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Crowley Petroleum Distribution Restructures

Cut    Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corporation

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that it has restructured its petroleum distribution and contract services group, consolidating all Alaska operations under Craig Tornga, vice president. Tornga, who will remain in Anchorage and will continue reporting to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager, will continue to manage Alaska's petroleum distribution and fuel sales but will now also manage tanker assist and escort services in Valdez and Prince William Sound, Alaska, and energy support services on Alaska's North Slope.   Reporting to Craig Tornga are Bob Cox, vice president of sales, marketing, supply and distribution for petroleum distribution and fuel sales; Mike Mendenhall, manager business processes; Charlie Nalen, vice president, Valdez; Bruce Harland, vice president, commercial functions related to energy support services including marine and all-terrain transportation (CATCO) within Alaska and on the North Slope; Alex Sweeney, vice president operations, terminals and marine, for petroleum distribution and energy support services on the North Slope. In addition to Tornga, others reporting to Smith are Chris Peterson, vice president contract and West Coast marine operations; Scott Hoggarth, general manager, ship assist and escort; Eric Evans, director, finance and planning and John Ara, vice president, contract services.


Canada Conducts Spill Response Study

Photo: Ministry of Environment Communications

A comprehensive study assessing current marine-spill preparedness and response capabilities was released by the Province today. The study also outlines necessary improvements to achieve a world-class system to ensure B.C.'s coast is protected from potential marine spills. Nuka Research, an international expert in spill preparedness and response, had been commissioned by the provincial government to undertake the study so B.C


TTI Appoints New President

Total Terminals International (TTI), the West Coast joint-venture terminal operator between Hanjin Shipping and Marine Terminals Corp., announced the appointment of James Kwon as its new president to replace current CEO Y.M. Kim, effective Jan.16, 2004. Kim leaves TTI to join Hanjin's management team in Korea as its senior executive vice president in charge of HR, strategic planning, new business development and general administration


NAMEPA Conference, Long Beach: Feb. 23

The historic cruise liner Queen Mary, berthed in Long Beach, will be the site of a marine environment protection conference on February 23rd exploring issues and changes occurring on the West Coast and impacting shipping throughout the world. Hosted by NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association), the event will feature presentations on greening the waste stream, marine mammals, emissions, and oil spill response


China Opens New Maritime Development Zone

A new zone in the west coast of Jiaozhou Bay covering about 2,096 square km of land and 5,000 square km of water, has been designated in east China's Shandong Province to steer the country's marine development, according to Xinhua. The Qingdao West Coast New Area (QWCNA) of Huangdao District in coastal Qingdao aims to pilot innovation in marine technology and serve as a strategic base for deep sea and off-shore exploration.


USCG Search for Missing Diver in the Bahamas

Courtesy USCG

   Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas, Sunday night. Missing is John E. Petty, 63, hometown unknown. Coast Guard 7 District command center watchstanders were contacted by the captain aboard the commercial dive vessel Shear Water late Sunday night stating that Petty went shark diving with eight others and he never resurfaced.


High Traffic Forces USCG to Shut Section of Missouri River

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday it was closing a 147 mile-long section of the Missouri River to marine traffic due to high water levels after recent heavy rains. The Coast Guard Eighth District office at St. Louis, Miss., said in a statement that recreational and commercial traffic was being restricted between mile 146 and 293 on the river, from central Missouri west to near Kansas City. The closure comes two weeks after the Coast Guard reopened a 500-mile stretch of the upper


PMI to Train Alaska Marine Highway System Personnel

Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI), the West Coast affiliate of the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) will be providing Fast Rescue Boat training for marine personnel of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). The Fast Rescue Boat training will take place on the M/V Columbia on September 22-26 and September 29-October 3, 2003. The Alaska Marine Highway System requires that Chief Mates, Boatswains, Able-Bodied Seamen


Crowley Maritime Promote Scott Hoggarth V-P

Scott Hoggarth: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley inform that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in major U.S. West Coast ports. Hoggarth has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions


Wärtsilä Reinforces West Coast Presence with Seattle Facility

Account Managers from Wärtsilä, Frank Shanahan and Richard Reynolds lead guests in an overview of trends in the natural gas engine market.

