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Sweden to Launch MSW for Ship reporting

New routine for ship reporting from 1st October 2015

  On 1 October 2015 the Maritime Single Window (MSW) portal will be launched for reporting of information regarding entry at port. From that date reports that were previously made in SafeSeaNet Sweden (SSNS) will be made in the portal, and simultaneously the reporting system of Port of Gothenburg will be integrated with the MSW. Electronic ship reporting in the MSW portal becomes a reality on 1 October. The technical systems will be deployed in several stages and SSNS and Port of Gothenburg are first in line. This means that ship reporting is to be made in the MSW portal from the current date. During a transitional phase all other reports will proceed according to former routines to the authorities concerned. Reporting to the Maritime Administration will during the transition period proceed through two channels:   * MSW portal for ship reporting previously made in SSNS (including arrival notification, ATA/ATD, dangerous goods and waste, and pending extended inspections)   * The Maritime Administration’s e-services for ordering of pilots and fairway dues declaration. Login to the portal will be the same as before, so there is no need to require new login information to gain access. Deployment in stages In order to accomplish a rapid and reliable implementation of Directive 2010/65/EU, the Maritime Administration's assessment is that a deployment in stages is the best option


The mandatory ship reporting system, administered by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Coast Guard, for ships operating in certain waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Georgia and northern Florida comes into effect again on November 15. The reporting system, known as WHALESSOUTH, will remain in effect through April 15. [Source: HK Law]

Cruise Ship Freed From Sandbar

According to reports, the cruise ship Norwegian Crown, with 1,104 passengers aboard, ran aground just off Bermuda on June 7, and after remaining stuck on a sandbar through the day, was pulled off by tugs during the evening high tide. The cruise ship's passengers and crew were at no time in any danger, according to Norwegian Cruise Lines, which said the ship tendered passengers ashore to Hamilton for local excursions.

Grand Cayman to Build Cruise Ship Dock

The island of Grand Cayman, which has long resisted building a cruise ship dock out of concern about environmental damage that would result from dredging a channel into George Town Harbor, has now decided to start development of a dock for four ships, according to Cruise Ship Report. The initial phase, an environmental impact assessment, has just started. Currently, cruise ships anchor off George Town, and tenders ferry their thousands of passengers back and forth to town

Ottawa Renewing Subsidy for Purchasers of Canadian-Built Ships

The federal government is keeping afloat a subsidy program for buyers of Canadian-built ships, reported the CP. Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay and Industry Minister Maxime Bernier said Thursday that Ottawa will renew and add $50m over three years to the Structured Financing Facility, which reduces the interest cost of loans used to buy Canadian-built ships. Thursday's statement noted that the government is also proceeding with more than $3 billion in ship procurement

USCG Search for Man Overboard

  The Coast Guard is searching for the master of a freight ship reported overboard approximately 60 miles east of Wake Island Sunday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday, regarding a 49-year-old male Polish national who was reported overboard from the 622-foot freight ship Toscana. The master was last seen at approximately 8 p.m. Friday

CDC Investigates Illnesses on Cruise Ships

With another cruise ship reporting similar illness as the previous cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been following the reoccurring scenarios. P&O’s Oceana is the most recent cruise ship that has reported gastrointestinal illness. On Tuesday, the Caribbean-bound cruise ship reported 117 on board becoming violently ill with vomiting and diarrhea. Since October at least 900 cruise ship passengers and crew members have been affected by a Norwalk-virus

NOAA, USCG Provide Commercial Mariners with Guide to Right Whale Protection

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard announce the availability of "A Prudent Mariner's Guide to Right Whale Protection" - an interactive, multi-media CD program that serves as a guide and voluntary training resource for commercial mariners operating in right whale habitats along the U.S. Atlantic coast. The CD, distributed free-of-charge upon request, provides a comprehensive collection of right whale information delivered in a

New Reporting Requirements for Ships

Most Ships entering U.S. ports will have to provide 96-hour advance notice of arrival (NOA) to the U.S. coast Guard along with crew, passenger, and cargo information under new rules that went into effect October 4. A 24-hour advance notice has been the requirement for ships calling at U.S. ports. As a result of the September 11 tragedy, ships have been directed by U.S. Coast Guard order to provide advance notice plus detailed information about crews, passengers and cargoes.

