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MLK Leadership Award to Kelly of Jo-Kell


Suzy Kelly, CEO of Jo-Kell Inc., an electrical distributor and engineering company, received the Martin Luther King Leadership Award. The ceremony took place January 19th at the annual breakfast celebrating Martin Luther King Day at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA. The prestigious award was presented by Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr., Pastor of Exodus Faith Ministries located in Chesapeake. This award recognizes individuals whose service to their community reflects the late civil rights leader’s ideals and vision of racial equality, human dignity, grace, humility, quality of life and service. Kelly’s service to the community includes: St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, Food bank of South Hampton Roads, Executive Advisory Council of ODU, The Chesapeake Police Department Advisory Board, Friends of Chesapeake Animal Services, Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition, Lead Hampton Roads, VA Chamber of Commerce, and Co-founder of Leadership Chesapeake. In addition to her service on community boards and committees.

Upcoming Chesapeake MTI Professional Mariner Job Fair

Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (Chesapeake MTI) says it will host a professional mariner job fair August 13, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its campus in Hayes, Va. Among the mariners the companies are seeking include wheelhouse tug operators, engineers, and tankermen. Mariners of all license and credential levels are encouraged to attend. Professional marine companies, including the Maryland-based Vane Brothers Company

Chesapeake Begins Restaurant Vessel Construction

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. has signed a contract with Maritime Equipment Corp. for the design and construction of a new 140 ft. restaurant vessel, with delivery scheduled for May 1999. The vessel will be certified for 500 passengers and feature a complete galley for onboard foodservice. Twin Caterpillar 3408 main engines will provide 12 knots service speed and two Caterpillar 3306 generator sets will provide the ship's service power

This Day in Naval History - Jan. 12

1813 - US Frigate Chesapeake captures British Volunteer 1848 - Attack on Sloop Lexington, San Blas, Mexico 1953 - Landings tested on board USS Antietam, first angled deck carrier

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Adds Tug to Order Book

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Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp of Salisbury, MD announced today that it signed another new contract on December 29, 2011 with Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD to build an 8th ocean going tug.   This is the second new tug that Vane has ordered from Chesapeake in the month of December. Chesapeake Shipbuilding now has three tugs under construction for Vane Brothers and a 260’ luxury cruise ship for American Cruise Lines of Guilford, CT.

CBMM Opens New Tugboat Exhibit April 21

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“Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats,” opens as a new exhibit on Saturday, April 21 in the Steamboat Building of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD.      The Chesapeake is a highway for tugs and barges, and for the large ships aided by tugs in port. The exhibit explores the lives of the men and women who work on these tugboats and the variety of ways tugs are used around the Chesapeake

USCG Conducts Port Access Routes Study

The U.S. Coast Guard has initiated a Port Access Routes Study to evaluate the continued applicability of and the need for modifications to current vessel routing measures or the creation of new vessel routing measures in the approaches to Chesapeake Bay, Va.

Navy Contracts for Hampton Roads Shipyards

According to a Nov. 10 report from the Daily Press, Newport News-based Davis Boat Works Inc., Portsmouth-based Associated Naval Architects, Norfolk's Lyon Shipyard and Tecnico Corp. in Chesapeake all got a boost from the Navy last week, receiving a combined $127.4m in contracts. (Source: Newport News, Va., Daily Press)

Hansen of FV Northwestern Comes to CBMM

Edgar Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern—as featured on Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch,” photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Edgar Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern—as featured on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," is coming to St. Michaels, MD and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, August 14 for the 2nd annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Hansen agreed to attend the event after learning of some of the parallels both Alaskan fisherman and the Chesapeake’s watermen are facing. "With fishing being my livelihood for over 25 years,” said Hansen

American Cruise Lines Names New Riverboat

American Cruise Lines announced the name of its new Mississippi paddlewheeler – America – currently under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Md.   The America is American built, flagged and crewed, which is symbolic of the true all-American experience provided by American Cruise Lines.   America is being prepared to launch into the Wicomico River early next week, and will be moved to Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s East Outfitting Basin where

