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Lower Mississippi Exclusive Tug Franchise Ruling

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order stating that the ALJ is recommending that the Commission approve settlement of allegations against Cargill, Incorporated that it violated the Shipping Act of 1984 by engaging in an exclusive tug franchise at its four grain facilities on the Lower Mississippi River. Under the agreement, no exclusive tug arrangements would be in place for docking and undocking assistance. In its place, there would be a two-tier system, with the upper tier applying to vessels of 13,501 GRT and larger and the lower tier applying to smaller vessels. For tug assistance services other than docking and undocking, rates would be capped at the rates charged by the tug company selected by Cargill as set forth in the company’s public tariff. Subject to Commission review, the ALJ has dismissed Cargill from this proceeding. Docket No. 01-06 (HK Law).


FMC Will Hold Meeting

The Federal Maritime Commission will hold a meeting in Washington, DC on January 30, 2002. The Agenda states that the open portion of the meeting will address issues regarding financial coverage for performance of cruises by passenger vessels boarding passengers in the United States. The closed portion of the meeting will address exclusive tug arrangements in Florida ports. Source: HK Law


FMC Declines to Expedite Appeal Process

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order denying the appeal of Canaveral Port Authority whose earlier motion to stay discovery and expedite its appeal had been denied by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The FMC has initiated two proceedings against the port authority: one alleging unjust refusal to establish reasonable regulations relating to towing services in the port and another alleging unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate


Wilhelmsen Ships Service Handles Seatrade’s 200th Port Call

From left to right: Christopher Lugnani, Wilhelmsen Ships Service Senior Ships Coordinator,Portia Walton, Bunker Surveyor, Port Auxiliary Services, Capt Vyodor Popov of the River Phoenix, Victor Calderon, Dock Controller, Gibraltar Port Authority. Photo courtesy Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Wilhelmsen Ships Service was acting as ships agents for the MV 'River Phoenix when she docked in Gibraltar last month, the 200th vessel owned by Seatrade to do so this year. Wilhelmsen Ships Service, which is Seatrade’s exclusive agent in Gibraltar, was invited to join in the celebrations to greet the River Phoenix. As the ship arrived, it was greeted with fire-tugs spraying water and a small flotilla of vessels. Wilhelmsen Ships Service exchanged commemoration gifts with the captain


Robert Allan Ltd. and Rotortug (KST) B.V. Sign Agreement

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Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver, B.C., and Rotortug (KST) B.V. of Rotterdam, Netherlands are very pleased to announce the initiation today of a new strategic alliance for the future development of the Rotor Tug concept. Under this Agreement Robert Allan Ltd will now act as the exclusive designer for all Rotor Tugs. The Agreement covers the continuous technical development for all existing and future Rotor ® Tug designs. The Rotor® Tug line will be added to Robert Allan Ltd


Damen to Build Robert Allan Designed Rotor Tugs

ART 80-32 class Rotor® Tug: Image credit Robert Allan

Two new ART 80-32class Rotor tugs, the first vessels designed for KST B.V. under the recent agreement naming Robert Allan Ltd. as the exclusive designer of Rotor tugs, are to be built by the Damen Shipyards group for owners Elizabeth Ltd. This is the first time that the Damen Group will build a design from Robert Allan Ltd. Kotug has provided significant input into the requirements for this design, and Robert Allan Ltd


ABG Shipyard`s Orderbook Rises

Karvy recently met the management of ABG shipyard and had a plant visit to their Surat shipbuilding facility. The company is an established manufacturer of a variety of marine ships, including bulk carriers, deck barges, interceptor boats, anchors handling supply ships, diving support ships, tugs and offshore vessels. Till date, the company has constructed and delivered around 93 vessels and has delivered three modern specialized Newsprint Carriers to Lysline, Norway.


Boskalis' SMIT Gladstone Towage Business Sold

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has successfully completed the sale of its Australian harbor towage business to its strategic partner Smit Lamnalco. The sale is part of a strategic realignment of the company's towage activities. Boskalis received US$ 55-million in cash for all the outstanding shares in Smit Marine Australia Pty Ltd, the legal entity holding the exclusive harbor towage license in the port of Gladstone, Australia with 6 tug boats included


KOTUG Begins Operations in Mozambique

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG Mozambique has begun exclusive port and terminal towage services with two Rotortugs in the new port of Nacala-a-Velha in northern Mozambique for Nacala Development Corridor (CDN), effective May 5, 2016.   The RT Magic and RT Spirit welcomed the largest bulk carrier Shining Dragon, to assist her safely to her berth. The Rotortugs, pioneered by KOTUG and featuring three separate azimuth propulsion units to provide improved vessel safety, power and maneuverability


Svitzer Amstel is Named in the Netherlands

(Photo: Sanmar)

 A naming ceremony was held on August 30, 2016 for Svitzer Amstel, a new Sanmar ASD 60-metric-ton bollard pull tug operating in the Port of Amsterdam.   The naming ceremony of Svitzer Amstel built by Sanmar Shipyards, was hosted by Port Towage Amsterdam. On behalf of Sanmar, Projects Director Ali Gürün and Marketing Director Pınar Gürün Korkmaz have attended the event. In witness of the invited guests and with the Svitzer Amstel alongside on the quay


St. Johns Delivers for Vane Brothers

Philadelphia is the fifth of eight new tugs being built by St. Johns Ship Building for Vane Brothers (Photo: St. Johns Ship Building)

St. Johns Ship Building has delivered the newly built tug Philadelphia to owner Vane Brothers.   Philadelphia is the fifth of eight new hulls for Vane Brothers in the Elizabeth Anne tug series consisting of 100 feet LOA, 4,200 HP twin screw tugs.  


