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National Freight Advisory Committee Unveiled

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on June 5, 2013

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last month announced the members of the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC). The newly announced Advisory Committee will be comprised of 47 voting members from outside the Department of Transportation.

SCI takes delivery of another bulk carrier

Posted to SCI takes delivery of another bulk carrier (by Joseph Fonseca) on May 22, 2013

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI) acquisition spree of new buildings continues. Just two days ago on 20 May 2013, it accepted delivery of a Kamsarmax bulk carrier, M. V. “Vishva Chetna”. This is the second vessel of the four Kamsarmax…

The U.S. Department of Transportation

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on May 8, 2013

Fully 6 months after winning a second term in office, President Obama has (finally) nominated a candidate for U.S. Secretary of Transportation to replace outgoing DOT Chief Ray LaHood. On April 29th, Anthony Foxx, the Mayor of Charlotte, N.C., was tapped for the role.

Picton Castle

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on May 3, 2013

The barque Picton Castle is a commercial sail training vessel homeported in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and registered in the Cook Islands. It was built in Swansea, Wales in 1928 as a motorized fishing trawler and named for the local Welsh castle.

INA Seminar focuses on Sonar dome & Energy efficient ships

Posted to INA Seminar focuses on Sonar dome & Energy efficient ships (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 24, 2013

For the naval architects, the quarterly seminar organized by the Institute of Naval Architects (INA) is an opportunity for advancement - learn more about the latest techniques employed in allied fields, like garnering information on innovative…

Barnacle

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 23, 2013

The lowly barnacle has intrigued and been detested by mariners from time immemorial. It is a small arthropod with a complex life cycle. Once the fertilized egg is released into the water by the female, it hatches into a nauplius – a one-eyed larva consisting of a head and a tail fan for locomotion.

European discovery of Florida

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 2, 2013

On 2 April 1513 (500 years ago, for those who have lost count), a fleet of three Spanish ships commanded by Juan Ponce de León sighted land west of the Bahamas. He believed it to be another island and named it La Florida (the Flowery Isles) in recognition of its verdant landscape.

Hutch a step closer to taking over HK port

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on March 13, 2013

With 16 of 24 Kwai Tsing container terminal berths, the world’s biggest port operator has just Modern Terminals and one berth at CT3 to go before it can convert the entire Kwai Tsing container port into prime waterfront real estate when the sun inevitably sets on the Hong Kong box shipping business.

AEGIS’ first Liquid Terminal at Pipavav Port

Posted to AEGIS’ first Liquid Terminal at Pipavav Port (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 18, 2013

Aegis Group, leader in oil, gas and chemical logistics embarked last week on its major expansion project at Pipavav Port, Gujarat in Western India. It is setting up a bulk liquid and gas storage terminal for enhancing capacity by another 120,000 KL of bulk liquid and 2700 MT of gas.

Belt and suspenders

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 1, 2013

Following the grounding of the conical drill unit (CDU) Kulluk on Sitkalidak Island, a number of environmental advocates have called for a ban on oil and gas drilling in Arctic waters. The argument is that such offshore drilling in a harsh environment…

Market expectations from DNV and GL merger

Posted to Market expectations from DNV and GL merger (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 23, 2013

The recent announcement of the merger of the two classification societies Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and Det Norske Veritas (DNV) seems to have caused an unsettling effect on shipping companies, classification societiesand others related organizations.

dynamic responses determine stability at sea

Posted to for those in motion on the ocean (by Peter Ebbutt) on December 19, 2012

Stabilicube…tracks changes in stability as waves sweep thru, winds gust, liquids transfer via open cross connects, tanks slosh, cargo shifts, water is still trapped on deck, towline angles and tensions change. Stabilicube takes the guess work out of operations at sea.

US West Coast ports are way behind their foreign counterparts

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 30, 2012

Union shenanigans at Los Angeles/Long Beach serve up yet another depressing tale of the growing gap in efficiency and dedication between US and foreign ports. Having just toured the Port of Singapore, I can vouch for this firsthand. The best…

Hong Kong port’s days are numbered

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on November 28, 2012

Way back in the mists of 2004, the government of Hong Kong released its Port Masterplan: 2020. The plan, compiled by consultants GHK, took a comprehensive look at the port and its needs over the next couple of decades. Naturally the government watered down the first draft…

Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels

Posted to Essar Shipping inducts two mini cape vessels (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 19, 2012

Essar Shipping Limited (ESL) today reported having taken delivery of two mini cape bulk carriers, m v Kishore and m v Ashok. These new builds are the last two mini cape vessels out of six that have been on order with STX (Dalian) Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., China.

Having grossed 200 MT ClassNK focuses on the Indian sub-continent

Posted to Having grossed 200 MT ClassNK focuses on the Indian sub-continent (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 7, 2012

Not wanting to rest on his laurels after ClassNK having outstripped the 200 million gross tons figure by the end of August 2012, Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of the society has already embarked on a staunch strategy. “We want to seize…

China looks inwards as export demand remains weak

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on October 25, 2012

China became known as the world’s factory by offering manufacturing costs that could not be matched by the developed nations. Its wages paid to uneducated rural migrant labour were a fraction of the mostly unionized pay required in the West, and land for factories was plentiful and cheap.

Pre-Purchase Condition survey

Posted to Pre-Purchase Condition survey (by 1. MARINE SURVEY AND CARGO INSPECTION COMPANY IN VIETNAM) on October 2, 2012

For over 20 years AIM Control has been providing "Professional Marine Services" to Vietnam, International area boaters. Email: aimcontrol@hotmail.com, inspection@aimcontrolgroup.com, cell-phone: +84903615612. A pre-purchase survey is a thorough…

Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown

Posted to Marine Engineers’ Convention on overcoming economic meltdown (by Joseph Fonseca) on September 24, 2012

It is incredible that the two-day 26th National Convention of Marine Engineers finally took place in Mumbai, (Navi Mumbai to be exact) over the past weekend on 22 and 23 September 2012. It is in fact the first time in several years that Mumbai was selected as the venue of this convention.

USS Somers

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on September 18, 2012

The brig USS Somers, launched in April 1842, was the second vessel of the United States Navy to bear that name. Like its predecessor, it was named in honor of Lieutenant Richard Somers (1778-1804) who died with his crew when the bomb ketch Intrepid…