New Boat Delivered to Tampa Bay Pilots

Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

The Tampa Bay pilot association has taken delivery of its second Chesapeake Class launch and the first in a new generation of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding’s mid-size pilot boats, the boat builder announced today.   Since the Chesapeake Class pilot boat was introduced by the Somerset

New Tug Delivered to Vane Brothers

Fort Schuyler (Photo: Vane Brothers)

Baltimore-headquartered marine transportation provider The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of the Fort Schuyler, the latest Maryland-built tugboat to join the company’s fleet.   Fort Schuyler is the 11th Sassafras Class tugboat contracted by Vane Brothers through Chesapeake

Chesapeake Inks Deal: 3 Tugs for Vane Brothers

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. signed another contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore to build three more ocean going tugs. This new contract marks the 15, 16 and 17th tugboats built for Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding since 2008. Construction on the first new tug has already begun in one

Volvo Penta IPS for New Tampa Bay Pilot Boat

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The new Chesapeake-class MKII launch delivered this month by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding to the Tampa Bay Pilots Association features integrated engine and drive from Volvo Penta.   The new 52.7-ft. 28-knot pilot boat, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates

ACL Planning New, Modern Riverboats

Expansion will introduce new style of river cruising in the United States. American Cruise Lines announced today its plans for the construction of a new fleet of modern riverboats, which will add a new dimension to river cruising in the United States

Vane Brothers Orders Two Tugs from Chesapeake

Sister ship to Hull 123 and 124 (Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding)

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has signed a contract with Vane Brothers to build two new tugs, marking the 13th and 14th tugs that Chesapeake will have built for Vane Brothers in the last several years. The two new tugs will fit into Chesapeake’s existing order book

Volvo Penta Names Puscar Marketing Director

Marcelo Puscar (Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta)

Marcelo Puscar has been appointed as director of marketing at Volvo Penta of the Americas.   Previously director of marine sales for Latin America, Puscar will relocate from Volvo Penta Brazil to the company’s headquarters in Chesapeake, Va

Ship Operator Fined $1.8m for Oil Discharge

Ship operator admits to covering up deliberate discharge of oil and ordered to pay $1.8 million; $450,000 of penalty to fund projects benefitting Chesapeake Bay and $250,000 awarded to crew member who provided evidence of the illegal discharges  

COTP Delaware Bay Modifies Ice Condition II

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  The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to expand STEEL HULL RESTRICTIONS in the Delaware River. There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone

New Riverboat to Homeport in New Orleans

Rendering of the American Eagle (Courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

American Eagle is Second Riverboat for American Cruise Lines in New Orleans   Guilford, CT-based American Cruise Lines will introduce its second riverboat to be home-ported in New Orleans. The two new riverboats are the first new ships built specially for the Mississippi River in 20 years

USCG Crews Work to Break Ice In Mid-Atlantic

Photo courtesy USCG

  The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Capstan, Cleat and Chock are working this winter to break ice and maintain navigable waterways from the Delaware River, through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, down to Tangier Island, Virginia.

NV Charts Relocates US Headquarters

Photos courtesy of NV Charts

NV Charts has moved its offices and warehousing facilities to centrally-located Deale, Maryland, U.S. In announcing the move, Hasko Scheidt, CEO, said, “As we’ve grown and need room for expansion, NV Charts has moved to new quarters in Deale, Maryland

Chesapeake Launches Tugboat for Vane Brothers

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers, the builder announced today.   The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.  

Vane Brothers Welcomes Latest Tug Newbuild

Kings Point (Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers)

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has taken delivery of Kings Point, the latest in a wave of Maryland-built tugboats.   Constructed under the supervision of Vane Senior Port Captain Jim Demske

New Research Vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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JMS Naval Architects will complete the Contract Design Package next month of a 93-foot research vessel for Virginia Institute of Marine Science to replace its current research vessel, R/V Bay Eagle. A solicitation will be issued to shipyards by the end of the year.  

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