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Friday, December 15, 2017

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Somalia Signs on to Combat Piracy

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Somalia has become the latest to sign the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, developed and adopted by countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden that seeks to repress piracy and armed robbery against ships operating in the region. Adopted in January 2017, the amendment broadened the scope of the Djibouti Code, covering measures for suppressing a range of illicit activities, including piracy, arms trafficking, trafficking in narcotics, illegal trade in wildlife…

Back Bunker Trader Rejoins KPI

Jordan Felber

KPI Bridge Oil, a global broker and trader in marine bunkers, marine lubricants and risk management products, has appointed Mr. Jordan Felber as Bunker Trader/Broker in its New York Office. Jordan initially joined KPI Bridge Oil in 2008 from a position with Global Transportation Services as Area Sales responsible and stayed with the company until end 2011. Now, Mr. Felber has rejoined the New York team as Bunker Broker/Trader. Jordan has spent the last 1.5 years as a bunker purchaser with a large shipowner.  

GAC Handles First FSRU at Aqaba

GAC Jordan Managing Director Ghassoub Kawar and Deputy General Manager, Ibrahim Attieh along with  Lars Egeberg - Project Manager, Tor Jahren – Fleet Manager, Capt. Ivica Mirovic and other members of Golar Eskimo and GAC Jordan at the Aqaba port.

As Jordan steps up its LNG imports, GAC was entrusted with handling the first gas carriers to offload at Aqaba. The country has signed a sales and purchase agreement with Shell for the delivery of nearly 17 million cubic meters per day of gas, equal to approximately 25 percent of the National Electric Power Company’s daily needs, signaling an increase in demand for shipping and logistics services to support incoming Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers. GAC Jordan acted as agent for the Golar Eskimo when it made its port call to offload 144,218 cubic meters of LNG from Qatar.

Survivor’s Mom Sends Cookies to USCG

Clearwater, rescue crew and Jordan Hanssen (Photo: ACR)

Jordan Hanssen, recently rescued OAR Northwest transatlantic rower, sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) made great efforts to visit his rescuers at two USCG stations for Military Appreciation Month last week. Both the Clearwater and Miami Coast Guard Air Stations involved in the early April rescue received a gratitude visit from Jordan, who also presented them with a thank you plaque. But what really resonated with the Miami and Clearwater rescue crews were the homemade cookies sent to them by Jordan’s mother, which also included a touching letter expressing her gratitude.

Jordan Cove Approved for LNG Export

The U.S. Energy Department announced that it has conditionally authorized Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. (Jordan Cove) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, from the Jordan Cove LNG Terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon. The Jordan Cove application was next in the order of precedence after the Energy Department conditionally authorized the proposed Cameron LNG facility. Subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval, the facility is conditionally authorized to export at a rate of up to the equivalent of 0.8 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas, for a period of 20 years. The development of U.S.

BAM Completes LNG Terminal in Aqaba, Jordan

The Aqaba New Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal by BAM International. Pic by Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC).

BAM International has completed its €65 million project to construct the Aqaba LNG terminal for Aqaba Development Corp. (ADC). The operating company of Royal BAM Group handed over the project on 23 June, two months ahead of schedule. The LNG terminal forms part of ADC’s plan for developing Aqaba’s energy ports. The government has tasked ADC to develop Jordan’s energy intake capabilities to ensure a consistent supply of energy. In partnership with sister company BAM Contractors from Ireland and Jordan’s engineering company MAG…

Today in U.S. Naval History: November 26

William Lynch (Photo: William Maury Morris)

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 26 1847 - Lt. William Lynch in Supply sails from New York to Haifa for an expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea. His group charted the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea and compiled reports of the flora and fauna of the area. 1940 - Sixth and last group of ships involved in Destroyers-for-Bases Agreement transferred to British at Nova Scotia. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

This Day in Naval History – Nov. 26

1847 - LT William Lynch in Supply sails from New York to Haifa for an expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea. His group charted the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea and compiled reports of the flora and fauna of the area. 1940 - Sixth and last group of ships involved in Destroyers-for-Bases Agreement transferred to British at Nova Scotia. (Source: Navy News Service)

Maersk Line Enhancemenents

Maersk Line announced the extension of its Far East - West Africa FEW1 service to include Shanghai and Ningbo in China. Maersk Line offers direct calls to the West African ports of Lome (Togo), Cotonou (Benin), and Pointe Noire (Congo). The new FEW1 rotation is: Shanghai (China), Ningbo (China), Nansha (China), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Lome (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and Pointe Noire (Congo). The first call in Shanghai will be the Maersk Norwich (voyage 0901), which will arrive on 11 March 2009. Maersk Line also announced a series of enhancements and adjustments to its Europe - Middle East & South Asia network. In addition Maersk Line announces changes to Europe - Middle East & South Asia services.