Wärtsilä inaugurated its West Coast workshop in Seattle with a customer appreciation lunch on May 20, 2014. The event was held in the new facility located just minutes away from the Port of Seattle. Guests were invited to tour and learn about the comprehensive portfolio of services that Wärtsilä provides. The occasion opened with Frank Donnelly, Managing Director, Wärtsilä North America, Inc


Pacific Ports Agreement Clears FMC Review

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

The Pacific Ports Operational Improvements Agreement (FMC Agreement No. 201227) is set to become effective on April 17, 2015 after the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted unanimously for its approval.   The commission said its review included evaluation of information received from the


'Amazingly Intact' WWII-era Aircraft Carrier Surveyed

Features on a photo of USS Independence CVL 22 are captured in a 3D low-resolution sonar image of the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Coda Octopus Echoscope 3D sonar, integrated on the Boeing AUV Echo Ranger, imaged the shipwreck during the first maritime archaeological survey. The sonar image with oranges color tones (lower) shows an outline of a possible airplane in the forward aircraft elevator hatch opening. (Credit: NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus)

NOAA, working with private industry partners and the U.S. Navy, has confirmed the location and condition of the USS Independence, the lead ship of its class of light aircraft carriers that were critical during the American naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II.  


Suezmax Tankers Bullish

 Suezmax: By Palmali Group of Companies

 Global fixture activity for suezmax crude tankers rose in the first quarter by 5% year on year, with most of the activity coming out of West Africa.   Suezmax fixtures out of the Caribbean rose by 48%, most of which headed to the US Gulf and East coast Panama.  


Liner Service Reliability Jumps to 64%

Pic: Maersk Line

 According to Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, liner shipping service reliability on the three East-West trades showed an aggregate on-time performance of 64% in March - a five-month high.   According to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry


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.  


LATC Orders Damen PSVs for Nigerian Offshore Sector

Photo: Damen

Africa-focused proprietary investment firm L.A.T Cleveson (LATC) has signed an order with Damen Shipyards Group for the supply of two PSV 3300 Platform Supply Vessels and two FCS 5009 Fast Supplier Vessels. This transaction will bring next generation Damen PSVs to the offshore industry of Nigeria


Obama to Speak at CGA Commencement

White House photo

President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote address during the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s 134th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday, May 20.   Presidents traditionally address the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on a rotating basis


British Columbia: Oil Spill Response shows Unprepared for More Tankers

Image Courtesy of Seaside Signs

   British Columbian officials on Friday criticized the Canadian government's response to an oil spill in the waters around Vancouver, calling into question plans for new crude oil export pipelines in the Pacific Coast province.


Bangladesh Coast Guard in Kolkata for maritime cooperation

Photo: Bangladesh Coast Guard

 A delegation of Bangladesh Coast Guard is on a two-day visit to Kolkata as part of the ongoing cooperation between the coast guards of the two neighbours, aimed at exploring avenues for common approach to maritime issues in the region, reports Economic Times.  


Konecranes RTG for GCT Deltaport

GTC Deltaport VancouverLR

  In March 2015, Konecranes received an order for four Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes from GCT Canada Limited Partnership for its GCT Deltaport facility located in Port Metro Vancouver, Canada. Destined for the country’s flagship container terminal


CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines

Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization.    The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Gulfbridge service between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean area


Three Kidnapped from Boat off Nigeria -Bourbon

    French oil services company Bourbon said on Monday that three Nigerian crew members had been kidnapped after one of its speedboats was boarded off the Nigerian coast in the night of April 8.   "An emergency unit based in Nigeria has been immediately activated


Box Ship Freight Rates Fall on Declining Chinese Exports

Container freight index

  Since February, freight rates on the three key container shipping lanes has left the erratic up and down movements behind only to slide week after week. On Friday April 10, 2015 the freight rate including ocean freight and surcharges, i.e


Bollinger Delivers FRC Richard Dixon

Photo: Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards LLC has delivered the Richard Dixon, the 13th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard (USCG).   The announcement was made by Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon. “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC


Box Ship Oversupply Stoking Trouble

Source: Drewrys Container Forecaster

Despite positive growth momentum, the container shipping industry continues to suffer new, big ship deliveries with no let-up to the ordering frenzy according to the Container Forecaster, published by Drewry Maritime Research.   Drewry forecasts another year of excess growth in relation to






 
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