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Iran Says It Has Full Control Of Gulf, U.S. Navy Does Not Belong There

News from gCaptain - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 05:40
by Babak Dehghanpisheh (Reuters) Tehran has suggested it could take military action in the Gulf to block other countries’ oil exports in retaliation for U.S. sanctions intended to halt its sales of crude. Washington maintains a fleet in the Gulf that protects oil shipping routes. Tangsiri said Iran had full control of the Gulf and the […]
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Photos: Check Out the Bridge on Crowley’s New LNG-Powered ConRo El Coquí

News from gCaptain - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 15:41
The above photo shows the El Coquí, one of two new LNG-powered container/roll-on roll-off vessels for Crowley Maritime Corp. The vessel was delivered in late June is now operating on the Jones Act trade between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Built by VT Halter Marine, it is the first vessel of its type […]
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China’s Unipec to Resume U.S. Oil Purchases After Tariff Policy Change -Sources

News from gCaptain - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 13:03
By Florence Tan and Meng Meng SINGAPORE/BEIJING, Aug 24 (Reuters) – China’s Unipec will resume purchases of U.S. crude oil in October after a two-month halt due to the trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. The decision to start buying crude oil again from the […]
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Watch: Incredible Whale Watching Close Call in Alaska

News from gCaptain - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 12:02
You would have to be hiding under a rock to miss this video this week. But if somehow didn’t catch it, here it is. The video was filmed during a whale watching excursion in Gustavus, Alaska. The guests sure got what they paid for. I’m glad they come away just a little wet and with […]
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Missing Tanker Docks in Togo After Suspected Hijacking

News from gCaptain - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:43
By Marta Ardashelia TBILISI, Aug 24 (Reuters) – A tanker with 19 crew members on board has docked at a port in Togo after going missing for over a week in a suspected hijacking off the West African coast, the crew’s agency said on Friday. The Ialkani agency and the ship’s managers lost communication with the […]
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Maersk Sends First Containership Through Arctic Route

News from gCaptain - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:53
For Maersk, the trip the Northern Sea Route is a one-off trial for now. But, as climate change makes the Arctic route more accessible, there’s growing interest that it could become a viable alternative to the Suez Canal, particularly from Russia. By Stine Jacobsen COPENHAGEN, Aug 24 (Reuters) – A Maersk vessel loaded with Russian […]
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Iran’s Tanker Fleet Gives it Oil-Export Lifeline as Sanctions Loom

News from gCaptain - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 07:40
By Serene Cheong (Bloomberg) — Iran’s own fleet of tankers may provide a lifeline for its crude and condensate exports that’ll be slashed as U.S. sanctions against the Persian Gulf nation take hold. As Iran’s customers give in to mounting U.S. pressure, shipments from the OPEC member may drop to under 1 million barrels a day by […]
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Coffee Exporters Struggle to Find Ships for Brazil’s Bumper Crop

News from gCaptain - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 16:39
By Marcelo Teixeira and Marcy Nicholson SAO PAULO/NEW YORK, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Brazilian coffee exporters are struggling to find shipping capacity to transport a bumper crop from the world’s top producer, which could result in supply delays to roasters worldwide. Abundant overall supplies in consuming countries, however, will limit any near-term impact from shipping […]
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Hurricane Lane Approaching Hawaiian Islands as Category 4 Hurricane

News from gCaptain - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:49
By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Hurricane Lane churned toward Hawaii on Thursday, dumping torrential rain on the Big Island and threatening storm surges and dangerous waves, as schools, government offices and businesses closed and residents stocked up on supplies. Packing sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km per […]
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Saudi-Led Coalition Foils Houthi Attacks on Merchant Vessels -Spokesman

News from gCaptain - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:10
RIYADH, Aug 23 (Reuters) – A Saudi-led military coalition foiled attacks by explosives-laden speedboats deployed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement against commercial vessels, the coalition’s spokesman said on Thursday. The alliance said it had taken the necessary measures to protect merchant ships of the alliance. Earlier on Thursday, the Houthis said they carried out a […]
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Congressman Duncan Hunter, a Champion of the U.S. Maritime Industry, Pleads Not Guilty to Misuse of Campaign Funds

