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Coast Guard Issues Notice on PEA for Salvage and Marine Firefighting

– draft programmatic environmental assessment The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice seeking comments on the draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) on its proposal to clarify and set new response time requirements for salvage and marine firefighting requirements in vessel response plans (VRP) for oil spills. Comments should be submitted by February 17. 71 Fed. Reg. 125 Source: HK Law

ICCL Member Lines Set New Mandatory Safety Standards

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) has reported that its member lines have unanimously agreed to set mandatory policies for cruise ship passenger and crew safety, security, environment, operational procedures, health safety and sanitation. These new policies mark the first time and association of international maritime operators has adopted mandatory standards on such a vast set of topics. The new mandatory industry standards will require each ICCL member vessel to have smoke

New LNG Carrier Delivered to GasLog

GasLog Shanghai: Photo credit GasLog

LNG carrier 'GasLog Shanghai' delivered on budget ahead of schedule from Samsung Heavy Industries. The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection. The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation, signifying the highest level of environmental protection and energy conservation. Furthermore the vessel is equipped with a new type of cargo compressors that will reduce the release of

First Triple-E Vessel Sets Sail with SPOS

Photo: Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, the largest ship in the world, took to the seas last week equipped with SPOS, MeteoGroup’s onboard weather routing and ship performance optimization system. The Triple-E series vessel sets new standards in the container industry, not just for size, but also of energy efficiency and environmental performance. With unique design features for slower speeds and maximum efficiency

MacGregor's Deck Equipment For Chinese Shipyard

MacGregors equipment package will also play a role in delivering more sustainable operations.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has secured a comprehensive deck equipment contract from New Times Shipyard, in China, for Intership Navigation Co Ltd's three new 36,500 dwt Laker-class bulk carriers. The vessels will each feature an optimised MacGregor cargo-handling system comprising MacGregor cranes and hatch covers as well as Hatlapa steering gear and electrically-driven variable frequency drive (VFD) Hatlapa deck equipment.  

Marshall Islands Urges Cap on Shipping Emissions

Image: Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries

 The Republic of the Marshall Islands (Marshall Islands) Monday issued an emailed press release calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to set a new global target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the international shipping industry.   The tiny South Pacific nation is the world's third biggest shipping registry, but is increasingly threatened by rising sea levels linked to climate change

Conoco Cuts Steel on Innovative Towboats

Conoco is building four new towboats that purportedly offer innovations in safety, environmental interaction, as well as design improvements that Conoco claims will set new standards for the inland towing industry. "We are raising the bar for towboat design, machinery and marine systems by constructing American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class boats," said Karen Stacey, director of Conoco domestic marine. "The four new boats will have double-hulled fuel tanks to reinforce safety and

Viking Debuts Dual-approved Thermal Lifejacket

Photo: Viking

Following recent SOLAS approval, Viking has launched a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket that raises the bar for its competitors. Leading marine and offshore safety equipment manufacturer Viking Life-Saving Equipment has launched a new dual-approved thermal lifejacket with broad appeal for the offshore and commercial shipping industries operating in harsh, cold environments. Raising the standards for personal safety, the company’s new thermal lifejacket, PV9720

OW Bunker Reduces Global Claims to 0.9%


Internal quality standard helps company meet global target of reducing claims to below 1% and set new industry benchmark for best practice. OW Bunker has  announced that it has reduced global claims1 on physical products to 0.9% for Q1 2014.  This is down from an average of 1.6% in 2013.     The company set a target of reducing global claims to below 1% when it introduced its own Global Quality Standard (GQS) at the end of 2012 to ensure the quality of products

World’s Greenest Containership Comes under Malta Flag

MV Barzan. Pic by United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)

 MV Barzan, a vessel recognized as the world's most environmentally friendly ultra-large container vessel, has been registered on the Malta flag.   MV Barzan is one of 17 (11 x 15,000 TEU and 6 x 18,800 TEU) advanced used containerships built by Hyundai Heavy Industries for United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).   It will set new standards for fuel and energy efficiency, due to optimized vessel design, an array of propulsion and equipment efficiency technologies.  

Wärtsilä to Power First Dual-Fuelled Dredger

The Scheldt River will be the worlds first dual-fuelled dredger.

