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Ricaurte Vasquez. Pic: Florida State University

Panama Canal Appoints New Administrator

The Panama Canal Board of Directors announced the appointment of Ricaurte Vasquez as the next Panama Canal Administrator.According to a press note from the artificial 82 km waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean, Vasquez will take office on September 4, 2019, succeeding current Administrator Jorge L. Quijano, who concludes his seven-year term at the helm of the waterway.The decision was made by the Board of Directors in accordance to an independent, transparent and rigorous process mandated by the Panamanian Constitution and Organic Law of the Panama Canal Authority.

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India: Seafarer Jobs Growth whopping 42.3%

and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) courses since January 2018. Prior to this, candidates who were doing the long duration pre-sea courses were issued Indian CDC."This initiative of the Directorate has mobilized lot of seafarers to pursue Indian CDC who otherwise were holding CDC for other flags like Panama, Liberia, etc. The ban on opening of the new pre-sea and post-sea institutes has been lifted and various requirements for approval of courses also delinked," said a government press release."This has considerably helped in opening of the new maritime training institutes. This shall definitely

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GAC Expands in South America

Growing demand for professional shipping services from the offshore oil & gas industry has prompted GAC to open an office in Uruguay. The new office continues 2018’s expansion of the Group’s Americas region with the opening of GAC Brazil’s office in Fortaleza, and the establishment of GAC Panama.Based in the key port of Montevideo, GAC Uruguay is well positioned to offer a full range of ship agency services nationwide, with particular focus on the growing offshore oil & gas and product tanker sectors.

Mark Montgomery (Photo: Ports America)

Montgomery Named CEO of Ports America

notably, he served as the CEO of Kansas City Southern (KCS), a publicly traded Class I railroad. He currently serves on the board of directors of Greenbrier, an international railcar manufacturing and leasing company. Prior to KCS, Starling held management, leadership and operational positions at the Panama Canal Railways Company, American President Lines, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad and Burlington Northern. Furthermore, he currently serves as a senior advisor to Oaktree’s Infrastructure Investing strategy.“Ports America provides the only tri-coastal terminal operating footprint

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MLC Enters New Chapter’ for Seafarers' Rights

ITF president.“This is the acknowledgment that the inland navigation personnel are faced with unique living and working conditions that require special consideration.“Whilst we celebrate for the adoption of this resolution, our support and thoughts are with our inland navigation affiliates in Panama, who are fighting a bitter battle against the Canal Authority’s retaliation for raising concerns about safety in the towing operations within the Canal’s new locks, an action we firmly condemned&rdquo

Philip Bannerman, Regional Director Americas Radio Holland (Photo: Radio Holland Group)

RH Taps Bannerman to Head Americas

Effective April 1, 2018, Radio Holland Group appointed Philip Bannerman as Regional Director Americas. Bannerman will be based at the RH regional head office in Houston and will be responsible for all offices and activities of Radio Holland in the Americas region, being USA, Canada, Curaçao, Panama, Brazil and Trinidad & Tobago. Philip Bannerman is a senior business development executive with 20 years in the international maritime, cruise and energy industries. He holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Glasgow University. Philip has spent a considerable part of his recent career

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

Army Corps of Engineers’ program, and have been pleased by the strong growth in our second home, Louisiana, as the state fights coastal erosion and the loss of valuable wildlife habitat.” The construction of the new build ATB hopper dredge ELLIS ISLAND and tug DOUGLAS B. MACKIE took place in Panama City, Florida, and employed more than 400 shipyard workers over the three-year construction period. Now located offshore of Gulfport, Mississippi, ELLIS ISLAND commenced dredging operations in early December 2017 on the MSCIP Comprehensive Barrier Island Restoration Plan which will reconnect Ship

At Port Manatee, cargo is offloaded from World Direct Shipping’s M/V Queen B, which is soon to shift to a new weekly service from Mexico’s Port of Tuxpan, while an additional vessel is deployed between Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, and Port Manatee. (Photo: World Direct)

World Direct Shipping to Double Port Manatee Service

it has lengthened its pact with Federal Marine Terminals, which will work both vessels at Port Manatee.             Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs, without levying ad-valorem taxes

Australia Bans Bulker for Underpaying Crew

 A Panama flagged bulk carrier, DL Carnation, has been banned from entering Australian ports for a period of 12 months after authorities uncovered a scheme which saw the vessel’s crew being intentionally underpaid.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said it received a complaint on Friday, September 8 via the International Transport Workers’ Federation alleging discrepancies in the payment of wages for the crew of the DL Carnation. An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel in Gladstone and found that the ship was operating with two sets of wage accounts on board: one

