholding in Trican Well Service LLC


Greeks Despair over Drowned Refugees

 * Thirty-four drown, including 15 children  * Coastguard rescues 1,429 migrants in three days  * Figures show Greece is main refugee gateway to Europe   Greek divers trawled the Aegean Sea on Monday for survivors of the country's worst maritime accident involving refugees


Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

(Photo: North P&I Club)

Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast


AOA Calls for Southern Ocean Conservation Commitments

Courtesy  Antarctic Ocean Alliance

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) called on the 25 member countries gathering today for the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to finally agree on lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.  


Star Bulk Sells Bulker Quartet

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

 Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector,  has reached agreements to sell four modern vessels, two capesize and two kamsarmax vessels.    The vessels were sold for an aggregate gross price of $122m and are


Boskalis, Kotug Establish Harbor Towage JV

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) and KOTUG International B.V. (KOTUG) have reached agreement on the merger of their European harbour towage operations. The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties in late 2014 has now been formalized following a thorough process.


Boskalis, KOTUG Joint Venture Formalized

Photo: Boskalis

KOTUG and Boskalis reach agreement to merge European harbor towage operations Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and KOTUG International B.V. have reached a formal agreement to merge their European harbor towage operations following on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties in late






 
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