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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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St. Lawrence Seaway Releases 2004 Draft Details

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a Notice establishing allowable drafts for the 2004 navigation season. In the Welland Canal, a maximum draft of 80.8 dm (26’6”) will be in effect for inland vessels and for ocean vessels equipped with bow thrusters. For ocean vessels not equipped with bow thrusters, the maximum draft will be 80.0 dm (26’3”). In the Montreal/Lake Ontario section, the maximum draft will be 79.2 dm (26’0”) until the South Shore Canal is ice-free or April 15, whichever occurs first, when the maximum draft will be increased to 80dm (26’3”). Seaway Notice No. 2 – 2004 (HK Law)

ABB Pods for Wind Turbine Install Vessels

Azipod C

Azipod C propulsion system from new regional ABB factory for two Wind Turbine Installation Vessels built by Samsung Heavy Industries. ABB recently delivered four Azipod C propulsion systems for the Blue Ocean II Wind Turbine Installation Vessel built by Samsung Shipyard in Korea. This is a repeat order from Samsung Shipyard, following a similar scope for the first Blue Ocean Wind Turbine Installation Vessel delivered in September, 2011. The two Wind Turbine Installation Vessels…

Earlybird 2013 Great Lake Port Arrivals

Sloman Herakles: Photo credit Port of Indiana

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor celebrates the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway 2013 international shipping season with the recent arrival of two vessels. On March 22, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened its locks for ocean vessels from around the world to enter the Great Lakes and deliver cargo to U.S. and Canadian ports for the 55th annual international shipping season. The 2,340-mile deep draft waterway is open to ocean vessels from mid-March through December, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the heart of North America.

Forest Lines Names New Execs

Trans-Atlantic ocean vessel operator Forest Lines has elected James M. Baldwin, Jr. as executive vice president and named Ronald M. Ackerman assistant vice president, sales and marketing. Baldwin is a former chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and President of the New Orleans Board of Trade. He currently serves on the board of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission. Ackerman joined Forest Lines in 1996 as assistant pricing manager and has served as marketing manager since 1997.

Coalition for Responsible Transportation Honors TOTE

The Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT) today commended one of its members, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), for becoming the first container shipping line to announce that it is converting its ORCA class vessels to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as their primary fuel source. The conversion will advance the use of alternative fuels technology in container shipping and accelerate the use of natural gas as a cleaner domestic energy source. “TOTE’s deployment of LNG ocean vessels is a truly extraordinary accomplishment. CRT’s members have been at the forefront of emission reduction efforts in the supply chain, and have been pioneers in advancing the use of LNG technology in port trucks…

First Ocean Ship of 2016 Docks into Indiana Port

Indiana Port Courtesy Port of Indiana

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor opened the 2016 international shipping season today with the arrival of the M.V. Lubie , a 623-foot bulk carrier from Europe. "Our port handles lakers and river barges year-round, but the first ocean vessel is always energizing for businesses and our workforce at the port," said Port Director Rick Heimann. "The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway provide a global connection for Indiana companies to ship goods to and from world markets. Having access to this international trade route is vitally important for the U.S.

Welland Canal Opens for Business

Captain Brett Walker of the Algoma Central Corporation vessel Captain Henry Jackman was presented with the ceremonial top hat at Lock 3 this morning, when the Welland Canal officially opened for its 175th consecutive year of service. Dick Corfe, President and CEO of The St. declared the Welland Canal officially open. He also unveiled the first billboard in a striking educational campaign to promote the many benefits to be derived from the increased use of the marine mode - reduced congestion, reduced air pollution and reduced highway maintenance costs. Starting this week, anyone who travels the Toronto - Windsor corridor by road will start to see these billboards along the 400-series of highways.

