FMCSA floating idea to allow more teenage truck drivers in interstate commerce
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment on a “potential” pilot program that would allow drivers ages 18 to 20 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.
Looming AOBRD deadline could negatively impact trucking capacity
A December 2019 deadline for adopting new systems for carriers to record truck drivers’ hours of service could cause a short-term blip in capacity as truckers convert to the new system. At issue is a Department of Transportation regulation that makes Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) stricter. Come Dec. 16, carriers no longer will be allowed to deploy the Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) that were grandfathered in for the first two years of the ELD mandate.
Industry Standard Decom Contract Drafted
Law firm HFW said it has helped shipping association BIMCO draft an industry standard offshore decommissioning contact.The contract – DISMANTLECON – has been approved by BIMCO's Documentary Committee and will be released at the end of June, along with guidance notes.
SMS Group Brings a New Shipyard to the Solent
UK ship repairer and marine engineering services provider the SMS Group has partnered with the Hythe Shipyard to provide a dedicated shipyard solution to customers within the Solent and Southampton Water.SMS, which specializes in ship repair…
Hamburg Süd Christens Polar Ecuador
Hamburg Süd christened the Polar Ecuador containership in Antwerp.The new vessel belongs to a group of four structurally identical vessels in the Polar class that have been built for Hamburg Süd by the Chinese shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding.
Samsung Heavy Orders Pumps from SVANEHØJ
SVANEHØJ, which is located in Aalborg, Denmark, has secured an order from South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries for a total of 42 pumps for three new Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLEC). The ships have been ordered by the Chinese company…
SMS Towage Orders Tug Duo from Damen
UK towage company SMS Towage has purchased two tugs from Damen Shipyards. The first vessel, called Manxman, was handed over on April 12, just seven days after contract signing. The contract for the second vessel, to be called Marksman, was signed on May 1 with a delivery date scheduled for June 7th.
MAN Powers LNG-powered Ferry Newbuild
The Jinling Shipyard in China has ordered 4 × MAN 51/60DF engines in connection with the building of 1 + 1 × 230-meter-long RoPax vessels for TT-Line, the German ferry operator. The vessel will feature a complete MAN propulsion package, besides the engines…
Statfjord Loadings Resume After Leak
Equinor has resumed crude oil loadings from its Statfjord field in the North Sea following a spill last week, the Norwegian oil and gas company said on Monday.Production from Statfjord remains unaffected, and the offloading of crude is now taking place from an alternative buoy on the field, it added
IAATO Votes for Whale Protection Measures
The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) voted measures into effect that will reduce the incidence of tourist ships striking whales around the Antarctic Peninsula. The vote occurred at its annual meeting, held in Cape Town this year…