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Monday, June 17, 2019

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McInnis Cement plants a maple tree with officials and members of community organizations to celebrate the opening of the company’s new terminal. From left to right: Ramon Cabral, Deputy District Director; Nick Madio, Bronx Community Board 2; Maria Torres, President & COO, The Point; Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman, McInnis Cement; Jean Moreau, President and CEO, McInnis Cement; Rafael Salamanca, Councilman & Chair of the Land Use Committee; Ralph Acevedo, District Manager, Bronx Community Board 2; an

New Cement Terminal Opens in the Bronx

McInnis Cement’s new terminal in the Bronx, N.Y. is the first new industrial maritime project built on the South Bronx waterfront in more than half a century.The newly constructed 100,000-square-foot, 24/7 operational terminal has been built for storing and distributing cement in New York City and beyond. With large ocean vessels sailing from the company’s plant in Port-Daniel—Gascons, Canada to the Bronx, the warehouse on site can store up to 44,000 metric tons of cement, which is the equivalent of 1,500 truckloads.

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Portugal Joins WISTA International

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) has welcome Portugal to the global network of executive women in shipping.The launch of WISTA Portugal was announced today by Ana Paula Vitorino, Portugal’s Minister of the Sea at Portugal Shipping. WISTA Portugal joins 44 other National WISTA Associations (NWAs).“WISTA International has had a strong relationship with Portugal’s women in shipping,” said WISTA International President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou. “We are proud to formally include Portugal in the WISTA family.

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Kongsberg Norcontrol Pact with Norwegian Coastal Administration

Kongsberg Norcontrol has signed a framework agreement with the Norwegian Coastal Administration for delivery, operations and maintenance of radars to the maritime traffic service. The agreement has a potential total value of up to NOK 250 million and a duration of up to eleven years. This is amongst the largest framework agreements the Norwegian Coastal Administration has entered into with a single supplier. "The Ministry of Transport and Communications has assigned us to expand the service area for our maritime traffic service…

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New Radar Agreement Strengthens Safe Sailing

Kongsberg Norcontrol has signed a framework agreement with the Norwegian Coastal Administration for delivery, operations and maintenance of radars to the maritime traffic service.The agreement has a potential total value of up to NOK 250 million ($31 million) and a duration of up to eleven years.This is amongst the largest framework agreements the Norwegian Coastal Administration has entered into with a single supplier."The Ministry of Transport and Communications has assigned us to expand the service area for our maritime traffic service…

Port of Long Beach, GE Transportation in Data-Sharing Project

The Port of Long Beach and GE Transportation are collaborating to improve cargo flow at the busiest port complex in North America. As cargo volumes and the complexity of port operations increase, the Port of Long Beach is launching a pilot program with GE Transportation to increase visibility, enhance real-time decision-making and optimize cargo movement through the Port. Building on the success of its pilot with the Port of Los Angeles, where the solution is helping to increase visibility of incoming cargo from two days to two weeks…

Pat Donnelly (Photo: The Baltic Exchange)

Donnelly Elected as FFABA Tanker Chairman

Pat Donnelly, of Braemar ACM-GFI, has been elected as Chairman of the Tanker FFA Brokers Association. He replaces Ben Courtney of ICAP Energy who has chaired the group, which represents the worldwide community of tanker Forward Freight Agreement (FFA) brokers, since 2016. Founded in 1997, the FFABA is the worldwide association for Forward Freight Agreement broking firms. Working with the Baltic Exchange, the FFABA organises educational workshops and industry forums in major shipping centres, with the aim of promoting FFAs as an important tool for managing exposure to freight rates.

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North P&I Encourages Use of Seagulls' Crew Evaluation System

North P&I Club is encouraging its ship owner members to consider the crew evaluation and benchmarking service offered by Seagull Maritime AS through an exclusive partnership between the two organizations. The initiative is part of North's campaign to support its members in their aim to attract, recruit and retain the ‘right crew’ for their ships. Over the next 12 months any North shipowner member wishing to assess its existing and potential crew members – whether directly employed…

Mass Flow Metering Now Mandatory in Singapore

In a move which has been hailed as a landmark moment for the bunker industry, the use of mass flow metering (MFM) for heavy fuel oil bunker deliveries in Singapore became mandatory on January 1, 2017. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) efforts have been applauded by many in the industry – including World Fuel Services – who see MFM as an important tool for developing more transparency and accountability for the bunker supply chain. So how does MFM work, and why is it so important to the bunkering industry?

