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Barge Damaged on Maiden Voyage

The Eva Joan, the newest barge of Petaluma sand and gravel importer Landing Way Depot, remains stuck in San Francisco Bay after suffering damage July 4, according to the Petaluma Argus-Courier. The barge was launched in the Petaluma River in early June but began taking on water while returning from its maiden voyage with 3,000 tons of Canadian sand offloaded from an ocean freighter. The sand was transferred to another barge and the Eva Joan was towed to a marina in Alameda while naval architects try to determine what went wrong. (Source: Petaluma Argus-Courier)


ChartCo Supplies Jo Tankers with ChartManager

ChartCo has supplied and fitted ChartManager on the 24-vessel parcel tanker fleet, owned and managed by Norwegian company, Jo Tankers. Captain Egil Hansen of Jo Tankers says, ?We chose ChartManager because we wanted to get our information updated as soon as it becomes available. It provides us with an easy way to follow up chart corrections and has standardized the method of chart updates on all our vessels, which is essential for overall vessel and fleet safety.?


Malinowski Joins McQuilling Services

McQuilling Services announced the addition of Carol Ann Malinowski to the advisory team. Malinowski joins McQuilling Services as Senior Advisor, Finance with over 25 years of experience in financial management, international business, and operations. Most recently Malinowski has been an independent consultant, engaged in finance and strategy projects, including acting CFO for a telemedicine start up, and strategy and operations analysis for not-for-profit organizations


Former FedEx Canada President to Head Long Beach Port

Jon Slangerup to be appointed Chief Executive

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners is scheduled to vote Monday, June 30, to name Jon W. Slangerup, a veteran corporate executive with extensive experience in global logistics and environmental technologies, as the Port of Long Beach’s new Chief Executive. “After an extensive, nationwide search, the Board of Harbor Commissioners is very pleased to recommend the appointment of Jon Slangerup as the Port’s new Chief Executive


UASC Prohibits Shipment of Shark Fin

Photo: United Arab Shipping Company

 As part of a commitment made to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) earlier this year, United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has prohibited the carriage of shark fin and shark fin related products.   WWF estimates that overfishing of sharks has led to around one quarter of the world’s shark species to be under threat. Sharks play a pivotal role in marine ecosystems and their disappearance can have severe consequences on the marine environment.   


Hyundai Global Services Enters into Eco-friendly Ship Services Business with KSS Line

Gas Star, 84,000cbm LPG carrier of KSS Line. The ship is going to be the first among KSS Line’s fleet to be retrofitted with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System. Photo: Hyundai Global Services

 Hyundai Global Services (HGS), Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) newly spun-off company specializing in providing total marine services announced today it signed an MOU with KSS Line, a Korean shipping company, for entering into eco-friendly ship business.   Under the MOU, two companies join forces to retrofit the medium-sized LPG carriers owned by KSS Line with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System. Ships equipped with the cleaning system will be able to meet the IMO’s sulfur


WSF Passenger-Only Ferry Service Cut

Washington State Ferries announced today a cut in the Vashon passenger-only ferry service based on a legislative mandate requiring WSF to implement part-time shifts and cut service hours from 16 hours to eight hours of service per day, Monday through Friday. In order to maximize service based on these new legislative requirements, Washington State Ferries worked closely with the Vashon and Southworth Ferry Advisory Committees


USN Awards General Dynamics $11 Million for Support Services

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat an $11 million contract to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). With this modification, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative (NEMMI) at the submarine base. Electric Boat will provide a wide range of overhaul


ISS Announces US Customs Brokerage Services

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ISS Brokerage Services, part of maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is now providing U.S. Customs brokerage services across all North American ports. The new facility has been introduced after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) granted a National Brokerage Permit to ISS Brokerage Services to file customs entries remotely via Remote Location Filing (RLF).  The company can now undertake customs brokerage in all North American ports


Maersk Supply Service to Cut Fleet, Crew

Photo: Maersk Supply Service

 The AP Moller-Maersk Group subsidiary Maersk Supply Service,, which is part of the "fifth leg" in the light blue conglomerate, is divesting up to 20 vessels over the coming 18 months and reducing its crew pool by 400 offshore positions.   The divestment plan is a response to vessels in lay-up, limited trading opportunities and the global over-supply of offshore supply ships. The first ten vessels are expected to exit the fleet in 2016


Kirby Announces 2Q Results

Photo courtesy of Kirby

Kirby Corporation (NYSE: KEX) has announced net earnings attributable to Kirby for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017 of $25.8 million, or $0.48 per share, compared with $38.9 million, or $0.72 per share, for the 2016 second quarter.   


