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Jamestown Metal Marine to Construct Casino Vessel

Jamestown Metal Marine Sales, Inc. has been awarded a contract by Blue Chip Casino, LLC, a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming, to construct a new casino vessel at Blue Chip's Michigan City, Indiana facility. The new vessel, which will replace the present vessel, will be approximately 400 ft. in length with a beam of 200 feet and provide about 75,000 square feet of gaming area on a single deck. In addition to the gaming area there will be another 85,000 square feet of back of house and future gaming areas on other decks. Jamestown was selected by Blue Chip Casino for this high visibility project based on Jamestown's significant experience outfitting casino vessels and managing other turnkey marine construction projects. This will be Jamestown's 26th casino project. Jamestown, will manage the execution of the vessel's construction, including hull fabrication and erection, machinery and mechanical installation, electrical installation, interior finishes, and the gaming facilities. All work will be accomplished in a construction basin at the existing site where the present vessel was originally constructed. The first hull steel sections were laid down on October 11, 2004. When completed, the new casino vessel will meet the applicable requirements of the Gaming Commission of the State of Indiana, as well as the United States Coast Guard

SeaChange Completes $100m Private Placement for Expansion

SeaChange Maritime has completed a private placement of $100m, the proceeds of which will be used to invest in expanding its fleet of container ships. The company, which is registered in the Marshall Islands and operates from offices in Miami, Fla., was formed in 2006 by former Sammy Ofer group executives Samuel Norton and Yariv Zghoul to serve as a leading supplier of container vessels for charter to integrated liner operators

Major Bill Passed in Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation eliminating the ban on riverboat gambling in Cook County, opening the way for a riverboat casino to be floated in a close-in suburb of Chicago, most likely Rosemont. Senate Bill (S.B.) 1017 also allows Illinois riverboat casino operators to operate permanently moored casinos. Under the bill, licensees may conduct gambling, whether on excursion cruises or on permanently moored platforms

Title Insurance did not Include Casino Vessel Being Built

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that title insurance written to cover a real estate project for a gaming development did not include a casino vessel that was under construction at a distant location. In the instant case, a financial institution loaned monies to a casino company to build a gaming development. The development was to include both a landside infrastructure and a casino vessel. The casino vessel was to be built at a remote location and towed to

PVA Elects 2013 President, Officers and Board


During the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2013, held February 16 - 19, in Jacksonville, FL, members of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) elected Carolyn Horgan, Blue & Gold Fleet, San Francisco, CA, as PVA President for 2013.    Also elected to terms as PVA Officers for 2013 were:    PVA Vice President: Terri Bernstein, BB Riverboats, Inc., Newport, KY PVA Secretary Treasurer:  Dave Anderson, Fire Island Ferries, Inc

e-Navigation: Multi-GNSS Receiver Chips Coming

Furuno say new multi-GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver chips "eRideOPUS 6" and "eRideOPUS 7" will be available from summer 2013. The new receiver chips are multi-GNSS compliant single-chip LSIs, capable of concurrently receiving signals from multiple satellites of GNSS systems, i.e., GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, etc., and Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) as well as Japan's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS).

Casino Gaming in Hawaii?

House Bill (H.B.) 1600, sponsored by Rep. Calvin Say (D), would allow casino gaming in Honolulu County if a majority of county voters approved. The measure would restrict shipboard gaming to three ships, and allow such gaming only until December 31, 2005. The bill carries no specific termination date for land-based gaming. The legislation would be repealed on December 31, 2005, unless voters approve casino gaming by that date.

Boomtown Barge Headed for Repairs

According to reports, Tugboats began towing Boomtown Casino's gambling barge to a dry dock in Pascagoula. The repairs at Signal International should take about three weeks, company officials said. Penn National Gaming, which owns Boomtown and Casino Magic Bay St. Louis, has committed to rebuild its Coast properties. Company executives are expected to release more information this week when they issue a quarterly earnings report and host a conference call.

Possible Support for Riverboat Gaming

Illinois Gov. George Ryan signaled he may be willing to support the transfer of a dormant riverboat gaming license to Cook County, despite campaigning against the idea last year. While not explicitly endorsing a specific casino site, he acknowledged without the crucial support of legislators who want riverboat gaming in the county, no gambling package could move forward in the Illinois General Assembly. Cook County is the only Illinois county prohibited by law from having a riverboat casino

ICC partners WCGC for Annual Golf Tournament

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  The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has become the Official Global Partner of the World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC), the largest and longest running corporate amateur golf event. The new venture is set to expand international participation, branding and media attention, making the event the "must-play" golf tournament of the year for business executives around the globe. ICC Secretary General John Danilovich said: "This exciting partnership is not only a

Topaz Secures Tengiz Oilfield Contracts

Offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine has been appointed the technical managers of three vessels by a consortium comprising Blue Water Shipping A/S and Kazmortransflot (KMTF), in connection with the TCO developed Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan.  

