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Posted By: Jason

Posted On: May 29, 2007
Views: 2923
USCG Split?

18-May-2007 Trade Winds alludes to the possibility or should it be said "blessing" via the divestiture of Marine Inspection and Mariner Licensing and Documentation from the Coast Guard leaving them to homeland security details. Hopefully this will bring forth the long ago era of professional inspectors and examiners to the areas of marine inspection, licensing and documentation. Now all they will have to do is find someone to run their shipbuilding programs.


Posted By: Ron

Posted On: May 29, 2007
Views: 2893
US and MARPOL ANNEX VI

Just back from the Baltic bunkering conference in Hamburg. A lot of interest in the European community reagrding the approach of the US ratification of MARPOL Annex VI. Of paramount interest are the possible conflicts between CARB and the federal legislation as well as the approach and demeanor of the USCG should they be tasked with enforcement. So far enforcement of the SECA in the Baltic appears to be on a very practical basis with one case of fines being overturned on appeal.


Posted By: RAMBLER

Posted On: May 10, 2007
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FUNDING AT LAST

Obviously the HASC is of the same opinion as 85% of us. Good to see they've found $30 million for Title XI in the FY2008 Defense Authorixation Act. Hope various Senators, Conferees, etc., etc. don't take it out again!


Posted By: Ron

Posted On: May 9, 2007
Views: 2257
Remember Sulzer

You're correct on that point however only a few components of those engines were actually manufacturered here, more of an " engine in a box" methodology. Back then it didn't raise the flak that some of our shipbuilding ventures today have. I had the distinct honor of sailing on my first trip with an old Nordberg on a T-1.

The programs at Aker have a lot of potential and hopefully the ones at Nassco will follow suit. All we need now is the USCG to pick a well proven design for medium and long range cutters and find a US yard to develop a working relationship with the design yard to get them headed in the right direction. Perhaps one from the land of wooden shoes. I know of one yard whom I had the pleasure of dealing with many years ago that has many distinct, solid designs that would serve them well.

Nice to see an actual response to a posting here!


Posted By: RAMBLER

Posted On: May 8, 2007
Views: 2240
Remember Sulzer

Yes, Ron, but in those days "Wartsila Switzerland" was Sulzer--and didn't we build some Sulzers under license here for APL--before it came under Singapore ownership?


Posted By: Ron

Posted On: May 8, 2007
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Vinashin and Wartsila Agreement

Vietnam moves towards the production of slow speed marine diesels with their recent announcement of a licensing agreement. Remember the Westinghouse plan to build the Sulzer engine at Sunnyvale only to be rebuffed due to environmental concerns over test bed operations? Seems the old Nordberg works died a few years too soon or perhaps they would have picked up the ball and built slow speed units here. Also seems a shame since the US was the location of one of Diesel's first patent licensees, Busch-Sulzer, later to become Nordberg.


Posted By: Ancient Mariner

Posted On: Apr 26, 2007
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MATSON Controversy

Seems like MATSON has taken a hit with it's MOKIHANA conversion work in China with the reported loss of Jones Act priviledges. First it seems quite unfair for MATSON to take the hit due to the incompetency of the USCG. Secondly, viewing some recent deliveries and the problems therewith it would appear that again time has come for American flag shipowners to enjoy the luxury of foreign shopping like the rest of the world to remain not only afloat but competitive as well. The press never did get the final word of Overseas Houston's arrival "on a rope" on it's maiden voyage and the the recent USCG fiascos involving conmversions and new building has to set one to thinking. As American mariners both licensed and unlicensed get ready to set sail as "flag of convenience" labor for Teekay and others it seems like a double standard applies here. Lets see what the ITF and MTD does to bring the wages of foreign mariners up to the same level as their American "flag of convenience" counterparts.


Posted By: Jason

Posted On: Apr 24, 2007
Views: 2155
Scrubber Controversy

Seems there is quite a lot of controversy when scrubbers are discussed as a means to reduce exhaust emissions from the worlds merchant fleet. It would be interesting to see an article or perhaps some people weighing in on this issue considering the fact that scrubbers have been in use for years with Inert Gas plants aboard tankers. Same principle applies ~ washing and cooling exhaust from a diesel fired source or boiler exhaust flue with the wash water returned directly to the sea. Perhaps one of the separator manufacturers such as AlfaLaval or Westfalia or an inert gas plant manufacturer such as Air Products or Moss might give an opinion. Holland America has just sent one to see aboard Zaandam so that would be a good vessel to follow.


Posted By: Jason

Posted On: Apr 11, 2007
Views: 2295
MARPOL ANNEX VI and the US

With the ratification of MARPOL ANNEX VI soon to be a reality in the US, hopefully our lawmmakers will clearly spell out the limits in regards to sulphur in marine fuels. The current IMO rulemaking indicates sulphur not to exceed 4.5% (notice single decimal point) and 1.5% (again single decimal point)in SECA's. This leads to the ambiguous debate as to whether 4.54% rounds down to 4.5% and the same for 1.5%. A similar quandry now exists in California regulations. Until this is officially clarified it is hoped Port State control officials will see operators as "acting in good faith" should such minor infractions arise in Port State control cases.


Posted By: Jason

Posted On: Apr 2, 2007
Views: 2244
Maritime Cabotage Task Force Report

The MCTF has released it's annual support. The same old rhetoric which confirms the old adage "All the Support Money Can Buy". Supporting US maritime unions is a good thing as US ships should employ US crews however, strangling the few remaining US flag operators by compelling them to build ships in US yards at "highly uncompetitive" prices and delivery times is counter productive. Short sea shipping would be miles ahead today if US operators could avail themselves of readily available designs at competitive prices. With all the "fear factors" in place we would see US flag LNG vessel as well if they could be built in foreign yards.


Posted By: Klaus

Posted On: Mar 28, 2007
Views: 2228
Aker Mipo Boxships

After reading Chuck Raymond's testimony at the Title XI hearing, I think Horizon is for sure who they are looking at. Time will tell!


Posted By: Ron

Posted On: Mar 28, 2007
Views: 2104
Aker Philly

Word of a new "containership" agreement with Hyundai? ~ could this be something for Horizon lines? Would be nice to see some more new container ships in the domestic fleet.


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