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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Lower Mississippi Exclusive Tug Franchise Ruling

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order stating that the ALJ is recommending that the Commission approve settlement of allegations against Cargill, Incorporated that it violated the Shipping Act of 1984 by engaging in an exclusive tug franchise at its four grain facilities on the Lower Mississippi River. Under the agreement, no exclusive tug arrangements would be in place for docking and undocking assistance. In its place, there would be a two-tier system, with the upper tier applying to vessels of 13,501 GRT and larger and the lower tier applying to smaller vessels. For tug assistance services other than docking and undocking, rates would be capped at the rates charged by the tug company selected by Cargill as set forth in the company’s public tariff.

Partial Settlement on Exclusive Tug Franchises on Lower Mississippi River

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) released a Settlement Agreement it has entered into with one of the stevedoring companies that was allegedly involved in an improper exclusive tug franchise on the Lower Mississippi River. While not admitting that it violated the Shipping Act of 1984, the stevedore agrees to be cease and desist or modify its exclusive tug practices to the same extent and manner as may be required of the other respondents. The Bureau of Enforcement is saved the burden of having to prove particular violations by this particular respondent. Source: HK Law

FMC Reacts To Exclusive Tug Arrangements

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order of Investigation and Hearing with regard to exclusive tug arrangements in Port Canaveral, Florida. The agency also issued an Order to Show Cause to the Canaveral Port Authority, directing the port authority to show cause why it should not be found in violation of the Shipping Act of 1984 for its refusal to consider the application for a tug and towing franchise in the port filed by Tugz International. Source: HK Law

Exclusive Tug Franchise Decision Delayed

At the request of the Administrative Law Judge, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has extended the time for rendering a decision in the matter relating to exclusive tug franchises on the Lower Mississippi River. The deadline for issuance of an initial decision has been extended from 1 July 2005 to 31 October 2005. 69 Fed. Reg. 35346 (HK Law)

FMC Denies Motion re Mississippi River Exclusive Tug Franchises

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order denying the request of a marine terminal operator on the lower Mississippi River to require various carriers to furnish copies of charter parties and fixture documentation with respect to the on-going proceeding regarding exclusive tug franchises. Docket No. 01-06 Source: HK Law

LEGAL: FMC Investigates Exclusive Tug Agreements

The Federal Maritime Commission, or FMC, is currently making a formal investigation into exclusive tug franchise arrangements in ports in Florida and the lower Mississippi River area. The issue is whether these licenses, with which marine terminal operators grant exclusive towing licenses to certain tug companies, are unreasonably anticompetitive and violate the Shipping Act of 1984. The FMC initially began an inquiry into supposed exclusive franchise agreements involving some tug operators and dry bulk terminals on the lower Mississippi River, but this investigation soon lead to inquiries into the practices of two Florida Ports, Port Canaveral and Port Everglades.

FMC Will Hold Meeting

The Federal Maritime Commission will hold a meeting in Washington, DC on January 30, 2002. The Agenda states that the open portion of the meeting will address issues regarding financial coverage for performance of cruises by passenger vessels boarding passengers in the United States. The closed portion of the meeting will address exclusive tug arrangements in Florida ports. Source: HK Law

FMC Denies Canaveral Port Authority Petition to Consolidate

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued an Order denying the petition of Canaveral Port Authority to consolidate two related enforcement actions involving the port. The FMC had issued an Order to Show Cause why the Port should not be found in violation of the Shipping Act of 1984 for refusal to consider the application of a tug company for a tug and towing franchise. The FMC had also opened an investigation into the exclusive tug arrangements in the port. The Commission denied the petition to consolidate, finding that, while the actions were related, the parties to the two matters were not identical and the legal issues were different.

