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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

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

LNG America Selects ABS for LNG Bunker Barges

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LNG America announces the selection of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as the classification society for North America’s first LNG bunker barges, currently being designed by Jensen Maritime. ABS will assist LNG America in working with shipbuilders and regulators in developing these first-of-their-kind barges that meet or exceed all technical and regulatory requirements. “We are pleased to be working with ABS on this important domestic initiative

Eagle Bulk Shipping Files for Bankruptcy

Photo courtesy of Eagle Bulk Shipping

Eagle Bulk Shipping filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, the latest in a string of shipping companies to make a Chapter 11 filing, and said it reached agreement with its lenders to cut its debt by $975 million. The U.S. company said in a statement that creditors who hold more than 85 percent of its loans have voted in favor of a proposed reorganization plan. Getting creditor support for a "prepackaged" plan before filing for Chapter 11 can dramatically cut the time a company

Special Pilotage in Port of Brownsville

It was no ordinary arrival for the Brazos-Santiago Pilots of Brownsville, Texas    The Brazos-Santiago Pilots handle some 600 ship and vessel transits through the Port of Brownsville each year, but it's not every day that they get the opportunity to guide a venerable and storied U.S. Navy carrier to its final destination.    "It's an especially proud honor to be a part of history and to pilot the USS Ranger on the final 15-mile leg of its 16

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

Coast Guard Reports No Sign of “Ghost Ship”

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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.

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

US Navy: Tortuga Allision Costs CO, XO Their Jobs

USS Tortuga's (LSD 46) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Thomas Goudreau and Executive Officer, Cmdr. John Fleming, were relieved of their duties Dec. 16, due to loss of confidence in their ability to safely operate and navigate the ship and their credibility to lead the crew. At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 6, USS Tortuga (LSD 46) made contact with Thimble Shoals buoy (1TS) while enroute to her scheduled anchorage off the coast of Virginia.

Five Vessels Delivered for Qatar’s New Port Project

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Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has delivered five vessels as part of an 11-vessel order for New Port Project (NPP). Built entirely at the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan Industrial City, the vessels were launched and delivered to NPP after successful completion of their

NASSCO Christens LNG-ready Tanker Constitution

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On Saturday, August 27, shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO celebrated the christening and launch of the Constitution, the sixth ship in a series of eight eco-friendly tankers constructed or under construction at the company’s San Diego-based shipyard.  

Banks Halt Support for Hanjin

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A bankruptcy would be biggest ever for a container shipper. Hanjin Shipping Co's banks are halting support for the South Korean company, its lead creditor said, making it likely the nation's largest shipper is headed for bankruptcy as it is dragged down by a deep global industry downturn.

Germany Orders Five More Navy Ships

Germany has agreed to spend 1.5 billion euros to buy five more corvettes for the navy, the navy said on Friday, and Die Welt newspaper quoted lawmakers as citing the need for greater security in the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean.  

China Bars North Korean Ship

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 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

Container Shipping Demand Weakens

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 The demand for container shipping is really not going anywhere at the moment. Indicators for growth in the first months of 2016 point to limited overall demand and huge variations from trade to trade. In addition, all numbers are impacted by Chinese New Year

Boxship's Bottom Line Battered Further by Fuel Rules

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Container shipping firms' annual costs have risen by a total $500 million due to new sulphur emissions regulations that have forced vessels to use higher cost fuel, the OECD said in a report on Thursday. Rising fuel costs will further hurt an industry already stung by overcapacity

New Rules for Ballast Water Management in Australia

Since July 2001, all ships entering Australian ports or waters from overseas have been subject to Australia’s national ballast water management requirements.   These are currently enforced under the Quarantine Act 1908, but from June 16, 2016

Chinese Spy Ship Enters Japanese Territorial Waters

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 A Chinese military ship entered the waters of south-western Japan on Wednesday, EFE news reported quoting government officials.   This is the first such incident in over a decade and comes a week after a Chinese navy ship sailed near the disputed Senkaku islands.  

China says Navy Conducted Routine Operations in Area of US Joint Drills

A Chinese naval vessel was conducting routine operations in the Western Pacific at the time of U.S. joint drills with Japan and India, the country's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, responding to claims that the ship shadowed a U.S. aircraft carrier.  

Diana Shipping Enters Contract with SwissMarine

Crystalia. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping Inc., through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Ice Class Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Crystalia.    The gross charter rate is US$6,250 per day

SOLAS Container Mass Verification Rule Enter into force


A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force today (1 July 2016). It will assist in ensuring that the millions of containers carried on ships each year are optimally stowed

EU Ship Recycling on the Radar

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 The European Union Ship Recycling Regulation has been effective since 2013 and applies to all ships entering ports and terminals of EU Member States.    While it is consistent with the broad objectives established in the International Maritime Organisation’s Hong Kong

Moody's: Challenges Ahead for Asian Port Operators

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 Moody's Investors Service says lackluster global growth, weak commodity prices, high capital expenditure commitments and a liner industry struggling with overcapacity is testing the resilience of Asian port operators.   "While the rated port operators in Asia have scope for cost

Iran Defends Encounter with US Warship

USS Nitze (Photo: United States Navy)

Iran's defence minister said on Thursday four of his country's vessels accused of harassing a U.S. warship were only doing their job, and Tehran would contront any American ship that entered its waters.   The vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) conducted what a U.S

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