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New Patrol Boats Delivered in Curacao

(Photo: Metal Shark)

Four new high-speed patrol boats commissioned on the island of Curacao are the first to be delivered to the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) under a 12-boat order announced last year.The welded aluminum 38 Defiant monohull patrol boats were designed and manufactured by Louisiana based shipbuilder Metal Shark as the result of a multi-year effort by the DCCG to procure a replacement for its fleet of open-cockpit rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RIB).The new enclosed-pilothouse vessels will serve as the DCCG’s main interceptors, patrolling the territorial waters of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St.

Carnival Destiny Undergoes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny recently completed a 21-day dry dock that included an new teen club, a renovated Lido restaurant and children’s pool, a redesigned casino, and updated suite accommodations. Following the multi-million-dollar renovation, which took place in Freeport, Bahamas, the 101,353-ton Carnival Destiny resumed its regular schedule of year-round seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan. On this route, Carnival Destiny departs every Sunday on week-long voyages to St. Thomas/St. John, Dominica, Barbados and Aruba.

Eastern Delivers Tractor Tug to McAllister

Photo courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the Twin Z-drive Reverse Tractor Tug JEFFREY McALLISTER to McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc. on January 13, 2017. McAllister is honoring Captain Jeffrey McAllister as the vessels namesake. Capt. Jeffrey McAllister is a member of the fifth generation working at McAllister Towing. Jeff began his McAllister career in 1973 at the age of 18 when he worked as a deckhand on the fleet’s offshore crew boats. His rise at the company was attained the old-fashioned way by working his way up the hawse pipe.

Commodore Holdings To Purchase Crown Dynasty

Commodore Holdings Limited will be purchasing, subject to final documentation, the 820-passenger cruise vessel Crown Dynasty, which it presently charters. The ship will be bought from Helsinki-based Neptun Maritime for $86.2 million and the transfer is expected to take place in January, 2000. The Crown Dynasty has undergone a $5 million upgrading program and has started its sailings under the Crown Cruise Line brand, a newly formed upscale brand of Commodore Holding Limited. CCLN will market the 4 1/2 star elegant cruise ship to those seeking a somewhat more sophisticated and higher quality cruise experience at a moderate price. The Crown Dynasty entered service in 1993 and is known in the industry as an elegant vessel with a full array of passenger amenities.

Mobil-Brand Marine Lubricant Service Available

Mobil Corporation's affiliates will now offer marine lubricant service to shipping companies calling on ports located in the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire. A full range of Mobil-brand marine lubricants is available in 11 ports in the Dominican Republic, as well as the ports of Willemstad and Bullenbaai in Curacao; Oranjestad in Aruba and Kralendijk in Bonaire.

Containership Sold in Aruba after Bank Arrest

Haco van der Houven van Oordt (Photo: AKD)

Rotterdam-based law firm AKD has completed the sale at auction of the container vessel Caribbean Sea in the courts of Aruba following its arrest by Rabobank for outstanding mortgage debts in excess of $28 million. The entire arrest and auction process was completed in just 20 days. The 2007-built vessel arrived and was arrested in Aruban waters on March 25, 2015 as security against an outstanding debt of $28,398,786, and was sold at auction on April 14. AKD partner Haco van der Houven van Oordt…

Europa 2 to Call Cuba for the First Time

Europa 2 (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

Sun, sand and Caribbean ‘joi de vivre’ – Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 will visit the island of Cuba in the Greater Antilles for the first time on two cruises in October and November 2016. Maiden ports of call are special moments on cruises with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ ships and never fail to be a highlight for both the passengers and crew. For the first time, several visits to Cuba, the largest of the Antilles, are featured on Europa 2  itineraries in autumn 2016. The island, known as a nation for its Caribbean way of life and white sandy beaches…

PDVSA Halts Exports of Diluted Crude for Oct

Venezuela's state-run PDVSA has put on hold its plans to export diluted crude oil (DCO) in October as the company reviews production costs that have risen on imports of costly naphtha that it uses to mix with its extra heavy crude, traders told Reuters on Friday. The move comes as the company scrambles to cut costs to partially solve its well-known cash flow problems. Reuters reported on Wednesday that PDVSA is considering importing Algerian Saharan Blend light crude instead of costly naphtha that it has been buying since 2013 to use for its blends. One of several sources who was told of the halt by the company said it might also try to raise DCO prices to better offset import costs. "Sales of DCO are suspended, but PDVSA said it won't stop production of these crudes.

