Grounded Norden Bulker Blocks Busy South American Waterway

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By Pablo Gonzalez (Bloomberg) -- Pigs in China and bakers in Brazil will have to wait as Argentine exports from soybeans to wheat are delayed by the closing of the Parana River’s main channel. The route to Rosario port -- from where 80 percent of Argentina’s grains and oilseeds are shipped -- is blocked after the Nord Hydra, laden with coal, ran aground on Tuesday, 290 … [Read more...]

MAIB – Improper Lookouts Caused Fatal Collision Near Felixstowe

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A failure to maintain a proper lookout was determined to be the cause of a fatal collision between a Boskalis dredger and sailing yacht near Felixstowe in June 2014, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has determined. On Sunday June 8, 2014, the dredger Shoreway collided with the 31-foot sailing yacht Orca while both were underway at the entrance to the River Orwell … [Read more...]

China and U.S. Navy Have Had Two Confrontations in South China Sea This Week

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By David Tweed (Bloomberg) -- China asserted the right to maintain security over islands it’s building in the South China Sea, after the country’s navy ordered a U.S. surveillance plane to leave the area. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday that China has sovereignty over the artificial islands it’s created through land reclamation in the Spratly chain. The … [Read more...]

Search Continues for Fourteen Still Missing After Barge Capsizes

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Fourteen crewmembers remain missing more than 24 hours after a sand barge capsized in Singapore waters. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) reports that all fourteen missing crewmembers from the Bolivian-registered sand carrier Oceanline SC208 remain unaccounted Thursday as search and rescue operations continue. Overnight, the barge drifted into Malaysian … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Oil Spill is SoCal’s Worst Since 1969

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By Alan Devall SANTA BARBARA, May 21 (Reuters) - Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades. Working around the clock, about 300 people on the … [Read more...]

Maersk Line Sets Bold New CO2 Reduction Target

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Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, has set itself a bold new target to cut CO2 emissions by 60% by 2020. Maersk Line Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Schueler was in Newport, Rhode Island last week speaking before a group of customers at a session on "The Future of Sustainable Supply Chains" when he unveiled the Maersk Line Sustainability Update, … [Read more...]

DFDS Targets Deals as English Channel Route Reaches Record Profit

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COPENHAGEN, May 21 (Reuters) - Danish ferry and transportation firm DFDS is on the takeover trail, its chief executive said, after reporting its highest first-quarter operating profit on record and turning around its loss-making English Channel route. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) more than doubled to 228 million Danish crowns ($34 … [Read more...]