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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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.

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.

Rates war back in the picture on Asia-Europe

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on September 4, 2012

“A general rate increase in November? Skou must have lost his mind,” was the retort of Hong Kong Shippers Council executive director Sunny Ho to news that the Maersk boss planned to hike box rates from November 1. It was an understandable reaction from the feisty Ho…

On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency

Posted to On-Line exams for Certificates of Competency (by Joseph Fonseca) on August 15, 2011

As the clamor for holding examinations for certificates of competency (COC) on-line took on a strident pitch, head honchos and leading lights of the maritime trade especially from manning agents, training institutes, ship owners, classification…

Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved

Posted to Proposed Indian Ports Bill could get shelved (by Joseph Fonseca) on July 6, 2011

The Government of India proposal to come out with the Indian Ports Bill for replacing the extant Indian Port Act, 1908 and the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 in order to meet the current operational and developmental requirements of the Indian Ports sector.

NMSAC Makes Recommendations on Seafarer Shore Access

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on May 20, 2011

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) met by teleconference this morning (May 20th) to finalize a Resolution on Seafarer Shore Access. The Resolution was adopted unanimously, after two amendments. One of the maritime transportation…

On Environmental Offices

Posted to We Love Your Ship (by Joseph Wrinn) on June 15, 2010

We create efficient designs, why don’t we work in environmentally friendly offices? As engineers, we always look for ways to improve on our designs. The first improvement in design usually occurs when we can design a more efficient solution to the given problem.

Right whales

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on February 17, 2012

There are three species of right whales (four if you include the bowhead whale). These are the North Atlantic right whale, the North Pacific right whale, and the Southern right whale. They acquired the name “right” from whalers, because these whales are commonly found near land and because…

Delta Mariner

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on January 31, 2012

The M/V Delta Mariner was recently involved in a bridge allision on the Tennessee River near Cadiz, Kentucky. There were no reports of injury or pollution. The incident is under investigation and it is premature to speculate as to the cause.

Asia-Europe will decide the shape of shipping in 2012

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on December 22, 2011

When Daily Maersk was announced a couple of months ago, the industry held its breath to see what the other carriers would do about it. What Maersk was offering were guaranteed transit times between certain Asian and European destinations with the payment of penalties for late delivery.