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JFK Towed to Philadelphia for Storage

By Kathleen Roberts, Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs The decommissioned aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CV 67) is scheduled to arrive March 22 at the Navy's Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility in for preservation and storage. Due to safety and security concerns, the ship will not be open for tours while in storage in . A contracted tug boat began towing the inactive carrier John F. Kennedy from Norfolk Naval Station on March 17. The ship was originally scheduled to be towed to in August 2007, but was instead towed to while the Navy dredged in the vicinity of Pier 4 to further increase the safety of the ship mooring process and the surrounding waterway. The public may view the carrier's journey up the Delaware River from many locations along the river in , , and . These include Gov. Printz Park in Essington, Pa.; Fox Point State Park in Wilmington, Del.; Ft. DuPont State Park, Del.; New Castle Battery Park in New Castle, Del.; Delaware City State Park, Del.; Red Bank Battlefield, Red Bank, N.J.; other public parks between Cape May and National Park, N.J. John F. Kennedy is currently on the Navy's inactive inventory, meaning the ship has been taken out of commission and laid up for safe storage pending a future SECNAV decision regarding the ultimate disposition of the ship. As required by the fiscal year 2007 National Defense Authorization Act

Navy Tows JFK from Norfolk to Philadelphia for Storage

The decommissioned aircraft carrier ex-John F. Kennedy (CV 67) departed Norfolk Naval Station, , March 17 and is currently in tow to the Navy’s Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in .  The ship is scheduled to arrive at the Navy’s facility on March 20 for preservation and safe storage until a decision is made by the Secretary of the Navy on the carrier’s final disposition. A contracted tugboat will tow the carrier up the East Coast to via the

Betting Big LNG Rates Will Rise

Gas is big and growing, as rates for LNG hauling tanker rise for a third year, fueled in part by demand from Japan. According to a Bloomberg report, rising Japanese demand means that Golar LNG Ltd., which operates nine LNG tankers and is controlled by John Fredriksen, will report a threefold gain in 2012 net income, according to the mean of 11 analyst estimates in a Bloomberg survey. Golar is reactivating four-decade-old mothballed ships after rates doubled in 2011 and are forecast by

LNG Energy Exporters – U.S. Might Top the World

Tthe U.S. could become the largest exporter of LNG in the world, with reservations, providing ... By 2017 the U.S. could be the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas in the world, surpassing leading LNG exporters Qatar and Australia. There is one big "if," however. America can produce more gas, export a surplus, improve the trade deficit, create jobs, generate taxable profits and reduce its dependence on foreign energy if the marketplace is allowed to work and politics

Saint John NB Sees Season's First Cruise Ship

Carnival Glory: Photo credit Wiki CCL

The first cruise ship of the year, 'Carnival Glory' made its way into Saint John Harbour recently bringing 3,000 guests to the Port City The Carnival Glory is the first of 73 cruise ships that are expected to make a stop in Saint John this summer, informs CBC News. More than 187,000 passengers are expected to visit Saint John between now and the end of October. Melanie Colpitts, a spokesperson with Aquila Tours Inc., said it takes all winter to prepare for their arrival

Fredriksen's Firms See Diverging Fortunes

Rig firm Seadrill sees tough market continuing in 2016. Firms in Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen's empire saw contrasting fortunes on Tuesday, as rig firm Seadrill booked $1.8 billion in writedowns while tanker firm Frontline turned around its fortunes after years of turmoil. The shipping tycoon, nicknamed "Big Wolf" or "Big John" in the shipping industry, controls companies spanning offshore drilling, shipping of oil and dry bulk and salmon farming.

Frontline bids for General Maritime

Bloomberg has reported that shares of General Maritime Corp., the second-largest US oil-tanker owner, may not rise much further after Bermuda-based Frontline Ltd. raised its stake in the company and said it would seek talks to combine the businesses, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said.General Maritime’s shares are trading at 12 percent more than $36.70, which is JPMorgan’s estimated net asset value for the company at the end of 2006

Marine Inland Fabricators Delivers Truckable Tugs

Photo courtesy Marine Inland Fabricators

Marine Inland Fabricators, located in Panama City, Fla, specializes in truckable push boats. The company currently has 21 employees and delivered 26 boats in 2009. So far this year, the company we has built 23 push boats.  Marine Inland Fabricators also builds barges and has built work boats as big as 60 ft by 26 ft by eight ft, two of which are currently working in Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans, La.  We recently filled a seventeen boat order for General Electric to work in the

