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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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St. Lawrence Seaway Annual Report Available

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) issued a statement that the 2002-2003 Annual Report is now available. Including both a narrative text and financial summary, the annual report also mentions that the SLSMC's new business plan increases maintenance expenditures by 36 percent over the next five years. Source: HK Law

Green Initiative Progress Report by US Ship Operator

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Horizon Lines updates progress towards environmental excellence A report (available at www.horizonlines.com) presenting the company’s progress in pursuing environmental excellence through its ongoing “Green Initiatives Program" has been release by Horizon Line.” The report describes the carrier’s efforts to mitigate environmental impact from shipping operations and intermodal transport.

TotalFina Tightens Tanker Regulations After Erika Spill

Oil giant TotalFina, which chartered the ill-fated oil tanker Erika, tightened its policy on chartering older tankers. However, company officials stressed that a new age limit on large ships, which would not have stopped it chartering the mid-sized Erika, needed to be backed up by tougher international maritime standards and greater transparency of safety checks. "We still need a global initiative and we are still calling for tighter controls and for charterers to have more access to

Information Edge

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Information at the Edge of the World The need for ship-to-shore information exchange has never been greater. Lawrence Poynter product director at iOra explores the sophisticated connectivity solutions that can keep the fleet afloat. For armchair sports fans, 2012 has been a bumper summer of wall-to-wall media coverage. For naval crews, getting the latest NASCAR results, football scores or Olympic record times is more difficult – but not impossible

Ireland's Transport Dept. Clarifies GME EPIRB Approval

Following recent reports in the media regarding the use of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport wishes to clarify the position regarding the approval and use of EPIRBs in Ireland. Fishing vessels in Ireland are subject to a comprehensive survey regime covering all safety equipment, including the EPIRB, and a safety certificate is only issued on foot of satisfactory completion of the survey

Marine Casualty Investigation

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In the realm of marine casualty investigations the allocation of blame should be secondary to marine safety.   There are three important criteria for marine casualty investigations to be of value to the maritime industry. First, the report must be completed promptly. It does little good to see for the first time the report on a casualty that occurred three or more years ago. Second, the report must be publicly disseminated

Todd Shipyards Report 2Q Results

Todd Shipyards Corporation announced financial results for the second quarter ended September 29, 2002. For the quarter, the company reported net income of $2.0 million. For the six month period then ended, the company reported net income of $4.3 million. In the prior year second quarter ending September 30, 2001, the company reported net income of $3.0 million. Per share calculations for the second quarter and first six month period ended September 29

GlobeOffshore Now Available From Globe Wireless

GlobeOffshore, the first fully integrated workboat management system, is now available from Globe Wireless. The system acts as a decision support tool helping to improve vessel utilization, streamline operational and strategic decisions and maximize vessel efficiency. Onboard, the GlobeOffshore log captures all types of information - cargo, operational, crew and passenger, and position. The data is then available to the vessel owner via the Internet

GlobalSantaFe Corporation Announces Update to Fleet Contract Status

Worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe Corporation (GSF)said that its report of drilling rig status and contract information has been updated as of June 8, 2007. The drilling rig status and contract information report on GlobalSantaFe's offshore drilling fleet is available in a condensed format via the company's Web site at http://www.globalsantafe.com. The report is located in the "Investor Relations/SEC filings" section

Corps to Release Draft Proposal for Navigation Study

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to release a draft proposal for public comment and review in the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway Navigation Feasibility Study. The Corps' study team met with federal principals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service and Maritime Administration to discuss the range of possible alternatives. The next step will be the preparation of a draft report in May

Maritime Piracy Activity is at a 22-year Low -Report

In March 2017 fuel tanker Aris 13 was attacked by armed pirates off the coast of Somalia (Photo: EU NAVFOR)

Global maritime piracy activity fell to its lowest level in over two decades, according to the latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report.   The 180 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships reported to the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) IMB in 2017 was the lowest annual number since 1995, when 188 incidents were reported.   2017 Piracy: By the Numbers According to the IMB, pirates boarded 136 vessels in 2017, while 22 attacks were attempted

De Poli Tankers Extends VSAT Deal with Marlink

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Dutch ship owner De Poli Tankers BV has extended its contract with Marlink, securing high-bandwidth global communication using the Sealink Plus service for its fleet of eight chemical tankers and two gas tankers.   De Poli Tankers' in-house ITC company, Maritime Performances BV, chose to retain the Sealink Plus service for the future as it combines high-bandwidth VSAT with unlimited L-band back-up in a single easy to manage bundle, Marlink said.  

Trump Offshore Oil Proposal Could Unlock 65 Bln BOE

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The Trump administration's proposal to open up almost all of U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling could unlock up to 65 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe), attracting billions of dollars in investment, consultancy Rystad Energy said.   Last week, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said a draft program would make over 90 percent of the outer continental shelf's total acreage available for leasing to drillers, a national record.  

