Panama opens its expanded canal.

Panama opens its expanded canal.


102 years old Panama canal was expanded after 10 years of construction work at the cost of 5.4 Billion.US Dollars for the 50 miles long stretch.The new expansion had tripled the capacity of ships transiting the canal, from 5,000 containers to up to 14,000 containers in a vessel.
Recently one 984-foot Chinese container ship passed through the new massive locks of the Panama Canal. At the opening ceremony bands were playing while people were weaving flags and cheered at the event. A weekend party hosted by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela that includes at least 70 country leaders, members of the U.S. Congress and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden.

11 hours after entering the canal from the Atlantic Ocean, the COSCO Shipping Panama, the Chinese container ship exited at the Pacific-side locks, thousands of flag waving guests, dignitaries and media had witnessed its arrival on that day.

Panama Canal expansion project More Delays.


Panama Canal expansion project More Delays.

Panama Canal expansion project which was started in the year 2007 at the cost of USD 5.3 billion is still facing problems and disputes.
The project’s dead line was placed as October 2014. Although many unexpected problems made the delay to go for April 2016 and now it is placed as May 2016.

In August 2015 detection of cracked locks are scheduled to be completed mid-January 2016 by the Spanish-led consortium, Grupo Unidos por el Canal de Panama (GUPC), which is in charge of the project. Earlier an adjudication board ordered the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to pay the consortium USD 17 million for budget overruns and extra labor costs to finish the project in time.

If every thing moves smooth then there will be testing of locks reinforcements and additional testing in February to see whether vessels can pass through safely through this new expansion sector on the maritime route.

The Panama Canal expansion project,names as the Third Set of Locks Project will double the capacity of the Panama Canal by the year 2016 where creating one new lane of traffic and to allow more and larger ships to pass through it with twice as much cargo where the existing channels will be made wide, deep.and to raise the maximum operating level of Gatun Lake.

After the project completion it will be one and a half times the current maximum width and length (known as Panamax).
The project  will have two new sets of locks, one each on the Atlantic and Pacific sides, and excavate new channels to the new locks. Each set of the locks will have 3 number of chambers along with water saving basins..

Fast Merchant Fleet with Less Manning.


The container vessels are becoming large to carry large numbers of containers and their speed too has increased a lot. But on the manning side fewer seaman are getting jobs in this kind of container ships. For example one of the largest container ship that was built in the year 2008 with 157,000 DWT can carry around 11,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 ft container) got the speed of more than 25.5 knots from its 80,080 kW. the ship got cabins for 30 crew members although it is operating with just 13 crew members.

So think about the other latest ships and their manning capacity. Todays ships can carry a capacity equivalent to 18,000 20-foot containers (TEU). but less numbers of seaman may be economical for the operators and the shippers. But for those working on-board the vessels will be a mental stress as there are leas people and in case of any emergency, they are helpless. IMF must look after this matter in the coming year 2016 and must encourage more seaman joining this trade and make them fearless when they are at high seas.

250 full-time jobs available in New Orleans shipyard.

Textron Systems is looking for full-time positions at its Slidell and New Orleans facilities with 250 full time jobs. There are many open positions that will offer the participants on the May 9th Saturday that can be applied and can attend the interviews. Jobs available in the following fields as electricians, material handlers, outfitters and painters. It is necessary for the job seekers to bring multiple copies of their resume and identification. those who want to apply for the post welder/shipfitter position are requested to bring a shield, protective clothing, gloves and any other tools that are needed in the welding process.

Location: 19401 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans. 8 a.m. until 3 p.m

Textron Systems are builds of armored vehicles and marine crafts. According to the company spokesperson, the compnay is moving into the manufacturing phase of several projects and needs up to 250 skilled craft positions filled. The workers are being hired through September of this year.

If you are interested in working for Textron, begin your application process online at

Creating New Marine Jobs.

Creating New Marine Jobs.


As computers and robots are increasingly dominating the marine jobs more and more humans are being dropped out of the jobs in the marine sector and new human recruits are made in the sector to serve the industry. Every whaere automation is the theme and the number marine workers are shrinking world wide.

Many Governments are working very hard to solve this problem. In the mean time marine equipment and engineering services

supplier Gael Force Group based in nverness had created more than 20 new jobs in the region. The workers will start to construct
fish farm feeding barges for the popular Scottish Salmon Company very soon. They will make three numbers of 200-tonne SeaMate barges where the contract is worth almost £2.5m. According to Scottish Salmon Company they expect to add three more barges if it goes ahead with a planned expansion of its business.


New cruise liner Britannia.

New cruise liner Britannia.

New cruise liner Britannia added to P&O Cruises fleet. Queen did the traditional smashing of a wine bottle against ship. The ship was built in Italy at the cost of £473 million and it can carry 3,647 passengers and 1,350 crew members in it. There are 18 decks where 15 of them are for passengers, 13 bars and 13 places to eat, a three-tier atrium, a 936-seater theater, four swimming pools, and a multimillion-pound art collection. other facilities include one spa, children’s areas, a gym, a library, extensive shops and a sports arena.

Britannia is expected to visit 57 ports in 31 countries in its first year, where it will sail more than 90,000 miles (144,841km).

Its maiden cruise, starts Southampton on March 14, 2015 and it will be a 14-night western Mediterranean sailing where it will call ports of Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Rome.

Cruise Liner Captain Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison.

