Court: BP Employees Can't Be Charged Under Seaman's Manslaughter Law
A federal court ruled on Wednesday that BP well site leaders on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig cannot be charged with seaman's manslaughter in the deaths of eleven workers that died during the 2010 rig explosion because they were not seamen. A federal grand jury in Louisiana had indicted Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, the top ranking BP employees on the rig, with 23 counts, including 11 counts of seaman's manslaughter.
NATO, Promostudi Sign Maritime Research Agreement
The Promostudi Foundation and the NATO Centre for Maritime Research & Experimentation (CMRE) today finalized a three-year maritime research and development agreement.
New Pilot/Tugboat for Tianjin Port
Early in 2015, Tianjin Port in the north part of China took delivery of a new ASD 38/60 Class pilot/tugboat, Jin Gang Lun 35, from the builder Shanghai Harbor Fuxing Shipping Service Company, after the delivery of two ASD 35/80 class tugs from the same shipyard in 2013. All three vessels were designed specifically for the Tianjin Port Authority by Robert Allan Ltd., naval architects of Vancouver, Canada.
MIT Launches Consortium to Improve Infrastructure Cybersecurity
The MIT Sloan School of Management launched the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, also known as (IC)3, yesterday. Using an interdisciplinary research approach, (IC)3 focuses on the strategic, managerial, and operational issues related to cybersecurity, and invites businesses to join the consortium. “The cybersecurity of our critical infrastructure is a serious national security challenge," said MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein.
Asia LNG Prices Steady, Buyers Well-stocked
Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices were steady on Friday, as end users remained mostly well-stocked and in no rush to buy, traders said. The price of…
Divers Find 2,000 Priceless Gold Coins
Scuba divers have found the largest cache of gold coins ever discovered in Israel working on wreck site in the ancient harbor of Caesarea on the country's Mediterranean coast, reports the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA). The treasure trove of 2,000 coins weighs more than 20 pounds and dates back more than 1,000 years to the era of Fatimid Caliphate, which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171.
Wärtsilä Wins Jack-up Barges Contract
Two new jack-up barges ordered by the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), based in the United Arab Emirates, will feature fully integrated Wärtsilä power generation and electrical and automation (E&A) solutions. The SEP 650 and SEP 750 vessels are being built at the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC) shipyard in Chang Xing Island, China. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in December 2014.
Austal Delivers Fifth Cape Class Patrol Boat
Austal Limited has delivered Cape Jervis, the fifth of eight 58-meter aluminum monohull Cape Class Patrol Boats for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a $330 million design, build and in-service support contract. In August 2011, Austal was awarded the contract for the design, construction and through-life support of the Cape Class patrol boats, the remaining three of which are at various stages of construction and will be delivered progressively through late 2015.
Maersk Line Names Danet CFO
Pierre Danet, current vice president and regional CFO of Hewlett Packard, Printing and Personal Systems in EMEA, will join Maersk Line on April 7 as chief financial officer (CFO) and be part of the management board of Maersk Line, the company announced today. Maersk Line’s current chief strategy, finance and transformation officer, Jakob Stausholm, will continue in the role of chief strategy and transformation officer.
Turkey Seizes Syrian Refugee Ship
Turkish coastguards found more than 300 refugees, mostly Syrians, when they seized a cargo ship they had opened fired on for failing obey an order to stop off Turkey's western coast…
Houston Ship Channel Reopened – Again
The Houston Ship Channel reopened to all inbound and outbound vessel traffic on Friday after shutting on Thursday afternoon due to heavy fog, according to the Houston Pilots. The largest U.S.
Fisherman Medevaced near Cape Cod
A crewman was medically evacuated from a fishing boat by U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crews 110 miles east of Cape Cod, Friday. Watchstanders at the Coast…
Port of San Diego Plans Terminal Modernization
The Port of San Diego has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the potential effects of a proposed modernization plan for the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (TAMT), located off Harbor Dr. and Cesar Chavez Pkwy. The plan proposes to create three terminals within one existing footprint, and bring additional cargo through the terminal within its current specialties of break-bulk cargo such as military and energy parts…
Mercuria Expanding Maritime Fuel Business
Independent energy and commodities group Mercuria’s global head of trading discussed the expansion of the group's maritime fuel business, Minerva. "We believe we are forging a strong new model in the maritime fuel business. This is a transparent and reliable model that puts the client first to ensure the quality and delivery of their energy needs to their marine vessels," said Magid Shenouda, Mercuria’s global head of trading. "We are investing substantial resources into the bunkering business.
ITIC Warns on Fraudulent Diversion of Funds
International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says fraudulent diversion of funds is on the increase in the maritime sector. Having previously issued a warning about the fraudulent diversion of port expenses, ITIC says it is now seeing evidence of similar frauds being perpetrated across the wider marine industry. In a typical such fraud, the party due to make a payment will receive a bogus message altering the recipient’s bank details.
USCG Aids Fishing Boat Taking on Water
A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew assisted the crew of the fishing vessel Alaskan Pride after they began taking on water in Izhut Bay near Kodiak Island…
Aleutian Islands Gets Shipping Protection Zone
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved protective buffer zones (“Areas to be Avoided”) around Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, approximately 10 years after…
US Navy Sub’s Motor Generator Restored
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) has completed the restoration of the motor generator set for the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) on February 23 – three days ahead of schedule, the U.S. Navy reported. PNSY was already restoring a motor generator set for Rhode Island, a process that typically takes 12 to 18 months, when Trident Refit Facility (TRF) Kings Bay informed the shipyard they wanted to replace the motor generator set during the upcoming availability…
US Treasury Secretary Visits Ellicott Dredges
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, together with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D- Md.), visited Ellicott Dredges March 9 at the company’s Baltimore plant for a discussion about U.S. export policies, the U.S. Government financing entity Eximbank and infrastructure investment programs. Lew met with senior management from Ellicott including, as well with shop floor employees assembling Ellicott dredges. The Secretary…
First RAscal 1800 ASD Tug for Sanmar
The Yenicay 1 is the first of the new RAscal 1800 series of ASD tug designed by Robert Allan Ltd. and delivered by Sanmar to its own fleet in Turkey in January, 2015. The RAscal 1800 is a big sister to the RAscal 1500 delivered by Sanmar in 2014 to Norwegian clients and shares a common hull form style, wheelhouse and general layout. According to the designer, both are built to high standards, almost yacht finish, and are fitted with Caterpillar engines and Veth Z-drives.