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Friday, December 15, 2017

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Venezuela to Invest $261m in Boats

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez authorized the Navy Commander Vice-admiral Benigno Remigio Calvo to enter into a $261m trade agreement with Spanish firm Rodman Polyships for joint construction of 66 boats and purchase of construction material for other 40 units to be manufactured in Venezuela, reports said. The second stage of this project is expected to be implemented in the Navy Unit of Careen Services. According to the Official Gazette dated June 11, the operation is taking place under a strategic alliance entered into on October 16, 2005 in Vigo, Spain. However, in April 2006, Navy Commander Vice-admiral Armando Laguna Laguna told reporters they would purchase a lower number of boats.

ICTSI Laguna Dry Port Expansion

LGICT

International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) dry port unit, Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal (LGICT), recently broke ground to start the expansion of new facilities which include extended and dedicated storage areas for loaded and empty containers, a runway for rubber tired gantries (RTG), container care facilities, weigh bridges at the gates and an upgraded access road, as it primes the Laguna dry port for the revival of intermodal freight transport in the Philippines.

Maiden Voyage Freighter Docks in San Diego

Commissioner Marshall Merrifield & Captain Dave V. Osunero: Photo credit Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego celebrated the inaugural visit of Grieg Star's 'Star Laguna' with a plaque exchange ceremony. The Star Laguna, one of the newest cargo ships visiting San Diego, called at Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, where it offloaded 10,000 tons of fertilizer and four yachts. Owned by the Grieg Star shipping company based in Bergen, Norway, the Star Laguna will make regular visits to San Diego. "The Port's cargo business makes an important contribution to our region's economic prosperity as part of the worldwide system of goods movement…

Deepwater Drillships Named at Korean Yard

Brazil's Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A. QGOG announces the naming ceremony in South Korea of the Amaralina Star and the Laguna Star, the newest dynamically positioned ultra-deepwater drillships to be operated by the company. The Amaralina Star and the Laguna Star are capable of drilling in water depths of up to 10,000 feet and drilling to a total well depth of 40,000 feet. They are designed to operate in ultra-deepwater environments, particularly in the pre-salt area. The two new drillships will be delivered by Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea in June and September, respectively, and are expected to commence operations in Brazil in October and December. The drilling units have been leased to Petrobras for a six-year period with an option to renew for an additional six years.

This Day in U.S. Naval History – December 17

1846 - Ships under Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry capture Laguna de Terminos during Mexican War. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz named Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet, to relieve Admiral Husband Kimmel. Admiral William Pye becomes acting commander until Nimitz's arrival. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 17

1846 - Ships under Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry capture Laguna de Terminos during Mexican War. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz named Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet, to relieve Admiral Husband Kimmel. Admiral William Pye becomes acting commander until Nimitz's arrival. (Source: Navy News Service)

De Poli Yard Launches Chem. Tanker

Based on the Island of Pellestrina (Venice), Cantiere Navale De Poli shipyard launched chemical tanker named Jo Laguna D built for venician company Ar.Co.In. The vessel, which will be used for the transport of oil and chemical products, was scheduled for completion at the end of 1999, and is equipped with 14 tanks for the load, two slops, one recovery and two deck slop tanks. In accordance with the most recent U.S. standards, the vessel is equipped with a double hull located in correspondence of the cargo zone.

This Day in Naval History – Dec. 17

1846 - Ships under Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry capture Laguna de Terminos during Mexican War. 1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz named Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet, to relieve Admiral Husband Kimmel. Admiral William Pye becomes acting commander until Nimitz's arrival. (Source: Navy News Service)

Ship Arrested, More Claims Emerge Against OW Bunker

Photo: OW Bunker

Fuel barge Laguna, carrying oil sold by Hin Leong to OW Bunker, arrested. Total claims against OW Bunker Far East and Dynamic Oil now over S$5 mln. Oil firms stepped up legal action against the Singapore units of bankrupt ship fuel trader OW Bunker with the arrest of a ship fuel delivery barge Laguna on Wednesday and claims totalling more than S$5 million. Court documents seen by Reuters showed that the overall amount of claims made against OW Bunker Far East (Singapore) and Dynamic Oil Trading…

TBS International Limited Expands Fleet

TBS International Limited an ocean transportation services company that offers worldwide shipping solutions through liner, parcel and bulk transportation services, announced today that it has taken delivery of the M.V. Seminole Princess (ex M.V. Clipper Flamingo), a vessel it had previously agreed to acquire. The M.V. Seminole Princess, 29,516 dwt, was built in 1997 at the Dalian Shipyard. With the delivery of the M.V. Seminole Princess, the TBS fleet currently consists of 32 multipurpose, handymax and handysize vessels. Between November 20 and December 5, 2006, TBS expects to take delivery of two additional bulk carriers that it has agreed to acquire, further expanding its fleet to 34 vessels. These two vessels are the M.V. Laguna Belle (ex M.V.

