India Extends Tax Benefits on Bunker Fuel
India has extended the benefit of nil custom and production tax on bunker fuels to domestic coastal movement of containers, in a move to decongest its roads and reduce carbon emissions…
Search for El Faro Crew Continues, Hopes Fading
Responders continue the hunt for possible survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin. As of Tuesday night, crews have searched some 172,257 square nautical miles while scanning in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the Coast Guard reported. A decision on how much longer the search will continue could be announced on Wednesday afternoon, the Coast Guard said.
SBM Offshore Says Petrobras Discussions Ongoing
Floating production services provider SBM Offshore responded to media reports of a potential settlement with Petrobras regarding tenders in Brazil, stating the discussions…
GTT Inks Framework Partnership Deal with CERN
GTT, a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), has signed a Framework Partnership Agreement…
Dry Bulk Shipping Turmoil Set to Extend into 2016
Dry bulk shipping faces more earnings pain as a slowdown in commodities demand and a glut of ships are expected to pile on the pressure well into 2016, ship industry players said on Wednesday. The dry cargo shipping industry has been hit hard this year by the global commodities meltdown with average earnings for large capesize ships - which haul iron ore and coal - barely covering operating costs this year and overall dry bulk rates falling to their lowest levels in decades.
FleetWeather Opens New Office in Greece
FleetWeather Business Intelligence, a provider of maritime business intelligence solutions and consulting services for global shippers, announced the opening of a new office this October in Athens…
Pitbull Named Godfather of Norwegian’s New Cruise Ship
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that musician Pitbull will serve as godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape, slated to be christened next month in Miami. On Monday, November 9, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will be the honorary godfather and headline performer at a christening ceremony at PortMiami for the new ship Norwegian Escape. Currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany…
Incat Crowther Designs Ferry for Malaysia
Incat Crowther has been commissioned to design a passenger transport ferry to be operated by Cataferry Sdn Bhd, in Malaysia. The main deck features a full width cabin accommodating 151 passengers. This area includes interior seating, a cargo luggage area, locker rooms for switch boards and an entertainment bar. Aft of the cabin features three restrooms and a luggage room to hold cargo. A swim deck is featured below, on the aft portion of the main deck.
Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification
Abu Dhabi Ports─ the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the emirate─ informs it has received the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations (IPSO) certifications for its marine pilotage service. Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services has received the plaudits for the pilots working at Khalifa Port― the first semi-automated port in the region, and Zayed Port― a premier regional hub for cruise industry, and general and bulk cargo.
Swiss Re Establishes North America Marine Team
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has expanded its marine business by opening a North America marine office. Beginning October 1, 2015, the New York-based team will provide ocean cargo insurance…
FMC's William P. Doyle Issues Statement on EL FARO Tragedy
On Thursday evening, October 1, 2016, the ship EL FARO went missing. The ship was en route from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded it sank near the Bahamas in about 15,000 feet of water. One unidentified body in a survival suit was spotted, and the search continued until today for the other 32 crew members. Commissioner Doyle…
US Suspends Search for El Faro Survivors
The U.S. Coast Guard will call off its search for potential survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro, several media sources reported Wednesday. The search will end Wednesday night, according to CNN, who cited family members with relatives aboard the vessel that went missing last Thursday in the powerful Hurricane Joaquin. There were 33 aboard, including 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals…
HMS Announces Management Hires
Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today. Prior to joining Harley Marine, Martin was the Vice President and General Counsel for Delta Western and Hawaii Petroleum where he oversaw all aspects of safety, risk management and regulatory compliance for the fuel distribution companies.
ECDIS Ordered for 20 Indonesia Surveillance Vessels
Transas ECDIS has been selected for installation on board 20 surveillance vessels under operation of the Directorate General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance…
Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced it has launched escort tug Triton for Suderman & Young Towing Company on September 11, 2015. The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern, with employees and guests in attendance. Mike Nigro, V.P. of G&H Towing shared a few words about the quality work and commitment of the companies involved and Deacon Earl Mirus of St. John’s Catholic Church of Panama City blessed the vessel.
USCG Completes Investigation into Ship Channel Death
The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into an incident in which a Mexican national was killed after being struck and by a patrol boat in the Brownsville Ship Channel in April.
White House Issues Veto Threat for US House Oil Export Bill
The White House issued a veto threat on Wednesday for a U.S. Congress should instead cut subsidies for oil companies and invest in wind, solar and other renewable energy projects…
Venezuelan Crude Exports to US Fell 10% in Sept
Venezuelan crude exports to the United States declined 10 percent in September versus the previous month due to lower sales of heavy and medium grades to some of regular customers…
MARAD’s Jaenichen Issues Statement on El Faro
U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen has issued a statement following the U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement that it will suspend the search for survivors from the missing cargo ship El Faro. “All of us at the Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration mourn for the loss of all those on board the U.S. container ship, El Faro. We express our deepest condolences to their family, friends and co-workers in the maritime industry. U.S.
Willard Unveils New RHIB in Australia
Willard Marine, Inc. unveiled its new SEA FORCE 777 this week at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, Australia. The military-grade, fiberglass, rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) is 7.77-meters long, 2.74-meters wide and designed with a deep-V hull. The Steyr SE306J38 diesel engine with ZF-63 marine gear powering a Hamilton Jet drive HJ-274 provides 300 horsepower for a nine-member crew and can achieve 32 knots. Nine Ullman Dynamics shock-mitigating seats are installed.