Nordic Empress, Horizon and Zenith Reposition To Caribbean From Philadelphia, Baltimore

The Royal Caribbean ship Nordic Empress will reposition to the Caribbean from Philadelphia, where the ship has been sailing from since the terrorist attack in New York. Nordic Empress will depart Philadelphia on October 21, on an eight-night sailing to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with port calls in King's Wharf, Bermuda and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The Celebrity Cruises ships Horizon and Zenith will reposition to the Caribbean from Philadelphia and Baltimore, respectively, where the ships have been sailing from since the terrorist attack in New York. Horizon will depart Philadelphia on October 27, on an eight-night sailing to Oranjestad, Aruba, with port calls in Nassau, Bahamas; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Schelde Awarded Contract for Patrol Vessels

The Netherlands' Defence Materiel Organization (DMO) and Schelde Naval Shipbuilding signed a contract for the supply of four Patrol Vessels. The contract has a value of 240 million euros. The four Patrol Vessels will be built for the Royal Netherlands Navy, and are to be delivered in a time-frame between November 2010 and November 2012. The Patrol Vessels fulfil the operational requirements of the Royal Netherlands Navy for a robust platform with a limited weapon outfit, specifically…

Hapag-Lloyd Warns of Preventive Actions by China

Photo Hapag-Lloyd

Further to Hapag-Lloyd's information to their Customer circular issued in 4th March 2016 on the preventive actions of Zika virus for all cargoes entering China, the company has now provided an updated list of origin countries. All shipments from the following countries (indicated below) shall be subject to anti-mosquito treatment. Inbound shipments without proof of anti-mosquito treatment will be fumigated at the port of discharge in China by the authorities without prior notice.

SPT Expands Caribbean Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer Service

Houston based SPT Inc., specialists in ship to ship (STS) transfer (lightering) of crude oil and liquefied natural gas has announced expansion of its STS service for oil majors and traders in the Caribbean. SPT Inc's President Simon Duncan has signed an initial deal with Cayman Island’s Premier Bush to revive crude oil lightering offshore Cayman Brac. This follows new ship to ship transfer capability announced last year in the Bahamas for SPT, building on its permanent ship to ship transfer location in its southern Caribbean base at Aruba. The details of the Cayman arrangements have not yet been finalised, but promise to aid Cayman Brac’s economy with the port benefiting from the additional commerce that visiting ships generate such as replenishment of stores and services.

Port Canaveral Welcomes Explorer of the Seas

Explorer of the Seas

Starting November 15, 2014, Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas begins homeporting at Port Canaveral through March 2015, offering a new nine-night itinerary that reaches further into the southern Caribbean with stops in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Haiti. Other itinerary options include four-, five-, and eight-night Caribbean cruises. “We are pleased that Royal Caribbean continues to provide innovative ships and diverse itineraries for our community, Orlando and other central Florida residents and visitors,” said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh.

Aruba, Citgo sign MOU to Explore Refinery Restart

Aruba's Energy Ministry said on Friday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with PDVSA's U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum to explore reopening and operating the island's refinery, idled since 2012. The 235,000-barrel-per-day refinery was operated buy U.S. firm Valero Energy, but it closed because of low margins. Since then the facility has been used as a storage terminal. "Citgo will send a group to evaluate the refinery technically and financially," Aruba's government said in a statement. Because of its proximity to the Venezuelan coast, PDVSA and Aruba's government have had talks since 2012 about a purchase or an operating agreement, but without any success. Reporting by Sailu Urribarri

Holland America Line’s 'Zuiderdam' Rescues 8 in the Caribbean

Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam Rescues Eight Crewmembers From Sinking Vessel in the Caribbean

At 2:10 a.m. Jan. 3, 2015, while en route to Oranjestad, Aruba, Holland America Line’s ms Zuiderdam answered a distress call from the Bahamian inter-island vessel Excalibur that was sinking with eight crewmembers onboard. Zuiderdam was approximately 15 miles away and the closest ship in the area. Zuiderdam altered course and was able to successfully execute a nighttime rescue of all eight crewmembers at 3:01 a.m. The ship brought them onboard and provided food and accommodations. The rescued crewmembers debarked in Aruba on Jan.

