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Port of Le Havre Container Traffic sets Record

For the third time since the beginning of the year, Le Havre broke its monthly record for containerized traffic as it handled over 155,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in July. This record caps off several months of exceptional results at the port, with shipments measured in tonnage showing growth of 14% since the beginning of 2002. The Port of Le Havre registered over 1.5 million TEUs last year, with total cargo tonnage at 69.5 million.

This Day in Naval History - July 23

From the Navy News Service 1947 - First Navy all jet squadron (VF-17A) receives its first aircraft (FH). 1948 - USS Putnum (DD 757) evacuates U.N. team from Haifa, Israel and becomes first U.S. Navy ship to fly the U.N. flag. 1950 - USS Boxer sets record crossing of Pacific to bring aircraft, troops, and supplies to Korea at start of the Conflict. 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN 571) departs Pearl Harbor for first submerged transit of North Pole. 1993 - Sarah Deal becomes first female Marine selected for naval aviation training.

This Day in Naval History – July 23

1947 - First Navy all jet squadron (VF-17A) receives its first aircraft (FH). 1948 - USS Putnum (DD-757) evacuates U.N. team from Haifa, Israel and becomes first U.S. Navy ship to fly the U.N. flag. 1950 - USS Boxer sets record crossing of Pacific to bring aircraft, troops, and supplies to Korea at start of the Conflict 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) departs Pearl Harbor for first submerged transit of North Pole. 1993 - Sarah Deal becomes first women Marine selected for naval aviation training. (Source: Navy News Service)

This Day in Naval History – July 23

1947 - First Navy all jet squadron (VF-17A) receives its first aircraft (FH). 1948 - USS Putnum (DD-757) evacuates U.N. team from Haifa, Israel and becomes first U.S. Navy ship to fly the U.N. flag. 1950 - USS Boxer sets record crossing of Pacific to bring aircraft, troops, and supplies to Korea at start of the Conflict 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) departs Pearl Harbor for first submerged transit of North Pole. 1993 - Sarah Deal becomes first women Marine selected for naval aviation training. (Source: Navy News Service)

Stim Star Performs Stimulation Treatment

Halliburton Energy Services' well vessel, M/V Stim Star, was used to stimulate production from one well at Shell Offshore Inc.'s Ursa deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico, southeast of New Orleans. Bettering the previously set record, which was also a Halliburton completion, one of the wells at the Ursa tension leg platform has produced more than 50,000 bpd to become the Gulf of Mexico's highest production rate well in history. Located in 3,800 ft. of water, the well has out-produced the previous record-setting well by almost 4,000 bpd. Using Halliburton's seawater-based Delta FracPac service, Stim Star personnel performed the treatment at a rate of 38 bbl/min through two flexible hoses connected to the rig, putting 95,000 lbs. of proppant into the formation.

Hyundai Sets Record for Monthly Output

Reports indicate that Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., said yesterday that it set in December a new record in the monthly output of large ship engines. Hyundai Heavy produced 17 large ship engines capable of generating a total of 890,000 horsepower last month, well above its previous record of 760,000 horsepower in June, the company said. The record is attributable to the company's expansion of its facilities, installation of new equipment and increased efforts to clinch orders, Hyundai said. December's engine output is more than three times the monthly average of 250,000 horsepower by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Japan's industry leader, Hyundai said. Source: Hearald International Tribune

SMET Sets Record

Superior Midwest Energy Terminal (SMET) in Superior, Wis., loaded 2,548,173 net tons of coal in July, a new record for the most coal to be shipped by a single dock in one month in the entire history of Great Lakes shipping. The previous peak was 2,468,619 net tons loaded at the Chesapeake & Ohio dock in Toledo in October 1946. Before that, the record was held by Sandusky - 2,200,737 net tons in October 1944. For the season, coal loadings at SMET stand at 8,208,187 net tons, essentially the same level as a year ago.

Record-Breaking Year for Louisiana Exports

According to the World Trade Club of New Orleans, Louisiana realized more than $13.4 billion in exports during the first six months of 2007, a 20.7 percent increase compared to the same period one year ago - and 2006 set records with exports valued at $23.5 billion for the entire year. Louisiana’s exports rank 11th among all 50 states, but the state’s export growth registered nearly double the U.S. rate at 10.6 percent. The World Trade Center’s report, using data compiled by the World Institute of Strategic Economic Research, found agriculture products, chemicals, petroleum and coal, processed foods and machinery rank among the state’s top exports. Products were principally shipped to Japan, Mexico, Chine, Canada and the Netherlands. Officials contend the declining value of the U.S.

