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gCaptain’s 10 Most-Viewed Stories of 2018

News from gCaptain - 18 hours 2 min ago
Another year in the books here at gCaptain. And what a crazy year it was. As always we’d like to give a special thanks to you, our loyal readers, for making this whole possible. But without further ado, here are the 10 most-viewed stories in 2018: 10. Norwegian Frigate Intentionally Grounded Collision with Oil Tanker […]
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Carr: Tobacco Juice, Rose Hips, and Sea Urchins

News from gCaptain - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 11:05
By Michael Carr – Tobacco Juice is the Island’s unofficial name. This mound of granite and scrub is just barely an Island, more like a pile of large and irregular shaped boulders sitting in Hurricane Sound. Her name as shown on NOAA chart 13305 is Lawry’s Ledge, but locals call her Tobacco Juice because on […]
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UK Forces Retake Ship After Stowaways Threaten Crew

News from gCaptain - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 18:09
LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – British forces stormed an Italian cargo ship on Friday and regained control after stowaways threatened crew members as it sailed close to the coast of southeast England. Police said no one was injured in the operation. The Sun newspaper said the rescue was led by members of the navy’s elite […]
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Cruise-Line Size Race Is Over; Now It’s About Amenities

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 10:12
By Christopher Palmeri (Bloomberg) — When the $1.35 billion Symphony of the Seas steamed out of Barcelona on its maiden voyage in April, it instantly claimed the title of world’s largest cruise ship. At 228,000 gross tonnes, Symphony is a tad larger than the previous titleholder, its two-year-old sister, the Harmony of the Seas. But […]
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Trump Threatens ‘Very Long’ U.S. Government Shutdown

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:08
By Ginger Gibson, Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened a “very long” government shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, calling on the Senate to pass spending legislation with his $5 billion demand for border wall funding and seeking to shift blame for a […]
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Pollution-Busting Scrubbers Spark Uproar in Global Shipping

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 08:03
By Niclas Rolander (Bloomberg) — They’re large, they’re expensive and they’re increasingly controversial. Scrubbers, a type of exhaust filter installed in ships, have been hailed by some as the key to efforts by the industry to comply with new pollution regulations due in 2020. Yet ports and shipping companies are starting to question their credentials when compared […]
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Samskip leads the way for Norway’s next generation of sustainable shortsea shipping

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:31
Press Release – Samskip takes the lead in ambitious initiative to develop autonomous, zero-emissions container ships that also compete on cost Europe’s largest multimodal operator has been named lead partner in ‘Seashuttle’, a project seeking to bring emissions-free, autonomous container ships to market that also operate at a profit. The announcement coincides with the award […]
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Fatigued Tugboat Captains Flag Accident Risk in Expanded Panama Canal

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 15:32
By Elida Moreno PANAMA CITY, Dec 20 (Reuters) – In April last year, the 148-tonne tugboat Cerro Santiago collided with the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Tampa while passing through the Panama Canal after the captain of the tug fell asleep. No one was injured, but the repairs to the Tampa cost $170,000, said a report […]
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Offshore Wind Lease Off New Jersey Sells for 21,000% Gain in Just Three Years

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 13:37
By Christopher Martin (Bloomberg) — An Italian construction company just sold its lease to develop a wind farm in waters off the New Jersey coast for $215 million, about 21,000 percent more than it paid only three years ago. Toto Holding SpA’s U.S. Wind unit, which paid about $1 million for the lease off Atlantic […]
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Attorneys General Fire New Salvo in Offshore Drilling Fight Off U.S. East Coast

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:57
By Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) — Attorneys general from nine coastal states are intervening in a lawsuit aimed at blocking seismic surveys that could help pinpoint oil under Atlantic waters but also imperil whales and dolphins. The move brings the heft and resources of top state law enforcement officials to a fight over the future […]
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Test of Class Survey Using Drones Demonstrated in Japan

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:17
Japanese shipping line Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has participated in a demonstration test of ship class survey using aerial drones to inspect an MOL-operated coal carrier in service. The survey was conducted along with international class society ClassNK, Hitachi Systems, and Mitsui Co. The demonstration included a simulated ship inspection inside the cargo hold and ballast […]
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Rising LNG Demand to Exert More Pull on U.S. Natural Gas Prices

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:10
By Scott DiSavino Dec 20 (Reuters) – U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity is on the brink of doubling in 2019, which will boost the super-cooled fuel’s influence on the U.S. natural gas market, where volatility surged in 2018 after several years of slumber. LNG exports have been the fastest growing source of U.S. natural […]
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North Carolina’s Raging Rivers from Florence Test Beefed-Up Defenses

News from gCaptain - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 18:20
By Patrick Rucker FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Sept 16 (Reuters) – Deadly storm Florence’s historic rainfall is testing the best efforts by many North Carolina cities to bolster their defenses against flooding since Hurricane Matthew inundated the eastern part of the state two years ago. Since Matthew, firefighters have been trained in rapid water rescue and are […]
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Super Typhoon Slams Into China After Pummeling Philippines

News from gCaptain - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 18:09
By James Pomfret and Enrico Dela Cruz HONG KONG/MANILA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – A super typhoon made landfall in China’s Guangdong on Sunday, the country’s most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines. Packing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) […]
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Panama Canal Head Expects Fewer China, U.S. Ships if Trade War Escalates

News from gCaptain - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:35
By Elida Moreno PANAMA CITY, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Fewer ships from China and the United States could use the Panama Canal if trade tensions escalate between the two economic giants, but the dip could be offset by grain exports from north Brazil, the head of the organization that operates the waterway said. The canal, which […]
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Trump Said to Want $200 Billion in China Tariffs Despite Talks

News from gCaptain - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:34
By Jennifer Jacobs, Saleha Mohsin and Jenny Leonard (Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump instructed aides on Thursday to proceed with tariffs on about $200 billion more in Chinese products despite his Treasury secretary’s attempt to restart talks with Beijing to resolve the trade war, according to four people familiar with the matter. But an announcement […]
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Philippines Braces for Super Typhoon Mangkhut

News from gCaptain - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:53
By Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Philippine authorities evacuated more areas on Friday and warned an estimated 5.2 million people in the path of a “very destructive” typhoon to stay indoors, as the country braced for heavy rain and damage to infrastructure and crops. Super Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to barrel through […]
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Wärtsilä Initiative Touted as ‘Wake-Up Call’ for Ocean’s Role in Era of Global Change

News from gCaptain - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 09:36
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has launched a new initiative that aims to convince some of the world’s most influential port cities to adopt a completely digitized marine ecosystem by 2020. The not-for-profit initiative, called Oceanic Awakening, was introduced during this year’s SMM trade fair in Hamburg, Germany. If successful, the initiative could create a massive […]
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Idled Containership Fleet Expected to Rise Amid Capacity Cuts and Trade War Seen

News from gCaptain - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 08:18
By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – A perfect storm of radical capacity cuts by carriers and US president Donald Trump’s threat to hike tariffs on Chinese goods could see many more containerships laid-up, according to Alphaliner. Yesterday, The Loadstar reported shipping association BIMCO’s warning that over a quarter of container trade on the transpacific could be […]
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Russian Warships Hold Drills in Bering Sea in Huge Military Exercise

News from gCaptain - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 08:06
MOSCOW, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Russian warships held drills in the Bering Sea which separates Russia from Alaska, part of Moscow’s biggest military maneuvers since the fall of the Soviet Union, footage aired by the Ministry of Defence showed on Friday. The Vostok-2018 (East-2018) drills, which run until Sept. 17, are taking place in Siberia […]
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