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Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Cruise Ship Disabled in Remote South Georgia

Expedition cruise ship 'Plancius': Photo courtesy of Oceanwide Expeditions

Trouble started 12 days into a 31-day journey from Ushuaia, Argentina, one of the southernmost cities in the world, to Ascension Island, an isolated volcanic island near the Equator. After returning from a small island, the ship suffered a complete power failure. Ship's engineers were able to fix the problem and course was set for Tristan de Cunha heading north in order to avoid a fierce storm system. En route, the ship suffered another engine failure. It was thought the ship could complete the cruise around the islands…

LIfeboat Prepares to Retrace Shackleton's Antarctic Voyage

Lifeboat Alexandra Shackleton': Photo credit Shacketon Epic

A crew of six British and Australian adventurers will re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic Antarctic small boat voyage. With only four months to go before the 'Shackleton Epic' adventure gets underway, a significant milestone has been reached with the sea trial and the expedition's naval element is eager to get going on the trip of a lifetime. The 'Shackleton Epic' has been in development since 2008 when The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, grand-daughter of Sir Ernest, had the idea of an expedition to honour one of the greatest leadership and survival stories of all time.

Expedition Cruise Ship Battered in Heavy Weather

Cruise Ship 'Silver Explorer': Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises expedition ship 'Silver Explorer' damaged and next cruise cancelled for repairs. The expedition ship Silver Explorer encountered heavy weather and sustained damage while on a cruise from the Argentinean port of Ushuaia to South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula. The owners report that all 133 guests and 113 crew members were safe; no guests were injured but four crew members received minor injuries and were treated in the ship's Medical Centre, also that the vessel had full power and control as it returned to Ushuaia. The next voyage has been cancelled.    

APM Terminals Poti Upgrades Tugboat Services

Photo: APM Terminals

APM Terminals Poti has added two Azimuth Stern-Drive (ASD) tugboats from the Maersk Transport & Logistics sister brand Svitzer, to significantly improve harsh weather operating capabilities and night time navigation through the entrance channel. New Svitzer tugboats can operate in harsh weather conditions, offer safer, stronger services for night time entrance channel navigation. APM Terminals Poti Managing Director, Klaus Holm Laursen said, “We are excited to strengthen our vessel handling capabilities with these advanced tugboats.

Navy Divers Check Antarctic Wreck

Antarctic Divers Front HMS Protector: Photo courtesey of UK MOD

Divers from Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector braved the chilling temperatures to monitor the state of sunken research ship 'MV Bahia Paraiso'. When she ran aground in 1989 the ship spilled 645,000 litres of diesel and caused one of the worst marine environmental emergencies in Antarctica to date. However, a recent Argentine and Dutch team carefully removed all traces of fuel, with HMS Protector’s dive team tasked to ensure there was no further leakage. Diving on the hull…

Teaching Energy-Efficient Ship Operation in Argentina

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Maritime training institutions in Argentina are the latest to benefit from  International Maritime Organization (IMO) work to help introduce the topic of energy-efficient ship operation into teaching curriculums. A workshop, taking place in Buenos Aires (2-3 November) under the Organization’s GloMEEP project is supporting maritime training institutes to deliver the IMO Model Course 4.05 to seafarers. The course consists of a series of lectures, interactive exercises and videos…

Bethea to Lead Jasper Port Board

Members of the bi-state board leading the development of a deepwater port in Jasper County unanimously elected William L. Bethea Jr. of Hilton Head, South Carolina, to chair the Jasper Ocean Terminal Joint Project Office (JPO) on Feb. The chairman serves a one-year term and alternates between the two states. James S. Balloun of Georgia served as JPO chairman in 2008 and was elected vice chairman at the meeting. Bethea served for 12 years on the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) Board, four of those years as chairman, and has served on the South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development. “This project is vitally important to the economic future of our region and the state of South Carolina,” said Bethea.

