US Coast Guard Wraps up First Phase of El Faro Disaster Probe
The U.S. investigation into the deadly sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a hurricane last fall shifted direction on Friday, as the Coast Guard wrapped up its initial public hearings on the accident that killed all 33 people onboard. The agency will now wait to see if key evidence can be recovered from the shipwreck. In April, searchers will make a second attempt at finding a voyage data recorder that could provide detail on the ship's sinking off the Bahamas.
Global LNG Prices Lose Ground on Weak Demand
Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices extended losses for a third week, as weak demand gave little support, with more supply beginning to flow from the United States and Australia.
RV Sally Ride Completes Builder's Trials
The U.S. Navy's new Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research Vessel (AGOR), R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28), has completed builder's trials, February 21, off the coast of Anacortes, Wash. Builder's trials for Sally Ride tested various shipboard systems and ensured readiness prior to conducting acceptance trials with the U.S. Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey. The propulsion system, mission-over-the-side handling equipment…
Hamburg Gives Cruise Ships Easier Access
The Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTC) has expanded its portfolio to include cruise ships, now providing support for Costa and AIDA vessels when they call at the Port of Hamburg. When it arrives in Hamburg for the first time on February 27, 2016, AIDAmar will be the first cruise ship to call in Hamburg under the supervision of NTC, working in cooperation with Carnival Maritime’s fleet operations center. The cruise ship business is booming in Hamburg, with 160 visits expected in 2016.
Chinese Shipyard DSIC Acquires FORAN
The SENER engineering and technology Group has signed a contract with the Chinese shipyard Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. Ltd. (DSIC) for the implementation of the shipbuilding CAD/CAM System FORAN…
2015 a Record Year for the Port of Barcelona
The Port of Barcelona ended 2015 with positive results in its key traffic indicators, with record figures in foreign trade and certain strategic cargo segments such…
CMA CGM to Upgrade its PEX 3 Service
CMA CGM introduced its new PEX 3 service rotation linking US Gulf Coast and US East Coast (South Atlantic) to Asia, Africa and Mediterranean. Effective March 9th, 2016 in Houston with m/v CMA CGM CHATEAU D’IF voy. Improved connections from the US Gulf Coast to West Africa & North Africa via Tangier hub. Direct access to Singapore as new port of call. Improved transit times & connections to Southeast Asia from all PEX 3 ports of load.
IEA Paints Lukewarm Outlook for Crude Oil Tankers
Every year around this time, the International Energy Agency (IEA) publishes their Medium Term Oil Market Report. The report includes the customary oil supply and demand forecasts and refinery dynamics. "Most interesting for us in the tanker industry is their detailed discussion of the crude oil trade flows. What does the latest IEA outlook have in stock for the tanker market?" asks, Tanker Research & Consulting department at Poten & Partners.
Shipowner’s Loss of Earnings and Collision Claim
Awareness of the ways of calculating loss of earnings claims can be useful in both presenting and challenging this type of claim. This Gard Insight looks at some general principles and methods applied by the courts. A product tanker was hit by a bulker while at berth. Although the extent of the physical repairs - and therefore the repair costs - were relatively limited, the damaged tanks required stainless steel plates which had to be specially ordered.
Team Tankers Acquires New Vessels
Team Tankers International (TTI) completed the acquisition of the ‘Sichem Amethyst’ and ‘Sichem Contester’, previously on timecharter in the Q4 2015. In addition, two of the company's older and smaller ships were sold. To continue to build up its European regional stainless steel fleet, Team Tankers agreed to acquire the ‘Southern Zebra’, a 8,900 dwt stainless steel chemical tanker. Delivery is expected in March, 2016. In 4Q15, the company took delivery of an IMOII MR on a one-year timecharter.
India Worries About its Ageing Shipping Fleet
India's troubled shipping sector has been passing through tumultuous waters in recent years with over 40 per cent of the country’s fleet older than 20 years and about 12 per cent of them being 12-15 years old, says the Economic Survey 2015-16 , tabled in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday. The decline in the Baltic Dry Index, a freight index that depicts the robustness of trade, from 10…
FIATA Still All at Sea on Container Weight
THE International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Associations (FIATA) has called for enhanced communication from container shipping lines ahead of the deadline by which new IMO regulations requiring verification of a freight container’s gross mass become mandatory. The non-governmental organisation, which represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics companies is…
Defence Force Chief Marks ADFA Anniversary
The Chief of the Defence Force Parade took on added significance today as the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) marked 30 years since the first trainee officers marched in. Traditionally, the first parade of the year acknowledges the achievements of the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets who have successfully completed their initial military training. Today's parade also provided an opportunity to reflect on ADFA's history.
7th Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine
In February, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama. The 78'x 34’x11' St. Phillip was designed by Entech & Associates, for Marquette’s Gulf-Inland division, based in Harahan, La. The steel-hulled St. Phillip is powered by a pair of Thompson Power Systems Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 1,000-hp engines at 1,800 rpm connected to ZF Marine ZF AT 5111WM-FP Z-drives with 1,650 mm (65") 4-bladed propellers in nozzles.
SSA on SGX/Baltic Exchange Talks
Members of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) have read with interest the recent announcement by the Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) in its bid to acquire the Baltic Exchange. Mr Esben Poulsson, President of SSA said: “We understand that for some time, the Board of the Baltic Exchange, which traces its origins back to 1744, has been considering a number of strategic options regarding future ownership of this venerable institution, and that a number of options have been under consideration.
Suez Canal Access Channel Officially Opened
The terminal is also expanding in response to Egypt’s growing population and economy, and role as a global transportation hub. East Port Said, Egypt – Completed within just three months, the new 8.5 km (5.2 mile) access channel directly links the East Port Said port complex to the Mediterranean Sea, eliminating the need for vessels heading to the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) to wait 6-8 hours for a time window between vessel convoys transiting the canal.
Sound Energy Change of Registered Office
Sound Energy, the Mediterranean focused upstream gas company, announced that its registered office has changed, with immediate effect, to 4a Brewery Lane, Blighs Meadow, Sevenoaks, TN13 1DF.
Cargill, MV Cargo to Build Grain Terminal in Ukraine
Cargill and MV Cargo formalized their intention to construct a grain terminal in the port of Yuzhny on the Black Sea coast in Ukraine by signing a Share Purchase Agreement (SPA). The signing ceremony was held in Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk‘s cabinet office in the presence of the U.S Ambassador to Ukraine and senior Ukrainian government officials. “Ukraine is already one of the world’s great agricultural producers, but it should be an agricultural superpower,” said U.S.
HMAS Melbourne Returns from M.E.
After five successful narcotic seizures in the Middle East and 203 days away from home, Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Melbourne was welcomed back to her homeport of Sydney today. Around one thousand family and friends joined the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, to welcome the ship’s company home from duties as part of Operation MANITOU.
Scorpio Delays Deliveries, Terminates Charter Contracts
Scorpio Bulkers, Inc. announced today that it has agreed in principle to delay scheduled vessels deliveries and terminated the time charter contracts for four vessels. The agreements has been reached with shipyards to delay the delivery of two Ultramax vessels and six Kamsarmax vessels under construction by approximately six months each. These vessels, previously expected to be delivered between March 2016 and September 2016 are now expected to be delivered between September 2016 and April 2017.