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Top 10 Nautical Themed Halloween Costume Ideas

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get nautical. And who doesn’t love a good costume party? From the cutest little sailor outfits to the scariest of pirates and everything in between, Boat Trader is here to combine your love for the boating lifestyle with some spooktacular Halloween spirit. We’ve included some oldies […]

Holland America Line Receives Association for Rescue at Sea Award

The captain and crew of Holland America Line’s ms Veendam were honored by the Association for Rescue at Sea with a prestigious AFRAS AMVER Award for the 2015 rescue of a pilot who ditched his aircraft in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. The Automated…

Antwerp Port Volume up 3.3% in 9 months

The port of Antwerp continues its excellent performance, handling 161,671,573 tonnes of freight in the first nine months of this year, up 3.3% on the same period last year. The container volume in the first three quarters came to more than 7.5 million TEU.

Maersk Maintains Beaching Mantra, Ignores Danwatch Views

After investigative journalists have revealed the severe short-comings of Maersk’s shipbreaking practices in Alang, India, the shipping giant blatantly disregards the findings. In an official statement, Maersk defends its new practice of breaking…

OCEAN Alliance Gains US Approval

The proposed OCEAN Alliance between several of the world’s largest container shippers has received approval from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), allowing it to become effective Monday, October 24, 2016. The OCEAN Alliance, comprising COSCO Shipping…

Huntington Ingalls Looking to Diversify with Bid for Services Company Camber, Sources Say

By Mike Stone Oct 21 (Reuters) – Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc is in talks to buy government services contractor Camber Corp for nearly $400 million as the U.S.’s largest military shipbuilder diversifies, people familiar with the situation said. Show More Summary

The Feds Won’t Buy This $19 Million Stealth Boat—or Let It Be Sold Abroad

By Caroline Winter (Bloomberg) — Self-made millionaire Gregory Sancoff has spent a decade and $19 million building a highly unusual stealth boat. Called Ghost, it’s designed to be faster, more stable, and more fuel-efficient than anything currently in the U.S. Show More Summary

Denmark Planning for Future With Autonomous Ships

The Danish Maritime Authority is preparing for a future that includes autonomous ships by launching a pre-study on the matter. The Authority says that unmanned ships becoming a reality is not a matter of if, but when, where, and to which extent. Show More Summary

VLCC Rates to Stay firm on High Cargo Volumes

By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could dip but are likely to remain firm next week on buoyant cargo volumes, ship brokers said on Friday. That came after VLCC rates from...Show More Summary

WATCH: Pioneering Spirit Removes Yme Topsides in North Sea

Long video but worth a watch if you want to see one of the most unique ships of the last decade in action. The ship is Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit, which recently completed its first project removing the 13,500-tonne topside of the Yme...Show More Summary

Edison Chouest to Build 13 Damen Tugs Following Texas, Alaska Contract Wins

Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore is building 13 Damen-designed heavy duty mooring assistance and escort tugs in response to two major contract wins in Texas and Alaska. The 13 tugs will be constructed at ECO’s shipyards under Damen’s technical supervision. Show More Summary

Industry Issues Joint Call to IMO to Act on Shipping Emissions

A group of 52 leading maritime players have called on the International Maritime Organization to act on cutting emissions from the shipping industry ahead of the Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting taking place next week in London. Show More Summary

Norsafe ‘Concerned’ by Spate Lifeboat Drill Accidents

Norway-based Norsafe, a leading manufacturer of marine life-saving equipment for the commercial and offshore market, says it is concerned about the recent spate of lifeboat drill accidents that have resulted in serious injury to crew members and even death in some cases. Show More Summary

U.S. Carries Out Freedom-of-Navigation Operation in South China Sea

By Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Friday, drawing a warning from Chinese warships to leave the area. The U.S. action was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit […] The post U.S. Show More Summary

Astican & Astander Continue to Invest

Astander and Astican are the two busiest privately owned shipyards in Spain carrying out heavy repairs and special conversion projects with a boutique style attitude towards customers. As part of Lavinia Group, which runs a fleet of more than 70 vessels, the shipyard understand the owner´s needs.

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs. Edison Chouest is building…

Seven Migrants Die on Day of Libyan Coast Guard Attack

The crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, humanitarian group Sea-Watch said on Friday.

Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape

Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is. Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in reservoirs…

Wagenborg Launches New Tug Wild Maa

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Wagenborg launched the new tugboat Wild Maa in Groningen, the Netherlands. Prior to the tandem lift, Wagenborg transferred the tug, weighing 253 metric tons and measuring 29 meters long and 10.3 meters wide, from…

US Drillers Extend Rig Recovery

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States rose again this week, extending its second-best streak of no cuts into a 17th straight week, with analysts expecting more additions as crude prices hold over $50 a barrel. Drillers added 11 oil rigs in the week to Oct.

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