News from gCaptain - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:37
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has been a major champion of the U.S. maritime industry, writing several op-eds, hosting roundtables, and leading Congressional hearings on the importance of the Jones Act. He also serves as Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, which conducts oversight of the United […]
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Hamburg Lags Behind Rival European Ports as It Awaits Deeper Elbe

News from gCaptain - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 08:46
By Alexander Whiteman (The Loadstar) – The port of Hamburg is continuing to lose ground to its North European container competitors, with another year-on-year decline in first-half results. Throughput for the German port fell 2.7% on 2017 and, despite the port’s best efforts to shrug off the drop, it finds itself lagging behind Antwerp and […]
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Wärtsilä to Repower De Beers’ Diamond Mining Vessel Debmar Pacific

News from gCaptain - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 08:36
Finnish technology firm Wärtsilä and De Beers Marine, the offshore mining unit of the world’s largest diamond miner, have signed an agreement to repower De Beers’ diamond mining ship Debmar Pacific. The vessel, originally built in the 1970s, will be outfitted with new Wärtsilä gensets, extending the vessel’s lifetime and improving its reliability. Debmar Pacific […]
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How the Oil Crisis Gave Norway’s Giant Field a $10 Billion Boost

News from gCaptain - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 08:07
By Mikael Holter (Bloomberg) — Right before Norway’s biggest oil project in decades got the go-ahead in 2015, crude prices fell off a cliff. That turned out to be perfect timing. The crash forced desperate suppliers like platform builders and offshore drillers to cut their prices, allowing Equinor ASA and the other owners of the giant Johan […]
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Dupre Marine Transportation launches Helm CONNECT Personnel

News from gCaptain - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 06:50
Houma, Louisiana-based towing operator becomes first company to roll out new Helm Operations software for crew management. Press Release – Helm – Houma, LA – Leading marine software company Helm Operations announced today that Houma, LA-based Dupre Marine Transportation is the first company to go live with its newly-launched Helm CONNECT Personnel software for crew management and payroll. Dupre Marine […]
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Major Hurricane Lane Barrels Toward Hawaii

News from gCaptain - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 17:22
By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Hawaii residents already reeling from months of explosive eruptions from Kilauea volcano braced on Wednesday for Hurricane Lane, which was bearing down on the U.S. island chain with high winds and lashing rains and the potential to trigger flooding and landslides. Though the hurricane weakened slightly as it […]
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Meyer Werft Floats AIDAnova, the World’s First LNG-Powered Cruise Ship

News from gCaptain - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 15:18
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has floated out the world’s first LNG-powered cruise ship from its covered construction dock in Papenburg. The float-out of AIDAnova took place Tuesday evening from the shipbuilder’s 504-meter building dock II. The vessel was then berthed at the outfitting pier, where its mast and funnel cladding will be fitted. AIDAnova is […]
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Maersk Feeder Ship to Transit Northern Sea Route

News from gCaptain - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 14:28
Danish shipping giant Maersk is getting ready to send one of its newbuild ice-class feeder ships through the Northern Sea Route – a first for the world’s largest shipping company. The trip through the NSR will be one-time occurrence as the ship, named Venta Maersk, makes its maiden voyage from China to Northern Europe.  Delivered […]
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‘World’s Most Eco-Friendly Bulk Carrier’ Delivered to ESL Shipping

News from gCaptain - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 12:08
Finnish shipping company ESL Shipping has taken delivery of what is being touted as the world’s most eco-friendly bulk carrier. The 160-meter, 25,600 dwt, LNG-fueled vessel, named Haaga, was delivered from Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing, China. The ice-class vessel can also be fueled by completely carbon-free biogas, once the availability of carbon-free biogas improves over […]
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Maersk Containership Loads World Record 19,038 TEUs in Malaysia

News from gCaptain - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 09:32
With a load of 19,038 TEU, the Maersk Line ultra-large containership Mumbai Maersk has set a new world record for the largest load ever carried by containership. The accomplishment marked the first time a ship has surpassed the once-mythical 19,000 TEU mark. The Mumbai Maersk, one of Maersk’s second generation Triple-E’s, set the record this […]
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