Today in U.S. Naval Hisory: July 23

USS Nautilus (SSN-571). Artwork by John Landry. (NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 72609-KN)

Today in U.S. 1947 - First Navy all jet squadron (VF-17A) receives its first aircraft (FH). 1948 - USS Putnum (DD-757) evacuates U.N. team from Haifa, Israel and becomes first U.S. Navy ship to fly the U.N. flag. 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) departs Pearl Harbor for first submerged transit of North Pole. 1993 - Sarah Deal becomes first woman Marine selected for naval aviation training. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Today in U.S. Naval History: July 23

The watch crew in the control room of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) maintain exact course and depth while the ship is passing under the polar ice gap. U.S. Navy Photo.

Today in U.S. 1947 - First Navy all jet squadron (VF-17A) receives its first aircraft (FH). 1948 - USS Putnum (DD-757) evacuates U.N. team from Haifa, Israel and becomes first U.S. Navy ship to fly the U.N. flag. 1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) departs Pearl Harbor for first submerged transit of North Pole. 1993 - Sarah Deal becomes first woman Marine selected for naval aviation training. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Braemar Reports Interim Management Statement

Braemar Shipping Services reported at its Annual General Meeting, that freight rates have recently set record highs in the dry bulk market and wet chartering has also seen a period of notable strength. Shipbroking income is ahead of the first quarter of last year and activity levels have been high with good business concluded over the first quarter in these favorable conditions. The addition of more newbuilding orders and time charter business has sustained the high level of our forward order book. Other businesses are performing in line with the company's internal expectations. The company is pleased with the performance of Steege Kingston since it was acquired in March.

Panama Canal Sets Records

On July 3, 2003, a record 24 Panamax-sized vessels transited the Panama Canal. Nearly one million tons of cargo were transported through the Canal. Never before has the Canal broken two significant records in the same day. Recent Canal improvements and operational efficiencies have reduced Canal Waters Time (CWT), particularly important to transiting Panamax vessels and enhancing reliability. Over the past several months, the ACP has seen a significant rise in Panamax traffic. The previous Panamax record was 21 vessels in one day, set December 2, 2002; the previous tonnage record was 929,915 PC/UMS tons, set November 14, 2002. Panamax vessels, with beams more than 100 feet, were specifically engineered to navigate the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal Sets Record in Tons of Cargo

March 16 was a great day for the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) as a new significant record was set. More than one million (1,005,551) Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) tons of cargo were transported through the Canal. This new record breaks the recent July 3, 2003 figure of a recorded 934,488 PC/UMS tons of cargo. Contributing to the tonnage were the Canal traffic of seven container vessels, 11 dry bulk carriers, four vehicle carriers and three cruise ships. Of the seven container vessels, five were 900 feet long. And, of the cruise ships, one ship was 900 feet long and another measured 800 feet. In addition, total Canal revenue, generated from tolls, exceeded three and one half million dollars - totaling $3,563,490.55.

SatPhone Saves Typhoon Victim

Charlie Martell used the phone to contact Falmouth Coastguard in the UK to summon help after his boat capsized several times when it was hit by winds of up to 50 knots and waves of more than 50ft (15.25m). The double Guinness World Record holder was attempting to set three new world records and raise money for charity in a 4,500 mile (7,242 km) solo crossing of the North Pacific Ocean. Falmouth Coastguard passed on details of his boat Blossom, which was damaged during tropical storm Mawar, to the Japanese Coastguard which then co-ordinated the rescue. Charlie, a Territorial Army Lieutenant and former Royal Engineer, had been at sea for 36 days when the storm damaged one of his boat's main bulkheads.

Savannah Port Sets Cargo Record

Port of Savannah. Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

Port of Savannah set records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May, with the highest tonnage ever recorded in a single month. The Port of Savannah has handled more than 338,000 TEUs, the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday. The container throughput represented a 16.4 percent increase from May of 2014. “Superior service and unmatched connectivity to inland markets are driving growth at Georgia's deepwater ports,” commented James Walters, who was re-elected as GPA’s board chairman on 29 June.

