Great Lakes Towing frees grounded bulker; DNV GL issues guidance on closed bus DP operation

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Great Lakes Towing frees grounded bulker
April 28, 2015—The 603-ft Canadian self-discharging bulk carrier M/V Mississagi, has been successfully refloated by the Great Lakes Towing Company with no injuries or pollution. The vessel, owned by Rand Logistics’ Lower Lakes Towing, went aground Wednesday morning, on the St. Marys River at Big Trout Island in U.S. Waters. It was carrying more than 17,000 tons of stone when it grounded.

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Mystic Seaport Receives Major Grant from National Park Service and Maritime Administration to Support Restoration of Museum’s 1908 Steamboat Sabino

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Mystic, Conn. (April 28, 2015) — Mystic Seaport announced today that it has been awarded a $199,806 grant by the National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration (MARAD), to support the restoration of its 1908 steamboat Sabino. The grant is part of approximately $2.6 million in Maritime Heritage Program grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

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Conrad starts construction of BHGI designed ATB; Vigor books MSC contract

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Conrad starts construction of BHGI designed ATB
April 27, 2015—The ATB, comprised of the 399 ft, 80,000 BBL double hull oil tank barge Gulf Carrier and the 120 ft twin screw ocean service tug Gulf Venture, is currently being built under ABS survey at Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C. in Amelia, LA, with a 2015/2016 delivery date. The new ATB will be used to support John W. Stone Oil Distributor’s continually expanding shore bases as well as offshore operations.

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Plastic particles in the ocean may be as deadly as plastic bags, report says

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Briefing: 15, April 27, 2015
Microplastic fragments from the western North Atlantic, collected using a towed plankton net.
Photo: Giora Proskurowski, Sea Education Association (SEA).

Micro-plastics – tiny pieces of plastic or fibres which may act as a pathway for persistent, bio accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain – are increasingly being found in the oceans and may prove to be as harmful to marine life as more obvious, larger debris, such as plastic bags, according to a new report.

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Philippines domestic ferry safety conference urges action to improve safety record

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The Manila Statement acknowledges the urgent need to enhance the safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages and urges States to review and update national regulations in relation to their passenger ferries and to apply the guidelines, to address marine casualties and incidents involving such vessels.

Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages, Manila, the Philippines, 24 April 2015
Briefing: 16, April 27, 2015
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages, held in Manila, the Philippines, on 24 April 2015, has adopted guidelines to aid the process of reducing the mounting toll of accidents involving such vessels by addressing the question of whether a ship is fit for purpose in its intended role.

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No room for complacency

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Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA), fully recovered from the trauma of breaking their mast on the last leg, narrowly led the chase to Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on Monday (full story below).
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– Skipper Caudrelier feels the stress at head of fleet
– MAPFRE and Team Brunel keep up the pressure
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ALICANTE, Spain, April 27 – Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA), fully recovered from the trauma of breaking their mast on the last leg, narrowly led the chase to Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on Monday.

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