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100 Years

Final Gate Installed in Panama Canal Expansion

The Panama Canal Expansion, the canal's largest project since its original construction more than 100 years ago, is now 88 percent complete overall, with several major components such as its dry excavation and dredging projects already finished, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reported.   In addition to all eight gates having been installed on the Atlantic side have, the final gate on the Pacific side was installed on April 28.  

Larson Debuts Escape Line of Pontoon Boats

Larson Boat Group (LBG) launched a new line of pontoon boats, Escape by Larson. "As an industry leader and market innovator for more than 100-years, we knew that for our next 100-years it was time to change what a pontoon boat has originally been thought of – two round cylinders on a flat deck and some seating with an outboard engine," said Rob Parmentier President and CEO of Larson Boat Group. The difference starts at the "toons

Princess Cruise Lines Appoint Senior Officers for New Ship

Experienced team tapped to launch Princess Cruises' newest ship – 'Royal Princess' – in June 2013 When the new Royal Princess launches in June 2013, Captain Tony Draper will be in command of Princess Cruises ’ newest vessel, leading a senior officer team with more than 100 years of seagoing experience among them. The senior four-stripe team will also include Relief Captain Dino Sagani, Chief Engineer Fabio Braccelli, Hotel General Manager Dirk Brand

Panama Canal Opens 2nd Maintenance Congress

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) opens today the Second International Maintenance Congress with the participation of 26 international and six local experts to promote reliability and sustainability in business practices, based on a maintenance culture. “Maintenance has been fundamental for the Canal to operate as it does today, after more than 100 years in operation,” Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano said during the opening remarks

Houston Ship Channel Celebrates 100 years

Great Day for Centennial Rededication of Houston Ship Channel

  Blue skies and a cool breeze set the stage for a once-in-a-century event today: the 100th anniversary rededication of the opening of Houston's deep-water port. International Longshoremen's Association, Houston Pilots, U.S. Coast Guard, current and former Port Commissioners, industry stakeholders and others, attended the Houston Ship Channel Rededication at Brady's Landing overlooking the Houston Ship Channel.

Hempel Celebrates 100 Years

Pierre-Yves Jullien, Group President and CEO, Hempel (Photo: Hempel)

Hempel kicked off the group’s centenary celebrations and invited customers from Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania to a party in Athens’ Acropolis Museum on Saturday, May 9.   Hempel has had a permanent presence in Greece since 1952 as Hempel Hellas General Manager, Keld Laursen explained, “For 63 out of the 100 years we have had our feet on the ground in Piraeus and Athens and we are very proud of this

Japan Test Production of Frozen Subsea Gas

Japan to begin the world’s first offshore drilling operation to extract frozen natural gas locked under the seabed. Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp., known as JOGMEC, and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology will begin test production for methane hydrate in the Nankai Trough about 50 kilometers (31 miles) off the coast of the country’s main island of Honshu, reports Bloomberg.

IMTRA Restructures Management Team

Eric Braitmayer

IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine products, announced its next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eric Braitmayer. On January 1, 2014, Mr. Braitmayer, who previously served as Chief Operating Officer (COO), succeeded IMTRA’s longtime President and CEO, Nat Bishop. Mr. Bishop followed former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ned Rogerson and Controller Nancy Lyons into retirement in 2013, having together provided nearly 100 years of service to the company.

Panama Canal to Celebrate 100 Years

Photo: Panama Canal

To commemorate its centennial, the Panama Canal will host a series of events August 14-15 in Panama City to highlight the impact of the waterway during the past century. On August 14 at 8 a.m., an expansion/Panama Canal tour will be held for guests to view the expansion construction site and the current locks. An event at Miraflores Locks will be held August 15 at 7 a.m. to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal, followed that night at 5:30 p.m

US Coast Guard Travelling Inspectors' Centenary

CG Travelling Inspector: Photo USCG/Marc Cruder

July 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the traveling inspection staff, originally created under the Steamboat Inspection Service. These travelers are highly experienced marine inspectors and investigators that help to measure the effectiveness of existing programs and policies. “It is only natural that the agency responsible for rescue activities should be concerned with the prevention of marine casualties,” said Vice Adm. Russell Waeshe.

