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Remains of Famed Explorer Captain Matthew Flinders Found in London Rail Dig
by Reuters
Friday, January 25, 2019
LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Archaeologists have found the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders, a British Royal Navy explorer who was the first to sail around Australia and is credited with naming it, while working on a rail project connecting London to other cities. Flinders’ coffin was discovered among 40,000 other human remains in St […]

Trump Announces Deal to Reopen Federal Government
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 25, 2019

On Friday, President Donald Trump agreed to temporarily reopen the government and provide back pay for 800,000 federal employees, bringing the longest shutdown in U.S. history to a close. 

The deal, negotiated with the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate, provides funding at previous levels through February 15. It does not include funds for a wall along the southern border, the president's key demand throughout the shutdown. Negotiations on border security will continue while the White House and Congress work towards a long-term appropriations package.

The agreement will come as welcome news to 42,000 active-duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard, who have gone without pay since December 31. Over the past four weeks, the countless stories of Coast Guard families trying to make ends meet have captured media attention across the nation. Some servicemembers have sold their cars or belongings; many have used aid from food banks or charitable donations; and many more have taken out loans, including low-interest options provided by aid organizations. Unlike civilian federal employees, coastguardsmen could not quit to seek paying work: active-duty servicemembers cannot leave the military without authorization. 

In an address to servicemembers released earlier this week, USCG Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz directly criticized the shutdown and the lack of Coast Guard pay. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden," he said. "Ultimately, I find it unacceptable that Coast Guard men and women have to rely on food pantries and donations to get through day-to-day life as servicemembers."

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray issued a similar video statement to the agency's employees on Friday. "It's mind-boggling, it's short-sighted and it's unfair," he said. "It takes a lot to get me angry, but I'm about as angry as I've been in a long, long time."

In his address on Friday, President Trump expressed his gratitude to the federal workforce for its patience and its support. "I want to thank all of the amazing federal workers and their incredible families, who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship . . . many of you have suffered far greater than anyone but your families would know or understand," Trump said. "And not only did you not complain, but in many cases you encouraged me to keep going because you care so much about our country and about its border security."

The continuing negotiations on border wall funding may result in a second shutdown or a declaration of national emergency at the border, the president warned. "If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15th again - or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and the Constitution of the United States to address this emergency," he said.

Yantian Express Rerouted to Bahamas After Fire
by Mike Schuler
Friday, January 25, 2019
The containership Yantian Express is now headed for Freeport, Bahamas for the recovery and assessment of cargo from the fire which broke out January 3, 2019, as the ship sailed across the Atlantic. In an update on Friday, Hapag-Lloyd said the ship is currently located approximately 1250 nautical miles from the Bahamas and it is […]

Ocean Bunkering Tops 2018 List of Singapore’s Largest Marine Fuel Suppliers
by Reuters
Friday, January 25, 2019
By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Singapore-based Ocean Bunkering Services (OBS) Pte Ltd topped the 2018 list of largest marine fuel suppliers operating in the world’s biggest ship refuelling hub, data released from the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore showed on Friday. OBS, bunkering arm of Singapore oil trader and shipper […]

Search Suspended for Royal Caribbean Crewmember
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 25, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search for a missing crewmember of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Majesty of the Seas. 

At 0240 hours on Thursday, Coast Guard Sector Miami received a call from the Majesty reporting a man-overboard situation. A 26-year-old crewmember had gone over the side at a position about 30 nm off Pompano Beach, Florida.

The Coast Guard launched a search for the victim with air and surface assets, including the cutter Paul Clark, an MH-65 helicopter out of Air Station Miami and an Ocean Sentry patrol airplane. The search was unsuccessful, and the Coast Guard called off the effort at 0720 on Friday morning. 

“We’ve been in contact with the crewmember’s family throughout our search efforts and know this is a very difficult and painful time for them,” said Cmdr. Jason Aleksak, Sector Miami chief of response. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make as first responders, and it is never made lightly.”

Man-overboard incidents aboard cruise ships are rare relative to the total number of crewmembers and passengers carried each year. According to researcher Ross Klein of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, about 314 people have gone over the side in cruise / ferry man-overboard incidents since 2000, based on published reports for major operators. Out of these documented occurrences, the rescue rate averaged about 17 percent.  According to cruise industry association CLIA, the few incidents that do occur are invariably the result of an "intentional or reckless" act.

INSIGHT: Should We Really Be Expecting More Ports to Ban Open-Loop Scrubbers?
by Ship Bunker
Friday, January 25, 2019

"The time and space is there to take a deep breath and look at the issue with level-heads," Adrian Tolson tells Ship & Bunker.

Vigor Appoints Jackie O'Brien as EVP of Business Development
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 25, 2019

Vigor is pleased to announce the addition of Jackie O’Brien to Vigor’s leadership team. As EVP of Strategy and Business Development, Ms. O’Brien will report directly to the CEO and play a key role in driving the development and execution of Vigor’s growth strategy as a leading industrial company. She will oversee business development for all Vigor business units including defense, aerospace, infrastructure, alternative energy and marine. 

