MV EMS River Released from Pirate Control
The MV EMS River, which was pirated on 27 December 2010, was released from pirate control on 1 March 2011. The Antigua/Barbuda flagged and German owned vessel was on her way to San Nicolas, Greece from Jebel Ali in the UAE at the time of the attack. According to the owner of the vessel, all crew members are well and unharmed.
Asia Crude Tanker Rates to Rebound on Saudi Shipments
According to a March 3 report from Reuters, rates for crude oil tankers on key Asian freight routes are expected to rebound in the short term as Saudi Arabia pumps…
Crude Rises; Libyan Tankers Off U.S. Coast
According to a March 2 report from Bloomberg, West African and Caspian Sea crudes surged to the highest in more than two years as European refiners find their grades…
IBIA Appoints Three Members To Its Board of Directors
THE International Bunker Industry Association announced at its Annual General Meeting on Monday 21 February, 2011, the three members who have been elected to its Board of Directors.
Stolt-Nielsen Limited Acquires Stake in Alternative Energy Start-Up
Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Børs: SNI) announced today that it has acquired through one of its subsidiaries a non-controlling interest in Seaweed Energy Solutions AS ("SES"), an alternative energy start-up focused on the development of bioethanol and biogas production from the sustainable large-scale cultivation of seaweed. Founded in 2006, SES holds a patent for the Seaweed Carrier, the first structure…
Iridium Developing Satellite Communications Solutions for Maritime Piracy Situations
As you know, maritime piracy has been in the news lately. As of Feb. 28, the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Center (http://www.icc-ccs.org/home/piracy…
CORY BROTHERS BEGINS AGENCY OPERATIONS IN GIBRALTAR
Cory Brothers Shipping Agency is pleased to announce it is now able to offer Shipping Agency services in Gibraltar in conjunction with its partner, the Gibunco Ship Agency, part of the Gibunco Group. Cory Brothers, together with Gibunco Ship Agency, brings a wealth of experience to Gibraltar in Port Agency, Bunker Agency, STS Operations and Logistical solutions. Operating in the Port of Gibraltar adds strategically to Cory Brothers continuing global expansion…
Photo: Coast Guard Interdicts Cocaine Carrying Submarine
Coast Guard Cutter Midgett interdicts a 35-foot self-propelled semi-submersible vessel (SPSS) carrying approximately 6,000 kilograms of cocaine on Jan. 20, 2011. The SPSS was located 335-miles off the coast of Costa Rica. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Midgett.
GAO Compares Costs of Freight Shipment Modes
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report comparing the costs of road, rail, and waterways freight shipments that are absorbed by the government and not passed on to consumers.
USCG Seeks Members for NOSAC
The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC). Applications should be submitted by April 18. 76 Fed. Reg. 11503 (March 2, 2011).
Palfinger Crane Onboard Allure of the Seas
The Allure of the Seas is the second and latest ship in the Oasis class. On 16 decks it has space for more than 5,400 passengers and 2,100 crew. A Palfinger PK 150002 marine crane is used for transporting and planting trees onboard the ocean giant. The American shipping company Royal Caribbean Cruises and the South Korean STX Group signed the contract for the construction of the sister ship to the Oasis of the Seas in 2007.
Containership Giant Calls Hamburg on Maiden Voyage
On February 23 2011, the container vessel CSCL Star called the port of Hamburg on her maiden voyage in their Far East liner service Asia-Europe Express-1/China-Europe…
DNV Issues Guidance on Offshore Gas Terminals
According to Conn Fagan, DNV’s Business development manager for offshore gas projects, the FLNG segment is developing rapidly. “A number of FSRUs (floating storage…
OGX Discovery Offshore Brazil
Brazilian oil and gas firm OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes has discovered hydrocarbons in the Albian and Aptian sections of the 1-OGX-31-RJS well in the Campos basin, offshore Brazil.
W&T Offshore's Mature Assets Dry up
According to a March 2 report from Reuters, Gulf of Mexico-focused oil and natural gas company W&T Offshore Inc. forecast weak production in 2011 as most of its…
Indonesia Cabotage Rule May Lower Offshore Production
According to a report from Bloomberg, Indonesia’s offshore oil and gas output may drop as production and shipment of the fuels using foreign-owned vessels will be…
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - March 3
1819- Congress authorized the revenue cutters to protect merchant vessels of United States against piracy and to seize vessels engaged in slave trade. The cutters…
ATLAS North America Founded
Norfolk/Bremen – The Atlas Elektronik Group, a worldwide acting company for maritime defense electronics, has founded a subsidiary in North America. Atlas North America (Atlas NA) has been set up to establish a strong and reliable partnership with the US Navy and US authorities. As potential main contractor Atlas NA will provide Atlas products and solutions for current or future US users. This is an important step within the globalization strategy of the company…
Wilhelmsen Ships Service Provides Better Facilities For Customers In Varna, Bulgaria
Wilhelmsen Ships Service Bulgaria has relocated its Varna, Bulgaria office to upgraded premises, reflecting the growth of business for the company in the region. Wilhelmsen Ships Service Bulgaria was established in December 2008 as a 100% owned company of Barwil Agencies Oslo, successor of the previous joint-venture in Bulgaria, Barwil Unimasters Ltd, which had operated in Bulgaria since 1995. Bistra Georgieva, General Manager for Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Bulgaria, commented on the move.
This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 3
1776 - First amphibious landing operation. Continental naval squadron under Commodore Esek Hopkins lands Sailors and Marines, commanded by Captain Samuel Nicholas…