Blue Whales Return to Barents Sea

Return of the blue whales

  Employees of the Institute of Sea Research spotted 17 species of blue whales in the Barents Sea in the area of ​​Svalbard. Animals returned to the region after a century of absence. On these meetings the giant cetaceans reported this summer, coast guard ships, and even cruise ships

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

An AEP river tow (File image)

American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

Hempel at 'Danish Maritime Days' in Copenhagen

Present and long-term challenges for the global maritime industry and corresponding solutions are on the agenda when ministers, top executives and experts meet in Copenhagen for the Danish Maritime Forum on 7-8 October 2015

  Hempel will take part in the Danish Maritime Days (DMD) event next week and make presentations at the DMD Technical Conference, which is being held in cooperation with Danish Maritime, on the 7 & 8 October. Fouling Control Marketing Manager, Claes Skat-Roerdam

Corvus Energy Opens Office in Bergen

Courtesy Corvus Energy

  Corvus Energy, a supplier of Type-Approved energy storage systems (ESS) for the commercial maritime industry is proud to announce the opening of Corvus Norway AS. Corvus Norway AS is at the forefront of a new trend in the marine industry

Kleven to Build 2 Stern Trawlers for DFFU

Image: Kleven

Kleven to build two stern trawlers for German company Deutsche Fischfang-Union (DFFU)   Kleven has signed a contract with DFFU, daughter company of Icelandic seafood company Samherji, for the construction of two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce’ NVC 374 WP design

ICS: U.S. Approach to LNG 'Protectionist'

The International Chamber of Shipping Represents the Worlds shipowners at IMO Photo ICS

According to the Internatinal Chamber of Shipping, the United States Congress signaled last week its intention to approve major free trade deals with Asia and Europe. ICS voices serious concern about the potentially protectionist approach being taken by the U.S

Bouchard Transportation Christens New ATB Unit

Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co.

Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, on Tuesday July 14, 2015 in New Orleans.   The ceremony was honored by the Monsignor James Vlaun who blessed the vessels, and Marie Romais

Ghana to Roll out Shipping Training

Image: Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

 Ghana is considering establishing modalities to compel shipping companies to introduce a training regime which ensures that their local staff gain professional qualifications in shipping.   “Maintenance of professional standards in the maritime industry has been one of the

ExxonMobil 3Q Dividend Unchanged


  The Board of Directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation today declared a cash dividend of 73 cents per share on the Common Stock, payable on September 10, 2015 to shareholders of record of Common Stock at the close of business on August 13, 2015.

Fratelli Neri Orders Damen Tug

Damens ASD 3212 Tug

One of the largest Italian tug owners, Fratelli Neri S.p.A, ordered its first Damen tug, an ASD 3212, on 21 July 2015.   The vessel will be the first ASD tug in the Mediterranean region with a Damen Render Recovery Escort winch. The family-owned

Fishermen's Messaging Service Saves Lives, Boosts Income in East India

A fisherman's son and now a fisherman himself, Kulamani Tarai knows all too well that while the sea has provided sustenance to his family for generations, it can also be a cruel and deadly place.   Every morning, when he leaves his mud-and-thatch home on India's east coast to venture out on

Volvo Penta Debuts Marine Gas Sterndrive Engines

5.3L V8 gasoline engines for the marine sterndrive

  Volvo Penta today unveiled its new family of next-generation 5.3L V8 gasoline engines for the marine sterndrive market in a press preview at the company’s Test Center in Suffolk, Va.   “Volvo Penta has a rich history of innovation in marine propulsion

ZF Turns 100

Daniel Härter, VP Industrial Technology, Head of  Business Unit Marine Propulsion Systems, ZF Marine

ZF Friedrichshafen AG is celebrating its centennial in 2015. Founded in the city of Friedrichshafen at Lake Constance in 1915 as “Zahnradfabrik GmbH,” the company developed from an aviation specialist with regional roots to an international technology company active on the global

Historic WW I Shipwreck Survey Underway

Side scan sonar image of LV-71 (Credit: NOAA)

Partnering U.S. agencies have commenced surveying the historic shipwreck of an American lightship shelled and sunk by a German U-boat during World War I nearly 100 years ago.   Teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

Panama to Assess if Seepage Will Delay Expanded Canal Opening

Panama Canal Expansion

  During the testing phase of the new Pacific locks for the Panama Canal, some water seepage was detected in a specific area of the new Pacific Locks in a section that separates the middle chamber and lower chamber, as they were being stressed tested through exposure to level differentials

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