Naval War College Professors Testify on State of South China Sea

Subi Reef (Photo: CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe)

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) invited two U.S. Naval War College (NWC) faculty members to testify in Washington, D.C. on understanding and countering China's growing maritime concerns.   Andrew Erickson, professor of strategy in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI)

Freeport of Riga Shortlisted for ESPO Award

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 The ESPO Award 2016 will be presented to the port authority that succeeds the best in safeguarding and further upgrading the nature in the port area, both on land and at the waterside.    The five projects that are shortlisted for this year’s Award are the projects of Bremen

Danish Maritime Authority to Study Unmanned Shipping

Many believe that masterless ships may become reality within a very short period of time. Surely, the technology for unmanned ships is coming, yet it remains unknown exactly where, when and to what extent.   Now, the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA)

Canada's Largest Electric Tour Boat Launched

Queen Elizabeth Dr. (Photo: Torqeedo)

A new, emission-free electric tour boat now plies the Rideau Canal, powered by two 80 horsepower Torqeedo electric motors.    The 75-foot, 100-passenger vessel Queen Elizabeth Dr. is the first of two planned vessels to offer guided tours and host events on the canal

India to Establish New Multi Modal Terminal in Varanasi

Image: The official FB Page of Nitin Gadkari

 Indian Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has layed the foundation stone for a multi-modal terminal at Varanasi.   The phase-I of the multi-modal terminal will be built by AFCONS Infrastructure at an estimated cost of Rs.170 crore and is slated to completed by August 2018.  

MN100: Shock Mitigation

John Haynes (Photo: Shock Mitigation)

The Company: The company provides marine organizations, boat builders and equipment manufacturers with relevant subject matter expertise plus an independent overview of how this sector is rapidly changing.  For OEM boat builders and equipment manufacturers

California: A Strong Shipbuilding State

General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched tanker Constitution on Saturday, August 27, 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Fifth in the nation for direct employment, California shipbuilding and repair industry supports nearly 35,000 jobs; Maritime Administrator highlights economic importance of shipyard industry for California while on tour at NASSCO  Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) member General

Eastern Delivers MPFSV to Harvey Gulf

Harvey Stone (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the M/V Harvey Stone on August 29, 2016 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans.   The Harvey Stone, Eastern Hull 234, is a Rampage 6400 Multi-Purpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV), designed by Robert Allan

MN100: The Shearer Group, Inc.

(Image: The Shearer Group, Inc.)

The Company: The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) designs inland towboats and barges, with a focus on the inland sector. Inland barges built to TSGI designs number in the thousands, along with a myriad of towboat, dry dock and other specialty designs

MN100: HMS Global Maritime

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The Company: HMS Global Maritime is an internationally respected, full-service marine management company, with the resources and experience to deliver tailored, cutting edge solutions, management, and support to clients of all sizes through four divisions - anywhere in the world

New Vessel Aims to Transform the Fishing Industry

Photo: Blue North

Seattle-based company Blue North has christened F/V Blue North, a state-of-the-art vessel designed to transform the fishing industry by improving conditions for workers, reducing environmental impact and harvesting seafood more humanely.  

Two VARD Module Carrier for Topaz Energy and Marine

Module Carrier Vessel for Topaz Energy and Marine Photo VARD

 Vard Holdings Limited has secured a contract for the design and construction of two additional Module Carrier Vessels for Topaz Energy and Marine (“Topaz”). The vessels, of VARD 9 21 design and measuring 123 by 16.5 meters

MarAd Stresses Economic Impact of Shipyard Jobs in NE

Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

In comments before the international Tradewinds Ship Owners Forum in New York City, Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen highlighted the more than 42,700 jobs, $3.6 billion in labor income and $4.78 billion in GDP associated with employment for shipbuilding and repair in the

Topaz Secures Kazakhstan Contracts


Topaz Energy and Marine said it has secured contracts in connection with the development of the Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan during 2016. The two contract wins announced in the second and third quarter together represent revenue of more than $500 million

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