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U.S. Labor Seeks Ban on Some Foreign Ship Parts

The Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO has sued the U.S. Coast Guard over allowing domestic shipyards to use preassembled foreign ship parts and engines, Ron Ault, president of the MTD, said on Tuesday. Preassembled ship parts require little or no assembly at U.S. shipyards, and cut the need for U.S. labor at these yards, he told Reuters in an interview. MTD, a trade department of the American federation of labor unions, coordinates negotiating, organizing and legislative efforts of affiliated metal-working and related crafts and trade unions. Angela McArdle, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman, said it was the Coast Guard's policy not to comment on pending litigation. MTD's suit, filed late last week in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, charges that a ruling issued on May 24, 2006, and affirmed on Nov. 15 by the National Vessel Documentation Center ignores the requirements of the Jones Act which stipulate that ships moving between U.S. ports must be "built in" the United States. The rulings authorized plans by Aker Shipyards Philadelphia and NASSCO, a division of General Dynamics , to produce about 22 new 45,000-ton capacity oil product tankers that are assembled from thousands of parts and modules imported from South Korea, he said. Source: Reuters


Wartsila Chosen to Supply "Bangkok-Max" Container Ships

Wärtsilä will supply the main engines for the first series of eight "Bangkok-max" container ships being built at the Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. The ships, ordered in June, will serve as feeder vessels in Asian waters. The scope of supply includes eight Wärtsilä RT-flex60C main engines, which will be built by a Wärtsilä licensee, Hudong Heavy Machinery (HHM), based in Shanghai


ChukarWaterjet Launches New Website

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ChukarWaterjet, Inc., a supplier of waterjet parts and waterjet rental equipment, announced the launching of its new website at www.chukarwaterjet.com. ChukarWaterjetsupplies competitively priced quality waterjet parts for all major brands of waterjet cutting and cleaning equipment, including Flow International, Omax, KMT, Jet Edge and WSI.  Dedicated to helping its customers reduce downtime and increase productivity


Crowley and Subsidiary TITAN Rub Shoulders in Houston

Costa salvage: Image courtesy of TITAN

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s solutions group, project logistics and global freight management team, and subsidiary TITAN Salvage have relocated to a shared, custom-designed office and warehouse facility in Houston. The new consolidated location at 15894 Diplomatic Plaza Drive is expected to foster company-wide synergies, expand TITAN and Crowley’s customer base and create new business opportunities among the three groups


Lloyd's Register Alert: New SOLAS Regulation II-1/8-1

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SOLAS Regulation II-1/8-1 has been amended and will require operational information to be provided to the master after a flooding casualty to assist with decisions regarding safe return to port.   The new requirement applies to passenger vessels over 120m in length or with three or more main vertical zones, constructed on or after 1 January, 2014. The operational information can be provided by onboard stability computers or through shore-based support arrangements, as follows.  


Big Ship Newbuildings: Global Order Update

Shipyard: File photo

Container ship newbuildings figure most active in the latest weekly news from Clarkson Hellas, with the majority of orders placed with China and Korea shipbuilders. Dry bulk carriers Clients of Diana Shipping reports Clarkson Hellas in its Weekly Bulletin have announced a further order for one 82,000 DWT Kamsarmax at Sinopacific’s Dayang facility. Based on the Sinopacific MHI 82 design, the vessel is planned for delivery in the second quarter of 2016.


USCG Requests Charterer Information on NOA Requests Reports

The Coast Guard has amended its Notice of Arrival (NOA) regulations to require the owner, master, operator, agent or person in charge of a vessel required to submit an NOA report to identify the charterer of the vessel. This new requirement takes effect September 18. The Coast Guard will use the vessel charterer information to identify charterers associated with substandard vessels as part of the Port State Control program. As part of the new


Port State Enforcement of ILO MLC: Free ICS Advisory Download

ILO IMC Guidance Brochure: Image courtesy of ICS

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued advice to shipowners to help them pre-empt port state control problems when the Convention enters in force on 20 August 2013. The advice – contained in a brochure which can be downloaded free of charge via the ICS website – explains the measures that port state control officers are entitled to take, which initially will vary from country to country depending upon the date when the port state ratified the Convention.  