Cruise Line Maintains Coast Guard Help Free of Charge

Carnival Corp, resists reimbursement of costs incurred by US Government through assistance rendered to their disabled 'Carnival Triumph'. Carnival Corp. says all maritime interests must assist without question those in trouble at sea, a duty that would not include reimbursing the U.S. government nearly $780,000 for costs associated with the rescue of the crippled Triumph cruise ship, reports the Associated Press. Carnival recently released letters replying to an inquiry by U.S. Sen

DP World Plans Big for the Panama Canal

Image: DP World

 DP World is expanding its container terminal at Port of Caucedo following the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger container ships, reports ASC.   DP World will increase the capacity of the port to 2.5-million TEU and started work to increase the depth of the quay wall

Siem in Profit for Q3

Photo: Siem Shipping

 Oslo-listed Siem Shipping reported a net profit of USD2.5 million (Q3 2014: net loss USD-0.2 million).    The container lines are continuing to use very aggressive pricing strategies to win market share in the reefer segment.   

Search Underway for Missing Man in Waters Off Bahamas


  Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man in the water 80 nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas, Friday. At approximately 1 a.m., the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship reported a missing 35-year-old male after he fell into the water during a cruise

British Forces Assist Stricken Cruise Liner

Military assets deployed in support of Falkland Island government in cruise ship rescue. In support of the Falkland Island Government, British forces based in the Falkland Islands yesterday responded to a distress call by the 10,000 tonne cruise ship ‘Le Boreal’

USCG & Mariners Rescue 3 in Eastern Pacific


  The Coast Guard and commercial mariners rescued three people who were reported overdue on a skiff near the Chuuk Atoll, Thursday. The motor vessel, Nord Venus located the three male survivors approximately 23 miles north of Chuuk.

PDVSA Charters Another Algerian Crude Cargo

Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA has hired a supertanker to load a second 2 million-barrel cargo of Algerian crude, according to preliminary tanker fixture data. Venezuela will start importing light crude this month with a shipment of Algerian Saharan Blend scheduled to arrive at its

Greece Deploys Frigate to Stricken Rescue Ship

Greece has sent a frigate to rescue a container ship believed to carrying hundreds of undocumented migrants and in distress off its southern island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said on Tuesday. The Kiribati-flagged vessel, with about 700 people aboard

MSC Approves SOLAS Amendments

SOLAS amendments to make IGF Code mandatory approved by Maritime Safety Committee   The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 94th session, from November 17-21, 2014

Migrant Ship Reports Armed People On Board

A cargo ship believed to be carrying hundreds of migrants near the Greek island of Corfu sent out a distress signal saying armed people were on board on Tuesday, Greek television reported.   Two Greek officials confirmed that a distress signal had been received from the Moldovan-flagged

Tanker with Kurdish Crude Leaving U.S. After 6-month Dispute

After being stuck in legal limbo for six months, a tanker loaded with 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude headed east on Tuesday to leave U.S. waters after Baghdad and the Kurds reached a deal to share oil revenue. The United Kalavrvta tanker, which had been anchored in the U.S

Colombian Ports Mull Expansion

Image: The Port Authority of Cartagena

 The container and gross tonnage handling across all Colombian ports will undergo expansion in 2015, cementing a return to growth following a 2013 downturn, says BMI’s Colombia Shipping Report.   "The domestic container demand will be more muted than we expected

U.S. Navy Warship Steams Toward Yemen

A Navy SH-60 Seahawk helicopter flies over the bow of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Navy.

 The United States Navy is prepared to intercept Iranian ships in Yemeni waters using the USS Theodore Roosevelt and other ships, reports the AP.   According to this report, the Iranian ships are believed to be transporting weapons to the Houthi rebel group in Yemen. There are nine U.S

Crowley Vessels Receive AMVER Awards

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that 65 of its vessels were recently recognized for participation in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) program, a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to

USCG Rescues 5 Near Kiribati


  Five men are safe, Saturday, after being after being stranded at sea in a 14-foot skiff since Wednesday. The men were rescued by the crew of the motor vessel, Shourong Harmony after an HC-130 Hercules air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point spotted the 14-foot aluminum skiff

Transatlantic Eastbound Rates Fall

Photo: CMA CGM

 Transatlantic eastbound chemical freight rates dropped slightly this week on a continued lull in the spot market, ICIS reports  brokers as saying. It was the second drop in as many weeks.   The latest SSY Base Oil Shipping Report noted that eastbound rates “took a tumble

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