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Friday, January 27, 2023

Chowgule’s ship-lift fast becoming a reality

Posted to Chowgule’s ship-lift fast becoming a reality (by Joseph Fonseca) on January 8, 2014

Mid-way between Mumbai and Goa on the West coast of India, a new ship-lift facility being constructed by the Chowgule group, is fast becoming a reality. Situated adjacent to the group’s Angre Port, the repair yard will have the capacity to handle six ships simultaneously of up to 10…


Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 20, 2013

Madagascar is a large island in the Indian Ocean located 250 miles off the southeast coast of Africa. Now home to the Republic of Madagascar, the island was first settled by natives of Borneo, who arrived in waves by outrigger canoe between 350 BC and 550 AD.

Having grossed 200 MT ClassNK focuses on the Indian sub-continent

Posted to Having grossed 200 MT ClassNK focuses on the Indian sub-continent (by Joseph Fonseca) on November 7, 2012

Not wanting to rest on his laurels after ClassNK having outstripped the 200 million gross tons figure by the end of August 2012, Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of the society has already embarked on a staunch strategy. “We want to seize…

Indian dredging companies face a bad patch

Posted to Indian dredging companies face a bad patch (by Joseph Fonseca) on October 3, 2012

Dredging business is said to have passed through a bad patch in the past few months with many small players losing heavily in some of the contracts undertaken by them. Among these were mostly new comers into the field who in a hurry to make…

Follow-Ups on TSA’s TWIC Extension

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on June 25, 2012

As previously scheduled, on June 19, the TSA published the official Notice (which will formally exempt many TWIC holders from their card’s normal expiration provisions) in volume 77 of the Federal Register, starting at page 36406. The details…

Day of the Seafarer: Support Through Training and Community

Posted to Maritime Training Issues with Murray Goldberg (by Murray Goldberg) on June 25, 2012

Blog Notifications: For the latest maritime training articles, visit our company blog here. You can receive notifications of new articles on our company blog by following the blog.Maritime Mentoring: International Maritime Mentoring Community - Find a Mentor…

Freight Wings move six-storeyed Propane Refrigerant Sphere to Australia

Posted to Freight Wings move six-storeyed Propane Refrigerant Sphere to Australia (by Joseph Fonseca) on March 22, 2012

Moving a six-storeyed high Propane Refrigerant Sphere of mammoth dimensions - 19.5 meters x 19 meters x 20.3 meters - weighing 530MT, from Kandla on the West coast of India to the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island, Western Australia…

Joshua James - Lifesaver

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on March 16, 2012

Joshua James (1826-1902) served as a lifesaver for 60 of his 75 years. Born in Hull, Massachusetts, he joined the Massachusetts Humane Society (an organization modeled on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – RNLI) at age 15 after his mother and one of his sisters died in a ship wreck.

SMP conference takes the gateway to growth

Posted to SMP conference takes the gateway to growth (by Joseph Fonseca) on February 20, 2012

The last few months have seen a number of conferences and exhibitions taking place in different metros of India most of them going unnoticed. However, the SMP World Conference 2012 which is always conducted on a dual theme was different. For…

Repairing Steel Vessels in Louisiana

Posted to Ship Building in the US Gulf Coast Region (by Tyler LeCompte) on January 30, 2012

LEEVAC offers a full range of vessel repair and conversion services, including the latest in marine paint products and techniques, sandblasting, steel replacement, mechanical repairs and upgrades, electrical repairs and upgrades – as well as warehousing services.

United States Light House Service

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on November 11, 2011

One of the first pieces of legislation adopted by the First Congress of the United States in 1789 was a measure providing for the new federal government to assume responsibility for the lighthouses previously erected by the colonial governments.


Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 5, 2011

Bottomry is an ancient and largely archaic form of maritime lien. It is a contract entered into by the owner (or other authorized party, such as the master) to obtain funds from a lender. The funds plus interest are to be repaid, in typical contracts, upon successful completion of the voyage.


Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on December 21, 2010

Nikumaroro (previously known as Gardner Island) is a small coral atoll in the central Pacific Ocean situated just south of the Equator and just west of the 180th meridian. It lies in the Phoenix Island Chain and is part of the Republic of Kiribati.

U.S. Coast Guard: Cherry-Picking is Not an Option

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe (by Joseph Keefe) on September 1, 2010

Responding directly to our August 10th article entitled, “STCW Compliance: will we or won’t we,” the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of National and International Standards has affirmed the U.S. position on STCW compliance, especially as it relates…

Improving business for carriers is costly for their customers

Posted to Far East Maritime (by Greg Knowler) on June 23, 2010

How about Maersk’s record peak season surcharge of US$750 per TEU, $1,000 per FEU and $1,200 high-cube boxes on westbound Asia-Northern Europe service from 15 July. Nice revenue, if they can get it. The impressive surcharge unsurprisingly has shippers throwing their toys around…

Now GL also helps to raise the bar ashore

Posted to Now GL also helps to raise the bar ashore (by Joseph Fonseca) on April 26, 2010

Fervent pleas at various forums for help in inducting marine officers leaving the sea to start a new life ashore, has finally found a knight in shining armor. With an ever growing tide of marine officers coming ashore, Germanischer Lloyd (GL)…

Turkish Straits

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 20, 2010

The Turkish Straits consist of two narrow straits in northwestern Turkey, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, and the Sea of Marmara that connects them. The Turkish Straits lie between the Black Sea to the east and the Aegean Sea, which is a region of the much larger Mediterranean Sea.

USCG Districts

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on April 6, 2010

The US Coast Guard adopted the concept of geographic districts when it absorbed the US Lighthouse Service in 1939. Previously, it had no formal segmentation of its chain of command based on geography. Rather, the chain of command was grouped around function.

Economic Analysis of Offshore Marine Industry Could Sway Policymakers

Posted to Gulf Coast Maritime (by Matt Gresham) on March 1, 2010

From the halls of Congress to the county courthouse, lawmakers and government bureaucrats alike love numbers. They use them in graphs and display them on poster boards so all can see the benefits of the latest program or industry up for debate at any particular time.

Prime meridian

Posted to Maritime Musings (by Dennis Bryant) on November 27, 2009

The parallels of latitude are fixed by the rotation of the Earth. The only human involvement is the use of a 360 degree circle, starting at the equator. The degrees of longitude, although using the same 360 framework, could be commenced from…
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