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Protector's Adventure Series, Alaska’s Inside Passage

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One-of-a-Kind 800 Mile, 6-Day Excursion Through Stunning Waters Highlights Protector’s Signature Performance PROTECTOR USA announced today the first voyage in its inaugural Adventure Series, Alaska’s Inside Passage. Departing Wednesday, June 1, 2011, the event will host Protector boat owners on an 800-mile excursion from Seattle, Washington to Lasqueti, British Columbia and back in only six days. The journey will highlights the signature performance of Protector boats and offer participants a thrilling adventure through majestic mountain ranges and breathtaking waters. The Protector Adventure Series will offer one-of-a-kind, on-the-water opportunities that can only be experienced in a Protector boat and demonstrate the vessels’ refined amenities, and renowned performance and handling attributes for fun, fast and exciting boating experiences anywhere, and in any sea state. Designed for the ultimate on-the-water adventures, Protector vessels get boaters where they want to go efficiently and with resilient comfort. All Protector models are beautifully designed for precision cruising. The easy-to-drive performance vessels allow all boaters, from novice to experienced, to confidently and effortlessly run with high-speed, comfort and safety – even in rough waters. “Our Adventure Series is designed to bring Protector boat owners together for exciting on-the-water excursions that take full advantage of our boats’ performance and


M/S Zuiderdam Goes Live with Fidelio Cruise

Following inaugural events in Fort Lauderale during December 2002 during where Holland America Line showcased the new vessel to more than 13,000 travel agents, guests and alumni, m/s Zuiderdam has now commenced its year-round Caribbean Cruise program. M/s Zuiderdam, with a capacity of 1848 passengers, is the first of the Vista class vessels to be installed with the latest version of the Fidelio Cruise Ship's Property Management System offering an integrated management system to the vessel


Kirby Signs Agreement With Coastal Towing

Kirby Corporation announced the signing of an asset purchase agreement with Coastal Towing, Inc. ("Coastal") to purchase from Coastal seven black oil tank barges and 13 inland towboats. The transaction, estimated at $17.1 million in cash, is being financed through Kirby's operating cash flow and available credit under Kirby's bank revolving credit agreement. Kirby and Coastal have also entered into a Barge Management Agreement whereby Kirby will serve as manager of the combined black


New Ferries Named

BC Ferries has chosen the names for its three new Super C-class vessels that will begin operating between the mainland and Vancouver Island in early 2008. An advisory board comprised of local newspaper reporters and BC Ferries’ employees selected the names Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration and Coastal Celebration after reviewing a total of 7,602 entries submitted in a contest that ran from Oct. 18, 2005 through Jan. 31 of this year. (Source: Parksville Qualicum News)


EU Supports 'Blue Growth': Sustainable Management of Sea & Coasts

The European Commission launch a proposal to improve the planning of maritime activities at sea and the management of coastal areas. The proposal – which takes the form of a draft directive – aims to establish a common European framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management in EU Member States, with a view to ensuring that the growth of maritime and coastal activities and the use of resources at sea and on coasts remain sustainable.


BOEM and New Jersey Pact to Identify Sand Resources

Sand resources for coastal resilience and restoration planning

  As a part of President Obama's continuing commitment to help coastal communities recover from Hurricane Sandy and promote resilient coastal systems, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of New Jersey signed a two-year cooperative agreement totaling $400,000 to identify sand resources for coastal resilience and restoration planning. The agreement will help BOEM and New Jersey conduct research that will help coastal communities recover from Hurricane Sandy


Conrad Receives Award From National Rivers Hall of Fame

The Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association in New Orleans presented Edward G. Conrad, founder of RiverBarge Excursion Lines, Inc., RV RIVER CHARTERS, INC. and Compass Towing Company, with the National Rivers Hall of Fame Achievement Award. The mission of the National Rivers Hall of Fame is to collect, preserve and share the stories of the men and women who have made significant contributions to America?s history on its rivers.


Blount Contract for Chicago Tour Boat Company

Blount Boats, Inc. has signed a contract with Wendella Sightseeing Company, Inc. to construct an 89 by 30-ft steel excursion vessel. This vessel will be a sister ship to the M/V Wendella (Hull 320) built by the Blount shipyard in 2007.  The vessel was designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design and will operate in the Chicago area. The 300 passenger vessel will be powered by twin screw C12 Caterpillar engines, 385hp at 1,800 rpm with ZF gears


Cambiaso&Risso takes over Carlo Sciaccaluga srl

Ship Agency Cambiaso&Risso has taken over Carlo Sciaccaluga srl, the historic ship agency established in 1903 as a forwarding agent in Genoa port and now boasting a solid reputation in the food industry, vegetable oils and chemical sector (particularly Biodiesel), and many customers at an international level. This is another important takeover for Cambiaso&Risso Agency, which contributes to strengthening its international leadership in the maritime service sector.