Long Beach's Green Port Policy Turns 10

Photo: Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Port of Long Beach’s Green Port Policy by honoring its originators and reaffirming their commitment to environmental sustainability.   Adopted on January 31, 2005, the Green Port Policy is a pledge to protect air, water, community and wildlife, and to consider the environment in all of its day-to-day activities. According to the port

U.S. Renews Security Pledge to Japan

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Japanese leaders on Monday that Washington's treaty commitments to Japan's security remain "iron-clad" and cover all territories under Tokyo's administration, including tiny islands in the East China Sea that China also claims. Kerry renewed the security pledge related to the islets, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, at a New York news conference with Japan's foreign and defense ministers to unveil updated U.S

Maersk to Idle Vessel

Morten Maersk. Photo by Maersk Line

 The world's biggest container-ship operator Maersk Line  has confirmed market talk that it has temporarily idled one of its largest vessels - yet another sign that the industry is in dire straits, says a report in the The Straits Times.  

Shipping to See Further Consolidation

Image by MarineLink

 The CMA CGM's move to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), could lead to one of the biggest acquisitions in the shipping container industry in years.   If it goes through, NOL and CMA's merger would be the biggest container shipping deal in years

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

H. Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s

Norwegian Escape with Biggest Scrubbers sets Sail

Norwegian Escape  Photo Norwegian Cruise Line

  On a sunny October day in the German harbor-town of Hamburg, M/V Norwegian Escape, a brand new cruise ship, sets sail for the first time. On board are five Yara SOx scrubbers – one for each engine. The scrubbers ensure that the cruise is not just pleasurable

CNO Podcast Discusses Innovation, Service

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson answers a question from moderator Doug Cameron of the Wall Street Journal during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. Richardson and other defense sector leaders discussed the need to to learn faster in todays national security environment. Photo USN

A new episode of "Soundings," the official podcast of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson, was released Nov. 13. Episode 4 of "Soundings" features comments from the recent Reagan National Defense Forum

Davao to Open Second Berth Mid-2016

Image by Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT)

 Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) will start the operation of its rehabilitated second berth by July next year as it prepares to handle bigger cargo volume, reports Edge Davao.   Anflocor president and CEO Alexander N. Valoria said the company invested a total of P1

STX Offshore in Deep Financial Crisis

Photo: STX Offshore & Shipbuilding

 The South Korean shipyard STX Offshore & Shipbuilding is apparently close to a bankruptcy if not yard soon find new vendors who are willing to pump huge sums into the yard. Otherwise, there is the prospect of a collapse in the first half of the 2016th.  

KVH Debuts mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0

Martin Kits van Heyningen (Photo: KVH)

At London International Shipping Week held in September, KVH Industries, Inc. introduced the second generation of its mini-VSAT Broadband solution for the maritime market, providing a combination of data delivered at high speeds and at low price points

Greece Delays Piraeus Port Sale

Greece has pushed back the date for the submission of binding bids for the sale of its biggest port Piraeus (OLP) by two weeks to Dec. 15 upon investor request, the head of its privatization agency said on Thursday.   China's Cosco Group

Tanker Rate Spike Dents Efforts to Store Oil Glut at Sea

Record high freight rates are creating more headaches for traders looking to house millions of barrels of unsold crude oil and who already face potential losses due to record high stocks.   They have to decide on whether to use tankers for longer term storage until they can sell their

CMA CGM to Acquire Neptune Orient

Photo: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

 France’s CMA CGM SA is in exclusive talks to buy Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), the shipping company and its Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Ltd., its largest shareholder, said.    The deal would bring together the world’s third-largest container

Commodities Hit 2002 Lows Before Rebounding on Oil

Commodities hit 13-year lows before rebounding on Monday after Saudi Arabia's pledge to work toward crude price stability bolstered oil and France's first wheat exports to Indonesia in more than six years helped lift grains markets.  

GBP1mln Grant to Create 100 Jobs at Ferguson Shipyard

Ferguson Marine. Photo by Clyde Blowers Capital

 The last commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland, has secured grant to help safeguard 125 jobs and create a further 100. Ferguson shipyard has been awarded a £1m grant to refurbish its Port Glasgow premises and help fund new jobs.  

Maersk Looks to Raise Asia-Europe Box Rates

File image: a Maersk Containership alongside during cargo operations.

The world's largest container shipping company, Maersk Line, plans to raise spot freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from Dec. 1, the company said on Tuesday. Spot rates for twenty foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) will rise by $1

Greek Shipowners Fiercing Protect Tax Breaks

Shipping minister says current measurement method not effective. On the day he took office as Greece's shipping minister in June 2012, Kostis Moussouroulis received a visit from a 90-year-old shipowner. He still remembers the older man's words: "Don't forget

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