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REGULATORY REVIEW: Subchapter M

Image Credit: (Captain) Pat Folan

One Year In: Industry SME (Captain) Pat Folan weighs in from the front lines.It has been an interesting year for towing industry. As the new Subchapter M towboat rule rolled out, it didn’t take long to discover that the regulation wasn’t perfect. As stakeholders look ahead to what comes next, it is

Fuel Market Calm ahead of IMO Changeover

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Fears about a shortage of diesel and other middle distillates stemming from new marine pollution regulations have receded, with distillate premiums falling to some of the lowest levels for two years.From the start of 2020, ocean-going ships will be required to use low-sulphur fuels or employ exhaust gas cleaning systems,

DOMESTIC DREDGING: U.S. Ports Require a Diverse Fleet

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The reasons for that are many and these realities cater to regulatory, commercial and regional needs.The U.S. dredging market is complex and relies on the diverse fleet of private dredging companies to get the job done. In addition to design and technical capabilities, environmental restrictions and

U.S. Assures Banks on COSCO Shipping Sanction Rules

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The Trump administration assured U.S. banks on Wednesday that they can temporarily process U.S. dollar transactions on Chinese shipping companies it had previously sanctioned for allegedly transporting oil from Iran, in a move meant to blunt the impact of the sanctions on global shipping markets.The

Four Dead, 16 Missing after Failed Med Crossing

Four migrants have died and up to 16 more are missing after trying to cross into Europe from North Africa on a small raft, Spain's coastguard said on Wednesday.Rescuers saved 58 people from the raft, which was found drifting around 37 miles off the coast of Morocco on Tuesday night. Three bodies were

US: Qatar, Kuwait to Join Naval Coalition

File image: A U.S. Navy asset on patrol (CREDIT: US Navy)

Qatar and Kuwait have told the United States that they will join a U.S.-led naval coalition in the Gulf which was established in response to a series of attacks on oil tankers, a U.S. military official said on Monday."Qatar and Kuwait have already told us they are going to join, so it is just a matter of time," U.

IMO 2020, China Output Pummels Asian Refinery Margins

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Profits at Asian refineries are being buffeted by a combination of factors, chief among them uncertainty over how exactly new shipping fuel standards will play out and the rise of China as a product exporter.Refinery margins in Asia have been knocked to the lowest since the financial crisis in 2008 by some measures,

Romania Tries to Free Trapped Sheep on Capsized Ship

Port authorities tried to right a capsized ship on Monday to rescue thousands of sheep trapped below deck in the Black Sea off Romania.The Palau-registered Queen Hind flipped onto its side shortly after leaving Romania's Midia port en route to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Its crew, most of them Syrians, were rescued.

Netherlands to Join French-led Strait of Hormuz Naval Mission

The Netherlands will contribute a ship to a French-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz for a six-month period starting in January, Dutch news agency ANP said on Monday, citing government sources.On Saturday, the Dutch parliament said the initiative could start early next year and around 10 European and non-European governments would join,

Timor-Leste Taps Damen for RoPax Delivery

Damen DRPa6716-artist impressions
(Photo: Damen Shipyards Group)

The Republic of Timor-Leste and Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract for a new RoPax Ferry 6716.The vessel will operate a route between the Timor-Leste capital Dili, the Oecusse enclave and the island of Ataúro, providing regular transportation of passengers, vehicles and goods on the north coast of the island.

Ferry Faults: USCG Suspends Ops on 23 NY Ferries

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer John Bafia inspects a New York Waterway vessel with the help of a crew member November 23, 2019. The Coast Guard inspected all of New York Waterway's operational ferries in less than two weeks. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hightowe; Courtesy photo by U.S. Coast Guard)

The U.S. Coast Guard ordered 23 New York Waterway ferries to suspend service over the last week after a series of inspections found the vessels to be operationally unfit. Coast Guard Sector New York marine inspectors determined the 23 ferries had damage or discrepancies significant enough to warrant a suspension of service.

$20m Infrastructure Investment in Jacksonville

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U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration Administrator, Admiral Mark Buzby formally presented a check for $20 million to Jacksonville for the International Cargo Terminal Modernization Project. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Trump Administration

Navy Contract: $158m to Cianbro

Cianbro Corp., Pittsfield, Maine, is awarded a $157,949,610 firm-fixed-price contract for construction of a super flood basin and extending portal crane rails for Dry Dock #1 located at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS).  Work will be performed in Kittery, Maine, and is expected to be completed by March 2022.

Navy Contract: $136m to HII

USS Columbus (SSN-762) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Liam Kennedy)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a $136 million cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded contract N00024-15-C-4301 to continue performance of the repair, maintenance, upgrades and modernization efforts on the Los Angeles-class attack submarine

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