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Work Resumes at Port of Tacoma for Alaska Cargo

Following negotiations with International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 23 and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), an agreement was reached allowing Tacoma longshore workers to load and discharge Alaska-bound domestic cargo ships. Approximately 70 percent of all commercial goods consumed in Alaska are shipped through Port of Tacoma terminals. The agreement allows Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) vessels to be discharged and loaded at the TOTE Terminal on the Blair Waterway. Also, CSX container ships will be discharged and loaded at the APM Terminal on the Sitcum Waterway.


TOTE, Inc.: The New look of American Shipping Group

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On January 1, 2012 American Shipping Group underwent a dramatic transformation. The company, formerly known as ASG, became TOTE, Inc., and experienced a makeover in logo, look and structure. Seeing opportunity for market growth, TOTE, Inc. organized its five independently managed businesses in to three groups: Maritime, Logistics and Ship Management. ·      TOTE Maritime: Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line


TOTE Earns OHSAS Certification

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., (TOTE), a shipping company operating roll-on/roll-off cargo vessels between the Ports of Tacoma, Wash., and Anchorage, Alaska, announced its completion in April of the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 certification process for safety standards. TOTE was certified to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 standard for environmental practices in 2007


McMurdo Wins $7.5m Contract with U.S. Coastguard

McMurdo has been awarded an order from the U.S. Coastguard worth up to $7.5m over 5 years to supply Fastfind Plus Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). The Fastfind Plus, with built-in GPS, is an upgrade of the standard Fastfind, a similar quantity of which was supplied to the U.S. Coastguard over the past 3 years. This new contract is to equip U.S. Coastguard personnel with the latest technology lifesaving beacon. It houses a 406MHz transmitter and 121


RINA Updates GREEN PLUS Notation

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RINA updates GREEN PLUS notation to cover transhipment terminals.   International classification society RINA has updated its industry-leading GREEN PLUS notation to include new potential sources of pollution involving seagoing ships and ships operating at fixed locations.   GREEN PLUS is awarded to new vessels that make a significant investment in design solutions, onboard equipment and operational procedures which contribute to an improvement in environmental performance beyond


NASSCO Delivers First of ORCA Class

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, (NASSCO) has delivered the M. V. Midnight Sun to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The Midnight Sun is the first commercial dry cargo vessel to be built in the United States in 10 years and the first of two new Orca-class trailerships being built by NASSCO for TOTE's service from Tacoma, Washington, to Anchorage, Alaska. The M. V. Midnight Sun and its sister ship, the M. V. North Star, are 840 x 118-ft. (256 x 35


NASSCO Delivers M.V. North Star

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has delivered the M. V. North Star to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The North Star is the second of two new Orca-class trailerships built by NASSCO for TOTE’s service from Tacoma, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska. Her sister ship, the M. V. Midnight Sun, was delivered to TOTE in April. Both ships are 840-ft.-long, 118-ft.-wide RoRo cargo ships capable of carrying


Sevmash Shipyard Appeals Court Ruling

On 10 December 2010, the state commercial court in Arkhangelsk decided in favour of Odfjell and approved our application concerning the recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award filed against Sevmash shipyard. Odfjell has been informed that the Ruling of the Court has been appealed by Sevmash to the relevant court of appeal (Cassation Court in St. Petersburg). No information has been received with respect to when the case will be heard by the Cassation Court.


McMurdo EPIRB Gains Type Approval

McMurdo gained Type Approval for the new Smartfind EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). The Smartfind range of EPIRBs were designed with both a non-hazardous battery and high brightness LED locator light to achieve type approval. The certification by COSPAS SARSAT, the international satellite-based search and rescue system, means that the Smartfind is compliant with maritime regulations. The Smartfind is available as either the standard Smartfind E5 or the Smartfind Plus G5


Bluefin Wins BPAUV Contract

Bluefin Robotics Corp., Cambridge, Mass., is being awarded a $6,591,406 cost-plus-award-fee/cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Battlespace Preparation Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (BPAUV) design and development. The BPAUV is a system capable of bottom-mapping and gathering other oceanographic data to support the Littoral Combat Ship Mine Warfare Mission Module. The BPAUV is intended as an autonomous unmanned system capable of meeting clandestine intelligence,


