Are you tired of the same old same when it comes to cruising destinations? Are you looking for a new place to drop anchor this summer? If so, you are not alone. In fact, many avid boaters are now discovering that the West Coast of the Americas and Canada has much to offer when it comes to the boating and yachting lifestyle. In this 4 part series, we will explore that lifestyle and highlight some of the most noteworthy and desirable destinations in this region of the world. And don’t be surprised if after you read this, you immediately call a boat shipping company to transport your yacht to the featured destination, as some of these locations are still very much under the radar, and as we all know, that is a great thing when it comes to yachting. The first of these beautiful cruising destinations is Golfito, Costa Rica.
Golfito is a breathtaking little port city with an amazing backdrop of what else but the picturesque Costa Rican Rainforest and also the Golfito National Wildlife Refuge. The city overlooks the calm, blue Golfito Bay and has much to offer when it comes to boating and yachting. Located on Costa Rica’s South Pacific coast, there are marinas, a free port (which is very convenient for boatshipping companies), Golfito Costa Rica Sport fishing, and many other yachting and boating services and activities available year round. And did we mention that Golfito has some of the country’s most beautiful beaches? Well it does, and the water is very serene allowing for many tourist activities.
If you’re looking for a cruising destination chock-full of excitement and adventure than look no further, Golfito is the place for you. Although it is known for the peaceful beaches and breathtaking natural scenery and wildlife it is perhaps most known for sport fishing and adventure vacations. In fact, Roy's Zancudo Lodge which has established itself as the leading Costa Rican fishing lodge has held over 40 world records at one time or another. Not only do they have Sail and Marlin, but also the big secret is the wide variety of light tackle stand up fishing available.
We have combed the Earth in search of the most under rated boating destinations and we are convinced that Golfito is a great place to spend your next family yachting vacation! We are certain that you will be pleasantly surprised by just how much it has to offer. Whether you are the adventurous fisherman looking for your next big bite, or you are more the passive nature lover just looking for some tranquil ocean moments, you can experience it all in Golfito. So, sail on over or even better, book your reservation with a boat shipping company today to experience it for yourself! And don’t forget to send us a postcard! Cheers!
According to the Associated Press, the federal government has approved the state of Virginia’s recent request to seek a research lease on its Atlantic coastal areas to help speed up the development of an offshore wind farm.Not only is this important energy news for the country it is also great for the U.S. economy, as once the project goes into full swing, hundreds of jobs will be created and many related industries such as tourism and the marine transportation will be stimulated as well.
Companies that specialize in marine transportation will perhaps play the most important role in orchestrating this type of large-scale, off-shore energy project. It is these companies that deliver the heavy machinery, the turbines themselves, and any other materials necessary for the projects, directly to the construction site. Also, boat shipping companies will transport any tugboats and/or workboats that may be required to carry out the projects development.
Just last year, the FAA approved the very first project of its kind, the Cape Wind Project, just south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Despite nearly a decade of back and forth, the project was finally approved and although it has not broken ground yet, it is expected to by the end of the year. The farm will consist of 130 wind turbines located in the Nantucket Sound. Once complete, it is expected to generate enough energy to power the entire Cape.
It seems the Cape Wind Project has helped open the door for the implementation of more offshore wind projects, as we have seen recently in Virginia. Although it is still in its early phases, the recent decision by the federal government that would allow for the further study of wind, waves and wildlife along the 130-square-mile stretch aside for wind development off the coast of Virginia is good news. The announcement by U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was welcomed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, energy companies and proponents of clean energy, reports Associated Press.
Bidding is expected later this year by up to 10 energy companies interested in building wind farms in the federally designated leasing area 27 miles off Virginia Beach. The companies include Energy Management Inc., developer of the nation’s first offshore wind project off Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, and Dominion Virginia Power, the state’s largest electric utility. Also, marine transportation companies are getting ready as well, hoping to be a part of the project.
Currently, the U.S. is a front runner in the renewable energy sector of wind (on-shore), second only to China. In fact, in 2012, the US installed a record number of wind farms, totaling 13.2 gigawatts of capacity, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. And although we may be ahead of the game with our on-shore energy projects, when it comes to off-shore, we are behind Europe. Hopefully, this year, the U.S.’s offshore wind projects can finally take off, as there is much wind to utilize, especially off of the Atlantic. Once off-shore wind farm development really gets going, the marine transportation industry in this country, specifically companies that specialize in boat shipping, cargo shipping, and break bulk will play a key role in the development of these projects. These companies will use their massive ships to transport the heavy turbines, machinery, tugboats and workboats, and materials, directly to the individual project sites, such as Cape Cod and Virginia.
The topic of alternative energy is here to stay. As the world’s crude oil supply diminishes before our eyes, it is imperative that individual nations as well as the entire world starts considering that either you jump on the renewable energy train, or be left behind. It seems the United States is at least headed in the right direction. The question is: how long will it take before we arrive at our destination? Only time will tell.
Ocean Trade Lines,a well-known marine transportation company that specializes in worldwide boat shipping and yacht shipping announced today that it has successfully orchestrated the transport of a high-valued yacht tender boat built by Van Dam Custom Boats of Boyne City, MI.The custom-made boat was safely transported from Michigan to St. Maarten and arrived on January 8, 2013.
The beautifully-crafted yacht tender, TT Faith is just one of many custom-made boats built by Van Dam Custom Boats in Michigan. Since 1977, Van DamBoats have been designing and building some of the world’s finest wooden boats. They are so confident in the quality of their vessels they even back them with a lifetime guarantee. Van DamCustomBoats is a company with integrity, the type of company that Ocean Trade Lines is proud to extend its premier services to.
About Ocean Trade Lines
Ocean Trade Lines is recognized as one of the best boat transportation companies in the industry, demonstrating great business practices and veracity as well as a true flare and passion for what they do. They are also among the few boat shipping companies in the world using high-end, state-of-the-art equipment and machinery to carry out each and every boat transport. These advances include semi-submersible carriers and custom-built cradles, just to name a few. Althoughthese types of technologies require more capital than the standard shipping methodsthat are commonly used by other boat shipping companies, Ocean Trade Linesisn’t worried about how much they have to spend. They are more interested in ensuring the fast and safe delivery of every vessel that they are entrusted with, and providing their clients the peace of mind they are looking for. And you just can’t put a price tag on that. Ocean Trade Lines holds itself and others to the highest standards, making them true pioneers in themarinetransportation industry.
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The Polarled pipeline project, formerly known as the Norwegian Sea Gas Infrastructure project (NSGI), comprises a 481 km offshore pipeline, which will stretch from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to the Nyhamna Gas Facility. The main objective of the Polarled project is to ensure gas transport capacity from known as well as future field developments to the gas terminal and beyond through the existing transmission pipelines to continental Europe and to the UK. Statoil, the company that is heading the project, recently awarded Ramboll Oil and Gas the design contract for the deep sea project.
Offshore projects of this scale require many sustaining components in addition to the engineers and developers. Marine transportation companies play a major role in these types of projects, as they are responsible for delivering the heavy machinery and workboats such as tugs and barges that are necessary to carry out such impacting undertakings, such as the Polarled Pineline Project. One such company, Ocean Trade Lines of Southeastern United States, are well adept in the transporting all major cargo types. Although OTL specializes in boatshipping and yachtshipping, they also have the capacity to ship the heavy machinery and break bulk cargoes that are required for such offshore projects. “In the past, our premier transport services have been vital to many offshore projects worldwide. We are proud to be play a role and, in essence, be a part of history in the making,” said Kosta Constant, Operations Manager at OTL.
