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USDOT’s Maritime Administration Announces $9.98 Million in Grants to Small Shipyards

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $9.98 million in grants to 13 small shipyards throughout the United States to help modernize facilities, increase productivity, and help make the country’s small shipyards more competitive in the global marketplace. Over 50,000 Americans are employed by small shipyards in more than 30 states. The facilities vary in size, from family-owned businesses employing a few dozen workers to state-of-the-art facilities with hundreds of employees. “These grants will help improve our ability to build and repair ships in the United States, strengthening our economy and helping position these small businesses and shipyard workers to be better prepared to win the future,” said Secretary LaHood. The U.S Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grants Program provides money to help this vital segment of America’s maritime industry invest in production equipment, provide technical skills training for employees, and maintain and create well-paying jobs by keeping these businesses competitive. “This money will help train workers and buy new tools and equipment,” said U.S. Maritime Administrator David Matsuda.  “Having these essential needs taken care of will help these small shipyards be more productive, efficient, and able to sustain good jobs for American workers well into the future.”


Maritime Administration Awards $9.8m in Shipyard Grants

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced $9.8m in grants to 19 small shipyards in the .  The grants are part of the new Assistance to Small Shipyards program, set up under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006.  “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the economy of the Nation,” said Maritime Administrator Sean T. Connaughton. 


MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian


MarAd Disposes of More Ships

Three ships will leave the James River Reserve Fleet this summer, thanks to domestic ship dismantling contracts announced today by U.S. Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert. Marine Metals of Brownsville, TX, has been awarded three contracts valued at $3.1 million to dismantle the American Banker, the Mormacmoon, and the Santa Cruz. All three ships are considered high-priority vessels for dismantling and recycling.


Fairmount Alpine Delivers Rig to US GOM

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Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Alpine has delivered the semi submergible drilling rig Ocean Yorktown safely in Brownsville, US, after a 5,400 miles tow from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fairmount Marine was contracted in July by Diamond Offshore, a leading deepwater drilling contractor headquartered in Houston, to tow the semi submersible drilling rig Ocean Yorktown to the Mexican Gulf region. At that moment Fairmount Alpine just finished a special survey in Durban, South Africa


USCG Overseas Damaged Vessel Transport in GoM

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The Coast Guard and state and local authorities began working to ensure the safe transport of two troubled vessels being towed to a Brownsville scrap yard after one began listing into the other Thursday. At approximately 8 a.m. Thursday, the captain of the tug with the vessels in tow called Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders to request assistance as one of the vessels was listing heavily into the other approximately two miles offshore and South of the Mansfield Jetties.


Keppel Signs LOI for Atwood Jackup Rig

Keppel AmFELS Inc. signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atwood Oceanic Inc. (Atwood) for the construction of a new jackup rig, due for delivery in third quarter 2008. The rig is based on the LeTourneau Super 116 design and is subject to additional modifications and final specifications in definitive agreements with Atwood. Located in Brownsville, Texas, Keppel AmFELS is one of the best-equipped offshore yards in the area


Five More to Leave MarAd Reserve Fleet

Five ships moored in Virginia, California, and Texas will be headed to recycling yards under contracts announced today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. Two of the ships are from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, Calif.; two are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas; and one is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Va. Maritime Administrator Sean T


Keppel AmFELS Delivers Second Scorpion Rig

Lady Sponsor Mrs Brenda Harvey (third from left) is accompanied by (from left) Mr CY Ho, Director of Keppel AmFELS, Mr GS Tan, President of Keppel AmFELS, Mr Michael Harvey, Director of Scorpion, Mr Jon Cole, President and CEO of Scorpion, Mrs Cole, Mr CH Tong, Chairman of Keppel AmFELS, Mr Donny Rials, Project Manager of Scorpion, Mr Oscar Lopez, Project Manager of Keppel AmFELS and Mr Gabe Padilla, Vice-President (Engineering) of Scorpion.


SeaBridge Freight - New Cargo Service

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SeaBridge Freight, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL announced that it will launch its “marine highway” short sea transportation service on December 1, 2008. SeaBridge Freight will initiate its bluewater container-on-barge operation between the Port of Brownsville, TX and Port Manatee, FL. The Company’s 600 TEU capacity barge (approximately 300 truckloads) will link the large and growing Texas/Mexico and Southeastern U.S. markets.


