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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Carnival to Refurb and Revisit its Fantasy

Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,056-passenger, 70,000-ton Fantasy is currently undergoing an extensive multi-million-dollar refurbishment as part of its scheduled five-week drydock. The refurbishment, which is taking place at the Freeport Shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas, will include a new lobby bar, remodeled cabins and a redesigned promenade. Each of Fantasy's 1,028 staterooms will receive a complete makeover with new wall coverings, furniture, bedding and linens. In-cabin bathrooms will be fully remodeled, as well, with updated vanities, new tile work and shampoo and soap dispensers. Via Marina, an enclosed double-width promenade, will get a facelift, with elegant new furniture and a decorative marble floor with carpet inlays, while The Forum, the Fantasy's conference facility, has been reconfigured so that it can be utilized as both a meeting space and entertainment venue. The namesake vessel in Carnival's Fantasy-class, the 70,000-ton SuperLiner entered service in 1990 and operates year-round three- and four-day Bahamas voyages from Port Canaveral, Fla.

Biggs Joins Bradford Marine Bahamas

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Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, has added John Biggs as Commercial Manager at their Freeport shipyard.  With over 41 years of welding experience in layout, design, and fabrication of ferrous and non-ferrous alloy materials and 28 years of marine fabrication and repair experience, Biggs is well-qualified in his new position.  In addition, he is an AWS-, ABS- and Lloyds-certified welder currently holding 14 welding certifications in ferrous

Bradford Grand Bahama Overcomes Hurricanes

During the recent hurricane assault on the Bahamas, Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd. (Bradford), one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, hardly missed a beat in the operation of its 50 acre full-service, ISPS-compliant shipyard in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. On September 4, Bradford’s Freeport shipyard was hit by Hurricane Frances, which caused some damage at the facility but inflicted major damage to the utility infrastructure on Grand Bahama Island

Bradford Marine Bahamas Completes New Docks

Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, announced the completion of 1,200 lineal feet of new docks on the west side of their Freeport, Grand Bahama shipyard. These new docks accommodate yachts and commercial vessels of all sizes, including the largest mega-yachts and super-yachts, and they have full utilities, drainage and work aprons. Construction of the docks utilized almost 2,000 feet of steel pipe and 3,000 feet of 16 inch steel I-beam

Malta Freeport Chosen by 2 Mega Alliances

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 Malta Freeport Terminals have been chosen by two mega shipping alliances -  2M Alliance and Ocean Three Alliance - as their main transshipment hub in the Central Mediterranean.   The '2M' Alliance is made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company and the 'Ocean Three Alliance' is composed of  CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Company.   Malta Freeport statement said that this was a significant accomplishment for its

Freeport-McMoRan Chairman James Moffett to Step Down

Freeport-McMoRan Inc co-founder James Moffett will step down as chairman and quit its board, months after the miner added two new directors under pressure from billionaire investor Carl Icahn.   Freeport said Moffett, who had been appointed chairman emeritus, would be a consultant to its board and advise the company on its Indonesia operations, including Grasberg.   Moffett was instrumental in the discovery and development of Grasberg

Mediterranean Shipping Company Announces New Carribean Service

Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc. (MSC)has commenced a new weekly service in the Caribbean with the sailing of the MSC CARIBS out of Miami, Florida to Freeport, Bahamas. The company is serving Rio Haina, Dominican Republic, Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti on a dedicated weekly basis via Freeport. The MSC vessel, MSC Bahamas, will be used in rotation linking Miami and Freeport with these three Caribbean destinations

Gladding-Hearn New Launch for the Bahamas

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Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered a new “St. Johns” Class pilot boat for Freeport Harbour Company on  Grand Bahamas.  Freeport Harbour Company is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings Group, which operates the Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahamas Airport and provides pilot services.  The all-aluminum high-speed launch, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, measures 52.6 ft overall, with an 17-ft beam and 4

Freeport LNG Terminal Gets Tanker

According to a report from Bloomberg, Freeport LNG’s liquefied-natural-gas terminal in Freeport, Texas, is to receive the Grace Cosmos, a tanker capable of carrying 146,794 cubic meters of LNG.   Source: Bloomberg  

GLDD to Widen Freeport Harbor Ship Channel

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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) says it has been awarded a a dredging contract valued at over $30 million to widen the entrance and jetty channels of the Freeport Ship Channel near Freeport, Texas. Approximately 4.5 miles of channel will be widened by 200 feet, enabling larger ships to safely navigate the 600 feet-wide channel. A portion of the dredged material is planned to be beneficially used to nourish the coastline in Quintana, TX

Aqualis Lands Audit Work for LNG Carrier

Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, said it has been contracted by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co. Ltd to provide an engineering study of a new-build liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier the yard is constructing for Teekay LNG.   Aqualis Offshore’s work scope is to provide failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), hazard dentification (HAZID) and hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies for the boil-off gas handling

US LNG Exports to Increase: EIA

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 U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that the United States will export more natural gas than it imports in 2017.    The U.S. has been a net exporter for three of the past four months and is expected to continue to export more natural gas than it imports for the rest of 2017 and throughout 2018.    The nation’ status as a net exporter is expected to continue past 2018 because of growing U.S

Irma forces Bahamas Borco Terminal to Close

Buckeye Partners LP's Bahamas terminal, also known as Borco, has been closed for vessel traffic and will shut all operations by the end of the day due to Hurricane Irma, a source familiar with operations said on Thursday.   That terminal, located in Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island, has more than 26 million barrels of storage capacity for crude, fuel oil, gasoline and other products.   Hurricane Irma has already killed several people after hammering the Caribbean as a category 5

BP’s LNG Carrier Fleet is Growing

BP said it will take delivery of six new, state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers in 2018 and 2019 to support its expanding global LNG portfolio.   BP’s finance partners KMarin and ICBC Leasing are investing more than $1 billion in the tankers. The vessels will join BP’s exixting fleet to help service a 20-year liquefaction contract with the Freeport LNG facility in Texas, as well as other international LNG projects in BP’s global portfolio.  

