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U.S. Warns Russia Against Blocking Commercial Ship Passage Into Ukraine

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:42
by Lesley Wroughton (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Thursday called on Russia to cease what it called “harassment of international shipping” in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait, accusing Moscow of trying to destabilize Ukraine. “Russia’s actions to impede maritime transit are further examples of its ongoing campaign to undermine and destabilize […]
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Maersk Braces For A $5+ Billion Fuel Bill In 2020

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:50
By Jack Wittels (Bloomberg) The world’s largest container shipping line says adhering to stricter environmental standards could add at least $2 billion to its annual fuel bill from 2020, one of the clearest examples yet of how vessel owners will be affected by rules to curb sulfur emissions that take effect in 16 months’ time. […]
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How To Forge Your Own Traditional Sailor’s Knife

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 11:21
An alarming number of shipping companies today are banning knives and even many of the ones who still permit them only allow sailors to carry folding knives. This is a shame because fixed blade knives are stronger, safer (if you know how to use them) and – securely fastened to your belt – are quicker […]
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Venezuela’s Main Oil Port Partially Operating After Tanker Allision

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 09:03
by Marianna Parraga (Reuters) – Venezuela’s main oil port of Jose is operating partially after a tanker collided with a dock at the weekend, curtailing state-run PDVSA’s ability to export upgraded crude and receive imported diluents, three sources with knowledge of the incident said on Tuesday. PDVSA has been struggling this year to deliver exports […]
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Maersk Drilling Is Ready To Stand On Its Own Says CEO

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 07:08
By Nerijus Adomaitis (Reuters) – Drilling rig contractor Maersk Drilling will provide strong competition for its peers when it is spun off from the A.P. Moller-Maersk conglomerate next year, its chief executive said on Tuesday. A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Aug. 17 it would spin off its offshore drilling operation and list it in Copenhagen next year, […]
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Ferry Ignites With 1,016 POB In Greece

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:56
by Alkis Konstantinidis (Reuters) – A passenger ferry with 1,016 people onboard returned safely to the port of Piraeus in the early hours on Wednesday after it reported a fire while en route to Crete, the Greek coast guard said. There were no immediate reports of injuries, a coast guard official told Reuters. The Eleftherios […]
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Completion of the Second Rapport 1600-SX Harbour Tug Design GÖKÇAY II

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:42
Press Release – Robert Allan LTD – Gökçay II, the second RApport 1600-SX tug built by Sanmar Shipbuilders, was completed in August, the first vessel of this design being delivered in May. The two tugs are identical except the Gökçay II has a more conservative power rating of 600 hp at 1800 rpm for a […]
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USNS Comfort Ordered To Colombia But The Future Remains Uncertain For The Hospital Ship

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 18:57
While visiting Colombia late last week, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced he was sending the hospital ship Comfort at the request of Colombia’s government.  USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will deploy to Central America and South America in late September to begin a two-month humanitarian mission with stops in Colombia and the region. The USNS […]
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Costs Melt As LNG Traffic Picks Up In The Arctic Circle

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:49
By Jeremy Hodges (Bloomberg) A new trade route for energy supplies is opening up north of the Arctic Circle as some of the warmest temperatures on record shrink ice caps that used to lock ships out of the area. This year is likely to rank among the top 10 for the amount of sea ice […]
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Is DP World’s ‘One-Stop Shop’ Ambition Too Risky?

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 09:02
By Mike Wackett (TheLoadstar) DP World’s planned acquisition of European shortsea container line Unifeeder took the industry by surprise when the deal was announced earlier this month. The rationale for the global port operator’s proposed $765m purchase of North Europe’s leading feeder and domestic container carrier from private equity group Nordic Capital has had analysts […]
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Refiners Struggle As Low Sulphur Upgrade Costs Approach $1 Billion Per Plant

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 08:51
by Toby Sterling (Reuters) – Global energy trader Gunvor Group has put on hold plans to upgrade its Rotterdam refinery that intended to make the plant more competitive ahead of new global rules on shipping fuel quality, it said on Tuesday, citing market conditions. Global oil and shipping companies are looking at options to cope […]
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Carnival Ship Damages Manhattan Cruise Terminal During Docking Allision

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 07:45
This morning at 05:48 local time the cruise ship Carnival Horizon allided with the Manhattan Cruise Terminal pier at West 54th Street in New York City.   “The ship bumped into the pier while docking” said a New York Fire Department representative. “The ship caused structural damage to the pier.”  The passengers were evacuated safely […]
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Greek Shipowner Denies Drug Trafficking Charges

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 07:43
by Constantinos Georgizas (Reuters) – Greek shipping tycoon Vangelis Marinakis, the owner of Olympiakos Piraeus and Nottingham Forest soccer teams, denied any links to drug trafficking on Saturday, a day after a Greek prosecutor brought preliminary charges against him. The prosecutor accused Marinakis of financing and storing drug substances and setting up a criminal group to traffic […]
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Wilson Sons delivers third Damen designed ASD Tug 2411 to SAAM SMIT Towage in Brazil

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 06:51
Wilson Sons Estaleiros has delivered the third Damen designed ASD Tug 2411 to SAAM SMIT Towage in Brazil. The vessel is part of a four-vessel order, the final unit of which the shipyard is on track to deliver according to schedule in November this year.  Press Release – Damen has partnered with Wilson Sons for […]
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Eritrea Considers Building A Port

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:47
By Nizar Manek (Bloomberg) Eritrea is considering building a port on its Red Sea coastline to export potash from deposits being developed in the Horn of Africa nation, a mines ministry official said. Plans for the harbor signal the country’s reemergence as a potential investor destination after its surprise rapprochement with neighboring Ethiopia last month […]
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30,000 Tons Of Cocoa Stuck On Lagos Port Roads

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:35
At least 30,000 metric tons of cocoa are trapped on their way to ports in Nigeria’s main city of Lagos as roads in a state of disrepair delay access to ships, the cocoa exporters body said. Travel to the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports that previously took hours, now takes as much as four […]
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M/V Underdog Rerouted Amid U.S./China Trade Spat

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:21
by Collin Eaton (Reuters) – A vessel hauling a shipment of coal from the United States switched its destination on Friday to South Korea from China, according to ship tracking data, a day after China imposed 25 percent tariffs on the U.S. fuel. The Underdog was loaded with 63,000 metric tonnes of coal on July […]
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Maersk Container Overbookings Delay Brazilian Exports

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:16
by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) – Brazilian exporters are facing delays shipping goods transported in containers, including coffee and cotton, due to overbooking, the world’s largest container shipping company, A.P. Moller-Maersk,  said on Monday. In a report on its operations in Brazil, Maersk said exports fell for the second quarter in a row, citing the practice […]
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Watch: Sailboat Loses Mast After Hitting USS Midway in San Diego

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:21
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What Caused A Fall In U.S. Crude Exports? Money or Politics?

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 05:47
by Clyde Russell (Reuters) – One of the side effects of President Donald Trump’s escalating trade dispute with China is that U.S. exports of crude oil to the world’s biggest importer are now viewed through the prism of politics. However, this ignores that buyers and sellers of crude are generally more motivated by profit margins and […]
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