NASSCO Cuts Steel on Second LNG-Ready Product Tanker for SEA-Vista

An illustration of DSEC's ECO tanker design. Image credit: General Dynamics NASSCO

  General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction for the second of three 50,000 deadweight ton, 330,000 barrel cargo capacity product tankers for SEA-Vista Newbuild III LLC, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holding Inc. All three of the LNG-conversion ready product tankers will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego under Jones Act … [Read more...]

Fincantieri Launches Two Notable Cruise Ships in Italy

An artist's rendering of the 133,500 gross ton Carnival Vista. Photo: Creative Commons

  Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri on Thursday celebrated the launching of two new and noteworthy cruise ships at two of the the group's shipyards in Italy. Fincantieri announced the launches in separate statements posted to its website on Thursday. Fincantieri said that the Carnival Vista, the new flagship of the Carnival Cruise Line fleet and the largest vessel … [Read more...]

Former Sea Shepherd Flagship Sinks in Nova Scotia

Captain Paul Watson next to the RV Farley Mowat

  The vessel that was once considered the flagship of the controversial marine conservation group Sea Shepherd is now threatening the Nova Scotia coast after the ship sank Wednesday night and is leaking. The RV Farley Mowat sank early Wednesday while tied up in Shelburne Harbor, Nova Scotia after springing a leak. According to reports as much as 600 feet of … [Read more...]

Eight Cruise Ship Passengers Killed in Shore Excursion Plane Crash

MS Westerdam. Photo: Holland America Line

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, June 25 (Reuters) - All nine people aboard an excursion plane from a Holland America Line cruise ship that crashed in Alaska on Thursday died in the accident, police and the aircraft company said. Eight passengers and the pilot were killed when the plane went down during a tour of the Misty Fjords area of southeast Alaska on Thursday afternoon, … [Read more...]

Greece’s Creditors Propose Targeting Shipping Sector Taxes

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  By Matthias Sobolewski and Jonathan Saul BERLIN/LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) - Under the latest proposals made by Greece's creditors, the country's shipping companies face paying a higher tonnage tax and a phasing-out of special tax allowances which they have enjoyed, according to documents seen by Reuters. Together with tourism, its shipping industry is a vital … [Read more...]

Ship Photos of the Day – This is What a #CareerAtSea Looks Like

Day of the seafarer

In honor of today's international Day of the Seafarer celebration, the International Maritime Organization asked us share with the world what a career at sea looks like. Day of the Seafarer is an official United Nations observance held each year on June 25th in honor of the world's 1.5 million seafarers and the contributions they make in the name of world trade and … [Read more...]

U.S. Senate-Approved Bill Seeks Port Performance Transparency

Ships gather off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in this aerial photo taken February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bob Riha Jr

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) - A divided Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation requiring the government to report on the performance of major U.S. port operations, including during labor contract talks. The voice vote, which follows a nine-month slowdown at 29 West Coast ports, sent the measure on to possible floor action, over the … [Read more...]