Oil Price Rise on Back Of Syria Concerns
The possibility of Western military action against the Syrian government pushed oil prices to a six-month high and sent equities worldwide substantially lower, reports Reuters. Both Brent and U.S.
Kalmar SmartPort Equipment Ordered for New Argentine Terminal
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has been awarded the contract for the supply of multiple Kalmar SmartPort solution products to TecPlata S.A, a fully-owned ICTSI company. The greenfield terminal located in Port La Plata, Argentina, will feature in the first phase Kalmar SmartLift and SmartStack on its 18 Kalmar terminal tractors, nine ZPMC RTGs, two Kalmar reachstackers and three Kalmar front-end loaders. The delivery also includes the SmartMap visualisation tool.
Port of Hueneme Receives Port Security Grant Funds
The Department of Homeland Security released its final allocations for the FY 2013 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) awarding $904,035 to the Port of Hueneme and its Port Security Stakeholders. Project stakeholders include our customers, City of Oxnard Police Department, Oxnard Firefighters, City of Port Hueneme Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Ventura County Fire Department.
Great Lakes Joint Security/Oil Spill Response Exercises
The Coast Guard, along with other federal, tribal, state and local agencies, is conducting a full-scale, anti-terrorism and oil spill response exercise in the Port of Duluth-Superior Aug. 28-29, 2013. In addition to Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth, participants in Operation Peeking Duck will include maritime industry representatives from the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, oil spill response agencies…
Latest DofD Navy Contracts
US Department of Defense has awarded the following Navy contracts for worldwide logistic services, and secondly for port operations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Hawaii.
IBIA Sends Bunker Wake-up Call to South Africa
The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has called on the South African government to realise the potential of the ship refuelling market in its ports…
Damaged Crew Boat Salvaged in Gulf of Mexico
Inland Salvage Inc. completed the salvage of a crew boat in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel began taking on water after striking a structure during offshore operations. Attempts to bring the vessel in under her own power ended approximately 15 miles offshore from Pascagoula, MS when the seas began washing over her bow. All crewmembers safely abandoned the vessel and she was soon set adrift unmanned. Inland Salvage was contacted by the owner and mobilized crews to begin salvage operations.
Frank Armitt & Son Announces Online Stock Reporting System
Runcorn based shipping agent Frank Armitt & Son announced the launch of their new website which provides the North West Steel Trade with an innovative steel freight management system. The new online reporting system offers suppliers and companies in the steel industry the ability to manage their imported materials online using Armitt’s Steel Management Portal which is accessible through their new website.
ABS Expands in Europe with Three New Contracts
ABS Nautical Systems signed three new contracts for use of its NS5 Enterprise software with Central Mare Inc., Consolidated Marine Management Inc. and C. Transport Maritime S.A.M.
Port of L.A. Review Proposed Yang Ming Terminal Improvements
The Port of Los Angeles is initiating the environmental review process on a proposed berth-improvement project by Yang Ming, a Taiwanese marine transport company at the Port. The start of the environmental process, which is expected to formally begin this fall with a Notice of Preparation, is the first step in Yang Ming's plan to enhance its terminal facilities and deepen its berth to accommodate 14,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent (TEU) vessels and increase cargo volume.
New Response Boat at Coast Guard Station Port Huron
The crew of Coast Guard Station Port Huron, Mich., began training on the station's new 45-foot Response-Boat-Medium, Monday after taking possession of the boat last Thursday. The RB-M can respond faster than previous boats of similar size with a top speed in excess of 40 knots, has advanced search capability with an installed forward-looking infrared search technology, the Coast Guard said. Additionally, with twin jet propulsion, the vessel is able to respond in shallower water.
Vice Chief of Naval Operations Visits Japanese Government
The vice chief of naval operations (VCNO) met with several key leaders within the government of Japan and its Ministry of Defense Aug. 26. Adm. Mark Ferguson is at the beginning of a series of engagements in Tokyo, at several U.S. Navy installations in Region Japan, and with neighboring local government officials this week. During this first day of the trip, Ferguson met with the Japan Minister of Defense, Itsunori Onodera, and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Vice Chief of Staff, Vice Adm.
UN Urges Collective Action to Fight Piracy in Central Africa
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Central African leaders to collectively focus on conflict prevention in the subregion and to fight the threats of piracy and armed robbery at sea, as well as other security challenges. “This meeting offers a unique opportunity to find concerted and innovative solutions to problems that threaten peace and security in the Central African sub-region,” Mr. Ban said…
Western Gulf of Mexico: 21 Million Acres up for O&G Development
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P.
Dana Gas Egypt Production Reaches 200 Million SCFD
Dana Gas, one of Middle East's leading regional private sector natural gas Company, announces that it has achieved gas production level in Egypt of 200 million standard cubic feet per day (equivalent of 41,500 boepd, including over 8,000 barrels per day of associated liquids), the highest level for the company in the country in 2 years. This represents a growth of 29% over the 2012 average. The Company’s…
Star Bulk Reports Profits for Q2, H1 2013
Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, today announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the second quarter and first half of 2013. Net profit for the first half of 2013 was $2 million compared to a loss of $4.5 million during the same period of the previous year. Spyros Capralos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk…
The Commissioning of Paul Clark
It was 1942 during the allied assault on French Morocco. Fireman 1st Class Paul Leaman Clark was a landing boat engineer attached to the USS Joseph T. Dickman supervising the unloading of soldiers and supplies from the transports on the beach. Early into the assault, Clark was unloading a transport when his boat was battered with machinegun fire; the bowman was mortally wounded and the coxswain was severely injured.
Aveva to Sponsor, Present at ICCAS 2013
Aveva announced that it is a gold sponsor of, and will be delivering a number of presentations at, the 15th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS)…
Today in U.S. Naval History: August 27
Today in U.S. 1917 - Squadron of minesweepers departs U.S. 1944 - USS Stingray (SS-186) lands men and supplies on Luzon, Philippines to support guerilla operations against the Japanese. 1945 - Pacific Fleet ships enter Sagami Bay, near Tokyo, Japan. 1959 - Off Cape Canaveral, Fla., USS Observation Island (EAG-154) makes first shipboard launching of a Polaris missile. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.
Coast Guard to Construct New Menemsha Boathouse
The Coast Guard has received all necessary regulatory permits to commence construction of a new boathouse at Station Menemsha on Martha's Vineyard in early September, 2013. The original 6,000 square-foot boathouse, built in 1941, was destroyed by fire on July 12, 2010. A joint investigation, completed in 2011 by local, state, and federal authorities, was unable to determine a cause for the fire. The approved scope of work includes construction of a 5,000 square-foot single-bay boathouse.