Damn the Torpedoes: T&T Salvage completes another successful OPA 90 response T&T Salvage and their strategic response partner, Cabras Marine, successfully refloated a 17,000 ton fully cellular containership that went aground near Micro Beach in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. The prompt action of the Hamburg based vessel owners resulted in the immediate activation of their OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan (VRP) and T&T Salvage as its pre-contracted salvage provider. Tugs, pollution response gear, specialty pumping gear, and a 12-strong T&T-Cabras Marine team was dispatched to manage the salvage operation. What began as a typical grounding response quickly turned into anything but when the initial dive survey turned up a World War II era torpedo and other unexploded ordinance around the vessel. The salvage operations were immediately suspended and the vessel crew was evacuated until an Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team could be activated to assess the risk. Upon inspection of the casualty site, the EOD team made the initial determination that the devices did not pose a serious threat; however, there was yet another twist in store for the salvage team as severe weather was now approaching the island and threatening the vessel. Salvage Master, Albert Dai, knew a refloating attempt needed to be made immediately
T&T Salvage continues to support shipowners with prompt, safe and cost-effective solutions to complex salvage, wreck removal, and anti-pollution challenges. A comprehensive management team, with an average of 26 years in the industry, has quickly propelled T&T as a leader to top-level shipping and offshore players. This team includes a diverse group of industry leaders including Salvage Masters, Project Managers, Master Mariners, Insurance Managers, USCG officers
Harley Franco, Founder and Chairman of Pacific Coast operator Harley Marine Services, Inc., was a pivotal private equity speaker at a recent Marine Money conference held in New York City. Mr. Franco represented the private equity position on a finance panel consisting of public maritime companies including Overseas Shipholding Group and Horizon Line. In his presentation, Mr. Franco outlined the various finance structures utilized which enabled him to remain private
U.K.-based software house Marine Software Ltd has successfully delivered its DNV type approved Marine Planned Maintenance system on QinetiQ’s Trimaran demonstrator vessel R.V. Triton . This innovative test vessel comes after ten years of research and is the largest motor powered trimaran demonstrator ever built, also being the worlds first of class ship based on this new concept triple-hull design. QinetiQ, formerly known as the Defense Evaluation and Research Agency ( DERA )
The Coast Guard approved the salvage and oil removal plans earlier this week for the M/V Kent Reliant which has been grounded outside San Juan harbor since September 18. The salvage operation will begin with the removal of all the vessel’s oil products which is expected to last two days then the partial removal of cargo is expected to begin. A Protective boom has been deployed and staged in environmentally sensitive areas around Isla de Cabras and Isla de Esperanza
Affiliates of Drew Marine (“Drew Marine”) have reached a definitive agreement with Chemring Group PLC (“Chemring”) to acquire Chemring’s maritime interests (“Chemring Marine” or the “Company”) for a cash consideration of £32 million, subject to standard closing adjustments. Under Drew Marine’s ownership, the business will be named Drew Marine Signal and Safety (“DMSS”).
Bradford Marine announced that John Pirovano joined the Bradford Marine Team as Sales and Marketing Manager. John brings over 25 years experience in the yachting industry to Bradford Marine. Trained in marina operations and with extensive project management experience, Pirovano has spent recent years in sales and marketing, traveling to major trade and charter shows throughout the world.
Larry Rigdon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rigdon Marine, announced that the tenth and final contracted GPA 640 platform support vessel was delivered by Bender Shipyard & Repair Co., Inc. of Mobile, Alabama. Mrs. Debbi H. Ducote christened the M/V ESPLANADE before it was immediately deployed under contract to a major oil company in the Gulf of Mexico. Debbi is the wife of James A. Ducote, Jr., Compliance Coordinator in the Technical Services Department of Rigdon Marine.