Ships Queues Creep into Lagos ports

Lagos Port Complex (port of Lagos) by Nigerian Ports Authority

 19 ships laden with petrol and other commodities are discharging at the Lagos ports, says Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in its daily publication `Shipping Position’.   Three of the ships were laden with petrol, while the others had diesel, steel products, containers, bulk salt


The Bigger the Ship, the Riskier

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 Container ship safety is under the spotlight with ever-increasing ship sizes, as evidenced by the January 2015 inauguration of the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar (19,224 teu).    The length of four football pitches, it can carry 19,000 containers


World Ocean Council Welcomes Damen

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Damen Shipyards Group  has become the latest member of the World Ocean Council (WOC). Damen is the first European shipbuilder to join the WOC, the international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship.


Damen joins World Ocean Council

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 Dutch-based Damen Shipyards Group has become the latest member of the World Ocean Council (WOC).    The global shipbuilder headquartered in the Netherlands is the first European shipbuilder to join the WOC, the international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability


Beier Radio Marks 70 Years Serving Global Marine Industry

Frank L. Beier, circa 1938 (Photo: Beier Radio)

Beier Radio, Inc. marks its 70-year anniversary in 2015 providing engineering, sales and service for marine electronics around the globe. During its 70 years in business, Beier Radio has grown from being one of the first marine electronics distributors in the southern United States to a worldwide


Wärtsilä, VTT Contribute to Propulsion Research

The Wärtsilä Propulsion Test Centre in Tuusula, Finland.

  A new technology research programme aimed at developing propulsion products specifically for operating in arctic conditions has been implemented with Wärtsilä and VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, as the main contributors


SGMF Interviews Members from Dixon Valve & Coupling

SGMF membership - uncovered: an interview with Sean Andersen and Tony Haston of Dixon Valve & Coupling   The Society for Gas and Marine Fuel (SGMF) recently interviewed members with Sean Andersen and Tony Haston of Dixon Valve & Coupling, who weighed in on their company, its products


China 2014 Gross Maritime Output 6 Trillion Yuan

Liu Cigui, head of the State Oceanic Administration (Pic: SOA)

 China's maritime economy generated a total of 5.99 trillion yuan (962.4 billion U.S. dollar) in 2014, a 7.7-percent increase over 2013, says the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).   The SOA report said China's maritime economy has become an important part and a boost to the national


COMSYS Report Confirms Intellian's Leadership

Courtesy Intellian

  The 4th Edition of the COMSYS Maritime VSAT Report confirms Intellian as the leading company within the stabilised antenna market, with a 35.6% share of the market. “Intellian now leads the market under a single brand having achieved spectacular results since 2012


GE Diesel Engines and Gearboxes for Reinauer ATB

GE Marine Tier 4 Certified 12V250 Diesel Engine (Image: GE)

Reinauer Transportation Companies, LLC, purchased two GE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 certified marine diesel engines and two Lufkin Marine Propulsion Gearboxes for its new articulated tug and barge (ATB), GE Marine announced.  


Scorpio Tankers Secures Loan Duo

Scorpio Tankers Inc. received commitments for two new loan facilities

  Scorpio Tankers Inc. announced today that it has received commitments from two leading European financial institutions for two separate loan facilities of up to $113.2 million in aggregate to partially finance the purchase of four LR2 product tankers that was announced in December 2014.


New Skimmer Systems for Coastal Oil Spill Response

SeaHow said its new skimmer systems can be implemented to almost any workboat over six meters in length. Skimmers are designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently. These features provide new operational efficiencies especially for near shore and coastal oil spill response. (Photo: SeaHow)

SeaHow has launched a new product line of skimmers aiming to address the challenges encountered by the oil spill response (OSR) organizations.   SeaHow, operator one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of OSR vessels, said that over the 30 years that it has carried out OSR work


First Online Sale for Damen Anchor & Chain Factory

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Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF), in the Port of Rotterdam, informs it has completed its first online order transaction. Much of the Damen product range has had an online enquiry option for some time, though AKF is relatively new to the concept


BV Awarded CBCA Contract by Republic of Zimbabwe

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Bureau Veritas has been awarded by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Republic of Zimbabwe with the Consignment Based Conformity Assessment (CBCA) contract. This conformity and valuation programme intends to: - Reduce hazardous and substandard imported products to Zimbabwe


Finland: A Maritime Powerhouse

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Innovation, superior technology and competitiveness are the characteristics that have brought the Finnish maritime industry world repute. Its well-knit maritime cluster responsible for achieving a high level of production has propelled it into prominence in the global market






 
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