The pipeline is projected to carry a record-breaking installation through rough, uneven seabed terrain. It will involve installation at water depths reaching 1265 meters, which is set to be a world record for deep water installation of a 36" pipeline. It will also be will be laid through a very uneven terrain—ancient icebergs scouring the sea bed leading to numerous, long free spans along most of the route.
Ramboll carried out assessment of the tie-in operation using remotely operated tie-in equipment, and were also responsible for the design of Aasta Hansteen PLEM and in-line tee assemblies. The scope furthermore involved geotechnical foundation design for subsea structures and crossing design for existing pipelines and other services.
“We are extremely proud to have been awarded this major pipeline design contract which is the next step in our close cooperation with Statoil. The Polarled pipeline project draws on our extensive subsea pipeline experience together with our expertise within risk and safety engineering and geotechnical engineering. Furthermore, our environmental specialists have assisted Statoil with preparation of environmental impact assessment. The project will be executed employing expertise from our offices in Denmark, Norway, and India” says Lars Eriksen, Polarled project manager.
Ramboll will be working on detailed design for the project until the end of 2016.
Once the design is complete, and the construction of the pipeline is set to begin, the marine transportation companies will begin to start playing their pivotal role in the project. Without the companies that provide the cargo shipping and work boatshippingnecessary to carry out these types of offshore energy projects, they simply would not be possible.
It seems the tides are turning for the recreational boating industry. In fact, the industry reports a ten percent increase in power boat sales in 2012. This is the first implication of growth since recession. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), this development could very well indicate that we should see additional sales increase of roughly 5 to 10 percent in 2013. This projection is of course dependant on other related economic conditions that affect the recreational boating sector such as consumer confidence, the housing market, and continuous increase in Americans’ participation in outdoor recreation.
"Improving economic conditions and what seems to be a resurgence in Americans' love for the outdoors, helped fuel steady growth in new power boat sales in 2012," notes Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA. Whatever the reason behind it was, when boat sales increase, it is always a positive thing for the overall marine industry, as other related industry sectors such as marine transportation feel the ripple effect as well. As more boats are built and purchased, the need for boat relocation also jumps thus creating more of a demand for the services of boat shipping companies.
Another factor that is also said to have contributed to the recent sales increase is the emergence of a smaller; more innovative, more versatile; boats that appeal to a variety of interests as well as budgets. These boats fall between the 15-26 foot ranges.
It’s these smaller boats that are these days making up for nearly 96 percent of the 12.6 million registered boats in the United States that may very well lead the industry out of the recession. These boats include aluminum all purpose boats and pontoons, fiberglass bow riders, fish and ski boats, and jet boats.
“One of the most significant trends we’re seeing in boat manufacturing is the versatile boat-one that can pull tubers or wakeboarders, can be used for fishing outings, relaxing with family or entertaining friends,” said Dammrich. “After nearly a decade of decline, Americans are participating in outdoor recreation in growing numbers, and as they look for ways to spend time outdoors, boat manufacturers are taking cue, producing innovative boats that offer an all-encompassing entry to the boating lifestyle at a variety of price points.”
Taking notice of the growing popularity of this type of vessel, American boat builders are wasting no time in building them. Having made it through what has seemed like an endless drought when it comes to boat sales these past few years; ship yards all over the country from the Northeast to the West coast are jumping to meet the recent consumer demand.
This recent development in the marine industry is also stimulating other related sectors such as marine transportation, more specifically, the boat shipping companies nationwide that are moving these boats from one place to the next to make them available for the consumer. OceanTrade Lines, an international yacht shipping and boat shipping logistics company operating out of South Florida, is already feeling the effects to this recent growth. “In 2012, we had a substantial increase in shipping requests compared to 2011. Many of the boats we are transporting are recreational motor and sailing boats, in addition to the larger yachts and commercial sector workboats we ship worldwide with our standard conference line as well as our charter route voyages,” said Kostas Constant, Operations Manager at OTL. As one of the country’s top ranked boat shipping and yacht shippingcompanies, Ocean Trade Lines understands the importance of staying current on industry trends and following associations such as the NMMA’s announcements and continually rises to meet whatever the consumer demands may be.
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
After attending the International Work Boat Show in New Orleans, one thing is certain: it’s a great time to be an American shipyard. The IWBS, which is the largest maritime trade show in North America, drew over 13,000 visitors from all over the world this year and showcased over 1,100 exhibitors. Although there were many top stories to cover from the drought of 2012 to the revival of the gulf to arctic drilling, one message resonated with us more than the others, and that message was that the American shipbuilding industry is on the rise constructing and exporting more boats than last year at this time. And that is great news for the marinetransportation industry.
The IWBS and conference took place from December 5th through 7th at the Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center, in New Orleans. The show is always a great opportunity for companies and basically anyone in the maritime industry to showcase their products and network with clients as well as other vendors. In addition, the annual event offers considerable opportunities to participating businesses to get familiar with the latest tools and technologies that are being used in this sector. Bob Callahan, the show's director, said he anticipated a good turnout this year, and he was right. The final numbers for exhibitors and visitors were even higher that he initially projected.
There were many topics to cover, but for us, the top story was the booming American shipbuilding industry. Amidst a time of great economic uncertainty, there is no better news to report than substantial growth of the American shipbuilding sector and ultimately, the marinetransportation industry, which is taking place right here, right now, on American soil. Nationwide, ship builders are in the process of ramping up the construction of workboats including tugs, supply vessels, and ferries, amongst others.
Gulf coast boatyards saw signs of increased activity in 2012 as the offshore market finally opened up in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon accident and permit moratorium. That revival received a boost when Hornbeck Offshore Services in Covington, La., launched a $720 million construction program. Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla. and VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Miss., are each building eight 300-class DP-2 offshore supply vessels for Hornbeck. The Deepwater Horizon spill initially caused a slowdown at Gulf yards, but it also created some work. An example is the $10.5 million deal between Harvey, La., companies Midship Marine and Clean Gulf Associates for three oil spill recovery vessels. This year Midship Marine delivered the first OSRV, the H.I. Rich, to Clean Gulf. Gulf yards are also building tugs, such as the new Ocean-class for Crowley Marine Services. The first two Ocean-class tugs, Ocean Wave and Ocean Wind, were built at Bollinger Marine Fabricators, in Amelia, La., and delivered this year. They feature 165 metric tons of bollard pull, a 12,600-mile range and are DP-1. The second pair of tugs — Ocean Sun and Ocean Sky — also being built at Bollinger, will be 10' longer and rated DP-2. Other Gulf yards have also been busy with tugs. Leevac Shipyards in Jennings, La., is building a pair of Robert Allan 80' Z-tech 2400-class terminal/escort tugs for two Houston operators. One is for Suderman & Young and the other for Bay Houston Towing Co. Houma, La.’s Main Iron Works delivered the William S., an azimuthing stern-drive tug, to Bisso Towing Co., New Orleans. This is the fourth ASD tug built by Main Iron for Bisso Towing, and the keel for number five will probably go down next spring. Edison Chouest Offshore also has a big program underway with contracts for 25 boats to be built worldwide. Seven of 25 300'-class boats will come out of ECO yards at North American Shipbuilding in Larose, La.; LaShip, Houma, La.; Gulf Ship, Gulfport, Miss.; and Tampa Ship in Tampa, Fla.
