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Kvaerner, Longview Power Reaches Settlement

  Kvaerner North American Construction Inc. (a subsidiary of Kvaerner) has executed agreements today, with each of Longview Power, LLC, Siemens Energy Inc. and others regarding the disputes between them in both the arbitration proceedings concerning the Longview Project and the subsequent bankruptcy cases of Longview Power, LLC. Under the agreements, Kvaerner North American Construction Inc. will receive an aggregate amount of USD 48 million from various parties. In consideration, Kvaerner North American Construction Inc. will settle certain claims and release the Mechanics' Liens filed against the Longview power plant properties in Maidsville, West Virginia, and will waive all objections in the ongoing Longview Power, LLC bankruptcy proceedings. The settlement is subject to approval in the bankruptcy proceedings. The approval is expected to take place in January 2015 with the receipt of the above-referenced amounts anticipated to occur in February 2015. The financial effects of the agreement will be recognised in Kvaerner's first quarter 2015 accounts.  The main financial effects will be reduction of retained assets in the group's balance sheet of USD 48 million. The agreements, upon approval, significantly reduce Kvaerner's uncertainty regarding the final financial outcome of the arbitration and resolve all counterclaims from Longview Power, LLC.


Herschler Joins North American Marine Consultants

Captain Casey Herschler, Director of New Business Development, North American Marine Consultants

Captain Casey M. Herschler Joins North American Marine Consultants.   Captain Casey M. Herschler has been named Director of New Business Development for North American Marine Consultants. Capt. Herschler will be responsible for developing new business ventures including new vessel and barge construction as well as conducting vessel, structure, facility and cargo surveys, insurance assessments and monitoring new construction, conversion and repair processes for clients.


ACL Acquires Interest in Environmental Firm

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) has invested in a 30 percent stake in a newly formed entity with environmental services contractor Summit Contracting, Inc. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed but are not material to the company. The new company, Summit Contracting, LLC will provide emergency response, environmental remediation, industrial and civil construction services. In addition to continuing to service its established customer base of major transportation


K-Sea Signs Barge Contract Extension

K-Sea Transportation Partners LP, said it signed a $40m contract extension for barge construction with the manufacturing arm of American Commercial Lines. The company said the construction of four 50,000 barrel tank barges will begin in first quarter of 2009, with delivery of the first vessel scheduled for December of that year. The three other vessels will be completed in three month increments after that, K-Sea said. The contract extends the barge construction agreement through 2010.


Great Lakes Shipyard Winter Season Contracts

Great Lakes Shipyard Facility: Photo credit Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard contracted by Interlake Steamship Company to perform winter work services on two vessels. Two more vessels have arrived: Interlake Steamship vessels, the ATB Dorothy Ann and the Pathfinder, are in Cleveland and  docked at Great Lakes Shipyard's facility. A variety of work is to be done, including: miscellaneous steel work, generator maintenance, main drive unit maintenance, and other miscellaneous tug and barge repairs and maintenance.


American Club Elects First China Director

Members of the American P&I Club have elected the first director to come from The People’s Republic of China (PRC). At the annual meeting in New York, Lianyu Zhu of CCCC International Shipping Corporation, Tianjin, was elected to the board for the forthcoming year. Mr. Zhu’s company is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company, a major state-owned enterprise (SOE) which is, among other things, the largest port construction and design company in the PRC


Congress Promotes Commercial Shipbuilding

The House Armed Services Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee received testimony on the Federal Ship Loan Guarantee Program, also known as Title XI, which facilitates financing of commercial ship construction in U.S. shipyards. Cynthia L. Brown, President of the American Shipbuilding Association, testified on the importance of funding and improving the program to increase commercial ship construction in the U.S.


