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Friday, January 19, 2018

Long Weekend News

Ferry Suffers Engine Room Fire

BC Ferries’ Queen of Surrey suffered an engine-room fire this morning as the vessel was enroute to Langdale. The vessel will be towed to Langdale as soon as possible where passengers will disembark and the vessel will be inspected for damages. 318 passengers are onboard at the time of the incident, but no injuries were reported. Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board have been notified of the incident. This is the second incident involving a fire on the Queen of Surrey within the last month. A minor fire occurred over the Easter long weekend. BC Ferries President & CEO David Hahn has directed a full investigation into today’s incident.

Provincetown III Launched

Incat Designs - Sydney is pleased to announce the delivery of Provincetown III. The 30m 149 passenger catamaran was launched at Gladding Hearn Shipbuilders' Shipyard in time to enter service for the July 4 long weekend. The vessel is being operated by Bay State Cruise Company (BSC) of Boston MA on the 55 nautical mile run between Boston and Provincetown, replacing Friendship IV. The new vessel has a service speed of 30 knots while carrying 149 passengers. The vessel is powered by 2 x Cummins KTA 38-M2 diesel engines providing 1350HP @ 1950rpm.

How to Choose the Best Cruise for You

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Picking a cruise should be as serious as picking the people you’re going on vacation with. Think about it, you’re stuck on a cruise just like you’re stuck with the person/people you are taking. The atmosphere, energy, cleanliness, food and activities all matter when choosing a cruise, but where do you begin? For starters, where do you want to go? Depending on where you live, or where you’re vacationing to, certain cruises can only go to certain places. For example, on the East Coast of the U.S., cruises usually either go down to the Caribbean or up toward Nova Scotia.

Warship Open Day in Cairns

HMAS Parramatta fires its 5 inch gun onto Lancelin Range as part of a naval gunfire support serial during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The people of Cairns will have a rare opportunity to tour HMAS Parramatta comes alongside Trinity Wharf and opens its gangway to the public on Monday, 17 April, says a press release of Royal Australian Navy. One of the sailors who will be on board to show people around is former Cairns local, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Thomas Ketchell. “I am extremely proud to be a member of ship’s company in HMAS Parramatta and I have been given some fantastic opportunities to see not only Australiabut the world,” he said.

Hurricane Arthur Weakens to Tropical Storm

Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur weakened on Saturday to leave New England and was felt in parts of southeastern Canada with heavy rains and winds, where he left some 250,000 homes and business premises without power. Arthur weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday morning after landfall in the Outer Banks islands of North Carolina on Thursday night as a Category 2 hurricane, spoiling the plans of tourists on a long weekend for the holiday of Independence Day in the United States. North Carolina reported only minor damage from Hurricane, which quickly moved to the northeast.

Pacific Panamax Rates Remain Steady

Freight rates for panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Brokers added that the impending holiday will start to affect the panamax markets by the end of the week and added that demand during the following week could be limited. Meanwhile, despite a firmer tone in the Atlantic panamax sector…

Panamax Trades Firm

Freight rates for Panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger Panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Brokers added that the impending holiday will start to affect the Panamax markets by the end of the week and added that demand during the following week could be limited. Meanwhile, despite a firmer tone in the Atlantic Panamax sector, many shipbrokers believe that in the near term, the sector will be at best steady.

Naval Fleet Review Begins in Sydney

USS Chosin leads JDS Makinami through Sydney Harbour during the warship entry as part of the International Fleet Review 2013. (Photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)

Australian Minister for Defense Senator David Johnston announced the entry of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet into Sydney Harbor for the International Fleet Review. Senator Johnston said the International Fleet Review was planned in partnership with the NSW Government and the City of Sydney and will draw around 40 warships, 16 tall ships, more than 60 aircraft, 10 military bands and 8,000 sailors from 17 nations around the world. The nations participating include Australia, Brunei…

Nearly 9,000 Med Migrants Rescued over Weekend

Nearly 9,000 mainly African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean this past long weekend after being put by smugglers in Libya onto unseaworthy boats heading toward Italy, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday. The migrants, many from Nigeria and Senegal with some from Bangladesh, are among an estimated 20,000 held by criminal gangs in irregular detention centres in Libya, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said. On release, they pay to board the overcrowded boats, often just inflated rubber vessels that could not cross the Mediterranean, in the hope of starting a new life in Europe. "It is obvious that better spring weather has encouraged smugglers to take people from their detention centres," IOM spokesman Leonard Doyle told a news briefing in Geneva.

Carnival Expands Capacity in New Orleans

The 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph will reposition to New Orleans to replace the 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation in spring 2016. The move represents a 34 percent increase in capacity for Carnival's four- and five-day cruise itineraries in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Carnival Cruise Line will expand capacity on its four- and five-day short cruise program from New Orleans by 34 percent when Carnival Triumph replaces Carnival Elation on this schedule next spring, providing an exciting Fun Ship 2.0-equipped ship on this highly popular itinerary. Carnival Triumph will shift from Galveston to New Orleans to launch year-round four- and five-day cruises to Mexico beginning April 4, 2016. On this route, four-day “long weekend” cruises depart Thursdays and call at Cozumel while five-day cruises depart Mondays and Saturdays and visit Cozumel and Progreso.

Attack on Saudi Oil Tanker Thwarted

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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. The coalition destroyed a boat carrying explosives as it headed towards the tanker on Saturday, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. Yemen lies on the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the world's most important trade routes for oil tankers, which pass Yemen’s shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.

