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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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Australia's Classic International Cruises in Administration

Cruise Ship Athena: Photo credit Wiki CCL

The Business Recovery & Insolvency team at Lawler Partners appointed voluntary administrators of the cruise line. Brad Tonks and John Vouris of the Business Recovery & Insolvency team at Lawler Partners were appointed following a resolution by the company and made the following announcement. The Administrators understand that CIC Australia’s management have been working with the owners of the cruise ship “Athena” to confirm its availability for the 2012 – 2013


SeaProcurement Version 2.2 Launched

SeaProc Dashboard (Image courtesy of iMarine Software)

Marine eProcurement system adds new features to expand functions and enhance management reporting.    iMarine Software announced today the release of SeaProcurement (SeaProc) Version 2.2, expanding the next generation in marine eProcurement systems to include contract management


Investing in Unsustainable EU Fishing is Risky

Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations

  Recent changes to EU fishing and seafood legislation means that the financing of fishing operations reliant on overexploited stocks, or the use of destructive or unselective methods will prove a high risk to investors, Greenpeace warned today.


Ostebo Chosen to Head CLIA

Thomas P. Ostebo (Photo: CLIA)

Thomas P. Ostebo will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015.   Selected by CLIA’s global executive committee following the departure of Christine Duffy on January 31, 2015


CLIA Names Muskat Trade Relations Committee Chairman

Ken Muskat (Photo: CLIA)

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Ken Muskat, executive vice president of sales, public relations, and guest services for MSC Cruises USA, has been named chairman of the CLIA Trade Relations Committee.   


Topaz Energy and Marine Secures $550m Facility

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company, announced a new $550 million facility.   The facility is arranged over three tranches. The first is a conventional and Islamic senior secured, term loan of $350 million over seven years which will be used principally to repay


IHC IQIP Opens New Yard, Offices in Australia

IHC IQIP, part of Royal IHC, is expanding its global presence with a new office and yard in Perth, Australia.   With the acquisition of its Australian agent Machinery Supply on May 4, IHC IQIP reaches a new milestone in her aim to be a strong local partner for its clients


Nor Lines Launches Cuxhaven RoRo Link

Kvitebjørn by Nor Lines

 The Norwegian shipping company Nor Lines has started a direct weekly RoRo connection between German Port of Cuxhaven and Norway.   The first departure of the liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered 5,000 dwt short sea cargo vessel MS Kvitbjørn was on May 7


Kestrel Liner Agencies, SSL Extend Logistics Cooperation

Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics appointed as agent for Scandinavia and the Baltics by Kestrel Liner Agencies /Tropical Shipping   Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics (SSL) and Kestrel Liner Agencies / Tropical Shipping have agreed to extend their cooperation to Estonia


Offshore Workboat Fire Safety

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A Novec 1230 gas suppression system provides a unique, Class-compliant and effective margin of safety for an offshore dive support vessel.  Despite the recent drop in oil prices, the marine sector remains extremely busy supporting the oil industry, and this will always remain the case


Single Window Reporting for All German Ports

  Effective from 27 May 2015, German Authorities will implement the reporting requirements for vessels according to EC-directive 2010/65/EU (national single window reporting formalities). This directive is designed to achieve harmonization and simplification of reporting formalities in


United Heavy Lift's Maiden Call to India

Heavy Lift carrier Mv Lena J called Mumbai and Kandla ports to discharge & load project cargoes

  United Heavy Lift GmBH& Co. KG, Germany commenced operations on 1st April, this year. Lars Rolner, the former owner and Managing Director of SAL established United Heavy Lift this February in Hamburg. They are agents to a fleet of currently 18 HLVs with a lifting capacity ranging


Parana River Obstructed by Grounded Vessel

  The navigation channel at km 287 of the Parana River is obstructed after a bulk vessel went aground on the right margin during the early hours of 13 May during her navigation to San Nicolas. The Coast Guard has allowed navigation for vessels with max draft of 7


Ctrip Appoints WSS as Agent for Cruise Ship Venture

Emilia Shao

China travel services provider Ctrip has furthered its expansion into the cruise market with the appointment of Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) as its General Agent in China. The partnership, which was announced at the official Ctrip vessel naming ceremony last week


CMA CGM Implements War Risk Surcharge in Yemen

French container shipping company CMA CGM said it has implemented a War Risk Surcharge on all shipments to Hodeidah, Yemen.   Applicable with immediate effect, the surcharge is $300 per 20-foot container and $600 per 40-foot container.  


GAC Sets its Sights on UK Cruise Business

Fergus Poole (Photo: GAC)

Cruise Manager appointed to coordinate integrated cruise support nationwide   GAC UK is boosting its services for the cruise industry with the appointment of Fergus Poole as Cruise Manager.   For nearly two decades, Poole has specialized in the sector and has held a number of






 
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