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Dover-Bound P&O Ferry Runs Aground in Calais

News from gCaptain - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 09:09

LILLE, France, Dec 10 (Reuters) – A P&O ferry with more than 200 passengers on board has run aground in stormy weather in Calais harbour in northern France, but there are no injuries, the Pas-de-Calais prefecture said on Sunday. The “Pride of Kent” of P&O Ferries tried to leave the Calais harbour bound for Dover, […]

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Two People Missing After Tug Sinks on Mississippi River Near Memphis

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:42

The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for two people after their vessel sank at mile marker 733 on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee on Friday. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a notification of a mayday broadcast at 11:42 a.m. of the 66-foot pusher tug Ricky Robinson sinking with […]

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America’s Next Crude Export Boom May Start at this Floating Buoy Offshore Louisiana

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:09

By Sheela Tobben (Bloomberg) — A 1,000-foot ship will likely pull up to a buoy floating in the Gulf of Mexico next year, hook up its hoses and usher the U.S. into a new era as a major oil exporter. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, which already handles imports from similar large ships known as […]

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After Two Months Aground, Pacific Paradise Successfully Removed from Reef Off Waikiki

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:28

The grounded fishing vessel Pacific Paradise was finally removed from the reef off Kaimana Beach near Honolulu’s famous Waikiki on Thursday. Response crews refloated the 79-foot Pacific Paradise Wednesday and moved the vessel about 600 feet into the sandy channel before losing the tide. Crews conducted additional work to prepare for the refloat and tow […]

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Panama, China Set Date to Start Free Trade Negotiations

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:25

PANAMA CITY, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Panama and China will begin negotiations in June 2018 to sign a free-trade deal, the two countries’ trade ministers said on Thursday, consolidating a relationship that has strengthened after the Central American nation ditched ties with Taiwan. Panama’s June decision to end diplomatic links with Taiwan was a major […]

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European Union Naval Force Marks 9 Years Fighting Pirates Off Somalia

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:57

The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) on Friday marked the ninth anniversary of its Operation Atalanta, the successful counter-piracy operation that has greatly contributed to curbing Somali-based piracy off the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. During the past eight years, Operation Atalanta’s mission has been focussed on four main aspects. […]

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Russia Commissions $27 Billion Yamal LNG Project in Russian Arctic

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:48

By Elena Mazneva (Bloomberg) — As Russia’s President Vladimir Putin oversees the official start of a $27 billion liquefied natural gas plant in the snow-covered tundra of northern Siberia, his mind may wander to its biggest competitor more than 3,000 miles away in Qatar. While the two regions may have vastly different climates, Putin is […]

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NTSB to Determine Probable Cause of El Faro Sinking Next Week

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:09

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to meet next week to determine the probable cause of the October 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Faro. The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later […]

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In the Arctic Ocean, at Least, Diplomacy Works

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 08:43

By The Editors (Bloomberg View) — Amid resurgent nationalism and talk of nuclear war, it’s been a rough year for global diplomacy. So a 10-party agreement to protect the waters of the planet’s far north qualifies as a minor miracle. For the next 16 years, commercial fishing will be prohibited in the central Arctic, a […]

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U.S. Gas Has a Panama Canal Problem That’s Got No Easy Fix

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 08:34

By Michael McDonald and Naureen S. Malik (Bloomberg) — It seemed at the time like a somewhat random, and amazingly fortuitous, coincidence. Just as the Panama Canal was unveiling a new, fatter set of locks, U.S. shale drillers were readying their very first exports of liquefied natural gas. While the wide-body tankers that transport LNG […]

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ABB’s first Azipod® D propulsion system now in operation

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:55

ABB, the leading propulsion solution provider, has revealed that an 8,000 kW rescue tug, the first vessel installed with its Azipod D electric propulsion system, has been successfully delivered to customer Guangzhou Salvage Bureau, a division of the Chinese Ministry of Transport. The vessel was built by Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard. Before delivery, the rescue tug […]

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Last Chance For gCaptain Holiday Gifts

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:26

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Royal Navy’s Biggest-Ever Warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Commissioned in Portsmouth

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:19

The UK’s biggest and most-advanced aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was commissioned into the Royal Navy on Thursday by Her Majesty the Queen during a ceremony at the Portsmouth Naval Base, in Portsmouth, England. During the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth spoke before the ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, read the commissioning warrant and the White […]

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BSEE: Worker Killed Aboard Petrobras 10000 Drillship in U.S. Gulf of Mexico

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:55

A drillship worker was killed last week in an accident on the rig floor of a Petrobras-contracted drillship in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico about 172 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has confirmed. The offshore oil and gas operator, Petrobras America, reported that the fatality […]

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Crews Make Progress Towing Grounded Fishing Vessel Pacific Paradise from Reef Off Waikiki

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:25

Crews have finally made progress in towing a grounded fishing vessel off of a reef near Honolulu’s famous Waikiki Beach nearly two months after it ran aground. Just after 6 a.m. on Wednesday, a salvage team from Resolve Marine successfully towed the 79-foot Pacific Paradise about 600 feet off the reef and into a sandy […]

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Low Water Halts Shipping on Lower Ohio River

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:03

By Karl Plume Dec 7 (Reuters) – A stretch of the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky, was closed to shipping traffic after a barge tow ran aground in the receding waters, halting shipments of commodities such as grain and coal for at least the fourth time since September. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said […]

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Expedition Locates Wreckage of the USS Ward, the Destroyer that Fired the First American Shots of World War II

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:35

The expedition team aboard Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s research vessel RV Petrel have located and now documented the deepwater wreckage of the USS Ward, which is credited with firing the first American shot of World War II during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The expedition team released detailed video and images of the historic wreckage […]

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The Diesel That Traveled 19,000 Miles to New York From China

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:57

By Laura Blewitt and Sherry Su (Bloomberg) — There are few better examples of how weird and wonderful oil shipping and trading can be: diesel that left China almost three months ago is going to reach New York any moment now. The Flagship Tulip will reach America’s key East Coast port later on Thursday, according […]

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gCaptain’s Best Nautical Books Of 2017

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:32

gCaptain is proud to announce the winners of our second annual award for gCaptain’s Best Nautical Books Of The Year. The year’s notable nautical fiction and nonfiction books of late 2016 and 2017, as selected by gCaptain’s editors. This list represents books we have read or reviewed in the past year (or so) and we believe are well […]

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Idle Containership Numbers Fall Again, But Newbuilds and M&A Pose a Threat

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:53

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The number of containerships in hot or cold lay-up has fallen to 114, from 136 in the past two weeks. According to Alphaliner, which warned that newbuild deliveries and M&A activity could reverse the downward trend. The analyst said the amount of idle cellular tonnage had declined from 520,365 […]

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