St. Lawrence Seaway Opens

The Montreal/Lake Ontario section of the St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened today with the transit of the M/V Halifax at the St. Lambert Lock. Destined for Toledo carrying a load of iron ore from Sept-Iles, the 17,752 tonne bulker has a complement of 25 sailors. The Seaway has opened on or before March 31st in 15 of the last 20 years. The official opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway occurred on the Welland Canal two days ago, marking its 46th consecutive shipping season. At that ceremony, Richard Corfe, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) unveiled the first billboard in a striking educational campaign to promote the many benefits to be derived from the increased use of the marine mode - reduced congestion…

Emissions Standards Published, Category 3

The Federal Register has published the final rule setting new emission standards for Category 3 marine diesel engines. The rule also includes an extensive set of technical amendments to our other highway and non-road engine programs. The final rule and supporting documents are available for download at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/oceanvessels.htm

U.S Proposes New Emissions Control Area, PR & Virgin Islands

The United States has made a proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to designate a new Emission Control Area for waters around the coasts of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The IMO is slated to consider this proposal at the next meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 61), in London this September. www.epa.gov/otaq/oceanvessels.htm

Jeppesen Launches Trial and ROI Analysis Program

Jeppesen Marine is now offering a 45-day trial and evaluation program to introduce prospective customers to the benefits offered by the company’s Vessel and Voyage Optimization Solution (VVOS). Designed to address the needs of owners, operators, charterers and masters of trans-ocean vessels, VVOS empowers masters and shore-side managers to develop optimized passages while managing vessel speed, fuel consumption, schedule integrity, seakeeping and environmental conditions. Jeppesen Marine’s patent-pending Hindcast Analysis is included as part of the no-cost, no-risk VVOS trial. Key performance indicators (KPIs), such as fuel conservation, cargo loss reduction, vessel damage, motion reduction and schedule integrity are selected to match each customer’s operational objectives.

First Ocean Vessel of 2017 Arrives at Port of Indiana

Photo: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The first ocean vessel of the year arrived at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor marking the official opening of the international shipping season. Port officials welcomed the 413-foot general cargo carrier BBC Mont Blanc and presented the captain with the Ports of Indiana Steel Stein. "The arrival of the first ocean ship of the new year is an exciting time not only for our port, but also for our port companies and numerous other regional businesses that rely on the cargoes these vessels carry," said Port Director Ian Hirt. "For northwest Indiana, the opening of the St.

CMA-CGM to the Rescue of Kito de Pavant

Photo: CMA CGM

On Tuesday morning (December 06, 2016), the navigator Kito de Pavant suffered a serious damage following a collision with an unidentified floating object while sailing in the North of the Crozet Islands. The crew CMA CGM Marion Dufresne then immediately modified its route in order to come to rescue the skipper as soon as possible. The ship was then the boat closest to the sailboat in distress, and will be on site in about ten hours of sailing. Since 1995, CMA CGM has been the owner of the Marion Dufresne…

CMAXS Installed on Two Rosy Star Ocean Vessel Management Ships

Photo: Class NK

ClassNK Consulting Service’s software solutions ClassNK CMAXS PMS and ClassNK CMAXS SPICS have just been installed on two ships managed by Manila-based Rosy Star Ocean Vessels Management Co., Inc., marking the first adoption by clients outside of Japan. ClassNK CMAXS PMS is a complete and simple solution for managing machinery maintenance on board ships, whilst ClassNK CMAXS SPICS offers supports for spare parts inventory management and purchase order creation. Both feature user-friendly interfaces and are easy to install and operate.

Siemens Opens Third Service Location

Siemens Industry, Inc. has announced that it has opened a third marine service location in Houma, La., devoted to servicing offshore supply vessels, ferries, cargo carriers and other ocean vessels. Similar to its sister marine service locations in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Seattle, Wash., the new Gulf Coast location will serve both on-call and service contract customers. The new Houma-based office will offer a myriad of repair and spare parts services for automation, drives, motors, instrumentation and controls, as well as condition monitoring and part audits. It will also offer technical support programs that provide software upgrades and scheduled maintenance for the entire electrical equipment system or portions of it, even if the original installation was not performed by Siemens.

