op ten maritime stories of 2015; NuStar already loading first post-ban U.S. crude export

December 31, 2015—As the world rings in the New Year—whether it is by cramming into Times Square to watch the nearly 6-ton Waterford crystal ball drop or soaking up the spectacular fireworks display in Sydney—it is a time for reflection, renewal, and recommitment. For the maritime industry, it was a year filled with tragedy—the loss of the El Faro—and technological triumphs—the Isla Bella, first LNG-fuelled containership. Find out what stories made our Top Ten Maritime Stories of 2015 list.

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USCG issues alert on dangers of unmarked dredge pipe
The alert also reminds commercial entities performing dredging in waterways to make sure all components of pipelines are properly marked and accounted for regardless of the recreational boating season and locations where dredging is taking place.

NuStar already loading first post-ban U.S. crude export

NuStar Energy and ConocoPhillips announced they are loading an export cargo of Eagle Ford light crude oil/condensate that is expected to complete loading today at NuStar’s North Beach Terminal.

Lindblad to acquire expedition ship Via Australis

Lindblad is paying $18 million for Via Australis, which was built in 2005, and will take possession of the ship in the second quarter of 2016.
USCG closes section of Illinois River

The Coast Guard says that it has closed a portion of the Illinois River from mile marker 0 to 50, to all traffic, due to hazardous conditions on the final 50 miles of the river, prior to where it joins the Mississippi River.