In New England, Washburn & Doughty Associates in East Boothbay, Maine, has seen steady activity and, with constant inquiries for building new boats, expects that to continue. By early summer, W&D had delivered two tugs to Moran Towing Co., New Canaan, Conn. In November another 86-footer for Moran was waiting for delivery. Meanwhile, three more tugs are waiting to be built. Two 93-footers are for Seabulk Towing and another 93-footer is for Marine Towing in Tampa, Fla. In Warren, R.I., Blount Boats became a believer in having a strong web presence after delivering four passenger ferries to the U.S. Army. Army officials were trolling websites when they found a ferry they liked from Blount. Within two weeks, the Army sent in a purchase order for the 150-passenger ferries without going through the formalities of a contract.
West Coast Builders
Out west, a couple of yards are building tugs designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants. J.T. Marine in Vancouver, Wash., is doing a pair of 120-footers for Seattle’s Hyak Marine and Diversified Marine in Portland, Ore., has another 120-footer going for Harley Marine in Seattle. Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Freeland, Wash., is also building a pair of ASD tugs for Harley. Over in Anacortes, Wash., Dakota Creek Industries completed the third of three ATB tugs for Crowley Maritime. Dakota Creek has also started work on the construction of two oceanographic research vessels for the Navy.
Although the IWBS carried the possibility for many different noteworthy topics, news of marinetransportation industry growth is certainly the type of story that we prefer to cover here at OTL. Although there wasn’t any escalation to report last year, this year as you have read in the details aforementioned there is much to report on. As more work boats are built here in America and the demand for them both nationally as well as internationally increases, we are hopeful that this is just the beginning of a very positive trend in our sector.
Hurricane Sandy ripped into the eastern seaboard last month causing more maritime damage than anyone could have ever expected. In fact, the Boat Owner's Association of The United States (BoatUS) has estimated that more than 65,000 recreational boats were damaged or lost as a result of the super storm. The estimated dollar amount of the damage is nearly $650 million, making the late October storm the single-largest marine transportation industry loss since the Association began keeping track in 1966.
"We are all reeling from the huge impact this storm has had on communities and people's lives," said BoatUS AVP Public Affairs Scott Croft. "We've never seen anything like it.”The record high storm surge levels combined with the amount of boats stored ashore at low elevations caused hundreds, possibly thousands, of boats to float up and into parks, neighborhoods, and marshes. The majority of the damage was mostly in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut although there are reports that boats were damaged as far inland as the great lakes.
The scope of the damage to boats in these areas is unprecedented. Response teams from all over have joined forces and since the day after the storm teams have been working in the areas that were most adversely affected by the devastating hurricane. "If there is a story to tell, it's about how the boating industry got together immediately after the storm to help each other out and get boats back in their place," said BoatUS Catastrophe Team Member Jack Hornor. Despite setbacks and challenges such as the eminent cold and snowy months ahead, recovery teams are looking forward to a brighter future, one where every salvageable boat is back in its proper place, with its rightful owner.
While some New Jersey barrier islands continue to restrict access delaying boat recovery efforts, some marinas, boat clubs and yards have recovered their customers' boats and put them back on blocks to undergo damage assessments. Many boating facilities, especially those on New Jersey's coast, Staten Island and western Long Island, sustained significant damage to infrastructure such as docks, workshops, clubhouses and equipment, which will likely have an impact on the 2013 boating season and the marinetransportation industry in general.
Many boat and yacht owners are still in the process of figuring out what the next step will be for them. “We finally found our 42’ sail boat three blocks away from the marina we had it docked at,” said Gary Nullen, a Staten Island boat owner. “The hull was completely destroyed when it ran aground. It’s a total loss. We’re not sure if we will rebuild or not.”
Although the recovery effort is still ongoing and it is unclear as to how long it will take to complete the mending process, experts are already busy looking at the bigger picture. They are investigating the current hurricane damage preventionmeasures that were taken by boaters before Sandy and also coming up with new possible solutionsfor future storms. The massive perimeter of the storm surge was what people weren’t prepared for. Usually, the surges from hurricanes in these areas have much narrower perimeter. Sandy’s surge hit a lot of land all at once thus damaging a lot of personal property over a vast area.
Though the challenges are many, the efforts made by the recovery teams on the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut coastlines are most certainly not in vain. Little by little, day by day, things are returning to the way they were before Sandy hit. Although the boating communities as well as the marinetransportation industry as a whole on the Northeastern Atlantic seaboard have seen a setback like no other, both are projected to recover in time. Responders and experts hope that this storm will serve as a lesson learned and that if and when the next storm hits, they will be better prepared for every possibility, including a wider storm surge perimeter.
According to the latest Economic Impact Assessment released recently by Cruise New Zealand, Auckland’s contribution to the cruise industry is pivotal to the growing sector in New Zealand. This expansion in the cruise sector at the Port of Auckland has some experts predicting that the port will also see considerable growth in the marinetransportation industry as a whole as well.
“The 2012-2013 cruise season is set to be a fantastic one as Ports of Auckland welcomes some of the largest cruise ships in the world to Auckland,” said Wayne Mills Ports of Auckland General Manager Multi-Cargo and Marine.
In 1991, Auckland had just one visit from a cruise ship and today in the 2012-2013 season, there will be 101 cruise ships coming to port in the city. This is a true testament to the popularity of the cruise industry in the country. With each ships visit contributing an excess of $1 million to Auckland’s regional economy, this increase will certainly contribute to the nation’s economic success.
“This season, we will be welcoming around 256,000 passengers and crew resulting in a direct spend of about $300 million and $115 million value added to Auckland’s economy,” Mills added. The industry also sustains over 1,500 jobs in Auckland.
If global trends are anything to go by, cruise growth will continue, with reports of new ship orders, and the potential and sustained strength of the Asian and Australian economies, Cruise New Zealand Chairperson Craig Harris says.
Ships like Celebrity Solstice and Voyager of the Seas will be carrying the largest number of passengers, while the Queen Mary 2 is the longest cruise ship to visit Auckland at a massive 340 meters in length.
Waterfront Auckland’s Chief Executive, John Dalzell, says that Auckland is already investing in cruise infrastructure with a new cruise facility currently under construction in Shed 10 on Queens Wharf. “The cruise terminal will be ready for Auckland’s 2013-2014 cruise season and will double the size of the current facility on Princes Wharf,” he said.
Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Cheif Executive Brett O'Riley says the cruise industry is moving ahead at pace and the strong results confirm the importance if the sector for the region's visitor economy. "The cruise facility will be a great asset for Auckland and provide a welcoming first impression and seamless experience for visitors. But we can't stop there--continuing to work with the industry to ensure Auckland's status as a top cruise destination remains a high priority," he says. ATEED works to help drive Auckland's visitor economy and focuses on promoting Auckland as the world's most livable city.
The recent assessment of growth in the cruise sector highlights the important role that Auckland plays as a key exchange port and one of only two South Pacific hub ports, along with Sydney, for cruise. This substantial port growth is also expected to have a positive impact on the country’s marinetransportation industry in general.