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BIMCO Adopts Ship Financing Term Sheet

In a landmark decision, BIMCO cemented its move into the domain of ship financing with the Documentary Committee’s approval of a standard term sheet for use in ship financing transactions on 17 November 2016. BIMCO President Philippe Louis-Dreyfus said, “I am particularly pleased to see BIMCO taking this important step. BIMCO is the world leader in the production of standard contracts and clauses for the maritime industry. It is only natural that its documentary activities also cover ship financing – an issue which has become increasingly important and challenging over the years…

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Seafarers Trust in Technology

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust recently re-released an upgraded version of Shore Leave 2.0, enabling seafarers to access the internet in ports on tablet consoles. Together with Shore Leave, the Seafarers’ Trust believes that these initiatives will effect real change, attending to the global welfare of seafarers. In today’s world of fiber optic broadband, 4G mobile networks and app innovation, we have all come to expect the super-fast delivery of our online communications. For seafarers, however, the unique environment of being away at sea for many months at a time challenges this norm.

CAPT David Moskoff Photo United States Department of Transportation

SHIPPINGInsight to Focus on Ship Telematics

The directors of SHIPPINGInsight today announced that U.S. Merchant Marine Academy professor Capt. David Moskoff has agreed to be a special guest speaker at the 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition. The annual event takes place Oct. 13-14, at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Conn. A special area of focus for this year’s SHIPPINGInsight event is ship telematics, and Capt. Moskoff, an acclaimed expert on cyber security in the maritime industry, will kick-off a roundtable Oct. Capt.

SUNY Maritime to Host e-Navigation Conference

The e-Navigation Underway 2015 – North America conference will be hosted by The State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College from September 28 to 30 on the college’s Throggs Neck, N.Y. campus. The conference’s theme is: “Reducing Risk through E-Navigation,” which follows the pace of the IMO’s Correspondence Group on e-Navigation. The keynote speaker will be Joseph Trotti, CEO of AIG Global Marine and Aerospace, and Francis Zachariae, the new Secretary General of the International…

To Build a Global Ocean Refuge System

Holland America Line Creating Marine Protection Awareness

As part of its “Our Marvelous Oceans” partnership with Marine Conservation Institute, Holland America Line has created a new program that highlights and educates guests and crew about marine protected areas around the world. Developed with the team at Marine Conservation Institute, the program will educate guests and crew through on-board presentations by shipboard personnel. Topics will cover what a marine protected area is and how to visit one without causing harm to the habitat and wildlife. This information can be enhanced through participation in featured shore excursions.

Clay Maitland

NAMEPA, NOAA Call for Maritime Heritage Coalition

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) joined together for a call to action live webinar broadcasted by Maritime TV last week which focused on the creation of a Consortium for International Maritime Heritage. The webinar was moderated by Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman of NAMEPA and included informative perspectives from Daniel Basta, Director of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (a part of NOAA’s National Ocean Service) and Dr.

Captain Kuba Szymanski

InterManager Welcomes New Protection for Seafarers

InterManager said it welcomes the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organization in Geneva last week, will ensure the provision of financial security systems to assist seafarers in the event of their abandonment and for compensation for seafarers’ contractual claims for death and personal injury. InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, said: “InterManager welcomes this protection for seafarers.

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu (Photo: IMO)

Sekimizu Launches Maritime Day Theme

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “IMO conventions: effective implementation”, expressing the hope that the year would see genuine progress towards effective and global implementation of all IMO conventions. Speaking at a reception to mark the launch of the theme, at the end of the first day of the first session of the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC), Sekimizu said the theme provided an opportunity to shine a spotlight on those IMO treaty instruments which have not yet entered into force…

John McDonald, managing director of OPITO UK

Industry Research into Oil and Gas Skills

The most thorough analysis of the North Sea oil and gas skills landscape ever undertaken will commence next week with nine of the U.K.’s leading energy, business and skills organizations involved. The major study is the first to examine in depth exactly how many people and what skills are needed in order to address the critical shortage in the industry both now and in the future. Senior representatives from more than 1,000 operators, contractors and organizations throughout the…

Shane Guidry, Harvey Gulf’s CEO

Handicapping Harvey Gulf

A look at the finances of one of North America’s most interesting offshore services companies and its formula for success. Harvey Gulf International’s steady movement towards a dominant position among U.S. flagged offshore support and towing operators has arguably been supported by a well constructed financial structure. On that score, it would seem that credit ratings and risk analyst Moody’s would, for the most part, agree. Nevertheless, the company’s ongoing transition from towing to an offshore services provider, though exhibiting great foresight, has not been without financial risk.