Cruise Liner Captain Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison.

Italian cruise ship captain whoa was responsible for the death of 32 passengers on board the passenger ship Costa Concordia has been found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Captain Francesco Schettino was on the control bridge when the ship Costa Concordia run aground, hit rocks and sank in 2012, thus killing of 32 passengers on-board. At the time of the incident nearly 4,000 passengers and crew were there in the luxury liner. As per the Investigators, they had severely criticised his handling of the disaster and did accused him of bringing the 290m-long vessel too close to shore line when it struck rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

Actually the prosecutors had sought a 26-year jail term but the court sentenced Schettino to 10 years for multiple manslaughter, five years for causing the shipwreck and one year for abandoning his passengers.

Because of the accident five crew jailed for manslaughter for up to two years and 10 months


Marine Science Experts Gathering – University of New England.

Marine Science Experts Gathering – University of New England.

More than 30 marine science experts and industry leaders from the U.S. and around the world gathered at the University of New England (UNE) on October 16-17, forming the Northeast Eel Aquaculture Team (NEAT) to assess the possibility of developing eel aquaculture. If feasible, eel aquaculture production could lead to a significant increase in marine jobs and revenue for Maine and greater New England. The NEAT conference organized a round table of university professors, eel aquaculture experts, fishermen and marketing experts to review the current state of European and North American eel biology, ecology, and aquaculture. Currently, glass eels (elvers) are harvested in Maine, shipped overseas to Asia to be grown in aquaculture ponds and tanks, and then end up back in the U.S. as sushi. If eel aquaculture production occurred domestically, they could be processed into valuable U.S. products for domestic sushi markets and could help restore North America’s wild adult eel population. Keynote speakers at the conference included Ep Eding, a European expert in eel fisheries and aquaculture from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and Professor Ken Oliveira from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. “Eels are the second most valuable fishery, after lobsters, in the state of Maine,” said Barry Costa-Pierce, Ph.D., Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor, chair of the Marine Sciences Department and director of the Marine Science Center at UNE. “Elvers are only fished commercially in Maine and South Carolina, and in 2012-2013 prices skyrocketed to more than $1,000 per pound. It’s extremely important that we work together to not only ensure a sustainable eel fishery, but also to add value to the resources we have here in Maine by developing eel aquaculture. We’re going to gather again to continue our discussions about this, as well as develop new opportunities for grants and industry partnerships at the upcoming conference in Portland in January.” Findings from the conference are available online and will be discussed at the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Expo (NACE) to be held January 14-16, 2015 in Portland. The NEAT workshop was funded by the USDA Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center and by the University of New England’s Marine Science Center, a university-wide center for excellence. Source:

South Korea Ferry with 470 passengers Sunken in the Yellow sea.

Latest News.
Up to 121 people were confirmed dead and 181 still listed as missing. According to available news nearly 300 people were killed in the accident. There were  323 high school students on the ferry, which was carrying a total of 476 people altogether.Even the Master of the vessel escaped from the scene, seven of the 29 crew members are missing or dead. Mean while many of those crew members who survived but stayed on or near the ship to help passengers by breaking the windows.

9 crew members including the Captain of the vessel are under arrest. According to one crew member when they tried to launch the lifeboats, but the ferry was tilted too far.

As per available news, Captain Lee Joon-seok asked the passengers to stay in their cabins as the ferry listed and filled with water. Then he took at least half an hour to order an evacuation and apparently escaped on one of the first rescue boats.

Earlier News.
According to the local police, a South Korean teacher who had survived from the disaster had committed suicide after leaving a note that read: “Please hold me responsible for all of this. I pushed for the school excursion. Cremate my body and spread my ashes over the ship sinking site. I may become a teacher again in the afterlife for the students whose bodies have yet to be found.”

Older News.
A South Korean ferry which was carrying more than 470 people including students and teachers capsized and taking water in the sea off Jindo. Rescue teams are working hard to save lives while reports says that a passenger had already found dead.

As per the news there were nearly 338 high school students and teachers on board the vessel. Passengers were asked to wear their life jackets and jump in the sea to save their lives. Coast guard helicopters are deployed in rescuing the passengers from the sinking ferry which was on the way to the southern island of Jeju when the incident occurred.

There are no news about the fate of the ship officers and the crew members.

Latest information.
3 people are dead and 292 are missing.
There were 30 crew members on board the vessel.
The sea temperature around that area was 12 degrees Celsius (54 F), cold enough to cause signs of hypothermia after about 1 ½ to 2 hours of exposure due to that cold.,

Ghost ship with cannibal rats going to UK?.

cruise ship
There are rumors spreading all over UK  that a Russian cruise ship Lyubov Orlova is full of cannibal rats.and it can hit the British or Ireland shores at any day soon. But it seems to be a hoax. The ship was built in1976 in Yugoslavia after operation difficulties it was sold to scarp in 2013.

As per the available news that the cruise ship Lyubov Orlova broken loose last year when it was being towed to a scrap yard in Dominican Republic and it was drifting around the Atlantic, there after.

As per the the UK coastguard they hadn’t “received no sightings of the former Soviet cruise ship Lyubov Orlova since April last year and there is no evidence to suggest it is still afloat”.

Richard Fisher, deputy editor of BBC Future, said one certain truth had emerged. “There are still vast swaths of our planet’s surface in which it’s surprisingly easy to lose things. Even a ship the size of a large building.

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