ITIC Alert: Immigration Crew Scams
ITIC has warned its members about a recent spate of crew scams which threaten to involve unwary ship agents in significant financial loss and exposure to fines and penalties by immigration authorities. ITIC has issued a number of warnings in the past about ship agents being used by unscrupulous migrant smugglers to move illegal immigrants around the world. According to ITIC, the basic pattern is for owners and managers to ask the agent to attend a vessel’s call at a port…
Coast Guard, Partners Perfom Simulated Oil Spill
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel along with federal, state, local, tribal partners and industry representatives conducted mutual aid drills in Anchorage and Deadhorse, Wednesday. During the drill, participants tested their ability to establish a Unified Command, implement the North Slope Mutual Aid Agreement and deploy equipment in response to a simulated oil spill at the remote Nikaitchuq Project at Spy Island near Deadhorse.
Seaspan Enters Long-Term, Fixed-Rate Time Charter Agreements
Seaspan Corporation has announced that it has, further to a previously announced binding letter of intent, signed long-term, fixed-rate time charter contracts with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.
Dan-Bunkering Adds Staff in Dubai
The newly opened Dubai office of worldwide bunker trading company, A/S Dan-Bunkering Ltd., has been open for a few months, and according to the bunker trader has already been very well received in the market. The company reported it has recently hired two new employees. Rijo Alias has been employed as Finance Manager as per July 2, 2013. Rijo is originally from India and has several years of audit experience from a well-reputed company in Dubai. Azeneth B.
Naviera Contracts Damen for Two Fast Crew Suppliers
Juan Pablo Vega, president of Mexican offshore operator Naviera Integral, signed a contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers 5009. With these vessels Naviera Integral will continue to serve its client PEMEX, delivering personnel and cargo from and to platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Both vessels will be operating out of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico’s main offshore hub. The 50-meter crew boats, designed with the Damen patented Sea Axe bow, are currently under construction at Damen yards in Vietnam.
Concordia Maritime Management Change
Concordia Maritime´s president Hans Norén will leave the company at the end of the year. The Chairman of the Board, Carl-Johan Hagman commented, “Under the leadership of Hans Norén…
Study: Deeper Miss. River Would Add $11.5 Billion to U.S. Economy
U.S. Senator David Vitter, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, joined industry and Louisiana transportation officials here today for the release of a new economic impact report detailing the benefits of deepening the Mississippi River to 50 feet from its current 45-foot draft. The Big River Coalition and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development commissioned the study by noted economist Tim Ryan…
German Federal Minister Names DFDS Ro/Ro Vessel
The Danish shipping company DFDS and Volkswerft Stralsund held a ceremony for newbuild no. 500: On the fitting-out quay at the shipyard the special-purpose Ro/Ro vessel was named Ark Germania by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, in the presence of 150 invited guests. In the weeks following the naming ceremony Volkswerft will continue the work on the “Roll on - Roll off Cargo” special-purpose vessel.
Meyer Werft Orders More MAN Diesel & Turbo Power
MAN Diesel & Turbo has won the order from Meyer Werft for new cruise vessels for Norwegian Cruise Line to supply its V48/60CR engines with diesel-electric propulsion systems. The ships will be built at Meyer Werft, the cruise liner specialist builder in Papenburg, northern Germany. Norwegian is a longstanding customer of MAN Diesel & Turbo with almost its entire fleet powered by the 48/60 and 58/64 engine types.
Coast Guard Medevacs Diver 120 Miles off Texas Coast
A 33-year-old female diver was medevaced Thursday evening after she experienced decompression issues following her fourth dive, approximately 120 miles off Galveston.
Royal New Zealand Navy Upgrades Software
SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, is pleased to announce that the Royal New Zealand Navy has chosen to purchase…
Today in U.S. Naval History: August 23
Today in U.S. 1958 - Massive concentration of Pacific Fleet in Quemoy-Matsu area prevents invasion of islands by China. 1958 - In Taiwan Straits Crisis, Units of 7th Fleet move into Taiwan area to support Taiwan against Chinese Communists. 1963 - The first satellite communications ship, USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) in Lagos, Nigeria, connected President John F. Kennedy with Nigerian Prime Minister Balewa…
Naval Surface Warfare Center Gets Wavemaking Upgrade
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD) completed major renovations of the Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) facility, Aug. 16. For more than one hundred years, the Navy has built and conducted extensive testing on physical prototypes of ships called scale models before building the real ship in full scale. In 1962, Carderock built the MASK in order to test the scale model performance of ships, platforms and moored systems in realistic sea conditions.
ITOPF Joins NAMEPA in Goal to “Save the Seas”
Founding Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced today that ITOPF (The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited) has joined NAMEPA. Dr. Karen Purnell, ITOPF’s Managing Director said, “ITOPF is delighted to become a member of NAMEPA and join many international industry partners in supporting the common goal to “Save the Seas.” Many of the principles and aspirations of the two organizations are closely aligned.
U.S.-Flag Cargo Movement on Lakes Slips Slightly in July
U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) carried 10.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in July, a slight increase over June, but a decrease of 2.2% compared to the corresponding period last year.
Charleston Freight Station Aims to Expand
Since 1995, Charleston Freight Station (CFS) has provided container freight station services for the Port of Charleston’s customers. For the last 17 years, they served in partnership with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as the designated Central Examination Station (CES) here. CBP handled all types of customs examinations with an automated CES program that tracked exams and containers.
NOAA Seeks Hydrographic Panel Members
NOAA is seeking qualified candidates to apply for up to five voting member vacancies to serve on its Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) as of January 1, 2014.
Mark Guthrie Joins KVH as VP
KVH Industries, Inc., announced today that Mr. Mark Guthrie has joined the company as Vice President, Global Mobile Broadband Sales to manage the continuing development of the mini-VSAT Broadband network and related products and services. Mr. Guthrie started his telecom career at telecommunications and satellite communications company British Telecom (BT) in the U.K. before joining Europe Star where he was responsible for European sales and marketing strategies.
Mechanical Issues Dock Alaskan Cruise
Engine problems aboard the 294-meter Celebrity Cruises ship, Millennium, forced the cancellation of six Alaska sailings, multiple news sources reported. The Millennium was ordered to stay in port in Ketchikan, Alaska earlier this week due to complications with one of the vessel’s propulsion motors. Problems with the ship’s engine reportedly began earlier in August, forcing three days of emergency prepares in Seward, Alaska.
BOEM Public Meetings on Gulf Central Planning Area
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is preparing a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed Central Planning Area (CPA) lease sales…