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Officer on Watch Asleep as Cargo Ship Grounds in the Philippines

By The Maritime Executive 08-13-2020 06:08:33

[BRIEF] In one of the more unusual groundig incidents, a Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship went aground in the Philippines today. The Philippine Coast Guard responded to the scene of the accident and reported that their investigators were told, “According to Captain Nguyen Hoai, skipper of MV Globe 6, their Officer on Watch (OOW) fell asleep when the maritime incident happened.” The Globe 6, a 4400 DWT general cargo ship, was reported to be traveling from...

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FBI Joins Investigation Into Explosion at Port of Beirut

By The Maritime Executive 08-13-2020 05:41:26

The FBI will be joining in the investigation into the circumstances of the giant blast at the Port of Beirut on August 4, which leveled most of the central port and damaged buildings up to a mile away.  "The FBI will soon join Lebanese and international investigators at the invitation of the Lebanese in order to help answer questions that I know everyone has about the circumstances that led up to this explosion," U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David...

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New container and cruise terminals for Charleston South Carolina

Charleston Progress on New Container Terminal; Cruise Project Stalled

By The Maritime Executive 08-13-2020 05:09:16

Construction of the first new container terminal in the US in more than a decade is continuing to make progress in the Port of Charleston, South Carolina towards its scheduled opening in March 2021 according to South Carolina Ports. Yet, while the container terminal project is moving forward, the state is being confronted by legal challenges for its broader plans for the redevelopment of another part of Charleston’s waterfront including a new cruise ship terminal. The new container terminal, known as...

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Port of Seattle supports local business innovation initiative

Port of Seattle Continues Work With Business Innovation Initiative

By The Maritime Executive 08-13-2020 03:57:25

The Port of Seattle Commission renewed its involvement for the next two years with Washington Maritime Blue, a non-profit strategic alliance formed to foster maritime innovation and sustainability in support of an inclusive blue economy. The port has partnered with Maritime Blue over the past year and says its new support will help advance economic recovery by offering a maritime accelerator initiative, hosting maritime blue forums, and developing a prioritized strategic plan and budget for 2021-2022.  Maritime Blue operates a business...

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Offshore

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Crane Vessel Sleipnir Sets New Record for Platform Jacket Lift

The world's largest crane vessel, Heerema's Sleipnir, has lifted and removed the steel jacket of the iconic Brent Alpha platform in the UK North Sea. The 10,100 tonne single lift breaks the vessel's previous record for a jacket, the 8,100 tonne lift to remove the base of the Jotun B platform. For the Brent Alpha project, Sleipnir arrived at the Brent field on July 23, and she completed the project by offloading the jacket at a decommissioning site in Vats,...

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Shipbuilding

South Korean shipbuilders highlight success

South Koreans Highlight Orderbook Success Surpassing China in July

South Korean shipyards are highlighting the fact that their collective order book during July surpassed the orders received by China’s shipbuilders. While the global shipbuilding industry has been impacted by COVID-19, the South Korean shipbuilders received several significant orders primarily for LNG vessels. Citing data from Clarkson Research Services, Korean media outlets including MK News and Pulse News were all highlight the volume of orders received by their shipyards. Korean shipbuilders, they reported, won orders of 500,000 compensated gross tonnage...

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Training

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COVID-19 Controls Put U.S. Naval Academy On Track to Reopen This Fall

[By Lt. Sarah Ermoshkin] It has been nearly a month since the first incoming freshmen, or plebes, arrived at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) to check in for their immunizations, vaccinations, blood draws, eyeglasses, and coronavirus (COVID-19) test. Following months of planning and coordination with Naval Health Clinic Annapolis Brigade Medical Unit, plebes have left their restriction of movement status after a second COVID-19 test and are now engaged in summer training. In previous years, nearly 1,200 plebes would...

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Business

DFDS reports rebound post-COVID-19

DFDS Reports Post-COVID-19 Rebound in Freight and Passenger Demand 

While second quarter results were down sharply reflecting the economic impact of the pandemic, European freight and passenger operator DFDS provided a cautiously optimistic outlook. Highlighting the resumption of most services, management improved on its earlier forecasts of significant declines for the full year 2020. “Our outlook is improved,” said DFDS CEO Torben Carlsen. “Freight volumes have picked up and the demand for ferry travel is encouraging on our reopened passenger routes. It is uncertain whether the pickup in demand...

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