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Alaska Approves Vigor Purchase of Alaska Ship Leases

Alaska has approved Vigor Industrial’s bid to assume Alaska Ship & Drydock’s (ASD) private/public partnership leases to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority unanimously voted today in Anchorage to transfer leases to the new Vigor Alaska Ship & Drydock subsidiary, clearing the way for Vigor’s acquisition of the operating company. The purchase was first announced Feb. 7 pending AIDEA approval. As AIDEA executive director Ted Leonard noted in his report to the Authority board of directors, “The transfer of ownership [of the shipyard operating company] will enhance the opportunities at Ketchikan Shipyard to bid on and win Alaskan-based business given the experience, supporting facilities and greater financial capacity of a larger company.” “Due to Vigor’s financial strength, and the creation of synergies with the other Vigor companies,” Leonard's report adds, “the operations in Ketchikan will be more efficient and more cost competitive with other shipyards (regionally and globally), furthering the sustainability of the Shipyard as an economic engine for the region.” Officials of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the City of Ketchikan also approved the transfer. “We start today working with the people here in Ketchikan and throughout Alaska to build even more maritime and industrial jobs at this great facility,” said Adam Beck


Safety Violations Halt FV's Voyages

Law enforcement officers from USCGC Mustang terminated an F/V's voyage in Prince William Sound, after they discovered safety violations aboard the vessel. The USCG cited Sheelagh M's captain for several violations, including: Not having immersion suits for the four people aboard his vessel; not having the required number of fire extinguishers; and having a cracked life-ring buoy. Also, enforcement officers from USCG Station Ketchikan terminated vessel Cape Fairweather because of safety


DOT Signs Metlakatla Ferry Contract

The Alaska Marine Highway ushered in a new era in marine transportation for the community of Metlakatla with the signing of a contract to between the Department of Transportation and Conrad Industries of Morgan City, LA to build a new ferry. The new vessel will provide dedicated service between Metlakatla and Ketchikan, two of the Inside Passage’s southernmost communities. Southeast Region Director, Bob Doll , represented the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities at


Fast Vehicle Ferry in Early for Lay-up

Two sailings for the M/V Fairweather, the state’s fast vehicle ferry, have been cancelled so that the ferry can be taken to Ketchikan for lay-up. Fairweather would normally have sailed to Haines and Skagway on Sunday, January 23, and to Sitka on Monday, January 24. “We announced on January 3 that, without a new agreement with the maritime unions to allow the Fairweather to be economically operated through the winter season, we would cease operations on January 25,”


Coast Guard Conducts Law Enforcement in Southeast

Coast Guard boarding teams from the Coast Guard cutter Naushon and Coast Guard Stations Ketchikan and Juneau terminated the voyages of two fishing vessel and intercepted an intoxicated boater in Southeast. A Coast Guard cutter Naushon boarding team conducted a random safety boarding aboard the 32-foot fishing vessel Tsunami, based out of Seattle, Saturday in Clarence Strait. During the boarding it was discovered that the vessel had the correct number of survival suits onboard but two of


Alaska Class Ferries to Be Built in Ketchikan

An announcement was made September 20 that Alaskas new ferries will be built in Southeast Alaska. Adam Beck, President of Vigor Alaska and Alaska Governor Parnell sign the agreement. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Announced by Governor Sean Parnell Saturday, September 20, the State of Alaska and Vigor Industrial have reached a final agreement to construct two Alaska Class Ferries at Vigor Alaska in Ketchikan. The vessels will be the first Alaska Marine Highway System ferries to be built in Alaska. “Here we are today to launch this shipyard to a new level, a new level of good jobs, a new level of growth for Ketchikan businesses that are going to supply the shipyard and its workers


Conrad Awarded Ferry Contract

Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the award of a $9.5 million contract for the Alaska Marine Highway System. The contract award calls for the construction of a 181-ft. ferry capable of transporting 149 passengers and 18 vehicles. When delivered, the vessel will provide service between Metlakatla and Ketchikan, two of the Inside Passage of Alaska’s southernmost communities. Kenneth G. (“Jerry”) Myers, Jr., Conrad’s President and CEO commented


USCGC Acushnet Decommissioned

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The 67-year-old Cutter Acushnet, the Coast Guard's "Queen of the Fleet", is moored to the pier prior to the cutter’s decommissioning ceremony at Base Support Unit Ketchikan Friday, March 11, 2011. The Acushnet served as a medium-endurance cutter in the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean. Primary missions included search and rescue, homeland security, maritime law enforcement, and environmental protection. U.S


ASD Opens State-of-the-Art Production Center

ASDs New State-of-the-Art Shipbuilding Production Center in Ketchikan, Alaska.

New State-of-the-Art Shipbuilding Production Center Opens For Business In Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska Ship & Drydock Already at Work on the First Vessel to be Completed in the Facility, a 136’ Longliner. The outlook for building new ships at Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD), a Vigor Industrial company, just got a lot brighter, warmer, and drier with the opening of the Ketchikan Shipyard’s state-of-the-art assembly hall designed to build ships up to 500 feet in length


Crowley Acquires Alaska's Anderes Oil Inc.