There is a certain feeling that boat enthusiasts get around boat show time. It’s almost like that feeling you get as a kid during the holidays or on your birthday, its excitement mixed with pure nostalgic bliss. Growing up the daughter of a sailor and boat fanatic, I remember my dad getting in boat show mode, and pacing around the house, counting down the days till opening day. I was just a child and I couldn’t really understand the passion, although I always thought the boat shows were fun. Touring boat after boat, seeing the inside of the most amazing boat and yachts I had ever seen. It was neat. And although I’m not sure exactly the extent of how my dad felt, it did give me a sort a buzz too.
Now that I am grown up, I can really understand why my dad got so excited for the show every year. There’s just something novel about boat shows that has a certain affect on me, I can’t explain it, and I especially enjoy the Annapolis Boat Show every year.
Also known as the United States Sailboat Show, it and its brother show, the United States Powerboat Show, are the oldest boat shows in the world. Some call it the big daddy of all sailboat shows. It’s like Fashion Week for serious boat-buyers, window-shoppers and dreamers. During the weeks before boat shows of this caliber, boat shipping companies are very busy shipping boats and yachts to the site of the show. From small rigs to mega sailing yachts, you can see every type of boat at the United States Sailboat Show.
The show sailed into to the beautiful and historic seaport of Annapolis, Maryland and stayed from October 4-8. Every year, the grand nautical affair takes over the whole of Annapolis Harbor and everything in its immediate vicinity. If you’re a sailing enthusiast, there is no better place to be other than on your own boat.
On the dock, take off your shoes and step aboard for a tour of any vessel that strikes your fancy. Company representatives are only too happy to explain the joys (and the costs) of owning such a water toy. If a sailing vacation has been a dream of yours, yacht charter companies are on hand to explain how you can sail arrange a boat charter to the Caribbean, the South Pacific or the Greek Isles. This year, in addition to the usual seminars, interactive workshops, nautical equipment and gear, a “Vacation Basin” was added for travelers who want information on vacation planning.
In addition to the boat show, the capital city Annapolis has many fashionable boutiques, cafes, sidewalk and rooftop eateries, fresh made candy, and whimsical souvenir shops to enjoy.
Organizers anticipated that nearly 50,000 walked the docks at this year’s show, just to give you an idea of how fantastic it is. Next year, make sure you make it. No matter where you are, it’s worth making the trip to see it. You can either sail yourself there from where you are, or get your vessel shipped there by a premier boat shipping company. Either way, its best enjoyed from your own boat, if you have one of course. And once you’re in Annapolis, stick around for the United States Powerboat Show, which takes place the following week in the same place (October 11).
Now that the new gates and locks are set to be transported to the Panama Canal Expansion site in 2013, and the project which is expected to triple the canals capacity, is set to be complete in early 2015. With the completion of the project just around the corner, U.S. ports on the Atlantic coast have been scrambling to get ready for the bigger ships. And bigger ships mean more cargo can be carried to more intended destinations faster. This advancement of marine transportation through this vital trade route is expected to have a major impact on the global shipping industry, as we know it today.
According to officials, the Panama Canal expansion will mean some ships that previously had to deliver their freight to the generally deeper ports of the West Coast, where goods are moved mainly by rail across the nation, will be able to deliver goods more efficiently via all-water routes directly to East Coast ports. This major advancement in marinetransportation is projected to eventually trickle down to the consumer, as it is expected lower shipping costs and ultimately product costs. The question is, will the U.S. ports be ready for it?
Once the project is complete, these larger ships called, “post-Panamax,” ships will be calling on the major ports up and down the Atlantic seaboard such as New York, New Jersey, Charleston, S.C., Savannah, GA, Jacksonville and Miami and hopefully, these cities will be ready. Many of these cities are already busy dredging their channels in hopes that they will be able to answer that call. And the East Coast of the U.S. is not the only place getting ready. "Other countries throughout the world are looking at what is necessary in terms of their own (shipping) infrastructure to be competitive in world trade," says Kurt Nagle, president and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities. "It's something the U.S. really needs to be doing.”
Currently, only two U.S. ports seem to be ready for the post-Panamax arrivals, and they are in Norfolk, VA and New York. These ports already have deep enough channels. That means all the other cities are currently working on modernizing their ports with the multi-million dollar and some multi-billion dollar projects that have been being developed for years. Savannah is one of the cities already working on its port, as its $652 million deepening project is well under way. It is the second busiest container port in the nation for the export of U.S. goods and is currently dredging its channels and is hoping to rebuild its ports current infrastructures. Savannah is expected to play a vital role in stimulating the regional and national economy as well as the local economy come 2015 when the project is complete. "Well over 95% of the cargo that moves through this port doesn't come from Savannah and isn't destined for Savannah," said Curtis Foltz, the ports executive director. "Ports are conduits. We're shipping to and from central Florida, Texas, the lower Midwest, the Middle Tennessee Valley, North Carolina. Our port serves almost 45% of the U.S. population. The economic development and prosperity doesn't stop at the state border." Savannah has high hopes of being ready in time for the post-Panamax ships arrival. Other port authorities still have much to do such as that of New York and New Jersey, which plans to spend $1 billion to raise the Bayonne Bridge roadway by 64 feet to allow the giant ships through on their way to to Newark and Elizabeth, N.J. The city of Miami is putting $2 billion into the improvements of its port. The Army Corps of Engineers approved its dredging project in April, and the city is building a tunnel costing an estimated $1 billion that will create a crucial link between the port and the Interstate System of highways.
As these projects are being carried out up and down the eastern seaboard, the demand for the services of marine transportation
companies that specialize in the shipping of heavy machinery and equipment worldwide is also on the rise. Without companies to transport the necessary machinery, such as the $40 million cranes shipped to Baltimore from China, these projects cannot be completed.
President Obama said in his 2010 State of the Union Address that within the next 5 years, the U.S. hopes to double its exports. That will certainly be more possible if the ports along the Eastern Atlantic seaboard are able to modernize their facilities in time for the completion of the biggest marine transportation project in history.
The freight forwarding and heavy lift division of the Geodis Group, Geodis Wilson, has been awarded a $50 million contract by steel manufacturer Cimolai. The company will manage the transport of 16 lock gates, each weighing more than 4,000 tons, for the the expansion of the Panama Canal. This transport will be historically one of the most crucial heavy-lift transports that the marine transportation industry has ever seen.
The new lock gates are part of the large-scale expansion plan by the Panama Canal Authority that is set to double the canals capacity by 2015. The $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion project will enable the canal to allow larger ships to pass through more frequently by way of improving the canals lock system and also dredging the existing navigational channels. The project is expected to remake world trade patterns by connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans thus changing the nature of the global shipping industry, as we know it. .
Voted in by the Panamanian people in October of 2006, the expansions original timeline stated that the operation would be completed in 8 years (by 2014). But due to worker strikes ands severe rains, the gates and locks sector of the project has been delayed 6 months. It is now estimated that the expansion will be complete in April 2015. The transport and arrival of the new locks next year is certainly a sign that the project is progressing. It is also reported that although the renovation and construction of the new gates and locks systems is behind schedule, the dredging sector is way ahead of schedule, which is certainly good news for the overall completion of the operation.
