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First New Polish Boat Arrives on Great Lakes

The first of five new Polish ships built specifically for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway trade loaded its first U.S. grain cargo in the Port of Duluth-Superior. Bulk carrier Isa arrived at Duluth's AGP Grain, Ltd., to load about 22,000 tons of spring wheat and feed peas for Barcelona, Spain. Designed and constructed to serve ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, Isa was delivered from a Japanese shipyard in April. Since then, two sister ships have been completed: Isolda in June and Isadora in early August. The fourth new ship is scheduled to enter service in December and the fifth is due in January. All five are owned and managed by the Polish Steamship Co., Szczecin, and represented in North America by Polsteam USA, New York City. Duluth Port Director Davis Helberg said all five are expected to be frequent callers at the Port of Duluth-Superior. Isa and her four sisters are bulk carriers equipped with deck cranes and bow thrusters and of identical dimensions: 658.8 ft. long and 77.4 ft. wide. The maximum width for ships entering the Seaway is 78 ft. "It's no secret that the Seaway's size restrictions have been a limiting factor on the system's growth," Helberg said, "but it's highly encouraging companies like Polish Steamship and others are dedicating themselves to future Great Lakes service. They recognize our ports do indeed offer an attractive, competitive market and we are grateful for their faith in our system."


North P&I Club Confirms 2011 Strategy

The ‘A’ rated 125 million GT North P&I club has confirmed its strategy for the start of its next 150 years will remain focused on service, strength and quality. Introducing the latest issue of the club’s magazine ‘North News’, chairman Albert Engelsman of Dutch shipping group Wagenborg says, ‘As we approach the end of an eventful year celebrating the club’s 150th anniversary, North stands by its core values of service, strength and quality


Mariners Get LNG Handling Experience At MSI

Maneuvering trials and Shiphandling training for Guayanilla, Puerto Rico Masters, Pilots and tug Masters were conducted at MarineSafety International's Newport Simulator Center April 17 - 20 and July 5 - 7, 2000. The port of Guayanilla was modeled, including a new LNG terminal to accommodate large, deep draft ships entering the port for the first time. The objectives of the trials were to give the mariners an opportunity to gain experience handling large LNG ships in their restricted harbor


Port-State Control Guide Published

The North of England P&I club and Intercargo have published a second edition of their unique and popular guide on how shipowners should prepare for port-state control inspections. Port State Control - A Guide for Cargo Ships has been updated throughout and includes a comprehensive new chapter on the commercial implications of delays, detentions and banning orders. According to Tony Baker of the North of England's risk-management


Wilson & Jennings at North of England P&I Club

Alan Wilson and Paul Jennings became joint managing directors of the ‘A’ rated, 100 million GT North of England P&I club 18 September 2009 following the retirement of Rodney Eccleston after 21 years at the helm. Club chairman Albert Engelsman congratulated former deputies Wilson and Jennings on their appointments, which mirror the successful joint leadership role played by Eccleston and Peter Crichton for 18 years until Crichton’s retirement in 2006.


Coast Guard Reports No Sign of “Ghost Ship”

Kike Calvo via AP Images

Global newswires are flooded with reports that an abandoned cruise vessel, Russian-registered Lyubov Orlova, dubbed the “rat-infested ghost ship,” is nearing the western shores of Europe after being set adrift early last year. The vessel has reportedly been drifting in the Atlantic Ocean since it was cut free while in tow from Canada to the Dominican Republic almost a year ago among problems with scrapping arrangements.


Canada Maritime Newbuildings Make Progress

With the recent keel laying of the first ship and the cutting of steel for the second taking place today, Canada Maritime's latest newbuilding program is making progress. The names for the vessels have also been released. The keel laying of the Canmar Venture, the first of the two vessels being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Heavy Machinery in South Korea, took place on October 14th. This has been followed today by the cutting of the first steel for the Canmar Spirit.


Christening of MV Hon. James L. Oberstar

Photo courtesy The Interlake Steamship Company

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the Interlake Steamship Company vessel M/V Hon. James L. Oberstar will be christened at Duluth, Minn. Mr. Oberstar and his wife Jean, the Sponsor of the ship, will be on hand for the christening. Due to Homeland Security regulations, only invited guests will be allowed access to the vessel for tours beginning at 9 am, followed by a press conference at 9:30 am and the christening ceremony at 10:30 am.  