Rucker Named President of Tideworks

, where he is responsible for managing liner customer relationships, strategic planning and ensuring terminal productivity and KPI performance. Rucker joined SSA Marine in 1999 as a project manager within the Y2K project team, from there he moved into a variety of technology roles. He then relocated to Panama, where he oversaw IT operations at MIT, and eventually came to lead IT operations for all of SSA Marine’s Central and South American activities. In 2006, Rucker returned to Seattle to head up Tideworks’ Products and Professional Services Groups, a position he held until his return in

Chilean Trade Commissioner Sacha Garafulic, right, chats about trade growth opportunities with, from left, Port Manatee Executive Director Carlos Buqueras and Manatee County Port Authority Chairwoman Vanessa Baugh. (Photo: Port Manatee)

Port Manatee, Chile Aim to Boost Commerce

and the Dominican Republic in conjunction with presentations made to the Manatee County Port Authority.             Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs, without levying ad-valorem taxes

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MLC, 2006 Inspections Yield Positive Results

and the availability of the onboard complaint procedure (5 percent).   Most of the 3,674 ships inspected during the CIC were general cargo/multi-purpose ships (1,062, 28.9 percent) and bulk carriers (789, 21.5 percent), and most inspections were performed aboard vessels flying the flags of Panama (433, 11.8 percent), Malta with (328, 8.9 percent) and Liberia with (314, 8.5 percent).   The campaign results will be further analyszd and findings will be presented to the Port State Control Committee. The final CIC report will be published on the Paris MoU website

In August 2015 General Dynamics NASSCO launched Perla del Caribe, the second ship in a series of natural gas powered containerships for TOTE (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

US Shipyards: Building for America, Jobs for Americans

programs. The owner of the NASSCO-built vessels mentioned above, TOTE, for instance, benefited from the MARAD-administered Federal Ship Financing Program (FSFP) that guarantees loans to help U.S. shipyards produce a modern commercial fleet.    Another is Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) of Panama City, Fla., a long-time supporter of the oil industry. Following the 2010 Deep Water Horizon disaster, Eastern took a hard hit, yet the very next year MARAD jumped in with an FSFP loan guarantee for five platform supply vessels to be exported to Brazil.    Those guarantees helped Eastern

Peter Hall (Photo: IBIA)

IBIA’s Chief Executive Hall to Retire

and Harbor Master of the Port of Gibraltar has stood him in good stead to expand IBIA’s impact on port procedures through IBIA’s Port Charter, a process aimed at encouraging good bunker port practices globally. This innovation, initiated by Hall, will continue as IBIA responds to requests in Panama, Jamaica and a number of Asian ports. Hall has also very strongly supported IBIA Asia Ltd’s efforts in Singapore to facilitate the introduction of mass flow meters by providing the training of managerial and technical staff. IBIA has grown in Africa and the adjacent islands as a direct result

Rafael Cigarruista (Photo: The Liberian Registry)

Liberia Registry Makes Key Appointments

the IMO. A former technical manager and class surveyor with Lloyd’s Register in London and DNV in Sydney, Kenny was most recently Chief Marine Surveyor with the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry.    Rafael Cigarruista has been appointed Manager of the Registry’s regional office in Panama which, in common with other flags, Liberia established to provide direct services to ships transiting the Panama Canal. Cigarruista  is a former independent nautical engineer with extensive experience of class and statutory surveys.   Pinar Saglam has been appointed Corporate & Registratio

Port Automation Puts Labor on Notice

automating, the cost of investing in new technology. There is a careful balance between services to the customer and managing costs as much as possible,” says Rooney. Most U.S. ports are treading lightly, but as they gear up to accommodate the Super-Max fleet expected to burst through the expanded Panama Canal, and represent the big shipping alliances, they need make sure they spend as much time figuring out how to efficiently service those super loaded vessels after they dock, as they are on making sure the ships can get into their ports. Thin margins and the volatility of the economy over the

Captain Kate McCue (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

Cruise Industry Gets First American Female Captain

elevated McCue to the position of Captain based on her 15 years of experience and leadership in the maritime industry. During her tenure, McCue has managed ship logistics while sailing worldwide itineraries, including Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and along the Panama Canal. Captain McCue has also served as a maritime leader while sailing several transatlantic and repositioning cruises, and played a role in the revitalization of ships in Singapore.    Kate McCue’s appointment follows that of Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, who was named President and CEO

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