Long Beach CEO Expects Port Cutbacks This Weekend

Jon Slangerup (Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach)

Shipping lines are expected to curtail cargo operations at U.S. West Coast ports again this weekend amid stalled labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers, the chief executive of the Port of Long Beach said on Wednesday. "This weekend is going to be yet another limited operating weekend, just like last weekend was," Long Beach port CEO Jon Slangerup said in an interview with Reuters in New York. However, the two sides could reach a contract settlement in "a matter of days," he added.

Largest Ever Ship on the Thames

The largest ship ever to enter the Thames is due to call at the U.K.’s new deepwater container port DP World London Gateway this weekend weekend, with estimated time of arrival in the early hours of Sunday morning, October 19. Oone of the largest containerships in the world, the 397-meter-long, 56-meter-wide Edith Maersk has a draught of 16 metres and can carry up to 15,500 standard containers.

West Coast Ports Reopen, Labor Sec. Arrives for Talks

U.S. West Coast ports that were closed to incoming cargo vessels during the holiday weekend reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions. Perez was sent to meet with the two sides in the conflict at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to weigh in on a labor dispute that has cascaded through the U.S. commercial supply chain and beyond. But there was no immediate word on exactly when or under what conditions he would join in talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, representing 20,000 dockworkers, and the bargaining agent for shipping companies and terminal operations, the Pacific Maritime Association.

British Frigate Escorts Russian Ships through English Channel

Pictured is HMS Westminster (Foreground) 30NM off the British coast escorting the Russian Steregushchiy class ship Soobrazitelny (531). (Photo: U.K. Royal Navy)

A British frigate escorted Russian ships through the English Channel on Monday, Britain’s defense ministry said, adding that it was the latest sign of an upsurge in Russian naval activity near UK waters over the festive period. Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster was sent to monitor four Russian vessels over the weekend as they passed close to British waters, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, and will stay with the warships as they head north. The MoD added that two Russian frigates…

US West Coast Port Operations Resume

Photo: Port of Los Angeles

U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies suspended loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups the shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions. Reopening of the ports to cargo vessels idled by the slowdowns and weekend suspension came as the shippers and dockworkers' union were scheduled to return to the bargaining table for further labor negotiations later in the day, the two sides said.

Lewmar Sponsors Hamble Winter Series Yacht Race

One Design: Photo courtesy of Lewmar

UK yacht equipment specialist Lewmar to sponsor the 2012 Lewmar Hamble One Design Championships, the UK's premier winter sailing event. This sponsorship represents a furthering of Lewmar's commitment to UK competitive sailing, having been a long term supporter of the Hamble Winter Series as a day sponsor. Taking place over two packed weekends; the 13/14th and 27/28th October, the event is organised by Hamble River Sailing Club as a component championship of the incredibly popular Hamble Winter Series.

NY State Canal Corporation Boosts Earth Day Event

Volunteer groups and individuals are invited to join the New York State Canal Corporation staff for the annual Canal Clean Sweep, scheduled for the weekend of April 15-17, 2011. The events along the 524-mile-long Canal system help celebrate Earth Day and to prepare the canals for the regular navigation season that is scheduled to begin on May 1, 2011. Brian U. Other partners for the "Canal Clean Sweep" include the private Parks and Trails New York and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation. Last year more than 90 groups participated in the clean-up weekend. For more information on the Sixth Annual Canal Clean Sweep, or to help coordinate an event in your community, please contact Wally Elton of Parks and Trails New York at (518) 434-1583 or email canalsweep@ptny.org.

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy. Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s maritime sector’s history books when it was confirmed as the home of the country’s first registered vessel since 1985. The city is already home to the country’s first higher education and research institute, the SA International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) based at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Cargo Loading Suspended at US West Coast Ports

Photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles

Shippers suspend weekend cargo loading at U.S. Cargo freighter loading and unloading operations will be suspended at U.S. West Coast Ports this weekend due to continuing chronic slowdowns that shippers and terminal operators have blamed on the dockworkers' union, the companies' representative said on Friday. However, the Pacific Maritime Association said terminal yard, rail and gate operations at the ports, which handle nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of imports from Asia, would go on at the discretion of terminal operators through the weekend, the group said.

SF Bay Ferry's Re-schedule After BART Strike Ends

Image courtesy of SF Bay Ferry

With the ending of the BART workers' strike, SF Bay Ferry say they were pleased to do their part, having carried triple the number of commute passengers. Boats carried more than 54,000 passengers‹triple their pre-strike daily average. Below is a cumulative overview of total SF Bay Ferry ridership from July 1-3, 2013. This weekend, July 6 and 7, SF Bay Ferry will be running regular weekend service between Vallejo and San Francisco, and between Alameda Main Street, Oakland, and San Francisco. There will be no service to Harbor Bay or South San Francisco.

Oil Prices Rally On Tight Supplies

Crude oil prices bolted higher Monday as traders returned from a long holiday weekend to indications that exporting countries may extend the supply cuts that have helped double petroleum prices this year. Crude oil for delivery in February closed 46 cents higher at $26.33 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, but still failed to lift shares of companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. in stock market trading.

San Francisco Bay Ferry Operating Regular Schedule

San Francisco Bay Ferry will operate its regular schedule Friday, October 11 through the weekend as BART Unions and Management continue negotiations. With the announcement that BART Unions and BART management have requested an extension for their negotiations through the weekend, the SF Bay Ferry will continue with its regular weekday schedule Friday, October 11 and its regular weekend schedule. Should a strike be called Sunday night, enhanced service will begin with a 5:00 AM Vallejo departure to San Francisco on Monday, October 14.  

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