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Monday, June 18, 2018

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Photo Courtesy of Bouchard Transportation Co.

In the late 1960s, Bouchard Transportation Co. wins two very important barge contracts; the first comprises the B. No. 40 and B. No 30 barges to haul jet fuel along the Erie Canal for the U.S. Air Force; the second  was for the company’s B. No. 55 barge to move crude oils in New York Harbor, Long Island Sound, New England, and also South to Philadelphia and Norfolk. The July 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News will feature a special “Bouchard Transportation Co. Celebrates 100 Years” magazine. For more information contact: Greg Trauthwein, trauthwein@marinelink.com, t.

VLCC Maran Aphrodite Changes Destination for Fourth Time

New-build VLCC Maran Aphrodite, which is carrying a 200,000 tonne diesel cargo from Asia, has changed its final destination for a fourth time, Reuters ship-tracking data showed.The ship was originally calling on Rotterdam before changing its destination to New York harbor on May 11, then to Gibraltar on May 29, then to Southwold in the U.K. on June 5.As of the evening of June 11, the tanker is again calling on Gibraltar.The vessel was chartered by Total, according to traders.Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar

NY/NJ Port Authority Market Share Edges Upward

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported that its market share edged slightly higher last year, chalking up a 1.2 percent gain when compared with other eastern U.S. ports, outpacing its fiercest competitor Halifax, whose share rose only eight-tenths of a percentage point. Some $82 billion of goods flowed through the New York Harbor terminals in 2000, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year, according to a statement by New York Gov. George Pataki. Acting New Jersey Gov. Donald DiFrancesco estimated the port supported more than 166,000 jobs and contributed $20 billion to the regional economy. The governors of New York and New Jersey…

APL Joins Clean Air Program in New York Harbor

APL volunteered to burn cleaner fuel in every vessel calling at the ports of New York and New Jersey. The agreement is part of a Port Authority program designed to curb emissions in New York Harbor. Under the plan, APL vessels will use low-sulfur fuel in auxiliary generators while berthed. “We have been leaders in implementing clean-air measures on our ships,” said Gene Seroka, APL President in the Americas. Earlier in October, APL joined a low-sulfur fuel program at the Port of Hong Kong. It has long been part of similar programs at the ports of Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia. The Port Authority will reimburse 50% of the added cost APL incurs. Low-sulfur fuel is more expensive to burn.

WFSA Ferry Safety & Technology Conference set for May

File Image (CREDIT: WFSA)

Mark your calendars- Ferry Safety & Technology Conference, May 11- May 12, in New York. The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association is now gearing up for its 2017 Ferry Safety & Technology Conference, which will be held May 11 – 12, at the Pier A (overlooking New York harbor) in downtown Manhattan. Technology is driving change in all facets of the maritime business; in the ferry sector, which provides the primary means of transportation in certain regions of the world, new applications can have a profound impact on vessel safety, crew training, passenger experience, and operational efficiencies.

HMI Ambrose Channel Makes First New York Harbor Call

Hvide Marine Inc. announced the first visit of HMI Ambrose Channel, named for the USCG lightship that formerly stood watch at the entrance of New York Harbor, to the Port of New York and New Jersey. The vessel, one of the first all-new petrochemical carriers built in the U.S. in nearly two decades, passed through its namesake, the Ambrose Channel, on its way to Stapleton Anchorage. Under the command of veteran Hvide Marine Captain Dave Johnson, the tanker delivered 155,000 barrels of diesel oil from a refinery in Baton Rouge, La. Delivered in January 1999, the vessel complied with the mandate of Congress and the American people to build double-hull tankships to transport petroleum and chemical products in U. S. waters in the safest manner possible.

Rare Gasoline Exports Underway from Bloated East Coast Stocks

File Image: AdobeStock

Traders prep rare East Coast gasoline exports; cargoes already sailing with exported distillates. Traders are preparing to export cargoes of coveted gasoline from the U.S. East Coast after months of heavy importing and local production swamped the region. At least two cargoes of gasoline are lined up to sail to West Africa, according to three market sources, with others eyeing their own shipments. The United States consumed more than 9 million barrels per day of gasoline in 2016, accounting for nearly 10 percent of global oil demand.