  A new generation "Antigoon" class dredger, called Scheldt River, being built by Royal IHC in the Netherlands on behalf of the Belgium based DEME Group, is to be powered by Wärtsilä dual-fuel (DF) engines. This will be the first ever dredger to operate on engines capable

Bulk Handling Facility Commissioned in Townsville Port

Port of Townsville Limited – Northern Australia’s Transport Link to the World

  Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) and the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) have announced the official commissioning of a state-of-the-art bulk handling facility in South Townsville. The facility, which cost $15 million to construct

Khalifa Port Container Volume Up 41pct

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 At the Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which is operated by Abu Dhabi Terminals, container volumes increased by 41 per cent in the first seven months in 2015 over the same period in 2014.     With this phenomenal growth, Abu Dhabi Port Company, the master developer

Port of Kiel: Cruise Shipping Sets Passenger Record

AIDAcara in the port of Kiel (Photo: Port of Kiel)

Press release- This year’s cruise shipping season in Kiel was ending on Tuesday October 20th with a visit by the “AIDAcara”. Overall the port registered 133 calls this year by 25 different ships with a total tonnage of more than 8.6 million GT (an increase of 19.4% over last year)

Construction Starts on Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship

Image: Crowley

Construction begins on Crowley’s second Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ship for use in the Puerto Rico trade   Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. has officially started the construction of Taíno, the second of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered


the Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Award 2015 organized by CII

  Express Global Logistics Pvt Ltd (EXG) won the Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Award 2015 organized by CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). EXG bagged the award for Excellent Position in Supply Chain & Logistics in Specialised Cargo category.

MacGregor Optimises UASC's Container Vessels Payload

Photo of MV Barzan courtesy MacGregor

  United Arab Shipping Company's first ultra-large container vessel has entered service equipped with a MacGregor high-efficiency cargo handling system, which is designed to maximise payload potential and operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact by minimising emissions per TEU

Repower and More for the Cornelia Marie

Josh Harris (left) and Casey McManus (right), with fishing boat Cornelia Marie

One of the best-known commercial fishing vessels in the world, the Cornelia Marie, has just undergone life-extending surgery. The Bering Sea crabber has gained a wide public following both for the family saga of ownership and for her role in the television series Deadliest Catch that portrays the

Aliança Christens 2nd Cabotage Boxship

(l-r) Martin Susemihl, Julian Thomas, Sponsor Ro Fischer, Captain Ormindo de Paula Coelho, Frank Smet and José Salgado.

With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has momentarily completed the expansion and modernisation of its cabotage fleet.   In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its

Fincantieri Cuts Steel for MSC Seaside

Steel cutting

  Geneva-based MSC Cruises S.A., and Fincantieri, today cut the first steel for its new generation of ship, MSC Seaside.   In a ceremony held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago and Chief Executive Officer

Aliança: Second Flagship in the Cabotage Fleet Christened

Vicente Pinzón (Photo: Aliança)

With the christening of the new container ship “Vicente Pinzón”, the Hamburg Süd subsidiary Alianҫa has -- for the moment -- completed the expansion and modernization of its fleet. In the past two years, Alianҫa has launched a total of six newbuildings for its cabotage

UASC Behemoth Calls at Felixtowe

18,800 teu Barzan, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe

  United Arab Shipping Company's (UASC) newest vessel, the 18,800 teu Barzan, has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe, the Port of Britain. The biggest container ship in the UASC fleet, the mega-ship arrived at the UK's largest container port from Port Kelang in Malaysia

Silversea Cruises Orders Luxury Ship from Fincantieri

Image: Silversea Cruises

Shipbuilder Fincantieri has received an order to build a new luxury cruise ship for client Silversea Cruises due for delivery in April 2017.    At 40,700 grt and accommodating 596 guests, the newbuild vessel Silver Muse will expand Silversea's fleet to nine ships.   

Silversea Cruises Plans New Flagship

Silver Muse. Image: Courtesy of Silversea Cruises

 Cruise operator Silversea Cruises has unveiled its new flagship, the Silver Muse, which will begin sailing the seas in April 2017.    Built by Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri, the 40,000-register-tonne ultra-luxury ship will accommodate 596 guests in spacious all-suite

Pentalver Opens London Container Facility

Pentalver’s new site located next to London Gateway’s port gates (Photo: London Port Authority)

U.K. inland container service operator Pentalver opened a new five-acre site at the U.K.’s newest deep sea container port, DP World London Gateway, the London Port Authority announced.   Plans for the site – which will be built in two phases – were revealed in January and

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