Bahamas News

18 Nov 2019

Putting Palatka Back on the Map

SJSB President and Owner, Steven Ganoe

Diverse and conveniently located, St. Johns Ship Building has quickly developed into a reliable partner for its many repeat customers. Today, and as a direct result, a lot more people know exactly where Palatka, Florida is located.On the St Johns River, just 60 miles south of Jacksonville, lies the sleepy town of Palatka, Florida. Founded as a trading post in 1821, its location on the highly navigable river made the area attractive to orange growers and timber men alike.In its heyday between 1875 and 1900…

24 Oct 2019

MES-S Delivers 66,000 Dwt Bulker Newbuild

Image: Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding (MES-S) has handed over a 66,000 dwt bulk carrier to Liberia-based Tomaros Navigation at its Tamano Shipyard.The newbuild is named M/V Tomaros."This is the 20th ship of our "neo66BC", the "wide beam shallow draft vessel" of our line-up "neo series"," said the shipbuilder.Featuring a length of 200 meters and a width of 36 meters, the 38,234 GT bulker flies the flag of the Bahamas.Tomaros has four cranes and five cargo holds, and keeps the superior usability of 56BC.The vessel is designed to have enough deadweight more than 66…

02 Oct 2019

1st Ship Dry Docks at Grand Bahama After Major Hurricane

 Image: Grand Bahama Shipyard

Freeport-based Grand Bahama Shipyard announced that it drydocked its first vessel since reopening the shipyard after Hurricane Dorian hit The Bahamas.The Taipei Trader, a 9,932-ton container ship operated by Lomar Shipping Limited, docked at the No. 3 dock this week, for its ongoing drydock, which was interrupted by the hurricane.Taipei Trader first docked at the yard on August 25 for a routine program including propulsion and thruster maintenance, and preparation of the hull for protective coating application.

25 Sep 2019

Carnival to Build 2 New Ports in Bahamas

Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, prime minister of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation. Photo: Carnival Corporation

British-American cruise operator Carnival Corporation and two of its cruise line brands have signed an agreement with the government of The Bahamas to build two major port developments.The world's largest travel leisure company, with a combined fleet of over 100 vessels across 10 cruise line brands, said that it will develop a new cruise port destination primarily for Carnival Cruise Line on Grand Bahama, and construction of a new addition, including a pier, on the Bahamian island of Little San Salvador…

12 Sep 2019

Grand Bahama Shipyard: Open for Business after Hurricane Dorian

Photo courtesy of Grand Bahama Shipyard

Post the departure from Grand Bahama Island of hurricane “Dorian” the most devastating storm to ever hit the Bahamas, Grand Bahama Shipyard confirms it will be ready to resume business on Wednesday September 11th, 2019.“There is no significant damage to the shipyard,” said Graham Couser, Vice President at the yard, “However, the island has suffered badly with personal tragedies and major infrastructure damages. As a business and community leader, it is our obligation to expeditiously return the shipyard…

09 Sep 2019

Equinor Sends Vessels to Clean up Bahamas Oil Spill

(Photo: Equinor)

Two vessels with clean-up equipment and personnel will arrive to the Bahamas within a few days to deal with an oil spill at the South Riding Point terminal damaged by hurricane Dorian, operator Equinor said on Monday.The company reiterated there were no indications of ongoing leaks form tanks, as well as no indications that the oil spill was reaching nearby beaches or the ocean.(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Gwladys Fouche)

05 Sep 2019

USCG's Dorian Response in Bahamas Continues

Coast Guard personnel help medevac a patient in the Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian. The Coast Guard is supporting the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force with hurricane response efforts. (Coast Guard Photo)

Coast Guard Hurricane Dorian response operations are underway in support of the Bahamas.As of Wednesday at 1000 hours:Coast Guard crews from across the Coast Guard have rescued 61 people and rescued four pets in the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian began.The Coast Guard is currently conducting air operations based out of Andros Island, Bahamas. Other aspects f the USCG response are as follows:Port Condition Zulu is set for the Port of Palm BeachPort Condition Four for the Ports of Fort Pierce…

05 Sep 2019

Bahamians Struggle in Dorian's Devastating Wake

A file image of Equinor's South Riding Point storage terminal (CREDIT: Equinor)

Stunned residents of the Bahamas surveyed the wreckage of their homes and officials struggled to assess the number killed by Hurricane Dorian, as the storm bore down on the South Carolina coast, threatening record flooding on Thursday.The United Nations said 70,000 people in the Bahamas needed immediate humanitarian relief after the most damaging storm ever to hit the island nation.Aerial video of the worst-hit Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showed widespread devastation…

30 Aug 2019

Florida Braces for a Hit as Dorian Strengthens

The NOAA National Hurricane Center Storm Cone situation at 1100 hours local on 30 August 2019.

