USDOT Designates Gulfport, MS as a Strategic Port
The Mississippi State Port Authority was notified by the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) that the Port of Gulfport has been designated as a Strategic Seaport by the Commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). With this designation, America’s military will be able to utilize the Port of Gulfport for cargo and equipment shipments. This announcement adds to South Mississippi’s extensive military installations and capabilities.
FDNY Honors 9/11 Hero Feehan at Boat Christening
November 20, 2015 (New York) -- Today at Pier 16 in lower Manhattan the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) honored William M. Feehan by christening and commissioning of the new fireboat William M. Feehan. Captain Louis Guzzo led the ceremonies which included a number of dignitaries from in and around the FDNY. William M. Feehan was a FDNY firefighter lost in the September 11 World Trade Center attacks.
Hard Problems Demand Soft(ware) Solutions
Make no mistake, the commercial maritime industry will always revolve around heavy duty machinery and mega-machines designed to weather some of the toughest operating conditions on earth. But in recent years a proliferation of Software Solutions has evolved to help the machines operate more efficiently and cost effectively. MR editors report on latest developments in maritime specific Software Solutions.
Pittsburgh Coalition Receives Marine Air Quality Grant
Cutting-edge Demonstration Project on the Rivers. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) is proud to be participating with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities (PRCC) and Clean Fuels Clean Rivers (CFCR) to conduct a marine air quality study centered on the conversion of an inland towboat to dual fuel diesel/liquid natural gas (LNG) to reduce diesel emissions in marine vessels. The Maritime Administration (MARAD)…
Chiarello, Cox and McKenna Named AOTOS Award Winners
The United Seamen's Service (USS) honored Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE Inc.; Matthew J. Cox, President and CEO of Matson; and James C. McKenna, President and CEO of Pacific Maritime Association with the 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Award. The maritime industry's most prestigious award was presented at the 46th annual gala held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, on November 13, 2015.
CMA CGM Slowed by Rates, Sees 2016 Recovery
France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said freight rates should recover next year after a market downturn led to a sharp fall in its third-quarter profits. The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hit a new all-time low on Friday, pulled down by a vessel glut and slowing industrial demand from China. "Freight rates are expected to remain weak in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Evergreen Advises NUE3 (AWS) Seasonal Suspension
COSCON, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Line are to implement winter service adjustment to NUE3(AWS) service, in response to seasonal market demand. The lines will suspend NUE3(AWS) service effective from December 3, 2015. The last voyage of NUE3(AWS) would the sailing from Ningbo of the M/V Nagoya Tower Voy. 0012E/W on November 19. Meanwhile other AWE services will continue to provide high service quality to customers.
Helm Announces Maintenance & Compliance Release
In line with the Subchapter M waterways rules which are due to come into effect in 2016, Helm Operations will introduce the full capability of it’s latest Maintenance and Compliance solution, Helm CONNECT, at this year’s International Workboat Show (IWS). As in previous years, the crew at Helm will offer another fun challenge to delegates to “get fixed up”, in order to gain insight into the seamless operation of the Maintenance feature.
Final Phase of Maritime Technology & Training Center Underway
The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center is in its final phase of construction before its January 2016 debut. Construction has been ongoing since last Fall. The facility will serve as the site for certificate and associate degree maritime training delivered through U.S. Coast Guard-required and approved course work. Relocation of the three full-mission ships bridge simulators has been completed.
Dry Bulk Shipping Record Low a Warning for Global Economy
A slump in dry bulk shipping is set to worsen as the meltdown in global commodities and too many ships free for hire rock the sector used by investors to gauge the health of world trade.
Rolls-Royce Wins Multiple Steerable Propellers Contract
Rolls-Royce has signed a contract for the delivery of 12 azimuthing thrusters to Sanmar Shipyard in Turkey, with an option for an additional 30 units. The azimuth thrusters from Rolls-Royce, will provide propulsion for 6 tugboats rising to 21 if the option is exercised. Each tugboat has a bollard pull of 60 to 80 metric tons. An azimuthing thruster is a propeller that can be rotated 360 degrees around its vertical axes, providing thrust in any direction.
Panama Canal Delays Reduced to Four Days: ACP
The wait time to pass through the Panama Canal has shortened to four days, down from more than 10 days last month, the authority that runs the waterway said on Thursday. "We have reduced by 60 percent the wait time for vessels after measures applied amid an unusual demand and extreme weather conditions," the authority said in a statement. To shorten the backlog, non-critical maintenance was postponed…
Manila asks Japan for South China Sea Patrol Boats
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may consider a request from the Philippines for large coastguard ships to patrol the disputed South China Sea, after the two allies…
Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 28 pct
Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe plunged by 27.9 percent to $295 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ending on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. The drop came after spot freight rates on the world's busiest route dropped 39.3 percent last week, and the current rates are widely seen as loss-making levels for container shipping companies.
China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations
China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond…
British Forces Assist Stricken Cruise Liner
Military assets deployed in support of Falkland Island government in cruise ship rescue. In support of the Falkland Island Government, British forces based in the…
Damen Ice class Dredger for Rosmorport
This month Damen Shipyards Group launched ice class Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers TSHD 2000 for Russian Port Agency FSUE “Rosmorport”. Song Thu Corporation shipyard in Da Nang, Vietnam is building the Damen TSHD 2000 under Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS). Following delivery, the 2,000 m³ Severnaya Dvina will maintain navigational depths and provide safe shipping in the Arkhangelsk Seaport basin and approaches.
NYK Again in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index
NYK has been included in the CDP*’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for a fourth consecutive year. The company received a perfect score in the CDP's 2015 Climate Change Information Request, ranking in the top 10 percent of the CDP’s Japan 500 target companies. NYK gathers environmental performance data within the NYK Group from 356 offices and about 800 vessels around the world. Since 2012…
MOL Adopts Thermal Imaging System for Coal Carriers
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the introduction of the FLIR C2 thermal imaging system commercialized by FLIR Systems Japan K.K. on MOL Group-operated coal carriers. The system, which relies on infrared rays, helps prevent spontaneous combustion of coal in the cargo hold, enhancing the MOL group’s safe operation system. Coal loaded in the hold can oxidize, generating heat during transport and cargo operations.
Barnett Promoted to Director, Holland America Line
Holland America Line has promoted Amy Barnett to the position of division sales director for the East. In her new role, she will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing sales programs, as well as analyzing and implementing strategic and tactical initiatives to increase sales in North America. Barnett will manage a team of 16 business development managers and four sales coordinators. She will report to Eva Jenner, vice president, North America sales.