Partnership Sets Record for Mooring Depth

Delmar Systems, Inc. and Shell Deepwater Development, Inc. set another world record for mooring depth when the two companies partnered to moor Transocean Marianas in more than 7,500 ft. in the Gulf of Mexico. Semi-submersible drilling rig Marianas was moored in 7,569 ft. in Mississippi Canyon 657 using a Suction Anchor System and Delmar's Single Vessel Installation Procedure. The deepest anchor was set at 7,738 ft. The mooring system consists of eight 12-ft. diameter by 60 ft. long suction anchors embedded in the seafloor and attached to 10,000 ft. of 3.75 in. wire rope with the specially designed Delmar Sub Sea Connector. The connector allowed mooring line connection by an ROV provided by Oceaneering International, Inc.

Port of Virginia: TEU Volume Surpasses 230,000 in May

Image: Virginia Port Authority

Just two months after hitting an all-time high for monthly container volume in March, the Virginia Port Authority did it again. In May, the port moved 230,511 containers as measured in standard 20-foot units, or TEUs, a 13 percent increase from the same month a year ago. "We are on pace to show significant growth - set records - for both the calendar and fiscal year," said John Reinhart, executive director and CEO of the authority, in a statement. Port records show that May was the seventh record-breaking month for TEU volume since July 2013.

Arctic Sea Ice at Alrmingly Lower Level

Photo Credit: NASA/Operation Ice Bridge

Low Arctic sea ice extent for March caps a highly unusual winter in the Arctic, says the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC). In March, Arctic sea ice extent fell to its second lowest extent since 1981 — as did the overall Arctic sea ice extent for 2106. The decline of Arctic sea ice is already setting records in 2016, with the winter peak in March clocking in as the lowest since satellite records began, scientists say. Low Arctic sea ice extent for March caps a highly unusual winter in the Arctic, characterized by persistent warmth in the atmosphere that helped to limit ice growth.

Shell to Shut in Auger Platform

Nearly two decades after setting a world water-depth record for drilling and production, Shell’s Auger tension-leg platform is still playing a central and innovative role in the company’s deep water Gulf of Mexico portfolio – currently producing some 55,000 barrels oil equivalent (boe) per day (Shell share ~30,000 boe per day), and acting in the future as the host platform for the Cardamom subsea development. The Cardamom discovery well also set records three years ago, for subsurface length and depth. With the latest seismic and drilling technologies, the Cardamom development is expected to deliver new production from the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico to existing infrastructure.

USCG Releases Recreational Boating Report

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) released its 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, revealing boating fatalities that year totaled 610, the second-lowest number of yearly boating fatalities on record. From 2013 to 2014, deaths increased from 560 to 610, an 8.9 percent increase, injuries increased from 2,620 to 2,678, a 2.2 percent increase and the total number of accidents increased from 4,062 to 4,064, a 0.05 percent increase. Even with these increases as compared to the record low year of 2013, 2012 to 2014 collectively set record lows for accidents, deaths and injuries. The fatality rate of 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels reflected a 10.6 percent increase from the previous year's rate of 4.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.

Los Angeles Ports to Set Shipping Records

According to Xinhua the two ports here in the Los Angles area are poised to set records for container shipping volume this year thanks to ever-surging trade with China and new but impressive business with India, a report said Saturday. As of November, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which form the United States' largest seaport complex, were only a few thousand shipping containers short of the 13.1 million they handled all of last year, the Los Angeles Times reported. Officials said the ports will probably handle more than 14 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), the maritime industry standard for cargo that is shipped in large containers, by the end of this year, with total volume exceeding that of the next four busiest U.S. ports combined.

Ro-Clean Desmi Sets Record For Worlds Largest Oil Containment Boom

Ro-Clean Desmi A/S of Denmark has been officially awarded the Guinness World Record for developing the largest offshore oil containment boom in the world. Known as the RO-BOOM 3500 this boom has an overall height of 11.5 ft. (3.5 m). 6.5 ft. (2 m) in height. This unusually large boom was developed for use in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea in Europe where the sea conditions are especially harsh with waves reaching up to 23 ft. (7 m). RO-BOOM 3500 has an overall deflated width of 3.5 m, an operational freeboard of 1.3 m and a draft of 1.5 m. The operational performance of this boom was tested extensively in the North Sea over a three-year period. The oil retention abilities were confirmed with underwater cameras.

Expanded Panama Canal Celebrates First Anniversary

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The Panama Canal commemorated the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of its Expanded Canal, one of the most significant milestones in the history of the 102-year old waterway and a defining moment for the people of Panama and the global maritime industry. In its first year of operations, the Expanded Panama Canal has continually set records and surpassed expectations, resulting in redrawn global trade routes and positive world-wide impact, as the Canal looks to further position Panama as the logistics hub of the Americas.

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