'Final Effort' to Find Malaysia's MH370 Underway

File Image of an Ocean Infinity survey vessel (CREDIT: Ocean Infinity)

A U.S.-based company has begun searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Malaysia said on Tuesday, as it tries to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people, mostly Chinese, on board. Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off MH370's transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean. Debris has been collected from Indian Ocean islands and Africa's east coast and at least three pieces have been confirmed as coming from the missing plane.

Search Resumes for Malaysian Flight MH370

(File photo: Ocean Infinity)

A U.S.-based company has begun searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Malaysia said on Tuesday, as it tries to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people, mostly Chinese, on board. Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off MH370's transponder before diverting it over the Indian Ocean. Debris has been collected from Indian Ocean islands and Africa's east coast and at least three pieces have been confirmed as coming from the missing plane.

Cargo Vessel Runs Aground off St. Thomas

The 223-foot cargo vessel Ocean Spirit I has grounded off St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 7)

A 223-foot cargo vessel has run aground near Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Coast Guard said its watchstanders in San Juan where contacted at approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday by St. Thomas Harbor pilots who reported that the Togo-flagged cargo vessel Ocean Spirit I had run aground just off of the entrance of the harbor’s East Gregory Channel. There are no reported signs of distress or oil leaking from the vessel, according to the Coast Guard, whose marine casualty investigators are on scene investigating the cause of the incident.

Seaway Tonnage Rebounds in 2010

The St. Lawrence Seaway experienced a rebound in activity over the course of the 2010 navigation season, with a 15% increase in cargo volume yielding an estimated total of 35.5 million tonnes. Shipments of iron ore posted a strong 35% gain over the level witnessed in 2009. Grain likewise showed improvement, posting a 10% increase year over year. Coupled with a 63% surge in general cargo, which consists principally of iron and steel break-bulk shipments and project cargo such as wind turbine components, the Seaway finished the year on a positive note. “With a recovery in the manufacturing sector, characterized by a resurgent domestic auto assembly business…

G2 Ocean Names Wallem

Image: Wallem Group Limited

Wallem Ship Agency has been appointed by G2 Ocean to provide Ship Agency services to all their vessels calling in ports in SE Asia. The agreement has been made with Wallem Ship Agency in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. This news comes after Wallem was appointed by G2 Ocean back in July of 2017 for calls to China, totaling an estimated number of 700 calls per year. Managing Director of Wallem Ship Agency Dickson Chin says, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with G2 Ocean to handle their vessels calling throughout Southeast Asia.

Viking Goes Blue Water

Chairman Torstein Hagen & Viking Star: Image credit Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises launch Viking Ocean Cruises, the first new cruise line in nearly a decade. Developed from the ground up to return the focus of cruising to the destination, Viking Ocean Cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 with its first vessel—Viking Star—embarking on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. The company says it  has aggressive expansion plans in both the ocean and river cruise categories, with a second ocean ship on order for delivery in 2016 and conditional orders and options for four more additional ocean vessels.

U.S. Port Introduces Air Clean-up Incentive for Ships

As part of the agency’s ongoing initiatives to be a good steward of the environment, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved an incentive program for ocean vessels that call on the Port of New York and New Jersey. The three year, $4.875 million Ocean-Going Vessel Clean-Vessel Incentive (CVI) program aims to encourage ship operators to improve their engines, use cleaner fuels, and upgrade their technology to reduce emissions from ocean-going vessels, which are the largest source of air pollutants at port-related facilities. The Port Authority anticipates approximately 600 vessels a year will participate in the CVI program, which will provide annual emission reductions of 182.2 tons of nitrogen oxide, 38.3 tons of particulate matter, and 264.1 tons of sulfur dioxides.

Largest Cargo Year Ever for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Photo: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more shipments in 2014 than any year since the port opened in 1970. Total tonnage was up 30 percent over 2013 driven by strong shipments of steel, grain and salt. "It was a terrific year thanks to our port companies, steelmakers and businesses that use our port," said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. "Federal Marine Terminals, the port's terminal operator, and its labor force did a tremendous job handling the significant cargo increases that arrived at the port by ship and barge.

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