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Nicaragua announces start of China-led canal to rival Panama

Many shipping experts see the $50 billion project as a luxury, not a necessity

U.S.-flag fleet to pump $75 million into Great Lakes shipyards this winter

Nearly $6 million was spent earlier this year to repair damage from heavy ice

Coast Guard medevacs tanker crewman with broken leg (with VIDEO)

The mariner aboard Lorelei is airlifted to a Louisiana hospital

'Ghost barge' drifts into Russian waters (with VIDEO)

The vessel has traveled 500 miles since being cut loose in an October storm

MarAd publishes database of U.S.-flagged ATBs, ITBs

The document catalogs more than 130 tug-barge units with a capacity of 15.2 million barrels

SNAME seeks papers for Fast Sea Transportation forum

The biennial conference will be held Sept. 1-4 in Washington

New Petrobras crew boat equipped with Thrustmaster DOEN waterjets

New Petrobras crew boat equipped with Thrustmaster DOEN waterjets

NMEA releases latest version of installation standard

Jaenichen tours site of new Brownsville cargo dock

The project will enable the port to significantly boost capacity and freight volume

Great Lakes coal shipments dip in November

The Lake Carriers' Association cites weather-related delays for the 3 percent decline

SCI honors two inland maritime leaders

Peter H. Stephaich and J. Russell Flowers receive the group's River Bell Awards

U.S. sues 'Bering Sea Gold' captain over recovery of sunken dredge

U.S. sues 'Bering Sea Gold' captain over recovery of sunken dredge

Prosecutors say John Mehelich has refused to pay a $1.6 million bill

Nett Technologies' GreenTRAP removes soot from vessel emissions

Nett Technologies' GreenTRAP removes soot from vessel emissions

Videotel preparing shipowners for new ECA limits

Two new programs focus on reducing exhaust pollutants and ensuring efficient combustion

Coast Guard drops requirement for PFD type codes

The number and kind of PFDs required on a vessel hasn't changed, just the terminology

Damaged Steveston Lifeboat pulled from Fraser River

Damaged Steveston Lifeboat pulled from Fraser River

The search-and-rescue vessel hit a rock wall and ran aground during a training run

Titan refloats, tows, scuttles bow of wrecked bulk carrier Smart

Titan refloats, tows, scuttles bow of wrecked bulk carrier Smart

Removal of cargo, sand and mud complicate the salvage off South Africa

Italian shipping firm fined $2.7 million for 'magic pipe' violations

M/T Marigola crewmembers were directed to discharge sludge, waste oil and bilge water directly into the sea

Chief engineer guilty of falsifying ship’s oil record book

The Trident Navigator crewman is also convicted of obstructing justice in the 'magic pipe' case

Maine Maritime earns accreditation for online degree

The status is first of its kind for a Web program at the academy

Port of Astoria seeks damages for pier accident

The bulk carrier Global Endeavor hit Pier 1 three times while docking to unload logs

ICS relaxes stance on ballast water convention

The group will no longer actively discourage governments that have not ratified the guidelines from doing so

Maintenance to disrupt NOAA's online Coast Survey service

Raster charts and electronic charts will remain available this weekend, but some other products will not

Senate approves increase in barge fuel tax

The 9-cent increase will add $80 million annually to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund

Congressmen call for new maritime academy training vessels

Congressmen call for new maritime academy training vessels

The bipartisan group urges the federal government to develop a plan to replace the ships

Crowley gets contract to manage MSC surveillance ships

Crowley gets contract to manage MSC surveillance ships

The agreement covers operation and maintenance of the T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet

Vigor lays keels for first ferries to be built in Alaska

Vigor lays keels for first ferries to be built in Alaska

The Vigor boats will be able to carry up to 300 passengers and 53 vehicles

Great Lakes limestone trade dips in November

Heavy weather forces many ships to anchor or take longer routes

Belfast Harbour chooses Klein Systems port management system

BIW awarded $21 million for more DDG 51 work

The contract modification includes class engineering and design services