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Kings Point Superintendent James Helis Accepts New Role at MARAD Headquarters

News from gCaptain - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:20
The United States Maritime Administration on Thursday announced that Rear Admiral James Helis, Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy since 2012, has accepted a position at MARAD headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he will serve as Special Assistant to the Administrator. “During his six-year assignment as Superintendent, Helis led the response to many complex issues […]
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NOAA Predicts Near- to Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season in 2018

News from gCaptain - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:37
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a 75-percent chance of a near- of above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, the agency said Thursday. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predict a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season […]
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Bomin Group Launches 2020-Compliant Ultra-Low Sulphur Bunker Fuel at Europe’s Busiest Ports

News from gCaptain - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:04
Germany-based Bomin Group, a leading supplier and trader of bunker fuel, has started delivering Ultra-Low Sulphur Fuel Oil to vessels calling in the busy Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region, home to two of Europe’s busiest ports. Bomin Group says the ULSFO product has a maximum sulphur content of just 0.1%, making with MARPOL Annex VI regulations for […]
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Times Up: Private Search for Missing Flight MH370 Nearing Its End

News from gCaptain - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:14
By Angus Whitley and Anisah Shukry (Bloomberg) — The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is in peril once again as new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reins in government spending. After several extensions of what began as a three-month “no cure, no fee” contract signed by U.S. exploration company Ocean Infinity in January, the government […]
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Offshore Wind, Long Delayed in U.S., Gets a Lift in New England

News from gCaptain - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 08:03
By Jim Efstathiou Jr. (Bloomberg) — Massachusetts and Rhode Island selected developers to install 1,200 megawatts of wind turbines in the Atlantic Ocean, setting the stage for large-scale power generation projects off the U.S. coast. Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners jointly won a Massachusetts auction to build an 800-megawatt wind farm south of Martha’s […]
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Interview With El Faro Author Rachel Slade

News from gCaptain - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:45
by John Konrad (gCaptain) Rachel Slade is a journalist and author of the bestselling book about the El Faro incident. Her book Into the Raging Sea has received keen reviews from the NY Times, Kirkus, Diesel Duck and gCaptain.  Acclaimed maritime journalist Robert Frump says this about her work: “Rachel Slade cuts through the corporate double-speak to shine […]
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Watch: Boat Lift Goes Really, Really Bad

News from gCaptain - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 05:29
Here’s another example of a crane taking on more than it can handle. This incident reportedly happened someplace in Russia. While things do not look good for the boat here, at least it wasn’t a mega yacht! 
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Pirates Release FWN Rapide Crew Members Kidnapped Off Nigeria

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:49
Pirates have released eleven hostages kidnapped from a Dutch cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria last month.  Their release was confirmed Wednesday by ship manager ForestWave.  The hostages were crew members of the FWN Rapide, which was attacked by pirates April 21 as it was nearing Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Two additional crew members escaped the kidnapping and […]
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Bipartisan Bill Would Require a ‘Portion’ of American Oil and Gas Exports Be Transported on U.S.-Built Ships

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:16
U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would require a portion of exported crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) be transported on U.S.-built and U.S.-flagged vessels, in addition to the construction of 50 new ships built domestically by 2040.  The bill, known as the ‘Energizing American Shipbuilding Act’, was introduced in the Senate by U.S. […]
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Massachusetts, Rhode Island Award Major Offshore Wind Contracts

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:23
By Nichola Groom May 23 (Reuters) – Massachusetts on Wednesday selected a partnership between Avangrid Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to develop what will be the largest U.S. offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Vineyard Wind’s 800 megawatt proposal was chosen by state utilities Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy. It is […]
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Missile Struck Turkish Ship Off Yemen, EU NAVFOR Official Says

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:35
By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – A Turkish vessel carrying wheat to Yemen this month was hit by a rocket or missile and more attacks on merchant ships are likely due to a spillover of the conflict, a senior European naval official said on Wednesday. The Turkish flagged Ince Inebolu bulk carrier was […]
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Watch: Russian Nuclear Submarine Rapid-Fires Four Ballistic Missiles

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:21
The Russian Defense Ministry has released video of nuclear-powered Borei-class submarine test firing a barrage of four Bulava missiles from below the surface. The test was conducted on Tuesday from a submerged location in a designated area of the White Sea, located off the northwest coast of Russia. The Ministry said the missiles were launched […]
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China Signals to State Giants: ‘Buy American’ Oil and Grains

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:11
By Florence Tan, Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton SINGAPORE/BEIJING, May 23 (Reuters) – China will import record volumes of U.S. oil and is likely to ship more U.S. soy after Beijing signaled to state-run refiners and grains purchasers they should buy more to help ease tensions between the two top economies, trade sources said on Wednesday. […]
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American Oil Boom Seen Tempting Ships to Steer Clear of Iran

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:29
By Serene Cheong (Bloomberg) — The latest standoff between the U.S. and Iran may be leaving oil-tanker owners in more of a bind than in previous years. As the U.S. reimposes sanctions on the Islamic Republic, firms that help ferry Iranian oil risk losing access to the American financial system, similar to earlier in the […]
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Trump Backs Away From China Deal Under Pressure by Trade Hawks

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:18
By Jenny Leonard and Saleha Mohsin (Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump is backing away from the trade agreement the U.S. just announced with China, under pressure from China hawks among his supporters and in Congress who have assailed the accord as a capitulation. “Our Trade Deal with China is moving along nicely, but in the end we […]
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Saudi-Led Coalition Destroys Houthi Boats Targeting Tanker in Red Sea

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:04
DUBAI, May 23 (Reuters) – A Saudi-led military coalition foiled attacks by explosives-laden speedboats deployed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement against commercial vessels, including an oil tanker, in the Red Sea, Saudi and Emirati state media said on Wednesday. United Arab Emirates (UAE) state news agency WAM reported that UAE coalition forces had destroyed two […]
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Pirate Attacks Grow in South America and Caribbean, Report Shows

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:00
By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – Pirate attacks around South American and Caribbean waters are growing, and violence is increasingly used during robberies committed on vessels at anchor, a report showed on Wednesday. The Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) non-profit group recorded 71 incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, a 163 […]
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ABS Evaluation Demonstrates Feasibility of LPG as Fuel Strategy for Dorian LPG

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:06
Press Release – ABS – (Houston) ABS completed an in-depth techno-economic evaluation commissioned by Dorian LPG, evaluating compliance options for impending global sulfur cap requirements. Dorian LPG owns and operates a fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs), transporting liquefied petroleum gas around the world.   “As owners and operators evaluate their compliance options for the impending […]
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Knud E Hansen to Design Hybrid RoRo for Grimaldi Group

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:42
Danish naval architecture firm Knud E Hansen has been selected to design six modern roll-on/roll-off vessels for Grimaldi Group. The new vessels will have a length of 238 meters, a beam of 34 meters and a gross tonnage of 64,000 tonnes. Each will have the capacity to transport over 7,800 linear meters of rolling units, […]
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Norway Rejects Plan for Fish Farm on ‘World’s Largest Ship’

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:15
OSLO, May 22 (Reuters) – Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries has rejected Pure Atlantic’s application for 45 salmon farming development licenses, arguing that the plan did not bring significant innovation to the industry, it said in a letter dated May 16. Pure Atlantic had planned to construct what would have been the world’s largest ship, some […]
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