Odigitria Grounded in Delaware River
The Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Odigitria grounded in Delaware river off Grows Terminal in Morrisiville, Pennsylvania. The ship was loaded with scrap, when due to human mistake of the duty officer grounded in a mud shallow. Crews were able to free the 622-foot vessel around 1pm, the U.S. Coast Guard saidofficials said, after nearly nine hours. The cargo ship was inspected by US Coast Guard, which estimated that the ship had no damages and can resume the voyage to Fairless Hills, USA.
Abu Dhabi Ports and Gulf Marine Services Announce New Partnership
Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate ― has signed a contract with Gulf Marine Services (GMS) that will see the creation of a state-of-the-art facility at Zayed Port where GMS will construct and maintain its offshore support vessels that serve the region’s oil and gas industry. Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi city―a regional hub for the cruise industry…
Chinese Spy Ship Enters Japanese Peninsula
A Chinese naval intelligence ship was spotted off Japan's Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, Jiji Press reported quoting the Defense Ministry. The vessel did not enter the country's territorial waters, Japan's Defence Ministry said, but added it is rare for a Chinese naval vessel to sail back and forth in that area near Tokyo. Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol aircraft spotted a Dongdiao-class…
Shell Terminates Polar Pioneer Contract
Royal Dutch Shell has elected to terminate the contract for harsh environment semisubmersible rig Polar Pioneer prior to its expiration in July 2017, the rig's owner Transocean Ltd. announced. Transocean said it will be compensated for the early termination through a lump-sum payment that includes adjustments for reduced operating costs and demobilization to Norway. Shell initially intended to use the rig for its Arctic operations in the Chukchi Sea, but called off the campaign in September.
MOL Hosts Charity Event to Support WFP
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. last weekend announced having held a charity event in the company's Head Office cafeteria to help the World Food Programme (WFP)'s school feeding programme. The WFP, which is part of the United Nations system and the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, implements school feeding programme, to ensure every child has access to education, health and nutrition.
Improvement of Seattle Port's Terminal 5 Begins
Contractors will begin driving test piles at Terminal 5 in Seattle the first week of January. The installation will last through March. The pile driving and testing is part of the design phase of the terminal’s improvements. Planned dock improvements will make the terminal capable of accommodating heavier cranes and provide deeper drafts to handle the megaships cascading into the trans-Pacific trade.
N-KOM, Angelicoussis Extend Cooperation
Nakilat - Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), the joint-venture shipyard between Qatar’s Nakilat and Keppel Offshore & Marine, has signed a landmark agreement with the Angelicoussis Group of Companies to be the preferred shipyard for ship repairs in the Middle East. The agreement applies to all vessels operating under the Group’s three ship management companies. N-KOM is located at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard, in Ras Laffan, State of Qatar.
Two Rescued Near Cape Charles, VA
The Coast Guard rescued two men Sunday from a 19-foot skiff aground and taking on water in Cape Charles. Coast Guard watchstanders were notified Sunday at 5:15 p.m. of a 19-foot skiff aground and taking on water with a 31-year-old man and a 51-year-old man aboard. A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew launched from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles and arrived on scene at 5:39 p.m. The RB-S crew rescued the two men and transported them back to Station Cape Charles, where EMS personnel were waiting.
Marine Industry Records Strong Growth in Dubai
While many sectors of the global maritime market recorded slowdowns in 2015, one area of the Middle East reports impressive growth figures. Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has announced the registration of 1,623 marine crafts (compared to 945 in 2014) and the issuance of 2,396 marine crew licenses (compared to 945 in 2014) to date.
