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This Sanction-Proof Rig Beats U.S. Policy From Cuba to Russia

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 09:11

By Jack Farchy and Chiara Albanese (Bloomberg) — The oil rig was built mostly in China and drilled its first well in Cuba. Now it’s delivering a victory for Russia in its fight against U.S. sanctions. Italian oil giant Eni SpA and Russia’s state-controlled Rosneft PJSC are using the Scarabeo 9 ultra-deepwater rig to drill in water […]

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Britain’s New £3 Billion Warship Has Sprung a Leak

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 08:07

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest ever warship, the new 3.1 billion pound ($4.2 billion) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, has a leak and needs repairs, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Tuesday. The 65,000-tonne ship, hailed as Britain’s most advanced military vessel and which was only officially commissioned by the Queen two […]

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ABS Awarded Classification Contract for LNG Bunker Barge

News from gCaptain - Tue, 12/19/2017 - 05:46

ABS Press Release ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, was selected by Q-LNG, LLC, to class an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) for LNG bunkering in North America. The vessel is scheduled to begin construction at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in early 2018. “This project […]

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PONANT’s Orders New Icebreaking Cruise Ship That Will Get You to the North Pole

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:47

French cruise company PONANT has placed an order for the world’s first icebreaking luxury cruise ship. The expedition-style cruise ship will also feature electric hybrid propulsion capable of running on clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG). Global shipbuilder VARD announced on Monday it was awarded a NOK 2.7 billion (US $323 million) contract for the design […]

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Panama Canal Increases Maximum Draft Limit for Vessels Using Neopanamax Locks

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:57

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced it will increase in the maximum allowable draft for vessels using the new Neopanamaz locks after recent rainfall brought the Gatun and Alajuela Lakes to their operating limits. Effective immediately, the maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be increased to 14.33 m (47.0 feet) […]

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Trawler Captain Gets Suspended Sentence for Running Vessel Aground Off Plymouth

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:29

A fisherman with over 40 years experience has been sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to offenses under Britain’s Merchant Shipping Act. Michael Kinnaird had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges in court on December 6. Kinnaird’s vessel, the 21-meter trawler FV Algrie, ran aground at about 8:45 p.m. […]

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Oil Workers Sue Shell Over ‘Enchilada’ Platform Fire in Gulf of Mexico

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:15

HOUSTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Three offshore oil workers filed a lawsuit against units of Royal Dutch Shell and Enbridge, seeking $1 million in damages for injuries they allegedly received during a Nov. 8 fire on a U.S. Gulf of Mexico production platform. The suit, filed in Galveston County court in Texas on Dec. 5, […]

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New Bulk Carrier Takes on Water After Running Aground on Columbia River

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:51

A brand spanking new bulk carrier is undergoing a damage assessment in Washington state after the vessel ran aground in the Columbia River last week and started taking on water. The Coast Guard said it responded after the 656-foot Liberian-flagged KM London ran aground near Crims Island at mile marker 54.5 of the Columbia River […]

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WHITE PAPER: Chevron Marine Lubricants publishes new technical paper – Methanol and Marine Lubricants in a Lower Sulphur, Lower Emissions Future 

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:46

Chevron Marine Lubricants, a leading lubrication solutions provider for alternatively fueled vessels and one of the largest suppliers of marine lubricants in the world, today has released the first in a series of new white papers focusing on innovations and developments impacting the fast-changing shipping industry. “Methanol and Marine Lubricants in a Lower Sulphur, Lower […]

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London Gateway Set to Lose Asia-Europe Service as THE Alliance Revamps Network

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:13

By Gavin van Marle (The Loadstar) – London Gateway is to lose one of its much-prized Asia-Europe services next year after THE Alliance partners unveiled their network plans for 2018. The grouping’s five Asia-North Europe services will remain largely unchanged, other than in the UK where one call has been switched from London Gateway to […]

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Ice Patrol: More Than 1,000 Icebergs Drifted Into N. Atlantic Shipping Lanes in 2017

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:07

The U.S. agency tasked with monitoring iceberg activity in the North Atlantic counted about 1,000 icebergs that drifted into shipping lanes this year. The mission of the International Ice Patrol, which is organized by the USCG but includes international partners, is to monitor the iceberg danger in the North Atlantic Ocean and provide relevant iceberg […]

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French Skipper Shatters Round-the-World Solo Sailing record

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 10:22

PARIS, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Frenchman Francois Gabart set a world record for sailing around the world alone on Sunday, completing his journey in 42 days and 16 hours. The time beat the previous record set last year by his compatriot Thomas Coville by more than six days. On his trimaran Macif, Gabart crossed the […]

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Satellites Reshaping How Traders Track Earthly Commodities

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 08:55

By Aaron Clark and Dan Murtaugh (Bloomberg) — A lump of coal is scooped onto a truck bed in Australia, driven to a port, loaded on a ship, piloted across the ocean to a dock in China, piled into a train car and delivered to a power plant. And it would all happen under the watchful eyes […]

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Oil Steadies Above $57 Amid Supply Disruptions Around the World

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 08:46

By Grant Smith (Bloomberg) — Oil steadied above $57 a barrel in New York as the threat of supply disruptions from the North Sea to OPEC member Nigeria and reduced U.S. drilling all suggested the global surplus may continue to fade. Futures added 0.5 percent in New York, matching Friday’s gain. U.S. explorers trimmed the […]

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Foreship predicts one third of shipping will opt for exhaust gas scrubbers

News from gCaptain - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 05:42

Shipowners weighing up their future marine fuel choices after the 2020 IMO 0.5% sulphur cap should also consider oil company expectations that up to 30% of commercial shipping will gravitate back to high sulphur fuel oil by 2030, according to leading naval architecture and engineering consultancy Foreship. With just over 100 ships running on LNG […]

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China Lavishes Aid On Pakistan Town In Hope To Build Deepwater Port

News from gCaptain - Sun, 12/17/2017 - 18:47

By Drazen Jorgic (Reuters) – China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy. Beijing has built a school, sent doctors and pledged about $500 million in […]

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Egypt Says Eni’s Giant Zohr Gas Field Starts First Production

News from gCaptain - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:50

By Salma El Wardany (Bloomberg) — Egypt’s Eni SpA-operated Zohr natural gas field has started production, bringing the country closer to its goal of energy self-sufficiency. Gas from the Mediterranean’s largest offshore field is pumped to a facility in Port Said city, to be prepared for delivery to the national distribution network, with initial production of 350 […]

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Argentina Fires Top Admiral After Submarine Tragedy

News from gCaptain - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:21

by Nicolas Misculin (Reuters) – Argentina fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said on Saturday. Letting go of Navy Admiral Marcelo Eduardo Hipólito Srur was the first known disciplinary action taken by President Mauricio Macri’s administration since […]

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Disabled Freighter Adrift in Force 10 Weather Conditions Now Under Tow Off Scotland

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:50

A rescue tug with the HM Coastguard managed to get a drifting cargo ship under tow overnight off Scotland’s Isle of Lewis despite severe weather conditions reported up to Force 10. The HM Coastguard said it received a call from the MV Fame reporting that it had lost power to its engine and was drifting […]

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Port of Los Angeles Sets New All-Time Monthly Container Volume Record

News from gCaptain - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 09:13

The Port of Los Angeles moved 924,225 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in November, the most containerized monthly cargo the Port has processed during its 110-year history, the port said on Friday. The previous record of 877,564 TEUs was set in November 2016. Eleven months through 2017, volumes are up 6.3 percent compared to last year’s […]

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