Florida's governor on Friday urged residents in the state to stock up on at least a week's worth of food, water and medicine and to prepare to lose power and cellphone service for days after Hurricane Dorian makes landfall early next week.The slow march and rising intensity of the storm, which is moving in a northwestern direction to the Bahamas, has alarmed forecasters who worry parts of Florida will be walloped by strong winds, a storm surge and heavy rain for an extended period."I think there’s a pretty high degree of certainty that this is going to be a major hurricane…

29 Aug 2019

Hurricane Dorian Builds, Aims for Bahamas, Florida

source: NOAA / National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Dorian took aim at the Bahamas and the Florida coast on Thursday, spurred on by warm Atlantic waters as it threatens to strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 storm.Dorian earlier sideswiped the Caribbean without doing major damage but is expected to strengthen and slam the Bahamas and the southeastern United States with rain, strong winds and life-threatening surf over the next few days, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.U.S. President Donald Trump urged Floridians to heed official warnings.

29 Aug 2019

Hurricane Dorian races toward Florida

Hurricane Dorian is moving quickly through the Caribbean and heavy rains are expected in the Bahamas, Florida and the southeastof the US. this weekend, the National Weather Service has said. The National Hurricane Center said that Dorian’s winds currently have speeds of about 80 miles per hour and that the storm is moving northwest at 13 miles per hour and that the Category 1 hurricane could grow in strength to a major Category 3 storm before it potentially reaches Florida.Dorian is still moving away from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and hurricane warnings and watches for those areas have been discontinued but the storm is still…

16 Aug 2019

Teekay Adds 4th Arc 7 Icebreaking LNG Carrier

Image: Teekay

Bermuda-headquartered Teekay has taken delivery of Vladimir Voronin, the fourth in a series of six Arc 7 icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers intended for Yamal LNG project."Named after the famous Soviet sea captain, we have recently taken final delivery of Vladimir Voronin HN 2431, the fourth in the series of our six Arc 7 ice breaking LNG newbuilds," said a press statement from Teekay, which has developed from a regional shipping company into one of the world's largest marine energy transportation…

12 Aug 2019

UK Detains 3 Foreign Flagged Ships in July

Pic: Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that during July, there were three new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port.It also informed that  four foreign flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports after failing port state control (PSC) inspection.The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as THETIS.

09 Aug 2019

Balearia Launches Florida-Bahamas Fast Ferry

Image: BaleĂ ria Caribbean

Baleària Caribbean has launches a new fast-transport service linking Fort Lauderdale (Florida) with the island of Bimini in the Bahamas. The fast ferry connecting these two ports has a 650-person capacity and a maximum speed of 38 knots—35 for service—with the journey taking just under two hours.With five weekly services programmed to Bimini (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), the number of connections could increase based on demand.The new faster ferry service from Port Everglades to Bimini replaces the previous service from the Port of Miami.

27 Jul 2019

MOL’s LNG Pioneer Rescues 4 Castaways

Pic: MOL

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL) said that its liquefied natural gas (LNG)carrier LNG Pioneer safely rescued four castaways in the Pacific Ocean about 270km off Davao in the Island of Mindanao, the Philippines.The Bahamas-flagged LNG Pioneer was sailing off the coast of Davao Oriental province in the southern Philippines when it came across the distressed crew floating in the water aboard what was left of their fishing boat.The sequence of events was as follows:At 11:28 (all times in local time) on July 5…

24 Jul 2019

Caribbean to Enhance Maritime Capacity

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Chile, to extend Chile's technical assistance to countries in the Caribbean region, in addition to Latin America.According to the UN body, the MoU on Technical Cooperation, signed by the Directorate General of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine (DIRECTEMAR) of the Republic of Chile, replaces earlier MoUs (signed in 2002 and 2005) and strengthens the collaboration…

16 Jul 2019

Boskalis Raises Carnival Vista

Positioning of Carnival Vista above deck of BOKA Vanguard. Photo: Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.

