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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.


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


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


Big Ship Newbuildings: Global Order Update

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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.


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


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


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.  


Videotel Updates 'Fire Fighting at Sea' Training

Fire-fighting: Image Videotel

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.  


Raytheon Anschütz Expands US operations

Raytheon Company announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC, located in San Diego, Calif.    According to the company, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC aims to reinforce customer care and support for Raytheon Anschütz navigation systems in the United States


BWTS Newcomer Sees Early Success

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Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems MMC Green Technology reports it has sold more than 70 systems since going commercial with its MMC BWMS two years ago, 40 of which have already been installed on board vessels worldwide, the company said.


Mexico Removes Bid Limit on Shallow Water Oil Tenders

Mexico's oil regulator voted on Friday to relax previously established rules on bidding terms and contracts that form the first step in an historic sector opening that kicks off this summer with the public auction of 14 shallow water fields.  


Unicom Selects the Ecochlor BWTS for 10 Tankers

Ecochlor, Inc. announced that Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd. (Unicom), acting for SCF Group, signed a 10-vessel agreement for the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in Limassol, Cyprus on May 6, 2015.   The agreement will see the Ecochlor BWTS retrofitted on 10 oil


Tsuneishi Seeks Foothold in Indonesian Shipyard Business

KEY PACIFICO: Ship manufactured by Tsuneishi. Photo: Tsuneishi Holdings Corporation.

 Japanese shipbuilding and maritime transport company Tsuneishi Holdings  has expressed a commitment to invest up to $40 million to open ship repair services in Indonesia, reports The Jakarta Globe.    The Hiroshima Prefecture-based company plans to invest US$40 million in a


Wärtsilä wins BWMS Order for 3 Vessels

The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management system utilises a two-stage approach involving filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection technology

  Wärtsilä has received another important order for its Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). Three new container ships being built for a major European shipping company at the Jinhai Shipyard in China will be fitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS


Roxtec Sees Rise in Cruise Ship Repair Work

Graham OHare, Roxtec UK managing director (Photo: Roxtec)

Manchester cable safety seal manufacturer Roxtec has reported increased demand for its cruise ship cable and pipe seals.   The firm has seen a 67 percent rise in sales for its watertight pipe and cable seals in the U.K. marine market in the last 12 months.  


Shreyas Shipping Turns Around

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 Shreyas Shipping and Logistics swung to a net profit of Rs. 61.75 crore (about $9.6 million) in the fiscal year ended March 31, a big turnaround from its loss of Rs. 4.32 crore ($675,000) in the previous year.   According to Rajesh Desai, CFO, Shreyas Shipping


New Ferry Safety Initiative from RINA

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Italy-based classification society RINA informs it has launched a ferry safety initiative.    The Asset Integrity Management scheme for ro-pax ferries covers fire risk mitigation, single-failure risk assessment, enhanced planned maintenance and condition-based monitoring and also food


Duke Energy to Help Develop Jeffersonville Port Site

Duke Energy Indiana has selected a 140-acre parcel of land inside the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville in Clark County for the utility's 2015 Site Readiness Program.    A key component of Duke Energy's economic development model, the Site Readiness Program identifies


DMCC, DMCA to Promote Dubai’s Maritime Sector

Executive Chairman of DMCC, Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Amer Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Maritime City Authority. Photo by DMCA

 DMCC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) with the Dubai Maritime City Authority to help promote Dubai to the maritime sector as a global destination for companies wanting to set up and expand into the GCC and MENA region.  


ISS, Brightwell Introduce Onboard Cashless Payment System

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  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world-leading marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, has teamed up with Brightwell Payments, Inc. to introduce an innovative payment system for ship owners and managers to simplify cross-border crew payments


L.A., Long Beach Create Supply Chain Working Groups

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  Seeking new supply chain efficiencies, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced the creation of working groups focusing on peak operations and terminal optimization to develop ways to strengthen the competitiveness of the San Pedro Bay port complex.  


Kalmar to Debut its latest at TOC Europe Exhibition

ONE is coming at TOC Europe

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will introduce yet another port industry first during the upcoming TOC Europe exhibition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. On 9 June, ONE is coming.   Automation is widely accepted as the way towards improved productivity


New Ship Continues Atlantic Offshore's Fleet Modernization

Ocean Falcon, the latest vessel to be launched as part of Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s fleet modernization program (Photo: Atlantic Offshore)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue will unveil the third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling $458 million.    Ocean Falcon, a new Class A Multi Role and Emergency Response and Rescue (MRV/ERRV) vessel






 
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