ISS wins global Hurtigruten contract

ISS has won a global port agency contract with Hurtigruten, a world leader in expedition travel Photo ISS.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime and logistics service provider, has won a global port agency contract with Hurtigruten, a world leader in expedition travel. The new business sees ISS providing Hurtigruten with port agency services across the globe for up to four years, as well as helping to support and advise the company with the management of its rapid worldwide expansion plans. In addition, ISS will provide hands-on advice on hotel operations, shore excursions and itinerary planning.

Kraft Power Named Distributor for Scania USA

Engine room of a rescue boat powered by two Scania 16-litre marine engine. (Photo courtesy of Scania)

Continuing its North American service network expansion, Scania has named Kraft Power as its newest marine distributor. Kraft Power is now a Scania marine distributor for Florida, Georgia, Bermuda and the Bahamas, representing Scania’s latest marine engine platform: 9-, 13-, and 16- liter engines used for propulsion and auxiliary applications. Kraft Power will also distribute Scania industrial engines in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. With the latest announcement…

ICTSI Opens Georgia-Ukraine Feeder Service

Photo:  ICTSI

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) made its first port call in Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Batumi, Georgia, marking the launch of Gioia-Ukraine & Georgia feeder service, says International Container Terminal Services, Inc.(ICTSI). “M/V Max Carrier made its first call to Batumi International Container Terminal (BICT) in Batumi, Georgia, marking the launch of the Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) Gioia -- Ukraine & Georgia feeder service,” ICTSI said in a statement.

Maersk’s New Latin American Service Calls on Port of Savannah

Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced that Maersk has added the Port of Savannah to its newest all-water service, Spondylus. Named for the seashell that once was used as currency for trade by Andeans in Ecuador, the new service will call on Savannah weekly. “We appreciate Maersk’s confidence in our ability to handle its container volume now and in the future,” said Foltz. The service first called on Garden City Terminal on February 23, 2011.

New Coast Guard Boat Arrives Charleston S.C.

Response Boat Medium – Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Sector Charleston hosts ceremony to recognize the arrival of its new Response Boat-Medium. This 45-foot boat is designed to replace the 1970’s era 41-foot Utility Boats that are currently assigned to Coast Guard Sector Charleston. The delivery is the first of five boats that will be delivered to Coast Guard Sector Charleston during the next year and assigned to four small boat stations throughout South Carolina and Georgia. The RB-M is one of the Coast Guard’s newest boats and is equipped with state-of-the-art marine technology that makes the RB-M a high performer.

Georgia, South Carolina Ports Advance Joint Venture

The Georgia and South Carolina Ports Authorities have signed a new joint venture agreement that provides framework for the two states to work cooperatively toward the development of the Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT), which will be jointly owned and operated by both port authorities. The updated agreement governs the permitting and planning process for the JOT, including the development of terminal design and supporting infrastructure, plans for financing, and execution of the operational decisions required during the permitting process. The JOT Joint Project Office was first established under an intergovernmental agreement signed in 2008 by the previous Governors of Georgia and South Carolina. This new agreement takes effect immediately and continues the work of the JOT.

Steamship Historical Society Publishes History of Savannah Line

The Steamship Historical Society of America, Inc. is proud to announce the publication of The Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah: The Savannah Line by Edward A. Mueller. When it was chartered in 1872 to carry passengers and freight between Savannah, Georgia and New York, the Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah was the only coastwise steamship company with headquarters in the South. Better known simply as The Savannah Line, it flourished for over seventy years and proved to be a major trade and travel link between the agricultural areas of Georgia and the markets and distribution centers of New York and Boston. In the years immediately following the Civil War…

Seakeeper New Rep Firm Commar Sales

Seakeeper has brought on ComMar Sales to handle the East Coast, South, Gulf Coast and Florida distribution of its line of Gyro Stabilization Systems. ComMar will represent Seakeeper in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont and Washington DC. (www.seakeeper.com)

Moffatt & Nichol, Jasper Ocean Terminal Port

Moffatt & Nichol has begun Program Management services on the initial development stages of planning for the Jasper Ocean Terminal proposed to be located on the Savannah River. The project is a cooperative development between the states of Georgia and South Carolina. Program Management services started in January 2009, with initial efforts focused on a two-year schedule of completing the preliminary terminal planning, preparing for the overall permitting process for the development and completion of documents to support design and construction of the terminal elements. Early progress has been made with the completion of economic analyses efforts related to container forecasts…

High Wheat Yields Boost Brunswick Exports

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority

A bumper crop of wheat has led to a booming export business at the Port of Brunswick, with the first export vessel of the season departing today. “This is going to be a banner year, in the range of 90,000- to 100,000-tons of wheat moved across our docks at Colonel’s Island Terminal,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmland dedicated to wheat production in Georgia grew from 230,000 acres in 2012 to 350,000 acres in 2013.

