Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping
Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons. Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc.
FSI: Two New Products to Find, Recover Autonomous Assets
Falmouth Scientific, Inc. These are small, lightweight, battery-powered, intelligent devices that can be mounted directly on AUVs, Gliders, or other underwater equipment for recovery after their mission duration has elapsed. Multiple user-programmable settings allow for selection of delay, timing, flashing, and frequency options which enable use in a variety of different applications. The Stand-Alone Flasher uses high power…
Oil up 2%
Oil prices were up as much as 2 percent on Wednesday after a third surprise weekly drop in U.S. crude stockpiles helped assuage fears over a global oil glut. Oil…
New Vessel Traffic Equipment at ABP Southampton
Associated British Ports marked the latest in a series of multi-million dollar investments in the port of Southampton by inviting the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP to open its brand new vessel traffic service (VTS) operating room, (September 21). The Minister of State at the Department of Transport was in attendance as Britain's leading ports company revealed its $5.2m investment in a new office with state-of-the-art equipment at Ocean Gate, Southampton, which will be manned on a 24/7 basis.
Cross-Bay Ferry Launched
A new ferry service has opened in Florida, a St. Petersburg/Tampa ferry service, and organizers project that this is just the start as they "test the waters" for the new service dubbed The Cross-Bay Ferry. “Everywhere I go, people ask me about the ferry,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, an early supporter of the project. “The Cross-Bay Ferry is a fantastic example of regional collaboration…
Egypt Cancels Ergot Zero-tolerance Policy for Wheat
Egypt has reversed a controversial zero-tolerance policy on ergot fungus in wheat, the cabinet said on Wednesday, after receiving no offers in the previous three international tenders.
Pirates Attack, Loot Container Ship
Pirates stormed a container ship off the coast of Guinea on Wednesday, making off with money and some of its cargo but leaving the crew unharmed, the government said. They fired guns and briefly held the crew hostage while they were looting the ship named Wendok, Guinea government spokesman Albert Camara said by telephone. He did not have details of the flag Wendok was flying under, the company running it, what its cargo was nor the nationalities of the crew.
Alfa Laval BWTS: USCG Type Approval Application Filed
After completion of land-based tests with marine, brackish and fresh water – all using the current ballast water treatment system design – a test report package for PureBallast has now been finalized by the independent lab DNV GL. Consequently, Alfa Laval has filed its type approval application with the US Coast Guard for the PureBallast 3 family. Alfa Laval is headed for US Coast Guard type approval in ballast water treatment.
Royston Upgrades Engine Fuel Management
Royston upgraded its enginei fuel management system with the addition of a new emissions monitoring capability. Building on the enhanced fuel data analysis and engine performance reporting options provided by the enginei technology, the latest version of the system incorporates a special engine profile-based emissions analysis feature. Operating without the need for an exhaust gas analyzer, the new system developed by Royston captures key engine performance data…
Libya Exports First Oil Cargo From Ras Lanuf Since 2014
An oil tanker left the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf for Italy early on Wednesday with the first crude export cargo from the terminal since at least late 2014, boosting hopes of reviving Libya's battered oil output. The port manager of Ras Lanuf said a second tanker was preparing to load at the terminal, one of four seized on Sept. 11-12 by eastern Libyan forces loyal to military leader Khalifa Haftar.
Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract
Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system. The barge is designed with a deckhouse and crew support area, generator room, shop area, office and heads. Below deck will enclose machinery spaces, storage areas and tankage.
US Navy Upgrades Mine Hunting Capabilities
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the first of three lots of mine hunting sonar upgrade kits to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. The ultimate end users will be the HM-12, -14 and -15 Mine Countermeasures Squadrons. The production contracts from the Navy’s PMS-495 are for upgrading 27 AQS-24A mine hunting systems into the more advanced AQS-24B system.
Tropical Coral reefs lose their Zooplankton through Ocean Acidification
Tropical coral reefs lose up to two thirds of their zooplankton through ocean acidification. This is the conclusion reached by a German-Australian research team that examined two reefs with so-called carbon dioxide seeps off the coast of Papua New Guinea. At these locations volcanic carbon dioxide escapes from the seabed, lowering the water’s acidity to a level, which scientists predict for the future of the oceans.
Panama Accedes to Ship Recycling Convention
IMO's efforts to promote safe and environmentally sound ship recycling received a boost with Panama becoming the 5th State to accede to the Hong Kong Convention. The Convention covers the design, construction, operation and preparation of ships so as to facilitate safe and environmentally sound recycling, without compromising the safety and operational efficiency of ships. H.E. Mr. Arsenio Dominguez…
Navy Names Replenishment Oiler After Robert F. Kennedy
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced today that the next ship of the next generation of fleet replenishment oilers will be named USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208). A ceremony marking the announcement was held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. T-AO 208 is part of the John Lewis-class of ships named in honor of U.S. civil and human rights heroes. "This class of ships would be incomplete absent the name Robert F. Kennedy," said Mabus. "He was a Navy man, a U.S.
Indian Oil Giant May Scrap LNG Vessel Tender
GAIL India, largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company in India, will likely scrap the tender for hiring LNG ships after failing to negotiate acceptable terms with bidders in what would hurt India's ambition to build high-tech LNG carriers at home under the Make in India programme, reports the Economic Times. The oil marketing giant had issued a tender last September seeking…
Busan: Business May Not be As Usual, Post Hanjin
Though Busan Port, the largest customer of Hanjin Shipping and hit hardest by the Liner's collapse, asserts that everything is under control, doubts are being raised on Hanjin rehab plan as ships clog at the South Korean port, reports Reuters. As 13 Hanjin ships crowded waters outside the country's biggest port, the South Korean court handling Hanjin's receivership cast doubt on the container carrier's ability to survive a restructuring.
IMO Releases New Guides for Energy Efficiency Regulations
Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization (IMO) GloMEEP Project, paving the way for further work in climate change mitigation by the maritime sector. The GloMEEP training was held from 12 to 14 September in Batumi…
First NYK Transoceanic Liner Recognized
The moored museum ship Hikawa Maru was officially designated as an Important Cultural Property by the nation’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Hikawa Maru is a Japanese ocean liner that Yokohama Dock Company built for Nippon Yūsen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK). She was launched on 30 September 1929 and made her maiden voyage from Kobe to Seattle on 13 May 1930. In commemoration of this recognition…
Hamburg Süd is Ocean Supplier of the Year
In August 2016, CEVA Logistics honored Hamburg Süd with the Ocean Supplier of the Year award for 2015. CEVA is one of the world’s leading non-asset-based supply chain management companies. Hamburg Süd was recognized for its strong global relationship with CEVA in combination with its dedication to ongoing operational excellence. “This award is in recognition of Hamburg Süd’s exceptional carrier services at a global and local level.