Tanker Repair Completed

A tanker carrying 500,000 barrels of gasoline, the Bear G, is expected to start a journey back to the New York Harbor November 10 after completing repairs to a leaky hold in a Canadian port, the ship's manager said Tuesday. The vessel was denied access to the New York Harbor by the U.S. Coast Guard last week due to the internal leak until permanent repairs were made. The Bahamian flagged vessel, chartered by New York-based Novarco Ltd., arrived at the Statia Terminal, Point Tupper on Cape Breton Island in Canada November 6 to begin the repairs, according to Geneva-based Acomarit, the ship's manager. The ship is expected to occupy the berth at the terminal "until Friday 10 November at which time it is anticipated that Bear G will reload her cargo and proceed to" the New York Harbor…

Keeper of New York Harbor's Spring Ritual

Work Aboard 'Katherine Walker': Photo credit USCG

As the Hudson River begins to melt the Coast Guard buoy tender 'Katherine Walker' heads north towards Albany, N.Y. The Katherine Walker is a 175-foot buoy tender, homeported in Bayonne, N.J. Its major mission includes the servicing of aids to navigation throughout New York Harbor, Western Long Island Sound, the Hudson and East Rivers, as well as other waters along the Connecticut, New York and New Jersey coastlines. During a five-day patrol up the Hudson River, the ship serviced 18 seasonal aids to navigation, the last of 53 buoys that the crew restores every spring.

New, New York Harbor Current Meter

Navigating New York Harbor: Photo courtesy of USN

NOAA uses data from a new current meter in New York harbor operated by New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology. The system provides enhanced real-time information to mariners travelling through the nation’s second busiest port. The Stevens current meter measures the  direction, speed, and volume of ocean currents in the harbor’s navigation channels, north of the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island. Its data will be used in NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) system…

Traders Sending European Gasoline Across Big Pond

File Image (CREDIT: BMT)

More than half a million tonnes booked Europe-U.S.; more bookings could follow in May. Traders are shipping more gasoline from Europe to the U.S. East Coast ahead of the summer driving season as a steady reduction in inventories there props up prices. At least 16 tankers carrying some 600,000 tonnes of gasoline blending components including naphtha have been booked in recent days by traders including Glencore, ExxonMobil, Mercuria, Repsol and Total, shipping data shows. That compared with an average of around 300,000 tonnes per week booked throughout March.

Horizon Delivers Second NYC Ferry Newbuild

Photo: H200 (Photo: Horizon)

Alabama shipbuilder Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. said it has delivered the second of 13 NYC Ferry vessels being built for NYC Ferry Operated by Hornblower, which will launch this summer. With sea trials and U.S. Coast Guard certification now behind her, H201 will get a final cleanup and the Hornblower crew will begin the nearly 1,900-mile journey from Horizon’s yard to New York City. The first ferry, H200, arrived in New York Harbor on Sunday morning, April 2 after a 13-day journey.

SUNY Maritime to Train NYC’s Next Ferry Captains

Photo: SUNY Maritime College

NYC Ferry operated by Hornblower is teaming up with the oldest merchant marine academy in the country to deliver a world class training program before a majority of the new NYC Ferry vessels even arrive in New York Harbor. SUNY Maritime College was founded in 1874 as the New York Nautical School, the first school in the nation devoted to training merchant mariners. As part of this new collaboration between NYC Ferry and SUNY Maritime, future captains and crew will have access to SUNY Maritime’s top notch classroom facilities and experienced maritime faculty.

Weak Gasoline Prices Prompts US-bound Tanker to Alter Course

A tanker of gasoline en route to New York Harbor from Europe has been diverted to a Caribbean storage hub because a narrow window of opportunity for shipping profitably to the U.S. East Coast appears to have shut, traders said. At least 16 tankers carrying some 600,000 tonnes of gasoline blending components were booked early in April to send fuel from Europe to the East Coast. Since, a Long-Range 2 (LR2) vessel AMOREA, floating offshore carrying summer-grade RBOB gasoline, known as F2-grade, set sail to New York. An LR2 going to New York was uncommon to begin with, but the recent closing of the arb, or the window, caused the vessel to be diverted to the BORCO storage hub in the Caribbean, according to Reuters vessel tracking data and three sources with knowledge of the matter.

