Photo provided by Statoil shows the Hilda Knutsen tanker at the Statfjord field. Photo: Statoil

Oil Spill at Statfjord Field Offshore Norway -Statoil

  Norwegian oil major Statoil has reported an oil spilled observed in the North Sea close to a loading buoy at the Statfjord offshore oil field. The oil spill was first reported at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of the OLS loading buoy. Statoil says that the oil spill was discovered during the loading […]

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El Faro seen laid up in 2010. Photo: Allen Baker

President Obama Statement on El Faro Tragedy

  Below is a statement provided by the Office of the Press Secretary on behalf of President Obama: The captain and crew of the El Faro were Americans and Poles, men and women, experienced mariners and young seamen. They were beloved sons and daughters and loving husbands and fathers. They were dedicated engineers, technicians and […]

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

Coast Guard Ends Search for El Faro Survivors

  The U.S. Coast Guard has ended it search for possible survivors from the American cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sank Thursday with the loss of all 33 crew members. The announcement comes after an exhaustive 6-day search for survivors covering more than 183,000 square nautical miles. The search was officially […]

Vice Chairman T. Bella Dinh-Zarr briefs the media on the NTSB investigation of the El Faro accident. Photo: NTSB

As Search for El Faro Crew Ends, Focus Shifts to Investigation

  By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday ended its search for missing crew of the cargo ship El Faro that sank off the Bahamas last week after sailing into the path of Hurricane Joaquin. An exhaustive air and sea search for possible survivors was called […]


Ship Photos of the Day – Port of Long Beach Annual Photo Contest Winners

The Port of Long Beach has announced the winners of its third annual community photo contest. The unique program, on exhibit at the Museum of Latin American Art, showcases work by nearly 80 professional and amateur photographers who captured images at the second-busiest port in the nation. This year’s program also featured the work of […]

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Blowtorch Beach, Turkey: Where Old Offshore Oil Rigs Go to Die

  By Firat Kayakiran, Naomi Christie and Angelina Rascouet (Bloomberg) — When offshore oil rigs reach the end of their useful lives, many head for their final resting place at blowtorch beach. There, in western Turkey, ship scrapyards have discovered a new source of income amid the plunge in oil prices over the past 16 […]

Pieter Schelte arrives in Rotterdam, January 2015. Photo: KOTUG International B.V.

Delivery Delayed for World’s Biggest Catamaran, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit

  Swiss-based Allseas has confirmed that delivery of one of the decades most anticipated new ships, the Pioneering Spirit (ex-Pieter Schelte), will be delayed until first half of 2016. Founded in 1985 by Edward Heerema, Allseas is considered a global leader in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction. At 382 meters (1,253 feet) long by […]