Ultra-deepwater Drillship Arrives Brazil From Korea

QGOG Constellation announces the arrival in Brazil waters of the ultra-deepwater drillship, 'Amaralina Star'. 'Amaralina Star' is to be operated by its subsidiary, Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG). The unit was built to operate in ultra-deepwaters to water depths of up to 10,000 feet and to drill wells depths of up to 40,000 feet. It will be able to operate in the Brazilian pre-salt area. The Amaralina Star was built by the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, in South Korea. The shipyard is also currently building the Laguna Star drillship, which belongs to QGOG Constellation and will be operated by QGOG. The two units have been chartered to Petrobras under a six-year contract, with options to renew for six additional years. Drilling services will be provided by QGOG.

Agip Rebrands as Eni Powers Ahead in North America

Gianfranco Mosconi

Agip has recently rebranded as Eni, while simultaneously announcing plans to increase penetration of its lubricant brands in North America across all industries. Gianfranco Mosconi (above) President and CEO of Eni USA R&M Co., shares the vision behind the strategy. Gianfranco Mosconi, with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Hydraulic Engineering, has been working for Eni since 1984. He started in charge of the Logistics Department; transferring to the Lubricants Business Unit were he has been in charge for Production Department and then the Supply and Sales Departments.

ICTSI Manila hits 2M TEU

Awarding of commemorative plaques (from left)  Captain Li Qinghua, SITC Osaka Vessel Master; Huang Ping, SITC Import Assistant Manager; Mr. Gonzalez; Mr. Quan; and Carmelo Tejero, SITC Senior Operations Manager. Photo ICTSI

The Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) flagship operation and the Philippines’ largest container terminal, capped 2016 with a milestone as it reached its first year-to-date two millionth TEU move last December. The MICT has an annual capacity of 2.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). The two millionth TEU container was offloaded from SITC Osaka, which is operated by Chinese megaliner SITC Container Lines. The container vessel originated from Ningbo in China.

This Day In Naval History: April 28

Frank Knox (Official U.S. Navy Photograph)

1907 - A U.S. Marine Corps detachment from the patrol gunboat Paducah serves ashore at Laguna, Honduras, to protect Americans during a war between Honduras and Nicaragua. 1942 - The U.S. Navys Task Force 99, which consists of USS Wasp, USS Tuscaloosa and USS Wichita, plus four destroyers, sail from the Royal Navy base at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, as part of the mixed U.S.-British force Distaff, to provide cover for Russian convoy at Iceland. 1944 - German torpedo boats attack U.S. Navy LST convoy in Lyme Bay during Operation Tiger training for the Normandy Invasion.

Reopening of the Caravel La Niña III

Delivery ceremony and reopening of the Caravel La Niña III,

The delivery ceremony and reopening of the Caravel La Niña III, faithful replica of the ship of Columbus, the Caravel “La Niña III“ was held yesterday in the city of Las Palmas. Las Palmas is part of the network of Columbian cities of Spain, it is a symbol of the discovery of America, the pass of Christopher Columbus over the island of Gran Canaria and benchmark their contribution to the expansion of the Canary Islands, for its strategic location as a bridge between America, Europe and Africa.

Batangas Port Sets Container Record

Image:  Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI)

Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) set a new record in 2014 for containers handled, says its operator Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI). Port handled over 98,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) in 2014, its highest total ever. The port operator added that BCT ended 2014 with consolidated throughput of 1.02 million TEUs, up 8.6%. BCT has continuously expanded its role as a comprehensive gateway for Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), providing shippers direct connectivity to Hong Kong…

INTERTANKO Seafarers’ Vetting Seminar a Success

Delegates taking their seats ahead of the seminar  (Courtesy: INTERTANKO)

Over 1,300 seafaring officers and crew attended INTERTANKO’s Seafarers’ Vetting Seminar held last week at the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy in Laguna in the Philippines. The packed auditorium demonstrated the need and the desire for up-to-date and practical information on tanker vetting –successful vetting inspections are a crucial part of the commercial operation of any tanker. The seminar was conducted in response to INTERTANKO’s focus on the human element and the emphasis by INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee that all seafarers should be actively involved in the ship inspection process.

