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Mass Maritime’s Manned Model Shiphandling Program

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Nothing Beats Reality   As advances in computing power have made marine training via simulator more mainstream, the majority would contend that the most effective training is on the water, at the helm. While training on real-world vessels can be tough due to time and safety constraints, Massachusetts Maritime Academy maintains its unique solutions: the Manned Model Shiphandling Program on the Great Herring Pond.   The Manned Model Shiphandling Program at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy is unique in that it is only one of a handful in the world to offer mariner’s hands-on training courtesy of professionally built, scale models of real-world ships. But it is solely unique in one very important way. “Ours is the only USCG Approved Manned Models course in the world,” said Captain Michael R. Burns, Jr., Director, Massachusetts Maritime Center for Maritime & Professional Training. “Students seeking to upgrade their license to a senior level can perform many of the practical assessments they need for an upper level license while attending this course.” The Manned Model Shiphandling Program uses its fleet of four ‘ships’, including three single screw vessels and the new twin-screw tanker Boston. While the manned model program does have some limitations: namely the window of operation in the Northeast United States is middle of April through late October, and of course Mother Nature

Marine Towing of Tampa to Debut Tractor Tug

Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC will host a private dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 12 to debut its new tugboat, Patriot, at Port Tampa Bay. The Patriot is one of the few tugboats in the United States with open ocean firefighting capabilities spraying nearly 12,000 gallons per minute at a distance of 400 feet. Built in East Boothbay, Maine, the 93’ long, 5,000 horsepower tugboat equipped with two Tier 3 sixteen cylinder Caterpillar engines and two Rolls-Royce Z-drives will add to

Elliott Bay Design Announces Promotions

Elliott Bay Design Group has announced two promotions within the firm. Brian King has been named vice president of engineering and Douglas Wolff has been promoted to vice president of operations. Brian King joined Elliott Bay Design Group in 1988 as the Seattle-based firm's Chief Marine Engineer. In the role of vice president, King will oversee and manage the firm's engineering and technical resources, ensuring superior quality and technical excellence

WETA Awarded Blue & Gold Fleet Five-Year Contract

Water Emergency Transportation Authority Awards Ferry Operating Contract to Blue & Gold Fleet. At its October 6 Board of Directors meeting, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) awarded Blue & Gold Fleet ("B&GF") a five-year contract for the operation of WETA's San Francisco Bay Ferry services. San Francisco Bay Ferry, which recently assumed operation of the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay Ferries

This Day in Naval History – August 23

1864 - RADM David Farragut's squadron captures Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay winning control of Mobile Bay 1958 - Massive concentration of Pacific Fleet in Quemoy-Matsu area prevents invasion of islands by China. 1958 - In Taiwan Straits Crisis, Units of 7th Fleet move into Taiwan area to support Taiwan against Chinese Communists. 1963 - The first satellite communications ship, USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) in Lagos, Nigeria, connected President John F

Cement Barge Washes Ashore in Oak Bay

A Jan. 1, Vancouver Sun report stated that a 197 ft barge went aground in Oak Bay on New Year’s morning. The barge grounded in the waves of Enterprise Channel, the narrow body of water between Trial Island and Oak Bay. (Source: Vancouver Sun)

Judge Nullifies State Oil Spill Law

A federal judge has nullified Massachusetts’ landmark Oil Spill Prevention Act, striking down regulations on oil shipping in Buzzards Bay that included mandatory tug escorts and navigational routes as well as minimum staffing. U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro ruled the state violated federal law because those areas fall under Coast Guard jurisdiction. He said the state regulations ''are pre-empted, invalid and unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution

USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay Hauled Out

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Group

Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the United States Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay  using its 770-ton capacity Travelift.   The repair contract that started on May 7, 2014, includes drydocking and routine maintenance such as: Hull Plating and Ultrasonic Testing Appendages and Leak Test Shaft Seal Assembly and Overhaul Rudder Assembly, Remove, Inspect and Reinstall Anchor Windlass, Level 2 Inspect and Repair

Coast Guard to Respond to Cosco Busan Spill

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen announced that the Coast Guard has begun a comprehensive review of its response to the Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay after the ship allided with the San Francisco Bay Bridge Nov. 7. At the direction of the Commandant, the Coast Guard's Chief of Staff chartered an incident specific preparedness review (ISPR) that includes membership of federal, local, state, and industry stakeholders

Chandler to VP Operations, Bay Diesel


Bay Diesel & Generator announced the promotion of Lynn Chandler to the position of Executive Vice President of Operations. Chandler will oversee the operations of Bay Diesel’s parts department, service division and administrative functions. Chandler has been with Bay Diesel since February of 1990. In his time with Bay Diesel, Chandler has participated in nearly every aspect of the business, including service coordination, payroll and accounting

Zim Improves Asia-Mediterranean Loops

Photo: Zim Integrated Shipping Services

 The Israeli ocean carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services is upgrading its Asia-Mediterranean service network, comprising the East Med-Black Sea Express, or EMX, and the Asia-India Subcontinent East Med, or AME, by adding new port calls and upsizing tonnage deployment.  

