NLRB issues complaint against Pasha Hawaii; BV inks deal to class CMA CGM LNG boxships

NLRB issues complaint against Pasha Hawaii
December 5, 2017 — The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) says that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint against Pasha Hawaii, The Pasha Group, and other subsidiaries (“Pasha”), for violations involving two new containerships being built at the Keppel AmFELS shipyard in Brownsville, Texas. According to the union, the National Labor Relations Act and the union’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with Pasha require Pasha to bargain in good faith with MM&P and to provide documents for MM&P to review and study before vessel construction begins so the union can confirm that the vessels comply with the living standards set forth in the CBA.

Bureau Veritas inks deal to class CMA CGM LNG boxships
The ships will be the world’s largest LNG fueled containerships and one of the most environmentally friendly of their kind.
EBDG to design new Miller Boat Line car/passenger ferry

Miller Boat Line of Put-in-Bay, Ohio has awarded Elliott Bay Design Group a design contract for a new passenger/vehicle ferry to supplement its current operation servicing the Lake Erie Islands. The ferry will be roughly 140 ft in length with a carrying capacity of 26 standard vehicles and up to 600 passengers.
Tilted thruster produces 20% more effective thrust

Wärtsilä has launched the industry’s first tilted steerable thruster with combined electric retraction and steering, the Wärtsilä WST-24R.
USCG: Don’t expect BWMS to be “plug and play”

Shipowners who expect ballast water management systems to be “plug and play equipment” are in for a disappointment. That’s the word from Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy.