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Sea Star Line: Equipment Replacement Plan on Track

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Company Receives New Refrigerated Containers and Places Order for New Genset Equipment   Sea Star Line, LLC began receiving the first of its new 100 40’ and 45’ refrigerated containers ordered as part of its equipment replacement plan announced in August 2014. The replacement plan aims to reduce the average age of the entire Sea Star Line refrigerated container fleet to less than three years.    The reefers have been fit with Carrier PrimeLine Machinery which is the most current technology available for refrigerated equipment. In addition, the entire Sea Star Line reefer fleet is equipped with an industry unique StarGuard remote reefer monitoring system which provides continual end-to-end visibility of the operation of the refrigerated unit while in the Sea Star Line cold chain.    Sea Star Line also placed an order for 100 new gensets in conjunction with its reefer equipment replacement purchase. The new gensets are PowerLINE 69G15 Tier 4 series manufactured by Carrier Transicold. The order consists of 75 underslung and 25 clip-on gensets. Anticipated delivery to Jacksonville of the first of these new units is mid-December 2014.     


Sea Star Line Announces Commercial Leadership Changes

US-based Sea Star Line brings in new VP sales, gives further responsibilities to VP Caribbean Sea Star Line, LLC announced today that Bill Taylor will assume leadership of Sea Star’s United States sales team as Vice President, US Sales. Eduardo Pagan, who held the position of Vice President, Commercial Services will now hold the position of Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico and Caribbean.   “We are extremely pleased to have Bill on board as he brings 30 years of sales


U.S. DOJ: Guilty Plea in Price Fixing Case

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Florida-Based Sea Star Line LLC Agrees to Plead Guilty and Its Former President Is Indicted for Price Fixing on Coastal Freight Services Between the Continental United States and Puerto Rico Sea Star Line Also Agrees to Pay $14.2 Million Criminal Fine. Sea Star Line LLC has agreed today to plead guilty and to pay a $14.2 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices in the coastal water freight transportation industry, the Department of Justice announced


Sea Star Line Announces Rate Increases

Sea Star Line announced that it is implementing a general rate increase, effective April 1, 2012. The general rate increase of 3.5 percent  increase will be administered on shipments between U.S. ports and Puerto Rico. Sea Star Line cited escalating operational costs as the main driver for the increase. “Sea Star Line remains committed to the Puerto Rico trade and needs to implement rate increases and other activities to help to ensure continued profitability


Sea Star Line, Boys & Girls Clubs Partner to Name Marlin Class Ships

Paola Dominguez with a rendering of the new Marlin Class ship. The Isla Bella will enter service in the 4th quarter of 2015. (Photo courtesy of Sea Star Line)

In June 2014, Sea Star Line partnered with the 11 clubs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico in a contest to name the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels which will be dedicated to the Puerto Rico trade by TOTE, Sea Star Line’s parent company. The Marlin Class vessels have attracted international attention as the first cargo ships in the world to run on natural gas. In addition to their improved environmental profile


TOTE Shifts Maritime Companies under Unified Brand

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U.S. Jones Act carrier TOTE announced it has shifted operating companies Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, respectively serving the Alaskan and Puerto Rican/Caribbean markets. Going forward, the companies will be known collectively as TOTE Maritime. Sea Star Line has delivered goods to Puerto Rico for more than 30 years with twice weekly reliable service that is responsible for goods traveling from the U.S


Sea Star Will Acquire Navieras’ Assets

Sea Star Line, LLC (Sea Star) announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Navieras/NPR, Inc. (NPR) and of certain related entities. The agreement covers the purchase of ships, equipment, assignment of terminal leases, trade names and other assets related to NPR's Puerto Rico service. The purchase agreement, subject to U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval, will become effective at the end of April 2002


DOJ: Former Liner President Guilty in Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Former Executive Convicted for Role in Price-Fixing Conspiracy Involving Coastal Freight Services Between the Continental United States and Puerto Rico.   Following a two-week trial, a federal jury in Puerto Rico today convicted a former executive of a Florida-based coastal water freight transportation company for his participation in a conspiracy to fix rates and surcharges for water transportation of freight between the continental United States and Puerto Rico


Sea Star Line Appoint Tim Nolan Executive VP

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Tim Nolan, as Executive Vice President, will report to Peter Keller, President and be domiciled at Sea Star headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. Tim has a broad background in liner shipping to include management accountabilities in Chile, as well as, the Latin America and Caribbean trades.  He has also been involved in business development and International logistics management. Most recently he was senior vice president and general manager for a major International Logistics Operator


Sea Star Assists Vessel Rescue

El Morro (Photo courtesy Sea Star Line)

While in transit from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the crew of Sea Star Line’s El Morro vessel received distress calls from a small fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing vessel was attempting to hail the U.S. Coast Guard’s Jacksonville Sector with no success due to a weak transmission signal. The crew of El Morro intercepted the communications from the fishing vessel and began relaying information to the U.S Coast Guard in Jacksonville.


