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New Jersey Edges Toward Offshore Wind

News from gCaptain - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 16:54
By Brian Eckhouse and Romy Varghese (Bloomberg) — New Jersey is taking a step closer to erecting wind turbines off the coast of some of its most storied beaches. State regulators are about to consider Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed solicitation for 1.1 gigawatts of offshore-wind farms. The process will begin Sept. 17, subject to approval […]
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The National Hurricane Center Recorded an 83-Foot Wave Height Associated with Florence. It Could Be An Error, But Maybe Not

News from gCaptain - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 12:14
My eye lit up in amazement Wednesday morning after I scrolled to a tweet by the National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch claiming that satellite radar picked up a significant wave height of 83-feet in the northeast quadrant of Hurricane Florence. My mind was blown, along with the others who shared, retweeted and […]
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New Report Explores Human Impact of Autonomous Ships

News from gCaptain - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:38
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has released a report on the human impact of autonomous ships in what it describes as a major piece of research. For the report, IMarEST’s Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Special Interest Group (MASS-SIG)) sought to gauge the potential impact of self-governing ships and plot out a […]
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Odfjell Says It Will Not Install Scrubbers to Comply with Global Sulphur Cap

News from gCaptain - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:10
OSLO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Chemical tanker firm Odfjell said it will not invest in scrubbers to clean fuel on its vessels to comply with new stricter emission rules from 2020 but instead buy fuel which meets the new standards. To combat air pollution, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations’ shipping agency, has […]
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You Can Watch Hurricane Florence Roll In Live from the Frying Pan Tower – Here’s How

News from gCaptain - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 10:04
Update: Unfortunately, the feed is down due to the storm. The group’s website says they are troubleshooting. Check their Youtube and Facebook feeds for the latest. A video from the tower just before sunset Thursday is posted here.  The Fry Pan Tower is a former Coast Guard Light Station located some 34 miles south […]
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WATCH Kings Point’s New U.S. Merchant Marine Ad Campaign

News from gCaptain - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 02:38
This month U.S. Merchant Marine Academy alumni are celebrating the 75th birthday of Kings Point with a new website and ad campaign geared toward informing the American public of how vital the US Merchant Marine is to the nation’s security and global commerce, and of the importance of maritime security in turbulent times. “We really hope this […]
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Helm CONNECT hits 3000 vessel milestone

News from gCaptain - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 15:43
Press Release – Helm Operations – Victoria, BC – Leading marine software company, Helm Operations, announced today that it now has more than 3000 vessels subscribing to Helm CONNECT, its industry-leading maintenance, compliance, personnel, and vessel operations software. This achievement highlights the incredibly rapid growth of demand for the software platform, which was officially released just 24 […]
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Borr Drilling Boss Warns Investors: Offshore Drilling Industry Will Break Your Heart

News from gCaptain - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:30
By Mikael Holter (Bloomberg) — Tor Olav Troim, who took advantage of a brutal downturn to build Borr Drilling Ltd. from scratch into a $2.3 billion company, warned investors not to grow too enamored with the offshore drilling industry. Investors should keep in mind that offshore drilling is a cyclical industry and get out when […]
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Photos: Hurricane Florence’s Enormity is Best Seen from Space

News from gCaptain - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 11:51
With Hurricane Florence continuing on a collision course with the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast, officials are warning of life-threating conditions consisting of hurricane-force winds, massive storm surge, and an obscene amount of rainfall. As of 2 p.m. ET, Hurricane Florence was located about 435 miles (700 km) southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, moving toward the west-northwest […]
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France Says Scallop Fishing Talks with Britain End in Failure

News from gCaptain - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:58
PARIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Talks between French and British fisherman over rights to catch scallops have ended in failure, France’s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday, raising the risk of further tensions at sea. French fishermen have accused the British of unfairly catching scallops in the Baie de Seine off the coast of Normandy during […]
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Europe’s Biggest Port Says Companies Aren’t Doing Enough for Brexit

