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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.

Christening of LCS Little Rock

Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock

  The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), will be christened Saturday, July 18, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Marinette Marine Corporation's shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. The event will be webcast live at under the webcast section.  The Honorable Ray Mabus, secretary of the Navy will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Janée L

Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons.  Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 347 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 560,000 net tons of various commodities have moved across the docks at the Port of Little Rock. Break bulk commodities accounted for just over 50% of the total river tonnage for August

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

New Superyacht ROCKIT.IT Launched by Feadship

ROCK.IT: Photo Feadship

Feadship says it has launched the outstanding 60.35-metre motoryacht ROCK.IT. Created for an experienced owner who has chartered Feadships and appreciated the essence of the brand, the project has raised the bar of what can be achieved in an entirely bespoke project, say the yacht builders. Fast from the outside, cosy on the inside, ROCK.IT features the first-time application on a superyacht of an intuitive control and manoeuvring system developed for naval applications.

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

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

147 Vessels Sent to Shipbreaking

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 So far this year 147 vessels have been sent to the shipbreakers for their steel to be recycled, Telegraph reported quoting new data from Braemar ACM shows.   A record number of container ships have been scrapped this year as owners battle a perfect storm of vast overcapacity and

Little Rock Port Gets $6M for New Dock, Improvements

Photo Little Rock Port Authority

Congressman French Hill (AR-2) joined Mayor Mark Stodola to celebrate the official announcement of the a $6.185M TIGER grant awarded by the US Department of Transportation to the Little Rock Port Authority.  The funds will be used to support the Little Rock Port Authority Growth Initiative to

U.S. Awards $61.8 Mln for Port Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox today announced 40 awards totaling nearly $500 million in funding for the  FY 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Of the 585 applications submitted totaling $9.3 billion in requests, six awards totaling $61

Little Rock Port Authority Reports June Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in May was 66,000 net tons.  Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015. Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 274 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 410

HMS Ambush Docks in Gibraltar

Pic: Royal Navy

 Navy nuclear submarine HMS Ambush yesterday steamed to Gibraltar – in a massive show of force against Spain.   The Spanish – emboldened by Britain’s Brexit vote – demanded joint sovereignty over The Rock on the same day the shock results were announced.

Port of Little Rock Reports Strong May Volumes

Photo: Little Rock Port Authority

The Port of Little Rock has reported 73,000 net tons of total barge tonnage in May. Dock activities compared favorably over the previous year with Logistic Services, Inc. (LSI) handling 228 barges during the first five months of the year. 350

Costa Concordia Captain's Sentence Upheld

Costa Concordia (File photo courtesy of Boskalis)

The prison sentence against the former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner for his role in the deadly 2012 shipwreck was upheld on Tuesday by an Italian court.   Both Francesco Schettino, who was commanding the ship when it hit rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio, killing 32 people

Injured Fisherman Rescued off New Jersey

Screenshot from USCG video

An injured fisherman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday 62 miles east of Cape May, N.J.   A crew member from the fishing vessel Stacy Lee called Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 12:45 a.m. to request assistance for a crew member who suffered a leg injury.  

Container Market - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Containership ownership by size range, active and on order, April 2016 (‘000 teu). Graph by Drewry Maritime Research

 The pain of the current container market downturn extends beyond carriers, says Drewry's Container Insight Weekly.    Some independent ship-owners are faced with either lowering charter rates to help save ailing carriers or risking their assets going idle.  

Fishing Crew Missing off Wales

The U.K. Coastguard is searching for the crew of a sunken fishing vessel near St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire.   The Coastguard said it received a 999 call from a member of the public just before 14:30, April 28, to say they could see a fishing vessel in difficulty near the rocks at St

China, South Korea to Hold Maritime Talks

Map: Xinhua

China and South Korea held talks on delimiting their overlapping exclusive economic zones (EEZs) in the Yellow Sea – the first such discussions in seven years.    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin talked to his South Korean counterpart, Cho Tae-yul on maritime demarcation

Cegal Launches Blueback ODiSI

Petrel ODiSI The technology was originally developed solely by BP Image by Cegal

Cegal today announced the release of Blueback ODiSI - an innovative One Dimensional Stochastic Inversion method.   Blueback ODiSI produces high-quality images of reservoir property estimates and associated uncertainties.   According to Sara Grant, Geophysicist, BP

Drewry Questions Viability of ‘Megaships’

Photo: Maersk Line

 Drewry Maritime Advisors  say that the trend of “big ship obsession” may soon come to an end.    The three largest carriers in the world – Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM – extended their dominance by taking on the most capacity

Distressed Surfers Rescued Off Trinidad

Emblem USCG

A Coast Guard aircrew rescued two distressed surfers near Trinidad Saturday afternoon. At approximately 4:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay received a call from a person ashore stating his friends needed assistance and were stranded on Camel Rock.

Inland Vessel Profile: USACE’s Dan Reeves

M/V Dan Reeves (Photo by Richard Dollison)

The newly built M/V Dan Reeves was commissioned in January of 2016 for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Little Rock District. Built by Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., overseen by the USACE Marine Design

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