Maersk Line Jordan Connects Aqaba to South India

Photo credit: Maersk Line Jordan

Maersk Line Jordan rolled out its new ME5 service, which directly connects Aqaba to South India and the Western Mediterranean. The ME5 service aims to improve maritime transport in the Kingdom, with direct calls to Aqaba from key global logistical hubs and faster transit times under the strictest reliability standards, says a press release from the company. This will solidify Aqaba's presence on the global logistical map by securing more reliable and efficient maritime transport services…

Veresen, Itochu in Jordan Cove LNG deal

Jordan Cove LNG. Image: Veresen

Veresen, the developer of the Jordan Cove LNG facility in Oregon, has announced a preliminary agreement on key commercial terms with Itochu, including the purchase of 1.5 million mt/year of LNG (190 MMcf/d or 70.1 Bcf of gas) for an initial term of 20 years. Veresen recently signed another commercial agreement with JERA Co. in March. "This is the second major customer agreement for the Jordan Cove LNG project and it represents further proof of the market support for this project.

Jordan Workshop Focuses on Dumping of Wastes at Sea

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Regulations covering the dumping of wastes at sea are the focus of a national workshop in Aqaba, Jordan (28-30 November). The event is raising awareness of the London Protocol, which entered into force ten years ago and modernized the original London Convention dumping treaty (ratified by Jordan). Under the Protocol, all dumping at sea is prohibited - with the exception of wastes commonly agreed by Governments and then put on an approved list. Thirty participants from various maritime-related institutions…

This Day In Naval History: April 8

1823 - The barges USS Mosquito, USS Gallinipper, and sloop-of-war Peacock chase the pirate schooner, Pilot, which is driven ashore off Havana, Cuba. 1848 - The first U.S. flag is flown over the Sea of Galilee when Lt. William F. Lynch sails in an iron boat up the Jordan River. He later authors a book, Narrative of the United States' Expedition to the River Jordan and the Dead Sea. 1925 - Lt. John D. Price, piloting a VF-1 plane, makes a night landing on USS Langley (CV 1), at sea off San Diego, Calif., the first on board a U.S. Navy carrier. 1944 - USS Seahorse (SS 304) and USS Trigger (SS 237) successfully attack a Japanese convoy off Guam, damaging a Japanese destroyer and a tanker.

Jordan FLNG Import Terminal Back to Full Capacity

Jordan's National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) said its floating liquefied natural import terminal was back working at full capacity after adverse weather disrupted operations earlier this month. NEPCO declared force majeure on the terminal on Dec. 5 due to strong winds requiring the floating, storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to be moved away from the jetty, a spokeswoman for the company said. At the time, the firm also informed state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co (EGAS) that it could not meet its agreement to deliver volumes transported from its FSRU through the pipeline to Egypt. Gas supplies to both Jordan and Egypt were disrupted for a few days before the plant initially resumed operation at half capacity, and then finally full capacity, the spokesperson said.

USS Truxtun Change of Command

USS Truxtun: Photo courtesy of USN

Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) has left the Royal Jordanian Naval Base, just outside of Aqaba, Jordan, following a four-day logistics stop, and a change of command. The Navy informs that in the change of command ceremony former executive officer Cmdr. Drew Bates assumed command. While in port, Truxtun Sailors enjoyed a series of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours, including one to the ancient city of Petra. "It was an excellent opportunity for our Sailors to get a look at sites as historic as those here in Jordan," Bates said.

