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US Authorities Make Checks on Oil Tanker Arrived from Russia

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U.S. authorities have stopped an oil tanker traveling from Russia to New Orleans to check whether it is Russian in origin, a source confirmed to Reuters.The Vitol-chartered vessel was shipping intermediate oil products including vacuum gasoil and fuel oil from Russia's Taman port to New Orleans last week,

Carnival Fined $5 Million for Cybersecurity Violations

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A New York state regulator on Friday fined cruise line operator Carnival Corp $5 million for "significant" cybersecurity violations, following four security breaches from 2019 to 2021 that exposed substantial amounts of sensitive customer data.New York's Department of Financial Services said Carnival

Russian Oil Tankers Get India Safety Cover Via Dubai Company

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India is providing safety certification for dozens of ships managed by a subsidiary of top Russian shipping group Sovcomflot, official data showed, enabling oil exports to India and elsewhere after Western certifiers withdrew their services due to global sanctions against Moscow.Certification by the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass),

Insurer Must Pay Spanish Claim in Galicia Oil Spill, EU Court Says

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Spain on Monday won backing from Europe's top court in its mutlimillion euros damage claim against The London Steam-Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association for a massive oil spill on its northwestern coast two decades ago.The 2002 sinking of the Greek oil tanker Prestige, which was sailing to Gibraltar,

Sovcomflot Fleet Fully Covered by Russian Insurers, CEO Says

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Russia's state-run Sovcomflot has insured all its cargo ships with Russian insurers and the cover meets international rules, the chief executive said, after Western insurers withdrew cover.Western insurers halted insurance cover for Russia's biggest shipping group when Sovcomflot was hit by sanctions

Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022: Long Term Fixes, But What’s in It for the Short Term?

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The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (the Act) was signed by President Biden on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The long term fixes, which require Federal Maritime Commission rule-making, establishes additional requirements requiring the FMC to issue rules related to certain fee assessments, prohibited practices,

British Seafarer Gets Prison Sentence After Deadly Baltic Sea Ship Collision

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A British crew member of the ship Scot Carrier has been found guilty in manslaughter and sentenced to 1.5 years in prison after a ship collision in December last year in the Baltic Sea that killed two Danish seafarers, Danish police said on Thursday.The 30-year old British man was on duty when the 55-meter

Biden Signs Ocean Shipping Reform Act Into Law

President Biden at the Port of Los Angeles on June 10, 2022. (Photo: @POTUS / Twitter)

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed legislation to improve oversight of ocean shipping, which lawmakers say will help curb inflation and ease export backlogs.The bipartisan bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a 369-42 vote earlier this week. Biden said he had "promised to crack

Tanker Owner Owes $44.6 Million Over Fatal US Warship Collision

Significant visible damage to the hull of Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) following a collision with the tanker Alnic MC while in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on August 21, 2017. (Photo: Joshua Fulton / U.S. Navy)

A U.S. judge on Wednesday said the owner of an oil tanker must pay the United States $44.6 million over its role in a 2017 collision between the tanker with a U.S. Navy destroyer in southeast Asia that killed 10 sailors and injured dozens more.U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan found Energetic

California's New Emissions Rules Pose Challenges for Tankers -DNV

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Tanker vessels may face challenges calling California when new emissions regulations take effect, according to a new DNV report.The report, commissioned by Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), indicates tanker vessels and terminals in California could struggle to meet the 2020 amendments to

'Midshipman-X' Revealed, Files Suit Against Maersk

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A U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipman who shook the maritime industry last year when, under the moniker "Midshipman-X," publicly described how she was raped by her superior officer while serving as an engine cadet aboard a Maersk cargo ship, has been revealed as Hope Hicks.Hicks

Iranian Tanker Seized By Greece Has Been Released

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Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) said on Tuesday the Iranian-flagged Lana tanker ship seized in April by Greece is no longer impounded and its oil cargo will be returned to its owner, according to Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency."With the swift and authoritative action of Iran, the

US House Passes Ocean Shipping Reform Act

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation Monday to improve oversight of ocean shipping, which supporters say will help curb inflation and ease export backlogs. The bill was approved 369-42 and will head to the White House for President Joe Biden's signature. Biden said in a statement he looked forward to signing it into law.

Indonesia Investigating Report Navy Asked for Payment to Release Tanker

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Indonesia's head of the armed forces said on Friday that he is investigating a Reuters report that navy officers asked for a payment of $375,000 to release a fuel tanker detained last week on suspicion of anchoring illegally in its waters.Navy officers at the Batam naval base, just south of Singapore,

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