The transport of the 4,000-ton lock gates will be spread out over the year in 2013. An initial vessel, carrying four of the gates will depart from Italy in February 2013 and will be followed by a further three shipments throughout the year. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2013. Geodis Wilson Italy’s Industrial Projects department has developed a unique lashing system to secure the gates safety during transport, which will be via semi-submersible vessels from Italy to Panama. “Geodis Wilson’s role as a key transport provider in one of the world’s most demanding infrastructure projects underlines both, our outstanding competence in managing complex heavy-lift shipments and our significance in the global ocean freight sector,” comments Pierre Blayau, Chairman and CEO of Geodis Group. This transport, which is set for 2013, is just one of the many heavy-lift, break-bulk marine transports that are required for an offshore expansion project of this scale. Ocean Trade Lines is a well-known global marine shipping company operating out of Southeastern United States that specializes in these types of transports. “We work closely with the manufacturers and the project authorities that oversee these types of projects. We have every means and every capability imaginable to carry out these types of major transport operations that have worldwide impact,” said Kostas Constant, Operations Manager at Ocean Trade Lines. Global shipping companies like Geodis Wilson and Ocean Trade Lines that specialize in marine transportation have a vital role to play when it comes to these types of international trade projects as their competence has a direct effect on the outcome of the operation.
There is no question that the expansion of the Panama Canal has already had and will continue to have major effects on the marine transportationindustry. Once the project is complete in 2015, the worldwide shipping industry will change forever, as the new and improved canal will create brand new trade routes connecting the eastern and western worlds. Now that it is known when the gates will be transported to the construction site, it is safe to say that change is just around the corner.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved Cape Wind, America’s first offshore wind project. The controversial project will mean the construction of 130 wind turbines in the Nantucket Sound, which is located just south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The project has taken nearly a decade to get the go from the FAA as those who oppose its construction have claimed that the turbines will be a hazard for low-flying airplanes and that building the turbines will interrupt the environmentally sensitive sound. Others promote the plan seeing it as a way to establish a source of renewable energy that is independent of fossil fuels. The project will also create hundreds of jobs while stimulating the economy and related industries such as tourism and marine transportation.
Despite the efforts of the group who strongly oppose the project, The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, the FAA has decided that the turbines as long as they are no taller than 440 feet above ground level, would not pose any threat to aircrafts flying in the sound nor would they interfere with air traffic control, as the group claims. Some local fishermen as well as ferry owners have also been wary of the project, fearing the turbines presence could have a negative effect on business.
Those who support the project see a future much less grim once Cape Wind becomes a reality. Upon completion, the turbines will be able to power at least 75% the Cape, which is roughly 420,000 homes. Also, the project will make Massachusetts the pioneer of the nation in the pursuit of alternative, renewable energy and will hopefully pave the way for other states to pursuit the same types of projects. “I think it’s great that the FAA finally approved the Cape Wind project,” said Mary Walters, a Martha’s Vineyard resident. “Most of the people I know support it and have been waiting for it. Everyone wants renewable energy and less dependence on foreign oil.” The 468-mega watt wind farm will also put Cape Cod on the map as a new destination for the up and coming eco-tourism market. Jim Gordon, owner of Hy-Line Cruises, a company that has been ferrying people across the sound since 1962 was originally against the energy project, but now sees it as a tourist attraction. The company plans to build a special hybrid boat to give eco-tours of the area. Gordon says trips to the wind farm will be, “awe inspiring.”
An offshore project of this size and capacity will certainly be good for the economy as well as related industries. As the project moves through each stage of development, more and more jobs will be created. Also it is predicted that the tourism industry will also be stimulated, thus creating more jobs as well. Another industry worth mention that will be positively affected by the project is the marine transportation industry. This industry includes companies that use large carrier vessels to transport materials, transport boats, and transport break bulk (such as the turbines), directly to the sites construction. Ocean Trade Lines, a company operating out of South Florida, specializes in such transports. “These types of major off shore energy projects are one of the many areas that we specialize in,” said Kostas Constant, Operations Manager at OTL. “They call for considerable marine transports usually for long periods of time. We are really excited about Cape Wind especially because it’s the first of its kind in the country.”
The recent approval by the FAA is major news for those involved in the project. “It’s a big step forward for Cape Wind from a regulatory standpoint,’ commented Mark Rodgers, the Cape Wind spokes person. According to Rodgers, the project is set to break ground in early 2013 and should be up and running by 2015. Although this is the fourth time that the FAA has approved the plan only to be overturned by the opposition, it seems that this time, the decision will stand. In fact, our sources tell us that a marina in Falmouth, Massachusetts has already been purchased to be the projects home base.
Fort Lauderdale has been dubbed the, “yachting capital of the world,” and for good reason. As home to the world’s largest annual boat show (Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show), and also the home port of the world’s two largest cruise ships (Allure of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas), the city has certainly made a name for itself in the global yachting industry. The famous Intracoastal Waterway provides over 300 miles of both a scenic and easy-passage to the Atlantic Ocean to the over 50,000 local residents that have their yachts registered in the city. Fort Lauderdale provides all the perks and luxuries that the yacht enthusiast could ask for; from the best yachting events and races, to the finest marinas and services. Whether you need a slip at a high-end world renowned marina like IGY or you require the services of a premier yacht shipping company like Ocean Trade Lines, everything you need is right here waiting for you.
In addition to all the perks of the yachting lifestyle, Fort Lauderdale also provides tons of eye candy on the water. Some of the largest super yachts in the world that are owned by some of the world most famous people dock their yachts right here. Steven Speilberg, Usher Raymond, and Microsoft’s Paul Allen just to name a few are all floating their swag of the sea right here in town.
Another nickname for Fort Lauderdale is, “The Venice of the Americas,” because of the many residential criss-crossing, canal-like water ways that are similar to those in Venice, Italy. It’s not out of the ordinary to find a mansion with a regular front yard, and a boat slip in on the intracoastal in the back yard—a Porche in the front driveway, and a 100-foot Azimut super yacht in the back “driveway”—can you say lavish Lauderdale living? The city is known for its fantastic nautical residences in addition to being a great place to vacation.
Although many yachties have made Fort Lauderdale their permanent residence, some of them are part-time residents and vacationers. Whatever you may call it; no one can deny that this city has it all, from the most beautiful weather (over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually), the best beaches, snorkeling, diving, nightlife, and restaurants around. And yet it still maintains it quaint, classy vibe.
There is no question that Fort Lauderdale has everything a yacht owner could want and more. So if you are a yacht or boat owner or you just enjoy the lifestyle and haven’t visited the fantastic maritime city of Fort Lauderdale yet, what are you waiting for? Just set the date and cruise on over to the most fabulous boating destination in the world. And if you would prefer an easier alternative, call Ocean Trade Lines, a premieryacht shipping company located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, and they will conveniently ship your yacht there for you from anywhere in the world. Happy yachting!
According to the NATO shipping center’s (NSC) weekly piracy update for the week of June 7 thru 13, 2012, piracy is down in the world’s high risk area (HRA). The HRA includes the entire Gulf of Aden and extends 400 miles east of Somalia.This area, which is usually extremely dangerous for sea faring, has remained clear of incidents this past week. It is assumed that this has to do with the south-west monsoon season that takes place between June and September, which makes the oceans conditions very unpredictable and unsafe for smaller boats, which are usually used by pirates to hijack larger ships and vessels. Although this past week has seemed to show signs of hope that piracy is decreasing, the amount of incidents has steadily increased in the HRA every year. As a result of this annual increase, boat transportation companies have been in high demand as boat owners that have no choice but to pass through these danger zones feel more comfortable shipping their vessels to their destination, rather than sailing through these areas themselves.