Fuel Crunch Looms, Terminals in Path as Hurricane Matthew Nears US

Image: National Hurricane Center

The Southeast United States is expected to be hit with fuel shortages in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, as the storm barrels toward one of the largest energy-consuming regions in the country. Some states are already experiencing supply constraints as motorists fill up tanks as an emergency precaution. The region is not known for energy production, but there are significant storage facilities directly in the path of the storm that have already been evacuated. Roads in Florida…

Julia Moves Slowly Through Florida, Georgia

Tropical Storm Julia dumped heavy rains as it moved slowly north along the coastline of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia early on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The forecasting body warned that the downpours and wind gusts of 40 mph (65 kph) could force evacuations in low-lying areas near the shoreline and along waterways from Jacksonville, Florida, to Brunswick, Georgia. "These wind speeds are the equivalent of a strong afternoon thunderstorm or a very strong local northeaster but will last for several hours," its advisory read. Julia, the 10th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by late Wednesday as it moved north at 7 mph, the center said. At 5 a.m.

Georgia Ports mark busiest month

The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick achieved a 26 percent increase in total tonnage in January, compared to the same month last year. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority  Stephen B. Morton)

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved outstanding January results, with double-digit growth across all business sectors and a 26 percent increase in total tonnage. "The Port of Savannah is unrivaled in its connectivity into the heartland of the U.S. and the service excellence that port customers enjoy," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. Lynch credited those supply chain efficiencies for the record 3 million tons of cargo GPA moved in January, up 623,504 tons compared to the same month a year ago.

Marchand in Int’l Maritime Hall of Fame

The International Maritime Hall of Fame announced recently the Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Doug J. Marchand will be honored as one of its newest members on May 13, 2009, at the United Nations in New York City. The International Maritime Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 and recognizes maritime visionaries, who, through excellence in their company, organization, or services, best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in the 21st Century. “By creating unique opportunities and success at the Ports of Savannah and Brunswick, Doug has set the standard in the port industry and developed a model others attempt to duplicate,” said GPA’s Chairman of the Board Steve Green. Marchand has served as GPA’s Executive Director since 1995.

UAE Bunker Traders Appointed by GAC Bunker Fuels

GAC Bunker Fuels has appointed two new UAE-based bunker traders as part of its regional expansion plan. Georgia Paravalou will trade and broker marine fuels in her new role. Aneconomics and management graduate, she joins GAC Bunker Fuels from AP&A. Ltd, where she worked as a shipbroker, coordinated the marketing department and developed business in the UK and South China. Anthony Inglis is charged with expanding GAC's bunker business in the Middle East and developing bunkering operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. joined GAC Bunker Fuels from Weatherford International, where he served as a Procurement and Logistics Co-ordinator for the same market. "We are delighted to welcome Georgia and Anthony to GAC Bunker Fuels," says Nicholas Browne, Global Director of GAC Bunker Fuels.

Jasper Ocean Terminal Budget Approved

The Jasper Ocean Terminal (JOT) board of directors met earlier this week to solidify a budget and work plan for FY2016 as well as review work completed during the 2015 fiscal year. The board approved a 2016 fiscal year budget that includes accomplishing further studies of the site design, sediment, access corridor and channel improvements necessary for the largest containerships, as well as efforts to recruit a third party required for completion of an environmental impact study. Cosponsors Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and SC Ports Authority (SCPA) will each contribute $1.25 million to the FY2016 budget. “This was a watershed meeting for our board,” said board chairman David Posek.

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