USS Sterett Visits Hong Kong
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) arrived in Hong Kong for a port visit March 27 after a stretch of operations as part of a deployment in the Indo-Pacific. The visit is meant to allow the crew to experience the culture of Hong Kong, engage with the local community, and continue to build a strong relationship with the counterparts in Hong Kong's disciplined services. "We are thankful for the opportunity to visit Hong Kong. The crew is excited to learn about its history and experience the energy of this great city." Said Cmdr.
Luxury Cruise Ships & The French Connection
Edie Rodriguez, the Americas Brand Chairman for PONANT Yacht Cruises and Expeditions, has spent a life and built a career centered on travel, cruise and branding in a most luxurious manner. She was a natural to discuss the booming luxury expedition sector, the next big frontier in the global cruise industry. It is natural, in the U.S., to pronounce PONANT as “po nant,” but the French have a different style and the company name is pronounced “po non,” dropping the ‘t.’ But Edie Rodriquez, charged with spreading the PONANT name in North America, does not get hung up on diction in this case.
US Coast Guard Publishes Banned Vessels List
The U.S. Coast Guard posted a list of vessels that are prohibited from entering the navigable waters of the U.S. or transferring cargo in the U.S., absent a specific determination from the U.S. Secretary of State or other limited provisional entry allowed by law. This list, which is published pursuant to the North Korea Sanction and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 and the Ports and Waterways Safety Act (PWSA) as amended by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), was last updated on February 2, 2018. DONG NAM NO. HIYOSHI MARU No.
Op/Ed: Facts Do Matter - A Defense of the Jones Act
I recently read a story in The New Yorker – but that sounds more intellectual than what really happened, let me start over. I recently clicked a link on Facebook, which sought to explain why the term “Fake News” has become so popular. The article claimed that facts no longer matter to the average voter. As evidence (yes, the article explaining why facts don’t matter included evidence), it detailed a study whereby the subjects had been given false information, then were asked to make a choice between two options.
New Electrical Steam Boiler Module for Aoka Mizu FPSO
Parat Halvorsen AS said it recently secured a contract to design and fabricate a complete, turnkey steam boiler module for the Floating Production & Storage Offshore (FPSO) vessel Aoka Mizu owned by Bluewater Energy Services BV. The FPSO is being decommissioned for the Lancaster project which is owned and operated by Hurricane Energy UK. The module will include 2 x 3200kW electric steam boilers based on the PARAT MEL design and will provide an additional 9,600kg/hr of saturated steam for the FPSO marine and process systems.
Yang Ming May Merge with Port
Taiwanese container carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp should merge with state-owned port company Taiwan International Port Corp. (TIPC), report local media quoting a member of Taiwan's parliament. Legislator Chen Ou-po of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) proposed that Yang Ming, which is 33% government-owned, can merge with state-owned TIPC, Taipei Times reported. Taiwan’s ministry of transportation and communications is working on the possibility of merging container carrier Yang Ming, island’s second largest containerline, and TIPC.
MN100: KRAL-USA, Inc.
KRAL has been manufacturing pumps and flow meters for the marine industry since 1950. KRAL is well renowned for high quality, durable and rugged solutions suitable for harsh marine environment. KRAL is quality, innovation and quick response anytime and anywhere. Pump packages, pump skids and compact double pump stations are often custom made to meet customer requirements. KRAL looks far beyond its own product portfolio to gain a full understanding of the customer’s requirements, applications and strategic plans. KRAL provides innovative cost saving solutions for the marine industry.
MN100: DA West
DA WEST is a USA Woman Owned Small Business, manufacturing diesel powered equipment to a diverse client base. All products are listed on the GSA ADVANTAGE schedule. The firm provides products to the military, NOAA, Tug and Barge Companies and oil-spill response organizations. DA West builds portable diesel equipment solutions using only the best and toughest components. The firm manufactures diesel trash pumps, fire pumps, air compressors, generators and hydraulic power packs. All of their equipment can be built to meet tier 4 emissions standards.
MN100: R.W. Fernstrum & Company
R.W. Fernstrum & Company set the standard in marine heat exchangers over 65 years ago, building a reputation focused on innovation. Today, its commitment is to continual improvement, ensuring that customers have quality, reliability, and the latest in cooling technologies on your side. Over the years, R.W. Fernstrum & Company has grown into a worldwide organization with more than two dozen representatives across 6 continents. Focusing exclusively on marine cooling, this third-generation…
Crewboat Built with Italian Flair
There is something about Italian products, from consumer goods to industrial objects, that carries a stylistic flair. This is well represented in the cruise ships of the Fincantieri Shipyard, such as the 2015-delivered Britannia. More recently this flair for design and quality construction is evident in the 2016-delivered fast supply vessel Blue Brother from Cantiere Navale Vittoria SPA of Adria, on the Canal Bianco which connects to the Po River in the province of Rovigo, Italy. Tecnonavi SRL of Ancona, Italy designed the 51.75 by 9.2-meter vessel.
Blue Brother Supply Vessel Launched
A new launch for Vittoria Shipyard in Adria (Italy). The ceremony for Blue Brother took place in the waters of the Canalbianco-Po River. The supply vessel will be leased out to Bambini di Ravenna, which is one of the most important maritime transport companies in Italy, specialized in providing offshore support services. The new vessel is property of the shipowning company Adriese di Navigazione, which is also the holding company of the group the Vittoria Shipyard belongs to. Both the “Adriese” and “Vittoria” firms have the same shareholding group, which is controlled by the Duò family.
