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Hungary Sees Danube Cleared By Summer At Earliest

The debris blocking the Danube shipping route in Yugoslavia could be cleared away by the summer, but more likely not until November, a senior Hungarian foreign ministry official said. The Danube, one of the most heavily used waterways in Europe, has been blocked along a vital stretch in Serbia since NATO destroyed several bridges during its bombing campaign against Yugoslavia last year. This has caused serious losses to the mostly central and eastern European countries using the river. An obstacle hindering the process is that the cleanup of the debris involves the building of a bridge over the river. The U.S. supports the cleanup of the Danube but it does not want to see a bridge to be built in a Serbia ruled by President Slobodan Milosevic. The issue will be discussed at a two-day meeting of international donor countries of the Balkans Stability Pact in Brussels, starting on Wednesday.


Shippers Seek $90M In Restitution

The association of Romanian river shippers said it would sue the Romanian government and NATO over a total estimated loss of $90 million because of the Kosovo conflict. Association president Mircea Toader said the losses had been caused by the embargo on Yugoslavia after the Kosovo war and by the blockage of the Danube. Toader, who was speaking at the end of a meeting in the Danube port town of Galati, said the association -- representing 95 percent of Romania's river shippers -- voted to ask


Dutch Vessels Set Standard

The Elja-V coming alongside on a serene waterway (Photo courtesy of Cummins Holland)

By Alan Haig-Brown Following in a long tradition, the shipyards of the Netherlands continue to produce immaculate inland river vessels. In recent years these have tended to be built on hulls shipped from the cost-effective shipyards of China to be finished to the highest standards in Dutch shipyards.   Last year, the shipyard of De Groot in Dordrecht completed the MS Elja-V for Ellie and Jacob Van der Vlag. With 35 years sailing together this is the couples sixth vessel with the


Plan to Employ Veterans to Build Oil Spill Response Boats

On June 8th, 2010, Congressman Bob Filner (San Diego, CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, will announce a plan to create a program to hire unemployed Veterans to build specially designed boats with patented technologies designed for cleaning up oil spills, for help with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. The technology is patented by a French company, ECOCEANE, which is connected to the family of actor David Charvet


Leading Austrian Shipyard Selects Paramarine For River Vessel Design

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Portsmouth, UK – 29th March 2011 - QinetiQ GRC, the developer of Paramarine advanced marine design software, has been selected by Öswag, one of Austria’s leading shipyards to assist them in the design of river vessels. They will be using Paramarine for stability calculations and damage stability on inland waterway ships primarily for the Danube and the Rhine. Öswag is based in Linz, Austria, where they maintain, repair


Sunken Treasure Hunter Merges Businesses

Underwater searchers for treasure, Blue Water Ventures International, Inc., combines with SmartPay Express, Inc. As a result of these transactions, Blue Water Ventures will now be in the business of searching for and recovering historical cultural artifacts, intrinsically valuable cargo and treasure from shipwrecks, primarily in shallow water in the Caribbean and off the coasts of Florida, the business engaged in by Blue Water since 2005.


Blue Marlin Serves as Floating Drydock for SemiSub

The first job of the recently jumboized heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin is the transport of the the Dai Hung I semi-submersible production platform of VietsovPetro from an offshore location to Hyundai-Vinashin's yard in Nha Trang, Vietnam, where the Blue Marlin will serve as a dry-dock facility. Dockwise was awarded the contract by Hyundai-Vinashin of Nha Trang in Vietnam for the transport and dry-docking of the 13,200 tons semi-submersible production platform Dai Hung I


Offshore: Baker Hughes Awards EBDG Contract

BLUE TARPON courtesy of Baker Hughes

Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group, through its New Orleans office, was selected by Baker Hughes to provide the owner's design of the Blue Tarpon a state-of-the-art well stimulation vessel.  EBDG was contracted to integrate Baker Hughes' stimulation equipment into a hull under construction at North American Shipbuilding in Larose, LA.  The Blue Tarpon was delivered in Houston on June 9. Working with Baker Hughes


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


Transas Adds Ukrainian Chart Folios to its TX-97 Collection

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Transas TX-97 non-official chart collection now includes Ukrainian chart folios.   The agreement was signed between Transas Marine Ltd and the State Hydrographic Service of Ukraine in May 2012 allowing Transas to use official ENC’s and Inland ENC’s to create TX-97 folios.  New charts will be available for the users of Transas ECDIS and ECS. The uniqueness of this project is that it is the first time when Inland ENC’s were used to produce TX-97 folios


Space Age Developement For Blue Force AIS

The AIS 300BF is tailor-made for vessels undertaking demanding coast guard, anti-piracy, navy and boarder police operations. Image copyright - Torbjørn Kjosvold / Forsvarets mediearkiv.