New Mercy Ship Funding by PIMCO Philanthropists

Bill & Sue Gross: Photo credit Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships, the charitable hospital ship foundation, is delighted to announce the leadership gift of $20 million from Laguna Beach philanthropists, Sue and Bill Gross. The funds are designated toward a new hospital ship, currently in the design phase, to join the current hospital ship, the Africa Mercy , in delivering hope and healing to the underserved poor. In honor of this generous donation, the hospital onboard the new ship will be named the Sue and Bill Gross Healing Hospital.

"Flashmob" to Support the Cruise Industry in Venice

More than 600 people responded to the appeal launched by the Cruise Venice Committee, the Association which promotes and supports the Laguna’s cruise industry. Porters, mooring, security and tourism operators of the city gathered at the passenger terminal to support the cruise industry, an excellent production sector for Venice, which has made the city Europe's main homeport. The picture shows a meaningful moment of last week’s event, which involved qualified businesses representing the economic activity directly or indirectly generated by the cruise industry…

Evergreen, China Shipping Cooperate on Trades

The Evergreen Line and China Shipping Container Lines have agreed to cooperate on Asia-US West Coast, Asia-Europe and Asia-Mexico-US East Coast containership services commencing June 2009. The agreement was signed by First Vice Group Chairman of the Evergreen Group, S S Lin and Chairman of the China Shipping Container Lines, S D Lee on 27 May in Shanghai, China. Evergreen upgrades its Hong Kong, Taiwan-US West Coast service (service code: HTW for Evergreen and AAS for CSCL) of five 8,000 TEU vessels. Kaohsiung - Xiamen - Hong Kong - Yantian -Los Angeles -Oakland - Kaohsiung. China Shipping upgrades its North/Central China to US West Coast service (service code: CPS for Evergreen and AAC for CSCL) of five 8,000 TEU vessels.

North Sea Tanker Markets are Lowest in One Year

North Sea tanker markets have tumbled further in the last few days to levels not seen in over a year, brokers said on Wednesday. "The Aframaxes (80,000 tons) are definitely in trouble," said a London broker. "The last (fixture) seen was at W120 ($0.64 per barrel), but I think even that's a bit generous. Oslo brokers said that Laguna had fixed a ship for an 80,000 ton cargo from Ventspils to northern Europe at W117.5 ($0.90), while London's Baltic Exchange downrated its assessment of the trade by 12 points on Wednesday to W121 ($0.93). One million-barrel ship was fixed from Mongstad to Quebec by Ultramar at a very promising W120 ($1.10 per barrel), seven points up on fixtures done on Friday. But brokers said this was misleading and the transatlantic market was much lower.

Threats on Cruise Ship Prompt Federal Investigation

A 20-year-old woman is facing two counts of terrorism-related charges after allegedly penning threatening notes aboard Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas. As a result of the notes, the Legend of the Seas sailing was interrupted for federal investigation of the vessel and to question its 2,400 passengers and crew members. The Legend of the Seas was diverted from its planned destination of Hilo, Hawaii on April 23, to an anchorage located off of Oahu, Hawaii. During the investigation, Kelley Marie Ferguson of Laguna Hills, Calif., confessed to writing the two notes threatening to kill all U.S. citizens aboard the Legend of the Seas in hopes of ending a family vacation early to return to her boyfriend. She appeared in federal court Monday and a hearing is set for Thursday.

Eighth Crewmember Succumbs to Norway Injuries

The eighth crewmember has died as a result of the accident onboard the S/S Norway on May 25, 2003. Forty-four year old chef, Rolando Tejero, had been in intensive care since the accident. He had worked for NCL for 20 years onboard various ships including Norwegian Majesty, Norwegian Dream, Star Odyssey, Norwegian Crown, Starward, Southward, Skyward and the S/S Norway. Rolando Tejero was from Manila, Philippines. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with Rolando’s family. Last week, the other five crewmembers who remained hospitalized were released. They are resting comfortably with family in Miami or at local hotels where they are receiving outpatient care.

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