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Port Everglades Names New Chief Harbormaster

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.


American Cruise Lines – Online Travel Agent Training & Certification Program

  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:


ITIC Alerts Ship Agents to Latest Smuggling Scam

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


FONASBA Highlights Complexity of Ship Agents’ Role

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


ITIC Warns Agents to Beware Crew Smugglers

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


Dispersants ... Will we ever be able to use them again?

Jonathan K. Waldron

On January 22, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Proposed Rule on dispersants. The Proposed Rule drastically changes the EPA’s approach to dispersants and could imperil proven and effective means of responding to marine oil disasters. The Proposed Rule seems to be written from the perspective that dispersants are dangerous and should not be used and seeks to establish new toxicity and other standards


Vopak To Sell Dry Goods Line

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


Multiport Extends Network with New Members

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, Electric Boat Sign Development Agreement

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


CG, NOAA Fisheries Intercept Vessel

A Coast Guard H-60 helicopter sighted a trawler allegedly fishing for groundfish in the Rockfish Conservation Area on February 6. A National Oceanographic Atmospheric Agency Fisheries Special Agent aboard the helicopter spotted the fishing vessel Astoria, Ore.-based Sara Frances using bottom trawl gear in this conservation area. Beginning January 1 of this year, fishing for groundfish in this area with bottom trawl gear is prohibited.


Anthem of The Seas Christened in Southampton

Anthem of the Seas. Photo by Royal Caribbean

 Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, was named in Southampton, U.K.,  in a spectacular ceremony.   U.K. travel agent godmother  Emma Wilby named the 4,180-passenger ship with the words: "I name this ship Anthem of the Seas


Capt. Ang Chin Eng New Technical Director of SSA

Capt Ang Chin Eng. Photo by Singapore Shipping Association

 The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed a full time Technical Director who will be responsible for ensuring the Association maintains its pledge of delivering a high level of technical advice and service to its members against a rapidly changing international regulatory


Yemen Conflict: Shipping Lines Pull Back

Port of Aden. Pic by Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation

 The Saudi Arabian-led coalition of anti-Houthi forces attacking Yemen has tightened the blockade on Yemen's ports affecting shipping activity including the delivery and loading of oil and gas shipments.    Ships are unlikely to be able to access ports in areas that the coalition


Duluth-Superior Awaits First Saltie of 2015

Photo: Duluth Seaway Port Authority

The Port of Duluth-Superior informs it is preparing to welcome its first oceangoing ship of the 2015 commercial shipping season, the Kom, the first “saltie” to have made a full transit of the 2,342-mile Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway.    


Wheat Ship Barred from Entering Yemen Port

Warships from the Saudi-led coalition have blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tonnes of wheat from entering a Yemeni port, demanding United Nations guarantees that the cargo would not go to military personnel, shipping sources said on Thursday.  


Liberian Registry Opens Istanbul Office

Erhan Esinduy (Photo: The Liberian Registry)

The Liberian Registry has established a regional office in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of the continued expansion of its global presence in major centers of international shipping and trade.    Erhan Esinduy has been appointed Regional Representative of the office and will be joining the


Indian Coast Guard Medevac Greek Cadet off Gujarat Coast

Greek Cadet being  hoisted

  A Greek Deck cadet onboard an LPG Tanker MT Hellas Serenity on passage from Fujairah to Indonesia was suffering from acute apendicitis 300 NM South West of Gujarat, West Coast of Inda. The Indian Coast Guard received a request from the vessel for medical evacuation.


ISS Sets base in Mozambique

Courtesy ISS

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world-leading marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, has expanded its operations in Africa with the opening of new offices in Maputo, Mozambique which provide coverage across all of the country’s main ports from Pemba in the north


Cargill wins Port Community Award

Port Community Award

The agro-industrial concern Cargill has won the 5th Port Community Award. The agro-industrial concern with branches in Amsterdam and Rotterdam also won a prize in the category shipping companies/ship’s agents/agents during the festive awards ceremony


New Portsmouth Office for IMES

Jason Smith (Photo: IMES)

IMES informs it has moved to premises in Portsmouth as the company targets further strategic growth. The new 5,500 sq ft premises, based at Voyager Park on Portfield Road, Portsmouth, feature a load testing area for lifting equipment, a component assembly area and purpose-built painting area


Houston Ship Channel Remains Partially Shut

Marine traffic in the Houston Ship Channel will remain partially halted until salvage ships retrieve an anchor that broke off a bulk carrier that collided with a tanker on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday.   The bulk ship hauling steel and the tanker that was carrying 216


Holland America Floats out Koningsdam

Koningsdam (Holland America Line)

 Holland America Line's new ms Koningsdam is set to be delivered March 31, 2016. This week the ship was transferred from its dry dock to its outfitting dock at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, where the final construction and interior furnishings will take place.  


First Ship to Load Soy at Tegram Bound for China

The first ship to load soybeans from the new Tegram terminal in the northeastern port of Ponta Madeira in Sao Luis, Brazil, will berth on March 10, local shipping agents Cargonave said on Tuesday.   The Panamax class vessel Scythia Graeca will haul 66,000 tonnes of soybeans for U.S


Haven Marine Bags Back To Back Dockings

Portgarth enters the dry dock at Milford Docks (Photo: Haven Marine Services)

Despite a slow start to the year, Haven Marine Services reports it is now seeing a change in fortunes with two dockings for Svitzer in quick succession, with one vessel sailing after a refit and another in on the same tide. This comes after a prolonged period of inactivity at the yard during the


River Levels Decreasing in Argentina

Rivers of Argentina

  River levels in Argentina are currently decreasing and they are expected to continue over the coming week. The bottleneck remains in the River Plate access channel, where the maximum recommended sailing draft us 10.51 metres fw.






 
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