ESG Delivers Fifth Vessel Since Hurricane Michael
On August 16th, 2019 Eastern Shipbuilding Group, a Panama City, Florida shipyard building both government and commercial vessels, successfully delivered the tug Capt. Jim McAllister. This is the fifth vessel to be delivered by the shipyard since Hurricane Michael, a category 5 storm – which devastated the region. This delivery marks another milestone in Eastern’s accelerated return to normal operations, as well as its commitment to long term sustained recovery and economic stability for the industrial base of the Florida Panhandle.
SMD on Digitalisation in the Maritime Industry
300 students from Institute of Technical Education, junior colleges, polytechnics, and universities participated in the 6th edition of the Singapore Maritime Dialogue (SMD), which featured a lively panel discussion on the theme of ‘Maritime Singapore in the Age of Digitization’.The group exchanged views on the digital revolution taking place in the maritime industry with invited panelists comprising Guest-of-Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Health…
'Green' Focus for Citigroup's Shipping Finance Chair
Citigroup's veteran shipping finance banker Michael Parker is to become chairman of the bank's shipping & logistics business, a role which will include bolstering the lender's environmental focus in the sector, Citi said on Thursday.In June, Citi was among a group of leading banks who signed up to environmental commitments known as the "Poseidon Principles."These will for the first time integrate efforts to cut CO2 emissions into banks' decision making when providing loans to shipping companies.The initiative highlights how businesses are having to respond to moves by investors around the worl
Sea Machines Demonstrates Autonomous Spill-Response Vessel
As a part of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics announces that it has successfully demonstrated its autonomous systems in action on board a Kvichak Marco skimmer boat during events held along the Portland harbor earlier today.Sea Machines’ technology opens a new era of capability for the marine industry, and today the company demonstrated its ability to increase the safety, productivity and predictability of response for marine oil-spill operations.
C&C Marine Celebrates 100th Barge Blasted
Just nine months after opening their new Robotic Paint and Blasting facility C&C Marine and Repair has announced the blasting of its 100th barge. “We knew we had the capability to blast and paint barges quickly and efficiently, but what we’ve been able to accomplish in these first nine months has exceeded our expectations in both speed and quality of blast” says C&C Marine and Repair’s owner, Tony Cibilich. The 83,350 square foot facility can accommodate barges up to 320’x75’ and has the capability to blast and paint a standard 30…
AMC, Kongsberg in VR Training Collaboration
Kongsberg Digital AS has cemented its long-standing position as the primary supplier of simulation software and hardware to the Australian Maritime College (AMC), with the recent confirmation of a new Long-Term System Support Program (LTSSP).Kongsberg Digital Area Sales Manager Paul Gilkison and AMC principal Michael van Balen signed the agreement – the third successive five-year contract between the two parties – on Thursday, August 8 at the AMC’s Newnham campus in Launceston.Kongsberg Digital simulators are the platform of choice at the AMC’s world-class Center for Maritime Simulations…
Thordon Names Haraldsson as Marine Business Manager
Canadian-based Thordon Bearings, a leader in environmentally safe propeller shaft bearings and seal systems, has appointed Michael Haraldsson to the role of Marine Business Development Manager.A native of Sweden, Haraldsson has more than 25 years of strategic sales experience across a myriad of maritime sectors, having held senior sales positions with well-known original equipment manufacturers and service providers, including Consilium, De Nora, Jowa, and Harris Pye.Throughout his career, he has been a prominent crusader for environmental sustainability and marine safety.
Gibraltar Releases Iranian Tanker Grace 1
Gibraltar has released the Iranian tanker Grace 1, according to the Gibraltar Chronicle."Authorities in Gibraltar have released the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, which was seized on July 4 on suspicion it was shipping 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions," the newspaper said.The chief justice of Gibraltar's supreme court, Anthony Dudley, said there was no U.S. application currently before the court.A spokesman for the Stena Impero tanker, seized by Iran last month, said the situation remained the same with the Stena Impero and that the company awaited further developments from the United Kingdom and Iran.(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden)
ASMA Opens Coffs Harbour Office
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said that the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, officially opened AMSA’s new office in Coffs Harbour on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia.According to a government press notification, the new office will bring much needed access to AMSA’s services in the northern New South Wales region. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Coffs Harbour…
Germany Skeptical about Joining U.S. Hormuz Mission
Germany's Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday he was very skeptical about a request by the United States to join a military mission for the Strait of Hormuz.Scholz told ZDF television that it was important to avoid a military escalation in the region and that such a mission carried the risk of being dragged into an even bigger conflict, adding: "That's why I think this is not a good idea."The U.S.
USCG Stops Illegal FLA Charter Operation
The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 70-foot motor yacht, Isabella, with six passengers aboard Wednesday in the vicinity of Port Everglades for conducting an illegal charter despite a prior Coast Guard 7th District commander order to cease illegal charter activity.A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew conducted the boarding of the Isabella and discovered the following violations:Violation of 33 C.F.R. 160.105 for violation of compliance with ordersViolation of 46 C.F.R.
