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ATSB Issues Report on Pasha Bulker Grounding

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) issued the report of its investigation of the grounding of the Pasha Bulker at on June 8, 2007. The investigation found that the master did not appropriately ballast the vessel and did not weigh anchor until it dragged in severe weather. The master had incorrectly assumed that authorities ashore would instruct ships to put out to sea when conditions were bad. After the ship got underway, the master made further inappropriate decisions due to task overloading, fatigue, and anxiety. The ship’s safety management system provided the master with insufficient guidance about safety putting to sea in adverse weather. The local authorities ashore were untimely in providing advice to the ships anchored offshore regarding the adverse weather and related conditions.


Rolls-Royce Wins $3.1 Million Contract

Rolls-Royce has landed a $3.1 million order from Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow for an equipment package comprised of Rauma Brattvaag deck machinery, bulk handling systems and Tenfjord steering gear and rudders. The package has been ordered for a new 246 ft. (75 m) Stirling Shipping anchor handling tug-supply vessel (AHTS), which will be an enhanced version of M/V Stirling Iona, which was delivered by Ferguson earlier this year.


Pilot Boat Capsizes, One Dead

The body of the missing man from the pilot boat that capsized was located 3 miles south of the Galveston Jetties. A T & T Dive Team went into the water this morning and searched the capsized pilot boat, locating the missing pilot still inside. The man's body was taken to Coast Guard Station Galveston, where the captain of the Texas City Pilots Association was waiting. The pilot boat capsized Saturday afternoon after picking up a pilot from a research ship anchored in Galveston Bay


Ship System and Component Manufacturers Discuss Past and Future

The Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus (CSC) co-chaired by Representatives Gene Taylor (D-MS) and Jo Ann Davis (R-VA), met with ship component manufacturers on the impact that low rates of naval shipbuilding have had on their companies and the challenges confronting the ship manufacturing industrial base. The ship manufacturers that met with the Caucus included: Mr. Craig Hansen of BWXT/ Babcock and Wilcox in Mount Vernon, IN; Mr. Walter Herr of Fairbanks Morse Engine in Beloit, WI; Mr


Repairs to Internet Cables Begin in Gulf

A repair ship began work at the site where an Internet cable was cut last week in the Persian Gulf, and a second vessel was to arrive later that day at the spot north of Egypt where two other cables were cut just two days earlier, FLAG Telecom said. The cuts have disrupted Internet services across a large swath of the Middle East and India, slowing down businesses and hampering personal Internet usage. There has been wide speculation that the cuts were caused by ships' anchors dragged


Collision, Grounding and Anchor Draggings in Chesapeake Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with local response agencies and the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Tuesday after receiving a report of a collision between two ships in the Thimble Shoal Channel and are responding to several subsequent reports of ships dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay. The 79-foot rig vessel, Petite, and the 1065-foot container ship, MSC Charleston, reportedly collided due to weather in the main ship channel at approximately 7:30 p.m


Environmental Activists Protest President Bush's Kyoto Pact Veto

Greenpeace activists boarded an oil tanker in Norway on Tuesday in a bid to stop it sailing for the United States, in their second such protest this week against President George W. Bush's rejection of the Kyoto pact on cutting greenhouse gases. Fifteen protesters boarded the Greek-registered tanker Cosmic from the dock before it could leave the Statoil Mongstad terminal in Norway for a Sunoco terminal on the U.S. East Coast, the Amsterdam-based environmental group said.


Grand Cayman to Build Cruise Ship Dock

The island of Grand Cayman, which has long resisted building a cruise ship dock out of concern about environmental damage that would result from dredging a channel into George Town Harbor, has now decided to start development of a dock for four ships, according to Cruise Ship Report. The initial phase, an environmental impact assessment, has just started. Currently, cruise ships anchor off George Town, and tenders ferry their thousands of passengers back and forth to town


Divers Seal Ruptured Pipeline Off Galveston

Contracted divers for Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline began assessing damage to a ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil pipeline Sunday after the U.S. Coast Guard sealed the break. The rupture, first denoted by a drop in pipeline pressure on Christmas Eve, occurred about 30 miles southeast of Galveston. The leak has spilled an estimated 44,500 gallons of medium crude oil, according to a Coast Guard press release.


Long Beach Cargo Dips with Congestion

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach feels effects as backlog continues   Lingering congestion at West Coast seaports drove down container cargo by 18.8 percent in January at Long Beach compared to the same month last year, the port announced.   Overall, 429,490 TEUs of containerized cargo moved through the Port of Long Beach in January. Imports numbered 213,667 TEUs, a 23.5 percent decline from January 2014. Exports slid 19.6 percent to 98,462 TEUs. Empty containers declined 7


CMA CGM Pays Tribute to Zaha Hadid, Architect of CMA CGM Tower

Photo: CMA CGM Tower

 CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, pays tribute to Zaha Hadid, who sadly died on March 31st. Zaha Hadid a renowned architect and 2004 Pritzker Prize Winner, completed the CMA CGM Tower in Marseilles as one of her major projects.  


