Argentine Navy Loses Contact with...

Argentine Navy Loses Contact with Submarine Off Patagonia November 17, 2017 by Reuters The Argentine military submarine ARA San Juan and...

posted on: Nov 19, 2017

U.S. Navy: Japanese Tug Loses...

U.S. Navy: Japanese Tug Loses Propulsion, Collides with Destroyer November 18, 2017 by Reuters FILE PHOTO: People tour the Arleigh Burke-class...

posted on: Nov 19, 2017

Paradise Papers: Mintoo family named...

Paradise Papers: Mintoo family named His oil company links, Unocal controversies come to fore Sharier Khan and Rashidul Hasan The Paradise...

Paradise Papers: Mintoo family named
posted on: Nov 19, 2017

Singapore Wants to Start Using...

Singapore Wants to Start Using Aerial Drones for Remote Ship Inspections November 17, 2017 Photo: Zheltikov Dmitry / Shutterstock...

posted on: Nov 18, 2017

EMSA Releases Annual Marine Safety Report

posted on: Nov 18, 2017

EMSA Releases Annual Marine Safety Report The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has released its 2017 report on marine casualties, and the accident count is on the rise. During 2016, the agency recorded 3,145 casualties resulting in 106 deaths, 957 injuries and 26 total losses. The review is concentrated on accidents involving foreign and domestic shipping in European waters – especially in the busy English Channel and the North Sea – but it also includes casualty figures from EU-flagged ships all over the globe. The total number of reported incidents last year was up by a third relative to the same period five years ago, and it may be higher due to under-reporting. However, the proportion of very serious casualties has remained relatively static at about three percent, and the number of ships lost has fallen by half relative to 2011. In addition, the number of multiple-vessel incidents (including collisions) remains a relatively small...

Qatar’s Empty LNG Tanks Pose Risk For Asian Gas Prices...

posted on: Nov 16, 2017

Qatar’s Empty LNG Tanks Pose Risk For Asian Gas Prices November 15, 2017 by Reuters LNG TANKER – Sunrise over an LNG gas terminal Photo by Wojciech Wrzesien, Shutterstock LONDON (Reuters) – Gas exporting giant Qatar has all but sold out of winter supply after committing its spare output to China and South Korea, a development that could tighten Asia’s gas markets as the peak demand season bites. http://amzn.to/1STNr5a ” data-medium-file=”http://gcaptain.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/The-Prize-Oil-Book-300×451.jpg” data-large-file=”http://gcaptain.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/The-Prize-Oil-Book-e1472247280259.jpg” class=”size-full wp-image-106504″ src=”http://3kbo302xo3lg2i1rj8450xje.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/The-Prize-Oil-Book-e1472247280259.jpg” alt=”The-Prize-Oil-Book” width=”200″ height=”301″ style=”box-sizing: border-box; border: 0px; max-width: 100%; height: auto;”>Related Book: The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin Doha’s bumper sales will also ring alarm bells for other regions reliant on Qatari liquefied natural gas (LNG) such as Europe and may further boost Asian spot prices, which have already surged 55 percent since September, traders said. Despite widespread forecasts of an LNG glut, China’s shift to gas this year as it moved...

Insurer Ordered to Pay $1 Billion Over 2002 Prestige Oil Spill...

posted on: Nov 16, 2017

Insurer Ordered to Pay $1 Billion Over 2002 Prestige Oil Spill November 16, 2017 The sinking of the Greek tanker released an estimated 63,000 tonnes of foul-smelling black fuel along the Galicia coast and forced the closure of the country’s richest fishing grounds. A Spanish court has ordered a British P&I insurer to pay a whopping $1 billion fine over the 2002 Prestige oil spill. The single-hulled oil tanker Prestige broke in half and sank off the northwestern coast of Spain after being denied a port of refuge after a tank was damaged in a storm. The wreck is estimated to have spilled some 63,000 tonnes of oil, fouling Spain’s Galicia coast and closing some of the country’s richest fisheries. The incident is considered one of Europe’s worst-ever environmental disasters. A Spanish court on Wednesday ordered the London Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual InsuranceAssociation, aka the London Club, which insured the ship, to pay up to...

PHOTOS: Stricken Kea Trader Breaks in Two Off New Caledonia...

posted on: Nov 13, 2017

PHOTOS: Stricken Kea Trader Breaks in Two Off New Caledonia November 13, 2017 by Mike Schuler The 2017-built MV Kea Trader seen broken in two off New Caledonia. Severe weather in the South Pacific has caused the grounded Kea Trader to break in two over the weekend, further complicating an already difficult salvage operation that is now in its fifth month. The Maltese-flagged MV Kea Trader was just a few months old when it ran aground on Durand Reef in New Caledonia on July 12, and it has remained stuck there ever since. Several attempts to refloat the vessel have been unsuccessful. Last month, the owner of the vessel, Lomar Shipping, declared the ship a total loss and said it would have to be scrapped. Although crews were able to remove the the bulk of the fuel and cargo on board, the vessel still contains an unspecified amount of residual oil...

MV Ever Smart Arrives in Los Angeles with Toppled Containers...

posted on: Nov 10, 2017

MV Ever Smart Arrives in Los Angeles with Toppled Containers November 10, 2017 MV Ever Smart alongside in Los Angeles on November 9, 2017. The MV Ever Smart arrived at the port of Los Angeles on Wednesday showing clear evidence of the dozens of containers which were lost from the vessel during its voyage across the Pacific. As gCaptain reported previously, the British-flagged Ever Smart lost 42 containers overboard approximately 700nm east of Japan on October 30, 2017. The UK MAIB has launched an investigation into the incident. The incident occurred as the ship was underway from Taipei, Taiwan to the Port of Los Angeles. Although the MAIB investigation will seek to determine the cause of the accident, on the day the containers were lost, meteorologists were tracking a powerful hurricane force low-pressure system over the northwestern Pacific.   Credit: ...

WATCH: Security Camera Catches Tanker Running Aground on Cape Fear River...

posted on: Nov 10, 2017

WATCH: Security Camera Catches Tanker Running Aground on Cape Fear River November 8, 2017 Check out this security camera footage showing a tanker lose control and run aground on the Cape Fear River in North Carolina on Saturday. The video was posted to Facebook by the news site The State Port Pilot, which reported that the incident was due to a mechanical problem. Following the incident, a reader sent us the photos below and reported that the ship was refloated within a few hours. The ship appears to be the MT Swan Biscay, a Marshall Islands-flagged oil and chemical tanker. Photo: Christian Hollingsworth Photo: Christian Hollingsworth Credit:...

Shell Marks 125 Years in Shipping Business

posted on: Nov 10, 2017

Shell Marks 125 Years in Shipping Business November 9, 2017 The LNG carrier Murex. Photo: Shell The shipping arm of Royal Dutch Shell is celebrating 125 years in business by naming its latest LNG carrier in honor of the company’s first ever oil tanker, the Murex. Shell International Trading and Shipping Co. announced Thursday that the new Murex joined Shell’s managed fleet last week. Murex is one of five new LNG carriers that Shell will welcome by mid-2018 from Teekay LNG Partners, which owns the vessels. The five vessels are powered by M-type, electronically controlled, gas injection engines, aka MEGI engines. MEGI engines are more fuel efficient and produce fewer emissions than other engine types used in LNG shipping. “Welcoming the Murex and her four state-of-the-art sister vessels to our managed fleet is the perfect way to celebrate 125 years of delivering energy around the world. We are extremely...

MAIB: Poor Stevedoring Practices Contributed to Fatal Cargo Collapse on Bulk Carrier...

posted on: Nov 10, 2017

MAIB: Poor Stevedoring Practices Contributed to Fatal Cargo Collapse on Bulk Carrier November 9, 2017 Bulk carrier MV Graig Rotterdam. Photo: MAIB The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has found that poor stevedoring practices probably contributed to a fatal accident in December 2016 when a stack of timber collapsed on board the bulk carrier Graig Rotterdam while in Egypt. The incident occurred on December 18, 2016 as the UK-flagged Graig Rotterdam was discharging a deck cargo of packaged timber at anchor in Alexandria Port, Egypt. According to the MAIB, the bosun, a Chinese national, fell overboard and into a barge that was secured alongside after the stack he was standing on partially collapsed. Although the ship’s crew provided first-aid following the accident, the bosun later died of his injuries. The report shows that the MV Graig Rotterdam loaded a cargo of packaged sawn timber in the Finish ports of Rahja...

