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Disney Ship Drydocked at BAE Systems

The Virginian Pilot reported that the Disney Wonder, a 964-ft. Disney Cruise Line ship arrived at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair last week for a 10-day overhaul. The yard has assigned 200 employees and subcontractors to blast and paint the hull, change out propellers and do basic hull, mechanical and electrical work. Disney brought in an additional 600 contractors for interior work. The cruise ship receives dry dock maintenance twice every five years and has visited the Norfolk shipyard twice before. Source: Virginian Pilot


This Day in Naval History – April 14

1898 - Commissioning of first Post Civil War hospital ship, USS Solace 1969 - North Korean aircraft shoots down Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft from VQ-1 over the Sea of Japan 1988 - USS Samuel B. Roberts struck Iranian mine off Qatar 1989 - First Navy ship arrives on scene to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup (Source: Navy News Service)


Cruise Ship Worker Arrested for Smuggling

A crew member aboard a Miami-based cruise ship was arrested on smuggling charges after Royal Caribbean security officers found a laundry bag full of cocaine and 3,000 ecstasy tablets aboard the vessel, the U.S. Customs Service said on Tuesday. Shipboard security officers said the crewman, Peter Westman Campbell of Jamaica, acted suspiciously after Vision of the Seas left the Caribbean island of Curacao on Friday, a Customs spokesman said.


Adventure Of The Seas Makes U.S. Debut

Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship, arrived today at Boston harbor after crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Turku, Finland. Sister-ship to Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas, Adventure boasts some of the most innovative shipboard amenities in the industry. She will sail year-round cruise vacations roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the Southern Caribbean beginning November 18, 2001, visiting Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad


Congestion hits Lagos Ports

(Image courtesy: Lagos Ports Complex )

With 11 vessels have been waiting to get a space to berth in  Lagos Ports Complex (LPC) in order to discharge cargo since December 2014 heavy congestion hits Lagos Ports General Cargo Terminal.  More than 251,860 metric tons (MT) of cargo are currently stranded at Terminal C and D of the LPC, Apapa, operated by ENL Consortium Limited. The industry observers say that this has become a regular feature in that terminal, raising questions about efficiency of its cargo handling equipment


Newbuild Containerships Delivered to Rickmers

The Rickmers Group informs it has taken delivery of the first two in a series of three 9,300 TEU newbuilds acquired by the group in April while already under construction. The containerships were built at the South Korean STX shipyard and are on long-term charter to CMA CGM. The first of the three ships is the seventh vessel to carry the name R.C. Rickmers, which can trace its heritage back to the founder of the Rickmers Shipyard


Northrop Grumman Awarded $1.94B Contract

The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract valued at approximately $1.94 billion for the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The work will be performed by the company’s Newport News sector and will include the refueling of the ship’s reactors, as well as extensive modernization work to more than 2,300 compartments and hundreds of systems. In addition, nearly 3,000 valves will be replaced


USS Cole Returns to Fleet

The Aegis guided missile destroyer USS Cole is ready to return to the U.S. Navy Fleet following a 14-month restoration project at Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems. The ship will depart Pascagoula today to return to her homeport in Norfolk, Va. "Our team of shipbuilders has worked together with the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding, as well as the crew of this fine warship, in an effort to bring her back to a combat-ready state and to return her to the fleet," said Dr. Philip A


Drewry: Container Schedule Reliability Improvement

Container service reliability improved for the second quarter in a row during the third quarter of 2011, according to Drewry Maritime Research’s latest Schedule Reliability Insight report. The report is the longest established independent survey of liner service reliability in the marketplace with data stretching back to the end of 2005.  The proportion of 3,281 ships arriving on time (defined as either arriving at port on the advertised ETA or a day earlier) at selected ports


Russia Sends Ships, Aircraft and Forces to Syria

Russia has sent two tank landing ships and additional aircraft to Syria in the past day or so and has deployed a small number of forces there, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, in the latest signs of a military buildup that has put Washington on edge.   The two U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the intent of Russia's military moves in Syria remained unclear.   U.S. officials have not ruled out the possibility that Moscow may be laying the


US LNG Bunker Barge Nearing Launch Date

Photo: CME

North America’s first LNG bunker barge is scheduled to be launched in February of 2016, Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME) announced following a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) hosted tour at Conrad Shipyard in Orange, Texas


MSC Tests Iranian Waters

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 The Geneva-based Swiss company, Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC), which is the world’s second-largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity, has returned to Iran more than six years after it docked at an Iranian port the last time.  


