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Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Looks for New Investor as Sanctions Bite

Arctech Helsinki shipyard (Photo: Eric Haun)

Russian state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is looking for a new owner for its Arctech Helsinki shipyard as sanctions against the holding company hamper business, the head of the shipyard said on Tuesday.   The shipyard is the world’s biggest builder of vessels that can navigate ice-covered waters,

Advanfort Issues Statement on Release of 'Seaman Guard Ohio' Crew

AdvanFort: the firm is delighted that an Indian appeals court has acquitted and released the 35 crew members and security personnel who were aboard the MV Seaman Guard Ohio when it was illegally detained on October 12, 2013.    The Indian Government’s unlawful seizure of the Seaman Guard Ohio and

Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting

File Image: The El Faro 'black box' VDR (Credit: NTSB)

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro.   The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin.

Christophe de Margerie Moves 1st Yamal LNG Cargo

Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 On 8 December 2017, the icebreaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie completed her first loading at the Port of Sabetta, on the Yamal Peninsular, with her first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced at the Yamal LNG plant.   The ceremony was attended by: the Russian President Vladimir Putin,

Denmark Calls for Regulation for Autonomous Ships

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 ​Maritime regulation should be made more flexible if it is to support the development of autonomous ships. A new report published by The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) identifies where changes in maritime regulation are needed.  The report will be used as a platform for the future effort of The Danish

Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

Photo: Archivo Gaceta Marinera

Argentina and other South American countries are likely to maintain or increase their submarine programs despite the scrutiny that has followed the fatal loss of an Argentine sub in South Atlantic waters last month, defense specialists said.   The disappearance of the ARA San Juan with 44 crew members

Putin to Saudi Energy Minister: Buy Our Gas, Save Your Oil

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih to buy Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) in order to spare Saudi Arabia's oil, the Interfax news agency reported citing him as saying on Friday. "Buy our gas and you'll save oil," Putin told Falih after having given

DMA Call for Various Certificates

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Time has come to apply for renewal of CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates from the Danish Maritime Authority(DMA). The certificates must be renewed once a year when the underlying insurance expires.   Ships that are required to hold a certificate must not operate without valid certificates.

European Council Agrees to Implement ECSA-ETF Agreement

Photo: European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)

 European shipowners and European transport workers speak together to warmly welcome today’s adoption of a Council Directive improving seafarers’ working conditions.    This change will implement an agreement between the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF),

Indian Ports Cargo Traffic Up 3.46%

Images:  Press Information Bureau

 Major ports in India have recorded a growth of 3.46% and together handled 439.66 Million Tonnes of cargo during the period April to November, 2017 as against 424.96 Million Tonnes handled during the corresponding period of previous year.   For the period from April- November 2017, nine Ports (Kolkata (including Haldia),

Queen Elizabeth Welcomes UK’s New Aircraft Carrier

Her Majesty The Queen at the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Royal Navy)

 The U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was commissioned into the Royal Navy fleet this morning by Her Majesty The Queen.   Serving as the ship's Lady Sponsor, The Queen addressed guests before the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, and read the commissioning warrant at a ceremony in Portsmouth Naval Base.

Russia is Developing Subsea Production Systems

Kirinskoye field subsea production facility (Image: Gazprom)

The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade is working with Gazprom and several Russian research institutions to develop domestic subsea production systems for prototype production in 2019 and testing in 2020.   The initiative is underway as the country aims to reduce its dependence on imports in its oil and gas industry,

Interview: Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, US Maritime Administrator

Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration

Insights: Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, USN (Ret), Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration   Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in as Maritime Administrator on August 8, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Buzby served as president of the National Defense Transportation Association,

MERC to Cease BWMS Type Approval Testing

File Image: MERC's mobile, barge mounted BWMS Testing Platform (MERC)

Maritime Environmental Resource Center will no longer conduct Type Approval Certification testing of ballast water management systems.   The Maritime Environment Resource Center (MERC) was established in 2008 by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to facilitate the

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