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WHALESSOUTH Reactivated

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]


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Greater Access to INTERTANKO Database

Access to INTERTANKO's Terminal Vetting Database (TVD) is now available to those who are tanker owners/operators, terminal owners/operators, PSC authorities and others with a legitimate interest in improving safety, but who are not Members or Associate Members of the Association. Access to the TVD continues to remain free of charge, although access still requires agreement and compliance with the TVD's terms and conditions of use


Search Underway for Overboard Cruise Crewmember

The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a search is underway for a crewmember reported overboard from a cruise ship approximately 1,133 miles northeast of Hilo, Tuesday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 12 a.m., regarding a 34-year-old male Filipino national who was reported overboard from the Grand Princess. The crewmember was last seen at approximately 10:26 p.m., Monday.


Tanker Rescues 3 US Sailors 50m off Panama

The U.S. Coast Guard said it coordinated the rescue of three sailors aboard a sinking sailboat approximately 50 miles south of Balboa, Panama, at approximately 5:23 p.m., Sunday. The sailors, whose vessel was reportedly taking on water for several days


Yara Acquires Majority Stake in Green Tech Marine

Image: GTM

Yara International will expand its emissions control business by acquiring a majority 63% stake in Green Tech Marine (GTM), a sulphur oxide (SOX) scrubber supplier to the marine industry. “New International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations are being implemented


Search Continues for Missing Skiff near Ujae Atoll

A graphic of the search area for the missing skiff near the Ujae Atoll using the Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System is a software system that uses simulated particles generated by users in a graphical interface. These particles are influenced by environmental data to provide information on search object drift. Using information on a point of origin and local currents, it calculates the most likely area to find a person in the water. (USCG graphic)

The U.S. Coast Guard said continues its search for a skiff with two people aboard near Ujae Atoll, Wednesday. Assisting in the search is an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, the Republic of Marshall Islands’ Pacific Patrol Boat RMIS Lomor and


Search is on for Man Overboard in the Pacific

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a male crewmember reported overboard from a container ship approximately 805 miles northeast of Oahu, Monday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 8:23 a.m


First US Big Ship LNG Bunkering Terminal Proposed

LNG liquefaction plant: Photo credit CLNG

A partnership including Calgary-based Ferus Natural Gas Fuels has unveilled plans to build in Florida the first U.S. terminal to supply liquefied natural gas as fuel for cargo ships, reports 'The Calgary Herald'. The Eagle LNG partnership was announced in September 2013, and includes Ferus


Inlecom Launches EU Maritime Single Windows Checklist

Photo: Inlecom

Inlecom Systems Ltd., the transport and logistics research and innovation company, has launched the first ever guide and checklist to enable maritime authorities and trade organizations to fulfill their obligation to deliver ship reporting formalities in electronic format via a Single Window


Alert! Issue No. 34: Improved Conditions and Safer Ships

The need for seafarers to have decent living conditions is enshrined in the new Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), but the latest issue of the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin Alert! explains why habitability is important for reasons of efficiency and safety.


Maritime Deviants Pinpointed by New Maritime Analytics System

Image in public domain

An Israeli privately-owned company Windward has developed a unique, global Predictive Maritime Analytics System, 'MarInt', which continuously monitors all types of maritime activities worldwide, and automatically applies complex, dedicated analytics on huge amounts of maritime-related data in


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


Crew Rescued from Sinking Bulk Carrier

Image: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that 24 crewmembers are safe after abandoning ship approximately 440 miles west of Guam Monday. At 8 a.m. Sunday, watchstanders at the USCG Sector Guam Command Center received report of flooding from the 500-foot bulk carrier cargo ship Rich Forest.


IMO Tackles Shipping in Polar Waters

Photo: vessels operating in ice environment (IMO)

Development of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), IMO is developing a draft mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code).   The work is being coordinated by the  Sub-Committee on Ship Desgin and


Atlantic Air Force Rowers Rescued by Amver Ship

Hedvig Bulker: Photo courtesy of the owners

The crew of four British Royal Air Force personnel (2 men and 2 women) from 216 Squadron and 47 Squadron based at Royal Air Force Brize Norton, competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, have been rescued by the AMVER particating ship MV Hedvik Bulker.


IMO Update: Shipping in polar waters

Development of an international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code). IMO is developing a draft mandatory International Code of safety for ships operating in polar waters (Polar Code), to cover the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, training


Distressed British Royal Air Force Rowers Landed

Final day of row: Photo credit USCG

Four members of the British Royal Air Force were rescued by the crew of the bulk carrier 'Hedvig Bulker' and are now back on dry land after a treacherous 51 day, trans-Atlantic attempt from Spain to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, informs the US Coast Guard.


Navigator Holdings Run a Tight Ship, Report 2013 Profit Surge

Gas carrier: Photo courtesy of Navigator Holdings

In its preliminary fourth quarter and financial year 2013 results, ship owners and charterers Navigator Holdings report that EBITDA increased to $106.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $63.9 million for 2012. HIghlights


 
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