Seafarers Happiness Index rebounds from record low

Seafarers Happiness Index rebounds from record low

(LONDON) — The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published by The Mission to Seafarers, reveals that seafarer happiness levels are recovering after reaching a record low last quarter. Overall happiness has increased from 5.85 to 7.21/10, with levels rising across all categories. The survey, undertaken with the support of the Standard Club and Idwal, reports on the second quarter of…
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NOAA proposes new vessel speed rules to protect right whales

NOAA proposes new vessel speed rules to protect right whales

(WASHINGTON) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Friday announced proposed changes to vessel speed regulations to further protect North Atlantic right whales from death and serious injuries resulting from collisions — part of a multifaceted approach to stabilize and recover this endangered population. The changes would expand the current mandatory seasonal speed restrictions of 10 knots or…
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Crowley receives Devlin Awards for safety from CSA

Crowley receives Devlin Awards for safety from CSA

(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) ­– Crowley, through the achievements of the captains and crews of 95 company-owned or company-managed vessels, has been recognized for safe operations with 95 Jones F. Devlin Awards from the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA). The Devlin Award is presented to vessels that have operated for two or more years without a work-related injury to a crewmember…
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US grain boosts Seaway volumes amid Ukraine war

US grain boosts Seaway volumes amid Ukraine war

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — U.S. grain and coke exports boosted overall shipping volumes through the St. Lawrence Seaway in June. Total cargo tonnage shipments (from March 22 to June 30) via the St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 11.9 million metric tons, down 8.3 percent compared to 2021 but gaining ground in comparison to April, when they were down 18 percent at the…
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Clean Shipping Act introduced in Congress

Clean Shipping Act introduced in Congress

(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., who represents the Port of Long Beach — one of the nation's busiest cargo ports — on Tuesday introduced the Clean Shipping Act, legislation aimed at zeroing out pollution from all ocean shipping companies that do business with the United States. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif., who represents the Port…
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Construction set to begin on Phase 3 of new Soo lock

Construction set to begin on Phase 3 of new Soo lock

(SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District anticipates Phase 3 construction of the new Soo lock will start this summer following the award of $1.068 billion in project funding on July 1. Kokosing Alberici Traylor LLC (KAT), a joint venture headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, will begin construction on the largest phase of the project,…
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Report: Container losses at sea ‘going wrong way’

Report: Container losses at sea ‘going wrong way’

(WASHINGTON) — The World Shipping Council (WSC) Containers Lost at Sea Report, covering 2020-2021, shows that containers lost overboard represent less than one thousandth of 1 percent (0.001 percent) of deliveries. However, the past two years have seen a worrying break in the downward trend for losses, with the average number of containers lost at sea per year since the…
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US grain shipments up 39 percent through Seaway

US grain shipments up 39 percent through Seaway

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — U.S. grain shipments via the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System totaled 312,000 metric tons from March 22 to May 31, up 39 percent compared to the same period in 2021. Much of the increase is due to exports of corn and soybeans out of the Port of Toledo and some new trade starting at the Port of…
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Biden signs bill targeting ocean shipping costs

Biden signs bill targeting ocean shipping costs

(WASHINGTON) — On Thursday, President Joe Biden, joined at the White House by Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act into law. In August 2021, Garamendi introduced the act with Johnson to provide the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) with the regulatory power to support…
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