The El Faro is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Tote Maritime in Jacksonville, Florida, October 2, 2015. Reuters/Tote Maritime

El Faro Family Relief Fund – Here’s How You Can Help

TOTE Maritime, owners of the cargo ship El Faro, said Friday that it has set up a family relief fund for the 33 families of the El Faro crew. The fund will be held and administered by the Seamen’s Church Institute, North America’s largest mariners’ service agency. “Over the last few days we have had […]

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Norwegian Owner Østensjø Rederi Commissions Newbuild Wind Farm Service Vessel

  Norwegian based shipping company Østensjø Rederi is constructing a new wind farm service vessel after landing a five-year contract from DONG Energy, some good news in an otherwise slow market for offshore service companies. The new vessel is designed by Rolls-Royce and will be constructed at the Astilleros Gondan shipyard in Spain with delivery […]

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Demand for Faster Transit Times Could Signal an End to Era of Slow-Steaming

  By Mike Wackett, The Loadstar The era of global slow-steaming by container lines could be about to end with the recent announcement of improved transit times on select services. APL today announced the launch of its Eagle Express weekly transpacific service, which will offer a 13-day transit from Shanghai to Los Angeles, which the […]

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U.S. House Passes Bill to Lift Crude Oil Exports But Veto Looms

  By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – A bill to repeal the U.S. oil export ban passed the House of Representatives on Friday, but faces an uncertain future after a veto threat by President Barack Obama. The bill sponsored by Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican, passed the House 261 to 159, failing […]

Dutch freighter Flinterstar is seen sinking after colliding with Marshall Island-flagged tanker Al-Oraiq, which also suffered damage in the collision, in the North Sea off the Belgian coast October 6, 2015. The small Dutch freighter sank early Tuesday morning after colliding with the tanker in the North Sea off the Belgian coast, the Netherlands' coast guard said. All aboard were rescued. Coast Guard spokeswoman Vanessa Strijbosch said 11 of the 12 crew of the Dutch freighter Flinterstar were rescued from frigid North Sea waters, and one was being treated for hypothermia. The 12th was still aboard. REUTERS/Benny Proot  ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. BELGIUM OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN BELGIUM.

Salvage Underway for Wrecked MV Flinterstar Off Belgium

  Salvage of the partially sunken MV Flinterstar following a collision with an LNG carrier earlier this week off the coast of Belgium kicks into high gear as oil spill cleanup winds down and the inquiry into what happened continues. Dutch ship owner Flinter reports that the Flinterstar remains stable and the company has contracted SMIT and […]

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Collision Course With a Hurricane: How Doomed El Faro Met Its End

  By Edward McAllister and David Adams NEW YORK/MIAMI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data. The data on Thomson […]