Lines in the Water

Photo: Carlos Rivera / U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

There are a variety of jurisdictional lines in the water. The first line to be considered is the national boundary between two adjacent or nearby countries. Adjacent countries tend to draw agreed boundaries extending their shoreside boundaries, with accommodations for headlands, capes, etc


Viking Ocean Cruises Extends Order at Fincantieri

Viking Ocean Cruises and Fincantieri signed a memorandum of agreement for the construction of two additional cruise ships, with an option for another two.   The new builds will be sister ships to the six already ordered and will enter Viking fleet in 2021 and 2022, respectively


China Launches First Home-built Aircraft Carrier

(Photo: Feng Kaixuan / Ministry of National Defense of the Peoples Republic of China)

China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.   State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier


Ethane Carrier GasChem Beluga Named

GasChem Beluga, pictured on the River Tees for its naming ceremony, is an eco-friendly sea vessel that will carry shipments of ethane gas from Houston in the U.S. to SABIC’s Olefins Cracker on Teesside. (Photo: SABIC)

A new liquefied ethylene gas carrier (LEG) was named on Teesside today.   Operated by German shipping company Hartmann Reederei and GasChem Services, the new eco-friendly sea vessel GasChem Beluga will carry shipments of ethane gas from Houston to SABIC’s cracker at Wilton on Teesside


Commercial Sea Training Resumes for USMMA Cadets

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The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) has announced that Sea Year training for USMMA Midshipmen will resume on three commercial carriers beginning in March 2017.   The reinstatement of the program follows the implementation of comprehensive new policies


Cruise Shipping's Rising Star

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Genting Hong Kong is a rapidly growing global travel brand, spreading its wings – literally and figuratively – into ocean cruise, yacht, river cruise, air and shipbuilding. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News speaks with key executives at Genting Hong Kong: Mona Lai


New Tug for Vane Brothers

Fishing Creek (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the 3,000‐horsepower Fishing Creek, the 13th Maryland-built tugboat to join the Baltimore-based company’s expanding fleet in the last 10 years.   Designed by Frank Basile, P.E., of Entech Designs, LLC


Container Lines to Cut Terminal Cost in China

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 Eleven container liner transportation companies have promised to cut or standardize the Terminal Handling Charges (THC) in order to lower nearly 3.5 billion yuan burden of export enterprises each year, according to National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).   


Meyer Werft Floats Out Norwegian Joy

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s first cruise ship custom designed for China has been floated out of Meyer Werft’s covered building dock II on March 4 in Papenburg, Germany, where the 168,800-gross-ton ship has been under construction since September 2015


S. African Watchdog Seeks Penalty Against K-Line

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 South Africa’s  competition watchdog  is seeking to fine Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) as much as 10 percent of its annual revenue in the country for colluding on a tender for the transport of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, reports Reuters.  


Grand Bahama Shipyard Starts 2017 Strong

CCL Dream (Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard)

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


Star Bulk Awarded USCG Qualship 21 for 30 Vessels

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The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded Qualship 21 status to 30 bulk carriers owned and operated by Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest U.S. listed dry bulk operator.   The Qualship 21 program rewards high quality ships sailing under qualifying flags.  


Star Bulk Acquire Two Modern Kamsarmax Vessels

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 Star Bulk Carriers, a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two modern Kamsarmax drybulk carriers from an unaffiliated third party for an aggregate total consideration of approximately


Interview: Tan Sri Kt Lim, Chairman, Genting Hong Kong

Tan Sri Kt Lim (Photo: Genting Hong Kong)

Five minutes with Tan Sri Kt Lim, Chairman, Genting Hong Kong   Last year Genting Hong Kong acquired shipbuilding capacity in Germany. When and why was the decision made to become a shipbuilder? With the rapid growth of the world cruise industry, especially in China


China-bound Norwegian Joy Sets Sail

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 Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line’s first custom-designed ship for the Chinese cruise market, began her journey to her home port of Shanghai, China this week, as she departed the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Sunday






 
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