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Lost In Prison – A Captain’s Search For Freedom In Panama




Captain Lyubomirov Sobadzhiev’s former ship the M/V MAAS TRADER

Enclosed by steel walls and surrounded by men (often wearing bright orange jumpsuits!) mariners have long joked that “Going to sea is like going to prison with the added chance of drowning,” but some mariners are no longer laughing because going to sea is increasingly resulting in prison terms for unlucky...

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Platform Fire Injures Three in U.S. Gulf



File photo of a W&T Offshore platform.

A fire at a Gulf of Mexico platform owned by W&T Offshore Inc. (WTI) injured three people, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

The fire at the platform about 40 miles offshore New Orleans was extinguished by 2 p.m. local time, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash said. The Coast Guard is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

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Pier Collapses at Great Lakes Steel Mill



A dock located at Arcelor Mittal in Burns Harbor, Ind., buckled during an offload of product of the motor vessel Algoma Transport, Sept. 25, 2012. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Leslie Downing.

A pier in Burns Harbor, Indiana collapsed on Tuesday during the offloading of bulk carrier, the USCG reports.

The USCG says that they received a report at approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday that a...

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DNV Awarded Class Contract for World’s First LNG FPSO



petronas flng technip

OSLO — DNV announced today that they have been awarded the contract to class the Petronas LNG FPSO (FLNG). The unit will be built by DSME in Korea and is destined for the Kanowit field offshore Sarawak, Malaysia.

It is expected to be the world’s first floating liquefaction unit in operation when completed in 2015.

Tied into an offshore gas field, the FLNG unit will negate the need for a...

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Crew Costs Led to Overall Rise in Operating Costs – Report



Total annual operating costs in the shipping industry increased by an average of 2.1 percent in 2011 led primarily by increasing crew costs, says international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens.

The 2.1.% increase in 2011 compares with the 2.2 percent average rise in costs recorded for the previous year. Moore Stephens says that crew costs were...

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Chemical Tanker Norgas Cathinka Collides with Indonesian Ferry, 8 Confirmed Dead [UPDATE]



At 0540 local time on Wednesday, the Indonesian ferry, KMP Bahuga Jaya, owned by PT. Atosim Lampung Shipping, sank after colliding with the Singapore-registered LPG/Chemical carrier, Norgas Cathinka.

norgas cathinka

Image courtesy I.M. Skaugen

The collision occurred in the Sunda Strait near the port of Merak, Indonesia.

ship collision sunda strait merak indonesia

The master of the Norgas Cathinka has reported the crew and vessel are safe, but...

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Wärtsilä’s Sigurd Jenssen Discusses Scrubber Technology and Environmental Compliance [INTERVIEW]



While at the SMM Hamburg conference a few weeks ago, I met up with Sigurd Jenssen, Director, EGC at Wärtsilä Environmental Solutions

sigurd jenssenTell me a bit about yourself and what you do at Wärtsilä

I’m in charge of the exhaust gas cleaning business within Wärtsilä, which is mainly about SOx emissions and to some extent particulates and NOx in terms of SCR solutions.


Selective Catalytic...

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From Dead Sheep to Garbage, Persian Gulf Mine Hunters Detect It All… So We Hope



Image (c) Shutterstock

(Bloomberg) — Telling the difference between a deadly surface mine and a bloated sheep carcass bobbing belly-up in the Persian Gulf is among the skills being tested by an international coalition of sailors and divers.

A 12-day mine-hunting exercise in Middle East waters that ends tomorrow, the biggest ever, is demonstrating how sonar, underwater drones,...

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Iranian Tanker Company Says They Are Not a State Company, US Treasury Throws the BS Flag



LONDON–A manager with the National Iranian Tanker Co. rejects U.S. claims that the oil transport company is a state company and says it should not be sanctioned as one.

Shahram Farahbod, NITC’s legal claims manager, also offered documents that purport to show the company split from Tehran’s control over a decade ago. But the U.S. Treasury says it stands by its determination...

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NTSB Faults Pilot in 2011 Houston Ship Channel Collision



MSC Nederland

MSC Nederland, Image via MarineTraffic.com

WASHINGTON – The collision of a chemical tanker with a containership in the Houston Ship Channel in October 2011 was likely caused by the inappropriate response of the pilot of the Elka Apollon to changes in bank effect forces as the vessel transited the Bayport flare, causing the vessel to sheer across the channel and into the MSC Nederland,...

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