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U.S. DOT Recycles Two More JRRF Ships

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has awarded contracts to recycle two more of the obsolete government-owned ships, which are currently moored in the James River Reserve Fleet (JRRF) in Virginia.  The two ships being recycled are the Escape and the Cape Cod.   These two vessels will be the 83rd and 84th ships to leave the JRRF since 2001. The Escape (ARS-6) was built as a Navy rescue ship in 1942 by Basalt Rock Co. in Napa, Calif.  The vessel supported the nation's "Mercury" manned spaceflight program in the early 1960s.  The Escape will be recycled at Bay Bridge Enterprises, LLC, of Chesapeake, Va., at a cost to the federal government of $115,200.  The Cape Cod (AK-5041) was built as a break-bulk cargo ship in 1962 by Bethlehem Steel in Sparrows Point, Md.  The Cape Cod will be recycled by All Star Metals, LLC, of Brownsville, Texas, for $328,122. The Maritime Administration stores ships at three National Defense Reserve Fleet sites: the James River Reserve Fleet, the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, and the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in California.   When ships become obsolete, the Maritime Administration arranges for their disposition in an environmentally sensitive manner.  When a ship is recycled, the recycler often salvages and sells metal and other materials, and disposes of other materials in accordance with state and federal law


More Ships Depart Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet

Two obsolete vessels, the Reclaimer and Sagamore, are scheduled to be towed from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on Monday, May 16, 2011. The departures mark the 20th and 21st ships to leave the National Defense Reserve Fleet since October 2009, when the Obama Administration announced its commitment to clean up the site and improve the surrounding environment.  As a result, the U.S. Maritime Administration is more than four months ahead of schedule in removing obsolete U.S


Ross Labs Delivers Survey Boat

In mid-May Ross Laboratories, Inc., Seattle, Wash., delivered the first of two survey boats to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Rock Island District. The Ross "Mini-Sweep" is a small boat multi-channel survey system, designed for inland rivers and shallow water surveying. The vessel was named MV Holling by the Rock Island District, named after a long time marine surveyor who worked for the RI District who recently passed away


Bridge and Ship Collide in the Black Rock Canal

The Coast Guard responded to the collision between the small passenger vessel MISS BUFFALO II and the International Railroad Swing Bridge located on the Black Rock Canal, four miles north of downtown Buffalo on June 5. Following a tour of the Buffalo water front area, the passenger vessel was returning to its dock with 175 persons onboard including 120 school children from Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville, N.Y., parents, teachers and the vessels crew.


New Trenching & Offshore Support Vessel on Order

Image courtesy of Jan De Nul Group

Jan De Nul Group has ordered a multi-purpose offshore support vessel from the Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia, for delivery in 2015. The vessel with a deadweight of 10,500 tonnes and a total length of 138 m will be a trenching and offshore support vessel, a subsea rock installation vessel and a cable laying vessel. In the cable laying mode, the vessel will be able to install up to 10,000 tonnes of cable and will thereto be equipped with a 5,500 tonnes capacity turntable above deck and a 4


Rapp Hydema Seattle Expands Yard

Rapp Hydema U.S. has begun a major expansion of its industrial yard in Seattle, increasing its yard size by some 2700 sq. ft. Owing to a substantial equipment inventory, Rapp has leased space in recent years at a nearby Commodore Way yard from the Port of Seattle; the new yard expansion will, however, allow all that inventory to be more conveniently placed--on Rapp's own property. In order to utilize this back part of Rapp's original site


Greece Fines Company for Sunken Ship Pollution

The owners, operator and captain of a cruise ship that hit the rocks off the island Santorini and sank were fined a total of $1.57m Monday for polluting the Aegean Sea, the AP reported. The Sea Diamond leaked an estimated 300 tons of fuel into the sea since sinking off the island two months ago. Nearly 1,600 people, most of them Americans, including two dozen students from North Carolina, were evacuated from the Cypriot-owned ship on April 5


NCL Christens Norwegian Pearl

At a ceremony at the Port of Miami, talk show host Rosie O'Donnell served as Godmother and christened Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL) newest ship, Norwegian Pearl. The new 93,530-ton Freestyle Cruising vessel boasts an industry first -- a four-lane ten-pin bowling alley; and two NCL firsts -- a rock-climbing wall and two top-of-the-ship Deluxe Owner's Suites. The christening ceremony took place alongside the striking


Chief Officer Was Drunk When Ship Ran Aground

The Polish chief officer of a cargo vessel that ran aground off the coast of Scotland reportedly admitted that he was drunk at the time. Jerzy Pawluk pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of the Bahamian-registered freighter Roustel and endangering the lives of his crew. Magistrates referred the matter to Newcastle Crown Court, saying that only a prison sentence would be appropriate. The offense - conduct endangering ships


Petrobras Sends 20 Ships To Monitor Oil Spill

Petrobras moved about 200 men and 20 ships to monitor oil spilled offshore after the world's biggest rig was rocked by blasts and sank earlier this month. On March 15, three blasts ripped through Petrobras' 40-storey platform, the world's biggest oil rig, killing 11 and spilling about 11,000 gallons of diesel oil. Petrobras has mobilized 11,000 m of retaining barriers, 21 oil collecting units, 18 suction pumps and 40


Long Beach Cargo Operations Resume

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Repair work begins after storm surges subsides The Port of Long Beach resumed full cargo-handling operations Thursday, Aug. 28, after a lessening of storm surges from Hurricane Marie that had battered south-facing piers and interrupted the loading and unloading of four vessels a day earlier.


