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UT Research Vessel Up for Sale

According to the Daily Texan, after 35 years of service, the research vessel, Longhorn, is being sold by UT's Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. The Newspaper reported that Steven Lanoux, assistant director of operations at the institute, said the Longhorn is not worth the $1.5m renovation cost it would take to repair the vessel. The ship requires hull repairs, new engines and new scientific equipment, he said. Private research crews and other universities such as the A&M Research Institute, Tulane University and Duke University pay to use the ship, but their fees will not cover the expensive repairs, he said. The Longhorn's departure poses a challenge for many researchers at the Institute such as associate professor Tracy Villareal, who regularly uses the ship for his red-tide research. Red tide, a marine algae, can turn water a red or brown color. According to the Institute's Web site, Villareal has been conducting a multi-year survey of the Texas coast to understand and predict red-tide movement. Villareal said once he found out the Longhorn was being sold, he used the ship as much as possible with his remaining grant money. Other professors use the Longhorn for teaching purposes. Marine science professor Kenneth Dunton takes his summer undergraduate students into the Gulf for hands-on research. He said he believes there is no better way to teach, because nothing compares to firsthand experience.


Tidewater Takes Delivery of M/V Vickie Tide

Tidewater Inc., has taken delivery of the M/V Vickie Tide, a 175-ft. fast supply vessel. The Vickie Tide, constructed by C&G Shipyard of Mobile, Ala., is the first of a new class of vessel designed by Tidewater that can carry liquid mud below deck, dry bulk and cargo on deck while traveling at speeds in excess of 20 knots. The Vickie Tide has four Cummins KTA-50 engines and is outfitted with a dynamic positioning technology. The vessel’s clear deck space is 20 ft. wide and 100 ft


Seacraft Delivers Laurie Tide on Schedule

In addition to delivering Laurie Tide on schedule, Seacraft Shipyard also surpassed all contractual vessel performance requirements. Christened by her namesake, Mrs. Laurie Kirzner, the vessel holds a top speed of 30 knots, a normal operating speed of 28.5 knots and a contract loaded speed of 27.5 knots; Laurie Tide is the fastest 115 ft. class, propeller driven mono hull, oilfield crew boat ever built, says the company.


ACP Awards Legal Counsel Contract for Expansion

Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced today that it has awarded the legal counsel contract for the Panama Canal expansion to Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. A total of seven top-tier international law firms participated in the bid for this contract, and after careful evaluation of the proposals, the contract was awarded to Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw based on the firm's reputable qualifications and previous work experience with similar projects.


Babcock & Brown to Acquire Bluewater Wind

International investment firm Babcock & Brown (ASX: BNB - News), announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bluewater Wind Delaware LLC and its parent holding companies, including Bluewater Offshore Holdings LLC and Bluewater Wind Holdings, LLC, in an effort to expand its portfolio of wind energy projects and contribute to its goal of developing offshore wind. Hunter Armistead, head of Babcock & Brown's North American Energy Development Group added that Bluewater will


Tugboat Mate Convicted

A Jacksonville, Florida man pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Thomas V. Skinner, Acting Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance; William Schenkelberg, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service; and Thomas J. Healy, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S


Brown Appointed as Asia Pacific Regional Director for U.K. P&I Club

Christopher Brown has been appointed Asia Pacific Regional Director of the UK P&I Club from October 1st. He will also be responsible for providing services to all Thomas Miller’s managed Clubs, particularly UK P&I, TT, UK Defence, ITIC and the Lloyd’s insurer Dex. Based in Hong Kong, Brown will head Miller’s regional management team, leading the offices in the region and supported by experienced managers Nick Sansom in Singapore and Barton Phillips in Sydney.


GL Noble Denton Appoints Dr Vicki Niesen

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GL Noble Denton appoints Dr Vicki Niesen to lead Hydraulic and Flow Assurance Consulting Services for Americas Brings more than 25 years of industry leadership in flow assurance to GL Noble Denton's American operations alongside senior colleague, Dr Trent Brown. Houston/Texas, 26 April 2011 - GL Noble Denton, the global independent technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Dr Vicki Niesen to lead its Hydraulic and Flow Assurance Consulting Services department in the


FGH Expands Marine Insurance Capabilities

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Fidelis Group Holdings LLC Announces Additional Excess Marine Liability Capacity For The Maritime Industry. Fidelis Group Holdings LLC (FGH) through its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd., a leader in providing Marine Insurance coverages and services, announced today details of their new $25,000,000 Excess Marine Liability facility for the maritime industry.  The insurer for the program is Houston Casualty Company (NYSE: HCC) rated A+ by A.M. Best


