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Monday, 16 July 2018
US fines company for discharging oily waste
 
A Singaporean shipping company was ordered to pay $1 million and serve a two-year term of probation for not maintaining an accurate oil record book. The court accused the company for breaching the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and for false statements concerning the illegal dumping of oil contaminated bilge water at sea.
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Monday, 16 July 2018
USCG steps up measures against illegal passenger vessel operators
 
USCG announced that it is starting operations to stop boats illegally taking passengers for hire in Northern Minnesota and Western Lake Superior waters. 50% of stopped vessels, during a similar operation last summer in the vicinity of Chicago, were operating illegally on Lake Michigan.
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Monday, 16 July 2018
Cargo ship sinks off Shanghai, 10 missing
 
The freighter Shunqiang 2, which at the time of the incident was carrying 3,000 tonnes of rolled steel, collided with another vessel and sank in the Wusongkou anchorage near Shanghai, causing 13 people to fall overboard. Only three of them have been rescued. Search and rescue efforts are currently taking place.
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Monday, 16 July 2018
Port of Antwerp achieves record Q2
 
The port of Antwerp had an excellent second quarter with May as the best month ever. During the first six months of the year the port handled 118,648,143 tonnes of freight, an increase of 6.5% compared with the same period last year. The main driver continues to be container freight which grew 8.2% compared with the first six months of 2017.
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Monday, 16 July 2018
USCG: Public hearing underway for Bouchard Tank Barge explosion
 
In accordance with a formal announcement in May, a public hearing is now underway at the USCG Sector Houston-Galveston, to consider evidence related to an incident that occurred aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge back in October, with explosion, fire and two fatalities and oil discharge into the water.
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Monday, 16 July 2018
“What is our risk appetite?”
 
Nikos Kefalas, HSSE/QA Manager at LNG Shipmanagement provides his thoughts in risk assessment processes. Mr. Kefalas tries to identify how much risk a company can tolerate, saying that this process is complicated and dynamic, as different operation parameters, have to be taken into account.
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Monday, 16 July 2018
Two missing after boat collides with oyster barge in Virginia
 
Two people are unaccounted for, after a recreational boat, carrying six people onboard, collided with an oyster barge being pushed by a tug near the James River Bridge, Virginia, on Saturday morning, according to the US Coast Guard. Four people were rescued by Good Samaritan vessels. 
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Sunday, 15 July 2018
Improper maintenance causes failure to UPS
 
A fire alarm was sounded after smoke was discovered coming from a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) room supplying power to remote valves. As IMCA informed, the planned maintenance procedures for UPS had not been followed, which is a key fact to the incident.
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Friday, 13 July 2018
Wärtsilä signs a EUR 170 million scrubber deal
 
Wärtsilä Corporation, 13 July 2018 at 11.00 a.m. EEST – The year 2020 is approaching along with the Sulphur cap regulation of 0.5%, putting pressure on maritime agents to decrease emissions – and to utilise new innovations for environmentally sound vessels and services in the marine industry. A major European container shipping company has ordered […]...
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Friday, 13 July 2018
Volatility knocks again…CAUTION!
 
The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) ended earlier on today at 1,632 points, 42 higher than yesterday “thanks” to the volatile as ever Capes. Geopolitics remain more than perplexed… John Faraclas’ daily brief: The Capes’ BCI surpassed once …again the 3,000 point threshold – actually now reading 3,041… That’s 248 plus since yesterday when it gained […]...
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