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Military Relief Effort for Hurricane Florence Winds Down

By MarEx 2018-09-21 13:55:43

The U.S. Department of Defense is winding down its response effort for Hurricane Florence and returning some personnel to their home stations, allowing them to resume their normal missions. Many of the servicemembers who are now standing down from the hurricane relief operations live in communities affected by the storm, DoD says, and they will be able to return to help with recovery and clean-up locally. The military's role in the response included contributions from the National Guard, the Coast Guard,...

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Photos: Coast Guard Intercepts Smugglers off Puerto Rico

By MarEx 2018-09-21 10:56:33

On Thursday, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Joseph Tezanos turned over three suspected smugglers and about $3.5 million in cocaine to the Drug Enforcement Administration in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The mission started Saturday night when an HC-144 patrol aircraft spotted a go-fast vessel moving towards Puerto Rico without any lights on. The Tezanos diverted to intercept the boat and deployed its small boat to chase down the craft. During the chase, the HC-144 aircrew saw the...

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Signet Maritime's CEO Receives USCG Meritorious Service Award

By MarEx 2018-09-20 17:08:44

Mr. J. Barry Snyder, President & CEO of Signet Maritime Corporation was presented the United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award by Rear Admiral Paul F. Thomas, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, for his outstanding contributions to the Port of Corpus Christi, Ingleside and the United States Coast Guard from July 2017 to January 2018. Signet supported the Coast Guard on three separate occasions during this time, demonstrating their proactive engagement and cooperative spirit. During and after Hurricane Harvey,...

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Kongsberg to Deliver LNG Simulator Package for GasLog

By MarEx 2018-09-20 17:06:03

Kongsberg Digital (KDI) and GasLog have agreed on the terms of a contract through which KDI will deliver a comprehensive LNG simulator package designed to enable new levels of safety and operational training for GasLog’s professional crews. GasLog, an international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers, operates 27 LNG vessels through its subsidiary, GasLog LNG Services and seven ships currently on order. The KDI contract represents a major commitment and investment on GasLog’s part to provide a flawlessly accurate...

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Saudi Arabia May Invest Billions in Pakistani Port of Gwadar

By MarEx 2018-09-20 16:51:12

Pakistani officials confirmed Thursday that Saudi Arabia will make heavy investments in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a central pillar of China's international Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of infrastructure projects.   “Saudi Arabia is the first country that we have invited to become a third partner in CPEC," said Pakistani minister of information Fawad Chaudhry at a press conference in Islamabad. "Saudi Arabia is expected to bring massive direct investments to the project." Pakistani media pegged the value...

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InfoSHIP - Electronic LogBooks Software Approved by Major Flags

By MarEx 2018-09-20 16:29:52

The shipping industry is rapidly changing: the IMO’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) has developed the draft guidelines for the use of electronic MARPOL record books, and it is anticipated that these guidelines will be adopted by IMO in 2019, a confirmation of how important it is to gain and share experience in the use of electronic record books (ELBs). The maritime administrations of Panama, Marshall Islands, Cyprus and the Isle of Man have already recognized the use of InfoSHIP...

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Cruise Fleet Converges on Cádiz for One-Day Meetup

By MarEx 2018-09-20 15:42:38

Last week, all four of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' vessels converged on the port of Cádiz, Spain for a one-day meeting. Chairman Fred. Olsen Jr., managing director Mike Rodwell, all eight Fred. Olsen cruise ship captains, and many local dignitaries attended a full day of celebratory events. Guests also had the rare opportunity to tour all four vessels.  The program included a "Siege of Cádiz" treasure hunt, performances from live bands, an inter-ship tug-of-war competition, and...

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Cruise Ship Blown Off Dock at Greenock Cruise Port

By MarEx 2018-09-20 15:08:13

High winds brought by Storm Ali tore the cruise ship Nautica away from her berth at Greenock, Scotland on Wednesday, driving her out into the harbor. The vessel had 478 passengers and 26 crew on board.  "This afternoon, while alongside at the port of Greenock, Nautica encountered extremely strong winds which resulted in the parting of mooring lines and the vessel being detached from the dock. All guests and crew safe and no injuries," said operator Oceania Cruises in a...

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Longshoreman Killed During Cargo Ops at New Jersey Port

By MarEx 2018-09-20 13:49:50

An industrial accident led to the death of a longshoreman at the Port of Paulsboro, New Jersey on Sunday morning.  According to the New Jersey State Troopers, longshoreman Basim Gilliard, 26, was killed when two steel planks fell off a forklift and struck him. He was working to unload cargo from the bulker Virtuous Striker at the time of the accident.  "Our sincerest prayers and condolences go out to the Family of 2010 graduate Basim Gilliard who tragically died from a work...

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GPA Announces Big Plans to Expand Savannah Terminal

By MarEx 2018-09-20 12:59:35

On Thursday, at his annual State of the Port address, Georgia Ports Authority director Griff Lynch described a $2.5 billion plan to expand the capacity of the fast-growing Garden City Terminal by nearly 50 percent by 2028.  The Port of Savannah's main container terminal is already the largest single facility of its kind in the United States, and it is the nation's fastest growing as well: it posted an 8.4 percent increase in TEU handled last year. Under the...

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