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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. SmartPay Express, Inc.,has changed its name to Blue Water Ventures International, Inc. (the "Company") in anticipation of the exchange of 18,136,500 shares of its common stock for the assets of Blue Water Ventures International, Inc. ("Blue Water).  The transaction, closed on June 15, 2012, and on the same day, in a separate and unrelated transaction, the Company also disposed of its smart card business in the People's Republic of China in exchange for the unrelated purchaser's assuming the Company's liabilities relating to that business. Also as a result of these transactions, Blue Water now holds 18,136,500 shares of the Company's common stock, or approximately 93.3% of the Company's 19,428,666 issued and outstanding shares of common stock, which it anticipates distributing to its shareholders pro rata. W. Keith Webb, the founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Water, was the beneficial owner of more than a majority of Blue Water's issued and outstanding shares of common stock and


DONG Energy Expands in the Port of Esbjerg

From Left Dann Lockdahl, DONG Energy Offshore Base Manager and Allan Junge, Financial Director of Blue Water Shipping.

  The positive development within the offshore industry has made its impact on DONG Energy, which is a significant player in the market. The increased activity has made it necessary to extend the company's office and storage facilities in the Port of Esbjerg. Therefore, DONG Energy has entered into an agreement with Blue Water Shipping to expand the two companies' existing lease agreement.   Blue Water Shipping will invest around DKK 55 million in the renovation and rebuilding to


Teekay Saves Fuel with Cargo Heating Management

Two years after Teekay entered into a contract with Blue Water to provide cargo heating management services onboard its vessels in, its fleet has registered fuel savings in excess of 25% on an average from over 225 voyages. The cargo heating management services were deployed onboard its vessels as part of Teekay’s efforts towards fuel savings and operational optimization. The service was conceptualized by the India-based marine consultancy firm, Blue Water Trade Winds Pvt. Ltd


XL Group’s Marine Unit Expands Hull Insurance Resources

XL Group plc’s (NYSE: XL) North American Marine business expands its blue water hull risk management capabilities in New York with the addition of Siobhan Coen and Jeff Loechner as senior underwriters and Eileen Fellin as a senior claims consultant.   According to Rich DeSimone, President of XL Group’s North America Marine business, “Siobhan, Jeff and Eileen collectively add nearly six decades of hull underwriting, particularly in blue water hull coverages


XL Appoints Regional Vice President in New York

XL Group added marine underwriting expertise with the addition of John E. Ellis as Regional Vice President in its North America Marine business in New York. In his new role at XL Group, John will be responsible for managing and building XL Group’s Marine Cargo, Primary and Excess Marine Liability, Inland Marine, and Blue Water and Brown Water Hull business throughout the Northeast. John joins XL Group from International Marine Underwriters/One Beacon where he held the position of


Not 'Divers Abandon Boat', But 'Thai Boat Abandons Divers'

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An East Valley couple vacationing to celebrate their first anniversary found themselves abandoned in the ocean, after a dive trip went wrong off the coast of Thailand, reports KHOU.com, Houston, Texas. Lexa and Jake Mendenhall recently became certified scuba divers, and were looking forward to their first real dives in the blue waters off Thailand.

They made two one-hour dives, and all was well until they surfaced.  Their boat was gone.


Boston Whaler Debuts New Security Products

Timing, it is said, is everything. Boston Whaler Commercial & Government Products has combined timing with a sterling reputation in introducing a pair of new products touted as a plank in the war to keep terrorism from U.S. shores. According to Eric Caplan, director of Boston Whaler Commercial & Government Products, the Sentinel is a unmanned surface vessel (USV), which is a sensing platform able to carry a wide variety of the latest technology sensing systems available.


Bollinger Repowers, Modifies 40-Year-Old Tug

Bollinger recently gave new life to an old boat, the 150-ft. Guardian, originally named Gale B., which was built by Southern Shipyard in 1963. It was owned by Midland Enterprises and was part of a tug/barge unit with the hopper barge Martha B. Midland sold the barge to Moran about three years ago and the tug was on the market when it was acquired by Velvet Maritime, LLC. "It was in good shape with a good purchase price," said Andre Ledoux, president of Velvet Maritime


Seaspan Signs Newbuilding Contracts

Seaspan Signs Newbuilding Contracts for Fuel Efficient SAVER Design 14,000 TEU Class Vessels at HHI Secures 10+2 Year Time Charters with Yang Ming Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) has announced that it has signed contracts for the construction of five 14,000 TEU class newbuilding containerships at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2015 and will be constructed using Seaspan's fuel efficient SAVER design


FLIR Introduces MU-Series Thermal Imaging Technology

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FLIR Systems, introduces the MU-Series, a thermal night vision system. The multi-sensor payload comes with a cooled midwave infrared, high-resolution 640 x 512 thermal camera and a high-resolution color camera.Other options include a low-light black and white camera to help with low-light situational awareness and a wide field of view uncooled longwave infrared, high-resolution 640 x 480 thermal camera to maximize MU-Series’ spectral range.