Container Shipping Lines Returning to Iran Tread Cautiously

Photo courtesy of MSC

The world's second biggest container shipping line, MSC, has become the latest firm to resume direct services to Iran, although trade remains cautious as Western sanctions are still in place and regional tensions escalate.   The deal reached over Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for


NZ's “Sound framework” for Managing Coastal Navigation

NZ Navigational Hazards Courtesy Maritime NZ

A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found that there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast, with procedures in place to assess risk and adjust safety measures if required.


Replica of Revolutionary French Ship Arrives in US

Image: Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

 When the 17-story ship glided through the cool morning mist like an apparition in the Virginia town,  many didn't realized that it was a replica of a French frigate that in 1780 transported General Lafayette to America to rally US rebels battling for independence.  


USCG Tall Ship Arrives for Norfolk Harborfest

At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service

  The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived in Norfolk Friday for the 2015 Norfolk Harborfest. The Eagle will be open for public tours on the following schedule: Friday, June 5 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Containership Responds for Yacht Fire Rescue

Two New Zealand sailors and their Mexican skipper were rescued from a liferaft 280 kilometers south of Niue after their yacht caught fire just after midnight June 23, Maritime New Zealand reported.   The 15-meter U.S.-registered yacht SV Sunny Deck was travelling from Rarotonga to Tonga


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


Egyptian Vessel Sinks

Photo: Egyptian military spokesperson

 Taba, an Egyptian ferry, carrying passengers, cargo and trucks, sank in the Red Sea early on Sunday, according to state-owned news agency MENA.   The 6,600-gt Taba (built 1985) had capsized because the trucks on board the ship were parked mainly on one side


First Cruise Ship Docks at Teignmouth Port

Hebridean Princess moored at ABP Port of Teignmouth.

  History was made at ABP’s Port of Teignmouth with the visit of its first ever cruise ship. The Hebridean Princess, a luxury cruise ship, arrived from Dartmouth carrying 50 passengers. They were welcomed by the town officials before embarking on a day trip around Teignmouth


WGMA Urges Participation in Menhaden Survey

Photo courtesy Department of Marine Sciences

  The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) is urging its members with ships arriving at any port in the western US Gulf to participate in the Menhaden survey. The annual Menhaden spawn (typically April through October) has created challenges for ships transiting local waterways


Container Ships Make Slow Return to Iran After Nuke Deal

The first international container ships began arriving in Iran this week after the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, yet many ship owners remain wary of resuming business until sanctions are removed - still some months away. Iran had depended on foreign ships for much of its imports


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Bottom Out

File image: A ValeMax bulk carrier.

End-of-year cargo flurry still anticipated - brokers. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could bottom next week as owners resist charterers' attempts to force rates lower on the expectation of an end-of-year cargo flurry, brokers said on Thursday.


New Tool Enables Remote Retrieval of VDR Data

Image: Danelec Marine

Danelec Marine today announced the introduction of VDR OnDemand, a PC software tool that facilitates remote selective data downloads from shipboard Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs).  VDR OnDemand is a portal and dashboard that allows shore offices to log on and request data from the VDR by


Project Cargo and Grain Top Seaway Cargoes in October

With two months left in the shipping season, U.S. ports were busy moving grain and project cargo in October.   “We anticipated an increase in vessel activity and cargo tonnage into the Great Lakes Seaway System for the month of October, and we saw it,” said Betty Sutton






 
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