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US wants ships to keep AIS on to tackle smuggling

The United States wants all ships to keep their AIS systems on to minimize illicit activity and smuggling, and to increase transparency of ship movements around the globe, a senior State Department official said, in light of several recently-seen practices of vessels turning off their AIS.

Stena Bulk wants to gain access to Stena Impero

Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management released an announcement demanding to be granted access to the vessel ‘Stena Impero’ to conduct a full assessment. However, they are still waiting for a response from Iranian authorities. They also stated that there is no current evidence the ship has breached any maritime rules or regulations, and they supported ‘the professionalism and conduct of the crew of the Stena Impero.’

US LNG exports to Europe grow

US exports of LNG have been growing continuously and reached a new peak of 4.7 billion cubic feet per day in May 2019, according to the latest data published by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. In 2019, the US became the world’s third-largest LNG exporter, averaging 4.2 Bcf/d in the first five months of the year.

Ensuring compliance with ISPM 15

The Standard Club informed that it has come across several cases where the ships on a voyage from South Africa to the US were denied entry in the port, due to non-compliance of wood packaging materials with the ISPM 15. The financial losses because of such non-compliance and refusal of entry were important.

US to sell North Korean seized vessel

The US Marshals Service that has under custody the North Korean-owned vessel, Wise Honest, is under discussions on selling the seized vessel, as they have been ordered by a federal court. Yet, it is to be decided whether the Otto Warmbier family will receive the sale proceeds.

Iran releases 9 crew from seized Panamanian-flagged tanker

Iran has released nine of the 12 Indian crew members on board the seized Panamanian-flagged oil tanker M/T Riah, after claims that the ship was transporting around 1 million liters of smuggled fuel. As the Indian Ministry for External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kuma informed, the nine sailors were released and are now on their way to India soon.

US Gulf drillship market improves its position

The US Gulf of Mexico drillship market is currently in quite an enviable position, Westwood Global Energy Group says, as from mid-July, marketed utilization of the 25-rig fleet stood at 96%, with 24 units either working or committed to start contracts in the next few months.

Port of New Orleans welcomes modern riverboat

The US Port of New Orleans welcomed arrival of the American Harmony, the second modern cruise riverboat in the US last week. The newest ship in American Cruise Lines’ series of five modern riverboats will remain docked in its homeport until it departs on its inaugural Mississippi River cruise on 17 August.

Hospital ship USNS Comfort starts medical service in Costa Rica

Senior leadership from the hospital ship USNS Comfort, along with host, US diplomatic and partner nation representatives attended an opening ceremony to mark the start of the vessel’s medical mission stop in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on July 23. 

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