IMO gets call for ban on carriage of high sulfur fuel; USS Fitzgerald arrives in Pascagoula to start repairs

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Damen delivers five harbor tugs to Cuba
January 22, 2018 — Damen Shipyards has delivered five new harbor tugs to Empresa de Navegación Caribe, a subsidiary of Cuba’s Grupo Empresarial de Transporte Marítimo Portuario (GEMAR). Prior to the order being placed, all of the vessels were being held in stock at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands and were subsequently delivered within three weeks of the orders being confirmed, steaming across the Atlantic Ocean to Havana on their own keels.

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Congressional leaders underscore importance of Jones Act; NTSB reports on 2016 bulk carrier grounding

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Congressional leaders underscore importance of Jones Act
January 19, 2018 — Providing a rare interlude of bipartisan accord in Washington, the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing on “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry” during which congressional and maritime leaders stressed the importance of the Jones Act.

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U.S. dredging industry takes delivery of four new vessels; U.S., Canada regulatory policy reform high on ‘wish list’

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U.S. dredging industry takes delivery of four new vessels
January 18, 2018 — Representing more than $310 million in new vessel construction in the United States, recent vessel investments include: Weeks Marine Inc.’s hopper dredge Magdalen, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation’s ATB hopper dredge Ellis Island and tug Douglas B. Mackie, and, Manson Construction Company’s cutter suction dredge Robert M. White.

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Satellites paint a detailed picture of maritime activity

  • Title Ships detected by AISSat-1
  • Released 17/01/2018 11:56 pm
  • Copyright Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
  • DescriptionIn 2010, the Norwegian Space Centre launched the AISSat-1 nanosatellite to demonstrate the detection of AIS signals, supported by ESA’s GSTP and Prodex programmes.
  • Id 389115
18 January 2018ESA has helped coastal authorities to track up to 70% more ships and pick up nearly three times more ship positions via satellite than was possible before.

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Ince & Co Chairman relocates to Piraeus to head Greek office

International law firm Ince & Co has announced today that Paul Herring, firm Chairman and Global Board Member, has been appointed as Head of its Greek office with immediate effect. Paul is widely regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent shipping lawyers and has considerable experience of advising Greek and international clients with interests in the country. He specialises in the resolution of disputes, both in court and arbitration, and regularly advises clients ‎on the drafting of contracts for newbuilding contracts and sale and purchase agreements. He is the co-author of a leading text book on the sale of second hand ships.

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Navy officers face charges following destroyer collisions; Rolls-Royce may sell off commercial marine business

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Navy officers face charges following destroyer collisions
January 17, 2018 — Commander Bryce Benson, former commander of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), and Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, former commander of USS John S. McCain (DDG-56), are among those facing a mix of charges —including negligent homicide — in relation to the collisions in which the two vessels were involved last year.  The June 17 collision between the Fitzgerald and ACX Crystal resulted in the death of seven sailors. The August 21 collision between the McCain and a chemical tanker resulted in the death of 10 sailors.

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