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MARAD: $5 Mln Available for Marine Highway Projects

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of $5 million in Federal funding to expand marine highway service by creating new or expanding existing services along designated Marine Highway Routes.   A Marine Highway Project is a planned service, or expansion of an existing service, on a designated Marine Highway Route, that provides new modal choices to shippers of cargo, reduces transportation costs and provides public benefits including reduced air emissions, reduced road maintenance costs and improved safety and resiliency, MARAD said.   Eligible applicants must be sponsors of Marine Highway Projects formally designated by the Secretary of Transportation.  


Port Security Bill Passes

Congress has approved a homeland security bill with measures that increase port security and that emphasizes Wi-Fi wireless solutions, according to WiFi Wireless, Inc., a company which markets an end-to-end wireless tracking and monitoring system for shipping containers. The bill provides new steps to prevent terrorism at sea ports such as putting nuclear, chemical or biological devices into the 11 million shipping containers entering the country every year. Further measures are expected


Senior Defense Officials Discuss Polar Priorities

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Mat Winter met in Finland last week with counterparts from five nations in a first-ever gathering of senior defense officials to coordinate science and technology research in high latitudes.   Dubbed the International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research (ICE-PPR), defense officials and scientists from partner nations with Arctic and Antarctic interests, including the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland


DryShips Announces Write-Off of Receivables

DryShips Inc., a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes, and through its subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., of off-shore contract drilling oil services, has announced  the agreement with one of its charterers to write-off about $16.5 million in overdue receivables related to charter hire payments due on 11 vessels on time charter. As part of the transaction, the charterer has agreed to forgo the exercise of certain "in-the-money"


Brittany Ferries, Telenor Sign Agreement

Telenor Satellite Services signed a three-year agreement with Brittany Ferries to provide high-speed data communications via satellite. Telenor will provide Ku-Band service for two Brittany vessels, the Val de Loire and Brittany's newest vessel the Pont Aven, with an option to install as many as six additional Sealink systems for the rest of the company's ferry fleet. Operating at speeds up to 192 kbits per second, Telenor's Sealink service provides high-speed data communications


Court Confirms TBS International Plan of Reorganization

TBS International plc announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed the Company's Plan of Reorganization, paving the way for the reorganized Company's expedited emergence from chapter 11 proceedings, less than 60 days after its February 6 filing. The Plan reflects overwhelming support from its voting lenders to restructure the Company's secured debt and to pay in full in cash all allowed claims of unsecured creditors, including all vendors


Moose Boats Awarded New Contract

City of New Orleans CBRNE Fire Rescue Vessel

Moose Boats Awarded New Contract for City of New Orleans CBRNE Fire Rescue Vessel. Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been awarded a new contract from the New Orleans Fire Department for the construction of a M3-36 Monohull CBRNE Fire Rescue Boat. The M3 is a new product line for Moose Boats and incorporates the builder’s established design and quality reputation in a more compact platform than the M1 and M2 Catamaran Vessels.


DNV GL Issues RP on Offshore Fiber Ropes

Høvik laboratories-syrobe testing machine-fullscale testing (Photo: DNV GL)

The results of two DNV GL led joint industry projects (JIPs) and a JIP pre-study commissioned by Statoil are now captured in a new Recommended Practice (RP) on offshore fiber ropes. With a system perspective on mooring performance, DNVGL-RP-E305 provides new industry guidance for achieving cost reductions of overall mooring operations, by addressing the engineering, manufacture and integration of offshore fiber ropes.  


New Luxury Fast Ferry on Boston Route

Photo courtesy of Bay State Cruise Co.

Bay State Cruise Company has introduced their brand new fast ferry, the 'Provincetown IV' which now travels between Boston and Provincetown, M.A. The operators say that thisvessel will boast more power, less emissions and a smoother ride in rough weather when compared to Bay State’s currently-operating fast ferry, the 'Provincetown III'.    The Provincetown IVis the fifth vessel that Bay State Cruises has dedicated to the Boston to Provincetown route since the


