Historic Tug Raised by Global Diving & Salvage
Built in 1945, the 141-foot steam powered tugboat was utilized by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroads. Originally named the Edward J Engel, it moved railroad car barges from Oakland to San Francisco until 1969. After which she passed through several hands and eventually her name was changed to TV ‘Respect’. She remained a steam powered vessel till 2007, when she sank at her moorings in the Oakland Estuary.
USCG: M/V Orsula successfully refloated, no pollution or injuries
The Coast Guard oversaw the successful refloating of the motor vessel Orsula, which was completed Sunday. The Orsula, a 656-foot Marshall Islands flagged ship, ran aground in the vicinity of Tibbets Point in the St. Lawrence Seaway, Christmas Day. At about 5:50 p.m., response personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Massena, N.Y., reported the successful refloating of the vessel to prevention branch personnel at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y.
Baltic Trading Acquires Two Capesize Vessels
Takes Delivery of the Baltic Lion; Vessel to Commence Spot Market-Related Time Charter. Baltic Trading Limited announced today that it has taken delivery of the Baltic Lion…
Panama Canal Commemorates 14 Years Under Panamanian Administration
On the countdown to its centennial in 2014, the Panama Canal celebrates 14 years under Panamanian administration, characterized by its enhanced service to world maritime trade. "The Panama Canal has strengthened its role in international trade, while contributing to the country’s development,” said Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano. The Panamanian management model has enabled the efficient and safe operation of the Canal, allowing it to offer a world-class service.
Shell Increases Interest in Offshore Brazil BC-10
Shell today has announced that it has completed the acquisition of an additional 23% interest in the Parque das Conchas (BC-10) project offshore Brazil for US $1 billion.
Weather Conditions Impact Antarctica Rescue
Adverse weather conditions have resulted in the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) vessel Aurora Australis moving back into open water this afternoon. The area…
Coast Guard Asks Mariners to Maintain Safe Distance from Marine Mammals
With more than 10,000 humpback whales migrating to the Hawaiian Islands this year, crews from the Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and…
ESG Launches M/V Bravante VII
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has christened and launched the M/V BRAVANTE VII for Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE GROUP of Brazil. This is the third vessel launched in a series of five. The event was held on December 20, 2013 at Eastern’s Nelson Street Facility with hundreds of Eastern’s Employees and Guests. Attending from Bravante were Nuno Neves, William Grutter, Pedro Correa and Cristiana Marsillac…
Cyclone Approach Sends NW Australia Iron Ore Carriers to Sea
A tropical cyclone intensifying off northwestern Australia was on course to sweep across some of the world's largest iron ore mines after causing giant shipping ports to close. Vale declared 'force majeur' and iron ore prices rose world-wide, reports Reuters. Shipments of millions of tonnes of iron ore were suspended from the west Australian ports of Port Hedland, Dampier and Cape Lambert ahead of Cyclone Christine, a category three tropical storm, making landfall.
China Ocean Orders Four VLCC's
COSCO Group has ordered 4 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) from China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). The ceremony was attended by Chairman Ma Zehua, President Li Yunpeng, Chief Financial Officer Sun Yueying, and Executive Vice President Ye Weilong of COSCO Group, as well as President Li Changyin, Executive Vice President Dong Qiang and Executive Vice President Sun Bo from CSIC. COSCO inform…
Drydocks World Looks to Foresight Offshore Rig Orders
Principals were in discussions hosted by His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World about the Middle East shipbuilder taking on a number of orders to build 'Le Tourneau Super 116E' drilling rigs for Foresight Limited, as well as other mutual opportunities. Offshore drilling and tankers and multipurpose ships form part of the fleet owned by Foresight Limited and managed from Cyprus.
Zayed Port Operation New Year Changeover Planned
The concession for the management and operations at Zayed Port will be returned from Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) to the port authority, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) on 31, December 2013. The port informs that the concession is being returned to ADPC in line with the original planning for port capacity for the emirate of Abu Dhab which was outlined when ADPC was established. They explain that ADT and…
Latest on Ice-bound Antarctic Passenger Ship
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) vessel 'Aurora Australis' is continuing to make its way to the Russian vessel beset by ice approximately 1500 nautical miles south of Hobart, reports the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA). The Aurora Australis, which was tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) to assist the MV Akademic Shokalskiy, is currently located about 11 nautical miles from the Russian vessel in the ice field.
Four Taken Off Troubled 'Issues with Hull' MSC Ship
The joint rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax says four people have been taken off a container ship about 60 kilometres south of Portugal Cove South, N.L. CTV News reports, citing Canadian Coast Guard spokesman Maj. Martel Thompson, who also informed that the container ship 'MSC Monterey' was having issues with its hull. Two Cormorant helicopters from Gander, N.L., are on the scene of the threatened container ship off eastern Newfoundland.
Qatar Shipyard, Nakilat, JV's Get US$160-million Funding
Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) QSC has provided financing for the two Nakilat shipyard joint ventures: Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) and Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) for US $120m and US $40m respectively. Nakilat is a Qatari marine transport company providing the essential transportation link in the State of Qatar’s LNG supply chain. The company says its LNG shipping fleet is the largest in the world, comprising 56 LNG vessels.
Car Carrier on Sea Trials Collides with Tankship, Fire Ensues
The 55,000 gt car carrier 'Gravity Highway', which was under construction in Hyundai Mipo Shipyard, collided with chemical tanker 'Maritime Maisie' while on sea trials some 9 nautical miles off Busan, reports Yonhap News Agency. The impact caused a fire on the tanker, which was in danger of sinking, and some of the 27 crew members sustained light burns or abrasions, but none serious, officials informed Yonhap.
Chart to Provide LNG System for Hamburg Emissions Project
Chart Industries, Inc., an independent global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of hydrocarbon and industrial gases…
North Sea Ferry Blaze: 7 Airlifted to Hospital
Six crew members and a passenger have been airlifted to hospital after a fire on board the DFDS ferry 'MS King Seaways', while en route from North Shields to Amsterdam, approximately 30 miles off Flamborough Head on the north east coast of England. The UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency inform that the Humber Coastguard was contacted by the MS King Seaways, which had 946 passengers and 127 crew on board.
Damaged Bulker Faces St Lawrence Seaway Closure Deadline
The loaded grain carrying bulk ship 'Orsula', a 656-foot Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, has been refloated after running aground near Tibbetts Point in the St. Lawrence Seaway, on Boxing Day, but the US Coast Guard report significant damage to her propellor. The 'Orsula' sailed from Duluth, Minn., with 20,000 tons of wheat, and was planning to exit the St. Lawrence Seaway before it closes for the winter on Monday, 30, December 2013.
Laker Assisted to Repair Yard After Tow, Ice-breaking
The Great Lakes Towing Company and McKeil Marine recently performed a joint assist on the 'CSL Assinboine', a 739-foot laker in Canadian Steamship Company’s fleet. The Great Lakes Towing Company tug North Carolina departed Duluth and met McKeil Marine’s tug Leonard M with the CSL Assiniboine in tow. The North Carolina assisted the laker on the stern while the Leonard M towed the vessel on the bow.