Whistleblowing: Ship Master Wins Large Settlement In US Court

By Charlie Goetsch - A United States court has awarded over $1 Million in damages to former Horizon Lines master John Loftus. Captain Loftus filed suit after he was abruptly removed as Master in 2013 due to his reporting of safety violations to the U.S. Coast Guard and its delegated inspection agency, the American Bureau of Shipping. Under … [Read more...]

Sale of Horizon Lines’ Hawaii Business Cleared by DOJ

The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared the sale of Horizon Lines' Hawaii business to The Pasha Group. According to Horizon Lines, the premerger waiting period was granted early termination by the Department's Antitrust Division effective April 21, 2015, clearing the way for the closing of the sale by the end of the company's second quarter. Horizon Lines announced the … [Read more...]

Horizon Lines Secures ECA Sulphur Limit Waiver

Soon-to-be defunct Horizon Lines says it has been issued a waiver from the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) fuel sulfur content requirements allowing three of its Jones Act vessels to continue to use low-sulfur heavy fuel oil on its Alaska trade route as the company pursues the installation of gas scrubbers. The permit, effective as of Jan. 1, 2015, was issued by … [Read more...]

Horizon Lines to Terminate Puerto Rico Service, Announces Sale of Remaining Company

Struggling Jones Act shipping company Horizon Lines announced Tuesday plans to terminate its Puerto Rico operations and said it has separately entered into a series of definitive agreements that will result in the sale of the entire company. Horizon Lines made the announcement in a press release issued Tuesday, saying that the company would cease providing liner service … [Read more...]

Jones Act Carriers Agree to $3.4 Million Settlement Over Price Fixing Claims

Jones Act shipping companies Sea Star Line and Horizon Lines have agreed to pay a combine $3.4 million to settle claims over their involvement in a price fixing scheme related to government transportation contracts. Under the settlement agreements, Sea Star Line has agreed to pay $1.9 million, and Horizon Lines has agreed to pay $1.5 million, according to the Department of … [Read more...]