Shippers Form Working Group On Jones Act Conflict

The Maritime Cabotage Task Force (MCTF) and the National Industrial Transportation (NIT) League have reached agreement on the establishment of a joint working group which will address Jones Act service issues between U.S.-flag carriers and American shippers. The offer of creating such a group was made by the MCTF in a meeting hosted by the NIT League last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. At its core, the MCTF offer was an effort to engage the shipper community in a dialogue which goes beyond


e-Navigation Concepts Demonstrated in Singapore

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

The SESAME Straits project utilizes e-Navigation concepts to reduce maritime traffic congestion and hot spots, as well as improve traffic safety and efficiency. Leading up to the recent Singapore Maritime Technology Conference, the project conducted a successful demonstration in close


New Horizons: Cruise Industry Challenges & Solutions for 2017

Image: GE

Approximately 130 million Chinese citizens travel internationally, making China the world’s largest outbound travel market in the world. With one-sixth of the world’s population, many recognize this country as a market with huge potential.  


SUNY Maritime to Train NYC’s Next Ferry Captains

Photo: SUNY Maritime College

NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower is teaming up with the oldest merchant marine academy in the country to deliver a world class training program before a majority of the new NYC Ferry vessels even arrive in New York Harbor. SUNY Maritime College was founded in 1874 as the New York Nautical School


FMC's Doyle OKs Boxship Pact

Photo: HMM

Carriers are integral to the supply chain; shippers should review their options with all ocean carriers Commissioner William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission issued the following statement today, Agreement to go into effect March 30, 2017.  


New Orleans Port welcomes its longest ship, Equinox

Celebrity Equinox Photo Port of New Orleans

The longest and one of the most premium cruise ships ever to dock in New Orleans will sail into the Port’s Julia Street Cruise Terminal Sunday, Feb. 26, just in time for the finale of Mardi Gras festivities.   The Celebrity Equinox, a 1,041-foot cruise ship christened in 2009


Maersk Enhances Asia-Europe, Transpacific services

AE7 WESTBOUND Maersk

Maersk Line introduces a new service – the AE7 – on the Asia-North Europe trade and a new service – the TP16 – on the Transpacific trade.   The new services will enable MSC and Maersk Line to accommodate the incoming volumes from the recently announced slot purchase


Vesper Marine Launches smartAIS technology

Vesper Marine XB-8000 smartAIS Transponder Photo Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today the release of its revolutionary smartAIS technology. Combined with award-winning, proven Vesper Marine products, smartAIS provides new capabilities – including the world’s first black box AIS


Statoil Wins Offshore Wind Lease in New York

Just days after Deepwater Wind said its Block Island Wind Farm has begun delivering electricity into the New England region’s grid, Statoil reports that it has been declared the provisional winner of the U.S. government’s wind lease sale of 79,350 acres offshore New York.  


Hyundai Merchant Marine Ties Up with 2M Alliance

Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd

 Heavily indebted South Korean shipper Hyundai Merchant Marine Co Ltd (HMM) said on Sunday it has agreed with the 2M shipping alliance to form a cooperative relationship that falls short of full-fledged membership.   Joining an alliance with major shipping firms was one of the


Indiana Logistics Summit - a Big Draw

Nearly 500 people attended the 14th Indiana Logistics Summit Photo Ports of Indiana

Nearly 500 people descended upon the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis Nov. 16-17 during the 14th annual Indiana Logistics Summit to hear over 20 speakers discuss global logistics issues and their impacts on the regional economy. "Global Connections" was the theme and attendees


Will Naval Operations Heat up in the Arctic?

U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

As diminishing sea ice in the Arctic Ocean expands navigable waters, scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research have traveled to the region to study the changing environment and provide new tools to help the U.S. Navy operate in a once-inaccessible area.  


Roadshow to help Australian companies participate in Naval Ship building Deals

Adelaide Future Frigate Industry Photo DoD Australian Govt

A national roadshow for the Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels has kicked off to help Australian companies get involved in the multibillion dollar projects. The Minister for Defence industry, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP today launched the roadshow in Adelaide before it heads to Perth


DNV GL Approves Modification for Semi-Submersible Rigs

Photo: COSL Drilling Europe AS

 Following the accident involving COSLInnovator on 30 December 2015, some 100 semi-submersible rigs approved by DNV GL will be reviewed.    Preliminary assessments indicate that a limited number of rigs will be subjected to modifications or operational limitations.  


RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign

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RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water


Alaska, ConocoPhillips Eye JV to Market LNG

Image: Alaska LNG Project LLC

The state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC), and ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. have executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture company (JV) to market liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Alaska LNG project.  






 
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