Hearing: Environmental Regs’ Impacts on Maritime Transportion

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), will hold a hearing next week examining the impacts of federal environmental regulations on maritime transportation. This will be the second part of a two-part hearing to review the status and potential ramifications of recent or proposed regulations by the United States Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)


ESAB Releases Updated Columbus III

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ESAB Welding & Cutting Products announces the release of Columbus III version 1.2, a powerful CAD/CAM programming and nesting software optimized for plasma, oxy-fuel, laser and waterjet cutting. This latest version of Columbus III offers many new features and updates to make programming easier and more efficient, improve material utilization, increase productivity, and streamline workflow. The new release provides improved CAD functionality with a standard shape library that makes it


BOEM to Gather Data on Potential Oil & Gas Areas

  As part of its commitment to a regionally tailored approach to safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today issued a Call for Information and Nominations for potential Oil and Gas Lease Sale 242


Fred. Olsen's ‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’

‘Poison, Murder & Mystery Cruise’ all in Summer of 2015

  Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to introduce a very unique cruise experience for Summer 2015, aboard its 880-guest ship Boudicca, the like of which guests will never have seen nor heard of before! Fred. Olsen will be offering an exclusive sailing, created around secrecy and suspense


Huge Waves Measured for First Time in Arctic Ocean

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As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water which is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge


New Standard gets Revised Program for Cooper Basin Approved

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  New Standard Energy Limited (New Standard) advises that it has received approval for amendments to its five year work program in PEL570 in the Cooper Basin. As part of the revised program, New Standard now has seismic and drilling to commence in Year Two before the new deadline of March


Mexico's Senate OKs Bills Expanding Power of Energy Regulators

Mexico's Senate gave general approval on Monday to legislation laying out expanded powers for energy regulators, part of the fine print needed to implement a constitutional reform that overhauls the oil, gas and electricity sectors. Senators must still debate reservations to the regulatory


Ireland Ratifies the MLC

Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today announced the ratification by Ireland of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), which sets standards for working and living conditions for


Training Builds Support for Sennebogen Customers

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When Sennebogen LLC opened its new headquarters in Stanley, N.C., in 2009, the facility was equipped with one of America’s premier OEM Training Centers for heavy equipment. Since then, more than 1,000 technicians have attended the hands-on courses in material handler maintenance and


Giant Rubber Duck Returns Larger than Ever

The worlds largest rubber duck was lost to bad weather in China last week, but the giant duck is due to return larger than before for the Tall Ships Festival in Los Angeles

How do you lose a 59-foot giant rubber duck?  Torrential downpours and heavy flooding helped accomplish that task in China last week; but the loss of the enormous bath toy won’t impede plans for the duck’s West Coast debut at the Tall Ships Festival Los Angeles on Aug. 20.


Seadrill Bondholders: Majority Accept Conversion Offer

Offshore drillship: Image Seadrill

Seadrill Limited says that holders of approximately US$547 million of Seadrill's convertible bonds due 2017 (representing approx. 84.1% of the total outstanding amount) have submitted their acceptances of the voluntary conversion offer made by Seadrill on 18th July 2014.


SFL Announces Sale of Three Older VLCCs

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Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has agreed to sell the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce to an unrelated third party. The company has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter parties with a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd


Seafarers Beware – Social Media Ahead

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Videotel, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched a new program, Social Media at Sea, addressing the unique dangers of inappropriate use of social media by shipboard personnel and providing simple solutions to ensure that seafarers understand the dangers - and benefits - of this onboard


QinetiQ Signs Contract with ASV

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QinetiQ, as part of a new Marine Surface Target Service, has signed a contract with Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) for the supply and operational support of autonomous surface target vessels.    The partnership is part of a new initiative enabling QinetiQ's Marine Surface


USCG saves Distressed Kayaker in Chatham Harbor

  A Coast Guard Station Chatham rescue crew saved a kayaker Friday in Chatham Harbor, Massachusetts, after his kayak overturned. Station Chatham was notified at about 6:45 p.m., from a nearby witness that two kayakers were in distress in Chatham Harbor.


Panama's Alfonso Castillero Moves to Liberian Registry

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The Liberian Registry informs that Alfonso Castillero, former Director-General of the Panama Registry, has joined their organization as Vice-President. Castillero worked for sixteen years in the Panamanian maritime sector, rising through the ranks to become head of the registry and


Offshore Installation at Lerwick

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  A large steel oil storage tank to be installed west of Shetland as part of Premier’s development of the Solan field has arrived in Lerwick onboard a heavy-transport vessel Xiang Yun Kou, to make use of the port’s deep-water quays and anchorage.






 
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