Call for UN sanctions against Liberian-flag ships
A report released by the ITF (the International Transport Workers Federation) and Global Witness, a London-based environmental and human rights group, calls for definite steps against ships flagged with the Liberian shipping register

Royal Caribbean names Wright senior VP, safety and environment
Capt. William S. Wright, who has directed a comprehensive upgrading of navigational systems for the fleet of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., has been promoted to senior VP, Safety and Environment

Inmarsat postpones IPO
Inmarsat Ventures plc has postponed its initial public offering.

LNG Matthew banned from Boston
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Boston has denied entry to a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker

HK shipowners want monopoly probe of underwriters
The Hong Kong Ship Owners Association (HKSOA) has suggested underwriters be investigated by monopoly (antitrust) authorities for unilaterally setting a deadline to cancel war-risk insurance

New appointment at Davie
Davie Industries Inc., Levis, Quebec, has appointed Jack Berglund as VP of marketing and sales.

Kvaerner reaches agreement with banks
Trading in Kvaerner group shares on the Oslo stock exchange resumed today after the company reached agreement with its main banks on restructuring its short-term and long-term financing

Friede Goldman Halter plans to retain investment banking firm
Subject to Bankruptcy Court approval, Friede Goldman Halter, Inc., plans to retain the services of an investment banker whose specialties include providing financial restructuring and mergers and acquisitions expertise to financially distressed companies.

Carnival reports 97.7% occupancy rate, Renaissance folds
For departures between Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, Carnival Corporation's six cruise brands operated at an occupancy level of 97.7 percent. But Renaissance Cruises, which once thought it could cut out the travel agent, has ceased cruising

Tidewater plans $100 million boost for crew boat operations
Offshore services giant Tidewater says it has committed up to $100 million to a program that will bring 21 crew and fast crew/supply vessels into its fleet by 2003.

Kvaerner headaches continue
Trading in shares of Kvaerner remained suspended as the group announced today that it "now has a financial solution in sight ..."

USCG clarifies security measures
The U.S. Coast Guard said yesterday that "many rumors and false reports concerning the U. S. Coast Guard's security measures relating to vessels, crews, and passengers arriving in U. S. ports have circulated ..."

GAO denies protest of FGH order
Friede Goldman Halter, Inc., says that its Halter Marine, Inc., has been informed by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) that a protest made by a competing shipbuilder was denied. The award of a contract for three Logistic Support Vessels (LSV's) to Halter Marine has been affirmed.

Project America sails ahead
Northrop Grumman Corporation and American Classic Voyages Co. today announced they have reached an agreement,that enables the continued and uninterrupted construction of two 1,900-passenger cruise ships.

Cruise lines beef up security
The ICCL says that in the wake of the September 11 outrage, member lines have further increased already stringent security precautions

EC chides France and Ireland for lax post-Erika port state control
The European Commission is sending reasoned opinions to France and Ireland for failure to comply with the Port State Control Directive that obliges European Union member states to inspect at least 25% of the ships entering their ports each year.

USCG requires notification of crew nationalities
All deep-draft vessels coming to any port in the United States must now include in their advance notice of arrival a crew list that includes the nationality of each crewmember. COTPs have been provided with a list of countries of particular concern.

Kværner chief to step down
Under pressure from its lenders, the Kværner Group is being forced to go to its shareholders for fresh capital. It is seeking up to NOK 2 billion (about US $ 231 million). The Group's President & CEO Kjell E. Almskog will step down at the end of the year.

Boats evacuated one million New Yorkers after WTC attack
The Coast Guard estimates that one million New Yorkers were evacuated by boat following last week's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

World's first common-rail low-speed diesel engine successfully completes sea trials
Sea trials have been successfully completed with the world's first large diesel engine to have common-rail fuel injection.

Next Maritime Administrator picked?
Washington insiders believe the Bush Administration has made its pick for U.S. Maritime Administrator.

Stuffing containers with stowaways
Organized gangs in Genoa and Livorno are reportedly using container stuffing stations as a base to put stowaways in containers, principally consigned for the United States and Canada.

ITF explains its Liberia case to shipowners
The ITF yesterday took its plea for shipowners to desert the Liberian flag to the shipowners’ organization the ISF (International Shipping Federation).

EU-China maritime agreement is in the works
Next week will see the start of formal negotiations on a far-reaching maritime agreement between the European Union and China.

Cruise line pays Alaska $55,000 in air quality case
Celebrity Cruise Lines has agreed to pay the State of Alaska $55,000 to settle claims of violations of the state’s air emission standards

NCL orders bilge water "polishers"
Norwegian Cruise Lines has ordered two ship-sets of PFM filters from Hermont Marine Inc. They will operate as the final effluent-polishing element of the bilge water treatment systems on two ships.

West Africa work for Bingo
Ocean Rig ASA has received a Letter of Intent from affiliates of ExxonMobil Corporation and a subsidiary of BP p.l.c. for drilling services with its semi-submersible drilling rig Leiv Eiriksson.

Finding a better way to clean up oily bilge water
EnSolve Biosystems has been awarded a Naval Sea Systems Command grant to develop a fully automated biomechanical system for removal of oily wastes from ships’ bilge water

Quietening the latest FRV
Noise Control Engineering, Billerica, Mass., has received a subcontract from Friede-Goldman Halter for the engineering and acoustical design services on NOAA's new Fisheries Research Vessel, the FRV-40.

Norsk Hydro gets into deepwater GOM

ABB wins FPSO orders

USS Cole set for relaunch

Wärtsilä power module for FPSO

Bollinger upgrades Port Fourchon yard

Bollinger delivers another 145.5 ft utility boat

Major penalties for polluting Mississippi

Global Marine and Santa Fe to merge

Major gains for Liberian Registry

Northern Offshore to reactivate MODU's

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