Oil Glut Leaves Supertankers in a Huge Jam

It may be the world's biggest traffic jam.   As ports struggle to cope with a global oil glut, huge queues of supertankers have formed in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, where some 200 million barrels of crude lies waiting to be loaded or delivered.  


Essar Ports Handles Record Volume

Courtesy Essar Ports

On the back of increased production by its anchor customers, Essar Ports Limited (EPL) has registered significant growth in cargo handling over the last three months. In March 2016 alone, EPL’s four operational ports handled total cargoes of 6


Rapp Marine Equips Pelagic Fleet Trawlers

Image: Rapp Marine

Rapp Marine has received two new orders for the supply of complete electrical deck machinery packages for the two pelagic trawlers, Rockall and Themis, announced Morten Stenkjær, VP Sales Fisheries Rapp Marine.   Rapp Marine signed the contract in March 2016 with the shipbuilder


Offshore Supply Ship Market Set for Consolidation

Photo: Farstad Shipping

Weak market conditions seen driving consolidation; owners prepare for longer downturn; bright spot for anchor handlers in the past months   A glut of offshore supply vessels and falling demand from oil firms will trigger a restructuring of the still-fragmented industry


Bunkering Vessel Evacuated After Fire in Dalian Bay

Bunker. Image: Skuld

 The bunkering vessel "Bo Feng You 10" reported a fire on board in the morning of Mar 7, 2016, says Dalian Maritime Safety Administration.   The vessel was  was anchored near Dalian’s Mianhua Dao port area with 600 tons of diesel oil on board.   


DNV GL, Gard, The Swedish Club Step in to Cut Anchor Losses

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs Photo DNV GL

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs. A rising number of anchor losses reported over the last several years prompted DNV GL, Gard and The Swedish Club to investigate this issue


This Day In Naval History - March 9

USS Cowpens (CG 63) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1847 - An Army-Navy force begins the siege of Veracruz, Mexico. Approximately 12,000 U.S. troops land on the beaches, along with their horses, mules, artillery, and supplies. Veracruz surrenders March 29, and the forces make their way to Mexico City.


China Bars North Korean Ship

Image: Rizhao Port

 Reuters reports that China’s Ministry of Transport has blacklisted 31 North Korean vessels in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution. China has barred a North Korean freighter from one of its ports.   The country will start inspecting the North Korean ships that dock


Asia’s Piracy Situation is Improving

Graph 1 Number of Incidents Map by ReCAAP

The number and severity of reported incidents against ships in Asia declined significantly in February compared with both the previous month and previous year period, ReCAAP reported. A total of three incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia in February 2016


Bourbon Takes Delivery of AHTS

Extremely versatile, she can perform numerous tasks in addition to anchor-handling, such as supply duties, oil recovery, standby operations, firefighting, rescue (up to 300 survivors) and ROV operations. With a strengthened hull and enhanced winterization equipment (Ice class), she is perfectly suited for work in temperatures down to -20° C while ensuring maximum safety conditions. Photo Bourbon

BOURBON announced that it has taken delivery, as scheduled, of the Bourbon Arctic from Norway's Vard Brattvåg shipyard and completed her first anchor handling operation. The vessel was engaged in the disconnection and unmooring operation of the Island Innovator drilling rig located at the


USS America Returns after Maintenance

USS America (U.S. Navy file photo)

Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) has returned to sea March 21 following a 10-month post-shakedown availability maintenance period during which the crew and contractors made improvements to the ship's design.  USS America is now conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern


Boxer Leaves Hong Kong

USS Boxer (LHD 4) gets underway from Hong Kong. Photo: U.S. Navy

 Amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) pulled anchor and departed Hong Kong after completing a five-day port visit, March 25.   The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit team departed Hong Kong after their


PDVSA Says Operations are Normal at Main Oil Port

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA on Friday said it guaranteed that operations were normal at its main oil port, adding it had provided "uninterrupted" services to an average of 56 tankers per month.   Reuters on Thursday reported heavy backlogs in tanker loadings at the port of


Vesper Updates XB-8000 AIS Transponder

Photo: Vesper Marine

Black-Box Class B AIS Transponder is First to Provide Built-In MOB and Anchor Alarm Functionality Vesper Marine announced today that its XB-8000 Class B AIS has a software update available for all new and existing owners, incorporating new features and capabilities to enhance marine safety.






 
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