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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

Friend of the Sea Turns to BMT for Reefer Vessels Certification

BMT Surveys (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been engaged by Friend of the Sea to investigate whether specialized reefer vessels comply with the broad set of requirements to qualify for certification.    A nonprofit and nongovernmental organization (NGO), the primary goal of Friend of the Sea is protection and conservation of a sound

Damen Repeats Multiple Vessel Transport Strategy

MV Svenja (Photo: SAL Heavy Lift)

Just down river from Damen Song Cam Shipyard, SAL Heavy Lift’s MV Svenja departed from Halong Bay loaded with 14 vessels. The shipment consists primarily of built-for-stock vessels – Stan Pontoons and Tugs – which will be available for immediate purchase on arrival in Rotterdam in October.   Destination Rotterdam MV Svenja’s voyage began in Shanghai on August 30th when she started loading eight Stan Pontoons that were built at Damen Yichang Shipyard, China

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

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

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

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

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

Volkswagen Opts for LNG-powered Shipping

Image: Volkswagen Group

 The Volkswagen Group said it will use two vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) on routes between Europe and North America from 2019, in a move that aims to improve the environmental balance of its marine transport fleet.  

COSCOL Wins Kazakhstani Heavy Lift Shipping Contract

(Image: COSCOL)

COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd. (COSCOL) said it has been awarded a transportation and logistics contract signed by representatives of all parties on September 27, 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Part of the work under the contract will be subcontracted to COSCOL’s Korean Partners

Polaris: World´s First LNG-Powered Icebreaker Delivered

(Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard)

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the most powerful newcomer in the Finnish Icebreaker fleet, icebreaker Polaris, to the Finnish Transport Agency on September 28th, 2016. The Finnish Transport Agency handed the vessel over to Arctia Icebreaking Oy

US Navy Aids Ailing Cargo Ship Crewman

The U.S. Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) provided medical assistance to a crew member of a cargo vessel after receiving a distress call September 12.   After receiving the call at 5:32 p.m., the ship's medical team boarded the Liberian-flagged motor vessel

Intermarine's Industrial Skipper Completes Maiden Voyage

M/V Industrial Skipper (Photo: Intermarine, LLC)

Intermarine, LLC announced the July delivery of the M/V Industrial Skipper from Shandong Huanghai shipyard in Rongcheng, China. The ship transported modules to Corpus Christi, Texas, for her maiden voyage.   The 12,500 DWT, 147 meter, Ecolift 500 vessel features two cranes with a combined

Gadkari Flags off Two Vessels from Varanasi, India

Nitin Gadkari. Photo: The official FB Page of the Minister

A trial run of two cargo vessels from the Aghoreshwar Bhagwan Ram Ghat Varanasi.   The vessels viz. MV Joy Basudev (capacity 1400 tons) and MV V.V Giri (capacity 300 tons), contain newly assembled cars of Maruti Suzuki and construction material.  

Live Fish Carrier Launched at Gondan

“MARTIN SÆLE”, the first Live Fish Carrier built by Gondan Shipyard in Figueras. Courtesy  GONDAN

At high tide, the vessel “MARTIN SÆLE”, the first Live Fish Carrier built by Gondan Shipyard in Figueras, was successfully launched today. Representatives of the owner of the vessel, the Norwegian company Salmon Star AS, were present at the event.

Boskalis Awarded Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Contract

Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Image Royal Boskalis Westminster

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the Offshore Balance of Plant contract by Vattenfall for the construction of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre.   Following the announcement on 29 June stating that Boskalis was

Seaward Services Concludes 15-year Westpac Express Work

Seaward Services, an HMS Global Maritime company, recently marked the end of a 15-year working relationship with Austal on the Westpac Express project. Seaward Services was awarded a contract in 2001 to provide operations, maintenance and technical management

USNS Carson City Completes Acceptance Trials

Expeditionary Fast Transport 7 (EPF 7), USNS Carson City during Acceptance Trials in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Austal)

 Austal Limited announced that Expeditionary Fast Transport 7 (EPF 7), USNS Carson City has completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.   The trials were undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and involved comprehensive testing of the vessel’s major systems and equipment by the U.S. Navy.

ABB Software to Monitor Cosco Heavy Transport Fleet

Xiang Rui Kou (Photo: Cosco Heavy Transport)

ABB, a power and automation technology group, will supply its onboard motion monitoring and forecasting system to the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift vessel, meaning the entire fleet of Cosco Heavy Transport now benefits from the software.   

Antofagasta Express: New Name, New Flag

The 222-meter-long and 35-meter-wide vessel formally known as the NileDutch Rotterdam will now sail for Hapag-Lloyd as the Antofagasta Express under the Chilean flag. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Last month, the second of the two ships recently purchased from the Dutch shipping company NileDutch officially changed hands. The 222-meter-long and 35-meter-wide vessel will now sail for Hapag-Lloyd as the Antofagasta Express under the Chilean flag.  

MOL Launches Coastal LNG Transport in Indonesia

Layout of the LNG Carrier Triputra, the FSUand FRU (Source Gas Entec) Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today teamed up with a local partner in Indonesia, PT Pelindo Energi Logistik (PEL; President Director: Denny Hermanto) to launch joint operation of the LNG carrier Triputra

Transport via Northern European ports more sustainable

Scatter plot of CO2 emission per TEU per day for vessels according to size and year of build.

On the European continent, the Alps form a natural barrier for international transport. Containers can be transported to Southern Germany, the Czech Republic or Poland cheaper as well as more sustainably via North European ports than via Southern European ports

ECSA Calls for Short Sea Shipping Friendly Framework

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners hope that the momentum created by the Dutch Presidency’s High Level Event on Short Sea Shipping held in Amsterdam last February will result in maritime directors putting Short Sea Shipping on the top priority list when they meet today in Brussels.  

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