Fairmount Delivers Cargo Barge to Allseas
Large cargo barge Iron Lady 1 has been delivered to Allseas in Rotterdam by oceangoing tug Fairmount Alpine. Barge Iron Lady 1, which measures 200 meters long and 58 meters wide, was delivered after a voyage of 14,800 nautical miles at an average speed of 6.5 knots. Fairmount Alpine departed from Shanghai mid-August with Iron Lady 1 on tow and sailed via Cape of Good Hope to Rotterdam. During the voyage, bunkers were taken at Singapore, Mauritius and along the African coast.
Salvors Adjusting Hoegh Osaka’s Ballast System
Hoegh Osaka was held secure by tugs as winds in the Solent reached 60 knots last night, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. MCA said salvors are working to adjust the ballast system aboard the car carrier vessel and hope to begin pumping water from the car decks within the next 24 hours. Salvors hope good weather over the next few days will allow for a reduction of the vessel’s list. If weather permits, divers will perform a hull inspection today.
Canada Picks Irving to Build Arctic Patrol Ships
Canada has picked Nova Scotia's Irving Shipbuilding Inc to build at least five Arctic patrol ships for the country's navy for C$2.3 billion ($1.9 billion) and has increased the overall program's budget, government officials said on Friday. The total budget for building the ships, part of the government's efforts to exert Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic, has increased by C$400 million to C$3.5 billion…
US Revises Cuba Sanctions Regulations
The U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has publish revised…
Joint Effort Targets Green Coastal Shipping
Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland and State Secretary for Climate and Environment Lars Andreas Lunde signed a declaration of cooperation with key players in the Norwegian coastal shipping industry today. This declaration aims to ensure that Norway has the world's most environmentally friendly fleet of coastal vessels. In the future, LNG and battery power are projected to comprise a considerable share of the fuel used by the global fleet.
EPA Publishes ECA Penalty Policy
EPA has released a penalty policy for ECA violations. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a penalty policy for violations of the sulfur in fuel standard and related provisions for ships. The policy, which pursues violations of U.S. and international air pollution requirements by ships operating in the North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emissions Control Areas (ECA)…
Port of Kiel Posts Positive Results for 2014
The Port of Kiel can post positive results for 2014. Both cargo handling and passenger totals continued to rise. The port turned over 6.43 million tons of cargo, 1.6 % more than in the previous year. Stena Line’s Kiel-Gothenburg route recorded the biggest increase in general cargo handling while Color Line’s Kiel-Oslo service posted the strongest growth in passenger transport. During the year a total…
TITAN to Host American Salvage Association Fundraiser
The American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Education Committee Fundraiser will be hosted by TITAN Salvage on Thursday, January 22, at the Houston Maritime Museum. All proceeds from the event will support ASA Education Committee scholarships and science fair prizes. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the greater maritime community to come together for a good cause,” said Lindsay Malen, TITAN’s director of business development and ASA Educational Committee member.
Japan Lends Kenya $270m to Help Expand Mombasa Port
Kenya signed a $270 million loan deal with Japan on Friday to help expand capacity at Mombasa port, a busy facility that is the main trade gateway to east Africa.
Cruise Ship Passenger Medevaced Off Atlantic City
The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 67-year-old woman Thursday from a cruise ship approximately 75 miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey. A medical doctor aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at 7:53 p.m. to report the woman was in need of immediate medical assistance. After consulting with the flight surgeon, the woman was recommended for medical evacuation.
OMSA Opposes McCain Amendment
The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) issued a statement regarding Senator John McCain’s proposal allowing foreign-built vessels to take over marine transportation in the United States, stating the amendment would gut U.S. shipbuilding while outsourcing jobs and security. “Senator McCain has proposed an amendment to eliminate a cornerstone of U.S. maritime policy that dates back to the founding of our nation.
India to Talk Sanctions, LNG Imports During Obama Visit
India will use an upcoming visit by Barack Obama to press the United States to remove Indian oil companies from a list naming firms doing business in Iran, and to seek priority access to U.S.
Sea Star Line Barges to Serve Puerto Rico Trade
Finalizing an agreement to service Puerto Rico trade, Sea Star Line, LLC will lease two barges with combined additional capacity of 800 forty-foot equivalent units (FEUS).
FMC: US Port Congestion a Top Priority
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero announced to staff January 13 that his priority for the Commission in 2015 is addressing congestion issues that are plaguing U.S. ports. Starting in September 2014, FMC Commissioners led public forums concerning port congestion and international supply chain efficiency issues. Cordero noted that this focus is in keeping with the Commission’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.
Obama, Cameron Reject Calls for More Iran Sanctions Now
U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday pushed back against calls for further sanctions on Iran now over its nuclear program…
LA Container Volumes Up 6% in 2014
Container volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 6 percent in 2014 over the previous year, with total volumes reaching 8,340,065 Twenty-Foot-Equivalent Units (TEU). It was the third busiest year in the port’s history, just behind 8.4 million TEUs in 2007 and 8.5 million TEUs in 2006. “The 2014 numbers are an encouraging indication that the national economy continues to improve,” said Port Executive Director Gene Seroka.
North Star Shipping Chooses ZF Thrusters
Three years ago, North Star Shipping installed ZF thrusters in the Grampion Don, the first in a series of new Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs). After three years in service, the craft’s ZF 4011 RT thruster passed without any problems at its first drydock inspection. North Star Shipping, part of the Craig Group, provides 24/7 support to more than 30 offshore installations in one of the world’s most hostile marine environments.
Ingalls Awards STEM Grants to Gulf Coast Schools
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has awarded more than $102,000 in grants for 28 projects at schools and educational organizations in Mississippi and Alabama. The grants, which were requested by the organizations, will be used for projects associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This is the seventh year for Ingalls' STEM program. The company has awarded more than $609,000 for STEM-related projects during that period.
Congress Won't Cool Fight Against Obama on Climate
Data showing the heating of Earth in 2104 to the highest level on record will do little to stop Republicans in the U.S. Congress from fighting President Barack Obama's use of executive powers to slow climate change. Republicans, who won control of the Senate in November's elections, campaigned on dismantling Obama's plans to slow the country's emissions. More broadly, they plan to target Obama's recent…
New Sales Manager in Ulstein Verft
Trond Skodjevåg Bø was appointed new Sales Manager in Ulstein Verft on 14 January 2015. He comes from a position as Project Manager Sales in Ulstein Verft. Trond S.