JMAAA 12th Gathering seminar and annual  dinner.  December 30, 2017, Saturday – Dhaka, Bangladesh

JMAAA 12th Gathering seminar and annual  dinner. December 30, 2017, Saturday – Dhaka, Bangladesh...

posted on: Nov 8, 2017

  Juldia Marine Academy Alumni Association (JMAAA) 12th Gathering seminar and annual  dinner. December 30, 2017, Saturday – Dhaka, Bangladesh   You are cordially invited to the 12th JMAAA anniversary gathering Venue: Six Season Hotel, Overlooking Gulshan Lake, House #19, Rd No 96, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212. Information hotline: Tel. +880 2 832 2991 or email info@juldians.org RSVP: info@juldians.org or Mobile +880 1711534301 Mr. Sadrullah Mansur (Noor) Captain Quamrul Hossain qhossain7@gmail.com Mobile +880 19 1252 0116   Highlights “Distinguished Mariner of the Year” awardees: Will be announced   Programme Details   December 30, 2107 Saturday 5-7 PM: Seminar Topics under consideration Tea/coffee and snacks will be served. 7-7.30 PM: Mingling 7.30-11 PM: Speech by the Chief guest, award ceremony and dinner   The Dinner will be Buffet with table service for the very seniors only. Menu: 4 Salads, 2 Appetizers, 1 Soup, 13 Main Course, 4 Dessert followed by Tea/Coffee  ...

Collision: Crew Assumed it was Safe to Pass

posted on: Nov 7, 2017

Collision: Crew Assumed it was Safe to Pass The U.K. Marine Accident Investigation Branch has released its report on the collision between the high-speed catamaran Typhoon Clipper and the workboat Alison citing a pivotal assumption made by the crew of the Alison beforehand as a case of “normalizing” risk in a busy seaway. At 1108 on December 5, 2016 the Typhoon Clipper and Alison collided adjacent to Tower Millennium Pier on the River Thames. Alison sank, and her two crewmen were rescued out of the water by Typhoon Clipper’s crew soon after the collision. Both Alison’s crewmen were suffering from cold shock but were released from hospital later the same day. Neither vessel had properly identified the risk of collision. Nether made a sound signal which could have acted as a warning. Alison’s crew had unberthed their vessel from Tower Millennium Pier and headed out into the river without properly...

Port State Control to Move Away from Black, Gray, White Lists...

posted on: Nov 7, 2017

Port State Control to Move Away from Black, Gray, White Lists Port state control regimes globally plan to move away from black, gray and white performance lists. Instead, they will focus on expanding an individual ship risk profile approach.The proposal came with a range of recommendations regarding harmonization and information sharing which were proposed at a recent workshop held at IMO headquarters. The workshop recommended that port state control (PSC) regimes consider developing and maintaining a coordinated list of under-performing ships. The possible development of a common platform for interregional exchange to facilitate informal exchange among PSC regimes, as well as the development of joint working policies, were also recommended. The workshop noted the growing number of PSC regimes implementing targeted inspections mechanisms, as well as incentive schemes, so that ships found in compliance with international standards are subject to fewer inspections, while substandard ships are targeted more. The...

World’s Largest Rig Prepares for Maiden Voyage...

posted on: Nov 7, 2017

World’s Largest Rig Prepares for Maiden Voyage Image courtesy CIMC The Blue Whale 2, the world’s largest MODU, is getting ready to depart on her maiden voyage. The ultradeepwater platform began sea trials in July and successfully completed them in August. Like sister platform Blue Whale 1, it is designed and equipped for the recovery of natural gas hydrates. The giant floater can operate in 11,000 feet of water and drill to an unprecedented depth of 50,000 feet. Chinese state media hailed the Blue Whale 2 as a form of “mobile territory” embodying the “overall industrial strength and development direction of a country.” Its first target will likely be offshore deposits of “flammable ice,” or natural gas hydrates, located in the South China Sea. Gas hydrates are a massive untapped energy resource: The USGS estimates that the crystalline solid makes up a larger fraction of the world’s hydrocabon reserves than all other fossil fuels combined....

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