Shipping Resumes on Houston Ship Channel Fouled by Chemical Spill

By Joe Carroll, Ben Foldy and Kevin Crowley (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Gulf Coast’s most important industrial waterway partially reopened on Monday after it was polluted with cancer-causing benzene and toxic runoff from the region’s worst chemical disaster in more than a decade. A two-mile (3.2-kilometer) stretch of the Houston Ship Channel’s that’s been closed for three […]

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Carr: Follow Canopus, Not Your Compass

By Michael Carr – Following their compasses was not working. They had been hiking through mangroves for over an hour and had made little progress towards their destination. They were feeling pressure and frustration. There was a deadline. “This is Blackbeard Actual, stop and huddle on me,” said the LT through his helmet mic. His 12-man […]

U.S., U.K. Join Norway in Investigating Viking Sky Engine Failure

Maritime authorities in Norway, Britain and the United States have started investigating the loss of power on board the Viking Sky cruise ship which nearly led to its grounding along the west coast of Norway over the weekend. The 2017-built luxury cruise ship had 1,378 passengers and crew on board when its engines failed and […]

CMA CGM Containership Bunkers Marine Bio-Fuel in Rotterdam

The 5,095-TEU container ship CMA CGM White Shark refueled with marine bio-fuel bunker oil at the Port of Rotterdam over the weekend, kicking off a trial that could help with the decarbonization of one of the largest shipping lines and greater ocean freight industry. The bunkering took place Saturday using a marine bio-fuel oil developed […]

The Super Rich Are Buying $50 Million ‘Support’ Yachts to Haul Their Toys

By Devon Pendleton (Bloomberg) — Sailing from port to port in peace and seclusion on a multimillion-dollar boat sounds appealing, but as any seasoned yacht owner can tell you, just cruising around can get a bit, well, boring. To fully enjoy your luxury vessel, you need diversions. Maybe a sailboat or fishing and diving gear. Possibly jet […]

Petrochemical Disaster Creates Houston Shipping Bottleneck

HOUSTON, March 25 (Reuters) – The backlog of vessels waiting to move through the Houston Ship Channel grew on Monday while it remained closed to traffic for a third day as emergency workers attempted to clear a petrochemical spill from the Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard […]