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Hundreds Rescued After Ferry Capsizes in Philippines

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 08:12

MANILA, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Four people were killed and seven were missing after a Philippine ferry with 251 people on board capsized during bad weather on Thursday near the capital, Manila, disaster officials and a coastguard spokesman said. Accidents involving boats sailing between the many islands of the Philippines are common. Vessels are often […]

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Offshore Oil Exploration Ramps Up – Just Not In Asia

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 07:20

by Henning Gloystein (Reuters) – Surveying the ocean floor for oil and natural gas reserves is gradually emerging from a multi-year slump, everywhere apart from Asia. That’s despite Asia being the world’s biggest consumer of oil, having by far the strongest demand growth while seeing its production fall faster than anywhere else. The reasons for Asia’s […]

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Philippine Ferry Capsizes On Anniversary Of History’s Worst Ferry Disaster

News from gCaptain - Thu, 12/21/2017 - 06:56

A Philippine ferry carrying 251 people capsized on Thursday off an island south of Manila, the capital, a coast guard spokesman said, amid a storm bringing heavy downpours. By evening, 240 of the 251 people who were aboard the vessel, the Mercraft 3, were  rescued, according to the Philippine Office of Civil Defense. Seven people […]

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Canada’s Offshore Oil Interest Grows as Pipeline Woes Sink Alberta Prices

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 16:04

By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Canada’s offshore oil industry, a sliver of the country’s crude sector, is drawing rising investment interest due to an aggressive push by Newfoundland and Labrador as prices plummet in oil-rich Alberta due to pipeline problems. Offshore interest in the Atlantic province stands in contrast to Western Canada’s […]

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NOAA’s Most-Advanced Weather Satellite Ever Now Officially Operational

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:34

The U.S. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation geostationary weather satellite known as GOES-16 is now officially operational after moving into its new GOES-East position, where it will observe weather and provide critical data to forecasters from more than 22,000 miles above the earth’s atmosphere. Since its launch in November 2016, the GOES-16, […]

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Eni, Shell to Face Trial in Italy in $1 Billion Bribery Case

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:32

By Chiara Albanese, Sergio Di Pasquale and Kelly Gilblom (Bloomberg) — Eni SpA, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and senior executives will face trial over a $1.1 billion bribery scandal in Nigeria, an Italian judge ruled on Wednesday. The trial will start on March 5 in Milan, judge Giusy Barbara told reporters. The long-awaited decision, initially […]

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ITF: CSL Australia Underpaying Foreign Crew of Bahamas-Flagged Vessel Operating in Australian Waters

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:21

An Australian shipping company has been accused of underpaying foreign crew aboard a Bahamas-flagged vessel operating in Australian waters on domestic routes. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said it inspected the CSL Australia’s MV Diana in Melbourne and found the company is underpaying Filipino seafarers who are effectively operating full-time on the Australian coast. […]

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Korea Coast Guard Fires Warning Shots to Fend Off Swarming Chinese Fishing Boats

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:47

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, Dec 20 (Reuters) – South Korea’s coast guard said it fired 249 warning shots over a group of Chinese fishing boats “swarming around” one of its patrol ships in South Korean waters, prompting a call for restraint from Beijing. South Korean coast guard vessels regularly chase Chinese boats suspected of fishing […]

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Pirates Kidnapped 10 Crew from Bulk Carrier Off Nigeria

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:30

Pirates have kidnapped ten crew members from a bulk carrier off the coast of Nigeria, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and other sources have confirmed. The incident took place 14 December 2017 approximately 32nm South of Brass, Nigeria. According to the IMB, the bulk carrier was boarded by six pirates from a small boat as […]

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MSC and CMA CGM to Upgrade 21 Existing Containerships into ULCVs

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:16

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – The ‘jumbo-isation’ of containerships is back in fashion, with MSC and CMA CGM reportedly planning to upgrade 21 14,000 teu vessels to ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs) of 17,000 teu nominal capacity. According to Alphaliner, the conversions will take place at Chinese shipyard Qingdao Beihai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry (BSIC), which […]

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Arctic Refuge Just the Start as Trump Moves to Unlock Alaska Oil

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 09:36

By Alex Nussbaum (Bloomberg) — Drilling for crude in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may be just the start as President Donald Trump seeks to revive Alaska’s beleaguered oil industry. Republicans in Congress handed the industry a long-sought victory on Tuesday, approving exploration in the vast Arctic preserve as part of their tax overhaul. The […]

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Ships Bottleneck: China, Australia Ports Clogged as Coal, Iron Ore Demand Soars

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:26

By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, Dec 20 (Reuters) – More than 300 large dry cargo ships are having to wait outside Chinese and Australian ports in a maritime traffic jam that spotlights bottlenecks in China’s huge and global commodity supply chain as demand peaks this winter. With some vessels waiting to load coal and iron ore outside […]

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Yemen Port To Stay Open Despite Deadly Missile Strikes

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:03

by Mohammed Mukhashaf (Reuters) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Wednesday it would keep Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Hodeidah port open for a month, despite a fresh missile attack at Riyadh, but it kept up air strikes that killed at least nine people. The Western-backed coalition, which controls Yemen’s airspace and port access, said […]

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Miniature Watchcaps Are The Hardest to Find Christmas Gift This Year

News from gCaptain - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 06:50

In 2012, Starbucks coffee stores surrounding Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, the largest container port in the eastern United States, adorned some of their refrigerated beverages with miniature seafarers’ caps. The project, called 1200 TEAny Hats (because the hats topped Starbucks’ TAZO-brand tea bottles), helped SCI reach consumers to talk about the work of mariners who […]

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Seychelles Charges Suspected Somali Pirates Over November Attacks in Indian Ocean

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:29

Seychelles authorities have charged six Somali nationals with piracy-related crimes for allegedly attacking a British containership and a fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean last month. The six suspected pirates were apprehended by the crew of an Italian warship aboard their whaler following separate attacks on the UK-flagged MV Ever Dynamic and FV Galerna III, […]

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Hyundai Merchant Marine Planning to Order 22,000 TEU ‘Megaships’ in 2018

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 14:15

South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine has revealed plans to construct 22,000 TEU containerships in 2018 to boost its competitiveness within the global shipping sector. The revelation was made this week by HMM President & CEO, C.K. YOO, during the company’s 2018 strategy meeting, intended to map out growth strategies for the coming year. […]

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Eni Resumes Production at Goliat After Two-Month Shutdown

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:33

Eni Norge has resumed oil production on its Goliat floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in the Barents Sea after the facility was shut for more than two months as it worked to fix electrical safety issues flagged by Norway’s offshore regulator. Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority ordered Eni to cease production at the Goliat […]

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CLIA: Cruise Industry to Continue Steady Growth in 2018

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:29

The global cruise industry will continue to see steady growth in 2018 with more two dozen deliveries scheduled in order to keep pace with demand, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said in its annual ‘State of the Cruise Industry’ report released this week. CLIA is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association. Current data shows […]

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Dense Fog Halts Shipping Across Houston Area

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:38

HOUSTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Dense fog halted vessel traffic along the Houston Ship Channel, idling at least 50 vessels in or near the 53-mile (85-km) waterway that leads to the busiest U.S. petrochemical port, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Thirty-seven ships on Tuesday were waiting to enter the channel and 13 waiting to exit […]

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U.S. Asks U.N. to Blacklist 10 Ships Over Banned North Korea Cargo

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:25

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The United States has proposed that the United Nations Security Council blacklist 10 ships for transporting banned items from North Korea, according to documents seen by Reuters on Tuesday. The vessels are accused of “conducting illegal ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels […]

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