MAIB issues safety bulletin following workboat fire

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NJ rock salt saga: Poor planning, not the Jones Act to blame

February 26, 2014—The great New Jersey rock salt shortage has apparently come to an end, and so, too, perhaps the Garden State’s assaults on the Jones Act. A U.S.-flagged barge carrying the first shipment of 40,000 tons of rock salt from Maine arrived yesterday at the Port of Newark. An unrelenting, bitter winter had nearly exhausted New Jersey’s stockpile of road salt by early February. After exploring several options, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) said it had located a 40,000-ton pile of salt in Searsport, ME. NJDOT said a foreign-flagged cargo ship Anastasia S. was in Searsport available to transport the salt to New Jersey. However, to use the foreign ship, NJDOT said it was requesting a waiver of the federal Jones Act, the law that requires cargo transported between points in the U.S. to move only on American vessels.

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MAIB issues safety bulletin following workboat fire
At this stage in the investigation, says the MAIB, the most likely cause of the fire is considered to be an uninsulated exhaust pipe from an air heater being in close proximity to the plywood structure of the vessel.

Schottel propels new generation of Panama tugs
The Panama Canal Authority has invested in a new generation of powerful tugs with the muscle needed to handle the larger ships of the Post-Panamax era.

All Coast orders 250 ft leg liftboat at Semco
The new 250 foot leg liftboat will be equipped with two 175 ton leg mounted cranes and will have the capacity to accommodate 50 people.

Turkish shipyard delivers first two Hidrovia push boats
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Diamond S files IPO
Diamond S Shipping Group intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the purchase price for ten newbuild product tankers being built by a Korean shipyard.

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