When no incidents are reported, it is always good news, but unfortunately, the pirates are constantly evolving their strategies and getting around the obstacles that they may face, such as monsoon season in this case, that may hinder their malicious actions. And keep mind that hijacking vessels is not a unique tactic of Somali gangs only as West African pirates target small tankers to offload their cargo and occasionally members of the crew as well. Also, some South-East Asian criminal gangs have been reported to target barge-towing tugs for their value on the international market. But overall, Somali piracy has seen the highest-profile hijacking for ransom model, which last year generated nearly $200 million in payments.
Although this past week we have seen a decrease in the HRA, the threat of piracy is still a major problem, and has become a global phenomenon that has become the center of shipping news as it has directly and adversely affected the industry on a major scale. It is expected that companies that specialize in commercial and leisure boat transportation will continue to increasingly be sought by boat owners seeking the piece of mind provided by using their transport services.
Ocean Trade Lines, a company based in the U.S. servicing global trade routes worldwide, is a highly-respected company that specializes in international maritime shipping utilizing heavy-lift and submersible ships enhanced by on board security personnel to ensure maximum safety of passage for the ship and its cargoes. “We are well aware that the threat of piracy is a major obstacle for the international maritime shipping industry. That’s where we come in,” said Kostas Constant, Operations Manager at Ocean Trade Lines.
Trillions of cubic feet of natural gas have been discovered off the North West coast of Australia. These monumental findings have led to the organization of the Gorgon Project which is the largest single resource project in Australia’s history, that is not only creating jobs and capital in Australia, but it is also stimulating growth in related industries across the globe, such as the international marine transportation industry. Marine transportation companies’ that specialize in shipping all types of cargo worldwide have been in high demand, shipping heavy equipment, industrial machinery, fleets of ocean tugs, harbor tugs, barges, crew boats, and landing crafts to the project site located off the Australian coastline.
The project, which is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects, involves the development of gas fields, subsea gas-gathering infrastructure, and a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant. It also includes a domestic gas component, which includes the construction of major pipelining and an LNG train road and rail through the mainland. The West Australian Petroleum Industry (WAPET), who was acquired by Chevron in 2000, has been drilling gas fields on the NW coast of Australia for the past 35 years, and is responsible for the ‘Greater Gorgon,’ discoveries. This term ‘Greater Gorgon' refers to a grouping of several gas fields uncovered by WAPET including Gorgon, Chandon, Geryon, Orthrus, Maenad, Eurytion, Urania, Chrysaor, Dionysus, Jansz/Io, and West Tryal Rocks. The Gorgon fields (located on Barrow Island and discovered in 1981) and the Janz/Io fields (discovered in 2000) are known to have the most LNG and account for the majority of the total 35.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that was found. It is also predicted that the supply may have a lifespan of a long as 60 years. Experts are suggesting that this finding is expected to have a major long-term positive impact on the worldwide energy crisis as well as the environment. Not to mention that it is estimated to create nearly 40,000 new jobs worldwide throughout its duration.
Although the costs of major energy projects is generally not discussed by developers, media sources have revealed that the estimated costs ranging from $11 billion (in 2003), $16 billion (in 2007), $50 billion (in 2009) to $43 billion (in 2009). And which companies are fitting that major bill? The project is lead by Chevron Australia, but ExxonMobil, Shell, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas and Chubu Electric Power are also working on the milestone project. “Gorgon redefines what technically complex, environmentally responsible projects will look like,” says Chevron Executive Vice President, Global Upstream and Gas George Kirkland. “The project is big and it’s also coming at the right time, but Gorgon’s destined to become an iconic project for generations to come.”
With a project of this size, capacity, and historical significance, the energy companies that are funding it need to be sure they have everything they need to carry out such a large development with high efficiency and results. Being that such a large amount of natural gas is being extracted and will be for decades to come, mostly in off-shore locations such as the Gorgon and Janz/Io fields, the role of the marine transportation industry is key to the projects overall success.
Written By: Admin OCEAN TRADE LINES
National Safe Boating Week kicks off this week, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, which is a big boating weekend. With summer just around the corner people are getting out on the water and local as well as national officials have been busy doing all they can to encourage safe boating practices.
Miami is a very popular destination for Memorial Day. Thousands of visitors flock in from all over the country, and many of them are boaters who come to enjoy the warm weather and the easy breezy cruising that comes along with it. This week every year, boat shipping companies are busy transporting boats from all over the country to be here in time for the popular festivities.
As the holiday weekend nears its arrival, the U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue are preparing for heavy patrolling on the high seas on all Florida’s waterways, including Miami, with a focus on recreational boating safety. This year’s safety campaign, “Ready, Set, Wear It,” is designed to encourage boaters to use life jackets and proper safety equipment.
“With all of us coming together including the boating public, we can make Florida’s waterways safer and safer every year,” said FWC spokesman Jorge Pino.
Here in Florida, drinking and boating is big problem that maritime law enforcement wants people to be aware of. Officials urging boaters to be sure to assign a sober skipper at all times.
On a national level, the NOAA National Weather Service and the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) have teamed up during National Boating Safety Week (May 19 to 25) to encourage recreational boaters nationwide to know the risks, learn the rules and to be prepared. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were more than 4,000 boating accidents, including 758 deaths, in 2011. Also, nearly 70-percent of all fatal boating victims drowned, and nearly 90-percent of them were not wearing life jackets.
“Lives can be saved by improving the knowledge and skills of recreational boaters,” said Virgil Chambers, executive director, NSBC. “Boaters can have fun and stay safe by wearing a life jacket, having the proper equipment onboard, knowing what the weather conditions will be, and abstaining from alcohol while boating.”
There’s no question that recreational boating is one of the most popular pastimes in the nation, especially holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July. There’s just something about being out on the water for these time’s of celebration and cheer that has a lasting appeal. But it is very important to be safe out there, and to consider all possible risks at all times.
Whether boaters decide to trailer their boats to their holiday destination themselves, or use a boat shipping company to get it there for them, there is no doubt that they will be out enjoying the water this holiday weekend. And why wouldn’t they? It’s the perfect time and a perfect way to relax and savor all that boating life has to offer, but let’s just hope everyone takes heed to officials warnings and does so safely.
The United States Coast Guard has plans to upgrade its fleet of patrol boats this year. Kvichak Marine Industries, a shipbuilding company in Seattle, Washington, was awarded a 5-year contract last year from the USCG. As of February of this year, Kvichak had already delivered thirty of the transportable port security boats (TPSB’s) and it is estimated that they will be building another fifty more for a total of 80 TSPB’s to be disbursed worldwide. These types of contracts signify an increase of shipping requests for boat transport companies that will ship them from the builder’s location to points worldwide, where they will be stationed to patrol.
The new patrol boats are all-aluminum and are over 30 feet long with a beam length of almost 7 feet. They can also maneuver in as little as 2 feet of water and can operate safely in 7 foot seas with up to 30-knots of wind. They also boast a top-speed of up to 45-knots. These new vessels will replace the USCG’s current fleet of smaller, aging, fiberglass boats, which clearly carry much less capability.