Ms. O’Brien comes to Vigor following a twenty-five year career at Alcoa and Arconic, created by Alcoa’s separation into two independent companies in 2016. Mostly recently she served as Vice President of Business Development and Global Affairs driving successful growth strategies for Arconic across the company’s aerospace, automotive, building and construction, and commercial  transportation businesses. During her tenure at Alcoa/Arconic, Ms. O’Brien managed global teams across Europe and Asia.

Ms. O’Brien holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Ohio State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. She is an active board member of Engineers without Borders, a non-profit dedicated to building a better world through projects that empower communities and find solutions for their critical infrastructure needs.

“We looked at many outstanding candidates for this new position ” said Frank Foti, Vigor CEO. “Jackie stood out as an outstanding leader – authentic, committed and aligned with our core values. We are very happy to welcome her to our team.”

Rotterdam Looks for Green Fuel Projects
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 25, 2019

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has made five million euros (nearly $5.7 million) available for funding via its Incentive Scheme Climate-Friendly Shipping. 

Funding is available for shippers, shipping companies, fuel manufacturers and suppliers, engine manufacturers and service providers to promote projects that make use of low-carbon or zero-carbon fuels delivered in Rotterdam’s port area.

The scheme is intended for fuel projects that reduce CO2 emissions by over 50 percent. In cases where the proposed project involves biofuels, they need to be of an advanced nature and be produced from residual or waste flows. 

The incentive scheme aligns with the goals set out in the World Ports Climate Action Program, which was launched in September 2018. In this partnership – a Rotterdam initiative – the port authorities of Hamburg, Barcelona, Antwerp, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Vancouver and Rotterdam are working together on projects intended to reduce the shipping sector’s contribution to global warming.

CEO of the Port of Rotterdam, Allard Castelein, said at the time: “The Paris Agreement has set a clear target: we need to limit global warming to well below 2°C. It is vital in this context to reduce the emissions generated by maritime transport. As critical hubs in the global maritime transport network, I am convinced that ports can make a significant contribution.”

The World Ports Climate Action Program focuses on the following specific actions:

• Increase efficiency of supply chains using digital tools;
• Advance common and ambitious (public) policy approaches aimed at reducing emissions within larger geographic areas;
• Accelerate development of in-port renewable power-to-ship solutions and other zero emission solutions;
• Accelerate the development of commercially viable sustainable low-carbon fuels for maritime transport and infrastructure for electrification of ship propulsion systems.
• Accelerate efforts to fully decarbonize cargo-handling facilities in our ports.

The new funding scheme scheme runs until the end of 2022.

The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest bunkering port, as well as one of the top three bunkering ports worldwide. Every year, some 11 million cubic meters of bunker fuel, including LNG, is supplied to vessels in Rotterdam.  

Port Everglades CEO to Receive AAPA's 2019 Cruise Award
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, January 25, 2019

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has announced that Steven M. Cernak, the CEO and port director for Port Everglades, has been selected as AAPA’s 2019 Cruise Award recipient.

AAPA’s Cruise Award is presented biennially to recognize an individual or organization whose outstanding work or service has had a positive impact on the relationship between a cruise port and the Western Hemisphere cruise industry.

With more than 30 years of port industry experience, including a combined 17 years at the helms of Port Everglades, in Florida, and the Port of Galveston, in Texas, Cernak was selected for his strategic acumen and leadership in growing the cruise business at these two ports. He was also cited for his work with industry trade groups such as the Cruise Line Industry Association, Florida Caribbean Cruise Council, Florida Ports Council and AAPA’s Cruise Committee, where he’s held senior leadership roles.

“Steve’s a natural at leadership,” said Andrew Saporito, deputy director for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Port Department. “He knows it’s all about inspiring people to believe in the purpose and believe in him. He builds relationships and networks to excite others to reach new industry heights.”

Cernak will accept his 2019 Cruise Award at the AAPA’s 2019 Cruise Seminar in Miami in February. 

Past Winners

2017 - Adam Goldstein, President and COO, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Michael Mierzwa, retired port director, Port of Galveston
2015 - J. Robert Jumonville, Sr., Director, Cruise and Tourism - Port of New Orleans and René Trépaniér, Executive Director, Cruise the Saint Lawrence - Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
2013 - Karl L. Holz, President - Disney Cruise Line & New Vacation Operations
2011 - Terry Thornton, Senior Vice President Itineraries & Revenue Planning - Carnival, and
Betty MacMillan, Manager, Trade Development - Saint John Port Authority
2009 - Tom Dow, Vice President of Public Affairs - Carnival Corporation & PLC
2008 - Ross Gaudreault, President and CEO - Québec Port Authority
2006 - Ted Arison, Former Chairman - Carnival Cruise Lines

Maersk Oil, Chemoil Biggest Movers as Ocean Bunkering Crowned Singapore's Biggest Bunker Supplier for 2018
by Ship Bunker
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sinanju continues its impressive growth as MPA reveals its ranking of bunker suppliers by volume for 2018.

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