World Seaborne Coal Trade Up in 2017

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World coal seaborne trade increased by 1.5 percent last year due to a recovery in output in producer countries such as the United States, Russia and China and an accompanying rise in export activity, German coal importers lobby VDKI said on Friday.   VDKI (Verein der Kohlenimporteure), whose 70 member companies trade hard coal across the world, put imports and exports last year at 1.143 billion tonnes, up from 1.126 billion tonnes in 2016  

Stone Marine, NGC Marine Launch Joint Company

Propeller design and manufacturing company Stone Marine Propulsion has joined forces with NGC Marine of China to form a new supplier of propulsion solutions and marine gearbox equipment.   The new U.K. based company, Stone Marine Propulsion NGC Ltd, is a subsidiary of Stone Marine Propulsion. It combines the experience of Stone Marine Propulsion in propeller design, hydrodynamics and metallurgy with that of NGC Marine Ltd, a manufacturer of marine propulsion and gearbox equipment.

Navios Holdings Now Controls a Fleet of 64

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 Navios Holdings controls a fleet of 64 operating vessels totaling 6.6 million dwt, of which 38 are owned and 26 are chartered-in under long-term charters.    The fleet consists of 21 Capesize, 23 Panamax, 18 Ultra Handymax and two Handysize vessels with an average age of 8.3 years.   As of November 1, 2017, Navios Holdings has chartered-out 66.6% and 11.2% of available days for the remaining three months of 2017 and 2018

Connectivity for Brown Water Operations

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Growing options emerge for ever-increasing data and Comms demand.   In the United States alone, 625 million tons of cargo is transported along the more than 12,000 miles of commercially navigable waterways each year, moving vital commodities to and from 38 of the nation’s 50 states. The advent of subchapter M has raised the bar significantly for as many as 5,000 inland vessels, both in terms of safety and the need to document and more closely control this tonnage

IMO Orders Fuels of the Future

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The new sulfur, carbon dioxide limits ewill demand precise understanding by ship owners and operators.    Globally, new regulations are coming into effect governing the Sulfur Oxide (SOx) limits and CO2 emissions. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has updated the maximum amount of SOx allowed in fuels and the European Commission is introducing new reporting requirements to monitor CO2 emissions

NYC Ferry Grounds

According to multiple New York television news reports the NYC Ferry MV Zelinsky, loaded with passengers headed for the Rockaways, ran aground just off of lower Manhattan on Monday night. The cause of the stranding, which reportedly happened about 100 feet from Pier 11 according to local TV news reports, is under investigation. While the crew attempted to free the vessel, frustrated passenger reportedly started calling 911.  

MAN Brings Latest Tech to Marintec

The MAN 45/60CR engine was unveiled in September 2017 at MAN Diesel & Turbo’s headquarters in Augsburg, Germany (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

MAN Diesel & Turbo has brought its new 45/60CR and ME-LGI engines, as well as its innovative HP-SCR emissions reduction technology to Marintec 2017, which is being held this week in Shanghai.   MAN recently revealed its new flagship engine, the successor to its 48/60CR engine in the company’s 4x line of high-performance diesel engines. The MAN 45/60CR marine diesel engine will initially be available as 12V and 14V versions that boast power outputs, of 15,600 and 18

ShipServ Launches Monitoring, Analytics Tool

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ShipServ has launched of the ‘Supplier Performance Report’, the latest addition to its monitoring and analytics tools.   The Supplier Performance Report provides shipowners and managers using ShipServ with a host of key data on the procurement performance of every supplier that they use, enabling them to analyze trends, and identify where improvements can be made, so that relationships with suppliers can be enhanced and fully optimized.  

Op/Ed: Making the Mississippi River Mightier

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A plan unfolds and support grows for a 50-foot Ship Channel to support economical and efficient grain exports. The Big River Coalition remains at the heart of that collaborative effort to make the Mississippi River Mightier.    In 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Institute of Water Resources (IWR) released a report under the direction of Congress to document the status of U.S. Ports to accept post-panamax vessels. The report, entitled, “U.S

EU Calls for A Single Market for Shipping

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 The single market is one of the most celebrated successes of the EU. It is a central element of the EU growth agenda. It is, however, clear that the single market remains incomplete and dysfunctional in some sectors. This is particularly true for shipping.   Shipping remains disadvantaged compared to other transport modes. In many cases, goods transported by ships between EU ports lose Union status. This entails a heavy administrative burden

BSEE Proposes Softening of Offshore Drilling Rules - WSJ

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A U.S. regulator has proposed rolling back safety measures put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which would reduce the role of government in offshore oil production, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.   The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, proposes relaxing requirements to stream real-time data on oil production operators to facilities onshore

US Could Get First LNG Import from Russia despite Sanctions

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A vessel that may be carrying liquefied natural gas from Russia's new Yamal LNG export terminal could be heading to the United States despite sanctions against the company that operates the Russian facility, according to a report by S&P Global Platts and Thomson Reuters shipping data.   The tanker Chris. De Margerie picked up a cargo from Novatek PAO's Yamal facility, Russia's second LNG export terminal, on Dec

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