Construction Begins on Washburn & Doughty Hull 101
On January 4, 2011, Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine began construction of a 93-ft by 38-ft, 6,000 hp Z-Drive tug for Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Conn. Washburn & Doughty is building the vessel to its newest in-house design based upon the yard’s previous 92-ft by 32-ft design, of which there are 22 tugs in operation. The increased length and beam will allow for increased horsepower while maintaining the maneuvering characteristics and handling capabilities.
Sungdong Shipbuilding Wins $583M Order
According to a Jan 31 report from Reuters, South Korea's small and medium-sized shipbuilder Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co Ltd won orders worth…
First Kongsberg K-Chief 600 Equipped Vessel Delivered
The first vessel to sail with Kongsberg Maritime's new K-Chief 600 marine automation system was delivered to its owner on 10th January 2010. The Korean Built VLCC features an extensive Kongsberg Maritime package, led by the K-Chief 600 with integrated Vessel Performance System (VPS), which supports reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions. The new K-Chief 600 was announced early in 2010 with a pilot project aboard 'MV Sia' completed in May 2010.
Daewoo Drillship Order from U.S.
According to a Jan 31 report from Reuters, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said that it had won an order to build a drillship from Atwood Oceanics Inc. (Source: Reuters)
Austal Launches Its Largest Catamaran
The final stages of construction of Austal’s largest catamaran to date were celebrated this week with a traditional coin ceremony, followed by the vessel’s successful launch. Placing a coin at the foot of the mast of a newly constructed ship is an ancient maritime tradition which is believed to bring good luck to the vessel and its crew. Senior Captain Soren Schow travelled from Denmark with a coin from the year 1660.
GL Noble Denton Guidelines: Float-Over Installations, Moorings
GL Noble Denton has issued new guidelines for float-over installations and for moorings. They are now available for oil and gas companies, designers and contractors…
Nordic Tankers Activity Up in Stainless Steel Segment
Nordic Tankers has taken two chemical tankers of 16,000 tons deadweight (dwt) on time charter. The sister vessels, which were built in Italy in 2001 and 2004, are…
MAN PrimeServ Engine Management Contract
Nakilat’s wholly owned fleet of LNG ships is now covered by MAN PrimeServ, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales division, after an EMC maintenance agreement signed with…
Call for Comment: Deepwater EA for BOEMRE Exploration Plan
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced that public comment is invited with respect to the Environmental Assessment…
NG Shipbuilding Spinoff Gets Junk Bond Rating
According to a report from the Daily Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, the nation's three credit ratings agencies gave Northrop Grumman Corp.’s spin…
Assembly Line For Tugs
The shipyards of Sarawak are particularly adept at meeting the demands of multiple tug orders. Kian Juan Dockyard in Miri is currently in the midst of a ten-boat order all of which are built to the same design. As of late January this year two units had been delivered and six were scheduling for sea trails. The balances of two units had already been launched and were fitting out alongside. The large open area…
Staton VP Sales at Krill Systems
Krill Systems, Inc. announced Brian Staton as vice president of world-wide sales. Staton will be responsible for selling products in three vertical markets (recreation, commercial and government), distribution channels and develop sales and dealer support. Staton’s career spans 26 years of experience as a sales and marketing executive in the marine electronic industry. He was a creative marketing and sales strategist for five major marine electronic brands and was former president of Simrad USA…
ISATPHONE PRO iFLYtm Turnkey Package
The iFly Industrial Package from Delta Wave was designed for quick and easy deployment. It is a turnkey package which incorporates Beam’s IsatPhone Pro Dock, and external antenna which also incorporates GPS. All is contained in a watertight NEMA enclosure with handle for ease of transport and quick installation in indoor or outdoor environments. The unit also works with Inmarsat’s 505 emergency alert service, providing location data.
This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 31
1942- HMS Culver (ex-CGC Mendota--she was one of the "Lake" Class cutters transferred to the Royal Navy in 1941 under the Lend-Lease program) was torpedoed and sunk with 13 survivors. 1948- Mrs.
A Success Story: Alaska Ship & Drydock
A new maintenance company with no shipyard experience takes a struggling repair yard, converted from an old cannery, and transforms it into a success story. Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD) is on its way to achieving its vision of becoming the maritime support center for the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The yard’s story is tied to the economic development in Southeast Alaska and its turning point came with the construction of the MV Susitna…
Navy Rescues 20 from Pirates
The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard reportedly intercepted a vessel used by Somali pirates, 200 miles off Kochi in the Arabian Sea, following a joint operation.
Shipping Corp appoints New Director of Bulk Carriers, Tankers
Capt. Sunil Thapar has been appointed as Director of Bulk Carriers and Tankers as of January 2011. He is a holder of Master (Foreign Going) Certificate of Competency…
Egyptian Crisis: Could it Spill into the Suez Canal?
As analysts continue to try and gauge the full economic impact of the fast-evolving political and social crisis in Egypt, the concern of the shipping industry are…
Resolve, T&T Bisso Form FiFi Coalition
Resolve Marine Group and T&T Bisso have announced their coalition for Marine Firefighting services in U.S. waters. This agreement combines both companies’ extensive firefighting infrastructure to produce overlapping coverage and higher volume firefighting capacity throughout the U.S. This coalition was crafted specifically to help tank vessel operators fully comply with the new Oil Pollution Act of 1990 regulations that will be effective on February 22, 2011.
This Day in U.S. Naval History – January 31
1961 - Lieutenant Commander Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr.