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Warning: Holiday Lights on Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding mariners, particularly during the holiday season, to not activate display lights that obscure the required navigational lights, unless operating in a holiday boat parade or when the vessel is secured dockside. Alert 09-09 (12/18/09). (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)


Tanker Trends: Markets Lose Steam During Asian Holidays

Tanker markets cooled as Asian holidays took the steam out of recent strength, but some brokers saw it starting to simmer again last week. Holidays in Japan and Korea this week coincided with the end of most charterers' May programs, brokers said May 5. Approximately 18 VLCC fixtures of five million tons were reported in the Middle East Gulf, down from 22 of six million tons the week before, according to broker E.A. Gibsons


Carnival Reports Financial Impact of Katrina

Carnival Corporation announced that the severe weather caused by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent port closures resulted in the cancellation of one voyage and the shortening of two voyages, as well as other voyage disruptions and related costs, for the company's Carnival Cruise Lines brand. In addition, Carnival Cruise Lines has two vessels, the Carnival Conquest and Sensation, which homeported out of New Orleans. Given the tremendous damage to New Orleans


Coast Guard Halts Carnival’s Holiday for Investigation

Coast Guard investigators, a law enforcement boarding team, and the Coast Guard Investigative Service are investigating the cruise ship, Holiday, after three separate breaches of security occurred Monday during the passenger embarkation process. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, Capt. Ron Branch, has ordered the Holiday to remain at the Julia Street Terminal until all passengers and luggage are screened again.


Far East Holidays Cripple Shipbrokers' Forecasts

The panamax market is clouded by the prospect of Far Eastern holidays in less than two weeks, shipbrokers said on Wednesday. Brokers are unwilling to give forecasts beyond April 29 - the start of Golden Week. "We made it through Easter unscathed, but Golden Week is a different matter. Every year we're shocked at the slack trade, it's like we forget how important the Far Eastern market is," a broker said. Inquiry for Pacific basin panamaxes remained slow with modern tonnage hoping for $11


Good Friday Container Gate Operations at Charleston

Truck gates at Charleston's container terminals will be open on Friday, April 18th, 2014 with modified holiday work hours.   The interchange lanes and yard will be open from 0800 to 1200 and from 1300 to 1700. Empties, Dry Loads, and Chassis must be    Interchanged in by 1630. If the Ocean Carriers are providing Reefer Service, the Reefers must be Interchanged in by 1600.   In addition, drivers and dispatchers are encouraged to schedule and spread out work to avoid


Offshore Workers Earn More Paid Vacation

North Sea workers have won an extra 14 days of paid holiday in a tribunal held in Aberdeen, according to a report on www.EnergyCurrent.com. The Offshore Industry Liaison Committee (OILC) and Unite sited the European Union working time directive in the bid to get more vacation for 10,000 offshore workers, including those in subsea, drilling and catering. In a 150-page ruling, the current 26 week field break was deemed compensatory rest for time workers could not take while offshore. (Source: www


Seaway Workers Ratify Contract

The agreement provides for annual wage increases of 3%, 3% and 3.25% over the three-year span of the contract, one additional paid holiday in February, and increases to shift and skilled trade allowances. The contract includes the necessary flexibility for the Corporation to move ahead with the development of new technology, which is expected to improve the system’s productivity and increase worker safety.


Korean Stocks Fall, Shipbuilders Lead the Way Down

According to a Reuters report, Seoul shares edged down the day after Christmas as holiday celebrations from a string of positive U.S. data were cut short by lingering doubts on the sustainability of a recovery amidst the unresolved debt crisis in Europe. Losses were led by shipbuilders, seen as most sensitive to economic downswings, with Hyundai Heavy Industries losing 2.36 percent while Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering dipped 3.88 percent


Indonesia Ports Unaffected by Election

Indonesia's General Election will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9, and the day will effectively be a public holiday for most government institutions and subcontractors. Terminals and port activities, however, will not be affected and will be working as normal. GAC Indonesia staff will also be working as normal.   gac.com


Obama Offers US Aid to S.Korea Following Ferry Accident

Photo courtesy South Korea Coast Guard

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the South Korean ferry sinking and said the U.S. military will provide the country with any help it needs to perform rescue operations. Rescuers are battling strong waves and murky waters as they


Vice-Principal Of S.Korea School In Ferry Disaster Commits Suicide

The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive.   The Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew


Captain of capsized S Korean Ferry Arrested

Arrest of S. Korean ferry Captain

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news agency said. Yonhap said Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, faced five charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.


Bodies found trapped in S Korean ferry

search for bodies in sunken South Korean ferry

Divers searching for survivors of a capsized South Korean ferry saw three bodies floating through a window of a passenger cabin on Saturday but were unable to retrieve them, the coastguard said, hours after the ship's captain was arrested. The ferry, carrying 476 passengers


Report: U.S. 2013 Imports Highest in Six Years

File photo (U.S. Maritime Administration)

2013 Ocean Imports Were 3.7% Higher Than 2012. Zepol Corporation (www.zepol.com) reports that U.S. vessel imports were up 3.7% from 2012, which totaled over 18.2 million TEUs (twenty-foot container) brought into the United States last year. U.S


Retail Imports Expected to Drop in February

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to drop 8.4 percent in February from the same time last year as the shipping cycle reaches its slowest month of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail


CrowleyFresh Handles 100,000 Boxes of Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Photo: Crowley

For the second consecutive year, CrowleyFresh, Miami’s newest cold-chain warehouse and logistics service, jointly offered by Crowley Maritime Corporation and subsidiary Customized Brokers, showed a little love to customer Sunshine Bouquet Company, a flower supplier based in Miami


From the Editor's Desk

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As appears in the February edition of Marine News Now clear of the holidays and into an already exciting 2014 on the waterfront, we find ourselves plowing ahead with the proverbial bone in our teeth. That’s because, beyond my questionable nautical metaphor


Retail Imports to Rise in March

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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 12.4 percent in March as retailers begin to stock up for the spring and the summer season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett


Port of LA Throughput Negatively Impacted by Chinese New Year

Port of Los Angeles container ship: Image courtesy of the Port

February 2014 cargo volumes in the Port of Los Angeles decreased 8.9 percent compared to the same month last year informs the Port in its latest report. The Port considers that the decrease is due in part to the Chinese New Year, which closed many factories in Asia for two to three weeks in


Long Beach Cargo Import Dips in February

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Import volume was down 2.7 percent, while exports were up 2.1 percent at the Port of Long Beach in February, compared to the same month last year. Overall cargo volume dipped 2.6 percent due to an 8.3 percent decline in empty containers. A total of 517


Australian Navy Supports Rescue Near Mallacoota

The Royal Australian Navy reported that its assets on both sides of Australia were active last night in search and rescue operations. As HMAS Success continued her mission searching for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a Navy Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron was sent to assist in


Construction of Changi East Finger Extension

The working period for the construction of Changi East Finger Extension has been extended, GAC said in its daily Hot Port News report. The works will now be conducted from April 25 to October 24, 2014. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No


US Retailers Urge Speedy W. Coast Labor Contract Negotiations

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) informs it has urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer.


UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers


 
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