LA Container Volumes Down in July
July 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased 2.5 percent compared to the same period last year. The port handled a total of 699,127 TEUs in July 2015. Imports decreased 3.5 percent, from 363,393 TEUs in July 2014 to 350,627 TEUs in July 2015. Exports declined 16.4 percent, from 163,294 TEUs in July 2014 to 136,402 TEUs in July 2015. Combined, total loaded imports and exports decreased 7.5 percent, from 526,688 TEUs in July 2014 to 487,029 TEUs in July 2015.
Port of Vitória Orders Hi-res Radars
Navigation and security surveillance systems company Kelvin Hughes announced it has been contracted to supply two of its SBS-900-2 SharpEye radar systems for the Porto de Vitória in Brazil. The equipment will be provided through Spain’s Indra. The SBS-900-2 is from the ‘advanced’ radar family of the Kelvin Hughes Shore Based Sensor radar range. The radar system consists of a single X-Band SharpEye radar transceiver mounted in an environmentally sealed enclosure on a mast close to the antenna.
Further Turmoil for Dry Bulk Shipping
China’s demand for coal continues to diminish, so much so that India is expected to surpass China as the world’s largest coal importer later this year. According to international shipping association BIMCO, China’s consumption of coal accounts for just over 50 percent of global consumption, however only around 5 percent of it stems from imports, making the bulk shipping market very vulnerable to changes in demand.
NOIA Supports DOI’s Upcoming Offshore Lease Sale
National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) president Randall Luthi today voiced his support for the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DOI) Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale scheduled for next week.
Nearly $140m Proposed for GoM Restoration Work
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Thursday commended the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for issuing its initial list of proposed projects for natural resource restoration for Gulf Coast communities in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The RESTORE Council proposed using approximately $139.6 million from the recent settlement with Transocean Deepwater, Inc. to support restoration projects in key regional watersheds.
Merged Anglo-Eastern & Univan Set Sail
Anglo-Eastern Group and Univan Group have reached an agreement which culminates as the largest ever merger of independent, third-party ship management companies…
Drought Causes Draft Restrictions in the Panama Canal
Draught conditions have led the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to set draft restrictions for vessels operating in the canal. ACP described the restriction as temporary and preventive measure due to the El Niño climate phenomenon resulting in periodic warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean. When this occurs, El Niño changes the pattern of rainfall in many regions of the planet, in this case triggering a drought in the Canal Watershed…
BOEM Issues a Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS
As part of its five-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012-2017, BOEM informs it intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement…
BCG Donates Simulation Software to Support US Naval Academy
Maritime training solutions provider Buffalo Computer Graphics Inc. (BCG) has donated its Enhanced Graphical User Interface (GUI2) simulation software to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation in Annapolis, Md. for distribution to the academy’s seamanship and navigation department. BCG’s donation included four software licenses to support past donations from Northrup Grumman Corporation of the Navy’s Electronic…
Sea-Tek, Doen Ink Distribution Agreement
Doen Pacific has announced the signing of an exclusive Distributor Agreement for Europe withbSea-Tek (AS) domiciled in Oslo, Norway. In turn, Sea-Tek will appoint agents in several European countries in the near future, selling and servicing waterjets under its umbrella. Sea-Tek is a key supplier to the marine industry in Europe, who is currently supplying mechanical, electronic, and hydraulic systems for controlling propulsion systems.
Industry Urged to Safeguard Against Cyber Attacks
ESC Global Security said it is set to warn the international shipping community attending this year’s London International Shipping Week (LISW) of the security risks…
Alaska's Biggest Crane Arrives in Kodiak
Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, took delivery of a new 65-ton gantry crane to replace one half its size at the company's Kodiak Terminal. Standing more than 340 feet tall at its peak with a boom spanning 164 feet, Matson's new crane is the largest in Alaska, capable of lifting loads up to 60 feet long and weighing up to 145,000 pounds. Its state-of-the-art industrial equipment will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
Allianz, Zurich See Tanjin-Related Claims
The Chinese units of European insurers Allianz and Zurich Insurance Group said on Friday they received claims for unspecified damages from customer companies in…
Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge Again
Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 23.2 percent to $640 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday…
Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Dropping
Low bunker prices buoy owners' spot charter earnings. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which have fallen to their lowest level in 10 months,…
Japan Joins U.S.-Philippine Naval Drills; Tensions Rise
Japan has joined U.S.-led maritime humanitarian exercises off the Philippines for the first time, as concerns mount among the three allies about China's growing…
Chinese Port Blast Kills 50, Injures 700 More
Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people…
Two Injured from Fire On Board USS Harry S Truman
An F/A-18C "Hornet" from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, the "Gladiators," caught fire on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)…
Port of Long Beach Awarded FEMA Security Grants
The Port of Long Beach’s Security Division has been awarded $3.4 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to fund ongoing projects that protect the port.
MIMO Offers Wireless Local Control of Assets
SignalFire Wireless Telemetry has expanded the capabilities of its Multi Input/Output (MIO) Module to connect directly (Modbus) with programmable logic controllers…