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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 http://navylive.dodlive.mil 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.


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


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


GSM Tariff Launched for RockFLEET Dual-Mode Vessel Tracking System

RockFLEET automatically switches from satellite to transmit GPS and M2M data over 2G3G4G and GPRS networks when available.

Iridium satcom specialist Rock Seven has launched a new fixed monthly GSM tariff for users of its dual-mode vessel tracking system, RockFLEET. The new £10/month subscription covers all vessel tracking and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) data transmitted over GSM networks by the RockFLEET system


Subsidy-Reliant Offshore Wind Takes Cue from Big Oil

File Image (CREDIT: Siemens)

From a helicopter, it looks like just another North Sea oil rig, a grey cube supported by massive yellow pillars, 90 kilometres (56 miles) off western Denmark. But the DanTysk facility is the world's first accommodation platform for offshore wind


Van Oord Bags Two Egyptian Offshore Deals

Courtesy  Van Oord

 Van Oord has been awarded two contracts by international contractor Subsea 7. The assignments include the construction of a landfall and the execution of subsea rock installation works in Egypt. The projects are part of the West Nile Delta project


More Casualties Possible in Container Shipping Shakeout -CMA CGM

File photo: Hanjin Shipping

Other container shipping firms may join Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd in receivership before the industry emerges from its current shakeout, the vice chairman of world number three player CMA CGM said on Wednesday. South Korea's Hanjin filed for protection from creditors in late August


Panamax Containerships: Is the Battle Now Lost?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the containership market today, Panamax sector, the charter rates rest at rock-bottom rates and the fleet is in steady and perhaps terminal decline, with scrapping at record levels. Is the battle now lost? A report by Clarksons Research.  


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






 
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