Making Stop Work Authority Work
It is one thing to have a policy posted. It is another to review and explain such a policy to a new crew during their orientation or when they first sign on a vessel.
US Response Model for Salvage and Firefighting
As the dust settles on the 2014 implementation of the non-tank vessel response plan (VRP) regulations, the effective result is that all tank and non-tank vessels…
Zero Emission Vessels – The Tide is Turning
Battery based energy storage systems for marine applications are finally moving, cleanly along the global waterfront at full speed. The UN Report on climate change on November 2, 2014, stated that the unregulated use of carbon based fuels must cease by the end of the century. While people can debate the causes of global climate change, this type of strong statement is increasingly familiar. The shipping industry is one of the largest consumers of carbon-based fuel…
Nicaragua Canal Developer HKND plans IPO
The Hong Kong-based company with a concession to build a $50 billion shipping canal in Nicaragua said on Tuesday it is preparing to launch an initial public offering.
IMO: New ECA Sulfur Limits FAQ
Ships trading in designated emission control areas will have to use onboard fuel oil with a sulfur content of no more than 0.10% from January 1, 2015, against the limit of 1.00% in effect up until December 31, 2014. To help provide further clarification on the new regulations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published a frequently asked question (FAQ) list, available here: http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/HotTopics/GHG/Documents/sulfur%20limits%20FAQ.pdf.
EPA, USCG Extend Agreement with Royal Caribbean
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) authorized formal exemptions by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines that allow for the enlargement of the cruise line’s research program to develop and install exhaust gas scrubber systems on its cruise ships. Under the exemption, as articulated in MARPOL, Royal Caribbean will expand the program from six to 19 ships. This emission control technology will be used in waters surrounding U.S.
Great Lakes Water Levels Surge
Scientists at the Army Corps of Engineers, Environment Canada and NOAA documented a record-setting surge in water levels on Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron that began in January 2013, and has continued through November 2014. The United States and Canadian federal agencies expect water levels to stay near or above average on all of the Great Lakes over the next six months. At no other point in recorded…
ThyssenKrupp Sells Emden Shipyard
ThyssenKrupp and Seafort Advisors GmbH have entered into an agreement on the sale of the Emder Werft und Dockbetriebe shipyard in Emden. ThyssenKrupp began looking…
Long Beach to Open Empty Container Depot
Empty container depot set to open Dec. The Temporary Empty Container Depot on Pier S at the Port of Long Beach is scheduled to open Dec. 29. The depot was approved by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in November to free up truck-trailer chassis and ease congestion on the docks at the second busiest seaport in North America. The 30-acre site will be operated by Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, a private company selected by the Port.
Oil Spill Response: USCG, CCG & Foss Team
Canadian, U.S. Coast Guards and Foss Maritime coordinate a textbook response operation. Robust response trumps the need for later salvage. In the early hours of Friday, October 17, the crew of the Russian cargo ship Simushir attempted to repair a broken oil heater. On its way to Pevek in the Russian Far East, the vessel suddenly lost propulsion and began drifting toward the nearest land, which in this case was the archipeligo Haida Gwaii.
EU NAVFOR Flagship Visits Madagsacar
The EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Flagship, ITS Andrea Doria, paid a port visit to Madagascar from December 15-19, berthing for the first time in the bay of Antsiranana. On Monday, December 15, Rear Admiral Guido Rando and the Commanding Officer of ITS Andrea Doria, Captain Angelo Virdis were welcomed by the Chief of the Madagascan Armed Forces and other senior officials, who expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the success of the EU Naval Force’s counter-piracy mission…
Great Ships of 2014 Named
- CSCL Globe, the world’s largest containership at 1312 ft. long, 187,541 gross tons and able to carry 19,000 TEU. - Pieter Schelte, the biggest ship ever which cost about $3.1 billion and measures 1253 ft. long by 407 ft. wide and built by Daewoo Shipbuilding in Korea for the decommissioning of offshore rigs. - Harvey Energy, an LNG-fuelled Offshore Service Vessel pioneer built in the United States.
Dredging Underway at Hong Kong Typhoon Shelter
Dredging operations will be performed at New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter with immediate effect and for a period of approximately six months, according to the Government…
BW Offshore Lands FPSO Contract Extension
BW Offshore has received a one year contract extension for the lease and operation of the FPSO Umuroa operating on the Umuroa field offshore New Zealand for AWE.
G E Shipping Takes Tanker Delivery
The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) took delivery of a 2004-built Medium Range Product Tanker, Jag Pranam, of about 48,700 dwt. The company had…
Long Beach Advances Congestion Relief Measures
Taking aim at the bottleneck that has slowed cargo movement through the port recently, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday approved measures to relieve congestion including a petition of the Federal Maritime Commission for permission to work in concert with the neighboring Port of Los Angeles. The Harbor Commission authorized the release of a Request for Proposals for the creation of a “peak chassis pool…
Ezion Holdings to Acquire Teras Conquest
The Board of Directors of Ezion Holdings Limited (the “Company”) wishes to announce that the Company had acquired 92,000 ordinary shares of S$1.00 each representing 92% equity interest in Teras Conquest 7 Pte. Ltd. a company incorporated in Singapore (the “Subsidiary”), at share consideration of US$97,194 and assumption of shareholder loan of US$10,129,447. Total consideration of US$10,226,641 is settled…
Yamal, the Future of Russian Gas Industry
Yamal is seen as the future of the Russian gas industry Development of an unparalleled gas production center is well underway in Yamal, in harsh Arctic latitudes. The annual design capacity at Bovanenkovo has already amounted to 90 billion cubic meters of gas. It is commensurate with the volume supplied by Gazprom to Germany, Turkey and Italy last year, and this is not the full productivity yet.
USCG Urge Precaution During Impending Storms
The Coast Guard is urging mariners and the coastal community to take precautions in preparation of two storms expected to impact the Northeast Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory in anticipation of storm surges and locally heavy rainfall. The pair of storms are expected to bring elevated sea-state and wind gusts up to 30 knots. Because of higher-than-normal tides…
General Dynamics Contibute $0.5 mi to CIMVHR
General Dynamics Canada is proud to announce a contribution of half a million dollars over three years to support the work of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR). The contribution will fuel research into understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of operational stress injuries (OSIs) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) thereby enhancing the lives of Canadian military personnel, Veterans, their families and their communities.