Crowley’s petroleum distribution group (CPD Alaska LLC) completes its acquisition of Anderes Oil , a longtime, well-respected fuel company in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Anderes family, after 50 years of serving Ketchikan, is leaving the oil business to pursue other interests. Anderes Oil, Inc. is a commercial business complex located shoreside near downtown Ketchikan. It includes a bulk plant storing over a million gallons of petroleum products and has miles of pipeline to deliver the


Thousands Evacuate after Deadly Blaze in Chile Port City

Seaport City of Valparaíso (Photo by UNESCO)

 Chile declared a state of emergency and precautionary evacuation of up to 16,000 people as a raging forest fire threatened the historic port city of Valparaiso.   The inferno began on Friday, 13 March afternoon in an area where illegal garbage was being dumped but spiraled out of


VSTEP Simulator for Ho Chi Minh Maritime College

Photo courtesy of VSTEP

A DNV Class A certified NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator was delivered and installed by VSTEP at the Ho Chi Minh City Maritime Vocational College in Vietnam.   The simulator delivered is a NAUTIS Class A Full Mission Bridge simulator with a 270° field of view through projection


San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

Mayor, Supervisor & City Council President Propose Blue Tech Incubator    As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved


Sri Lanka Okays Construction on Stalled Chinese Port Project

Port City Layout: Sri Lanka Port Authority

 Sri Lankan government has approved the construction of a breakwater for a Chinese funded Colombo port city project which had been suspended by the government earlier this month.    The decision was taken, following a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe


Antwerp Port takes Roadshow to India

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  The port of Antwerp has planned a Roadshow in India as this country has generated a record 5 million tonnes of cargo in Antwerp in 2014. The roadshow has been programmed from 9 to 13 February 2015. With an annual freight volume of 199 million tonnes the port of Antwerp is the


Japanese Consortium to Build Offshore Wind Farm

A wind farm by Hitachi Zosen Corporation

 A consortium of ten companies led by Hitachi Zosen Corporation (Hitz) has been awarded the bid to develop the “Iwafune Offshore Wind Farm Project” in Murakami City, Niigata prefecture.   The award is the result of a public bidding held by Murakami City’s project


Port of Antwerp Opens Training Centre in Mumbai

Image by The port of Antwerp Authority.

 Port of Antwerp in Belgium, the second largest port in Europe, is rolling out a training centre in Mumbai to offer training for port professionals in India. Temporary facilities are being used at the moment, until the new centre is ready, the company said in its press release. 


EMGS to Appeal Ruling On Patent Invalidity

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  As previously announced, Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has issued claims against Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) in the High Court of Justice, Patent Court, in London, UK, and in Norwegian courts on the basis that PGS used its Towed Streamer EM in the territory of the United Kingdom


MOL Joins Project to Mark Anniversary of Japan, Brazil Treaty

A group shot of the project members in front of the completed Tachinepta float

  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that MOL cooperated in the transport of the “Tachinepta” float (*1) Samba Carnival (*2) Components of the float, weighing about 5 tons in all, were placed into 15 containers and loaded aboard an MOL-operated containership


Shipping Company, Chief Engineer Charged for Dumping Oil

U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced  that AML Ship Management GMBH, a German company, and Nicolas Sassin, Chief Engineer of a vehicle carrier ship it operated, the M/V City of Tokyo, were both charged with knowingly dumping oil into United States’ waters off the coast of


Vietnam Shipping Industry Looks Bullish

Image: Vietnam Seaport Association (VPA)

 The port of Ho ChiMinh City is expected to lead the way in terms of tonnage throughput handled in 2015. The port of Da Nang, however, is expected to outperform the larger Ho Chi Minh City port in terms of box sphere growth (10% compared to 8% respectively)


India to Roll Out $8 billion Smart City Ports

Cargo Terminal - Source: Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT)

 Indian shipping minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government is working on an ambitious plan to build one smart city each at the country's 12 major ports. The plan estimates total investment of Rs 50,000 crore ($8 billion).   Government moving ahead with its ambition plan to build


Delay in Relocating Guangzhou Shipyard

38000dwt product tanker (Photo: Guangzhou Shipyard International)

 Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) has not commenced the relocation of its factory. According to the plan of Guangzhou city, the shipyard should have finished factory relocation by the end of 2015 but the schedule is now delayed.   


Vancouver Container Fire Closes Port

A large portion of Canada's biggest port was shut down on Wednesday after a chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver's downtown core. The toxic smoke forced local residents to take shelter inside


Richmond Ferry Service to Become a Reality

Nina Rannells of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority. Courtesy SFBT

  At its meeting of March 5, the Board of Directors of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) approved a Cooperative Agreement with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the City of Richmond to provide operating subsidy for proposed Richmond ferry service






 
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