Gulf Navigation Appoints Parag Jain CEO
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (DFM: GULFNAV), the Dubai-based shipping company, has confirmed the appointment of Parag Jain as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The confirmation is a welcome move as Jain has been serving in the capacity of acting CEO since May of this year. With over 20 years of experience in the marine and maritime industry, Parag’s dynamic leadership and proficiency…
USCG Repatriates 27 Migrants
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo repatriated 27 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Saturday. This repatriation is a result of two separate migrant interdictions at sea, which both took place Friday, December 18, in the south Florida Straits. While on routine patrol, the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute located a rustic vessel with a motor, 45 miles nautical miles southwest of Key West, Fla., with 12 Cuban migrants aboard.
Four Arctic Animals to Appreciate this Winter
Winter is officially here! Today, December 22, 2015, is the winter solstice and marks the start of the winter season. Much of the Arctic will not see any sunlight for the beginning of the winter season, especially today. The winter solstice is when the sunlight is the furthest away from the Arctic region. This is the time of year to truly appreciate animals that call the Arctic home. Join us in celebrating a few of these amazing Arctic species.
APM Terminals Gothenburg Welcomes Largest Box Ship
The MSC Maya, the fourth of 20 Oscar-Class Ultra-Large Container Ships (ULCS), arrived at APM Terminals Gothenburg on December 21 from the Port of Bremerhaven as part of the regular port rotation of the Maersk Line/Mediterranean Shipping Company AE-2/Swan Far East/North Europe Service in the 2M alliance. With a published capacity of 19,224 TEUs, Oscar-class vessels are the world’s current record holders in container carrying capacity.
Two Rescued from Stranded Vessel near Everett
Coast Guard personnel rescued two fishermen from a 28-foot recreational vessel when it became stranded with a disabled engine and grounded due to shoal water near Everett Wednesday night. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles hoisted the men and transported them safely to Paine Field in Snohomish County. Dispatchers from 911 transferred a call for help to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound at 1:25 p.m.
Lerwick Port Charges Revised
From 1 January 2016, Lerwick’s tariff for harbour charges will increase by an inflationary 1%. The charges can be viewed on their website and hard copies of the booklet are available on request. During 2016, the port looks forward to completion of two major new berthing projects at Holmsgarth North and Dales Voe, adding to the comprehensive deep-water berthing available at Lerwick.
NYK's SIMS Recognized at Eco-Products Awards
NYK’s Ship Information Management System (SIMS), jointly developed by NYK and the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI; head office: Tokyo; president: Makoto Igarashi), has been recognized with Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award at the 2015 Eco-Products Awards.* An awards ceremony was held on December 10, 2015, and attended by Yasuo Tanaka, NYK senior managing corporate officer, and Makoto Igarashi, president of MTI.
Colombo Port Hits Record 5 mln Containers
For the first time in history the Port of Colombo reaches 05 million container operations. To mark the ocassion, a ceremony will be held tomorrow, Monday 21st December 2015 at the Jaya Container Terminal of Sri Lanka Ports Authority , with the initiative of Hon.Minister of Port and Shipping Arjuna Ranathunga. With the latest initiatives implemented at Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), its operational volumes show a rapid growth compared to similar periods during past.
Scorpio Charters Out Ice Class Tanker Duo
Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that it has entered into time charter-out agreements for two ice class 1A Handymax product tankers and an update on its Securities Repurchase Program. The Company has entered into time charter-out agreements with an unrelated third party on two ice class 1A Handymax product tankers. The term of each agreement is for three years at $18,000 per day, with each charter scheduled to commence by the end of January 2016.
SCI Awarded IMS Cetification
The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd was awarded the Integrated Management System (IMS) Certification at its Head Office at Mumbai on 23rd December, 2015 by Arun Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and congratulated SCI on “another feather in its existing hat of firsts”. The certificate was received by Arun Kumar Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of SCI.
Abu Dhabi Opens Upgraded AI Mirfa Port
Abu Dhabi Ports – the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate, recently completed extensive redevelopment work at Al Mirfa Port, upgrading its infrastructure and facilities to better serve the community. The extensive redevelopment work is part of Abu Dhabi Ports’ commitment to diversifying the Emirate’s economy by supporting and serving local communities.