American Rescuer Gets IMO Bravery Accolade
Petty Officer Michael Kelly, a rescue swimmer with the United States Coast Guard, will receive the 2019 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, for his courage, perseverance and skill in rescuing four survivors from a life raft, in extremely high winds and heavy seas.A panel of judges decided that the rescue merited the highest award. The decision was endorsed by the IMO Council at its 122nd session in London (15-19 July).Petty Officer Michael W. Kelly, Aviation Survival Technician Second Class…
Samskip Connects Norway to Baltic
European container transportation company Samskip has announced the launch a new service connecting Norway to Baltic countries.The logistics company said in a press release that this service will start on August 16th, 2019 and will add various ports to the Samskip Europe’s largest network transport service.The new connections are counting Iceland and Faroe Islands via Cuxhaven and Aarhus, North Norway. On the operational side we introduce two geared container vessels, 220 TEU vessels…
S'hail Adds 2 Ships to Klaveness Pool
Qatar based S'hail Shipping and Maritime Services has added two panamax dry bulk carrier into the Baumarine pool, a specialized panamax, kamsarmax and post-panamax pool run by Torvald Klaveness.The Norwegian shipping company said in a press note that the good vessels MV S’hail al Rayan and MV S’hail al Dukhan of S’hail Shipping recently joined its pool.Head of Pool Management at Klaveness, Hans Næss Olstad explained, “With this fourth and fifth vessel in the Baumarine Pool, S’hail…
Gibraltar Claims Decision to Detain Iranian Tanker
Gibraltar said its action last week to detain Iranian tanker Grace 1 was a decision it took on its own and not at the behest of any other state or third party, the territory's chief minister said on Friday."All relevant decisions in respect of this matter were taken only as a direct result of the government of Gibraltar having reasonable grounds to believe the vessel was acting in breach of established EU sanctions against Syria," Fabian Picardo told parliament."There has been…
Iran Attempts UK Tanker Block, Fails
Britain says it fended off Iranian attempt to block its oil tankerThree Iranian vessels tried to block a British-owned tanker passing through the strait that controls the flow of Middle East oil to the world, but backed off when confronted by a Royal Navy warship, Britain said on Thursday.A week after Britain seized an Iranian tanker accused of violating sanctions on Syria, London said the British Heritage, operated by oil company BP, had been approached in the Strait of Hormuz…
Hapag-Lloyd Shareholders Change Stake
German-based international cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG announced an increased participation of two core shareholders, which has reduced the free float to below nine percent.“We naturally regret the reduced free float, but the demand among our anchor shareholders also underlines their interest in and commitment to Hapag-Lloyd as a strategic investment,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd AG.Shareholder structure of Hapag-Lloyd AG as of 18 June 2019: CSAV Germany Container Holding GmbH - 27.3%, Klaus Michael Kühne (incl.
Banks Impose Emissions Rule in Ship-Finance
Eleven banks with a combined shipping finance portfolio of $100bn will for the first time integrate climate considerations into lending decisions to incentivize maritime shipping's decarbonization.Named 'the Poseidon Principles', the new rules are a global framework for assessing and disclosing the climate alignment of financial institutions' shipping portfolios, said joint press release from Rocky Mountain Institute, Global Maritime Forum and UCL Energy Institute.Founding Signatories include Citi, Societe Generale, DNB, ABN Amro, Amsterdam Trade Bank, Credit Agricole CIB, Danish Ship Finance, Danske Bank, DVB, ING and Nordea, and represent around 20% of the global ship finance portfolio."As banks…
Brazil Searches Sembcorp Yard in Graft Probe
Singaporean rig builder Sembcorp Marine said on Wednesday that authorities had searched its shipyard in Brazil as part of a graft investigation, sending its shares lower and underlining the staying power of Brazil's ongoing "Car Wash" corruption probe.Sembcorp Marine said the search was related to investigations against former consultant Guilherme Esteves de Jesus, adding that Martin Cheah Kok Choon, the former president of the Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz shipyard, was also under investigation.In a separate statement…
Being Green: Banks Consider CO2 Emissions in Shipping Loans
A group of leading banks will for the first time include efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions in their decision making when providing shipping company loans, executives said on Tuesday.International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization (IMO), has a long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.Working with non-profit organisations the Global Maritime Forum, the Rocky Mountain Institute and London University's UCL Energy Institute…
SSA Appoints First-Ever Female President
Caroline Yang, chief executive of bunker tanker company Hong Lam Marine, has been appointed as the first-ever female president of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) since its founding in 1985.The industry voice of Singapore’s maritime community elected Ms. Caroline Yang, Chief Executive of Hong Lam Marine, as the association’s President at SSA’s 23rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 26 June 2019.Ms. Yang started her career with Hong Lam Marine as their in-house counsel in 1991, and has more than 25 years’ experience in the shipping industry.As President of SSA, Ms.
Cruise Ship Crewmember Goes Missing off Cuba
The search for a crewmember who reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Victory cruise ship about 30 miles northwest of Cuba was called off on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.Officials were unable to locate the missing crewmember after scouring approximately 2,600 square nautical miles over the course of over 45 hours.Involved with the search were the Coast Guard Cutters Charles Sexton (WPC-1108) and William Trump (WPC-1111) with Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane aircrews.
Gibraltar Police Arrest Captain of Detained Iranian Tanker
Gibraltar police said they have arrested the captain and chief officer of the detained Iranian Grace 1 supertanker accused of violating EU sanctions on Syria and have seized documents and electronic devices from the vessel.Last week British Royal Marines boarded the tanker off Gibraltar and seized it on suspicion that it was breaking EU sanctions by taking oil to Syria."The investigation is still ongoing and the Grace 1 continues detained," police said in a statement on Thursday.(Reuters, Reporting by Costas Pitas and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison)