IMO Workshop Addresses Impacts of Fouling
The build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and structures is known as biofouling. This can introduce potentially invasive non-native aquatic species to a new area. Fouling can also slow down a ship and impact on its energy efficiency. An International Maritime Organization (IMO) regional workshop in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (20-22 June) aims to provide participants with a greater understanding of the requirements and implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the anti-fouling systems (AFS) convention and implementing biofouling guidelines.
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.
Mexican Navy Orders Three Patrol Vessels
The Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina - SEMAR) and Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group have signed contracts for three, 42-meter patrol vessels in addition to navy’s existing fleet. The new ships will be of the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 design. Known in Mexico as the Ténochtitlan class, the three new SPa 4207 vessels will be built by the Mexican Navy Yard ASTIMAR 1 in Tampico. Damen will provide the engineering, material package, technical assistance and crew training. The vessels will be named after Mexican historical sites and are expected to be launched in 2016.
Seaboard Marine Discontinues Joint Service With Kent Lines
Seaboard Marine Limited of Miami and Kent Line International Limited of Saint John, New Brunswick has announced they shall not be re-newing their partnership between Canada, Miami and the Caribbean. The last Sailing under joint arrangement is expected to be the Seaboard Toronto V1616 sailing from Saint John on March 27, 2001 and Miami, Florida on March 31, 2001. Seaboard will be deploying two vessels to replace the Kent Express and Kent Sprint in the rotation from Miami to Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad. Names of these vessels will be announced at a later date. The rotation and service will remain the same with weekly departures on Friday from the Port of Miami with service to Antigua (Wednesday), Barbados (Thursday) and Trinidad (Friday).
Wooldridge CCO, Navios Maritime Acquisition
Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: NNA) announced that Adrian Wooldridge will serve as the Company's Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for all chartering and related commercial activities. Before joining the company, Wooldridge worked for eight years at various divisions of Shell Oil where he most recently served as Freight Trading Manager for Shell Western Supply & Trading Ltd. in Barbados with overall responsibility for crude and refined petroleum products' trading. Wooldridge holds a Master's in Business Administration from Warwick Business School in the UK and a degree from the Royal College of Music in London. He also is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
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Third Damen Stan Patrol for Mexican Navy
The Mexican Navy contracted Damen Shipyards Group for the design and material package of a Damen Stan Patrol 4207, including technical assistance. Construction of the vessel will start in the summer of 2013 at ASTIMAR 1 (Tampico), one of the five naval shipyards of Astilleros de la Secretaría de Marina. The vessels are designed to perform patrolduties in designated areas. Other clients who operate similar vessels in the region include navies and coast guards of Jamaica, Barbados, the Dutch Caribbean, Honduras and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Shell Charter Named Asprella
A new 10,000-dwt product carrier specially built with a shallow draft was built at the Frisian Shipyard, Welgelegen in the Netherlands, and named Asprella. The double-hulled vessel, leased from Pritchard Gordon Tankers Ltd. and chartered by Shell, is purpose built for shallow draft trade, and will be employed by Shell for trade on South American Rivers for Shell's activities based in the Caribbean. "Asprella will enable Shell to continue developing its strenght in the niche product market for specailist vessels, thereby adding value to the bottom line," said Jeff Jarman, Shipping Portfolio Manager for Shell Trading, as quoted in the April edition of Shell's house magazine. Asprella was named by Elisabeth De Cuba, wife of John De Cuba, who was, until recently, G.M.
Hayman to Keynote AAPA Workshop
Christopher Hayman, managing director of U.K.-based Seatrade, is scheduled to provide the keynote address on January 15, at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Cruise Workshop in Barbados. Hayman is slated to discuss cruise fleet deployment trends at the opening session, at the Grand Barbados Hotel. the Western Hemisphere, because ports obviously play a most integral role in the cruise industry," said Hayman, who is based in Colchester, England. Hayman earned a history degree from Oxford University before joining the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in 1970. He returned to England in 1972 and became editor, and later publisher, of Seatrade magazine.
YANMAR Expands Americas Distributor Network
YANMAR America’s Commercial Marine Division has made three new additions to its distribution network, Mack Boring & Parts Co., W.W. Williams and Antilles Power. Established in the 1920s, Mack Boring & Parts Co. is one of America’s leading distributors of marine diesel engines, including YANMAR’s pleasure marine product lines. For YANMAR’s commercial marine division they will support the northeastern United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Rhoda Island, Connecticut, eastern New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. W.W. Williams has a history as long as YANMAR’s. Since 1912, the company has been providing experience and solutions…
Victor Roach Honored with AAPA Service Award
Longtime Barbados Port Authority official Victor Randolph Roach today was honored by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) with its Distinguished Service Award. Roach, who in December retired from his positions as deputy general manager and secretary of the board of directors of the Barbados Port Authority, was cited for his role in advancing hemispheric understanding of Caribbean ports and for his contributions to the cruise industry. He joined the authority as deputy general manager in 1994. Roach served as chairman of AAPA's Caribbean Delegation from 2000 to 2001 and has served on the AAPA Executive Committee and AAPA Board of Directors. Since its inception, Roach has been an active member of AAPA's Cruise Committee.
BSH Appoints GL to Security Role
Germanischer Lloyd as the first company authorised to act in a sovereign capacity as recognised Maritime Security Organisation for ships sailing under the German flag. Dr. Hans G. maritime security, said. implementation on ships flying the German flag. 17. the Comoro Islands, Tuvalu as well as Vanuata.
Four Ships Visit St. Kitts
According to the Marine Division of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority, four cruise ships with just over 3,700 passengers and 1,800 crew visited St. Kitts on Feb. 16. The Constellation arrived from Barbados with 2,035 passengers and 930 crew members, while the Maasdam with 1,226 passengers and 607 crew also arrived from Barbados. Both docked at Port Zante. The Silver Whisper made an unscheduled visit with 361 passengers and 291 crew members. It docked at the Deep Water Port. It arrived from Dominica and later left for Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda. It was originally scheduled to go to the neighboring Dutch island of St. Eustatius. Anchoring off Frigate Bat was the 122-passenger Star Clipper. (Source: sunstkitts.com)
Irma Kills Eight on Saint Martin
At least half of Puerto Rico's island without power; storm likely to hit Florida Saturday or Sunday. Hurricane Irma killed eight people on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin and left Barbuda devastated on Thursday as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century took aim at Florida. Television footage of the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin showed a damaged marina with boats tossed into piles, submerged streets and flooded homes. Power was knocked out on Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy and in parts of the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. "It is an enormous disaster, 95 percent of the island is destroyed. I am in shock," Daniel Gibbs, chairman of a local council on Saint Martin, told Radio Caribbean International.
USS Carr Trains with Local Coast Guard, Builds Relationships
Sailors from USS Carr (FFG 52) completed theater security cooperation events and training to improve interoperability with the Barbados Coast Guard during a four day visit to Barbados, May 4-7. The Barbados Coast Guard has recently increased its forces and conducted more training in an effort to counter narcotic-drug trafficking. Part of that training involved Carr Sailors training the Barbados Coast Guard on U.S. Navy visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) tactics. Lt. Chris Locher, Carr's combat systems officer, briefed VBSS tactics at a new Barbados Coast Guard Base.
Maria Seen Strengthening into Major Hurricane
A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane as it ripped into the Leeward Islands on Monday night. Maria's strength was building as it approached the Lesser Antilles, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, estimating its winds near 90 miles per hour (145 kph). "Maria is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves through the Leeward Islands," the forecaster said, marked by "rapid strengthening" during the next 48 hours. Maria is approaching the eastern Caribbean less than two weeks after Irma hammered the region before overrunning Florida.
New Coast Guard Base to Cost $59.5m
The Barbados Coast Guard will soon be able to take up residence in its new base on Spring Garden, a project that is costing the government $59.5m. Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Reverend Joseph Atherley revealed this, while speaking at the St Ann’s Fort during the 27th Anniversary parade of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF). Saying that the base will be outfitted with the most cutting edge equipment, the Minister noted that this base must serve as a hub in the Southern Caribbean. Additionally the new base will allow the berthing of larger naval and Coast Guard vessel from regional and international partners.
Sea Cloud Windjammer Cruise Program
The 80-year-old four-masted bark Sea Cloud was built for the American entrepreneurial married couple Edward Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post but now offers trips blending magnificent natural beauty with ideal sailing grounds in which the legendary Sea Cloud and her crew can demonstrate their skill under full sail. Dates: San José/Costa Rica - San José/Costa Rica, 3 to 10 January/10 to 17 January 2013, 8 days from US$ 3,555 per person incl. shore excursions. Dates: Barbados-Barbados, 20 December 2012 to 3 January 2013, 15 days from US$ 8,725 per person incl.
Barbados Sets Conditions for Offshore Drilling
Any oil company wishing to tap into the oil reserves off the coast of Barbados has to comply with some strict guidelines the Government is laying down. In introducing the draft National Energy Policy to the House of Assembly, Minister of Energy and the Environment, Elizabeth Thompson, stated that a number of oil companies, including the big multinationals, smaller operations and some newcomers, had expressed an interest in getting involved in Barbados' oil industry. Thompson stated that these companies had to make sure they trained and educated Barbadians at all levels of the industry, and locals should also be given an opportunity to invest in these firms.
Barbados Works at Environmental Sustainability
Demonstrating leadership and commitment to environmental sustainability, Barbados Port Inc. has committed to work in partnership with RightShip to develop an incentive program encouraging more efficient vessels to their port. During the 1st Hemispheric Seminar on Port Legislation held in Montevideo on the 24-25 November David Jean Marie, CEO of Barbados Port and Anuj Chopra, RightShip’s Vice-President - Americas, signed a letter of intent to develop a port incentive program using the RightShip and Carbon War Room Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Rating. The port incentive program rewards vessels with better energy efficient ratings. Measuring their carbon dioxide emissions…
Barbados Offshore Oil Bidding to Start Soon
The first round in offshore oil and gas production contract bidding for Barbados is scheduled to start in late June, according to a report on www.nationnews.com. The prospect of rich oil and gas reserves off the island nation have generated high interest among the world’s oil majors, and the government plans to profit first with the sale of seismic data, and second with the awarding of contract for exploration rights.
Crowley Introduces Bigger, Faster Ships in Caribbean Service
Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group is enhancing its Caribbean islands service beginning next week with the addition of two new, bigger, faster container ships - the Eclips and Ocean. Each ship offers about 200 more TEUs of capacity and twice the number of reefer plugs - about 160 - than the Sea Gale and Sea Cloud, the ships they are replacing. Running at about 18.5 knots, the new ships are about two knots faster, which should result in even better transit times and schedule integrity. "These new ships will benefit our customers in a number of ways," said Rudy Leming, Crowley's vice president of Caribbean islands services.
Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow
The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The 99-meter cargo vessel, laden with a cargo of paper, reported that it was drifting without engine power and taking in water this morning, leading Shetland Coastguard to send a rescue helicopter to the scene. The Coastguard also requested the Stromness and Kirkwall RNLI all weather lifeboats. MCA's emergency towing vessel ETV Herakles was also dispatched to assist the vessel, and an industry stand by vessel Vos Hera attended as well. The disabled ship's 10 crew members remain on board and pumps were transferred on board the Skog by the Coastguard helicopter.