Conrad Strong, an 18-year veteran at Broward County’s Port Everglades, has been named Chief Harbormaster beginning May 23, said Port Director Ken Krauter. The Harbormaster Office includes approximately 40 professional and technical staff that oversees all vessel movements and berth assignments at the South Florida seaport. At Port Everglades, the Harbormaster Office serves as a one-stop shop that coordinates vessel agents, harbor pilots, towing companies, security and governmental agencies to ensure proper and timely vessel arrivals and departures. “We are fortunate to have someone with Conrad’s breadth of knowledge and experience available to make a seamless transition into this critical management position,” Krauter said. “It is also encouraging to see someone rise through the ranks within the Broward County and Port Everglades family.” Starting his Port Everglades career in 1986 as a Linehandler, Strong became a Duty Harbormaster in 1996 and was promoted to Assistant Harbormaster in 2001. Strong is a certified professional firefighter and has earned an Associates Degree in Computer Science from Prospect Hall College in Hollywood, Fla.
Smugglers are using more inventive methods to move illegal immigrants around the world, warns the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC). Ship agents are particularly at risk and may face heavy fines if they fall victim to the smugglers' scams. Earlier this year, ITIC warned ship agents about migrant smugglers who send illegal immigrants as 'crew' for ships that don't exist. While this remains ongoing problem
Seven new members have joined Multiport, extending its network of independent ship agents. This latest expansion means the network now has representatives in over 110 countries. The seven new members are: ScanWeco AS of Norway, TeRo Ltd of Georgia, Thocomar Gambia of Gambia, Presersa of Guatamala, Somarig of French Guiana, Ets Fauzi J Ghandour of Lebanon, Reginald Villard of Haiti. "The level of interest being shown by agents to become members of Multiport
MACSEA Ltd, a provider of software agent technology for prognostic machinery health monitoring, has signed a Co-Operative Research and Development Agreement with Electric Boat Corporation (A General Dynamics Company) of Groton, Conn. The goal is to further develop and demonstrate advanced technology for real-time maintenance decision-making in support of a minimum manned, highly automated and networked information infrastructure on future Navy ships
Fraudsters are continuing to involve ship agents in the smuggling of illegal immigrants by pretending they are joining crew. In the past twelve months, over twenty approaches to ship agents have been reported to the International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC), the specialist mutual insurer of transportation professionals. In the latest issue of ITIC's annual publication, Intermediary, the club notes that the majority of attempts by crew smugglers over the past twelve
American Cruise Lines web site to offer travel agent training, certification & marketing tools American Cruise Lines announce plans for an upcoming travel agent portal, the first of many new features to be added to the company’s new website. In an effort to maximize travel agent potential with American Cruise Lines, as well as accessibility to product information, the new agent portal, which will be available this summer, will feature the following:
Vopak NV plans to sell its dry goods line agent business to unlisted Dutch freight transport and logistics company Royal Burger Groep. No financial details of the transaction were released. "The line agent usually transports dry goods, and Vopak is more an oil and chemicals shipper," a Vopak spokeswoman said. The planned sale includes the line agent activities in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, Vopak said
Machinery plant maintenance represents a major expense for ship operators. In addition to normal maintenance expenditures, unexpected breakdowns have a significant cost impact. Recognizing the importance of preventing equipment failures, companies continue to adopt automation for machinery monitoring at a rapid pace. Continual improvements in the price/performance ratio of automation systems have also fueled their increased use in shipboard machinery plant monitoring.
Del Mar Marine Corp. based in Miami, Florida, was appointed in May as shipyard agents by the following yards: Dalian Daeyang Shipyard Co., Ltd. (China), Guangzhou CSSC-Oceanline-Gws Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (China), Ilyichevsk Shiprepair Yard (Ukraine), Industria Naval del Pacifico S.A. de C.V. (Mexico) and Southern African Shipyards (PTY) Ltd. (South Africa), also their affiliated company Del Mar Panama S.A
Shipowners, port users and regulators have been provided with a comprehensive and detailed overview of the many activities undertaken by port agents by The Federation of National Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents (FONASBA). The international association today (Monday 3 December) publishes the Port Procedures Survey (www.fonasba.com/fonasba-initiatives/fonasba-port-procedure-survey), an ambitious project which has codified the numerous separate functions required to get a ship
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems was awarded a contract by Austal USA to be the Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) 14 and 16. These are the fifth and sixth ships of the Independence-variant LCS to be ordered by the U.S
Greece's Paragon Shipping Inc. obtains a $69-million credit facility with China Development Bank to partially finance its two 4,800 TEU containerships currently under construction. The two container ships on order are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2014
Effective August 1, 2013, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. will begin operating in Canada as MOL (Canada) Inc. MOL (America) Inc. and Montship, Inc. today jointly announced that their liner agent agreement will expire on July 31, 2013. Montship has successfully represented MOL’s Canadian liner
Almost 80% of collisions and groundings occur due to a failure of bridge systems and their usage. A new three-year European research project, part funded by the EU has been launched to help increase safety onboard vessels. CASCADe, (model-based Cooperative and Adaptive ship-based Context Aware
Thomas Gunn announced the results of sea trials of its new Voyager 4 onboard navigation data management system. The sea trials are the final stage in the development of the new service which will launch on May 1, 2013. The latest version will include global Navarea Warning information and
ITIC highlighted the value of diligently pursuing the collection of shipping industry debts in today’s difficult economic climate. In its latest Claims Review, ITIC notes that a shipbroker acting for charterers was owed $25,000 in commission by an Indian voyage charterer under a charter
Jones Act and LHWCA employers must protect Medicare’s interest or pay the price. It may be boring, but it is important. Read and heed. Attention maritime entities that employ Jones Act Seamen covered by liability insurance, including self-insurance
Naval Sea Systems Command completed the installation of new control systems aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), April 8, which will reduce fuel usage and crew workload. Engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division - Ship Systems Engineering Station SSES
Naval Sea Systems Command completed a fleet-wide fastener study, identifying and recommending the removal of thousands of fasteners from the Navy supply system. The 16-week supply system review identified 108,000 dormant fasteners-fasteners with no contract
ISS World of Ports is responding to the demand for more collaborative marine assurance data with new feedback features, improved accessibility and online mapping tools. With safe operations always at the forefront of tanker operations, the service available at www.iss-worldofports
Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN), a product, crude and LNG tanker operator, today announced that it plans to offer its Series B Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (the Series B Preferred Shares) in a public offering under its effective shelf registration statement.
Cape Fear federal pilot launches its first pilot boat and welcomes its latest customer, US Shipping Corp. After years of using a hired launch vessel for boarding ATB's, tugs and ships at the entrance to the Cape Fear River, the Cape Fear Federal Pilots recently launched its first pilot vessel.
Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus has welcomed the decision of Lloyd’s to amend its risk codes to include a new class of insurance covering seafarer abandonment (SA). Lloyd’s provides guidance to underwriters on the classification of business into
The Coast Guard medevaced a 46-year-old man Monday from a 968-foot bulk carrier while the ship was anchored near Cape Charles. The ship's agent of the KM Osaka contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 6:45 p.m
IMO's Maritime Safety Committee has adopted an earlier recommendation that ships display 3 all-round green lights when crossing the Singapore Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS). The night signals identify these vessels crossing the TSS during hours of darkness which will allow other vessels