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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

Ocean Yorktown

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.


MN 100: AEP River Operations

President: Keith Darling

AEP River Operations offers the largest covered hopper fleet of any carrier. Complementing its barge operations is a fleet of over 80 boats ranging in power from  1,550 to 11,000 hp. The Company: Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, AEP River Operations is a barge company offering service


Metalcraft Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Ernie Ellis (Photo: Metalcraft)

Metalcraft, a designer and manufacturer of fire detection and suppression equipment, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company serves a broad range of industries, including marine, auto racing, defense and aerospace, where its extinguishers have flown on numerous NASA missions.  


LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Opens Gothenburg Warehouse

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants informs it has opened a new warehouse in Gothenburg.   The marine lubricants supplier said it constantly strives to expand its global supply network, adding that the new site will enable reduced lead time and increased flexibility when delivering lubricants to


Volvo Penta Debuts Marine Gas Sterndrive Engines

5.3L V8 gasoline engines for the marine sterndrive

  Volvo Penta today unveiled its new family of next-generation 5.3L V8 gasoline engines for the marine sterndrive market in a press preview at the company’s Test Center in Suffolk, Va.   “Volvo Penta has a rich history of innovation in marine propulsion


Dometic to Launch Watermaker at IBEX

Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, a global provider of leisure products for the marine, truck, RV and automotive markets, announced it will showcase its new XTC-ZTC Double-Pass Watermaker at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), Sept


G6 Alliance Axes Four Asia-Europe Sailings

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Container shippers of the G6 Alliance announced four sailings within their Asia-Europe product have been cancelled in response to changes in market demand.    According to the shippers, as the G6 Alliance continues to review its product profile


Jensen Develops 2 New LNG Bunker Barge Concepts

Image: Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc.

Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc., a naval architecture and marine engineering firm owned by Crowley Maritime Corp., has developed two new liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge concepts.   The two new fully customizable concepts aim to offering customers maximum flexibility and improved


Viking Acquires Hook Retrofit leader

Henrik Uhd Christensen, CEO, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment

  Leading marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has today announced the acquisition of Nadiro A/S, a company owned by maritime and energy conglomerate Maersk Group and SH Group. Established in 2009, Svendborg


Viking Acquires Nadiro from Maersk Group

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Marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S announced the acquisition of Nadiro A/S, a company owned by maritime and energy conglomerate Maersk Group and SH Group.   Established in 2009, Svendborg


Texas LNG’s Brownsville Project Progressing

Artist impression depicting Texas LNG’s planned liquefaction facilities. (Image courtesy of Texas LNG Brownsville LLC)

Texas LNG appoints BNP Paribas as financial adviser for Brownsville LNG project, progresses FERC pre-filing process and completes over 60 percent of front end engineering and Design for facility.   Texas LNG Brownsville LLC announced that BNP Paribas has been appointed as financial adviser


US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

File photo: Tauri Minogue

In 2012, U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy grew much faster than overall GDP   The U.S. ocean economy outpaced the domestic economy between 2011 and 2012, with an increase of $22 billion in gross domestic product, from $321 billion to $343 billion


Bolidt showcases strength at Europort

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  Bolidt has been selected to supply decking solutions across a wide range of Dutch maritime projects that encompass the entire range of industry sectors. The Dutch flooring and decking specialist will be showcasing its comprehensive range of synthetic decking solutions at Europort 2015.


Renewable Energy Battery Solutions Ready for Ships

FC38-12 Battery (Photo: EMP)

A range of marine battery solutions has received approval for use on-board ships or marine related applications such as offshore platforms and renewable energy projects.   Now available from Eco Marine Power (EMP), a developer of renewable energy solutions for ships


Fouling Release Boosts Hull Performance

Bulk carrier being sprayed with Duplex in Chinese yard

A silicone coating that keeps hulls free of marine growth while boosting the vessel’s performance and fuel economy will be featured on the Fujifilm Smart Surfaces stand at Marine Maintenance in Antwerp.   The Duplex fouling release system was developed by the U.S


ACR Electronics Introduces New AISLink CB1

ACR AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver (Image: ACR)

Suited for a range of recreational boaters and commercial vessels across the world, the new AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver is introduced by survival gear specialist ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine Company.   ACR’s easy-to-use and reliable Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS)






 
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