NY/NJ Port Authority Market Share Edges Higher

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reported that its market share edged slightly higher last year, chalking up a 1.2 percent gain when compared with other eastern U.S. ports, outpacing its fiercest competitor Halifax, whose share rose only eight-tenths of a percentage point. Some $82 billion of goods flowed through the New York Harbor terminals in 2000, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year, according to a statement by New York Gov. George Pataki. Acting New Jersey Gov. Donald DiFrancesco estimated the port supported more than 166,000 jobs and contributed $20 billion to the regional economy. The governors of New York and New Jersey…

New Passenger Ferry for Governors Island

(Image: Blount Boats)

U.S. shipbuilder Blount Boats together with naval architecture firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has been awarded the contract to design and construct a new passenger-only ferry for Governors Island, New York by The Trust For Governors Island. The vessel will provide passenger ferry service between Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan and Soissons Landing on Governors Island, New York. “Blount Boats is honored to have been chosen by the Trust to build another iconic vessel for New York Harbor,” said Marcia Blount, President of Blount Boats.

Cunard Line Queens to Meet in New York Harbor

On Sunday, January 13, 2008, Cunard Line operator of The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World will, for the first and only time, sail their three liner Queens – flagship Queen Mary 2, famed Queen Elizabeth 2 and the new Queen Victoria -- together out of New York harbor. The regal fleet is scheduled to depart at 6:30 p.m. Queen Mary 2 will depart from her home port, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal while QE2 will depart from Pier 92 and Queen Victoria will depart from Pier 88 both at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Then, the three Queens will rendezvous and sail past the Statue of Liberty during a spectacular fireworks celebration at approximately 7:00 p.m.

MM&P Hopes to Pad Ranks with Brown Water Mariners

Ron Tucker, Secretary Treasurer of Local 333 and Captain Don Marcus, who serves as President of the Masters Mates & Pilots.

Uniting with the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots will bring added clout, resources and training to local mariners and open the door to opportunities beyond the East Coast, the union said. Ballots are arriving in the mail this week at the homes of 1,300 area mariners for an election to decide whether local watermen will join a large national union of deck officers who serve on ocean-going ships, and which also represents captains and crews on inland waterways beyond New York Harbor. Ballots will be tabulated and results announced in mid-November.

NOAA Updates New York Harbor Charts Post-Sandy

A NOAA Coast Survey team collected post-Sandy depth measurements in New York Harbor last spring

Ships, barges, ferries, and recreational boats in the busy New York Harbor will be able to navigate more safely thanks to an updated version of the harbor’s nautical chart recently issued by NOAA that includes data gathered in the navigational response to the damage caused by Sandy in October 2012. The latest edition of Chart 12334 – New York Harbor includes new depth measurements and shoreline depictions. “This new chart edition is the first product of a multi-year post-Sandy charting plan,” said Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey.

Quantum of the Seas Sails into New York Harbor

Photo: Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, arrived in the New York Harbor in the early morning hours on November 10. The 167,800-gt cruise ship, built by MEYER WERFT, departed from Bremerhaven to Southampton October 28, 2014, from where she embarked on her Atlantic crossing on November 2. Quantum of the Seas arrived to New York Harbor Monday, passing under the Verazzano Bridge and past the Statue of Liberty before heading into her homeport, New Jersey’s newly refurbished Cape Liberty port.

Colonial Pipeline Demand at 2-Month Nadir

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Maksym Yemelyanov)

Demand to ship gasoline on Colonial Pipeline has sunk to a two-month low as Gulf Coast supplies are increasingly being exported or sent to the Midwest rather than to the New York harbor, three sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Colonial Pipeline Co, the largest U.S. fuel network, has consistently allocated space for at least the past two months, meaning demand has exceeded capacity on the pipeline. But it would not ration space on its main gasoline line for the next five-day shipping cycle, known as "Cycle 2," the sources said, which suggests lower demand.

Prince Harry Visits the Coast Guard, N.Y.

Prince Harry enjoys a ride onboard a Coast Guard 45 ft medium response boat from Station New York during a tour near the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor May 30, 2009. After a polo match on Governors Island, the Coast Guard boat crew took the prince on a tour of New York Harbor, ending on the Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker, where he crossed to the USS Intrepid in Manhattan.

US Awards $4.85 Mln for Waterways Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced $4.85 million in grants to six Marine Highway projects along the waterways of 17 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the Maritime Administration’s Marine Highway Program is to expand the use of U.S. navigable waterways to relieve landside congestion, reduce air emissions and generate other public benefits by increasing the efficiency of the surface transportation system. “These grants will help us take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of one of America’s most crucial transportation assets – our coastal and inland waterways,” Foxx said. The grants will help expand existing marine highway operations across New York Harbor…

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