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March 29, 2017

New Zealand bans biofouled bottoms


MARCH 29, 2017 — From May 2018, all vessels arriving in New Zealand will need to have a clean hull. As we reported in January (see story),hull biofouling can be as big a source of invasive aquatic species (IAS) as ballast water, and in some...
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March 29, 2017

U.K. port takes delivery of versatile Shoalbuster


MARCH 29, 2017 — The U.K.'s Bristol Port Company has taken delivery of a Damen Shoalbuster 2308S. Modified with several customized options, the vessel will be able to take on a multifunctional role that includes plow dredging, towing, pilotage...
epic-gas-takes-delivery-of-eighth-from-kyokuyo-shipyard
March 29, 2017

Epic Gas takes delivery of eighth from Kyokuyo Shipyard


MARCH 29, 2017 — Singapore headquartered Epic Gas Ltd. has taken delivery of the 11,000 cu m LPG carrier Epic Salina, the last vessel in a series of eight pressurized LPG newbuildings ordered from Kyokuyo Shipyard, Japan. Since the first...
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March 29, 2017

VIDEO: Norwegian Joy heads for Shangai via the Ems


MARCH 29, 2017 — Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Cruise Line's first cruise ship custom-designed for the Chinese market, began her journey to her home port of Shanghai this week, departing the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Sunday,...
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March 29, 2017

France reportedly pushing for Mediterranean ECA


MARCH 29, 2017 — France has reportedly used a meeting of a European Council working party to push for creation of a Mediterranean Sea Emission Control Area (ECA). The proposal is getting enthusiastic support from an alliance of environmental...
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March 28, 2017

VIDEO: NASSCO christens, launches eighth ECO tanker


MARCH 28, 2017 — On Saturday, March 25, General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched the Palmetto State – the final ship in an eight-ship ECO Class tanker program to be constructed at the San Diego shipyard.. Congresswoman Susan Davis...
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March 28, 2017

GAO reports on Abandoned and Distressed Vessels


MARCH 28, 2017 — The GAO has published a report reviewing the actions federal and state agencies have taken to address abandoned and distressed vessels (ADVs) in U.S. waterways. ADVs can block navigable U.S. waterways and pose threats to the...
carnival-reports-strong-first-quarter
March 28, 2017

Carnival reports strong first quarter


MARCH 28, 2017 — "We are off to a good start delivering another quarter of operational improvement on top of a very strong first quarter last year," said Carnival Corporation & plc President and CEO Arnold Donald, as the cruise giant...
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March 28, 2017

ABS meetings discuss sulfur cap and EU MRV regs


MARCH 28, 2017 Classification society ABS this month held its annual national and regional committee meetings in London, Copenhagen and Hamburg — and air emission requirements, including the impending 2020 sulfur cap and the EU MRV...
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March 28, 2017

Caustic soda spill leads to costly deck damage


MARCH 28, 2017 — The USCG Headquarters Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis has issued a "lessons learned" circular on the hazards of chemical spills. Earlier this year several Coast Guard marine inspectors were performing a...

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