ABS Wins Great Lakes Towing SubM Contract

Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company

ABS said it has been awarded a Third Party Organization (TPO) contract by The Great Lakes Towing Company (GLT) to support compliance with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M regulations.    “Every organization operating towing vessels in U.S


Out of Service Tug Sinks in Alaska

An out of service tug has sunk at the Samson Tug and Barge Company pier in Sitka, Alaska.   The 81-foot vessel Powhatan owned by Samson Tug and Barge Company sank at the pier on the evening of April 19 and subsequently slid under the pier approximately 200 yards along an underwater ledge.


DP Conference: Call for Papers

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As the offshore oil and gas industry continues to rebound, so will the demand for dynamic positioning technology and services. The annual Dynamic Positioning Conference provides an annual forum for discussion and for exchange of knowledge, experience


Tradewinds Towing Returns to Laborde for Repowers

Photo: Laborde Products

In September of 2006, Dominique Smith of the then one tug company Tradewinds Towing came to Laborde Products, to look at the S12R engine for the repower of the Miss Lis, an Alaskan built low profile tug he planned on repowering. Later that same month, the deal was made, and shortly thereafter


Antwerp Port Authority Centralises Operational, Maintenance Departments

Photo:  Port of Antwerp

 In order to streamline the Port Authority's technical and nautical departments and improve the service to customers, these departments are being centralised to form a joint cluster.   Three large new facilities will be set up at the site on quays 602-612: a central workshop (for the


New Mississippi Container Terminal Planned

Image: Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District

Plans have been put in motion to develop a new intermodal container terminal on the lower Mississippi River.   Designed to service the largest ocean carriers, the new 1,000 acre container terminal will be capable of docking vessels up to 20,000 TEU with deep-water access and 21


Simulation: Maritime Professional Training

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Maritime Professional Training 1915 S Andrews Ave., Ft Lauderdale FL 33316 USA  Tel: (954) 525-1014  Web: www.mptusa.com  COO: Captain Ted Morley   In South Florida sits MPT, one of the most prolific and progressive maritime training facilities


KotugSmit Towage Starts Towing in Southampton

(Photo courtesy: Andrew Sassoli-Walker)

On April 1, 2017 Kotug Smit Towage (KotugSmit) commenced towage activities with four powerful tugs in the port of Southampton, United Kingdom. The tugs ‘ZP Boxer’ and ‘SD Salvor’ performed their ‘first’ assistance on the River Test


Kotug, Seabulk Team Up in Bahamas

Buckeye Bahamas Hub. Photo: Marketwire

KOTUG International and Seabulk Towing have been awarded a contract with Borco Towing Company to carry out all towage operations at their Buckeye Bahamas Hub in the Bahamas.    The contract will be performed through a newly formed joint venture between KOTUG and Seabulk: Kotug Seabulk


Vittoria Shipyard Enters International Tug Market

Photo courtesy of Vittoria Shipyard

Vittoria Shipyard, which is one of Italy’s main constructors of military and commercial boats, has laid down the challenge to the international tug market with orders from the Russian and Algerian governments for a total value of 15 million Euros.  


EU: Pollution Damage from Ships

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners welcome the European Parliament’s adoption of the Recommendations on the 2010 Protocol to the International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea 1996 in its Plenary-session


‘Natural Gas Operating Fleet’ Concept Receives AiP

Sanjay Verma, Wärtsilä; Jim Smith, Lloyds Register; and Zhao Zhijian, CHI with the Natural Gas Operating Fleet concepts AiP Certification (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä and COSCO shipping Heavy Industry Co (CHI) have announced the joint development of a natural gas operating fleet concept, and this design has now obtained Lloyd's Register's (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate. The development project was carried out under the terms of


Western Towboat Signs with MobileOps

Image: MobileOps Inc.

MobileOps, Inc., a Redmond, Washington software comapny that specializes in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards, analytics) announced that it has signed a contract with Western Towboat Company of Seattle.


First of Six New Tugs Delivered to BHP Billiton

Photo: Image: Robert Allan Ltd.

With the arrival of the Iron Kestrel and Iron Corella in Port Hedland, Western Australia, the first two of BHP Billiton Iron Ore's six boat order for Robert Allan Ltd.’s RAstar 85 Class escort tugs have now been delivered by ASL Shipyards Singapore.  






 
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