Shippers Prosecuted for Garbage Dumping
Two shipping companies and their masters have been prosecuted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for two separate marine pollution incidents within the Great Barrier Reef. Tokyo based Perses Maritima Ltd and the master of its Japan registered vehicle carrier Asteria Leader were found guilty on May 18 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on one charge each of illegally discharging garbage under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983.
Top US Shipping Execs to Receive USS Awards
Anthony Chiarello, Matthew J. Cox and James C. The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE; Matthew J. Cox, President/CEO of Matson Inc.; and James C. McKenna, President and CEO of Pacific Maritime Association. The maritime industry awards are to be presented at the 46th annual gala industry dinner and dance in New York on November 13, 2015.
54% of Tankers Comply with ECDIS Mandate
SOLAS regulations on the mandatory carriage of Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) for all tankers of 3,000 gross metric tons or more come into force July 1, 2015. Of the more than 8,750 tankers in the global fleet that are required to comply with these regulations by their first survey following this date, 54 percent are now using ENCs (Electronic Nautical Charts) on ECDIS, according to United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO).
Crew Supply Vessel Delivered in Louisiana
Lady Tierney, a 205-foot monohull DP-2 crew supply vessel, has been delivered for Sea Supply, Inc., a B&J Martin Inc. subsidiary, of Galliano, Louisiana. With design expertise from Incat Crowther’s Lafayette, La. office, combined with concept design and standards from the Morgan City, La. based Halimar Shipyard and the vessel owner, the ABS-classed, USCG-certified vessel will work in the Gulf of Mexico’s deep water offshore industry.
US Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Shell Spill Plans in Alaska
A divided federal appeals court rejected an effort by environmental groups to void a U.S. agency's approval of two oil spill response plans by Royal Dutch Shell…
Enginei Fuel Management System Upgraded
Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has introduced a next-generation version of its fuel management system, Enginei. The new integrated system, with a range of enhanced fuel data analysis and reporting options, has been developed in consultation with vessel operators and owners who are putting greater importance on the availability of detailed engine and mission critical information. To meet these demands the new Enginei system uses data collection software to expand the range of fuel…
IMTRA Brings Lilaas Controls to US Market
IMTRA informs it has partnered with Lilaas to bring the latest controls to the U.S. market. With this exclusive distribution agreement, Lilaas products will enhance IMTRA’s line of OEM products. Lilaas has recently introduced its newest type-approved and compact controllers, the L01 and the L04. Already available in European markets, the new controllers are now also available in North America exclusively from IMTRA.
Rules for Indian Naval Combat Ships Published
The “Rules and Regulations for Construction and Classification of Indian Naval Combatant Ships”, developed by Indian Register of Shipping were formally released by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC on June 9, 2015. The release took place in South Block, New Delhi, in the presence of Vice Admiral P Murugesan AVSM, VSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AV Subhedar AVSM…
Otto Marine Bags $27mln Charter Contract
Otto Marine Limited, a builder and charterer of complex offshore support vessels and specialized offshore services provider, announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Swordfish 1 Pte Ltd, has entered into a long-term bareboat charter contract worth $27 million. The 238-man work maintenance vessel measures 85 meters in length and 23 meters in width, and has a clear deck area of 635 square meters. It is DPS-2 classified, and is equipped with a deck crane of 80-ton lifting capacity.
Ruscon Increases Business in Russian Market
Intermodal operator Ruscon reported it has increased its market share in Russia, maintaining a strong position in a country which has seen imports fall by 20 percent in the last 12 months. In the first quarter of 2015, Ruscon handled 32,250 laden containers compared to 28,497 in the same period last year. Vladimir Bychkov, CEO of GCS, Ruscon’s parent company, said that handling a higher than average volume of import goods also benefits its ability to handle export business.
Global LNG Price Slide Resumes on Weak Demand
Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices for July fell this week on continued weak demand and ample supply. The price of Asian spot cargoes slid to $7.40 per…
Validation Study of Ballast Water Compliance Tools Begins
The U.S. Coast Guard Research Development Center (USCG RDC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) cosponsored a validation study of the effectiveness of variable fluorescence-based instruments as compliance tools for ballast water checks. The study, which began June 1 in Key West, Florida, included blind testing of field and lab samples will be conducted through September, 2015, at three different sites in the U.S.
BIMCO Contributes to Piracy Status Report
The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) informs it has continued its support for the Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) “The State of Maritime Piracy” report, which addresses how piracy is affecting the shipping industry – and beyond. BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand and Chief Maritime Security Officer, Giles Noakes provided OBP expert audit and shipping industry expertise to the report content.
Canada Approves Pipeline to Feed Pacific LNG Plant
The Canadian government has approved TransCanada Corp's proposed C$1.7 billion ($1.38 billion) North Montney Mainline natural gas pipeline that would connect natural…
Hovercraft Creates Lifeline to Alaska Drill Site
About half a million barrels of oil is extracted each day from Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oilfields. One of its drilling sites, Endicott, is located on a spit of land connected by the gravel Prudhoe Bay road system and is normally accessible by truck – until recently, when the road was washed out. Faced with the dilemma of how to get workers, food and supplies to the work site, Hilcorp, a privately-held exploration and production companies in the U.S.…
Retirement Ceremony Held for Canadian Warship
Former sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy who had served in HMCS Algonquin gathered at Davie Shipbuilding today to commemorate the paying off of this storied Canadian warship. HMCS Algonquin is one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s four Tribal-Class Destroyers built at Davie in the early 1970s and then refitted at Davie in the 1990s during the Tribal Class Update and Modernization Project (TRUMP). Ronald Bardier…
New IACS Rules for Large Containerships
The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) announced the adoption of new Unified Requirements to further improve the safety of large containerships by enhancing consistency between preexisting class society provisions in this area. Amalgamated within a single new Unified Requirement (UR S11A) are three new safety measures that provide a response to the findings of the investigation by Japan's Ministry of Land…
Fuel Quality Data Tapped for Fleet Performance
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) and DNV GL signed a cooperation agreement to develop a new module for DNV GL’s ECO Insight fleet performance management solution at the Nor-Shipping trade fair. By tapping into the world’s largest fuel sampling database, this module will allow owners, operators and managers to determine how fuel quality can result in performance differences between similar vessels.
WWII Shipwrecks Photographed off Australia
The shipwrecks of Australian warship HMAS Sydney II and the German raider HSK Kormoran in the Indian Ocean 200 km west of Shark Bay, Western Australia were recently surveyed by Curtin University and the Western Australian Museum with the help of Teledyne Bowtech, who supplied LED-V-20K lamps, a Surveyor-HD-Pro camera and a 3D-HD system. An array of 10 LED-V-20K lamps, emitting up to 20,000 lumens each…
Montauk’s Coast Guard Holds Change of Command
U.S. Crewmembers of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station Montauk held a change of command and retirement ceremony in Montauk, N.Y., Thursday. Capt. Edward J. Cubanski, commander, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, presided over the ceremony to transfer command of Station Montauk from Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Walter to Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric Best. Best comes to Montauk after recently serving as the executive petty officer of Station Gulfport, Miss.