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Pirates Release FWN Rapide Crew Members Kidnapped Off Nigeria

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:49
Pirates have released eleven hostages kidnapped from a Dutch cargo ship off the coast of Nigeria last month.  Their release was confirmed Wednesday by ship manager ForestWave.  The hostages were crew members of the FWN Rapide, which was attacked by pirates April 21 as it was nearing Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Two additional crew members escaped the kidnapping and […]
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Bipartisan Bill Would Require a ‘Portion’ of American Oil and Gas Exports Be Transported on U.S.-Built Ships

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 15:16
U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would require a portion of exported crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) be transported on U.S.-built and U.S.-flagged vessels, in addition to the construction of 50 new ships built domestically by 2040.  The bill, known as the ‘Energizing American Shipbuilding Act’, was introduced in the Senate by U.S. […]
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Massachusetts, Rhode Island Award Major Offshore Wind Contracts

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:23
By Nichola Groom May 23 (Reuters) – Massachusetts on Wednesday selected a partnership between Avangrid Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to develop what will be the largest U.S. offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Vineyard Wind’s 800 megawatt proposal was chosen by state utilities Unitil, National Grid and Eversource Energy. It is […]
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Missile Struck Turkish Ship Off Yemen, EU NAVFOR Official Says

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:35
By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – A Turkish vessel carrying wheat to Yemen this month was hit by a rocket or missile and more attacks on merchant ships are likely due to a spillover of the conflict, a senior European naval official said on Wednesday. The Turkish flagged Ince Inebolu bulk carrier was […]
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Watch: Russian Nuclear Submarine Rapid-Fires Four Ballistic Missiles

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:21
The Russian Defense Ministry has released video of nuclear-powered Borei-class submarine test firing a barrage of four Bulava missiles from below the surface. The test was conducted on Tuesday from a submerged location in a designated area of the White Sea, located off the northwest coast of Russia. The Ministry said the missiles were launched […]
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China Signals to State Giants: ‘Buy American’ Oil and Grains

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:11
By Florence Tan, Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton SINGAPORE/BEIJING, May 23 (Reuters) – China will import record volumes of U.S. oil and is likely to ship more U.S. soy after Beijing signaled to state-run refiners and grains purchasers they should buy more to help ease tensions between the two top economies, trade sources said on Wednesday. […]
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American Oil Boom Seen Tempting Ships to Steer Clear of Iran

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:29
By Serene Cheong (Bloomberg) — The latest standoff between the U.S. and Iran may be leaving oil-tanker owners in more of a bind than in previous years. As the U.S. reimposes sanctions on the Islamic Republic, firms that help ferry Iranian oil risk losing access to the American financial system, similar to earlier in the […]
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Trump Backs Away From China Deal Under Pressure by Trade Hawks

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:18
By Jenny Leonard and Saleha Mohsin (Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump is backing away from the trade agreement the U.S. just announced with China, under pressure from China hawks among his supporters and in Congress who have assailed the accord as a capitulation. “Our Trade Deal with China is moving along nicely, but in the end we […]
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Saudi-Led Coalition Destroys Houthi Boats Targeting Tanker in Red Sea

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:04
DUBAI, May 23 (Reuters) – A Saudi-led military coalition foiled attacks by explosives-laden speedboats deployed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement against commercial vessels, including an oil tanker, in the Red Sea, Saudi and Emirati state media said on Wednesday. United Arab Emirates (UAE) state news agency WAM reported that UAE coalition forces had destroyed two […]
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Pirate Attacks Grow in South America and Caribbean, Report Shows

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 08:00
By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – Pirate attacks around South American and Caribbean waters are growing, and violence is increasingly used during robberies committed on vessels at anchor, a report showed on Wednesday. The Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) non-profit group recorded 71 incidents in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, a 163 […]
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ABS Evaluation Demonstrates Feasibility of LPG as Fuel Strategy for Dorian LPG

News from gCaptain - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:06
Press Release – ABS – (Houston) ABS completed an in-depth techno-economic evaluation commissioned by Dorian LPG, evaluating compliance options for impending global sulfur cap requirements. Dorian LPG owns and operates a fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs), transporting liquefied petroleum gas around the world.   “As owners and operators evaluate their compliance options for the impending […]
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Knud E Hansen to Design Hybrid RoRo for Grimaldi Group

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:42
Danish naval architecture firm Knud E Hansen has been selected to design six modern roll-on/roll-off vessels for Grimaldi Group. The new vessels will have a length of 238 meters, a beam of 34 meters and a gross tonnage of 64,000 tonnes. Each will have the capacity to transport over 7,800 linear meters of rolling units, […]
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Norway Rejects Plan for Fish Farm on ‘World’s Largest Ship’

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:15
OSLO, May 22 (Reuters) – Norway’s Directorate of Fisheries has rejected Pure Atlantic’s application for 45 salmon farming development licenses, arguing that the plan did not bring significant innovation to the industry, it said in a letter dated May 16. Pure Atlantic had planned to construct what would have been the world’s largest ship, some […]
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Editorial: What I Want For National Maritime Day

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:44
As founder of gCaptain, I first want to thank all Veterans of the US Merchant Marine. Our definition of veteran includes all who have served in any capacity aboard US Flagged ships.  We deeply honor the veterans of World War II  for their undeniable service as veterans but also consider US Merchant Mariners who have risked […]
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Oceans Beyond Piracy: Maritime Piracy Doubled Off East Africa in 2017

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:08
The number of piracy incidents doubled off the coast of East Africa in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the annual State of Piracy report released today by One Earth Future (OEF)’s Oceans Beyond Piracy program. The report analyzes the human and economic impacts of maritime piracy and robbery at sea in the Western Indian […]
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Saddam Hussein’s Former Superyacht Now a Hotel for Maritime Pilots in Iraq

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:09
By Ulf Laessing BASRA, Iraq, May 22 (Reuters) – The king size bed in Saddam Hussein’s superyacht is made, the silk curtains around it have been drawn back and, in the gold-rimmed bathroom next door, a barber’s chair awaits its occupant. But the Iraqi dictator never boarded the 82-meter (270-foot) “Basrah Breeze” built for him […]
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Sharp Exchanges Highlight BP Fears of Climate Legal Jeopardy

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:54
By Kelly Gilblom (Bloomberg) — After paying more than $65 billion in legal costs for the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, BP Plc is wary of the risk of lawsuits related to climate change. Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley raised the topic of class-action lawsuits twice during the company’s annual general meeting in Manchester, England on Monday, […]
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Will Shippers Abandon Undamaged Maersk Honam Boxes After More Delay?

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 09:46
By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) – Although the fire-ravaged Maersk Honam is due to berth at Jebel Ali today, the discharge of its undamaged containers is likely to be further delayed. Surveyors representing P&I clubs and local authorities will want to carry out detailed inspections. The 15,262 teu vessel caught fire on 6 March in […]
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Mappers Look to Chart World’s Ocean Floor by 2030

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:54
By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Using data collected from underwater drones, merchant ships, fishing boats and even explorers, a new scientific project aims to map the ocean floor by 2030 and solve one of the world’s enduring mysteries. With 190 million square km (73 million square miles) of water – or about […]
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Inmarsat Loses Monopoly in Global Maritime Distress Safety Systems

News from gCaptain - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 08:04
LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – Britain’s Inmarsat will lose its monopoly in maritime safety communications after the International Maritime Organisation gave Iridium and China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System the green light to develop competing systems. Inmarsat’s shares fell as much as 14 percent after U.S.-based Iridium said late Monday its network had been recognised as […]
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