Seafarers win right to mandatory internet access

Seafarers win right to mandatory internet access

(LONDON) — Seafarers’ groups have won the right to mandatory social connectivity for crews – including internet access – in updates to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), but are disappointed that shipowners and governments may seek to charge for it, according to the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). The MLC is an international treaty designed to protect seafarers’ rights…
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Spring brings mixed bag for Great Lakes shipping

Spring brings mixed bag for Great Lakes shipping

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — U.S. Great Lakes ports reported mixed results for the start of the spring shipping season, with gains and losses heavily tied to global trading conditions and Lake Superior icebreaking resources. U.S. grain exports, steel imports, road salt and containerized goods were strong performers. “Inadequate icebreaking resources in Lake Superior had a major impact on cargo shipments out…
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Icebreaker gap causes more delays on Great Lakes

Icebreaker gap causes more delays on Great Lakes

(CLEVELAND) – The ice season is over on the Great Lakes but the impacts of insufficient U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking linger, according to the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force. With a defined shipping season of 10 months due to the closure of the navigational locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., which connect Lake Superior and the iron ore mines to…
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MarAd hits new high with port infrastructure grants

MarAd hits new high with port infrastructure grants

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) announced Monday that up to $684.3 million is now available for Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) grants, to be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a port. This marks the most…
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Tanker owner guilty of falsifying papers, obstruction

Tanker owner guilty of falsifying papers, obstruction

(WASHINGTON) — Liquimar Tankers Management Services Inc. and Evridiki Navigation Inc. were sentenced after being convicted at trial on all charges, including violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, falsifying ships’ documents, obstructing a U.S. Coast Guard inspection and making false statements to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Andrews for the District of Delaware…
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Search suspended for bulker crewman in Delaware River

Search suspended for bulker crewman in Delaware River

(PHILADELPHIA) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 30-year-old man in the Delaware River in the vicinity of Central Waterfront on Saturday. The Coast Guard searched 87 square miles over the course of 3.5 hours. Watch standers from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received the initial report from the master of the 590-foot Singapore-flagged bulk carrier…
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MarAd expands Marine Highway designations

MarAd expands Marine Highway designations

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Tuesday announced the designation of a new Marine Highway route, two new Marine Highway projects, and one project designation extension as part of the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). While focusing on supply chain efficiency will have nationwide effects, the states of Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, California,…
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Third time is the charm: Ever Forward refloated

Third time is the charm: Ever Forward refloated

(BALTIMORE) — The U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland Department of the Environment and Evergreen Marine Corp., in partnership with multiple state and local responders, refloated the containership Ever Forward on Sunday. The effort followed a 35-day-long salvage operation that began Sunday, March 13, after the 1,095-foot vessel grounded in Chesapeake Bay near Craighill Channel. Refloating Ever Forward, which was hard aground…
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Containers to be removed in bid to refloat Ever Forward

Containers to be removed in bid to refloat Ever Forward

(BALTIMORE) — The U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland Department of the Environment and Evergreen Marine Corp., in partnership with multiple other responders, have announced a revised strategy to refloat the containership Ever Forward. Salvage experts determined they would not be able to overcome the ground force of Ever Forward in its current loaded condition. The Coast Guard said the new strategy…
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