Storm Surge Halts Vessel Operations at Long Beach

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach announced Wednesday, Aug. 27, that they were suspending vessel operations for the day because 10- to 15-foot high wave surges powered by Pacific Hurricane Marie endangered longshore workers. Total Terminals International on Pier T


Rock On: UK's Kent Beach Flood Defence Starts

Rocks are being delivered as work by Van Oord starts on the £30m scheme to protect 1,400 properties at Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme in Kent, informs UK's Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has appointed Team Van Oord to construct the scheme, which will cover 2


Port of New Orleans Awards Terminal Build Contract

An aerial view of the Ports existing intermodal terminal, which will be transformed into a modern and more efficient intermodal container transfer terminal.

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans awarded a $13.3 million construction contract to Metairie, La.-based Hard Rock Construction LLC today for the Mississippi River Intermodal Terminal improvement project at its monthly meeting


New NPK Pilot Plant Up & Running

NPK pilot plant

  A new NPK pilot plant at the Innovation and R&D Center in Porsgrunn has been successfully in operation since this spring. Yara’s Innovation and R&D department has been quite busy lately. In an effort to continuously improve Yara’s operations and processes


Cutterhead Shaft Bearings Last 9 Years on Dredger

Thordon Composite cutterhead shaft bearings prior to installation on the D’Artagnan owned by DEME

Water lubricated Thordon Composite cutterhead shaft bearings have performed well for nine years on one of the largest cutter suction dredgers in the world–Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering N.V. (DEME)’s D'Artagnan (28,200 kW total installed power).


Bones Found on Concordia Possibly Final Victim's

Photo courtesy of the Parbuckling Project

Divers have found human remains in the wreck of the Costa Concordia and will check whether they belong to the one person still unaccounted for 2 1/2 years after the luxury liner sank, Italian authorities said on Wednesday. Russel Rebello, an Indian who worked as a waiter on the ship when it hit


Yara to Acquire Majority Position in Galvani

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  Yara International ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire a 60% stake in Galvani Indústria, Comércio e Serviços S/A ("Galvani"), for an enterprise value of USD 318 million. Galvani is an independent, privately held fertilizer company, controlled by Mr


Armed with New Technology, Oil Drillers Revisit Gulf of Mexico

Advances in drilling technology are reviving the prospects of oil companies in shallow parts of the Gulf of Mexico, helping to squeeze more from older fields while the U.S. shale bonanza lures others onshore. Apache Corp and a handful of smaller independent companies are using seismic surveying


USCG Rescues 6 During "Round The Rock Alcatraz Challenge"

  The Coast Guard received a report of an overturned outrigger canoe with six persons aboard Saturday. A good Samaritan in the area maintained a visual on the boaters and recovered two of the crewmembers in the water.  Coast Guard Station Golden Gate launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat


U.S. Army Corps to Close Upper Mississippi As Waters Rise

Storm system

  Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the mid- and upper-Mississippi River and force the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.


Costa Concordia Wreck to be Scrapped in Genoa

Photo courtesy of The Parbuckling Project

The bulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that capsised off the Tuscany coast in 2012, killing 32 people, will be demolished and scrapped in the port of Genoa, the Italian government decided on Monday. The decision for the work to be done in Genoa, in northern Italy


Coal Export Facility to be Built at Bunbury Port

Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Western Australia's Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, has approved plans to build a $500 million coal export facility at Bunbury Port. Construction is expected to start in mid-2015, with the first exports planned for 2017. Coal for exports will travel to the port by rail.


Coal Export Facility Approved at Bunbury

Western Australia's Environment Minister Albert Jacob has approved plans to build a $500 million coal export facility at Bunbury Port, GAC reported. Construction is expected to start in mid-2015, with the first exports planned for 2017. Coal for exports will travel to the port by rail.


Construction Of Jan de Nul Multi-Purpose Vessel Starts

Jan de Nul vessel model

  Uljanik Brodogradiliste in Pula, Croatia, started the construction of the Multi-Purpose Vessel JDN8628 for Jan de Nul . This versatile vessel can be equipped with two cable turntables with a total capacity of 10,000 tonnes. For Subsea Rock Installation the vessel can carry up to 10






 
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