News from gCaptain - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 10:22
By Ellen Proper (Bloomberg) — The Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest shipping port, warned companies on both sides of the Channel that they aren’t doing enough to prepare for Britain’s exit from the European Union, as it plans a test of its facilities to make sure it’s ready for the worst. “If the companies don’t […]
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Dry Bulk Shipping Rates Plunge as Owners Fret About Trade War Impact

News from gCaptain - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:36
By Alex Longley (Bloomberg) — When U.S. President Donald Trump fired the first salvos in his trade war with China, the market for hauling bulk commodities that power the Asian country’s economy responded with a surprising surge. Now shipowners are losing their swagger. Rates to haul iron ore and coal on 1,000-foot Capesize ships plunged by 39 […]
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Maersk to Install Scrubbers On a ‘Limited Number of Vessels’ Ahead of 2020 Global Sulphur Cap

News from gCaptain - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:32
SINGAPORE/COPENHAGEN, Sept 12 (Reuters) – A.P. Moller-Maersk , the world’s biggest container shipping group, will add devices to reduce harmful exhaust emissions to some of its ships ahead of new global fuel regulations starting in 2020. To combat air pollution, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations’ shipping agency, has set global regulations to […]
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Damen performs tank testing of new FCS 7011

News from gCaptain - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 05:24
Press Release – Damen Shipyards Group has carried out tank testing of its 70-metre Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 7011. The tests were carried out at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) with a 2.8-metre long model. Intended for long distance crew transfer operations, the Damen FCS 7011 will offer the offshore oil & gas industry […]
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These are the Three U.S. Navy Ships Built to Always Remember 9/11

News from gCaptain - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:59
In the spirit of never forgetting the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Navy has built three ships dedicated and named after the locations where the 9/11 attacks took place. The ships, USS New York, USS Arlington, and USS Somerset, each incorporated materials from the sites in honor of the victims and first […]
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Florence Destruction May Be Worse Because of Climate Change

News from gCaptain - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:44
By Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Eric Roston (Bloomberg) — As Hurricane Florence barrels toward North Carolina, it’s being strengthened and guided by a one-two punch of climate factors scientists have been tracking for years. Florence, which threatens to be the most severe storm to hit North Carolina in more than 60 years, is being steered […]
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U.S. Navy Sorties Ships Ahead of Major Hurricane Florence, TS Olivia in the Pacific

News from gCaptain - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:42
U.S. Navy ships in Pearl Harbor and Norfolk have been ordered to sortie ahead of  Tropical Storm Olivia approaching the Hawaiin Islands and Hurricane Florence, which continues to roar towards the mid-Atlantic coast.  U.S. Fleet Forces Command ordered Monday all Navy ships in the Hampton Roads area to set Sortie Condition Alpha as Hurricane Florence, now a […]
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U.S. States See Energy Boom Along With Economic Expansion

News from gCaptain - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 10:10
The article is courtesy Stateline, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. By Tim Henderson Sept 11 (Stateline) – An oil and gas bonanza in Southwestern states may be helping to drive the continuing national economic boom. The nation’s 4.2 percent growth in GDP, estimated last month by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, is the highest […]
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South Africa’s Transnet to Deepen Durban Port to Accommodate Larger Ships

News from gCaptain - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:16
By Tanisha Heiberg JOHANNESBURG, Sept 11 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Transnet said on Tuesday it will spend 7 billion rand ($464 million) to deepen berths at Africa’s biggest container terminal in the port city of Durban to accommodate larger vessels. Transnet, which operates nearly three-quarters of the African rail network, the bulk of which is […]
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Shipping Fears Engine Failures as Industry Switches to Low Sulphur Fuel

News from gCaptain - Tue, 09/11/2018 - 09:08
By Ellen Milligan (Bloomberg) — Add oil tankers breaking down at sea to the list of things shipping companies are worrying about as they brace for a once-in-a-generation overhaul to the kind of fuel the industry must consume. From Jan. 1, 2020, the vast majority of the world’s merchant fleet will have to use fuel containing no […]
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