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Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia agree on joint maritime patrols

The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to conduct joint maritime patrols along Southeast Asia’s shipping routes following recent incident of kidnapping in southern Philippines. The three countries agreed for measures including the creation of a framework to conduct maritime patrols in affected maritime areas.

NASSCO christens second ECO Class product carrier for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO welcomed a christening ceremony for the second ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company’s shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Scott Peters spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Trang Cormack, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle alongside the ship.

ABB to strengthen China’s power grid and lower environmental impact

ABB has won orders worth more than $300 million to supply advanced converter transformers for two long-distance ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission links capable of transporting up to 10,000 MW of power at the 800 kV voltage level, setting a new world record in terms of capacity.

Safe carriage of laterite nickel ore

The issue of safe carriage of laterite nickel ore has attracted attention of international society. A latest judgment of Chinese court shows that the IMSBC Code shall be applicable to the safe carriage of the laterite nickel ore.

India: Cabotage restrictions relaxed

The Government of India has relaxed cabotage restrictions for ports which transship at least 50% of the container handled by them. The cabotage relaxation will enable shipping lines to consolidate Indian EXIM and empty containers at transshipment ports in India for onward transportation to destination ports by main shipping lines.

GAIL postpones LNG ship tender again

State gas utility GAIL India has deferred a USD 7-billion tender for hiring nine newly-built ships to ferry liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US by one month. Bids for the tender were to close on February 29 but now have been extended to March 31.

Transas receives DNV-GL certificate for ECDIS

DNV-GL has issued an official certificate for the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS after Transas successfully passed type-approval in November 2015. The new generation of the Transas ECDIS is the first sytem in the market certified by DNV-GL according to the latest IHO and IEC standards.

USCG: Lower Mississippi is closed due to collision

The US Coast Guard announced that the Lower Mississippi River between mile markers 126 and 131 has been closed to navigation following a collision between two towing vessels and their barges. There have been no reports of caustic soda entering the water. Also, there were no reported injuries.

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