Costa Orders 132,500-gt Ship from Fincantieri

Costa Crociere S.p.A., placed a new order with Fincantieri S.p.A. for the construction of a new cruise ship. The new ship ordered today, with a gross tonnage of 132,500, 3,700 lower berths, 4,928 total Guests and 1,854 cabins, will be the largest Italian cruise ship and the 10th ship ordered from Fincantieri by Costa Cruises in the past 10 years. The new flagship in the Costa fleet and the Italian passenger fleet will be built at the Fincantieri shipyards in Marghera (Venice)


Israel Seaport Shut When Workers Stage Slowdown

(Reuters) - Israel's Haifa seaport, one of the country's main trade arteries, has been shut indefinitely after management told employees involved in a work slowdown to stay home. Since last week, workers at the port on Israel's northern Mediterranean coast have been operating cranes that load and unload 11 to 13 containers an hour - well below its normal 30 containers an hour, a spokesman at the port said. "The port will not reopen until we get a strong declaration from the union that


London Club Stresses Need to Observe Passage Planning

The London P&I Club said it has seen a rise over the past 12 months in the number of deficiencies relating to Temporary and Preliminary (T&P) notices to mariners, and an increase in negative findings in relation to the management of radio navigation and meteorological warnings.  


New Fuel Rules Could Prompt Gasoil Price Spike

By Claire Milhench, Reuters New fuel rules for ships entering low sulphur zones around northwest Europe and North America next year could trigger a price spike in European gasoil, whilst refiners will struggle to offload unwanted fuel oil.


Marine Diesel Oil Price-Spike Expected End of 2014

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Reuters – New fuel rules for ships entering low sulphur zones around northwest Europe and North America next year could trigger a price spike in European gasoil, whilst refiners will struggle to offload unwanted fuel oil. From January 2015


CNO Addresses Payloads, Platforms at Sea-Air-Space

(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

The Navy's top admiral joined his sea service counterparts to discuss the importance of the sea services at the Sea-Air-Space Service Chief Update Panel today. Speaking to members of national and international defense industries, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm


Are our Ports Safe?

Joan Bondareff

A Hodgepodge of Maritime Security Laws Come into Question Two recent reports have raised alarms about the security of our ports and the cargo that enters them by containers every day. The top North American container ports handle more than 35 million containers per year bringing vital goods to U.S


LNG Fueled Vessels

Dennis L. Bryant,  Maritime Regulatroy  Consulting, Gainsville, Fla.

Alternative to Diesel Strengthens as Barriers Continue to Fall. From the earliest days of mechanically propelled ships, fuel use has been evolving.  Starting with wood, fuel changed to coal, which held sway for many years.  Oil began to be used in the late nineteenth century and was


New Ballast Water Regulations Add Costs for Shipowners

Shipowners will soon be obliged to address new and expensive regulations to deal with ballast water. The Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 will require them to understand compliance standards, develop a ballast water management plan, select and install a treatment system and train personnel


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 27

USS Stingray (SS-186). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 27 1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. for service off France 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese.


Strike Club Weighs in on Port Strikes

The news this week that a longshoremen’s strike had effectively stopped cargo operations at the port of Baltimore, a major hub for foreign car imports into the U.S., underlines a new warning by The Strike Club. Strikes by stevedores continue to dominate the list of perils causing delays


Dockworkers' Strikes Can be Mitigated by Mutual Insurance

News that a recent longshoremen’s strike had effectively stopped cargo operations at the port of Baltimore, a major hub for foreign car imports into the US, underlined the Strike Club’s latest warning that strikes by stevedores continue to dominate the list of perils causing delays.


North P&I Club Phase in Members' 2014 Rate Increase

North P&I Club has decided on a 7.5% general premium increase for protection and indemnity (P&I) cover next year and will continue with a moderated payment plan similar to last year. The increase reflects the board’s commitment to maintaining the financial strength and stability


At Least Viking Profitable for TransAtlantic in Q3 2013

Photo courtesy of Viking Supply Ships

In its interim financial report TransAtlantic states that the Group's liquidity situation is strained and it has been in breach with certain covenants during the third quarter, but it has received waivers from relevant banks. Third quarter highlights


Ben-My-Chree Orders SOLASOLV Screens

Ben-My-Chree

U.K. based Solar Solve Marine received an order to supply 12 SOLASOLV class approved roller screens to the Ben-My-Chree Ro-Pax ferry. The vessel is owned and operated by Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and operates from Douglas to Heysham


Maersk’s Mammoth Containerships Making History

Maersk Mc_Kinney Moller_Tanjung Pelepas web.jpg

Photographs of Maersk Line’s 18,000 TEU ships are flooding in from ports around the world as the carrier phases its giant new vessels phase into the AE10 string between Asia and North Europe.  It’s a “Where’s Waldo” with maritime characteristics


US Navy Ships Enter Black Sea

Photo courtesy of United States Navy

The U.S. 6th Fleet flag ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), with 300 Sailors and Military Sealift Command civil service mariners onboard, arrived in the Black Sea Feb. 4 to conduct scheduled maritime security operations. USS Taylor (FFG 50) will arrive in the Black Sea Feb. 5.


 
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