Mustang Marine Launches Recruitment Drive
Mustang Marine, which is under a new ownership and management structure after being bought out of administration in May 2014 by a group of nine investors, has completed a broad range of orders in what was a successful second half of 2014, the company reports. Now, the Pembroke Dock-based firm says it is actively recruiting skilled workers and apprentices to meet a busy work schedule going into the New Year.
DOF Subsea Awarded IRM Contract
DOF Subsea announced today it has been awarded a Letter of Award (LOA) with an unnamed major international oil company in the Asia Pacific region. According to DOF Subsea, the LOA is for a seven-year IRM contract (plus three-year option), and the vessel Skandi Hawk is planned to be utilized under the contract. The work scope includes project management and engineering, ROV and diving services. As part of a contract award…
Clipper Establishes New Supramax Pool
Clipper has established the Clipper Sapphire Pool, a new commercial pool for modern Supramax grab fitted bulk carriers between 52,000 and 58,000 deadweight. The new pool will commence operation immediately, with 16 vessels initially committed to join in early 2015, of which Genco Shipping & Trading Limited (Genco) has committed 50% of the ships and Clipper the balance. Clipper currently operates a fleet of approximately 100 modern dry-bulk vessels.
Recent Vessel Sales: December 2014
Vessel sales for December 2014 (as of January 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.
Alphatron Marine to Continue Astron Activity
Alphatron Marine Belgium BVBA said it will continue with the responsibilities of Astron NV, stating that Astron NV will cease all sales and service activities of…
Jaguar Land Rover Awaits News of Cars Aboard Beached Ship
Jaguar Land Rover said on Tuesday it was awaiting word on the fate of 1,200 luxury vehicles aboard a 51,000-tonne car transporter ship that has run aground in the English Channel. Salvage experts are working around the clock to right the Hoegh Osaka, which has been stuck on a sandbank off the south coast of England since Saturday. Range Rovers and other Jaguar Land Rover models accounting for most of the 1…
AAPA, Nagle Weigh in on West Coast Labor Spat
AAPA Encouraged That PMA, ILWU Have Requested Federal Mediation In Contract Talks. Today, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and collective voice of public seaports in the Americas – voiced its support that both the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing West Coast dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), whose principal business is to negotiate and administer maritime labor agreements with the ILWU…
121 Cuban Migrants Repatriated in Past Week
U.S. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) repatriated 121 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Monday interdicted in seven separate events in the past week. All seven interdictions included unseaworthy, homemade vessels that posed significant risk to the migrants attempting to make the perilous journey. The USCG has increased patrols in the Florida Straits in response to the surge of illegal migration…
CargoFlexX Bags US Order for 6 Bulk Handling Systems
Netherlands-based cargo handling innovator CargoFlexX BV has secured a contract to deliver six dry bulk handling systems to the Gulf of Mexico. The dry bulk handling…
Fisherman's Protest in Brazil Stalls Container Port
A protest by fishermen at the container shipping port of Itajai in southern Brazil has prevented several ships from entering or leaving, the local port authority said on Tuesday. Fishermen started protesting government measures to stop fishing of endangered species on Monday, saying many of the species have commercially viable populations. Itajai does not ship bulk grains but it is an important commercial center for frozen meat. Brazil is the world's No. 1 beef exporter.
ABS Extends Design Approval for KC-1 LNG CCS
ABS has granted extended general design approval for the KC-1 LNG cargo containment system (CCS). The new membrane type will be installed on newbuild LNG carriers…
Paxton Joins Adams and Reese
Adams and Reese Adds Four to Bolster Federal Governmental Relations Practice. Adams and Reese is proud to announce the addition of Partner Matt Paxton and Governmental Affairs Advisors Joe Carnevale, Ian Bennitt and Ashley Godwin, who join our firm in our Washington DC Office from the law firm of Ball Janik LLP. “We are very excited about adding Matt, Joe, Ian and Ashley, to our Firm and our Federal Governmental Relations practice,” said B.
Bad Weather Closes 3 Major Mexican Oil Ports
Three of Mexico's major oil export ports along the Gulf coast have been closed due to bad weather, the Communications and Transport Ministry said on Tuesday. Cayo Arcas, Dos Bocas and Coatzacoalcos have been closed since Sunday. Nearly all of Mexico's crude exports from Pemex, the state-owned oil producer, are shipped from the three ports to Gulf coast refineries in the U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana. (Reporting by Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
Great Lakes Freeze Cost Economy $705m, 3,800 Jobs
The seemingly glacial ice that brought shipping on the Great Lakes to a virtual standstill last winter cost the economy more than $700 million and nearly 4,000 jobs, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported, promting the group to to call for construction of a second heavy icebreaker to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard’s MACKINAW to keep the shipping lanes open in the harshest of conditions. According to LCA…
Port of Long Beach CEO Endorses Mediation Move
Federal mediators announced last night that they will assist in West Coast port contract talks, following a joint request from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the private terminal operators, the Pacific Maritime Association. Jon Slangerup, Port of Long Beach Chief Executive, addressed the announcement by issuing the following statement: “We congratulate the ILWU and PMA for both agreeing to mediation.
McDermott Yard in Mexico Now a Free Trade Zone
The Central Administration of Customs in Mexico has authorized McDermott International, Inc. to operate its Altamira fabrication facility near Tampico, Mexico as a free trade zone. Located on the Gulf of Mexico coast and serving both PEMEX domestic requirements and export work for international clients, Altamira is now the first fabrication facility licensed to operate as a free trade zone in Mexico.
MLS: eLearning Re-thought
Marine Learning Systems, an eLearning software and services provider, delivers interactive, customized maritime training with a key focus on safety and performance improvement. Company founder and CEO Murray Goldberg explains. “Creating technologies that improve training outcomes” is Murray Goldberg’s professional passion. A relatively new tool in education, eLearning has gained acceptance as an effective means for knowledge acquisition in many educational and industrial fields.
Symphony Orders DP2 Offshore Ships from Ferus Smit
Ferus Smit has received an order from Symphony Shipping to build and deliver two DP2 offshore dedicated versions, with two options, of the new ECOBOX design. The two ships are in addition to the six ECOBOX-MPVs presently being built by Ferus Smit for the same client. The new design is based on the existing ECOBOX concept and, thanks to a DP2 dynamic positioning notation, can also be used as a large capacity and long range offshore supply vessel.
MAN Diesel & Turbo: Power Play
MAN Diesel & Turbo has developed a lead in the supply of modern engines with dual fuel capability. Here we speak with the company’s Ole Grøne, SVP, Low-Speed Promotion and Sales, for his insights on the company’s future trajectory. Simply put, MAN Diesel & Turbo is all about power with one of the world’s premiere line-up of product, services and systems. The company invests regularly and mightily in R&D to ensure that it is on the leading edge of power solutions.
TOTE Inks LNG Supply Deal
Partnership represents the start of LNG adoption as a marine fuel in the United States. Pivotal LNG, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources Inc., and WesPac Midstream LLC have signed a long-term agreement with TOTE, Inc. to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel the company’s two new state-of-the-art containerships. Pivotal LNG and WesPac are constructing a new natural gas liquefaction facility in Jacksonville, Fla., addressing the growing demand for LNG in the southeast.