Matson to Start U.S. Flag Marshall Islands Route

File Image: a newbuild Matson boxship (CREDIT: Matson)

Matson has announced that it will introduce a new direct U.S. flag service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands ("RMI") that will shorten cargo transit times to the RMI from the U.S. mainland by as many as eight days.   


Marine Jet Power, Horizon Ink Sales & Service Pact

Marine Jet Power, Inc. (MJP) and Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. (Horizon) announced that they have signed an agreement for Horizon to become the newest sales and service provider in the Gulf of Mexico.   The Master Sales and Service Agreement names Horizon as an authorized retailer and service


EMSP Welcomes EC Directive on Seafarers

Photo:  European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 The European Maritime Social Partners (EMSP) warmly welcome the European Commission’s adoption of their proposal to update their Agreement on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC).   


Svitzer Bags FSRU Support Contract in Bangladesh

 Svitzer Bags FSRU Support Contract in Bangladesh   Svitzer will provide marine support services for the Excelerate Energy FSRU at Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal.   Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited awarded Svitzer the 15-year contract


VMAG Rolls Out its Marine Refit and New Build Department

Photo supplied by Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG)

 Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) , one of the leading marine technology providers in South Florida, is expanding its already comprehensive list of services by adding turnkey marine services that now encompass the entire refit and new build process.   


Mermaid Maritime Wins Subsea Charters

Image: Mermaid Subsea

 Thailand-based Mermaid Maritime, a subsea and offshore drilling services company, has  been awarded two subsea contracts with a combined estimated value of $4.6 million.    The company press release said that the first contract award will involve a short ROV campaign for


French and Filipino Firms Bid to Operate Bissau Port

French firm Necotrans and the Philippines' International Container Terminal Services submitted bids on Monday to operate Guinea Bissau's main port, the transport minister said, as the government looks to cede control to a private operator.


Engineering Entrepreneur Buys Wren Industrial

(Photo: Wren Industrial & Marine Fabrications)

Merseyside maritime company Wren Industrial & Marine Fabrications has been bought by Merseyside entrepreneur and former member of the Armed Forces Jonathan Willoughby.   Bootle-based Wren Industrial has been run for 27 years by husband and wife team David and Helen Wren


Crowley Names Vargas VP, Business Development

Daniel Vargas (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley names Daniel Vargas new Vice President of International Business Development, prtnering with Jeffrey de la Combe to enhance Caribbean services   Veteran sales executive in ocean transportation and logistics Daniel Vargas has been appointed vice president of international business


Op/Ed: The Real Story Behind the Attack on SMFF Regulations

Todd Schauer (Photo: ASA)

ASA Sets the Record Straight.   The U.S. salvage industry came under attack at a recent Congressional hearing on May 3 by a special commercial interest that is promoting its own agenda. The American Salvage Association (ASA) intends to set the record straight


Broadband Demand

(Photo: Intelsat)

Satellite-based connectivity has always played a critical role for the maritime sector. As the communications expectations of ship owners, passengers and crews continue to grow, maritime service providers are seeing a transformation in the type and quantity of applications that need to be


US-built Liquefied Gas Barge Delivered

Photo: Vigor

Harvest, an ABS-classed articulated tug barge (ATB) purpose-built to transport liquefied anhydrous ammonia, has been delivered to a subsidiary of Savage Companies by U.S. shipbuilder Vigor.    Harvest is the first complex liquefied ammonia transport barge built in the U.S. since 1982.


Samskip Scoops up Nor Lines

(Photo: Samskip)

European multimodal transport provider Samskip said it will acquire activities associated with Nor Lines AS, marking a major expansion of its shipping, transport and logistics businesses in Norway.    Subject to approval by Norway’s competition authorities


North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven Upgrades to Navis N4

Photo: Navis

 North Sea Terminal Bremerhaven (NTB) has upgraded its terminal operating system from Navis Express to the N4 terminal system.    NTB is one of Europe's busiest and most important container terminals, handling about 3.2 million TEUs annually via continuous 24/7 operations






 
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