UMass Research on Deep-Sea Fish Noise

UMass Amherst Ecologists among the First to Record and Study Deep-sea Fish Noises. University of Massachusetts Amherst fish biologists have published one of the first studies of deep-sea fish sounds in more than 50 years, collected from the sea floor about 2,237 feet (682 meters) below the North Atlantic. With recording technology now more affordable, Rodney Rountree, Francis Juanes and colleagues are exploring the idea that many fish make sounds to communicate with each other, especially those that live in the perpetual dark of the deep ocean.

Coast Guard's NMC Reaches Out on Server Problems

Mariner Credentialing Program List Server Issues. Recently the National Maritime Center (NMC) experienced some technical difficulties with the Mariner Credentialing Programs (MCP) information List Server service. Our recent consolidation and simplification to the lists required changes to control settings, some of which inadvertently left the Mariner Credentialing Program Information list open allowing all list serve members to post. Currently all three List Server categories are back on line having been assured the control setting issue has been resolved and tested.

Dubai Maritime City Authority Spearheads Effort to Establish UAE Bunker Standard

DMCA focuses on key issues covering safety, environmental sustainability and dispute resolution in bunkering industry. Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government entity in-charge of regulating and supervising all aspects of the maritime sector in Dubai, has announced that it is leading a new initiative that seeks to establish a professional bunkering standard in the UAE. DMCA has further revealed that it has gathered key stakeholders in the UAE bunkering industry, including maritime bunker regulatory licensing bodies…

BOEMRE Holds Unannounced Spill Drill

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced today that the bureau has completed the first unannounced spill drill to test the new requirements of sub-sea containment capabilities for deepwater wells. Led by BOEMRE, the table-top drill, which took place last week, was a joint exercise with the U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Louisiana, and Petrobras America, Inc. The preliminary results of the drill were positive; a final evaluation will follow when analysis of all documentation is completed.

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Kongsberg Forms Research Group to Optimize Simulator

Kongsberg Maritime AS, Simulation & Training has made an agreement with the Research Council of Norway to form a user-directed research program called SIMAR - Simulation of Demanding Maritime Operations - which is aimed at improving simulation training by enhancing focus on human factors. The main goal of the research project is to obtain new and improved knowledge of human factors in a learning environment based on simulated complex maritime operations, in order to develop a new generation of research based, maritime simulators for demanding and risky operations, e.g.

Crown Prince Haakon, Norwegian petroleum and energy minister Ola Borten Moe (left) and Statoil CEO Helge Lund at the Peregrino opening. (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen)

Norway's Prince Officially Opens Peregrino

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon officially opened the Statoil-operated Peregrino oil field offshore Brazil today in a ceremony aboard the floating production storage and offloading ship (FPSO). The event was attended by relevant authorities and international journalists. Crown Prince Haakon was accompanied by Norwegian petroleum and energy minister Ola Borten Moe, Statoil CEO Helge Lund, Norwegian ambassador to Brazil Turid Eusebio, and Brazilian mines and energy minister Edison Lobão. The guests were first led on a tour of the FPSO, followed by an official opening ceremony.

Legal Beat: MARPOL Enforcement in the United States

The United States has long been aggressively enforcing compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, as amended (“MARPOL”), which is implemented in the United States by the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (“APPS”). Since the early 1990s, the effort has been directed at all types of registered and domestic tonnage – the full spectrum of waterborne commerce. Those entities and individuals prosecuted for MARPOL violations also span a wide spectrum of owners…

New Ship Noise, Vibration Guidelines from ClassNK

ClassNK released its new Noise and Vibration Guideline for measuring and evaluating the noise and vibration on ships. The new Guideline address the growing demand for new standards for noise and vibration on commercial vessels and provides detailed requirements for measuring and evaluating noise and vibrations in crew accommodations and machinery rooms, as well as establishes new notations for ships that comply with the new requirements. The new guideline is divided into two parts: Part A…