LA Port Police Contract with All American Marine for Dive and Patrol Catamaran

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All American Marine, Inc. is pleased to announce their latest vessel contract awarded by the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Department for a new dive and patrol catamaran. The 65’ x 24’ aluminum catamaran will be used by the LA Port Police dive team and will feature Teknicraft Design’s signature hull shape and hydrofoil technology.  The design of the vessel is based upon the previously built R/V Shearwater and R/V Fulmar


American Cruise Lines Orders Four New Ships

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Four new ACL Vessels to Enter Service between 2015 & 2017 and to Operate on U.S. Rivers American Cruise Lines announced plans to build four new riverboats for American river cruising, and noted that construction has already begun on the first two ships, with the first to begin cruising in in the spring of 2015. The first two new riverboats are designed to carry between 150 and 200 guests and will cruise the Mississippi River system and the Columbia and Snake Rivers


Schechtman Promoted at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Jeffrey Schechtman

Jeffrey Schechtman has been named Deputy Regional Business Manager for the Southeast region of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Schechtman will work with managers in the nine states that comprise Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Southeast region to enhance relationships with key clients, expand business development opportunities, and invigorate marketing and pursuit efforts


ASA Mission Statement Revised to Expand Reach

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The American Salvage Association has revised its mission statement to increase its area of influence beyond North America, complemented by a new logo that reflects the expanded direction.   The new Mission Statement reads “The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the


‘Landmark Year’ for RS in 2014

For Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS), 2014 marked the 101st year of its activities. The classification society said 2014 also marked a landmark year, as the construction of the world's first Arctic LNG carrier began to RS class. The new 300-meter-long ship carrying liquefied natural gas


Puget Sound Container Volumes Flat in 2014

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

Container volumes through Puget Sound’s largest container ports remained flat in 2014, according to numbers released jointly for the first time by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.   “Reporting our combined cargo volumes demonstrates our commitment to the Seaport Alliance


Bill Proposed to Repay WWII Merchant Mariners

Congresswoman Janice Hahn (Calif.) and Congressman John Duncan Jr. (Tenn.) introduced the “Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners Act of 2015,” which would provide a modest benefit to surviving Merchant Marines who served during World War II.  


GTT, Conrad Shipyard Ink Deal for LNG Barges and Bunker Tanks

GTT signs license agreement with Conrad Shipyard for membrane containment systems for LNG barges and bunker tanks   Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) announced that its U.S. subsidiary, GTT North America, has signed a Technical Assistance and License Agreement (TALA) with U.S


W&O Opposes McCain Amendment

John McCain (official photo)

W&O announced its opposition to the McCain Amendment (amendment #2) to S.1, which it said would cripple the U.S. shipbuilding industry by striking the U.S. build requirement provisions of the Jones Act.   “The amendment Senator John McCain has put forth would devastate


Chilean President Visits Port of Wilmington

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet  Image: The Port of Wilmington

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet paid a long-postponed visit to one of her nation's top export destinations, an official call at the Port of Wilmington that ended with private talks on terms aimed at keeping Delaware firmly tied to Chile's trade route.


VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship

Photo courtesy of VT Halter Marine

The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss.


Obama’s Address Missed Energy Opportunities -NOIA

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., January 20 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

NOIA President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address, stating that the President missed a few key points regarding domestic onshore and offshore energy production and supply, and its impact on the U.S. economy.  


Puget Sound Container Volumes Flat in 2014

Photo: Port of Seattle

Container volumes through Puget Sound’s largest container ports remained flat in 2014, according to numbers released jointly for the first time by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.   “Reporting our combined cargo volumes demonstrates our commitment to the Seaport Alliance


Congressmen Lead Effort to Defend US Shipbuilders

Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), along with 30 bipartisan House colleagues, sent a letter this week to Senate leadership urging opposition to an amendment that they say would strip domestic construction requirements that help strengthen America’s


White House Recognizes Military2Maritime

Tom Allegretti, Chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, discusses the Military2Maritime program that connects veterans with opportunities in the domestic maritime industry during a White House Veterans-Transportation Forum. (Photo: AMP)

Military2Maritime program recognized by White House for veteran hiring practices   As Congress considers the role the Jones Act and the American maritime industry play as part of the Keystone XL pipeline debate, the national Military2Maritime program


US Boating On High Speed Recovery

 Picture: National Marine Manufacturers Association

 Nearly 89 million Americans went boating last year, one of the largest boating participation figures on record. And the boat sales last year increased to $37 billion, a 3 percent increase from the year before. These figures are released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association


Captains' Union Blasts McCain’s Keystone Amendment

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks: If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas?    S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the


Boost for Offshore Wind Energy

Offshore Wind Energy

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of an






 
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