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Turkey To Close Bosphorus Strait For 12 Hours

The Turkish government will close the Bosphorus strait to sea traffic for ships over 3,000 tons for 12 hours from 1600 GMT on December 31 to minimize possible effects from the millennium bug problem in computers. Ships over 3,000 tons will not be allowed to pass through the strait from 1600 GMT on December 31, 1999 to 0400 GMT on January 1, 2000 for traffic safety. Ships longer than 200 m will not be allowed to sail through the 19-mile-long strait unless they provide millennium compliance certificates and ensure that their cargo is not dangerous.


Shipping Traffic Resumes in Bosphorus Strait

Turkeys Bosphorus Strait (CREDIT: AdobeStock 106467797)

Traffic in Turkey's Bosphorus Strait, an important international shipping lane for oil and grain, resumed on Thursday after a brief suspension triggered by a bulk carrier suffering an engine malfunction, shipping agent GAC said. GAC said the Marshall Islands-flagged, 225-metre vessel, identified as M/V Anna Smile Forward, had engine malfunction, forcing the transit traffic in the strait to be closed at 12.25 am (0925 GMT).


LPG Ships Collide in France

Two LPG tankers collided in the northwestern French port of Donges causing 60 tonnes of ship fuel to spill into the Sea. French coastguard said the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers the Happy Bride and the Sigmagas hit each other at 1920 GMT. There were no reported injuries and both vessels had been towed back to port. However, 60 tonnes of bunker fuel oil had been spilt in the collision.


Bomb Threat Cut Lithuania LNG Terminal Output

Gas supply from Lithuania's liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal was interrupted on Wednesday due to a bomb threat that later turned out to be a hoax, the terminal's operator Klaipedos Nafta said on Wednesday. The terminal is now preparing to restart, a spokeswoman said. The floating terminal, leased from Norway's Hoegh LNG , was opened last year and received the first commercial LNG cargo from Norway in late December.


Bosphorus Strait Traffic Suspended as Boat Sinks, At Least 24 Dead

Rescuers pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Monday and rescued seven people after the sinking of a boat carrying migrants including children, the Turkish Coastguard Command said. Tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, the Middle East and beyond pack into often unsafe boats each year and thousands of them drown in their efforts to enter the European Union through coastal states


Inchcape Shipping Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ISS Greece

A reception hosted by Group CEO Claus Hyldager was the finale of the ISS annual senior management conference in Athens.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime services provider, has this month celebrated the 25th anniversary of its operations in Greece by hosting its annual senior management conference in Athens, close to the company’s Greek head office in the Port of Piraeus. Over 170 ISS employees, including the entire senior management team, congregated to enjoy three days of strategic development activity, events, networking and customer engagement.


Correction: Mississippi River Closed in Iowa after Barge Hits Bridge

(Corrects ownership of bridge to Canadian Pacific not Union Pacific, paragraph 4) The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday closed the Mississippi River at Sabula, Iowa, after a barge struck a railroad bridge, said Eric Washburn, bridge administrator for the agency's Eighth District Western Rivers Bridge Branch. The river was closed 1 mile (1.6 km) north and 1 mile south of the site of the accident as of about 3 p.m. CDT (2000 GMT), Washburn said. The barge was stuck in an open position


Fog Halts Houston Ship Channel Traffic

Reuters reported that ships were halted from moving along the 53-mile (85.3 kilometer) Houston Ship Channel to the busiest U.S. petrochemical port on Thursday due to dense fog, said the U.S. Coast Guard. Ship pilots in Texas City, Texas, near the Gulf of Mexico entrance to the channel, and Houston stopped guiding vessels shortly after 1 a.m. CST (0700 GMT) after limited visibility made navigating the waterway unsafe, the Coast Guard said.


SembCorp Profits Boosted By Marine

Singapore's SembCorp Industries Ltd is expected to post up to a 60 percent rise in half-year net profit on Wednesday, boosted by its logistics, utility and marine businesses. Out of five analysts polled by Reuters, three forecast an interim net profit of between S$90 million ($51.2 million) and S$107 million, including exceptional gains, compared with S$67.27 million in the same period last year. The stock was at S$1


American Steamship Charters ATB

American Steamship Compnay charter New Articulated Tug Barge American Steamship Company (“ASC”), a subsidiary of GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT), announced its charter of a newly constructed Articulated Tug Barge (“ATB”). David W. Foster, president of ASC, said, “We are very pleased to add this new ATB, designed to transport dry-bulk commodities, to our fleet and look forward to commencing its operation on the Great Lakes during the upcoming sailing season


Seadrill Names Dibowitz CEO

Photo: Seadrill

Oslo-listed rig firm Seadrill named a new chief executive from within its own ranks on Wednesday and said its talks to restructure $14 billion of debt and liabilities had reached an advanced stage.   Once the world's most valuable rig firm


Maersk: Shipping Recovery Coming

File Image: Credit Maersk

Maersk Line posts loss, but company sees improvement.   A.P. Moller-Maersk beat first-quarter net profit forecasts on Thursday, boosted by the energy business it plans to spin off, but also reported signs of improvement at its long-suffering container shipping business.  