India's First Indigenously Built Attack First Scorpene Submarine Launched Into Water

INS Kalvari: Indian Navy

 Indian Navy's first Scorpene class stealth submarine, Kalvari, on Monday was undocked at the Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.   The diesel-electric vessel INS Kalvari was built by Mazagon Dock Limited in collaboration with France’s DCNS


Marine News: Editor's Note

Our annual shipyard report comes at an appropriate, yet uncertain time for the industry. The future direction of the oil and gas markets will, to a large extent, also determine the course for domestic boat builders. That’s because the sustained rally seen in this sector over the course of


Rough Seas Sends Greenpeace Home

Greenpeace activists repelled from Seattle-bound oil rig. Pic provided by Greenpeace

 Six Greenpeace activists opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic have abandoned a Seattle-bound drill rig they boarded in the Pacific Ocean six days ago.   Rough seas prompted the decision, Greenpeace said.  The protesters rappelled off the an oil rig leased by Royal Dutch


Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort

(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Port Angeles)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin, Dockwise’s 674-foot semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was escorted into its anchorage location in Port Angeles while


Blue Water Strengthens portfolio in Lolland-Falster

Blue Water Shipping in  Lolland-Falster

  In recent years, Blue Water Shipping's port activities have developed rapidly with activities in an increasing number of Danish port. Blue Water now extends its activities within shipbroking and port agency in the ports at Lolland-Falster


Alfa Laval Debuts High-pressure Freshwater Generator

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Alfa Laval launched a high-pressure option for the Alfa Laval AQUA Blue freshwater generator. The option’s modifications will allow AQUA Blue to handle higher jacket water pressures than those in use today.    Launched just over a year ago


Editor's Note: Energy Market's Double-edged Sword

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At the risk of dredging up (bad) memories, I find myself harkening back to 1985 when, as a young mariner, I lived in Houston, Texas. As the situation in the oil patch worsened, neighborhoods in and around the Bayou City emptied out as oil workers looked for other things to do


Artificial Islands Boost China Regional Power

Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows Chinese progress in building an island at Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands. (Credit: CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/HIS)

China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.


Ulstein Delivers PSV Blue Queen

Blue Queen (Photo: Ulstein)

Platform supply vessel (PSV) Blue Queen, of Ulstein’s PX121 design, was delivered to Blue Ship Invest from Ulstein Verft on February 24, 2015. This vessel is the first of two for which Norway-based Golden Energy offshore is awarded the ship management contract.


Ulstein Verft Delivers 'Blue Queen’

Blue Queen is delivered from Ulstein Verft. (Photo Per Eide Studio)

  On 24 February 2015, ‘Blue Queen’ a platform supply vessel of the PX121 design, was delivered to Blue Ship Invest from Ulstein Verft. This vessel is the first of two for which Norway-based Golden Energy offshore is awarded the ship management contract.


‘Blue Queen’ on First Mission

Lady sponsor to Blue Queen, Dagny Wærdahl, is the great-grandchild to Martin Ulstein, who founded Ulstein in 1917.

  The platform supply vessel 'Blue Queen', an ULSTEIN PX121 design, was named at Ulstein Verft on Friday 27 February. The ship will be working in the spot market. On Monday, she started on her first assignment. “We are very satisfied that the 'Blue Queen'


Marine News Editor's Note

Fleet Optimization is a broad term which might be described as the best practices and equipment that will make any collection of vessels more environmentally correct, economical and yes, attractive to prospective charterers. In this edition, it means whatever I say it means


Palau Reports Increase in WRC Applications

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has received a high volume of applications from owners looking to have the correct documentation in place prior to the imminent entry into force of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention. Marisabel Arauz Park


San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

Mayor, Supervisor & City Council President Propose Blue Tech Incubator    As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved


BMT’s REMBRANDT-INLAND Simulation Tool

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Brown Water Training and Collision Reconstruction Taken to a New Level When a new or expanded port is planned on an inland waterway, how do you assure the civil marine engineers and ship operators of feasibility and operability while at the same time allaying the fears of local residents that






 
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