Coastal Zone Management: ABA Publish New Book

Book cover: Image courtesy of ABA

With oceans considered by many as one of the last frontiers, the American Bar Association's new book “Zoning the Oceans: The Next Big Step in Coastal Zone Management’’ is intended to help experts and government planners use zoning as a vehicle for ocean development and management. It is claimed to be the first book to focus on new and emerging state ocean zoning programs in the context of recent developments in offshore coastal zone regulation at the state and federal


First N.American Boat Powered by Volvo Penta IPS

Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta IPS

Thomas Paine, the new 50-ft. aluminum patrol boat that joined the Massachusetts Environmental Police fleet in July, is the first commercial vessel in North America to be powered by Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. Built by Metal Craft Marine Inc


Joint Petroleum Development in South China Sea Makes Sense

Shared development of oil, gas and possibly other natural resources is the most promising option for reducing tensions in the South China Sea and should be the focus of efforts to improve diplomatic relations between China and its coastal neighbors.


Restoring the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary

A New York District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crew places mollusk shells into waters off Governors Island in New York Harbor October 6, 2010, creating an artificial oyster reef. The effort was part of an experiment examining the possibility of re-creating a healthy oyster population in New York and New Jersey waters. (Photo: Dan Desmet, New York District Public Affairs)

Significant challenges often require a team effort. Restoring the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary is one of them. A group of professionals from the Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, joined 200+ scientists, engineers, academics and restoration professionals on June 3


East and South China Sea Disputes Need Creative Diplomacy

China and the United States appear headed for a damaging confrontation over the extent of China's territorial claims in the South and East China Seas. Now that China has become the world's largest importer of oil, and energy more generally


Large Dead Zone Found in Gulf of Mexico

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Mapped size confirms NOAA forecast for an average-sized hypoxia zone this year. NOAA- and EPA-supported scientists have mapped the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area with low oxygen water, measuring 5,052 square miles this summer--approximately the size of the state of Connecticut


Ports Recognize MOL for Green Initiatives

At the Los Angeles Vessel Speed Reduction Award ceremony. Third from left isMitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (U.S.A), LLC. General Manager Ryosuke Sugimoto, fourth Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (U.S.A), LLC. General Manager General Manager Seiji Kawada, and fifth MOL (America) Inc. District Sales Manager Tim Ashley

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) today announced that the company has earned recognition from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, California, for its efforts to ensure compliance with standards that call for vessels to slow down within 40 nautical miles (nm) of the shore. 


Blyth Workcats Delivers New Dive Boat

Laura Dean is a new 11-meter dive boat for the Mevagh Dive Center (Photo courtesy of Blyth Workcats)

Blyth Workcats of Canvey Island, U.K. has delivered a new 11-meter dive boat to the Mevagh Dive Center in County Donegal on the west coast of Ireland. The new boat has now begun work transporting groups of up to 12 divers to sites along the Atlantic coast of Ireland where numerous wrecks make it


Repowered Tug Tows Nonstop

Photo courtesy Laborde

For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea. For its maiden voyage, Rhea towed a huge piece of oilfield equipment from Texas to Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before moving on to Nigeria


BOEM & S. Carolina Agree to Evaluate Sand Resources

  As a part of President Obama’s continuing commitment to help coastal communities recover from Hurricane Sandy and promote resilient coastal systems, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources signed a two-year cooperative


Woodside Acquires Exploration Acreage in Gabon

Woodside Acquires Exploration Acreage in Gabon

  Woodside has acquired a 40% participating interest in an exploration, exploitation and production sharing contract (EEPSC) for Block F15 in the Gabon Coastal Basin. Block F15 is located 140 km off the south-western coast of Gabon and covers over 2,700 km²


EPA Awards Great Lakes Shipyard Drydocking Contract

Lake Explorer II

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) R/V Lake Explorer II. The research vessel was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract that started on August 14


Solomon Islands Capital Needs to relocate to Combat Tsunami

Solomon Island

BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of the BMT Group, a leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has partnered with Buckley Vann town planners and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland to develop a comprehensive climate change adaptation


Navy Divers Note USS Houston Grave Site Disturbance

Wreath-laying: Photo USN

U.S. Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30)


Roland Mower New President/CEO of Port San Antonio

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  Roland C. Mower who has helped bring billions of dollars in business investment and supported the creation of thousands of jobs in Texas will be Port San Antonio's next President and CEO. A business veteran who for more than 25 years has led efforts to attract and grow multi-million dollar


Rock On: UK's Kent Beach Flood Defence Starts

Rocks are being delivered as work by Van Oord starts on the £30m scheme to protect 1,400 properties at Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme in Kent, informs UK's Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has appointed Team Van Oord to construct the scheme, which will cover 2






 
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