Uruguayan Citrus Cleared for U.S. Delivery
Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Miami-based subsidiary Customized Brokers recently cleared the first shipment of Uruguayan citrus to enter the U.S. in nearly 20 years, a major agricultural milestone made possible by the combined, dedicated efforts of the importer, USDA and Uruguayan Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. To mark the historic occasion, Customized Brokers’ John Donohue, trade development specialist, joined the importer, U.S.
EU to Lead International Counter Piracy Efforts in 2014
From the January 1, 2014 the European Union will assume for one year the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) with Maciej Popowski…
All American Marine to Build Two Seattle Catamaran Ferries
The King County Ferry District, whose ferries link the communities that ring Lake Washington and Puget Sound, has contracted with Bellingham-based All American Marine to design and build two new 'water taxis' to replace its pair of 25 year-old leased vessels. The operators explain that the new vessels will each carry 250 passengers, 78 more than the vessels they will replace. That added capacity means more passengers will be able to use the water taxis during the busiest weekday commute periods.
USS Carter Hall Drydocking Contract for GD NASSCO
In the latest listing of US Department of Defense, Navy contracts, General Dynamics, NASSCO, Norfolk, Va., (formerly Metro Machine Corp.) has been awarded a $171,961,941 undefinitized contract action as a modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-09-C-4416) for 'USS Carter Hall' fiscal 2014 extended dry-docking planned maintenance. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 2015.
China's Biggest Shipbuilder Floats Billion HK$ Bourse Offering
China Rongsheng Heavy Industries to offer HK$1,000,000,000 worth of 7% convertible bonds due 2016. The estimated net proceeds from the issue of the Convertible Bonds, after deduction of commissions and expenses, would be approximately HK$992,500,000, which will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes and repayment of loans of the Group. The company explains that assuming full conversion of the Convertible Bonds at the initial Conversion Price of HK$1.05 per Share…
'Seaman Guard Ohio' Personnel Granted Bail by Indian Court
A court in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin city has granted bail to all 35 crew members arrested from the US-owned Sierra Leone-flagged private maritime security vessel 'Seaman Guard Ohio' detained since October 2013, reports the Business Standard (India). Citing the advocate acting for the crew members, Business Standard says that police had been due to file a charge sheet within 60 days of the arrests, but had failed to do so, and hence the court granted bail.
Epic Gas Continues Fleet Expansion, to Open London Office
Singapore-based Epic Gas Ltd. say that following their recent order of two LPG 11,000cbm vessels from Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in Japan, it will add two more similar-sized newbuilds to its expanding fleet. These two 11,000 cbm vessels will be long term bareboat chartered in from Kumiai Senpaku Co., Ltd., of Japan. The first vessel will be built by Sasaki Shipyard Co., Ltd. for delivery in 2015 and the second vessel by Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation to be delivered in 2016.
Libyan Port's Record Container Throughput
This year (2013) Misrata’s non-oil port, situated 124 miles east of the capital Tripoli, has unloaded 208,339 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers, up from 159…
South Korea Order Second Navy Landing Ship
South Korea's defense procurement agency has signed a contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries to acquire a new next-generation landing ship LST-II, reports Yonhap New Agency.
No Safe Haven for Weak Chinese Shipyards
China will continue to lag behind its foreign competitors as prolonged excess shipbuilding capacity continues to negatively impact industry profits and drive smaller shipyards out of business: a situation unlikely to improve in 2014, says Xinhua. As the world's largest low-end ship-producing country, China has 1,600 enterprises related to ship construction, half of which are large shipyards. Citing Zhang Guangqin…
Costa Concordia Wreck Removal: Local Citizens Progress Update
A meeting of Giglio residents heard that the Condordia is stable: after the minor movements registered in the 15 days following the parbuckling operation the wreck has settled on the platform and seabed. Since then, the monitoring systems active 24/7 have not indicated any significant movement. Present at the meeting with Giglio residents were Maria Sargentini, Chairman of the Observatory, Sergio Ortelli…
Philippine Coast Guard Hold Back Overloaded Aleson Ferries
Three passenger/cargo vessels owned by Aleson Shipping Lines, Inc. were held on separate days by the Philippine Coast Guard in South-Western Mindanao on account of being overloaded by un-manifested passengers. A pre-departure inspection conducted by the personnel of Coast Guard Sub-Station Basilan revealed that MV Stephanie Marie was overloaded with 272 unmanifested passengers. The ship was held by the Coast Guard and the officer-in-charge of the Regional Port Authority until its master, Capt.
ClassNK Receives Authorized for Finnish Flag Surveys
Classification society ClassNK has earned authorization from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency to carry out surveys for Finnish flagged vessels. The agreement…
ClassNK Amends Steel Ships Class Rules
Classification society ClassNK announced that it had released an updated edition of the Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel Ships. ClassNK continuously reviews…
Keppel FELS Delivers 21st Rig of 2013
Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS) has delivered ARABDRILL 60, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Arabian Drilling Company (ADC) five days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record.
Rescue for Ice-Beset Vessel Underway
First vessel approaching vessel beset in Antarctic ice The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is continuing the coordination of a search and rescue for…
LPG Tanker for the Mekong River
The Saigon Shipbuilding & Marine Industries One Member Co, Ltd. (Saigon Shipmarin) is completing construction of an 60- x 11-meter LPG carrier. With capacity for 1,400 cubic meters in two tanks the vessel’s hull has a four-meter molded depth and a 2.6-meter draft. Designed by a related company to Saigon Shipmarin, the vessel, to be named FACO, is owned by the F.A. Joint Stock Company. Being built to the Vietnam Register Rules and National Inland Regulations…
Today in U.S. Naval History: December 27
Today in U.S. 1777 - Floating mines intended for use against British Fleet found in Delaware River. 1814 - Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore…
Ireland Publishes New Ship Registration Bill
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD has announced the publication of the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013. The Bill is…
Tanker Strikes Coral Reef
Multiple sources reported that a 500gt tanker MT Awang Bazao grounded in Bintan Sea, Riau Islands. The Mongolian-flagged vessel struck coral reef in the Malang Berdaun area…