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Revisions to Oil Spill Regulations

The Maine Oil Spill Advisory Committee held a hearing to review proposed revisions to the state's regulations related to oil terminals and vessels transporting petroleum products. The proposed revisions contain several references to vessels transporting petroleum products on the state waterways. AWO's major objection to the Maine regulations relates to a proposed requirement that vessels stay 12 miles offshore, except when approaching Maine's ports. This requirement has been modified to read, "it is the express desire of the state for all vessels to remain 12 miles offshore, except when prudent navigation dictates otherwise."


E.ON, Mitsui Ink LNG Transport Deal

E.ON has struck a deal with Japanese shipping group Mitsui OSK Lines LTD (MOL) to transport liquefied natural gas from the United States, the German utility said in a statement on Thursday. Running over 20 years, the shipping agreement includes capacity of up to two LNG vessels transporting about 800,000 tonnes of LNG from U.S. Gulf projects per year, including the planned terminal near Freeport, Texas, E.ON said.


Enhancing Hazardous Materials Transportation Security

The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) issued an interim rule requiring, among other things, that each owner, operator, master, agent, person in charge, and charterer of a vessel transporting hazardous materials ensure that vessel personnel required to have a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner's document by 46 CFR parts 10 and 12 possess a license, certificate or document, as appropriate. Compliance is required as of June 4, 2003


Kirby Corporation to Present

Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) announced that Joe Pyne, Kirby's President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Stephens Inc. Fall Investment Conference on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. The Stephens conference is being held in New York. A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available to the public and a replay will be available after the presentation by visiting Kirby's website at http://www.kirbycorp.com/


Crew of USCG Cutter Thetis to Return today

USCG Cutter Thetis

  The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter based out of Key West, Florida, is scheduled to return to homeport Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. following a 59 day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During a patrol off the coasts of central and South America, the crew of the Thetis worked in conjunction with multiple countries and partner agencies to slow the flow of illegal drugs into the United States


Port of Rotterdam Takes Steps to Stop Delays

Port of Rotterdam

  The Port of Rotterdam is taking measures to eliminate congestion at the ECT Delta Terminal and the Euromax Terminal. Inland waterway vessels and feeder vessels have been experiencing delays at these terminals for some time. Improvements implemented at these terminals have not had the desired effect up until now. The inconvenience experienced by the port's customers and users is of such magnitude that the Port of Rotterdam Authority has taken the initiative of developing solutions to


Joint Venture Impresses Military

The ship HSV-X1, better known as the "Joint Venture", played an integral part in the largest joint exercise ever undertaken by the US military, involving more than 13,500 military personnel and hundreds of ships and aircraft throughout the United States. The war games, known as Millennium Challenge 2002 (MC02), are a congressionally mandated, Secretary of Defense directed, large-scale joint field exercise, utilizing United States Army, Navy, Marine, and Special Operations Command personnel


United Seamen’s Service Marks Anniversary

The world and the American maritime industry have changed dramatically since one of America's darkest hours, World War II, when United Seamen's Service was born to aid exhausted, wounded and battle-traumatized merchant seafarers in faraway places and unsafe harbors. It was 1942, 65 years ago, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the maritime unions and management recognized the need to provide havens and facilities in more than 125 worldwide locations for rest


Has the Fast Cat Come to A Halt?

Long hailed for its innovative "fast cat" vessels that were developed by Robert Clifford and Phil Hercus in the 1980's Incat Australia delivered not a new cat last month, but news of an impending bankruptcy. Could this be the end of the fast cats that have dominated the aluminum shipbuilding world for the past 20 years? During the first week of March the Hobart shipyard admitted that it was suffering from financial difficulties, and responded by laying off several hundred employees


Kirby Reports Impact of Hurricane Ike

Kirby Corporation announced that no personnel were injured and no boats or barges suffered any material damage due to Hurricane Ike which struck the upper coast on September 13. Joe Pyne, Kirby's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, " is our most significant operating area and is also home to almost 50 percent of the US Petrochemical facilities. We had 303 barges and 83 tow boats in when Hurricane Ike passed through the area


Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge Again

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 23.2 percent to $640 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Restrictions on Vessels with Hazardous Cargo at Tianjin Port

Photo Tianjin Port

  Inchcape Shipping Services is advising that Tianjin Municipal Transport Commission has issued notice to Tianjin Port to cease handling tankers and container ships carrying hazardous substances. As a result most tanker operations in the port have stopped


Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand


Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 27 pct

Image: file photo (Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26.7 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


Huge Yacht Carrier Headed for South Pacific

DYT Yacht Transport’s largest semi-submersible ship, Yacht Express, will make its first trip to Sydney, Australia. (Photo credit: Onne van der Wal)

New policies making it easier for foreign-flagged vessels to explore the coastlines of Australia have lead DYT Yacht Transport (DYT) to schedule its largest semi-submersible yacht carrier, the 686-foot (209-metre) Yacht Express, to deliver yachts to the South Pacific


Injured Fisherman Medevaced off Alaska

Screenshot from USCG video

An injured mariner was medevaced by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) personnel near Sand Point, Wednesday, the USCG reported. Watchstanders at USCG District 17 command center received a report that a mariner aboard 48-foot fishing vessel Capt-Jay was suffering from a head injury


NITC Tankers Chart Western Course

Sourena is a FSU for Iranian crude export located in the Persian Gulf, south of Iran. Photo: NITC

 Iran’s largest shipping company NITC, the privatized Iranian shipping company, is in talks for permission to sail in Western waters, says a report in WSJ.   NITC has amassed the world’s largest fleet of super tankers and is in talks to sail back into western waters should


Asia-N Europe Container Freight Rates Jumps 60%

Photo  Hamburg Sud

  Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe rose by 60.4 percent to $879 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.


USCG Medevacs Man Near Sitka, Alaska

Photo USCG

  A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 47-year-old man near Sitka, Alaska, Sunday. The Air Station Sitka crew safely transported the man from a beach to Sitka Community Hospital. Watchstanders from the Coast Guard 17th District command center received a report from


NBKB Surveys for Inland Vessels

Photo: BMT Group

Jaco Osseweijer of Verweij & Hoebee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, is an expert on inland navigation vessels. As Chairman of the technical committee of the Netherlands Bureau for Inspections of inland navigation vessels (NBKB) he is involved in the mandatory inspection regime for these vessels


Oceanteam Acquires Oceanwind

Photo: Oceanteam

 Oceanteam Shipping has acquired the remaining 48% stake in fellow Dutch firm Oceanwind and is now the sole owner of Oceanwind Cable Storage & Handling Solutions.   As a result of the acquisition the company’s name will be changed to Oceanteam Cable Solutions


Renovated Marion Dufresne II sets sail on time

Marion Dufresne II

  French scientific research vessel completely renovated in life extension project The renowned French research vessel, Marion Dufresne II left Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) in northern France on 28 July having recently undergone sea trials and a


Renovated Research Vessel Sets Sail

Marion Dufresne II (Photo: Damen)

French scientific research vessel completely renovated in life extension project. French research vessel Marion Dufresne II left Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) in northern France on July 28 having recently undergone sea trials and a complete renovation.


Asia to Northern Europe Shipping Rates Jump 177%

Photo by Maersk Line

 Asia to Northern Europe shipping freight rates for transporting containers jumped by 177.3 percent to $1.109 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, reports Reuters, quoting data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange.  


Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 25 pct

A Maersk containership (file photo: Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 24.9 percent to $833 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.






 
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