WW II Liberty Ship Leak-free after 70 Years

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Seventy years later and still leak-free: World War II Liberty Ship tests longevity of grooved piping systems To address the sudden need for supplies overseas during World War II, the United States government launched the Emergency Shipbuilding Program in 1941 that resulted in the construction of more than 5,700 cargo ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission. 2,710 of these vessels were of a design that became known as Liberty ships


Construction Begins on Royal Caribbean’s Fourth Oasis Ship

A ceremony was held at the STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire to mark the beginning of construction for Royal Caribbean’s fourth Oasis class cruise liner. (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Today marked the steel cutting for a Royal Caribbean’s new Oasis class cruise ship. Scheduled to be delivered in 2018, the new vessel will join Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and the third Oasis-class ship as Royal Caribbean’s fourth in the Oasis class


USCG Respond to Sinking Vessel in Astoria, Ore.

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  The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a derelict vessel at the Port of Astoria Thursday. A Coast Guard incident management team is currently on scene and working with Port of Astoria personnel to minimize the impact of pollution from the sunken Cap’n Oscar to the


Cargo Ship Runs Aground Off Guimaras

Cargo ship MT King Andrew ran aground in Siete Picados, Guimaras, February 4 when strong winds and currents southwest off the Light Station forced the vessel off course, the Philippines Coastguard reported.   The ship master said MT King Andrew departed Lapuz Wharf in Iloilo around 11 p.m


Tropical Cyclone Warning for East Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Marcia to reach Category 4 system at landfall

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is predicted to intensify to a Category 4 system as it crosses the Queensland coast between Mackay and Gladstone early on Friday morning with destructive winds with gusts of up to 270 km/h expected near the core of the system.


USCG Urge Precaution During Impending Storms

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  The Coast Guard is urging mariners and the coastal community to take precautions in preparation of two storms expected to impact the Northeast Wednesday and Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory in anticipation of storm surges and locally heavy


Chilean Port Workers Strike Disrupts Container Movements

Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike and workers at other ports have said they would not unload San Antonio port operator Puerto Central ships.    Over 200 workers at Chile's San Antonio port remain on strike with workers at other ports saying they will not


BP, Anadarko Fail to Win Review of Gulf Spill Fines

  BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp narrowly failed to persuade a U.S appeals court to reconsider its 2014 ruling that they could face civil fines under federal pollution laws over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. By a 7-6 vote, the 5th U.S


RTC, OTC Begin Female Haircut Program

Chief Logistics Specialist Natali Philip, left, a recruit division commander, uses a ruler to measure the hair of Seaman Recruit Briana Cochems, from Los Angeles, to show proper hair grooming standards to new recruits at R

  In an effort to standardize training and education across the military services, Recruit Training Command (RTC) and Officer Training Command (OTC) will run a pilot program, which will no longer require female accessions to cut their hair.


Fidelis Group Launches Ocean Cargo Division

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Fidelis Group launches ocean cargo division; Doug Fischer and Crystal Prout named managing directors Fidelis Group Holdings, LLC (FGH) with its subsidiary company Continental Underwriters, Ltd. announced  the formation of its new ocean cargo division.


'Most Luxurious Ship Ever'

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Regent Seven Seas has unveiled plans for the largest cruise ship suite in the world, which is under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa, Italy Regent says the luxury ship, Seven Seas Explorer, will have the highest space ratios and one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the


Australian Ports on Tropical Cyclone Alert

  The ports of Port Hedland, Broome and Dampier have advised of precautions being taken in light of a Tropical Low which is expected to develop into a Tropical Cyclone last night. The Tropical Low is positioned just east of Derby and tracking WSW'ly towards the coast


USCG Warns of Adverse Weather in Bay Area

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  The Coast Guard advises exercising caution on and around the San Francisco Bay coastline and waterfronts, as excessively high tides are expected through mid-week. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood statement for a series of King Tides


Salvors Readying to Move Hoegh Osaka

The map shows the route the vessel will take and the timings for the journey (Image: MCA)

The vessel Hoegh Osaka is stable on Aplha Anchorage as salvage operations are ongoing, the U.K Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The list vessel’s had been reduced to 25 degrees as of 10:30 a.m. this morning, and all water has been removed from the car decks


Navigational Charts App Debuts at Ocean Business

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An independent consultancy and software development company will launch a new web and PC based navigational charting app at Ocean Business 2015.   Norcom Technology Limited said its eChart software combines up to date information from different sources including wreck, cable


New Budget Backs SC Ports Strategic Initiatives

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The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) FY 2016 budget contained approximately $20 million for strategic South Carolina port projects, including critical operations and maintenance dollars and construction dollars that support Charleston's vital shipping channels






 
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