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PERLA DEL CARIBE – NASSCO Launches Second LNG-Powered Containership for TOTE

The world’s second LNG-powered containership was launched Saturday at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The Perla del Caribe is the second of two Marlin-class containerships built at NASSCO for Jones Act shipping company TOTE Maritime. The use of LNG fuel make the vessels among the most environmentally-friendly containerships in the world, reducing […]




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Eni Finds Largest Mediterranean Gas Field Ever Offshore Egypt

  By Anthony DiPaola (Bloomberg) — Eni SpA discovered a “super giant” natural gas field offshore Egypt in what the Italian oil company said is the largest find in the Mediterranean Sea. The deep-water deposit in the Zohr Prospect in the Shorouk block may hold 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, equivalent to 5.5 billion […]

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Ship Photos of the Day – One of the Strangest-Looking Ships Ever

The Ramform Atlas has to be one of the strangest-looking ships ever built. It is one of two new vessels in the Ramform Titan class of 3D seismic survey vessels belonging to Petroleum Geo-Services, an Oslo-based seismic data acquisition company. Its unique design, reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars, was developed with one […]

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Panama Canal Draft Restrictions Lifted

  The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said Friday that recent rainfall and water management measures means that upcoming draft restrictions for vessels using the waterway won’t be necessary.  The restrictions were to enter into force beginning September 8th, but recent rain, water management and the deepening on navigation channels have made it so the restrictions will […]

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Fire on UASC Containership at Port of Hamburg

  A fire broke out in the cargo area of a UASC containership early Friday morning as it arrived at the port of Hamburg. Local media reports say that firefighters were called to a container terminal at Waltershof shortly after midnight to respond to a fire in the container stacks onboard the 13,500 TEU MV […]

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Drifting MSC Boxship Towed to Safety Off Spain – PHOTOS

A 300-meter containership that lost power off Spain on Thursday drifted to within just miles of land before a tug was able to gain control of the vessel and tow it to safety. Spain’s maritime emergency agency Salvamento Marítimo reports that the container MSC Ajaccio requested assistance Thursday after losing power about 18 miles west […]

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Nations Joust But Arctic Payoff May Be Decades Away

  By David J. Lynch (Bloomberg) — Even as melting Arctic glaciers threaten to swamp shorelines, nations from Russia to the U.S. are betting that warming temperatures also will unlock trillions of dollars in new wealth. “It is potentially the biggest strategic opportunity in America since the Louisiana Purchase in 1803,” said Scott Borgerson, a […]