Five Killed in Crane Accident at Samsung Shipyard

Five people died and about 20 were injured when a crane collapsed at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea during construction of an oil platform for French energy company Total, the two companies said on Monday.   The yard in Geoje is building the platform for Total's Martin


Russian Intelligence Ship Sinks, All 78 Crew Rescued

A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said.   The rescued crew members of the Russian ship Liman were in good health after


About 20 Dead after Boat Hits Cargo Ship

Some 20 people died and about a dozen were missing on Friday after a wooden boat carrying about 60 wedding guests hit a cargo ship and sank in southwestern Myanmar, local officials said, in the third big marine accident in the country in as many years.  


Hapag-Lloyd Expects Rising Freight Rates in 2017

File Image: CREDIT - Port of Boston

Moderate increases in freights to be achieved in 2016; new Alliance membership starts on April 1.   German container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd expects freight rates to be several percentage points higher this year than in 2016, one of a number of factors that should help the company


Case Study: 18-day Exhaust Gas Scrubber Install

Rigging the scrubber section into the ship. (Photo: Goltens)

Goltens was contracted by a large cruise vessel owner to undertake the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers on one of its ships to comply with sulfur emissions regulations. The vessel is powered by four GMT/Sulzer 16ZAV40S and two GMT/Sulzer 12ZAV40S diesel electric generating sets.


Thessaloniki Port Workers Plan Stoppage to Protest Port Sale

Photo: Thessaloniki Port Authority

Workers at Greece's second-biggest port, Thessaloniki Port, will walk off their job for a few hours on Wednesday to protest the port's sale, a key condition of the country's international bailout.   The sale was launched in 2014 but has been plagued by delays and political resistance


Borr Drilling Scoops up Transocean Rigs for $1.4 Bln

   Borr Drilling, founded by former executives of financially troubled Seadrill, has snapped up Transocean's fleet of shallow-water drilling rigs for $1.35 billion.   The rig market deal is Borr's biggest since it was set up last year by Tor Olav Troeim and other executives who


One Dead, Three Missing in Helicopter Crash off Irish Coast

One person died and three were missing after a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed off the coast of Ireland during a rescue operation, the Irish Coast Guard said on Tuesday.   The search-and-rescue helicopter, which was assisting another aircraft with a medical evacuation from a fishing vessel


Frontline says DHT Holdings Rejects Improved Offer

Tanker firm Frontline said on Tuesday it had made a higher and final offer for rival DHT Holdings which was rejected.   Frontline said it had raised its all-share offer to 0.80 Frontline share per DHT share from an initial 0.725 but that DHT had again rejected the offer.  


Singapore Fuel Oil Trading Heats Up

Singapore fuel oil trading volumes have soared after the 380-cst front-month time spreads widened by around $1 per tonne from the previous day's close, in what could develop into an aggressive trade strategy that occasionally rattles this market.  


Hamburg Elbe Dredging Plan Needs Improvement

The port of Hamburg, Germany (CREDIT: AdobeStock)

Plans to dredge the river Elbe in Hamburg must be improved before a stop order on the work is lifted, a German court ruled on Thursday, raising the risk of more delay to work to deepen Germany's biggest port and open it up to new container ships.  


A.P. Moller-Maersk Misses Q4 Forecast

File Image: A Maersk product tanker underway (CREDIT: Maersk)

Net operating loss after tax of $2.7 bln means dividend cut. Chairman to step down at end of March.   A.P. Moller-Maersk missed fourth-quarter profit expectations on Wednesday as the world's largest shipping company pressed on with changes, taking impairments


Norwegian OSV Operators in Blockbuster Merger

File Image: A Farstad OSV (CREDIT: Farstad)

Debt-laden Farstad Shipping gets lifeline; billionaires Fredriksen and Roekke join forces.   Hit by the oil industry recession, Norwegian offshore service vessel (OSV) operators Farstad Shipping, Deep Sea Supply and Solstad Offshore announced plans to merge on Monday to counter the downturn






 
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