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UAE Inquiries for Marine Fuel Spike Amid Tainted Singapore Bunkers

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:25
By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, July 31 (Reuters) – Inquiries for marine fuel supplies in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Fujairah oil hub have spiked as shippers try to avoid loading tainted fuel oil that has clogged and damaged ship engines in Singapore recently, three trade sources said. Tainted marine fuel has been found in Singapore, the […]
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U.S., China Seek to Restart Talks to Defuse Trade War, Sources Say

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:51
By Jenny Leonard, Peter Martin and Saleha Mohsin (Bloomberg) — The U.S. and China are trying to restart talks aimed at averting a full-blown trade war between the world’s two largest economies, two people familiar with the effort said. Representatives of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He are having private […]
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Ultramar Take Delivery of Seconde High-End 48m Catamaran Ferry

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 06:06
Press Release – Incat Crowther is pleased to announce the delivery of Ultramar II, the second in a series of high capacity 48m Catamaran Passenger Ferries for Mexican operator Ultramar. Built by Midship Marine in Harvey, Louisiana, Ultramar II is specifically designed for the operator’s busy Playade Carmen – Cozumel run, offering high capacity, high […]
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Families of Victims Sue Duck Boat Tour Operator for $100 Million

News from gCaptain - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:50
By Diana Kruzman July 30 (Reuters) – The families of two of the 17 people killed when a World War Two-style tourist “duck boat” sank on a Missouri lake during a storm earlier this month have sued the tour operator, calling the accident the “result of decades of unacceptable, greed-driven, and willful ignorance of safety.” Relatives […]
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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Faces Outrage After Guard Kills Polar Bear During Arctic Cruise Excursion

News from gCaptain - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:49
German cruise line operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has found itself in the middle of an online firestorm after a guard shot and killed a polar bear during a shore excursion to an Arctic archipelago from one of its expedition cruise ships over the weekend. In a statement posted to Facebook on Sunday, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says it “very […]
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Port of Corpus Christi Bond Sale Raises $216.2 Million for Ship Channel Dredging Project

News from gCaptain - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:47
The Port of Corpus Christi has sold over $216 million in bonds to help finance the deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Currently at a depth of 45 feet, the Ship Channel will be dredged to 54 feet to accommodate Suezmax and larger vessels, and widened to 530 feet to allow for […]
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Panama Canal Marks 4,000 Neopanamax Transits

News from gCaptain - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 15:12
An LNG tanker carrying gas exported from the United States became the 4,000th Neopanamax vessel to transit through the Expanded Canal on Sunday. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Maria Energy completed the milestone transit traveling southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean on July 29. The Maria Energy was followed by another LNG […]
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APL Antwerp Loses Eight Containers Overboard at Port of Virginia

News from gCaptain - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 13:30
The U.S. Coast Guard warned mariners of loose cargo containers in the water at the Port of Virginia after a reported eight containers fell overboard from a ship on Sunday afternoon. The Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill contacted watchstanders at the Sector Hampton Road’s command center yesterday at 3:45 p.m. notifying them that they noticed the […]
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Oil Released After Makassary Highway Floats Free Off Sweden

News from gCaptain - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 10:30
Emergency crews in Sweden are now dealing with what seems to be a major oil spill after the vehicle carrier Makassary Highway floated free from the reef on which it ran aground last week. The Swedish Coast Guard says the amount of oil released from the vessel has not yet been determined. However, as of […]
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Why Is Saudi Halting Oil Shipments Through the Red Sea?

News from gCaptain - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 09:43
By Stephen Kalin and Rania El Gamal RIYADH/DUBAI, July 30 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia announced last week it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea’s Bab al-Mandeb strait after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two ships in the waterway. To date, no other exporters have followed suit. A full blockage of the strategic waterway would virtually […]
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DAMEN lays keel for 77-metre DAMEN SeaXplorer expedition yacht

News from gCaptain - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 06:42
Press Release – Damen – On 27 July DAMEN SeaXplorer marked a milestone in the construction of the SeaXplorer 77 expedition yacht at a keel laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Galati on the banks of the Danube. The owner attended the ceremony and welded the traditional coin on the keel. Following the hull building phase, […]
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NTSB’s Initial Review of Video Recordings Reveal Duck Boat Captain Was Monitoring Storm

News from gCaptain - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 11:31
The National Transportation Safety Board announced Friday that it has completed its initial review of video recovered from the DUKW “Stretch Boat 7” that sank July 19 near Branson, Missouri, revealing a preliminary timeline of events leading up to the sinking. The “Ride The Ducks” amphibious vehicle had 29 passengers and two crewmembers aboard for […]
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169 Ships Sent to South Asian Shipbreakers in Second Quarter 2018

News from gCaptain - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:06
There were a total of 220 ships sent for demolition in the second quarter of 2018, with 169 of those sold to South Asian shipbreakers where they are driven ashore and dismantled by hand within the tidal zone, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform said in its Q2 report. Between April and June, the Platform tallied 6 […]
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OSHA Finds Dozens of Safety Violations in Fatal Kentucky Shipyard Towboat Explosion

News from gCaptain - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 11:41
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited five contractors for safety and health violations after three employees were killed and two others critically injured following an explosion onboard a towboat in Calvert City, Kentucky. The explosion ocurred last January as the towboat M/V William E Strait was being repaired at First […]
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Space Force, How About A Maritime Force?

News from gCaptain - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:00
by Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D – On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump, before a meeting of the National Space Council announced his plan for the Department of the Defense to create a new military branch, entitled the Space Force.  The creation of a potential sixth armed service – behind the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast […]
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House Approves Bill Addressing Maritime Safety Issues in Wake of El Faro Tragedy

News from gCaptain - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 09:29
The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved legislation to address maritime transportation safety issues raised by the El Faro sinking, promote the Coast Guard’s awareness of technologies that could help improve Service mission performance, and reduce marine debris. As approved in the House by voice vote, the Save Our Seas Act (S. 756) combines […]
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Contaminated Bunker Fuel Clogging Ship Engines in Singapore -Surveyor

News from gCaptain - Fri, 07/27/2018 - 08:44
By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, July 27 (Reuters) – Contaminated marine fuel that clogs and damages ship engines has been found in Singapore, the world’s largest ship refuelling hub, according to sources and an alert sent to clients by a marine fuel surveying company. Singapore-based marine fuel surveyor and consulting firm Maritec Pte Ltd warned clients […]
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‘Sitting On a Big Powder Keg’: Final Day of Testimony in Coast Guard’s Bouchard No. 255 Explosion Hearing

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:54
The families of two dead seamen want answers as to why a loaded Bouchard oil barge exploded off the coast of Texas. The Coast Guard’s public hearing unleashed a torrent of frustration by Bouchard crew members about vessel maintenance. The purpose of the investigation is to make recommendations to prevent future disasters. The full series […]
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COSCO Shipping Cyber Attack Isolated to Americas Region

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:46
China’s COSCO Shipping says it has isolated the cyber attack that impacted its local email and telephone networks in the America’s region. As of today, all networks in other regions had been restored and business has returned to normal. COSCO said in an update Thursday that it was continuing to investigate and fix the network […]
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Risks to Middle East Oil and Gas Shipping Routes: Here’s What’s At Stake

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 11:43
DUBAI, July 26 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through the Red Sea after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two crude tankers, underscoring risks caused by the conflict in the world’s top oil exporting region. Iran, in its row with the United States over sanctions, has also threatened to block […]
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