The Boskalis semi-submersible heavy lift ship BOKA Vanguard successfully floated the cruise ship Carnival Vista aboard in order to facilitate repairs at a shipyard in the Bahamas.Royal Boskalis Westminster said in a press release that commencing last Saturday 13 July at sunrise the BOKA Vanguard loaded and lifted cruise ship Carnival Vista in a successful operation a few miles off the coast of Freeport, Bahamas.The loading operation including the re-float took twelve hours. The…

03 Jul 2019

Boskalis Floating Dock to Fix Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista on the Boskalis BOKA Vanguard Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V. Photo: Royal Boskalis Westminster

Florida-headquartered Carnival Cruise Line has contracted the Dutch marine engineering company Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. to lift its cruise ship Carnival Vista out of the water onto the world’s largest heavy lift ship, Boka Vanguard, and transport it to Grand Bahama shipyard for a dry docking operation.The operation, the first of its kind in the world, will take place in the coming weeks in Freeport, Bahamas. The BOKA Vanguard is the world’s largest semi-submersible ship…

24 Jun 2019

17.5 Tons of Cocaine found on Containership

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led multi-agency examination of shipping containers at the Philadelphia seaport netted a historic load of cocaine, the largest cocaine seizure in the 230-year history of U.S. Customs and CBP, with an estimated weight of over 17.5 tons and a street value of about $1.1 billion.During a midstream joint boarding Sunday night, CBP, HSI, and U.S. Coast Guard authorities detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers aboard the MSC Gayane…

19 Jun 2019

Cocaine Seized in Philadelphia Port

Federal officials in Philadelphia seized more than 15,000 kilos of cocaine with a street value of more than $1 billion at the Philadelphia Port, making it the largest seizure ever for the eastern district of Pennsylvania area and one of the biggest in U.S. history.According to various media report, quoting law enforcement officials, more than 15,500 kilos of cocaine were found in seven containers, which were found aboard a cargo ship, the MSC Gayane, that previously stopped in Colombia, Chile, Panama and the Bahamas.A press release from the MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company said that it is aware of reports of an incident at the Port of Philadelphia in which U.S. authorities made a seizure of illicit cargo.MSC noted it has a longstanding history of cooperating with U.S.

18 Jun 2019

ICS Thrusts on CO2 Reduction

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) plans to take concrete steps to support further CO2 reduction by international shipping.The representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations met last week in the Faroe Islands to review the priorities of the global shipowners’ association.ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal.Speaking from the Faroe Islands…

03 Jun 2019

Bunker One Expands to Freeport Bahamas

Image: Bunker One

Bunker One (Gulf of Mexico) SA announced the newest addition to its Offshore US Gulf and Caribbean fleet, M/T Waltz.The physical supplier, that is now one of the largest suppliers in the Caribbean, has commenced operations in Freeport from 1 June.Henceforth, this provides vessels sailing outbound from the US Gulf to Europe, longhaul markets in Asia and elsewhere, a very attractive refueling option.The M/T Waltz will inaugurate Bunker One’s entry as a physical supplier to Freeport Bahamas supplying at Outer anchorage and Freeport Offshore…

20 May 2019

Norway Hits GCL with Sulfur Fine

MS MAGELLAN: Documentation shows that the ship has entered two world heritage fjords with sulphur values far beyond the legal limit values. Photo: Sjøfartsdirektoratet

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has fined Greek cruise ship operator Global Cruise Lines (GCL) for using 0.17 percent sulfur fuel in a 0.10 percent sulfur ECA zone.NMA informed that MS Magellan, which is owned by the Greek company GCL, has violated the legislation on fuel sulphur limits in the world heritage fjords and has received a notice of a violation fine of 700,000 NOK ($80,000).On 1 March, new environmental requirements for emissions and discharges in the world heritage fjords the Nærøyfjord, Aurlandsfjord, Geirangerfjord, Sunnylvsfjord and Tafjord entered into force.

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