It appears with the increasing cooperation of N. Korea, the U.S. break bulk fleet may be seeing more and more voyages to N. Korea. All of the major news outlets have been reporting on the arrival of the M/T Baltimore in N. Korea yesterday. nytimes article A file photo of the M/T Baltimore courtesy of […]
The actual enforcement of MARPOL Annex VI is now closer to reality with the recent passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate. Annex VI concerns the prevention of air pollution from ships. The U.S. has already ratified MARPOL Annex VI, but has yet to define how it would enforce it from the federal level. […]
The American Maritime Officers (AMO) union is now offering a possible solution to what was previously a catch 22 for many officers trying to get their PIC/DL endorsement to work aboard tank vessels. The union has set up a somewhat formal observers program, to give officers 90 days to work aboard a tanker, while receiving a […]
The International Maritime Bureau brings us the Live World Piracy Map. This is an interesting tool, that gives us an overall picture of where piracy attacks are occuring, and some details about each attack that has been reported. You can find the map here.
The decomissioned U.S. Navy guided missle cruiser USS Horne will be departing San Francisco for the last time tomorrow. It appears the USS Horne is headed for the bottom of the Pacific, somewhere off Hawaii, to be sunk by her very own U.S. Armed Forces as part of an exercise. More info on this fine […]
The Supreme Court granted a generous break for ExxonMobile by slashing the punitive damages against the company stemming from the Exxon Valdez spill from $2.5 billion to a $500 million. More from the NY Times.
The classification society DNV’s maritime chief has proposed imposing speed limits on the world’s merchant fleets as a better solution to curbing emissions than carbon credit trading. He does point out that he favors a voluntary program versus a mandatory regulation to impose speed limits. More info can be found at the Lloyds List site. […]
Adding to the list of a few shipping companies who are actively altering business practices, or at least trying to, in favor of the environment and in response to fuel costs, Horizon Lines announces a new environmental program. News from the MM&P Wheelhouse Newsletter – M&P-contracted Horizon Lines has launched a multi-pronged environmental program to […]
Photo courtesey of http://flickr.com/photos/mewerts/2237805095/ OTTAWA The Canadian Press June 23, 2008 at 7:46 PM EDT The Canadian Coast Guard needs better icebreakers, tougher regulations and more Inuit involvement to safeguard the country’s interests in the slowly opening Arctic seas, a new Senate report says. The report, released Monday, recommends that all ships entering Arctic waters […]