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Lobster Boat Skipper Sentenced for Manslaughter

United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Christopher A. Hutchinson, 30, of Cushing, Maine was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for Seaman’s Manslaughter for causing the death of two crewmen who were then 26 and 15 years old.

NYK Tugboat Subsidiaries Merge

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Japanese shipping and logistics giant Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) announced that two of its subsidiaries that provide harbor tugboat and other related services, will merge on July 1, 2019.Yokohama, Kanagawa-based Wing Maritime Service Corporation will merge with compatriot Kaiyo Kogyo Corporation to form an unnamed entity,

USCG Closes Portion of Missouri River

The Coast Guard issued a waterway closure to all vessel traffic on the Missouri River from mile marker 450 near St. Joseph, Missouri, to mile marker 550 approximately 50 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska, due to high water levels and dangerous currents, Friday.The Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers

OPIS, GLX Roll-out LNG Trading Indices

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IHS Markit has announced that its energy price-reporting arm, Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), has signed a strategic agreement for an end-to-end LNG trading solution with GLX, an online platform to transact physical LNG cargoes.OPIS, an internationally-referenced price reporting agency serving the oil,

Teekay Changes Board of Directors

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The marine energy transportation company Teekay Corporation and its associate company Teekay Tankers have announced changes to its Board of Directors.Teekay Corporation said that C. Sean Day, Chairman Emeritus and Director, Tore Sandvold, Director, and Peter S. Janson, Director, are retiring from the

McQuilling ends tanker contracts with PDVSA

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A second maritime firm has told Venezuela's state-run oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela it would end all charter contracts with the company as a result of U.S. sanctions, according to an internal document and a person familiar with the matter.U.S.-based McQuilling Partners Inc, which provided PDVSA with four contract tankers,

Kirby Closes Cenac Fleet Acquisition

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Kirby Corporation announced the completion of the acquisition of the marine transportation fleet of Cenac Marine Services, LLC, an operator of tank barges and towboats participating in the inland tank barge transportation industry in the United States. The total value of the transaction was approximately

Sub M is here, now what?

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Captain Pat Folan outlines the way forward, especially for the smaller towboat firms. It’s not rocket science, but it does involve common sense. July 20, 2018 came and went, and we are all still here – mostly. The reality of Sub M has begun to sink in and for some it signals the end of a business and career.

Saga Completes Merger

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Norway-based Saga Tankers ASA has completed its reorganization.It's 100% owned subsidiaries Strata Marine & Offshore AS, Saga Julie AS, Saga Unity AS and Saga Chelsea AS have completed the merger with Saga Tankers ASA, the company announced. As a result, all assets has been transferred to Saga Tankers ASA.

ABS Assigned RO Status by Canada

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ABS announced it was assigned Recognized Organization (RO) status by the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND). ABS is now authorized to survey non-combatant vessels and undertake certification activities in key hazard areas identified by the Naval Ship Code.“ABS was selected as the

DAPI 101: Outreach and Enforcement

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Even as the minimum Random Drug Testing Rate is raised to 50 PCT, the Coast Guard wants its mission to consist of 90% outreach and just 10% enforcement. Really.The domestic waterfront got some less-than-happy news when the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the calendar year 2019 minimum random drug testing

France Battles Slick from Capsized Boxship

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French authorities battled on Thursday to contain an oil slick after the Italian Grande America ship capsized in the Atlantic this week.The Grimaldi Lines container ship capsized and sank on Tuesday, after catching fire while sailing from Hamburg to Casablanca. Britain's Royal Navy frigate Argyll rescued all 27 crew members from the water.

BSM: PDVSA Tanker Management Likely Ending

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Maritime contractor Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is considering to stop managing Venezuelan state-oil company PDVSA's tankers by the end of this month or in April following U.S. sanctions against the country, BSM said on Thursday.It also said in a statement that recent political developments

Blood: thicker than water?

Heidi Payne and Isabella Clark cheerfully manage P&L with their sister-in-law, Cathy Sedano.

The late Capt. Beau Payne’s two ex-wives, Isabella and Heidi, unite to run P&L Towing to preserve their family legacy.Behind every good man is a good woman. Or two? In the case of the late Capt. Beau Payne, founder of P&L Towing and Transportation in Miami, Fla., there were three: his two ex-wives, Isabella Clark and Heidi Payne,

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