Stolt-Nielsen Completes Bond Issues

Stolt-Nielsen Limited announced the placement of senior unsecured bonds in a total amount of NOK 1,100 million in a new five-year bond issue carrying a coupon of 3M NIBOR plus 4.1 percent. The placement was oversubscribed.   The settlement date for the bonds will be April 8, 2015


LOC Group Announces Two Appointments

Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group (London Offshore Consultants) announced appointments in two new positions; John Quarrington has joined the company in London as Group Marine Warranty Surveying Manager and Mark McGurran has been appointed to the Singapore office in the role of Asia


Condor Sets Sail from Weymouth for the Last Time

Condor Liberation by Condor Ferries

 Condor Ferries have made their final sailing from Weymouth. Cross-channel ferry services from Weymouth have come to an end with the final sailing to Guernsey.   Condor is to operate a new and larger ferry on a single service from Poole instead as Weymouth's port is deemed too small


Scorpio Tankers Secures Loan Duo

Scorpio Tankers Inc. received commitments for two new loan facilities

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that it has received commitments from two leading European financial institutions for two separate loan facilities of up to $113.2 million in aggregate to partially finance the purchase of four LR2 product tankers that was announced in December 2014.


ABB Wins $60m Repeat Azipod Order

Azipod XO propulsion units will power two new vessels that Meyer Werft will build for Norwegian Cruise Line.   ABB has been awarded a contract worth $60 million to deliver Azipod propulsion and power systems to two Norwegian Cruise Line vessels


Shortage in Supramax

Supramax bulk carrier (Pic: United Seven GmbH & Co)

 As tonnage in the East Coast South America (ECSA) region continued to outnumber fresh grain requirements, Supramax front-haul freight rates fell this week, reports Platts, quoting shipping sources.   The rate for carrying a 50,000 mt grain stem from ECSA to the Far East continued at


US Treasury Secretary Visits Ellicott Dredges

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (L) and Senator Ben Cardin (R) take a tour of Ellicotts facilities in Baltimore (Photo courtesy of Ellicott Dredges)

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, together with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D- Md.), visited Ellicott Dredges March 9 at the company’s Baltimore plant for a discussion about U.S. export policies, the U.S. Government financing entity Eximbank and infrastructure investment programs.  


Collision Closes Houston Ship Channel

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 Two ships have collided in the Houston Ship Channel, according to Houston Marine Safety officials.    A portion of the busy Houston Ship Channel was shut Monday after the collision of two 600-foot ships in fog, causing a leak of flammable liquid.  


German Cruise Market Looks Top Slot

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 The ocean cruise market in Germany continues to be one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors. Going by current trends, Germany could rival the UK’s position as the second largest ocean cruise market.   Clia Germany revealed at ITB Berlin that 1


Port of London to Unveil £7m Vessel at Seawork

    The London Titan in build at Manor Marine (Photo courtesy of Seawork International)

  London Titan, the Port of London's new £6.97million ($10.5 million) 36-meter mooring maintenance vessel, will be officially unveiled at the opening day of the Seawork International exhibition and conference in June, the event's organizers announced today.  


Tank Coating for Navig8 Chemical Carrier Newbuilds

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Shipowner Navig8 is progressing application of Interline9001, an advanced cargo tank coating from AkzoNobel’s International marine coating product range, on a series of 18 chemical tankers currently under construction at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea.   


Hike in Service Tax at Indian Ports

  The Indian Ministry of Finance has advised an increase in service tax and applicable at all ports. The effective date has not yet been announced. The rate of Service Tax will increase from 12% plus Education Cesses to 14%. The 'Education Cess' and 'Secondary and Higher Education Cess'


Lomar Adds Seven Container Ships to its Fleet

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 Lomar Corporation, a Libra Group company, has again added to its fleet of container ships with the purchase of three vessels plus an order for up to four new buildings from the Yangzijiang Shipyard, says a company press release.  


Conrad Shipyard Bags LNG Order

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 Energy infrastructure and LNG solutions provider WesPac Midstream and its subsidiary Clean Marine Energy (CME) have awarded a contract to Conrad Orange Shipyard for the construction of a dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America.  


GTT Receives Order for LNG Bunker Barge

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Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG), announced that its U.S. subsidiary GTT North America (GTTNA) has received an order for one LNG bunker barge.  






 
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