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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.


French Coast Braced for Giant Tide

Photo by France’s National Hydrographic Service

  Towns on France's North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week's solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997. At the picturesque Mont Saint Michel island where some of the biggest tides in the world occur, visitors gathered to watch the tide disappear out of sight, exposing areas of beach and rock visible only every 18 years. The next peak tide is not due until 2033.


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.


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


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.


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.


WW II Liberty Ship Leak-free after 70 Years

The John W. Brown

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


Global Diving & Salvage Hires VP in Houston

Mike Brown (Photo: Global Diving & Salvage)

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has hired Mike Brown as Vice President of Energy Services, working from the company’s Houston office.   In his new position Brown, will focus his efforts to increase Global's position in the domestic and international energy market and will be directly responsible for developing business opportunities and providing oversight on operations for these clients as well as oversee Global’s saturation and deep diving operations throughout the


VARO Energy Takes Full Control Over Hydrocarbon Hotel Tankstorage Terminal

Image: VARO Energy

 VARO Energy, a growing downstream player in the North West European-market, today announced that the group has completed its acquisition of Hydrocarbon Hotel (HCH), a modern hydrocarbon product blending and storage terminal in the port of Amsterdam from Blue Ocean Associates Ltd (BOA)


Boxship Aground Near Port of Hamburg

A Chinese container ship that is one of the world's largest has run aground on the river Elbe near Germany's largest port Hamburg but shipping to the harbour continues as normal, German marine police said on Thursday.   The stricken vessel is the CSCL Indian Ocean of Chinese shipping


Attempts to Move Containership CSCL Indian Ocean Aground in Elbe Successful

Image: CSCL

 The last five days stuck in Elbschlick 400-meter (1,312 feet) CSCL Indian Ocean, the 19,000 teu vessel aground on the river Elbe, owned by China Shipping Group Co.,  is available again.   After several failed attempts to budge the containership salvage teams were preparing to


CSCL Indian Ocean Refloated

On Tuesday, February 9 at around 3am, local time, the containership CSCL Indian Ocean has been able continue her voyage to the Port of Hamburg. In a joint operation, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, the Federal Water and Shipping Administration, salvage companies


Significant Shoaling in Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to exercise caution while transiting the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW) due to shoaling conditions. Several portions of the AICW show significant shoaling, specifically those areas near mile markers 237, 271, 280 and 321 in North Carolina


Several Migrants Die in Sea off Somalia

Location of Somaliland Courtesy Wikipedia

  Dozens of Ethiopian and Somali migrants died in the waters off the breakaway Somalia region of Somaliland when their vessel failed mechanically in the course of the voyage and drifted in the sea, a regional Somaliland official said.


Vale Draws $3 bln Credit Line as Asset Sales Falter

File image: A Valemax bulk carrier (Vale)

Brazilian miner Vale SA said on Tuesday it has drawn down $3 billion of its $5 billion revolving credit line to improve liquidity and cover potential costs until it manages to close asset sales. The money will partly be used to pay off bonds that mature in the first quarter of 2016, Vale said


Singapore's Sops to Ailing Shipping

Logo: Maritime and Port Authority

 The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singaporehas announced an additional 10 per cent concession on port dues for container vessels calling in Singapore, with port stays of up to five days, to help the shipping industry tide over the current economic downturn.  


Vattenfall: Subsidy-free Offshore Wind by 2025

Sweden's Vattenfall expects to be able to build offshore wind power projects, one of the most expensive sources of renewable energy, without subsidies by the middle of the next decade, a senior company official said on Thursday. The state-owned utility plans to boost its wind power portfolio in


Sailors’ Society Woolly Hat Week to Aid Seafarers

Lloyd’s Register, sponsors of Sailors’ Society’s Woolly Hat Week, will be donning their woolly hats and holding a #HatHero collection to raise funds for seafarers and their families. (Photo: Sailors Society)

Press release - Sailors’ Society is encouraging supporters to be a #HatHero this Woolly Hat Week to raise awareness of the challenges seafarers face daily and to help seafarers in need. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register, this Woolly Hat Week will be held February 14-21


Hurricane Condition Whiskey for Port of Delaware Bay

logo Courtesy HomePort

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the anticipated arrival of a severe winter storm that will impact the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 72 hours. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the


New Mooring System for Commercial Vessels

Photo courtesy of PSI Marine

Eliminating the slack line required for conventional tie-ups, PSI Marine's TideSlide Mooring System reduces inertial loading usually generated by a moored vessel.   TideSlide's strength and safety are ideal for commercial docks where cargo or passengers are loaded


Boardley, Brown Promoted at LR

Tom Boardley

Lloyd’s Register announced two significant organization changes: Tom Boardley steps up to a new role as Executive VP and Global Head of Corporate & External Affairs and Nick Brown is promoted to Marine Director. “We are organising our business to make sure that we have the


Brown of International Paint to Retire

Jim Brown

Jim Brown, a ubiquitous figure in the global maritime coatings world for decades as the Market Development Manager of AkzoNobel’s Marine Coating’s brand, International, announced he is retiring effective the end of January 2016


Cyclone Stan churns towards Australia's NW Ports

Photo Port Hedland

A tropical cyclone gathered strength as it headed for the northwest coast of Western Australia on Saturday, forcing ports to close and mining companies to evacuate. Cyclone Stan, the first of a season which runs from November to April, was estimated to be 195 km (120 miles) north ofA tropical






 
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