A new 300 mt marine lift for Yank Marine is being installed at its Tuckahoe, NJ shipyard. This new 300 metric ton marine lift was transported from Marine Travelift in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on ten trucks and is currently being erected on site. It was purchased using a $961,676.00 grant from the Maritime Administration under the Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program, and will replace Yank Marine Inc.’s existing 200 metric ton Marine Travelift.
If lifecycle asset management is at the very forefront of an economically driven shipping company, then marine coating have to be a part of that discussion. That, in part, is because the global regulatory scheme is now impacting everything from marine propulsion, vessel discharge protocol, ballast water management and everything in between. The fact that marine coatings can be at the very heart of any and all of these discussions shouldn’t surprise anyone. Stephen F
Beier Radio, Inc. marks 70-years of 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 leader in integrated vessel
Imtech Marine was awarded the three-year DNV GL global certification renewal in February 2015. It concerns Inspection and Testing of Radio Communication equipment, Automatic Identification Systems and testing and inspection of Voyage Data Recorders (VDR).
Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel company, announced a new $550 million facility. The facility is arranged over three tranches. The first is a conventional and Islamic senior secured, term loan of $350 million over seven years which will be used principally to repay
Teramoto Iron Works and Eco Marine Power to establish Marine Technology Test Facility Eco Marine Power (EMP) in cooperation with its strategic partner, Teramoto Iron Works Co. Ltd., have agreed to establish a development and test facility in Onomichi, Hiroshima
Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow, Scotland has invested in a comprehensive package of SSI products. Ferguson has chosen to implement almost every ShipConstructor product including: Hull, Structure, MarineDrafting, WeldManagement, ManualNest, AutomaticNest, ProfileNest, NC-Pyros, Pipe
Coldharbour Marine Ltd. has appointed Professor Bruno Pollet to head its R&D department. Bruno Pollet moves to Linby, Nottinghamshire from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa where he was Professor of Energy Materials and Systems and Director of the National
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V Bill Seymour (Hull 190), the 60th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La., continuing its ongoing newbuild program. It was in early January 2015, when Florida Marine Transporters, Inc
Seaworthy Ltd. launches new marine approval and certification specialist service for equipment manufacturers and system developers A new service provider for marine equipment manufacturers and system developers has entered the industry. Seaworthy Ltd
The sea is not empty. Ports, harbors and waterways have to manage an ever growing volume and mix of recreational activity and heavy commercial activity - at times across the same compact waterspace. This creates a series of challenging marine planning requirements that need to be addressed
58 electric winches for two new fishing trawlers Hradfrystihusid Gunnvor (HG) and Vinnslustodin (VSV) recently awarded Naust Marine contracts to provide a complete suite of electric winches for their newbuild trawlers. Naust will supply no less than 29 winches per vessel
GE Marine’s LM6000 aeroderivative marine gas turbine PC and PG models have received Lloyd’s Register’s Design Appraisal Document to the Marine Naval Vessel Rules (NVR). According to Ge, the fuel-efficient LM6000 simple-cycle gas turbine delivers over 40% thermal
Rolls-Royce informs it has secured a contract to supply a power and propulsion package for an ice-class multipurpose vessel under construction at Keppel Singmarine for Singaporean ship owner New Orient Marine Pte Ltd. The propulsion package includes a 1,650kW and two 3
The 11th annual Norm Manly Puget Sound Maritime (PSM) / Youth Maritime Training Association (YMTA) Maritime Educational Scholarship competition was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Compass Course Maritime Training. Six high school seniors in Washington State were awarded the 2015 YMTA
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has designated three new Marine Highway Projects. The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, previously designated as the M-55 and M-35, connecting Chicago and Minneapolis to New Orleans, will serve as the primary routes for a new container-on-barge
Tiny pieces of plastic or fibers, known as Micro-plastics, may act as a pathway for persistent, bio accumulating and toxic substances entering the food chain, and are increasingly being found in the oceans and may prove to be as harmful to marine life as more obvious, larger debris