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Ecochlor BWTS Receives USCG Type Approval

Ecochlor's patented BWTS has received USCG Type Approval. The Ecochlor BWTS uses a two-step process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). It is completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature.  “The Ecochlor BWTS works just as effectively as it did when first installed in a ship in 2004 without any fundamental changes," said Tom Perlich, President and Founder.

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FMC Commissioner Doyle Weighs in on THE Alliance Proposed Amendment

Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle issued a statement addressing THE Alliance’s filing of an amendment to add further detail to protections in the event of an insolvency.   I am pleased that The Alliance is seeking Federal Maritime Commission authority to form, contribute funds to, develop rules for, and administer a contingency fund designed to protect against the effects of one of the parties experiencing financial distress or an insolvency event.

People & Company News

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NORDEN Expands Tanker Fleet

 NORDEN is in the process of increasing its tanker exposure. The purpose is to take advantage of the business opportunities provided by the fluctuations of the cyclical market, said a communicaion from the company.   ”During the strong tanker markets throughout 2015 and the first half-year of 2016, NORDEN prioritised coverage. We therefore reduced the open capacity for 2017 and onwards.

Shipbuilding

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Project to Build World’s Biggest Sailing Cargo Ship

Lloyd's Register (LR) has joined the Quadriga sustainable shipping project – an initiative from Hamburg-based Sailing Cargo, which aims to build the world’s biggest sailing cargo ship.   The project outlines a plan to build a 170-meter car carrier, capable of carrying between 1,700 and 2,000 cars, which will be equipped with four DynaRig masts and will operate on hybrid propulsion with sails and diesel-electric engines, and an optional battery system for peak loads.

Offshore

KBA Europe, Batok Offshore Partner in West Africa

KB Associates Europe Limited KBA(E) has announced a new partnership with the local representative – Batok Offshore and Oil Services Nigeria Limited for the arrangement of KBA(E)’s specialist training courses in country; such as Client Worksite Representative, Combined Diving System Assurance and FMECA Awareness, and Intensive FMECA courses, to be delivered in Lagos – Nigeria.

Finance

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Baltic Index Continues Gaining Streak

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, on Wednesday continued its gaining streak as demand for capesize vessels strengthened. Rising for the thirteenth straight session, the overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 38 points, or 3.25 percent, at 1,207 points, touching its highest since April 20.

Government Update

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Milaha Launches Kuwait Service amid Diplomatic Crisis

Qatar Navigation (Milaha) , a top Doha-based shipping and logistics group, said on Wednesday it had launched a new container service to Kuwait amid a diplomatic crisis that has seen it lose access to regional trans-shipment hub, Dubai. Milaha will operate the weekly, direct service between Kuwait and Qatar using a vessel capable of handling the equivalent of 515 20-foot containers, the company said in a statement.

Education/Training

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Scholarships Awarded to Coast Guard Families

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all U.S. Coast Guard members and their families, announced that in 2017 it has awarded a record 166 new scholarships. Combined with 10 multi-year scholarship recipients and three Fallen Heroes Scholars, the Foundation is currently assisting 179 students with a half-million dollars in support this year.

Casualties

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Dock Workers Injured in Chemical Spill at Port of Long Beach

Twelve people, including one firefighter, sustained minor to mild injuries after a container ship leaked a hazardous material in the Port of Long Beach in Southern California, WSJ reported.   A 6,000-gallon container on the ship began leaking the liquid Sunday morning, Officer Brian Fisk with the Long Beach Fire Department said.   Workers who were exposed to the leaking chemical,

Logistics

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Milaha Launches Direct Container Service Between Qatar and Kuwait

Milaha, a Qatar-based maritime and logistics conglomerate, has launched the first ever direct feeder service between Qatar and Kuwait.   The new service, named KQX (Kuwait Qatar Express Service), will operate between Hamad Port in Qatar and Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait once a week initially, using a 515 TEU vessel.  With 50 reefer plugs available on the vessel and a highly competitive transit time of 1 day,