Europa 2 to Call Cuba for the First Time
Sun, sand and Caribbean ‘joi de vivre’ – Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 will visit the island of Cuba in the Greater Antilles for the first time on two cruises in October and November 2016. Maiden ports of call are special moments on cruises with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ships and never fail to be a highlight for both the passengers and crew. For the first time, several visits to Cuba, the largest of the Antilles, are featured on Europa 2 itineraries in autumn 2016.
Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM
The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard. Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple, simultaneous shipyard projects with budgets up to $1 billion, as well as responsibilities for more than 400 maritime professionals and production tradesmen including: Design…
DP World Awarded Limassol Port Concessions
DP World has been awarded a 25-year concession by the Cypriot government for the exclusive rights to operate Limassol port, the Dubai-based ports operator said on Monday.
Panama Canal’s Emission Reduction Initiatives Highlighted
Last week, the Panama Canal participated as a part of the Panamanian delegation 69th Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment…
Port of Kiel's Cruise Season is Underway
The cruise shipping season got underway in the Port of Kiel in the early hours of today with the arrival of the season’s first ship AIDAluna at the Ostseekai Terminal. The cruise ship is coming in after from a transfer trip from the Caribbean and will be based in Kiel – as will the AIDAvita and the AIDAlaura - for the whole of the summer season. During an on-board reception, Captain Marc-Dominique Tidow…
Kongsberg Introduces ECDIS E-Learning Course
Kongsberg Maritime’s ECDIS training portfolio has expanded with the introduction of an online E-Learning course for familiarisation training on its K-Bridge and K-Nav ECDIS products. Developed in compliance with STCW and ISM, the new course offers more choice for users of KONGSBERG ECDIS by providing training that can be conducted remotely and in the customer’s or individual student’s own timeframe.
This Day In Naval History: April 25
1862 - Union Flag Officer David G. Farraguts fleet sails into New Orleans, La., after long preparation and fierce battles while passing through the Confederate defenses of Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip the previous day. 1914 - In the first use of U.S. Navy aircraft in a combat situation, Lt. j.g. P.N.L. Bellinger made a flight from USS Mississippis aviation unit at Vera Cruz, Mexico, to observe the city and make preliminary search for mines in the harbor.
VLCC Gener8 Nautilus Delivered
Gener8 Maritime, Inc., a U.S.-based provider of international seaborne crude oil transportation services, announced that it took delivery of the ECO VLCC the Gener8 Nautilus on April 20…
Officer Sentenced for Role in Fatal Ferry Crash
The second officer who admitted his actions were responsible for the death of a fisherman, has been sent to prison. Pasquale Miccio pleaded guilty to a breach of…
Baltic Index Inches up on Higher Capesize Demand
The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday, supported by higher demand for capesize vessels.
Adventure Runner Calls off Voyage at Sea
The runner ignored a previously issued order from U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) to not depart on his seagoing journey. The order outlined specific safety conditions which Baluchi failed to meet. At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, a Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale boatcrew discovered Reza Baluchi aboard his makeshift hydro pod approximately 7 miles off the coast of Jupiter en route to Bermuda.
Japan, Korea Welcome Methanol-fueled Tankers
Starting on April 18, Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest), Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) attended the traditional ship naming ceremonies and took delivery of the first Korean and Japanese built methanol-fueled ocean tankers, the Lindanger, Mari Jone and Taranaki Sun. Hyundai Mipo Dockyard hosted the Korean ship naming ceremony, while Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
US Freedom of Navigation Ops Targeted 13 Countries Last Year
The U.S. military carried out freedom of navigation operations against 13 countries last year, including several against China for what it views as excessive claims…
Canada Non-resource Exports to Surge in 2016
Canadian non-resource exports should post healthy gains this year, the country's trade financing agency said on Monday, a development the central bank is counting…
APT’s 2nd ECO Class Product Carrier Christened
On Saturday, April 23, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the second Jones Act ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Scott Peters spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Trang Cormack, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle alongside the ship. The ECO Class tanker…
Kannad SAFELINK EPIRBs Recalled
Kannad Marine has issued a recall of all SAFELINK EPIRBs due to a possible defect that could result in the beacon not operating in emergency situations, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a marine safety alert. Those who own or use a SAFELINK EPIRB automatic or manual model as included in the attached SAFELINK Recall Safety Notice you should NOT use it as a primary Search and Rescue beacon onboard your vessel.
MSF Restarts Mediterranean Migrant Rescues
The medical relief charity Medecins sans Frontieres has relaunched rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, accusing European governments of failing to act to save migrants in peril at sea, it said on Monday. MSF halted its maritime rescue programme in January, saying it hoped European Union member states would take up the task of search and rescue of migrants and refugees attempting the crossing from north Africa to Europe.
E.R. Schiffahrt Chooses GNS ENCs Bundle
Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) has agreed terms with E.R. Schiffahrt, a Hamburg-based ship management company with activities in container and bulk segments…
Self-unloaders Ordered for New Great Lakes Bulkers
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order for gravity self-unloading systems for two 29,800 dwt bulk carriers (lakers) from the Yangzijiang shipyard, in China.
World Marine Earns SCA Safety Awards
World Marine, LLC has received the Shipbuilders Council of America’s (SCA) annual “Excellence in Safety” award as well as the “Improvement in Safety” award. SCA…