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UN Envoy to Yemen Says Houdeidah Port Should Be Kept Safe

The United Nations' special envoy to Yemen said on Monday he wanted to prevent any attack on the Houthi-held Red Sea port of Hodeidah and also called for the central bank's independence to be maintained to allow it to pay salaries on both sides of the conflict.   Both aims have been the main conditions

UN Envoy to Yemen Says Houdeidah Port Should Be Kept Safe

The United Nations' special envoy to Yemen said on Monday he wanted to prevent any attack on the Houthi-held Red Sea port of Hodeidah and also called for the central bank's independence to be maintained to allow it to pay salaries on both sides of the conflict.   Both aims have been the main conditions

Vancouver: Maritime’s New Home Address

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Executive Director of the VIMC (Photo: VIMC)

The Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) is on a mission to grow the city and port into one of the world’s premiere maritime centers. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News recently spoke with Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Executive Director of the newly re-established VIMC, for her insights on the pace and direction of the initiative.

Biofouling Keep Out!

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Biofouling was a backburner issue until 5 March 2017. On that day the Government of New Zealand ordered the bulk carrier DL MARIGOLD out of NZ waters after the vessel’s hull was determined to be excessively fouled with potentially invasive organisms including barnacles and tube worms.    The bulker

Port Canaveral to Pilot Cold Storage Program

Port Canaveral said it has been named an official participant in the Southeast U.S. In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This pilot designation for Port Canaveral allows entry of in-transit, cold treated containers

Shipbuilders Council Names McCreary Chairman

From left to right: SCA President Matthew Paxton with Rep. Hunter and newly-elected Chairman, Richard McCreary (Photo: SCA)

 Shipbuilders Council of America  names Richard McCreary as new chairman; honors Sen. Cochran and Rep. Hunter    At its annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, named Richard

Angelle Named Director of BSEE

Former Louisiana state official Scott A. Angelle will head-up the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). As part of the Department of the Interior, BSEE fosters safe and responsible energy production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf through regulatory oversight of oil and gas operations.

Sarawak State Govt Seeks Stake in LNG Train

Malaysia's Sarawak state government said it is negotiating with Petroliam Nasional Berhad to acquire a 10 percent equity stake in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility at Petronas' LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak.   The government is looking to buy a stake in the LNG Train 9 facility, the site's ninth liquefaction unit,

UK Chamber of Shipping Lobbies for SMarT Plus

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 The UK Chamber of Shipping has contacted over 800 parliamentary candidates from around the country, asking them to back its campaign for enhanced support for maritime training.   The proposal, called SMarT Plus, would see a doubling in government support to GBP 30 million a year. In return, many

China Threatened War If Philippines Drills for Oil -Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea.   In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back at domestic

AWO Welcomes CVIDA Inclusion in Coast Guard Authorization Bill

Tom Allegretti (Photo: AWO)

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) said it welcomes the inclusion of the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA) and the recapitalization of the aging fleet of inland waterway tenders as part of the FY 2018 Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, which was approved today by the Senate Committee on Commerce,

Attack on Yemen's Port Would Push Country Nearer Famine -UN

An attack on Yemen's Hodeidah port would push the country closer to famine as humanitarian agencies have no other way to deliver all the food and aid that is needed, a U.N. official said on Thursday.   A Saudi-led military coalition has been preparing an assault on the key Red Sea port, which is the

North Korea's New Ferry Service Makes First Trip to Russia

A new ferry line between isolated North Korea and its neighbour Russia docked for the first time at the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok on Thursday.   The ferry's Russian operators say it is purely a commercial venture, but it coincides with what some academics say is a drive by North Korea's leader,

Swiss Fleet Dwindles as State Guarantees End

A dozen ships from the Swiss high seas fleet are being sold off as the global shipping crisis takes its toll on the quirky remnant of landlocked Switzerland's efforts to ensure supplies of essential goods at times of international unrest.   Worried about the security of food and energy supplies during wartime,

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