St. Lawrence Seaway Wraps Up Navigation Season
With water temperatures well above the 10-year average, the St. Lawrence Seaway closed its 2015 navigation season ice free on December 31. Thirty-six million metric tons of cargo transited the waterway during the season, with grain, at volumes well above the five-year average, leading the way. The Seaway once again proved to be a key asset for farmers as they shipped their crops to markets at home and overseas. Grain volumes on the Seaway amounted to 10.8 million metric tons, one of the strongest years in recent memory.
Acclaimed Disabled Sailor takes on the Atlantic
The celebrities were out in force at the recent Southampton Boat Show. Led by Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon, ably supported by sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, TV wildlife presenter and trained diver Miranda Krestovnikoff, BAFTA award-winning wildlife expert Steve Backshall, explorer, writer and TV presenter Monty Halls and Diane Youdale, otherwise known as Jet from Gladiators. But the real star of the show was Natasha Lambert. She has a condition called Athetoid Cerebral Palsy which means that she has no voluntary control over her limbs and difficulty in articulating speech…
Trump Announces 25% Tariff on Chinese Technology
President Donald Trump on Friday announced that the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods from China related to intellectual property and technology, and pledged to impose further levies if the Asian nation takes retaliatory measures.Trump said the tariff list includes goods from China's "Made in China 2025" strategic plan to dominate high-technology industries that will "drive future economic growth for China, but hurt economic growth for the United States and many other countries."(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and David Lawder Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)
Port Hedland Iron Ore Shipments to China Climb in June
Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 7 percent to 39.69 million tonnes in June from a month earlier, port data released on Tuesday showed.Total June iron ore shipments from the world's biggest export terminal for the steelmaking raw material totalled 47.29 million tonnes, compared with 44.97 million tonnes in May, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority.Port Hedland is used by three of Australia's top four iron ore miners, BHP Billiton , Fortescue Metals Group and Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting.Rio Tinto uses the nearby Dampier and Cape Lambert ports to
Great Lakes Seaway Opens 57th Navigation Season
The U.S. and Canadian Seaway Corporations marked the opening of the Seaway's 57th navigation season today, with the transit of the newly-built CWB Marquis through the St. Lambert Lock. The vessel is the first of two Equinox-class lakers ordered by Winnipeg-based grain marketer CWB that are being purpose-built for trade in the Great Lakes Seaway System. In 2014, over 12 million tons of grain moved through the Seaway, the highest volume recorded since the beginning of the 21st century. Ian White, President and CEO of CWB, served as the keynote speaker at the opening.
Canadian Fleets, Seaway Invest $160 Mln for 2017 Season
Canadian ship owners and the St. Lawrence Seaway have spent an estimated $160 million on repair and infrastructure projects this winter, boosting the economic fortunes of communities throughout the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence and east coast, according to the Chamber of Marine Commerce. Canadian ship owners have invested an estimated $70 million to maintain and upgrade their vessels during the winter months — an annual exercise that keeps their vessels in tip-top shape to safely and efficiently deliver goods for North American businesses. The St.
Australia's Port Hedland Iron Ore Exports to China Rise
Iron ore shipments to China from Western Australia's Port Hedland, the world's biggest terminal for shipments of the steelmaking raw material, rose 3.3% from February to 31.2 million mt in March. While the rise is partly attributable to fewer shipping days in February, it also underscores efforts by Australian miners to displace China’s domestic production of iron ore. It also indicates that demand remained strong despite weakness in the market. March exports to China were the third highest ever, after 31.7 million mt in October last year and 32.1 million mt in August.
St. Lawrence Seaway Navigation Season Open
The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation have jointly marked the opening of the Seaway’s 59th navigation season. The official opening ceremony of the binational waterway took place on March 20 at the St. Lambert Lock in Montreal with Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau attending as honored guest and SLSMC President and CEO Terence Bowles and SLSDC Deputy Administrator Craig H. Middlebrook addressing the gathering. “The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is a tremendous asset that provides a safe and efficient means of moving cargo worldwide,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
White House Says US Ship Near Yemen to Ensure Commerce
The White House said on Tuesday that the presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier near Yemen is intended to ensure freedom of navigation and commerce in the area. White House spokesman Josh Earnest cited energy, among other important commodities, as important shipments near the coast of Yemen that need protecting. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Lisa Lambert)
California Port Truckers End Strike
Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments. Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union, struck four trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and state labor enforcement decisions and a court ruling that the truckers were victims of wage theft through misclassification.
Iranian Boats Fire on Singapore-flagged Vessel
Five Iranian boats fired shots across the bow of a Singapore-flagged cargo vessel on Thursday, CNN reported, citing a U.S. official. It was unclear if the shots hit the vessel, CNN said. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report. Reporting by Lisa Lambert
Protesters Gather in Seattle to Block Access to Shell Oil Rig
About 200 protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig headed for the Arctic this summer to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves. Holding signs reading "Shell No" and "Seattle Loves the Arctic," protesters gathered early to prevent workers from reaching the rig, one of two that Shell will store in Seattle before sending to the Chukchi Sea off Alaska. Environmental groups have planned days of demonstrations over Shell's plans, saying drilling in the icy Arctic region, where weather changes rapidly, could lead to a catastrophic spill that would be next to impossible to clean up.
