First post-ban U.S. crude oil export cargo booked; USCG Cyber Command warns of ransomware threat

December 28, 2015—Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Panama City, FL, reports that its Allanton shipyard recently delivered M/V Harvey Sbisa (Hull 192). The 90 ft inland towboat is the sixty second vessel in an ongoing new build program for Florida Marine Transporters, Inc., Mandeville, LA, that now totals sixty-five vessels contracted over the last 10 years — the largest single builder, single owner, new construction program with the same class towboat design in U.S. shipbuilding history.

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First post-ban U.S. crude oil export cargo booked
The 600,000 barrel cargo of domestic light crude oil is scheduled to load at the Enterprise Hydrocarbon Terminal (EHT) on the Houston Ship Channel during the first week of January 2016.

USCG Cyber Command warns of ransomware threat

Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that infects a computer and restricts access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it — and occurrences have been cropping up in the maritime domain.

Wartsila to power Shell’s 15 LNG fueled barges

The barges will operate primarily on LNG and, for each barge, Wärtsilä will also supply a 6-cylinder Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel main engine, a gearbox, an LNGPac fuel gas handling system, and a Wärtsilä propeller with an HR nozzle.
Concordia Maritime charters out P-MAX

The vessel will be mainly used to transport heavy oil products between Korea, Japan and China.