FMC Sets Hearing Date For Florida Tug Squall

On August 8 and 9, 2001, the Federal Maritime Commissioner's Investigative Officer will conduct hearings to develop the issues set forth in the Commission's Order of Investigation in the proceeding of Exclusive Tug Arrangements in Florida Ports. These hearings will be conducted in confidential session in Courtroom C, Federal Building, 299 East Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Witnesses will includes officials of Port Everglades Department of Broward County, representatives of the Port Everglades' Pilots Association, and other member of the of the maritime community in Port Everglades. Other persons who with to testify, or to provide information or evidence to the Investigative Officer, should contact Commissioner Antony M. Merck at: Federal Maritime Commission, 800 N.

FMC Declines to Expedite Appeal Process

and expedite its appeal had been denied by the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). towing services in the port and another alleging unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate. until certain issues related to the second were resolved. The ALJ determined that the port authority was not likely to prevail on the specific issues pending in the second matter. to shorten time for replies from the normal 15 days to two days.

New Tug Named for KT-Maritime Services

RT Raven (Photo: KT- Maritime)

A naming ceremony was held for RT Raven in Sharjah, UAE, where the new tug was built at the Albwardy Damen yard. RT Raven is managed by KT-Maritime Services Australia, owned by the KOTUG group, and will be deployed by ConocoPhillips in the Bayu Undan field, north of Australia. The ART 100-46 class Rotor tug is designed by Robert Allan Ltd and DAMEN Hardinxveld. The RT Raven will provide offshore services, towage assistance, personnel transfer and standby duties at ConocoPhillips’ Bayu Undan field in the Timor Sea.

Myanmar Accedes to Treaty Covering Bunker Oil Pollution Damage

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaty ensuring that adequate compensation is available to persons that suffer damage caused by oil spills, when carried as fuel in ships’ bunkers, has been ratified by Myanmar. The International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (BUNKER) applies to damage caused on the territory, including the territorial sea, and in exclusive economic zones of States under the Convention. Under the Convention, the registered owner of a vessel is required to maintain compulsory insurance cover…

Chevron Shipping Awards Oil, LNG Contract to GAC

Photo: Gulf Agency Company

US-based Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has awarded  the Dubai-based GAC Group a global three-year ship agency contract for both crude and LNG vessels. The new agreement secures the provider of shipping, logistics and marine services GAC’s status as Chevron’s exclusive global agent in a partnership that spans more than 20 years, more than 15 of which have seen GAC as its sole global agent. Operations will be overseen by GAC Hub Agency offices in Dubai, Houston and Singapore with support from GAC’s network of offices and approved agents worldwide.

Crowley Orders ATB at Bollinger

(Image: Crowley)

Crowley Fuels LLC has signed a contract with Bollinger Shipyards for the construction of a new 100,000-barrel-capacity articulated tug-barge (ATB) to transport multiple clean petroleum products in the Alaska market. The Alaska-class vessel will be built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators Shipyard, in Amelia, La., with an expected delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019. The build contract includes an option for a second ATB. Once built and deployed, Crowley will operate the ATB under a long-term charter with Alaska-based Petro Star Inc.…

Tug Explosion Kills Three in Kentucky

A tug boat explosion has left three people dead and numerous others injured on the Tennessee River in Calvert City, Ky. Authorities said the tug was undergoing repair in drydock when an explosion occurred inside the vessel around 9 a.m. on Friday. Three were pronounced dead at the scene and numerous others were transported for injuries that range from non-life threatening to life-threatening. Kentucky State Police said an investigation is ongoing, although there is no early indication of foul play being involved in the explosion. The U. S. Coast Guard is on scene, along with state and local responders.

Southern Illinois Transfer Orders Harbor Tug

Photo courtesy of Twin Disc

Barbour JB Shipyard of St. Louis has laid the keel for a new harbor tug that will be powered by Veth Z-drives. The purchase agreement was signed at the Inland Marine Expo, St. Louis, by Kurt Johnson, Southern Illinois Transfer president and owner of the vessel; Guido Davids, Veth Propulsion area sales manager; and Tim Batten, Twin Disc director of global marine sales. Twin Disc is the distributor for Veth Propulsion in the US, exclusive of the Gulf Coast region. The tug has a planned length of 68' and beam of 28'. It will be powered by twin 750 hp Cummins diesels and Veth VZ-700 Z-drives.

