Crowley Christens LNG-Powered El Coquí for Jones Act Trade

Crowley Maritime Corp. christened its LNG-powered combination container/roll on-roll off ship El Coquí at the JAXPORT Cruise Terminal in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday. El Coquí is among the first of its kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a key of Crowley’s supply chain transformation on the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico Jones Act trade. The ship … [Read more...]

NOAA Research Vessel Completes Around-the-World Science Mission After 243 Days at Sea

(NOAA) - NOAA’s largest oceanographic research vessel, NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, steamed into its Charleston, South Carolina, home port yesterday, after a 243-day voyage around the world to conduct scientific research and service buoys that inform global weather, climate and ocean forecasting. The ship sailed nearly 44,289 miles, made port calls in South Africa, the … [Read more...]

Global LNG Shipping Rates Double Since End-August, Slowing Asia Deliveries

LONDON/SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Headline rates for shipping liquified natural gas (LNG) in Pacific and Atlantic basins stand at around $140,000 to $150,000 a day for a 160,000 cubic metre LNG tri-fuel diesel electric (TFDE) vessel, brokers say. That is a 6-year high and compares to Atlantic basin rates of $75,000 at the end of August and around $95,000 at the end … [Read more...]

Why the United States Needs a Merchant Marine – A Historical Basis

  By Salvatore R. Mercogliano, Ph.D. (Editorial) In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson addressed Congress and delivered a war message. In this speech he highlighted the main issue the United States faced with the Imperial German government, “Because submarines are in effect outlaws when used as the German submarines have been used against merchant shipping, it is impossible … [Read more...]

Cargo Ship Hits Bridge in Japan, Cutting Off Water Supply and Internet to 15,000

The Japanese island of Suo-Oshima is without water and internet this week after a ship hit a bridge on Monday, taking out piping on the underside of the bridge. Officials say the Maltese-flagged cargo ship Erna Oldendorff struck the underside of the Honshu - Suo-Oshima bridge on Monday as it headed for the Port of Etajima in the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan. As it passed … [Read more...]