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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


USG to Sell 2 GTL Ships for $42m

North American building products company United States Gypsum Corporation (USG) announced that it has entered into agreements to sell two gypsum carrying ships.   The two ships, part of USG’s non-core shipping business, Gypsum Transportation Limited (GTL), will be sold for $42 million. The sales are expected to close in April 2015.   The announcement was made as part of USG’s 2015 Q1 report.


ClassNK's Structural Rules for Bulkers & Tankers

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  The Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the establishment of its “Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tanker” (Rules for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships Part CSR-B&T) on 27 February 2015. These new technical rules were developed in response to adoption of the “Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Tankers” by IACS. The requirements in Part CSR-B&T apply to both bulk carriers 90 meters or longer and oil tankers 150


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


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.


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.  


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.  


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


Videotel Updates 'Fire Fighting at Sea' Training

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Maritime e-Learning provider Videotel, part of KVH Industries, says that it has launched an updated five-part series 'Fire Fighting At Sea', with the support and expertise of marine fire specialists and industry experts. This essential training includes scenes filmed on board the Vectis Osprey and aims to give seafarers basic and refresher training on how fires start, how to prevent them, and their respective role in combatting a fire on board ship.  


EUROPA 2 Undergoes First Scheduled Docking

As part of its first scheduled docking, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ EUROPA 2 underwent technical maintenance at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg from April 11-24, 2015.   At the same time, cosmetic repairs and modernization work were carried out on board: the Sansibar and the Sushi Restaurant Sakura


Maritime Casualty Forum Held in Singapore

Speakers at the Asian Marine Casualty Forum listen to conference chariman, David Pockett (center). Photo courtesy of LOC

More than 250 shipping and insurance professionals gathered for the first ever Asian Maritime Casualty Forum held during Singapore Maritime Week.   The two-day conference, hosted by global marine and engineering consultancy London Offshore Consultants (LOC)


Spanish Ferry Operator Enrolls in Carbon Credits Program

Spanish ferry operator Baleària has signed up to AkzoNobel’s carbon credits program. The company has enrolled its passenger ferry Martin i Soler into the scheme, which financially rewards ship owners by enabling them to generate income in the form of carbon credits earned by reducing


Hanjin’s Subic Shipyard Wins Bid for Six Boxship

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction’s (HHIC) Philippines-based Subic Shipyard Courtesy HHIC

  HANJIN Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC)-Phil’s Subic Shipyard hit the jackpot bids. On April 20, the company said that it signed a deal to build six 11,000-TEU containerships for European and Asian shipping companies.


Navios Buys 14 Distressed Ships from HSH Nordbank

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 Navios Group has agreed to acquire another 14 vessels from HSH Nordbank in the second major distressed fleet deal between the two parties in the past two years.   HSH Nordbank and the Navios Group have signed a binding letter of intent for the acquisition of 14 ships at serious risk


Iranian Ships Turn Away from Yemen

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) operate in the Arabian Sea on April 21, 2015. US Navy Photo

 An Iranian convoy, believed to be carrying weapons destined for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, turned around and is headed north towards home country, WSJ quoted as U.S. defense officials saying.   The cargo ships, accompanied by two Iranian warships, shifted course as a U.S


Cyprus Cabinet Okays Ports Privatisation Framework

New Lemesos Port. By Cyprus Ports Authority

 Cyprus is pushing ahead with the privatisation of its ports as part of the nation’s rehabilitation plans which will see a number of state-run entities turned over to the private sector.   The Council of Ministers approved amendments to the legal framework governing the operation


SIPG to Acquire Jinjiang Shipping

Image: Shanghai Shengdong International Container Terminals Co., Ltd

 Shanghai-listed Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) is currently considering acquiring part of the equity stakes in Shanghai Jinjiang Shipping, a container shipping company mainly engaged in China-Japan routes, as part of the group’s comprehensive development strategy.  


Chinese Warship Warns Philippine Patrol Plane in Disputed Sea

A Chinese warship stationed near a reclaimed reef in a disputed part of the South China Sea aimed a "powerful light" at a Philippine military plane on a maritime patrol, Philippine military sources said on Thursday. On Monday, the Philippines showed journalists surveillance pictures


AMI Maritime, BMT SMART Sign Partnership Agreement

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BMT SMART (BMT), the specialist fleet and vessel performance management company of BMT Group, announced that Singapore-based AMI Maritime Pte Ltd has become an accredited service partner. The agreement will provide both organizations with the opportunity to enhance their proposition in helping to


Abu Dhabi to Invest $25 Billion Offshore to 2020

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 Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) plans to invest around US$25bn over the next five years in a bid to boost oil production from offshore fields.   The investment is part of the UAE's strategy to increase its crude oil output potential from its current production of 2


Tug Crew Commended for Emergency Rescue Tow

Crew members of Crowleys tugboat Alert receiving USCG commendation (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley crews commended by U.S. Coast Guard for assistance during Kulluk emergency rescue tow   Captain Rodney Layton and his crew aboard Crowley’s Prevention and Response tugboat (PRT) Alert were recently recognized by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Capt


Keel laying Ceremony of Damen PSVs for Atlantic Towing

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  In a keel laying ceremony attended by key client representatives, Damen Shipyards Galaţimarked the start of construction of two Platform Supply Vessels – PSV 5000 – for Canadian maritime services provider Atlantic Towing. The 90-metre vessels are part of a multiple vessel order


Colombia Frees Chinese Ship with Weapons for Cuba

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 Colombia has licensed a Chinese Language ship to set sail after it was caught carrying One Hundred tonnes of explosives to Cuba illegally, the prosecutor’s workplace stated, though it continues to carry the vessel’s captain pending a felony investigation, reports Reuters.


Banks: Vessel Financing Increasingly Based on Energy Efficiency

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 Banks are beginning to recommend efficiency retrofits to shipowners, and are using energy-efficiency data in deciding which vessels they finance—and which they won’t, says a survey conducted by  Carbon War Room.  






 
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