Unique Group Debuts Seaflex SAVE System
Unique Group’s Buoyancy & Ballast division has announced the official launch of an integrated system designed to neutralise the risk to life and possessions from the potential capsize or sinking of smaller vessels. The Seaflex Auto-Inflating Vessel Emergency (SAVE) System is a product of the division’s Seaflex brand, which specialises in the development and manufacture of inflatable buoyancy systems for marine and offshore applications. By integrating existing hydrostatic valve…
Barge Captain Gets Prison Time for Fatal Explosion
An Illinois man who was captain of a petroleum barge that exploded in a Chicago canal in 2005, killing a crew member, was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday, prosecutors said. Dennis Egan, 36, of Topeka in central Illinois, and the barge owner, Egan Marine Corp. of Lemont, were each convicted in June 2014 of negligent manslaughter of a seaman and negligently discharging oil into a waterway, according to a statement from prosecutors. The Chicago suburban company was ordered to pay $5.3 million in restitution to the National Pollution Funds Center for the clean-up. On January 19, 2005, a barge being pushed by the tow boat "Lisa E" on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was carrying about 600…
White House: Iran Talks Deadline Could Slip
The White House said Tuesday's deadline for negotiators in Vienna to come to a final, firm agreement on Iran's nuclear program could slip. When asked if President Barack Obama's administration expects the deadline "to slip," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday, "I wouldn't set any expectations at this point ... I would say that it's certainly possible." Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Doina Chiacu
This Day In Naval History: July 27
1776 - During the American Revolution, the Continental brig, Reprisal, commanded by Capt. Lambert Wickes, transports the newly appointed commercial and naval agent, William Bingham, to Martinique. While en route, the British sloop-of-war, HMS Shark, approaches the brig at the entrance to St. Pierre Harbor. After a sharp encounter and inconclusive action, HMS Shark withdraws and Reprisal enters port. 1862 - During the Civil War, the side-wheel steamer, USS Yankee, commanded by William Gibson, and the side-wheel tug, USS Satellite, commanded by Master Amos Foster, capture schooner J.W.
Alberta Panel to Review Climate-change Policy
The Canadian province of Alberta, the biggest source of U.S. oil imports, announced the members of its climate change policy review panel on Friday, part of its pledge to implement new rules on greenhouse gas reductions. Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the panel would offer recommendations to the government by early November, ahead of a key United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December, but did not say when new GHG targets are likely to come into effect.
New Bank Lighting Montreal - Lake Ontario
A bank lighting renewal program from Montreal to Lake St Louis on the northern side of the dike will begin this fall. The project will be starting at the northern extremity of the dike (Montreal Harbor) towards St Lambert lock this winter and will be continuing up to Lake St Louis in subsequent years. There will be 3 zones of different types of Dell bank lighting installed below lock #2 (Côte St Catherine) at the positions indicated on the attached plan. Each zone will have two new lighting posts. The operation centre will conduct a survey on the ground lighting installed in each zone.
Steel Cut for Norwegian’s Next Cruise Ship
Marking the beginning of construction of the second ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class, a steel cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, September 15 at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss, is scheduled to be delivered in spring 2017. Once completed, the ship will weigh 165,600 gross tons, measure 330 meters in length and 41.4 meters in breadth, and feature capacity for up to 4,200 guests, with the capability to reach speeds up to 23 knots, according to the shipbuilder.
US Navy Commissions USS Little Rock
The U.S. Navy officially welcomed its newest littoral combat ship into its fleet during a December 16 commissioning ceremony in Buffalo, N.Y. Constructed at Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisc., USS Little Rock (LCS 9) is the Navy’s fifth freedom-variant LCS. The fast, shallow draft vessel has a modular design capable of implementing a variety of mission packages as an asset to the fleet in both the shallow coastal regions as well trans-Atlantic service. The ship was commissioned next to the first USS Little Rock, a Galveston-class guided missile cruiser (CLG 4).
US DOT Chief: Weighing All Options to Fund Infrastructure
The Trump administration is weighing a range of options to fund public infrastructure projects, including private-sector investments and a higher tax on gasoline, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Tuesday. Trump will donate his quarterly salary to the Transportation Department to help fund infrastructure projects, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at a daily White House news briefing. (Reporting by Steve Holland, Lisa Lambert and Mohammad Zargham; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Leslie Adler)
Statoil, Repsol Transactions in Priority Areas
Statoil and Repsol announce transactions in Norway, UK, US and Brazil. These transactions increase the number of Statoil’s operatorships in priority areas, providing greater control of asset development and costs through shared efficiencies. * Statoil farms down to Repsol a 15% interest in the Gudrun field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Statoil remains the operator and largest equity holder with a 36% interest. * Pending Repsol partner approval, Statoil will acquire a 31% equity share in the UK licence for Alfa Sentral, a field which spans the UK-Norway maritime border.
CMA CGM, OGEU Partnership to promote Beaupré Water Spring
CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping group, and the OGEU group, 4th largest French water bottler, are pleased to announce the signing of a partnership agreement on November 2 of this year. * CMA CGM acquiring a stake in the French factory producing the Beaupré water owned by the OGEU Group. Located in Signes, in Southern France, this spring water complies with the highest worldwide quality standards. * The creation of a joint-venture company for the exclusive distribution outside Europe of Beaupré and all OGEU Group waters (OGEU…