Today in U.S. Naval history: June 17
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Cargo Morphs in New Directions
After a decline during the recession years, U.S. exporters today are pleased with the record-breaking value of overseas shipments. At the same time, they are learning…
Annual Economic Sanctions Update
Iran Continues to Dominate U.S. Since last year’s update appeared in the May 2012 issue of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, Iran has continued to dominate U.S. sanctions headlines. Significant actions by both the U.S. Congress and Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) over the past year have increased sanctions against Iran substantially, and further initiatives are pending.
Veson Enhance Veslink Software
Veson Nautical, developer of commercial maritime software, formally announced major Veslink enhancements to a crowd of over 150 maritime leaders at its annual ONCOURSE User Conference in Boston, Mass.
Infrastructure for Alaska’s LNG and Other Resources
It is time for the global maritime industry to push development of Trans Arctic Shipping Routes (TASR) and port facilities along Alaska’s northern coast. Not only for shipping goods from the Pacific to Atlantic and vice versa, but specifically to facilitate development of specialized ports for LNG exports from Alaska to global markets. Alaska has a limited maritime community mostly in the south: Southeast Alaska is a maritime community…
InterMoor DNV Certified for Mooring Chain Inspections
InterMoor Inc., an Acteon company, has extended its capabilities and service range by becoming the first U.S.-based company to achieve certification under Det Norske…
Two New Directors Appointed at FSL Trust
FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (FSLTM), as trustee-manager of First Ship Lease Trust (FSL Trust), announced the appointment of Mr. Simon Davidson and Mr. Timothy James Reid to its Board of Directors.
Crowley Launches New LCL Service from Chicago
To better serve customers making smaller shipments to Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Central America from the U.S. Midwest, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s logistics group is launching a new weekly less-than-container load (LCL) service from Chicago today. The new service utilizes Crowley vessels and a single point of contact within the company to ensure accountability and that the movement of customers’ cargoes is managed and monitored effectively and reliably.
Philippine Navy Search for Ferry Survivors
Philippine navy divers battled strong ocean currents in a desperate hunt for seven missing passengers of a ferry that sank with dozens on board. The Lady of Mount Carmel ferry mysteriously went down in calm weather on Friday about 1.2 miles from central Burias island, killing two women passengers. Officials said 61 of the 70 people aboard the vessel had been rescued. Hopes of finding the remaining…
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Hosts 2013 Graduation
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) graduated 201 new maritime leaders as part of its Class of 2013 commencement ceremony. The keynote speaker, General William M. Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), gave the commencement address before a crowd of more than 2,000 including special guest U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, graduates, family members and representatives from the federal government, armed forces and maritime industry. “The U.S.
DP Failures on Mobile Offshore Drilling Units
In two recent incidents, dynamically positioned drillships lost functional thrusters due to an electrical disturbance when attempting to reconnect a faulty thruster after maintenance.
Yet More Consolidation Proposed in Russia
The prospect of Russia’s two largest container terminal operators joining forces has raised concerns over the dominant position that the combined enterprise would enjoy were the deal to be agreed. Global Ports Investments (GPI), one of the two largest players in the Russian container port market, is investigating the acquisition of a controlling stake in National Container Company (NCC), the other dominant player in the Russian market.
Long Beach Container Volume Up in May
Container cargo rose by more than 17 percent in May 2013 at the Port of Long Beach, with some of the highest volumes in nearly 3 years. A total of 583,588 TEUs (or twenty-foot equivalent container units) were moved in May, up 17.2 percent from the same month last year. Imports increased 22.2 percent to 305,498 TEUs. Exports were up by 13.9 percent to 147,073 TEUs. Empty containers were up 10.2 percent to 131,017 TEUs.
Ulstein Group Awarded Academic's Union Gold
Norway's Tekna (Technical and Scientific Association) awards its gold medal to Ulstein Group for creating opportunities in technology. Gunvor Ulstein, CEO of Ulstein Group, received Tekna’s Gold Medal at a recent ceremony. The medal is given as an honour and encouragement to Norwegian managers or companies for outstanding efforts in creating new opportunities for Norwegian technologists, both in Norway and internationally. It was last awarded in 2008.
New SatCom Test Deliver 50 Mbps to Superyachts
VT iDirect announce that OmniAccess S.L., communications provider to superyacht & megayacht owners, has successfully launched a live satellite communications network…
China Container Terminal Cargo Volumes Surge
Chongqing Container Terminal in Southwest China reports container volume up 29.7% to 166,000 teu in Q1 2013. Import and export container volume climbed 29.7 per cent to 166,000 TEU.
Boat Design Courses at Westlawn IMT: Student Grants Extended
The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is able to extend its grant and scholarship program in Small Craft Design thanks to further funding from the Kathy & Jerry Wood Foundation. The funds were originally for three years, but an additional thirty thousand dollars was given to assist more students. Scholarships will be awarded on an ongoing basis until the grant funds are expended. "The connections between Westlawn Institute…
MOL Containership's Hull Cracks, Founders, in Indian Ocean
The Mitsui O.S.K. Lines' 2008-built Bahama-flagged 8,000 teu containership 'MOL Comfort' foundered Monday & all 26 crew were picked up from a lifeboat by 'MV Yantian Express'.
Offshore Installations: BSEE to Host Hurricane Preparations Forum
The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will host a public forum on offshore energy infrastructure hurricane preparedness and response on Thursday…
China Shippers' Summit, September 2013, Invites Speakers
The call for Mandarin and English submissions to present talks for the Intermodal China 2013 - Shippers' Summit is now open until July 12, 2013. Organized by UBM China…