Foss Enlists ABS for Sub M Compliance Service

(Photo: Foss Maritime)

Seattle based Foss Maritime, owner and operator of a fleet of tugs offering maritime transportation and logistics services, has awarded a contract to classification society ABS to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements. The contract positions ABS as Foss’ Third Party Organization (TPO), providing a complete suite of Subchapter M services, including TPO surveys, International Safety Management (ISM) compliance, Load Line compliance and audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP).

T&T Marine Response Service Agreement

T&T Marine Salvage, a provider of maritime support services, announced an exclusive cooperative services agreement with OSROCO and Unitek to provide oil spill response services in Guam, Saipan and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. “With equipment staged in Guam and Saipan, the T&T Marine-OSROCO-Unitek alliance offers customers calling on Sector Guam an unparalleled and cost-effective solution to meeting the requirements of OPA 90,” said T&T Marine Vice President Kevin Teichman. OSROCO is a subsidiary of Cabras Marine Corporation, a Guam-based company that provides tug boats, barges and other maritime assets in Guam, the CNMI and throughout Micronesia.

DP World Awarded Limassol Port Concessions

DP World has been awarded a 25-year concession by the Cypriot government for the exclusive rights to operate Limassol port, the Dubai-based ports operator said on Monday.   Separately, it said that P&O Maritime Cyprus, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DP World, had been awarded a 15-year concession for exclusive provision of a range of port marine services, including tugs and pilotage at the port.   DP World said the concessions were granted in partnership with Cypriot company GAP Vassilopoulos Public, with the Dubai-based company owning 75 percent of the venture.   The start of the concessions is envisaged for Jan. 29 next year, the statement added. (Reporting by Tom Arnold)

SMIT Towage License in Port of Gladstone

The Gladstone Ports Corporation has awarded a five year exclusive license to SMIT for the provision of harbour towage services in the Port of Gladstone. The operation will start on the 1st of January 2011. Part of the agreement will include the provision of five new powerful 70 ton bollard pull harbour tugs for the duration of the license. The harbour towage services will be provided to all users of the port. Australia is a strategic growth market for SMIT for its harbour towage and terminals activities. 

Wärtsilä Developing Hybrid Tug for Brazil

(Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a new environmentally friendly tug design for a new port facility being built in the Brazilian city of São Mateus. The MoU, signed with Petrocity, parent company of a new port facility, will see Wärtsilä develop a harbor tug design based on its recently launched Wärtsilä HYTug, which features hybrid propulsion and energy storage using batteries. The prime consideration is to maximize the ecological operational…

Robert Allan Ltd. and Rotortug (KST) B.V. Sign Agreement

Robert Allan Ltd of Vancouver, B.C., and Rotortug (KST) B.V. of Rotterdam, Netherlands are very pleased to announce the initiation today of a new strategic alliance for the future development of the Rotor Tug concept. Under this Agreement Robert Allan Ltd will now act as the exclusive designer for all Rotor Tugs. The Agreement covers the continuous technical development for all existing and future Rotor ® Tug designs. The Rotor® Tug line will be added to Robert Allan Ltd.’s design…

Tug Newbuild Delivered to De Boer

Photo: Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld

On January 9, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld delivered an ASD Tug 2310 SD (shallow draught), named Papillon, to De Boer Remorquage SARL, a subsidiary company of Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf De Boer) and Iskes Towage & Salvage. Damen has customized the ASD for a 12-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana. The tug’s primary function will be the assistance of vessels entering and leaving the ports. She can also provide emergency assistance, such as fire-fighting, survey activities and small transports.

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