Carnival’s Fathom Approved for US-Cuba Sailings
Carnival Corporation & plc has received Cuban approval to begin travel to Cuba starting on May 1, 2016. This, following U.S. authorization granted in July 2015, clears Carnival Corporation to operate the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand Fathom, marking the first time in over 50 years a cruise ship is approved to sail from the United States to Cuba. Cuban authorities from Havanatur Celimar…
Dutch Ports to Appeal EC Tax Decision
The Port of Rotterdam Authority, together with the Amsterdam Port Authority, Groningen Seaports, the Moederdijk Port Authority, the Port of Den Helder and Zeeland Seaports, is going to appeal against the decision of the European Commission which states that Dutch sea ports must pay corporation tax from January 1, 2017. Paul Smits, Financial Director of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said, “We are not against paying corporation tax, but then it should apply to all European sea ports.
Italy Rescues 910 Boat Migrants, Finds One Body
More than 900 migrants were rescued in four separate operations in the Strait of Sicily on Saturday and emergency services recovered one corpse, Italy's coast guard said.
This Day In Naval History: March 21
1804 - The brig USS Syren (Siren), commanded by Lt. Charles Stewart, captures the Tripolitan brig Transfer off the coast of Tripoli, renaming it Scourge after being taken into US Navy service.
WISTA Hosts CMA Luncheon
The WISTA USA CMA luncheon which was held on Monday, March 21, and was well attended by industry professionals from around the globe. The guest speaker, Kathy Metcalf, President of U.S. Chamber of Shipping, spoke of the numerous challenges facing the marine industry today and provided an inspirational speech to the many cadets in attendance.
Duluth-Superior Shipping Season Underway
The first two U.S.-flag lakers are on schedule to depart the Port of Duluth-Superior Tuesday, March 22, signaling the start of the 2016 commercial shipping season at this, the farthest inland port on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway (GLSLS) system. Shortly after 7 a.m., the Edwin H. Gott, is scheduled to move from its winter berth at the Clure Public Marine Terminal – first to fuel, then to depart…
HII Head Gives Up Salary for Educational Fund
U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said it has begun the process of establishing a fund to provide educational assistance for children of HII employees. While details of the educational fund are still being developed, it will be funded annually with HII President and CEO Mike Petters’ salary. HII’s Board of Directors recently approved a motion to enable Petters to reduce his annual salary to $1 per year.
USCG Removes Conditions of Entry for Cuba Bound Vessels
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced last week the removal of Conditions of Entry on vessels arriving from Cuba. Following a comprehensive assessment, the USCG…
Globecomm Reports Maritime VSAT Uptick
Maritime connectivity provider Globecomm has reported rapid adoption of its new global VSAT service. Globecomm VSAT, powered by iDirect is a high-capacity satellite solution designed to deliver ‘industrial strength’ connectivity to fixed and mobile assets on a global basis. The service provides a broad range of high-throughput applications over a robust, flexible and scalable network designed specifically…
CMR Group Wins Triple Order in Mexico
Marine automation and control technology and instrumentation specialist CMR Group informs it has installed its Clarinux Integrated Alarm, Monitoring and Control System (IAMCS) on three multipurpose supply vessels (MSV). The project has been undertaken in collaboration with CMR’s Spanish marine agent and automation specialist, PDI Beiramar. Engineers from CMR Group and PDI Beiramar worked closely during…
China Says Coast Guard Vessel Did Not Enter Indonesian Waters
China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a Chinese coast guard vessel did not enter Indonesian waters after Indonesia protested against what it called an infringement…
Better Rates for Small Vessels Helps Raise Baltic Index
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Monday, on increased rates for smaller vessels.
ABS CEO Calls for New Talent Approach
ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Speaking at the opening session of the CMA Shipping 2016 Conference, ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki shared his views on developing the talent needed to lead the maritime industry forward. Setting the stage for a discussion on “Local Talent, Global Impact,” Wiernicki told attendees that the challenges impacting the industry demand new skills as well as a new way of developing leaders…
Bourbon Takes Delivery of AHTS
BOURBON announced that it has taken delivery, as scheduled, of the Bourbon Arctic from Norway's Vard Brattvåg shipyard and completed her first anchor handling operation. The vessel was engaged in the disconnection and unmooring operation of the Island Innovator drilling rig located at the Fosen field in the central North Sea. As a large Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, the Bourbon Arctic is…
DP World Melbourne Terminal Gears for Volume growth
DP World Australia's new 30,000 sqm Melbourne terminal expansion, at the former Bentley Chemplax site, was commissioned on Tuesday (15 March 2016), signalling the start of a suite of capital investment projects in 2016-17. The completion of the Bentley Chemplax site delivers an additional 450 ground slots or 100,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) of container capacity per annum, increasing the capacity of the terminal to 1.4m TEU per annum.
Shell, Rolls-Royce, MAN Ink LNGi Deal
DNV GL’s new LNG intelligence portal (LNGi) aims to bring stakeholders from across the LNG industry together to share market intelligence and contribute to the uptake of LNG as a ship fuel. Leading LNG suppliers and engine manufacturers including, Shell, the Marine division of Rolls-Royce and MAN will be some of the first companies to use LNGi. The portal, which was launched today, allows subscribers to assess the availability of LNG fuel for specific trade routes and newbuild projects.
Statoil Debuts Batwind
A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Batwind will be developed in co-operation with Scottish universities and suppliers, under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Edinburgh on 18 March between Statoil, the Scottish Government, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Scottish Enterprise.
Cyberhawk Attracts £2m investment
Cyberhawk, the world leader in Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle (ROAV) inspection and survey, and a pioneer in the conversion of drone-captured data into powerful asset information, is targeting expansion following agreement on a new £2 million funding package from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ Growth Finance team. The funding will enable Livingston-based Cyberhawk to accelerate growth, create jobs…
Valemax Mastermind Roger Agnelli Dies in a Plane Crash
The man responsible for giving the dry bulk industry the valemax died on Sunday in a Sao Paulo plane crash. Roger Agnelli, the former head of the Brazilian mining giant Vale, has died after his private jet crashed into a residential building in Sao Paulo, local media reported. He was 56. Agnelli, his wife and two of his children were among seven killed when his aircraft slammed into the building around 18:20 GMT on Saturday…
Zvezda Delivers Nuke-Sub to Russian Navy
Zvezda shipyard (Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center) held a solemn ceremony dedicated to Submariner’s Day and to the end of overhaul of nuclear-powered cruiser Kuzbass, says press center of Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center. CEO of Zvezda shipyard Yuri Filchenok and Acting Armaments Commander, Pacific Fleet, Rear Admiral Igor Korolev, signed the acceptance/delivery papers at the pier during the ceremony.