Private Equity Firms Double down on Venari's Offshore Drilling

Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil explorer Venari Resources LLC said on Wednesday it had raised $1.3 billion from original backers Warburg Pincus LLC, Kelso & Co, the Jordan Company and Temasek Holdings, as well as new investors. GIC, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund, and BlackRock Inc's private equity arm participated in the new round of equity commitments, joining private equity firms Warburg Pincus, Kelso and Jordan, as well as Singapore state-owned investment firm Temasek. The four original investors formed Venari in 2012 with $1.1 billion in equity commitments. The new funds will be used to help develop assets Venari has discovered since 2012, as well as bolster the company's exploration program, Venari Chief Executive Brian Reinsborough said in an interview.

Transas Installs Jordan VTS System

Transas Middle East instals & commissions standalone AIS solution at the Port of Aqaba, Jordan. Transas standalone AIS solution incorporates the latest VTS technology and meets all international standards. At the core of the system is Transas AIS Base station T214, state-of-the art solution designed specifically for coastal surveillance, vessel traffic monitoring and ports management. Intended to cover Aqaba Port, its inner port waters, navigational channels and fairways, this effective solution will significantly contribute to the prevention of marine pollution, improvement of safety navigation and overall security of the port. In addition…

Marine Jet Technology Listed for Trading on the OTCBB

Marine Jet Technology Corp has been listed for trading on the OTCBB under the symbol MJET. The company develops and markets marine jet propulsion technology based on three issued patents and patent pending. The latest form of this technology is the Variable Marine Jet, which incorporates computer control of variable components of the pump, nozzle, and inlet. Management believes that this technology will compete strongly against propellers and conventional marine jets for propelling fast boats and fast ships of all types. The company’s initial market focus was recreational and small commercial watercraft. It has now shifted its market focus to fast military craft and to fast military ships, particularly the Littoral Combat Ship, which is currently in the design phase.

New Seafarer ID Regs Enter Force

An international treaty aimed at preventing terrorists from infiltrating shipping crews will enter into force in February 2005, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said. The pact, Reuters reported, is aimed at eventually requiring the world's 1.2 million seafarers to carry new identity cards. It will first apply to shipping crews from France and Jordan, the first two countries to ratify it, the United Nations agency said. "The new identity document for seafarers allows for the use of a 'biometric template' to turn two fingerprints of a seafarer into an internationally standardized two-dimensional bar code on the seafarer's document," ILO said in a statement.

Miss USA Tours Submarine

Shipbuilders Stanley Britt and Deborah Jordan were among the employees who met Miss USA Chelsea Cooley during her visit to Northrop Grumman Newport News. Both Britt and Jordan are from North Carolina and work in the sector's submarine program. Last week Northrop Grumman Corporation hosted a visit from Chelsea Cooley, Miss USA, who toured construction of the Virginia-class submarine North Carolina (SSN 777), named after her home state, at the company's Newport News shipyard. Cooley is the first woman from North Carolina to be named Miss USA in 54 years. veterans from the state of North Carolina. "It was so amazing having the opportunity to experience something like this,” Cooley said. “I had never seen a submarine before, much less been able to take a tour of one.

Rodriquez Cantieri Navali Awarded Contract

Rodriquez Cantieri Navali SpA of Italy and Arab Bridge Maritime Company of Jordan have signed a contract for a TMV 84 high-speed monohull to operate on their route from Aqaba, Jordan to Nuweiba, Egypt. The ship is scheduled to be delivered in less than a year from now. This route is currently served by a series of older passenger ferries as well as a 1992 built 131-ft. Flying Cat. For Arab Bridge Maritime Company, this will be the first new building in the history of the company and will also be the first new passenger ferry ever in Jordan with a Jordanian flag. For Rodriquez, this contract continues the diversification efforts of the company as it is the first contract with a Middle Eastern company in their history and further solidifies Rodriquez as a leading fast ferry builder.

ILO Convention on Seafarers’ ID card to Come into Force

The International Labor Organization (ILO) issued a Press Release stating that ILO Convention 185 establishing a new biometric identity verification system for seafarers will come into force in February 2005. The convention was adopted in June 2003 and has now been ratified by France and Jordan. The ILO is preparing to test biometric identity verification systems from a number of suppliers for compatibility with convention requirements. (HK Law)

Turkish MV Horizon 1 Released by Pirates

The Turkish flagged ship with 23 Turkish crewmembers was hijacked July 08 in the Gulf of Aden on the way from Saudi Arabia to Jordan. NATO TF 508 Turkish warship TCG GEDIZ is escorting the ship which is processing north away from the anchorage.

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