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Damage to Grounded Car Carrier Worse Than Thought; Complex Salvage Lies Ahead

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 11:24
Extensive damage has been found on the hull of the vehicle carrier Makassary Highway off the coast of Sweden. An underwater inspection of vessel carried out Tuesday revealed several breaches of the hull and water ingress in a ‘couple’ of tanks which will require a complex salvage operation to make safe. The full extent of […]
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IMB Report Shows Persistent Piracy and Kidnapping Risk in Gulf of Guinea

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:27
All crew kidnappings reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during the first six months of 2018 occurred in the Gulf of Guinea in six separate incidents, highlighting the persistent risk of maritime piracy and armed robbery against ships in the region, the IMB said in its 2018 first-half report. A total of 107 incidents […]
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Explainer: What is the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and Why is it Important?

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:04
By Julian Lee (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia temporarily halted oil shipments via the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a key shipping lane for crude at the southern end of the Red Sea, after the country said two tankers were attacked by the Yemeni Houthi militia. Here’s why this waterway is starting to become a focal point for […]
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Trump’s Plan for U.S. LNG in Europe to Face Reality Check

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 08:38
By Vera Eckert, Oleg Vukmanovic and Sabina Zawadzki FRANKFURT/LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s plan for “vast amounts” of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be sold to the European Union after trade talks with its top representative faces a reality test. After a meeting at the White House with European Commission President […]
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Bouchard Barge No. 255 Hearing Part 5: ‘No one could say they didn’t know about the problems’

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 08:28
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series focussing on the U.S. Coast Guard’s public hearing on the explosion and fire aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge that claimed the lives of two people off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas on October 20, 2017.  Highlights: Ship captains walking off the job Crew […]
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Gibdock secures new ISO certification first

News from gCaptain - Thu, 07/26/2018 - 07:24
Gibdock has underlined its commitment to Occupational Health & Safety by becoming the first shipyard in the Mediterranean region, and one of the first companies worldwide, to achieve ISO 45001:2018 certification. An audit by LRQA completed on the 6th of July confirmed that the Gibraltar shipyard is fully compliant with the requirements of the new […]
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Saudi Arabia Suspends Oil Exports Through Bab-el-Mandeb Strait After Houthi Attacks

News from gCaptain - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:55
By Rania El Gamal DUBAI, July 26 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it was suspending oil shipments through a strategic Red Sea lane after Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis attacked two tankers in the waterway, underscoring the risk of an escalation in tensions in the region. Brent futures rose 19 cents to $74.12 a barrel […]
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Watch This Boat Get Tossed by a Huge Wave

News from gCaptain - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 14:42
This video was apparently filmed this week in Nias in Sumatra, Indonedia as a huge swell hit the island. Luckily, according to reports the vessel was unmanned when it broke free and drifted into the break, drawing a crowd that was just waiting for this to happen.
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Scrubber Installs Approaching 1,000 Ships Globally – Survey

News from gCaptain - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 14:29
The number of merchant ships with exhaust gas cleaning systems either installed or on order is approaching 1,000 ships worldwide, according to a survey by the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association. As of 31 May 2018, the number of ships with “scrubbers” installed or planned totaled 983. The survey noted that the number adoption of […]
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Salvors Re-Float M/V Priscilla from Scotland’s Pentland Skerries -Update

News from gCaptain - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:55
Update: The MV Priscilla was successfully re-floated Wednesday night at around 9 p.m., the Maritime Coastguard Agency said. Following an inspection, permission was granted for the vessel to be towed to Scapa Flow, Orkney Isles, where it is expected to arrive Thursday morning. Earlier: An attempt to re-float the grounded cargo ship MV Priscilla from […]
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Quick, Heavy Rolling Led to Loss of Containers from YM Efficiency Off Australia, ATSB Finds

News from gCaptain - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 11:54
A short period of quick, heavy rolling in gale-force winds result in the loss 81 containers overboard from the Liberian-flagged containership YM Efficiency off the coast of Newcastle, New South Wales back in June, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a preliminary report into the incident. The rolling was estimated by the ship’s master as […]
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U.S. Navy Seeks $30 Million to Fix Gear That Hobbled its New Gerald R. Ford Supercarrier

News from gCaptain - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 10:08
By Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg) — The Navy is asking Congress to shift $30 million from other accounts to start repairing a damaged gear on the service’s costliest warship, the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. The request for funds to repair the $13 billion carrier is part of a Pentagon package asking congressional approval to shift […]
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COSCO Hit By Apparent Cyber Attack, Causing ‘Network Breakdown’ in Americas

News from gCaptain - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 08:19
China’s COSCO Shipping Lines has been hit by an apparent cyber attack that has caused a ‘network breakdown’ within its Americas region, the shipping line confirmed in a Facebook post. As a precautionary measure, the shipping line has shut down its networks in other regions as well, the company said. “Due to the local network […]
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Saudi Tanker Damaged in Houthi Attack Off Yemen coast

News from gCaptain - Wed, 07/25/2018 - 07:54
RIYADH, July 25 (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthis attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea, causing slight damage, an Arab coalition said on Wednesday, after the Houthis reported targeting a Saudi warship in the area. Saudi Arabia and its coalition of Sunni Muslim allies have been fighting in Yemen for three years against the […]
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Overcapacity, Not Trade Wars, to Blame for Falling Demand on Asia-US East Coast’

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 15:40
By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) – Oversupply of shipping capacity rather than trade wars caused the recent rationalisation in transpacific and Asia-US east coast container services, with US tariffs on Chinese goods largely hitting non-containerised goods, so far. Last week, 2M and Zim agreed to combine their Asia-US east coast container services, dropping from seven […]
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Vard Inks Construction Contracts for Two Ships from Viking Cruises

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:23
Shipbuilder Vard Holdings has announced it has confirmed contracts for the design and construction of two cruise for the river and ocean cruise company Viking. The total contract value is approximately NOK 5 billion (US $611 million). A Letter of Intent for the vessels was entered into back in April 2018 and the contracts for […]
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Photos: K-Line Car Carrier Aground Off Sweden

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:08
A K-Line car carrier ran aground off Loftahammar, Sweden on Monday morning, causing some hull damage but no pollution has been reported thus far. K-Line reported Tuesday that the 139-meter vehicle carrier Makassary Highway, operated by its subsidiary K-Line European Sea Highway Services, ran aground 07:21 on 23 July 2018 during a voyage from Cuxhaven, […]
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Trump, Iran and the New Guns of August -James Stavridis

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:38
By James Stavridis (Bloomberg Opinion) — In the hot summer of 1987, I was a young Navy officer sailing into the Arabian Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz onboard the Valley Forge, a brand new and heavily armed Aegis Cruiser. Our mission, code-named Ernest Will, was to escort merchant ships in and out of the […]
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Tugboat Breaks Mooring and Runs Aground on Jersey Shore

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:24
A tugboat working on a beachfill project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ran aground early Tuesday near Lavallette, New Jersey.  USACE’s Philadelphia District reports that the vessel, belonging to Weeks Marine, broke loose from a mooring and ran aground. Local Lavallete Beach Patrol posted on Facebook that the grounding occurred at around 4:30 […]
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China’s Stricter Rules on Shipping Emissions Seen as a Boon for IMO 2020 Compliance

News from gCaptain - Tue, 07/24/2018 - 08:59
By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, July 24 (Reuters) – Tighter rules on shipping emissions around China’s coastlines from the start of next year is a clear sign the world’s No. 2 economy will strive for 100 percent compliance when the global sulphur emissions cap starts in 2020, consultants Wood Mackenzie said on Tuesday. On July 9, China’s […]
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