Nautilus, Metro Move to New HQ in Long Beach
After more than 92 years of operating from various locations in Wilmington, Calif., Nautilus International Holding Corp., along with its subsidiaries Metro Ports, Metro Cruise Services, Metro Shore Services and Metro Risk Management, is moving its headquarters into a new Long Beach facility on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. The new address is 3806 Worsham Ave., Long Beach, Calif., 90808. The post office box address is P.O. Box 93121, Long Beach, Calif., 90809-3121. General phone number is 310.816.6500310.816.6500 FREE.
Metcalf to Keynote WISTA USA Luncheon
Kathy Metcalf, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America was confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Eleventh Annual WISTA USA Luncheon at the CMA Shipping 2016 Conference in Stamford, CT, scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 21, 2016. WISTA USA uses this high-profile platform to highlight key personalities in the industry leaders that exemplify and resonate with WISTA's mission to promote and facilitate the exchange of information and education. Metcalf fits that role well…
Ship Spills Oil in Whangarei Harbour
A Hong Kong-registered ship, Ning Po, has leaked some fuel but it is unclear how much has been spilled or what the cause of the leak was, say local media reports. Officials worked to clear a fuel spill from the ship berthed at Northport in Whangarei Harbour. According to latest reports, the flow has stopped and a recovery and clean-up process is under way. Sources say that several hundred litres of fuel oil has spilled into Whangarei Harbour. Regional Harbourmaster for the Northland Regional Council…
SeaProcurement Version 2.2 Launched
Marine eProcurement system adds new features to expand functions and enhance management reporting. iMarine Software announced today the release of SeaProcurement (SeaProc) Version 2.2, expanding the next generation in marine eProcurement systems to include contract management, global parts iMarket Place and advanced management dashboard reporting. “Version 2.0 of SeaProc was launched last summer to a very receptive market,” said Issa Odeh, CEO iMarine Software. “The market was telling us that marine eProcurement systems were not only hard to use but expensive…
E-Procurement Streamlined via the Cloud
Marine Procurement Solutions (MPS) has built an electronic platform that aims to enhance the purchasing cycle for the maritime industry. MPS provides software, consultancy services and other customized solutions through its Direct Connect e-procurement trading platform that is designed to unite buyers, vendors and other members of the supply chain via a cloud-based interface that allows users to electronically process requests for quotations, purchase orders, confirmations and documents associated with supply management transactions.
Star Bulk's PO to Finance New Builds
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced today that it plans to make an underwritten public offering of its common stock. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for its new building program and general corporate purposes. Jefferies LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC will act as joint book-running managers for the offering. The Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional shares of its common stock. The offering is subject to market conditions…
MN 100: R.W. Fernstrum & Company
P.O. Box 97 / 1716 11th Ave. R.W. Fernstrum & Company set the standard in marine heat exchangers over 65 years ago, building a reputation focused on innovation. Today, its commitment is to continual improvement, ensuring that customers have quality, reliability, and the latest in cooling technologies on your side. Over the years, R.W. Fernstrum & Company has grown into a worldwide organization with 24 representatives across six continents. Focusing exclusively on marine cooling…
SeaProcurement Version 2 Now Available
iMarine Software announced today the release of SeaProcurement (SeaProc) Version 2, the next generation of eProcurement systems specifically targeting the marine industry. “Typical corporate software systems can be expensive to license and support,” said Issa Odeh, CEO iMarine Software. “This is also true of eProcurement systems, even if they are cloud-based. Moving software delivery to the cloud in a Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) model should deliver an equal or better end-user experience along with an overall cost savings for both buyer and seller. We are not seeing this in the current market and feel that this is preventing many companies from moving to an automated eProcurement system. Current systems are either too complicated, too expensive, or both.
Maritime NZ Oil Spill Response Review: Submissions
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says it invites submissions on its draft updated New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 (the draft Strategy). The draft Strategy, (available at http://bit.ly/1pe6p46) is based on the current version but substantially updated to include lessons learned nationally and internationally in recent years and follows discussion with regional councils, the community and iwi, and industry at a series of public held earlier this year. The safety agency…
Deep Sea Carriers Attracted to Intra-Asia Routes: Analysis
Cargo growth on intra-Asia routes is attracting deep-sea carriers due to the availability of cheap charter vessels and economies of scale between China and SE Asia, but regional players also know how to form defensive alliances, reports Drewry Maritime Research in its latest 'Container Insight Weekly'. Financially troubled deep-sea ocean carriers are increasingly seeking salvation in the intra-Asia market due to higher than usual cargo growth and the availability of cheap vessel charter rates.
Eleven Missing After Hong Kong Collision
Eleven crew of a Chinese cargo ship are missing following a collision with a large container ship in the waters off Hong Kong on Monday, authorities said. Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest shipping channels, although serious accidents are rare. The cargo ship Zhong Xing 2 sank after the collision with the 300-m- (984-ft-) long Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator about two nautical miles southwest of Po Toi Island, a spokeswoman of the Hong Kong Maritime Department said. "Zhong Xing 2 is suspected to have sunk after the collision, and it is reported there are 12 crew onboard," said the spokeswoman, who declined to be identified in line with department policy. "One of them was picked up by a fishing vessel navigating close by," she added.
Alaska Proposes Passenger Vessel Discharge Legislation
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance Program is proposing to issue a 2014 Large Commercial Passenger Vessel Wastewater Discharge General Permit (Permit number: 2013DB0004). This general permit will satisfy the regulatory provisions of Alaska Statute (AS) 46.03.460 through AS 46.03.490 as amended in 2013 by House Bill 80. This general permit will apply to the discharge of wastewater such as treated sewage, treated graywater and other treated wastewater discharges from large commercial passenger vessels operating in marine waters of the state (AS 46.03.462). Large commercial vessels include passenger vessels for hire that provide overnight accommodations for 250 or more passengers…