The new safe boats are capable of performing security, maritime law enforcement, and search and rescue missions in coastal and riverine areas worldwide. They are each operated by a crew of four and feature shock-mitigating seats, which help minimize fatigue on long missions. The vessels also feature ballistic armor protection and up to four mounted weapons which help increase mission capability and crew security during strategic operations.
As the need for coastal security increases on global scale, companies in the maritime transportation industry from builders to boat transport companies are rising to the occasion to also meet this necessity. Of course, the builders are very important, but without transporters, the vessels could not get where they are assigned and stationed. Ocean Trade Lines is an NVOCC operating out of South Florida that is highly specialized in these types of essential boat transport contract requests for their clients in the workboat and patrol boat sectors. “We can deftly coordinate all inland-domestic movements as well as complete maritime operations for shipments requiring international destinations. We are capable of providing transport for all types of boat sizes as we are licensed through the Federal Maritime Commission as an NVOCC; to work with all conference line ship owners and manage our own charters with our vessel’s worldwide as well as organize pertinent port operations required in each unique or routine situation,” Said Kostas Constant of Ocean Trade Lines. “By extension, this provides our client’s a one stop shipping service solution provider for the transportation of their workboats and or patrol boats around the globe.”
The dangerous carbon emissions being released into the earth’s atmosphere have become a rising global concern, especially in the last ten years. The marine transportation industry is known to be a major contributor to this issue and as a result, more and more companies are busy doing their parts in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, from ship builders and engineers to boat shipping companies.
Many people are aware of the high amount of emissions released by the shipping industry, but some do not realize that a high percentage of these emissions are released specifically in the various ports all over the world. Not only do ships use and burn a lot of crude oil which increases emissions, but also the trucks, trains, cargo-handling equipment, and harbor crafts such as ferries and tugboats are also contributing to the problem as well. One marine transportation company that is currently making great strides in these efforts is Foss Maritime, a Seattle-based company who in 2009 engineered, built, and launched the world’s first hybrid tugboat and just this year, the world’s second one.
Tugboats, due to the nature of their functions, have extremely large engines for their size and are known to be major fuel guzzlers, and as a result release a lot of harmful emissions. These revolutionary hybrid electric tugs are currently in use in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which are the largest container ports in the nation as well as some of the busiest. A new study by the University of California (UC) Riverside has revealed that the use of these tugs has been effective at reducing emissions. Researchers from UC Riverside’s College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology conducted the study to see just how much emissions the new hybrid tugboat saved. They found it decreased emissions of soot by 73 percent, nitrogen oxides (smog forming compounds) by 51 percent, and CO2 (greenhouse gas) by 27 percent. This is major news, as not only will the new tugs presence have a global impact, but a local one as well as California’s poor air quality has also been linked to negative health effects in the residing population such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.
In addition to hybrid technology, there are other alternative energy sources currently being researched and tested by companies specializing in marine transportation. Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company, has been researching the possibility of using algal fuel to power its fleets, and has been quite successful so far. Also, wind, solar, and wave power are also some of the other possible sustainable alternative energy sources being researched and studied by such companies in an effort to lower the world shipping industries dependence on fossil fuels. Even companies specializing in boat shipping, such as Ocean Trade Lines of South Florida, are taking the issue very seriously and forming vital alliances with those pioneering these efforts, as the carriers they use to provide their services, which are so critical to the marine transportation industry, are contributing to these emissions as well. “We take the issue of carbon emissions very seriously, and we are making every effort possible help to minimize our carbon footprint, and raise awareness in our industry,” said Kostas Constant, Operations Manager at Ocean Trade Lines.
This past January, an oversized cargo ship and a U.S. Navy warship were successfully powered by algal fuel, which is alternative oil that is derived from algae. This could be a major breakthrough in fueling the fleets of the world, as the shipping industry is currently one of the top crude oil consumers. As the cost of oil increases due to its gradual disappearance, the cost of global shipping has gone up as well, therefore having adverse affects on the overall industry. Companies specializing in marine transportation services from general bulk cargo shipping to boat shipping have certainly felt these effects. This is why the development of an alternative fuel that is sustainable and actually works would be so important to the invigoration of the industry.
The cargo ship that made the voyage is owned and operated by Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company. They replaced the usual low-grade ‘bunker’ fuel with algal fuel in a 98,000 ton container ship traveling from Europe to India. Maersk is in the process of evaluating the results of the voyage in attempts to make conclusions about the green oils competence and where it stands on a performance level. According to a company spokesperson, there have been very few problems reported so far regarding the capability of the green fuel. Just a few weeks prior to Maersk’s trial run, the U.S. Navy tested algal oil on a decommissioned destroyer for a few hours. As part of its ‘Green Fleet’ Initiative, the Navy plans to continue to test the fuel on more ships next year, and have pledged to cut 50% of their conventional oil use by 2020. Maersk has similar projected goals. Maersk and the U.S. Navy are two of the world’s leading crude oil burners. They have joined efforts with high hopes in the alternative, plant-based fuel. "Shipping takes 350 million tons of oil a year and causes 3-4% of all greenhouse gas emissions, so it is very attractive to find alternatives. We can envisage [the world's] ships being 10% or more powered by biofuels in 20 years' time," said Jacob Sterling, the Maersk head of climate and environment.
Other biofuels of the past that seemed hopeful had derived from things like sugar, corn, and starch and haven’t stuck due the fact that they are connected to our food supply, and when produced in mass amounts, they will ultimately lead to deforestation and an increase in food prices. Algae has a simple growing process and can grow almost anywhere, even a barren wasteland, which is what makes it so appealing as it uses nearly no resources to be produced. And though production of oil from algae might sound weird and surprising, it’s actually a simple process by which lipid produced by algae is first extracted and then converted and refined into fuel.
It is possible that this could be the future of energy for all combustible engines, not only marine transportation but for everything that relies on fossil fuel. Marine cargo shipping is currently one of the leaders in crude oil usage, so it is without a doubt very important that these key industry players step to the forefront of these initiatives, as hopefully others will follow. It seems to have much promise as big names such as Chevron and BP are standing behind it with funding and even Sir Richard Branson, business magnate and founder of Virgin Group is on board, testing the clean green oil on his airplanes. Once there is conclusive evidence that the green fuel is worthwhile and can be produced fast enough to keep up with the high demands of the shipping industry, from cargo shippingto boat shipping, we can no question expect the industry to boom again.
On the morning of March 26th, Somali pirates seized an Iranian cargo ship and its 23 crew members, making this the very first hijacking within Maldivian territory. Although there has been suspicious activity, this is the first official hijacking. Back in November of last year the Maldives arrested 37 suspected Somali pirates that were drifting near the Archipelago. Since then, they have been working with India and Sri Lanka in efforts to fend off any future occurrences. The Maldive Islands are considered to be one of the most breathtaking vacation destinations on Earth, especially for boating. It can be assumed that more and more yacht owners will be using international boat shipping companies to transport their yachts to this glorious place from all over the globe, especially now, since the recent hijacking.
According to the Maldivian National Defense Force (MNDF), the hijacked vessel, the MV Eglantine, was just off the north-western Hoarafush Island in the Indian Ocean when it was seized by pirates. “The incident is seven miles off our Exclusive Economic Zone,” MNDF chief spokesman Colonel Abdul Raheem Latheef told Agence France-Presse (AFP). “The ship appears to be drifting and we are sending our vessels to the area.”
