Lampedusa Shipwreck Victims Abused: Police Detain 5
Italian police have detained five people in an operation in Agrigento, Catania, Milano, Rome and Turin in a probe into the October 3, 2013 migrant boat disaster off Lampedusa that killed 366 people. Another four arrest warrants were issued but the persons were declared fugitives: two in Africa, one in Sweden and the fourth in Rome, reports ANSA. Migrants aboard the boat underwent continuous physical violence and reiterated torture as well as repeated rape…
'Ford' Anchor Aweigh at Newport News Shipbuilding
Huntington Ingalls Industries' reports that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has successfully completed anchor testing on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), bringing the ship closer to its 2016 delivery to the U.S. Navy. Ford's new anchor system features a lighter anchor and chain, weighing in at half the weight of the previous Nimitz-class carriers' anchor systems. Newport News shipbuilders…
Tugboat Sunk Near St. Louis Riverfront, River Closure
The Coast Guard informs it is responding with St. Louis Fire Department to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Mississippi River near the St. Louis Riverfront. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a report that the towing vessel Jim Marko owned by Osage Marine sank near the Stan Musial Memorial Bridge, with about 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The Mississippi River is closed between lock and dam 27 and the Eads Bridge.
M/V Cape Ray: Last Stop for Syrian Chemical Weapons
As I write, the M/V Cape Ray, a 648-foot roll-on/roll-off Ready Reserve Force ship is steaming under orders towards Gioia Tauro, Italy, to load hundreds of tons of Syrian Government chemical weapon agents and precursor chemicals, before neutralizing them at sea. With innovative safe-destruction technology welded to its decks, the Cape Ray is the United States’ key contribution to the joint Organization…
Petrobras O&G Output Rises 2% in May
Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras said on Tuesday it produced an average of 2.61 million barrels per day (boepd) of oil and equivalent natural gas in May domestically and abroad, up 2 percent from the previous month. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the firm is formally known, said production in Brazil reached an average of 2.39 million barrels per day (boepd) of oil and equivalent natural gas, up 2.2 percent from the previous month.
Collision Halts Navigation on the Parana
Upriver navigation in the Parana River was interrupted yesterday, June 30, following a collision between two vessels, GAC Reported in its daily Hot Port News report.
NOAA Reports 2011 Ocean, Great Lakes Economy Data
NOAA’s newest output includes a feature on economics. The National Ocean Watch site features facts, charts, story maps and videos. It turns out that our maritime economy – commercial, recreational and everything in between – really matters. In 2011, the U.S. Ocean and Great Lakes economy produced $282 billion in goods and services and employed 2.2 percent of the nation’s workers—that’s more than twice the percentage of workers in the U.S. agriculture industry.
New Mississippi Riverboat Launched
American Cruise Lines announced today that it launched the new paddlewheeler being built for the Mississippi River at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. Immediately after being launched Sunday into the Wicomico River, tugboats nudged the new riverboat into Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where the upper decks and outfitting will be completed. “This is a significant milestone in the construction process and also for American Cruise Lines…
Marine News July Editor's Note
I couldn’t possibly kick off this edition of MarineNews without first acknowledging – and applauding – the passage of the long-awaited, much needed Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Signed into law by the President on June 10th, the bill gives the domestic waterfront a much improved vehicle from which it can get onto the important business of rehabilitating the nation’s waterways and infrastructure.
Zeebrugge Orders Seagoing LNG Bunkering Vessel
On May 13, 2014 Mitsubishi Corporation, GDF SUEZ and NYK signed a framework agreement aiming to develop the LNG bunkering market worldwide, in the context of international regulations that seek to reduce the impact of shipping activities on the global environment. This partnership now resulted in two concrete contracts: a joint order of an LNG bunkering vessel, the world’s first LNG bunkering vessel with the aim of providing LNG to LNG-fueled vessels…
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.
Today in U.S. Naval History: July 1
Today in U.S. 1800 - First convoy duty; USS Essex escorts convoy of merchant ships from East Indies to U.S. 1801 - U.S. 1911 - Trial of first Navy aircraft, Curtiss A-1. The designer, Glenn Curtiss, makes first flight in Navy's first aircraft, A-1, at Lake Keuka, NY, then prepares LT Theodore G. Ellyson, the first naval aviator, for his two solo flights in A-1. 1916 - Establishment of informal school for officers assigned to submarines at New London, Conn.
Brazil Soy Exports Fall, Sugar Rises
Brazil's exports of coffee, iron ore and soybeans eased in June while shipments of raw sugar picked up last month, monthly data from the trade ministry showed on Tuesday.
US Tankers Built on Spec Face Choppy Waters
U.S. shipbuilders are making a $500 million bet on robust domestic demand for crude oil from newly-tapped shale fields by building new tankers without having lined up customers to lease them. Philly Tankers AS, majority-owned by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is building four ships on spec, and Seabulk Tankers Inc, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc, is building another two. The 330…
Greece Promises Tax Cut to Attract O&G Majors
Greece is planning to cut tax rates for oil and gas companies as it wants to attract them to help exploit its untapped offshore hydrocarbon resources, its energy minister said on Tuesday. Under the plan, oil and gas explorers will pay 25 percent tax, down from 40 percent currently, and 5 percent of the tax will go to local communities. "We have done this in order to incentivize our investors to invest in the future of Greece…
Update: 8 VLCCs Disembark at Euronav
This past January 5, 2014, Euronav NV announced the acquirement of 15 Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) from Maersk Tankers Singapore Pte Ltd. Today, Euronav has affirmed that eight of these VLCCs have been delivered. Deliveries of the 7 remaining VLCCs from the Maersk fleet are scheduled to take place this July, with the exception of one vessel, Maersk Sandra, which is planned to be delivered no later than March 30, 2015.
Port Manatee Reports Dynamic Trade Boost
Port Manatee reported a dynamic increase in trade activity, and said exports are poised to get a further boost when Air Products begins exporting liquefied natural gas heat exchangers from the port next year. Figures recently released by WorldCity Trade Numbers show the value of Port Manatee’s trade with the world totaled $257.57 million through the first four months of 2014 – up 17.15 percent over the comparable period in 2013.
Trimble Opens Registration for Dimensions Conference
Trimble announced today that registration has officially opened for its International User Conference—Trimble Dimensions—being held November 3-5, 2014 at the Mirage…
ISOA Award Recognizes SCI’s Offshore Outreach
The International Support Vessel Owners Association (ISOA) has made an award to support maritime industry workers served by the Seamen’s Church Institute. The International…
Habben Jansen Takes over as Hapag-Lloyd CEO
Hapag-Lloyd announced changes in its Executive Board resulting from departure of Michael Behrendt and Ulrich Kranich; Anthony J. Rolf Habben Jansen, who has been a member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG's Executive Board since April 1, has assumed the position of CEO effective July 1. He succeeds Michael Behrendt, who left the Hapag-Lloyd AG's Executive Board as scheduled on June 30, as did COO Ulrich Kranich. The new COO is Anthony J.