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
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, 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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
The Navy informs it has accepted delivery of Joint High Speed Vessel, the future 'USNS Fall River' from the Austal USA shipbuilder. The delivery marks a major milestone, the official transfer of the vessel from the shipbuilder to the Navy. USNS Fall River is the U.S
Technip signed today an agreement to sell 100% of its North American diving assets to Ranger Offshore Inc.(1). Technip’s strategy focuses on high technology and ultra-deep water products and services. Proceeds from this divestment will be partially reinvested directly into
Danish shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday its offshore oil and gas drilling unit has sold its Venezuelan barge activities. Maersk Drilling said on its website its Venezuelan barge business represents a "minor part" of its activities
The first unique LNG powered ship that Ferus Smit has on order for Erik Thun A.B. will be built and equipped as a dedicated cement carrier. The ship will be delivered to the joint venture JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero will hold a forum titled, "U.S. Port Congestion: Examining Causes, Impact on Stakeholders, and Exploring Possible Solutions" on Monday, September 15, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m
Senator Manning announces funding for a harbor improvement project Senator Fabian Manning, on behalf of the Honorable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing in a harbor improvement project at Harbor Grace
September 2014 marks the 110th anniversary of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products. A world leader in welding and cutting technology, with the broadest, most complete line of products and solutions for industry, ESAB’s reach extends to almost every nation in the world, with more than 8
China Merchant Energy Shipping Co., Ltd (CMES) will upgrade the antifouling solution on their VLCCs New Builds at Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC) and new subsequent contracts to Jotun Hull Performance Solution (HPS) including SeaQuantum X200.
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order from Egon Evertz KG for Super Gloria, the world's biggest reachstacker. The machine will be operated at Salzgitter Flachstahl for handling hot and cold steel slabs. The design and build project was completed by Kalmar in 12 months.
International classification society RINA Services informs it is to fit RINA’s InfoSHIP EGO performance monitoring system to d’Amico Group’s entire fleet. The first units will be installed on two newbuildings under construction in Korea and China, one tanker and one bulk carrier
DP World Chairman, and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem has met with the President of the Maldives His Excellency Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Minister of Tourism Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Ghafoor, in Male
PPG Industries' protective and marine coatings business is fulfilling growing demand for "ice class" marine coatings for hull protection with SIGMASHIELD® 1200 coating. Developed from research conducted in PPG’s own facilities
Aker Solutions' subsidiary Aker Oilfield Services (AKOFS) says it has won a contract worth US$465-million over five years from Petrobras to provide subsea intervention services offshore Brazil from the Aker Wayfarer vessel. The contract will start within the fourth quarter of 2016 and has a
MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced the development of a new turbocharger series specifically matched to the requirements of two-stroke engines. For the first time ever, MAN Diesel & Turbo will develop a turbocharger series exclusively for two-stroke engines that is especially designed and
The slowdown in Chinese industrial production growth ads to the existing concerns that China is going through challenging times, as Beijing aims for a soft landing and a transition of the economy, BIMCO reported, adding that the demand for dry bulk shipping and container shipping is bound to