Coast Guard News

July 28, 2014
The Sri Lanka Government has identified Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP) as a way to cater to the increasing demand for services in the international shipping industry.   The project consists of two phases, the first being harbour infrastructure works such as construction of breakwaters, dredging for new harbour basin and navigation channel and rerouting […]... [Read More]
July 28, 2014
A crew aboard a United States Coast Guard rescue helicopter medically evacuated a passenger Thursday night from the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy, approximately 40 miles east of Charleston.   Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified via satellite phone call of the situation at approximately 8 p.m. The report stated a […]... [Read More]
July 28, 2014
The Port of Corpus Christi has reported that their statistics for June, 2014 show the continuing upward trend of outbound shipments.   Measured in barrels per day (b/d), crude and condensate is up at 551,934 b/d in June of 2014 compared to 341,824 b/d for June of 2013. June shipments also rose 5% month on month, […]... [Read More]
July 28, 2014
The Coast Guard and Pasadena Fire and Rescue crews responded to an anhydrous ammonia leak on the Houston Ship Channel west of the Beltway 8 bridge on Friday, July 25, temporarily ordering a shelter in place and closing the Beltway 8 bridge, Interstate 610 bridge and the Houston Ship Channel.   Coast Guard watchstanders at […]... [Read More]
July 28, 2014
SOHAR Port and Freezone, a deep-sea port and the adjacent free zone, located in Sohar, Oman, is undergoing a major expansion and has set very ambitious goals on a global scale, all with the goal of attracting major shipping players to the port.   The Port has invested USD 15 billion in building up its infrastructure […]... [Read More]
July 28, 2014
In view of an increasing demand for security of merchant ships and maritime trade, Raytheon Anschütz, a German-based manufacturer of Integrated Bridge Systems, has developed ShipGuard, a shipborne security solution. ShipGuard will be presented for the first time ever at SMM 2014 in Hamburg.   ShipGuard integrates the vessels existing navigation systems such as AIS […]... [Read More]
July 28, 2014
The United States Coast Guard repatriated 97 Cuban migrants that were rescued during a busy week of illegal migration attempts from Cuba.   The repatriation was the result of 10 separate groups attempting to illegally enter the United States aboard rustic vessels in the Florida Straits dating back to July 14, 2014. “Our main concern […]... [Read More]
July 28, 2014
Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, has taken delivery of M/V Peloreus, a 182,000 dwt Capesize built by Japan Marine United (JMU).   The vessel is the first of six similar vessels ordered at JMU, with expected deliveries until the 3rd quarter of 2015. Following […]... [Read More]
July 27, 2014
VIDEO: Float-On and Transport of Costa Concordia Onboard Dockwise Vanguard Following the successful parbuckling of Costa Concordia, and in anticipation of the pending refloat, Dockwise, a wholly-owned subsidiary …Read more Dockwise Vanguard to Transport Costa Concordia Wreck? Dockwise Vanguard may be the solution for the transportation of Costa Concordia wreck to the scrapyard, since the […]... [Read More]
July 27, 2014
After little more than four days of navigation Costa Concordia has entered the Port of Genoa.   In the final stages of the journey the convoy travelled at a speed of about 1 knot per hour. That speed was further reduced to allow the arrival in the port, as expected, during the night between Saturday and Sunday, […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
Extra tonnage seems to be in demand pulling containerships from their idleness and bringing the idle fleet levels to a record low this week.   According to the latest figures from Lloyd’s List Intelligence,  the capacity of the inactive box fleet decreased to 216,396 teu this week, compared with 238,679 teu a week ago. In terms […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
Three people died, with eight still missing, when an overcrowded boat carrying Indonesian migrant workers heading home for the coming Eid-ul Fitr, sank in the Malacca Strait off southern Malaysia, the Malaysian Insider reports.   Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency managed to save ten passengers from the capsized boat off Johor, Malaysia. “An intense sea and air search […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
Chemical tanker operator Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that it has signed agreements to upsize its existing senior loan facility with ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Nordea Bank Finland Plc, and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB.   The total amount available under the facility has been increased by $53 million to $225 million. The proceeds from the expanded […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
ACM Shipping Group (ACM) announced that at a hearing held on Wednseday, the High Court of Justice in England and Wales sanctioned the scheme for a recommended merger pursuant to which Braemar will acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of ACM.   The merger is still dependent on the formality […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
The Supreme People’s Court of China has blacklisted Jiangsu Eastern Heavy Industry (JEHI), a subsidiary of Singapore-listed JES International for failing to settle its debt obligations.   JEHI has yet to pay up RMB15m (USD 2.4m) stemming from 5 separate lawsuits filed between January and April 2014 by various equipment suppliers, Seatrade Global reports. The Supreme Court has put JEHI on […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
In November 2013, Damen’s Shiprepair & Conversion facility in Rotterdam began work on a major refit of the Stanislav Yudin, a 24,800 tonne heavy crane vessel owned and operated by Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL).   During just four and half months Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR) completed a complex refurbishment that included a complete upgrade of […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
A Singaporean owner has placed an order for two 34,500 dwt chemical tankers with Chinese shipbuilder Taizhou Sanfu Shipbuilding, the builder announced.   The ships will feature a length of about 180m, breadth of 30 m and a design draft of 9.20 m. Further details on the order have not been revealed. The order intake […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
The South Korean state forensic agency has reported that it was impossible to determine the cause of death of Yoo Byung-eun, the fugitive shipping tycoon allegedly responsible for April’s Sewol ferry disaster, due to the state of progressed decomposition of the body, according to Yonhap.   The body of the 73-year-old billionaire, owner of Chonghaejin Marine Co., operator […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. reported that yields for the second quarter were up double digits in Europe and China offsetting the Caribbean’s softness.   As explained by the company, “this was at the high end of the company’s guidance driven by strong close-in booking trends for European and China sailings despite continued softness in the […]... [Read More]
July 25, 2014
The U. S. Coast Guard has awarded a USD 255 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La. for the production of six more Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs).   This option award brings the total number of FRCs under contract with Bollinger to 30, with a current contract value of USD 1.4 billion. The FRCs […]... [Read More]

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