For nearly 20 years, Somalia has been the breeding ground for pirates as international criminal gunmen have been running the country, promoting lawlessness and encouraging piracy. Ecoterra International Group, the group that monitors piracy in the region, estimated that at the end of last year there were nearly 40 ships and over 400 hostages being held in or just off Somalia.
Many areas of the world, including the horn of Africa have been plagued by piracy, causing many to fear marine travel in these areas. As a result, international boat shipping companies are seeing an influx of shipment requests. Companies such as these provide the client with peace of mind as their large cargo ships come equipped with advanced security detail, ensuring that the vessels they are relocating arrive at their destination safe and sound.
Based on the 2011 Water Sports and Leisure Participations Report, the amount of people participating in boating, water sports, and water-based leisure activities in the UK, is on the rise. The report, which was comprised in 2002, is based on a survey designed to measure trends in the marine and water sports sector. Based on these results, one can also conclude that there will be an increase in captain and crew assignments, boat shipping requests, engine repair and maintenance, and many other marine industry related entities in the UK.
The survey had 12,000 UK adult participants last year, and over the years has been a great way to gauge the areas current boating trends. The recent report indicated that 3.2 million UK adults took part in at least one of the twelve (12) listed boating activities. Some of these were power boating, canal boating, and yacht racing, just to name a few. Another noteworthy point indicated that small sailboat activities and motorboat cruising were among the top 3 most popular boating activities in 2011.
Although this report was based in the UK, it may also be a good indication that boating and boating activities will continue to grow in all of Europe and ultimately internationally, as all world economies affect one another and growth in leisure boating also means a boost to the marine industry in general. As boating and yachting are on the rise, the demand for reliable yacht shipping and boat shipping has increased as well.
The annual report was commissioned by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), consortium of British Marine Federation (BMF), Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), British Canoe Union (BCU) and the Marine Management Organization (MMO).
“It is very encouraging to see an increase in participation levels in boating. We hope to see this figure increase even further in 2012, a year where the profile of the sport has never been so high. We will be working hard to inspire even more people to get out on the water and to do so regularly,” commented Jon White, who is a RYA Sport Development Manager.
Written By: Admin OCEAN TRADE LINES [Source: Water Sports and Leisure Participation Report UK 2011]
We know you’re excited, we are too. Why you ask? Because the 27th annual Palm Beach International Boat show, one of the world’s largest in-water boat shows, is back! Kicking off on Thursday, March 22nd, and running through Sunday, March 25th, the show features over $350 million worth of boats, yachts, and added extras. If you’ve seen the boats being brought in over the past few weeks, it’s because international boat shipping companies have been delivering hundreds of boats and yachts, from small inflatables to super-yachts over 150 feet, for this amazing floating show, making it one of the top 10 boat shows in the world. Showcasing some of the most respected exhibitors in the marine industry as well as the world’s leading yacht builders, including Azimut, Benetti, and Feretti, featuring some of their newest creations, the Palm Beach Boat Show offers luxury and beauty for all to enjoy.
Whether you’d like to buy a yacht, accessorize the one you already have, purchase a new toy, or schedule your next international boat shipping venture, this show has everything you need and more. In addition to the many exhibitors onsite, there will be many industry-related players in attendance as well. Between the world class interior designers, premier international boat shippingspecialists, luxury marinas, and several international yachting publications this show provides endless resources and expertise in marine industry to yacht owners and brokers alike.
On Flagler Drive, along the beautiful West Palm Beach coastline, the show will bring live musical entertainment as well as an array of refreshments and activities. The special events include fun, educational activities, like the IGFA School of Sportfishing’s “mini sessions,” with the area’s best captains and professional anglers. And Don Dingman, host and founder of the non-profit Hook the Future, hosts his always popular Kids Fishing Clinics for little anglers ages 4 to 16.
This show never disappoints, which is why local and international guests alike as well as exhibitors come back year after year. “South Florida is the yachting capital of the world,” said John Nigro, who is the Director of Land, Bulk Floor, and Booth Exhibits Operations Manager for Show Management, the company who organizes the event. “The Palm Beach International Boat Show is unique, as much of the local community lives the boating lifestyle. Our guests come to the show to be a part of that lifestyle, if only for a few days. We have a very exciting and enjoyable show and offer absolutely everything the marine industry has to offer.”
Year after year, Show Management does an amazing job organizing this show, as well as the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. These three shows are considered to be 3 of the world’s 10 largest in-water boat shows. Show Management is also responsible for the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show and the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, which are two of the Gulf Coast's largest in-water boat shows.
The west coast of Africa has seen a tremendous increase in pirate attacks this year. With at least ten attempted or successful attacks in 2012 so far, pirates operating there have been after the cargo onboard and not necessarily interested in kidnapping for ransom, as is usually the case in attacks off the coast of the Horn of Africa. The costs have been devastating to the West African nations. Last year, the port of Cotonou, which carries 90 percent of Benin's trade and is an important transportation link for neighboring Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad, was designated a high-risk area by a maritime insurance company. As a result, the area lost a significant amount of its boat shipping traffic, and the flow of general cargo, project cargo, and specialized marine workboat cargoes which are vital for the areas trade and business development. This has also been detrimental to many of the energy companies working in the area who rely on such cargoes to develop infrastructure, energy, further oil production, and economic growth in West Africa.
In order to alleviate the risk of piracy and associated adverse economic effects, many trade and energy companies are opting to hire companies specializing in international maritime shipping services that are operating ships with enhanced security, not only for general cargo needs but to also extend shipping for special out-of-gauge, cargo project requirements such as specialized: boat shipping, international yacht transport, and other high-valued cargoes and assets.
It is said that West African oil is easier and less expensive to refine than that of the Middle East. Also, its off-shore location has in the past, meant cheaper transport costs and less of a risk of loss from theft, corruption and political unrest. In fact, to meet increasing demand for this valuable commodity, the nations of West Africa have plans to nearly double production over the next ten years. Unfortunately, they face an increasingly threatening and dangerous opposition in the region due to the rise of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. These threats and dangers affect international shipping lines dramatically, causing increased prices due to increased security and alternative routes. Ocean Trade Lines stays current on all these changes and creates the safest and most efficient cargo transport method for your general cargo and boat shipping needs.
Nigeria and Benin, backed by France, launched joint sea patrols in the Gulf of Guinea last year. Also, the Economic Community of West African States is currently developing plans to deal with the increased threat of piracy. The United States has also responded, providing $35 million in assistance to West African states to increase maritime security capacity, including radars, boats, and training. We will continue to keep abreast of the situation and will adjust our services accordingly to provide the safest transportation solutions.
The Alpha1, a supply ship carrying heavy fuel has sunk just outside the Greek Port of Elefsis, which is west of Athens. This ship is one of the many bulk cargo transport ships supplying Europe’s oil and diesel industry. The Alpha was carrying 1,800 tons of fuel oil and about 240 tons of diesel. Around 10:30 a.m. local time, while re-fueling, the ship sent out a signal of distress. Although the cause of the sinking is still unclear, it is possible that the vessel may have hit an old wreck in the shallow bay. A plastic barrier was immediately placed around the ship to contain any possible oil spills, and none have been reported. Such unfortunate events continue to affect the world's already volatile oil industry. According to the experts, fuel prices rose more than 50 percent in a matter of only a few months last year, and we can only wait and see what will happen in 2012. As the oil industry continues to face challenges, many alternative energy sources are on the rise.