Arctic Ice 'Too Thick' for Shipping Route

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 Sea ice in the Arctic is still too thick for Northwest Passage commercial shipping route in spite of warming temperatures. This is according to new research from York University.   Despite climate change, Arctic sea ice remains too thick and treacherous, says the study

USCG Icebreaking Tug Returns from Midlife Overhaul

Morro Bay passes the Cleveland West Pierhead Light in June 2013. (USCG photo by Christopher M. Yaw)

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returned to homeport in Cleveland Tuesday following a 14-month service life extension project (SLEP) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.   SLEP is a major midlife overhaul which is expected to extend the cutter's service life 15

ICTSI Subic Gets More Equipment

SBITC added 16 brand new Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors to its prime mover fleet ahead of the expected increase in container movement in the coming months.  The renewed interest in Subic has also prompted ICTSI to ramp up

  Subic Bay International Container Terminal Corp. (SBITC) recently received and commissioned three new reach stackers and 16 new Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors.   The additional capacity has increased the terminal tractor fleet to 23 units or 128 percent

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

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 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

Riding Waves & Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

The European Way The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the UK National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind.  For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in the ocean floor to support the Deepwater Wind project off the

Papal Visit to Impact Marine Transportation System

Pope Francis

  The Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, is notifying mariners that vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River and Schuylkill River, in vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from September 25, 2015 to September 28, 2015 will likely experience delays.

Collaboration Key in MV Smart Wreck Removal

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Titan Salvage, now a part of Ardent following completion of the merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage, has completed the removal of the wreck of the cape-size MV Smart coal carrier in South Africa, an especially challenging project due to weather conditions that prevail on the South African coast

Bulk Handling Facility Commissioned in Townsville Port

Port of Townsville Limited – Northern Australia’s Transport Link to the World

  Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS) and the Port of Townsville Limited (POTL) have announced the official commissioning of a state-of-the-art bulk handling facility in South Townsville. The facility, which cost $15 million to construct

Penobscot Bay Dredging Called Off, for Now

Penobscot Bay. Credit: FreeFoto

 The Army Corps of Engineers withdrew on Tuesday its state permitting application for a Penobscot Bay dredging project opposed by lobstermen, tourism business owners and environmentalists.   The Portland Press Herald reports Corps project manager Barbara Blumeris sent a letter to the

APMT to buy Spanish Container Terminals Operator

Grup Maritim TCB equity-weighted container volume of 2 million TEUs ranked 23rd among global terminal operators in 2014; APM Terminals ranked 3rd with 38.3 million.

  APM Terminals has reached an agreement with Perez y Cia to acquire their majority stake in the Barcelona-based Grup Maritim TCB and its maritime services’ container terminal portfolio in Europe and Latin America. Grup Maritim TCB has 11 container terminals with an annual throughput

Maersk Acquires Grup Maritim

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 APM Terminals has reached an agreement with Perez y Cia to acquire their majority stake in the Barcelona-based Grup Maritim TCB and its maritime services’ container terminal portfolio in Europe and Latin America.    Grup Maritim TCB has 11 container terminals with an annual

Saldanha Bay Could be S.Africa's First LNG Import Terminal

Gas seen as key to help resolve power crisis; gas could be sourced from Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique. South Africa could build its first 20 billion rand ($1.4 billion) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at the west coast port of Saldanha Bay to feed gas-to-power projects aimed at easing

Ailing Crewman Medevaced from Cable Lay Ship off US

Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station North Bend

A crew member reportedly suffering from a heart attack was air lifted by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from a cable-laying vessel 80 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore.   An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend on Thursday safely transferred the 55-year-old

Palmer Johnson Yatchs Shuts Sturgeon Bay, Moves to Europe

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 Luxury yacht manufacturer Palmer Johnson Yachts is closing its production facilities in Sturgeon Bay because of dwindling sales and competition from overseas.   In a plant closing notice filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

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