Kongsberg Seatex announced the launch of a new generation of Blue Force (BF) Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), the AIS 300BF. The unit, which supersedes the current AIS 200BF, offers outstanding secure mode abilities alongside unique AIS receiver sensitivity and robustness –


Europe Gasoline Stronger, Exports Brisk

Gasoline barge prices in northwest Europe rose on Friday, boosted by brisk cargo exports as demand builds ahead of the peak summer driving season. "Things are perking up," said one trader. "Big slugs of reformate are heading to Asia again


ASNE to Host Blue Green Sustainability Symposium

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Blue Green Sustainability Symposium is an inaugural event highlighting emerging technologies and solutions to meet the modern challenges of environmental consciousness in the maritime industry.


Severe Cyclone Ita heads towards Queensland

At 3:00pm today EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, was about 130km N-NE of Cooktown and 290km N of Cairns, and moving S-SW at 14km per hour.   Severe Tropical Cyclone Ita, Category 5, poses a serious threat to communities along the far north Queensland coast


Moose Boats Delivers Two Patrol Vessels

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Moose Boats, an aluminum boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area announced the delivery of two patrol boats in late 2013. M1-44’ Patrol Boat delivered to Bridgeport Police Department in Connecticut Moose Boats delivered a new M1-44 Catamaran Patrol Boat to Bridgeport


New Warship Arrives in Melbourne Aboard Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin delivery: Photo courtesy of RAN

Minister for Defence David Johnston said the second LHD (to be known as 'HMAS Adelaide' once commissioned) was transported from Spain to Australia by a Heavy Lift Ship, 'Blue Marlin'. Blue Marlin has taken eight weeks to travel the 10,000 nautical miles to Melbourne where it will undergo final


Commercial Marine World on Show at Seawork

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From countries across the globe, including Australia, Canada, the U.S. and Europe, more than 500 exhibitors will be at Seawork International, the commercial marine exhibition and conference, opening on Tuesday, June 10 for its annual three-day run in the ABP Port of Southampton, U.K.


Thai Dive Boat Sinks in Andaman Sea +20 Rescued

MV Blue Star: Photo courtesy of Chalong Sea Sports

The MV Blue Star, belonging to Chalong Sea Sports, caught fire and sank in Burmese waters while on a week-long dive trip. All 20 or so people on board are safe, though they lost their belongings, and a great deal of expensive dive gear is understood to have gone down with the boat


Transas Secures Two VTS Contracts in Bulgaria

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Transas Marine has signed contracts with the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co) for the implementation of two significant Vessel Traffic System projects in Bulgaria. The first project involves completion of the second phase of the Bulgarian River Information Services project


SMM Hamburg Ready for a New Beginning

At the SMM Ship Finance Forum just ahead of SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair hamburg, experts will discuss the potential and prospects for new ship financing models.   In spite of low newbuilding prices, the total number of ship orders is declining around the world


Two PSV Build Contracts for Ulstein Verft

Ulstein Verft currently has seven vessels on order. (Photo: Karl Otto Kristiansen)

On February 24, ULSTEIN announced the shipbuilding contracts for two new platform supply vessels (PSVs) for Blue Ship Invest. The vessels are of the PX121 design and are scheduled for delivery from Ulstein Verft Q1 2015. Ulstein Verft currently has seven vessels on order


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 28

USS Indiana (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - February 28 1844 - Explosion of Peacemaker, experimental 14 inch gun, on board USS Princeton. 1893 - Launching of USS Indiana (BB-1), first true battleship in U.S. Navy. 1959 - USS Strong rescues 13 Arab fishermen from Bahrain when their fishing boats


NPS Littoral Operations Center to Focus on Global Littorals

USS Freedom (LCS 1) (U.S. Navy photo by Sean Furey)

What does it take to win in the littoral? Start with knowledge. Naval warfare in littoral waters is very different from open ocean operations. The U.S. Navy is dominant in “blue water” scenarios, but less so in the littoral, naval experts say.


Navy Research Vessel Launched with Siemens Propulsion

February 22 marked the launch of Neil Armstrong, the first of two Navy oceanographic research vessels to be launched with Siemens Blue multi-drive low voltage system. Neil Armstrong was launched in Anacortes, Washington. Siemens said the use of Siemens Blue improves the vessels reliability due


The Monterey Bay - A Leader in the Blue Economy

California’s blue economy is a +$50 billion industry. Today, marine science and the blue economy directly affect various business and government sectors such as offshore oil and gas production, national defense, seafloor exploration, communications, agriculture production, renewable energy


 
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