Ship Splits in Two Causes Massive Oil Slick in Taiwan
Authorities in Taiwan are trying to contain an oil spill from a grounded container ship which has split in two off the shore of New Taipei City. The 15,487-ton T.S. Taipei, owned by TS Lines, ran aground in a storm about 300 metres from the shore while it was sailing from Hong Kong to Keelung Port in Taiwan on March 10. "The engines of the ship stopped running on March 10. Cracks began appearing on the ship on Thursday, before it split in two," say local media.
Egypt Struggles to Close LNG Tender
The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) has reportedly failed to secure two cargoes for delivery in April, says a report in Reuters. The tender launched during last week was open to EGAS’ existing suppliers, however, delivery windows of April 1-7 for the first cargo and April 27-28 were difficult to arrange due to a short period notice. Traders said the first delivery window was difficult to arrange given the short notice period.
Polish Shipyard Wins Contract with B.C. Ferries
A contract to renovate B.C. Ferries’ two largest vessels has been awarded to the largest shipyard in Poland for $140 million. BC Ferries awarded the conversion contrast to Remontowa Ship Repair in Gdansk, Poland. That’s the same company that earlier received the contract to build three new duel-fuel ferries that will be able to run on either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or diesel. The ferry corporation announced on Thursday that both Spirit-class ferries…
US Nabs Sub Carrying $200M of Cocaine [Video]
A mini-submarine carrying $200 million worth of cocaine was intercepted by authorities in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Customs and Border Protection air crew from Corpus Christi was involved in the arrest of four people aboard a mini-submarine headed for the U.S. that authorities say was carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine worth nearly $200 million. The seizure occurred March 3 in the Pacific Ocean off the Central American coast. Customs officials had spotted the vessel from a plane.
A Hundred Chinese Boats Encroach in Malaysian Waters
Malaysia has said that more than 100 Chinese fishing boats have been spotted within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Sarawak in the latest incident involving Chinese vessels in the disputed waters. The boats were sighted near Beting Patinggi Ali, also known as Luconia Shoals, about 100km off the coast of Miri in Sarawak. Malaysia planned to take action against them. Minister in the Prime Minister's…
Panama Invites China and Taiwan for Canal Ceremony
Taiwanese President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and Chinese President Xi Jinping have both been invited to the inauguration ceremony of the newly expanded Panama Canal on June 26. Tsai Ing-wen's invitation from its Panamanian diplomatic ally is drawing local media attention as Chinese leader Xi Jinping has also been invited to the same event. Aside from focusing on the possibility of a "Tsai-Xi" meeting on the sidelines…
Soo Locks Open for 2016
At 12:01 a.m. today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened the Soo Locks for the start of the 2016 shipping season. The locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan are among 16 locks that form the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system which extends from Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean. Together these 16 locks lift or lower ships 600 feet – the height of a 60 story building.
Remembering Peter Stanford
Peter Stanford, founding president of the South Street Seaport Museum passed away on Thursday morning, 24th March 2016. We have lost our founder. We have lost a passionate advocate for our work.We have lost a friend. I first met Peter Stanford when I joined the Seaport Museum as Waterfront Director. He was visiting to advocate for an exhibition on the ship Wavertree. He spoke enthusiastically about a particular model in the Museum's collection, asserting that it must be a part of the project.
Adani Kandla Terminal Hits 3.5 MT Volume
Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd. Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt. Ltd. (AKBTPL) under the concession agreement with Kandla Port Trust (KPT) has successfully over shot the MGT in its 1st year of operations itself. “We at Adani Group share our Chairman’s vision of achieving 200 Million Metric Tons cargo by 2020. This milestone will take us one more step closer to our vision” said Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, CEO APSEZ Mundra & Tuna Ports.
Iranian Ships Start Calling at Antwerp port
The Iranian shipping company Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) called at the port of Antwerp with one of its ships this week, for the first time since economic sanctions were lifted. The honour of being the “first” Iranian ship in Antwerp’s waters fell to the container carrier Azargoun which moored at the Antwerp Gateway terminal in the Deurganck dock. A deputation of representatives from the Port Authority…
RFP in Maritime Security Research
The DHS Maritime Security Center (MSC), led by the Stevens Institute of Technology, announces a competitive research opportunity to address challenges in maritime cyber security. This effort invites qualified researchers to propose projects that will provide DHS stakeholders with innovative research that addresses current challenges in maritime cyber security as outlined in the RFP. MSC plans to fund one award of up to two years and up to $350,000.
Kärnebro Appointed Harbor Master, Gothenburg Port
The Port of Gothenburg has appointed a new Harbour Master – Åsa Kärnebro. Åsa has been deputy Harbour Master at the Port of Gothenburg since 2010. In her new position she has identified a number of ways to further strengthen the port's competitiveness, not only in Europe but also globally. As the new Harbour Master at the Port of Gothenburg, Åsa Kärnebro has ultimate responsibility for ensuring good order at the port…