Deviation Of MSC Services in Freeport Following Hurricane Matthew

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 Following the severity of Hurricane Matthew last week, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Freeport terminal operator in the Bahamas has temporarily halted operations, in order to repair cranes and ensure full safety and security within container yards.   "To enable us to maintain schedules during this period and keep your cargo moving, we will deviate some of our Latin America services to Caucedo and Kingston," said a notification from MSC.  

Freeport of Riga Shortlisted for ESPO Award

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 The ESPO Award 2016 will be presented to the port authority that succeeds the best in safeguarding and further upgrading the nature in the port area, both on land and at the waterside.    The five projects that are shortlisted for this year’s Award are the projects of Bremen, Cartagena, Dunkirk, Guadeloupe and Riga.    "ESPO is proud to present the shortlisted projects, before the winner is announced during the official Award Ceremony at the Egmont

ICTSI Opens CFS in Central Luzon

Located at the NCT-2 premises, SBITC’s container freight station is the first and only facility of its kind in Central Luzon.  With the facility completed, SBITC looks to lure more customers to use Subic Photo ICTSI

Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC) recently opened its Dock Container Freight Station (CFS) at the New Container Terminal 2 (NCT 2) of the Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales.   Inaugurated last 7 November, the CFS is the first and only facility of its kind to serve the Central Luzon Market.  Roberto Locsin, SBITC General Manager, led the ribbon-cutting and welcomed partners from Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Bureau of Customs, and ECU Worldwide.  

James Murray Joins Gulfstream Shipbuilding Management Team

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Gulfstream Shipbuilding welcomes James Murray, a second generation boat builder and operator/owner, to the Sales Management Team. James is the son of Jim Murray, who originally opened the shipyard 35 years ago as Freeport Shipbuilding.  James built a variety of custom boats at the shipyard before venturing off to start his own successful passenger excursion company. Now, James returns to partner with the current owner Stuart Reeves on a new generation of custom shipbuilding.  

JERA Buys First-ever U.S. LNG Cargo

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Japan's JERA Co, the world's biggest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), on Thursday said it made its first-ever purchase of LNG from the lower 48 U.S. states, as part of its goal to diversify supplies. JERA, a fuel joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, said it bought the LNG from Cheniere Marketing International LLP, but did not give pricing details. Loading of shale gas produced at the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Louisiana onto LNG vessel Oak Spirit

The Top 10 Ships of 2016

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Maritime Reporter & Engineering News (www.marinelink.com), published since 1939, annually publishes details on the world’s “Great Ships of the Year.” Of the 18 selected as “Great Ships of 2016,” here we rank the Top 10 Ships of 2016, according to the editors of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News.   #10 Name: Perla del Caribe Type: LNG fueled containership Owner: TOTE Shipyard: General Dynamics NASSCO

Marine News Boat of the Month: January 2017

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Gulfstream Shipbuilding’s Custom Aluminum Ferry: U.S. Department of Homeland Security awards Ferry Contract for vessel built specifically for Eastern Coastal Waters.   In December, Gulfstream Shipbuilding was awarded a contract through the United States Department of Homeland Security for a passenger/vehicle ferry to service New York and Connecticut waters. This crew boat-style vessel will be capable of transporting passengers

Injured Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Texas

An injured crewman was medevaced from a Belgian-flagged tanker in the lightering zone between Freeport and Galveston, Texas on Thursday morning.   At approximately 6:35 a.m., the agent of the 1,092-foot tanker Ingrid called U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders and reported that the vessel’s chief engineer broke his leg after getting hit with the anchor chain. The ship's master called shortly after and confirmed the engineer required medical attention. 

Grand Bahama Shipyard Starts 2017 Strong

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Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited reports an active start to 2017 for cruise ship repair, refurbishment and revitalization   Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) said it will complete work on 10 cruise vessels within first quarter of 2017. Scope of works included significant propulsion and technical systems overhauls, hull treatment, accommodations and public spaces upgrades and the addition of onboard attraction facilities.   

Major Containership Drugs Bust in the Mediterranean

Customs inspectors in Malta have seized more than 300 kg (660 lb) of cocaine worth millions of euros on a container ship heading from Ecuador to Spain, Maltese officials said on Thursday.   Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailed the find as the biggest drugs seizure in the history of the Mediterranean island. "Well done to Customs and law enforcement authorities," he said in a tweet.   The customs department said it had discovered the cocaine stuffed in black hold-all bags

Malta Hosts European Shortsea Network Meeting

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 European Shortsea Network (ESN) meeting was held in Malta with representatives from 11 European countries at the head office of Malta Freeport Terminals, says a report in Times of Malta.   The presidency of the European Shortsea Network is currently held by Malta which also hosts the official registration of the European Shortsea Network as a legal entity.   The European Shortsea Network is an association made up of 28 European countries with their main objective being that

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