US Imports Surge as Ports Contract Remains in Limbo
With West Coast longshoremen still negotiating a new contract, retailers are bringing holiday merchandise into the United States at record levels to protect against potential supply chain disruptions, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates. Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to total 1.5 million containers this month.
Ivory Coast Increases Budget on Higher Cocoa, Gas, Port Revenues
Ivory Coast has increased its 2014 budget by nearly 4 percent on expectations of higher earnings from cocoa, natural gas and the country's ports, a government spokesman announced on Wednesday.
Lakes Iron Ore Trade Down 17% at Midyear
The Lake Carriers' Association reported that iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes total 19.2 million tons through the end of June, a 17 percent decrease from a year ago and the trade’s long-term average. Higher water levels have not been able to offset the interminable delays suffered during the winter of 2013/2014. Shipments from U.S. ports through the second quarter stand at 16.8 million tons, a decrease of nearly 19 percent compared to a year ago.
Carnival Extends Deal with Port of New Orleans
The Port of New Orleans and Carnival Cruise Lines signed a new agreement that will keep the world’s largest cruise line sailing at least two ships year-round from New Orleans through 2019. The new agreement supersedes a 2013 three-year extension and offers three one-year options that could guarantee Carnival homeports at least two ships of equal or greater size than the Dream Class and Fantasy Class ships sailing from the Port today through 2022. The new agreement began July 1, 2014.
Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon
Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry, with a circulation of more than 35,000 worldwide, including ship and boat owners, ship and boat builders, naval architects and marine engineers. Today Maritime Reporter heads a group of four print and 10 websites serving the global maritime, offshore and subsea sector.
CWind Wins Health and Safety Award
CWind Ltd, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, is once again among the winners at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2014. The Gold award in the prestigious annual scheme run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) was presented during a ceremony at the ExCeL London, on June 17, 2014. Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organizations of all types and sizes from across the U.K.
Palfinger Secures Follow-up Order from Sentinel
Palfinger Boats, Palfinger Ned-Deck and their partner Outreach Ltd. have secured a follow-up order from Sentinel Marine Ltd. The delivery of Sentinel Marine Ltd's fast rescue and aluminum daughter crafts order for four emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRVs), led to the company's announced letter of intent (LOI) for Outreach to be involved in the sale of an additional four ERRV ship sets. Both…
French Govt to End Corsica Ferry Blockades
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Wednesday he would take steps "within hours" to end blockades of ports in Marseille and Corsica by workers of the SNCM ferry operator…
Chilean Port Workers Strike
Port workers in Chile have been on strike since the afternoon of Tuesday, July 8 in respect of a dispute over a new law which affects workers' lunch and rest breaks, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advises. The strike, organized by the Union Portuaria, is affecting a number of ports and disrupted operations are primarily impacting container and dry cargos. The strike will be indefinite until ongoing negotiations between the Union and the Chilean Government can be resolved.
Vic-Press Receives Five New Type Approvals
Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has received type approvals from American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register for Vic-Press, a flame-free press system for joining small-diameter stainless steel pipe. With these new approvals, more shipbuilders will be able to take advantage of Vic-Press as a means of joining stainless steel pipe in new-vessel construction, retrofit and repair operations.
Concordia Refloating Slated for July 14
The Costa Concordia’s salvage team has confirmed that the ship refloating operation is set to proceed starting on Monday, July 14. As was the case for the parbuckling project, the operation’s commencement is subject to authorization from the observatory and also weather forecasts over the next few days. Therefore, final confirmation of the start of the refloating operation will not be announced until the day before the refloating will begin.
New GTT Training Center Awards First Certificates
Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced that its new training center awarded certificates to the first group of delegates to complete a LNG Cargo Operations (SIGTTO management Level) training course. The delegates who participated received training in the cargo operations typically conducted onboard LNG carries in a course which is approved by DNV GL as complying with the SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators), suggested competence standard.
EBDG-designed Passenger Vessel Launched
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, today announced that the passenger vessel Hornblower Guardian, built to its design, is now in service. EBDG partnered with Hornblower Cruises and Events of San Francisco to engineer the multipurpose vessel for that company's Niagara Falls operation. The new 68-foot long monohull vessel carries up to 150 passengers and has a unique…
Pemex Signs Agreement with the British Council
Pemex signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Council to promote the training of their workers. The agreement was signed by the director general of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin; Britain's ambassador in Mexico, Duncan Taylor, and the director of the British Council, Lena Milosevic. Thus, they jointly promote seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as the development of academic graduate programs in scientific and technological fields…
G E Shipping Takes Delivery of a VLGC
The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a 1994-built Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) “Jag Vishnu” [49,300 dwt (73,800 cbm)] on 8th July 2014. Last week G E Shipping had signed a contract to sell a VLGC, “Jag Vidhi” which is a 1990 built vessel of about 49,701 dwt and is due to be delivered to the buyers in the second half of 2014-15. With the induction of “Jag Vishnu”…
Doctorate for Jacques Saadé, Founder, Chairman & CEO of CMA CGM
The Lebanese American University has awarded an honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters to Jacques R. Saadé, in recognition of his achievements as a great business leader. The conferment of the Honor took place during the commencement ceremony at the LAU Campus on Tuesday July 8th in front of 1500 people, including 500 students and members of the Government. In his acceptance speech, Jacques Saadé talked about his beginnings in the world of shipping.
Allegra Cangelosi Retires as President, NEMWI
The Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) is advertising the position of President and seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates to replace Allegra Cangelosi in that role. Ms. Cangelosi announced her interest in returning to project management and research work as the activities within the Great Ships Initiative pick up speed, and the NEMWI reaches solid financial footing with a robust staff and Board of Directors. Ms.
Inchcape Shipping Services – Mission Accomplished
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) to support the Sailors’ Society again by entering two teams in the “3 Peaks Challenge 2014”. Both teams were made up of willing volunteers from around ISS’ global network, and included representatives from Dubai, Singapore, London and Namibia. Months of planning and training culminated in both teams successfully accomplishing their objective, to climb the three highest peaks of Great Britain - Ben Nevis in Scotland…
Maritime Piracy Infesting SE Asia Waters: Dryad Maritime
Dryad Maritime informs it is warning of an increasing threat from Southeast Asia piracy following the release of their Q2 figures which show that the area continues to experience the highest number of maritime crime incidents in 2014 when compared to other traditional piracy hot spots. The warning comes in the wake of the most recent hijack of a tanker, (MT Moresby 9), off the Anambas Islands on 4th July…
Keeping in Touch: Globalstar Launch Sat-Fi SatCom Service
Globalstar says that its newest voice and data solution, Sat- Fi, is now available to provide seamless wireless connectivity via satellite. Customers can use their current Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops to send and receive communications when traveling beyond cellular. Customers are able to access data and voice more efficiently, saving both time and money. Through a convenient smartphone…