Four Holland America Ships to Sail SA Cruise Season

ms Statendam (Photo: Holland America Line)

From fall 2014 through spring 2015, Holland America Line will offer South America deployment with four ships positioned in the region. The line's ms Statendam, ms Maasdam, ms Prinsendam and ms Zaandam will sail 20 voyages around the continent ranging in length from 14-68 days. With departures from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; San Diego, Calif.; and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as sailings originating within South America, the four ships will explore more than 50 exotic and remote ports…

100th Voyage of MV Stadt Rendsburg

Photo courtesy Broward County Port Everglades Department

On Feb. 5, Port Everglades and SeaFreight Line celebrated the 100th voyage of the MV Stadt Rendsburg from the South Florida seaport. Built in 2004, the 1,100-TEU containerized cargo vessel has spent its entire working career home-ported at Port Everglades and sailing every three weeks to Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Venezuela, Panama, Trinidad and Jacksonville, Fla. “We congratulate SeaFreight on the MV Stadt Rendsburg’s 100th voyage to Port Everglades and a successful business model that generated nearly 75,000 TEUs at Port Everglades this past year,” said Port Director Phil Allen.

gplink Approved in More than 30 Countries

Image: gplink

Remote monitoring and diagnostic services provided by gplink operate through either GSM service or through various satellite technologies. On a global scale, most countries have their own rules and regulations to follow for communications and radio frequency use. In order to sell in specific countries, gplink must first be reviewed and certified by that country’s communication commission or department. gplink said it has been working to be certified in dozens of countries throughout the world and announced that Peru is now online for gplink services, both GSM and satellite.

Asia-Bound VLCCs to Use Venezuela's St Eustatius Terminal

VLCC file photo

Venezuela's state-run PDVSA will use a terminal owned by U.S. firm NuStar Energy on the island of Saint Eustatius to store crude and load very large crude carriers (VLCCs) going to Asia, after deciding it will no longer rent a facility in the Bahamas, according to a PDVSA executive. PDVSA has been using the Saint Eustatius terminal in the Caribbean since March as a center to store and mix its crudes and produce exportable blends, the Venezuelan oil company confirmed after Reuters reported it this week.

Conoco Moves to Seize PDVSA's Caribbean Assets

File Image: A view of the local refinery on the island of Aruba. (CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Hans)

U.S. oil firm ConocoPhillips has moved to take Caribbean assets of Venezuela's state-run PDVSA to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award over a decade-oil nationalization of its projects in the South American country, according to three sources familiar with its actions. The U.S. firm targeted facilities on the islands of Curacao, Bonaire and St. Eustatius that accounted for about a quarter of Venezuela's oil exports last year. The three play key roles in processing, storing and blending PDVSA's oil for export.

PDVSA Diverts Crude Tanker from Curacao

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Venezuela's state-run PDVSA ordered a tanker carrying Russian oil that was waiting to discharge at its Curacao terminal to divert to Venezuelan waters after ConocoPhillips introduced an order in a Caribbean court to seize its inventories and other assets in the island, according to a shipper and Reuters data on Tuesday.The Aframax tanker British Cygnet loaded crude at Russia's Primorsk terminal in April. It arrived in Curacao's Bullenbay terminal, operated by PDVSA, on Sunday…

Tightening Noose: Venezuela's Crisis Deepens

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The news that Venezuela's PDVSA has diverted a crude tanker from Curacao after ConocoPhillips moves to satisfy a $2 billion arbitration award signals that worst may be yet to come. Reuters is reporting that Venezuela's state-run PDVSA ordered a tanker waiting to discharge at its Curacao terminal to divert to Venezuelan waters after ConocoPhillips introduced an order in a Caribbean court to seize its inventories and other assets in the island, according to a shipper and Reuters data on Tuesday.

PDVSA Halts Caribbean Storage, Shipping; Diverts Oil Cargo

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Venezuela's state-run PDVSA suspended oil storage and shipping from its Caribbean facilities following a move by ConocoPhillips to temporarily seize the firm's assets on four islands, according to a PDVSA source and Reuters data.PDVSA has begun concentrating most shipping in its main crude terminal of Jose on Venezuela's eastern coast and recalling tankers to Venezuelan waters to avoid seizures that would further cut its exports and worsen an economy on the verge of collapse.U.S.…

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