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FMC concerned over Puerto Rico Terminal facilities agreement

An agreement filed at the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) allowing a joint venture between two adjacent terminals at the Port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, applies from August 29. However, concerns about the agreement and its affects on the marketplace will lead the FMC to adopt a more vigorous oversight plan than its traditional monitoring program.

GCC Bunkers to produce IMO 2020 compliant fuel in Texas

US-based marine fuels supplier GCC Bunkers announced a processing agreement with Texas International Terminals to produce ISO 8217 and IMO 2020 compliant 0.5% sulphur bunker fuel oil and 0.1% ECA specification gasoil in the Houston, Texas area, starting in early 2020.

Hurricane Dorian to hit Florida’s east coast

Every county in Florida is now under a state of emergency as the state prepares for what may be the strongest hurricane to hit its east coast in nearly three decades. Specifically, at 105 mph, hurricane Dorian is considered as the strongest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season so far.

Report highlights the importance of inland waterways to US economy

The US National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) today commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for releasing a significant new study that quantifies the cost-savings and competitive advantages that would increase investments in long-delayed improvements to inland waterways locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois River system.

New technology to listen for whale traffic aiming to prevent ship strikes

Scientists from the Benioff Ocean Initiative and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have created a a hydrophone (underwater microphone), in order to listen for whale traffic in the Santa Barbara Channel. With this technology, they aspire to prevent collisions between whales and boats.

US cyber-attack hampers Iran’s capability to target shipping

A secret cyber-attack that took place against Iran during June wiped out a significant database that Iran’s paramilitary arm uses, in order to plan attacks against oil tankers. This attack degraded Tehran’s capability of covertly targeting shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf, at least temporarily, senior American officials told the New York Times.

US fines Greek shipping companies for air pollution violations

US Attorney Gretchen Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced that two Greek Shipping companies have been convicted and sentenced for various pollution, record-keeping, and obstruction of justice crimes. The defendants’ conduct included using fuel that surpassed the maximum allowable sulfur concentration in the US Caribbean Emission Control Area

Alcohol the main contributing factor in fatal US boating accidents

The US Coast Guard released its 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics Report, revealing that there were 633 boating fatalities nationwide in 2018, which is a 3.8% decrease from 2017. From 2017 to 2018, total recreational boating injuries also fell 4.5% (2,629 to 2,511), and the total number of accidents reduced 3.4% (4,291 to 4,145). 

ITF concerned over US threat to deny visas for crews working on vessels carrying Iranian oil

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) announced that it has serious concerns regarding the lack of understanding shown by many governments in relation to international shipping and the role played by seafarers. In a recent message from the US State Department to the maritime industry, it informs that it will invoke anti-terrorism legislation to deny seafarers a US visa if they work on board a vessel carrying Iranian oil.

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