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Columbia Coastal Transport Joins MARAD’s VISA Program

Columbia Coastal Transport, LLC, has been notified by Maritime Administrator, Captain William G. Schubert, that its application was approved for MARAD’s Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA) program. Its acceptance into the VISA program allows Columbia Coastal to receive top-tier award priority for Department of Defense peacetime cargo. Columbia Coastal has also completed the contingency contracts for both the Military Traffic Management Command and Military Sealift Command which dictate terms and rates in the eventits vessels are utilized in time of war. “All of Columbia Coastal’s 14 barges are committed into the VISA program,” said Mr. Donovan Murray, General Manager Government Affairs at Columbia Coastal. “This means that our company stands ready to support our country’s defense transportation needs during contingencies.” Columbia Coastal’s barges range in capacity from 3,300 to over 10,000 Long Tons. Many are multipurpose vessels equipped to carry roll-on/roll-off and heavy-lift cargo, and all are fully outfitted to transport containers, including refrigerated units. “With our VISA status in place, Columbia Coastal further strengthens its commitment to handling government cargo such as USAID, Ex-Im Bank projects as well as direct military movements,” Murray added. The VISA program creates apartnership between the U.S


Bath Iron Works Team Wins Design Award for LCS

The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $9 million contract to develop a preliminary design for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). With a focus on affordability, LCS will provide the Navy with the capability to defeat terrorist swarm boats, mines, and diesel submarines prevalent in coastal waters around the world. Bath Iron Works leads an international team that includes General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, General Dynamics Canada


VT Halter Marine to Build Swath Vessel for NOAA

Photo Credit: NOAANOAA announced that VT Halter Marine Inc. of Pascagoula, Miss., will complete the final design and build of a new Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull Coastal Mapping Vessel, or SWATH CMV, for the agency. NOAA exercised a $15m option for the ship with VT Halter Marine, which also completed the vessel's preliminary design under a separate option. The primary mission of the SWATH CMV will be to map the full seafloor in coastal areas for the nation's nautical charts


Columbia Coastal Establishes New Division

Columbia Coastal Transport, LLC,has announced the formation of a new government/military and project division to assist companies with their cargo needs in these specialized areas. Donovan Murray will head up the newly established government/military division, and Joseph Villa will serve as general manager operations overseeing the project division. Murray has been with Columbia Coastal since August of 1993, and was named as port manager in Baltimore in August of 1995


Navy Logistics Ship Rescues 10 Iraqis

Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea Boatswain's Mate Clarence Johnson (far left) and Medical Services Officer Paul Manning (third from right) helped rescue 10 Iraqi mariners (pictured) from the sinking coastal tanker MV Nadi February 22 in the Central Arabian Gulf. Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea rescued 10 Iraqi citizens from a sinking 250-ft. coastal tanker in the Central Arabian Gulf Friday, February 22.


TMA Names Greg Cox 'Supporter of the Year'

Greg Cox: Photo courtesy of TMA

'Blue Champion' Chairman Greg Cox of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has been a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors since 1995 and on September 9, 2013 was appointed to serve on the California Coastal Commission. The Maritime Alliance (TMA) explains the choice: Over the last 7 years The Maritime Alliance has briefed dozens of elected and appointed officials about Blue Tech and the Blue Economy


ACB Awarded $9.8m Coast Guard Contract

Aluminum Chambered Boats (ACB) has been awarded a $9.88m contract to provide the United States Coast Guard (USCG) with 47 rigid hull inflatable boats for their Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. This is a five year contract with the first boat deliverable in 90 days. The ACB CB-L will replace the USCG’s aging fleet. The 24-foot CB-L is a center console vessel capable of conducting multiple missions in all weather conditions such as search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement (MLE)


GAC is ExxonMobil's logistics partner for Mid East

GAC Logistics, part of the world's largest independent shipping and logistics services provider, GAC Group, has signed a contract with ExxonMobil, to provide the petrochemical company with total logistics solution across the Middle East. With the signing of the contract, GAC's scope of services to ExxonMobil expands from the distribution of bulk lubricants in Fujairah to become a fully-fledged regional logistics operation providing ExxonMobil with seamless supply chain management


MOL (America) Show KPI Efficiencies in August

MOL (America) Inc. announces August 2013 KPI results showing continued improvements in documentation accuracy and in-terminal truck turn time. MOL (America) Inc. announces the August 2013 results of its Regional Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in the following categories:  operations, customer service, and electronic data interchange (EDI).  The results are available at www.CountOnMOL.com Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has the world’s largest ocean shipping fleet


Coast Guard groundbreaking ceremony recogizes new support facility

Coast Guard at goundbreaking ceremony

  Representatives from the 14th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Base Honolulu and Mortenson Federal Contracting Group participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new building at Coast Guard Base Honolulu to support the 2017 arrival of the Coast Guard's new Fast Response Cutters, Wednesday. Remarks were presented by Capt. Patrick McElligatt, Coast Guard Base Honolulu commanding officer, Shawn Hamamoto, representing Mayor Caldwell’s office


Kirby Reports Record Earnings

Kirby CEO Joe Pyne (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Kirby Corporation announced record net earnings of $68.1 million, or $1.19 per share, for the fourth quarter 2014 (ended December 31). The results bested 2013’s fourth quarter figures of $64.3 million, $1.13 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2014 Q4 increased 18% to $668


Young to Head New Zealand Shipping Federation

Picture Courtesy: LinkedIn and NZSF

The New Zealand Shipping Federation (NZSF) said it has appointed Annabel Young as its new executive director.  It said Ms Young was a National Party list MP from 1997 to 2002 and since then she has been the chief executive at Federated Farmers, as well as the Pharmacy Guild.  


ISS Palumbo UK Acquires Union Transport

ISS Palumbo UK, part of maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), has acquired U.K. freight forwarding specialist Union Transport (Newcastle) Ltd.   The merger of the Union Transport business with ISS Palumbo and its worldwide network will enhance the combination of


MMEA Recover Hijacked Tanker

hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker

  A hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker has been recovered by the prompt actions of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the coast of Malaysia. The owners of the Malaysian tanker lost contact with the tanker at 2200 hours on 28 January 2015


China, Japan Hold Third Maritime Talks

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying (Image by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China)

China's Foreign Ministry confirmed the third round of high-level consultations on maritime affairs between China and Japan, China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday.  The talks, held between officials from both countries' foreign ministries


CEVA Opens 4th Chicago Office

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  CEVA Logistics, one of the world's leading supply chain management companies, has expanded its market presence in Chicago with the opening of a fourth facility. The company's Chicago operations near O'Hare International Airport (ORD) now encompass four facilities totaling over 650,000 sq


Xunlong Shenzhen Orders Dutch-designed Ferry

Photo courtesy of CoCo Yachts

CoCo Yachts B.V. inks contract with Xunlong Shenzhen Ferry Company for one Coastal Cruiser 300 Xunlong Shenzhen Ferry Company has ordered a Coastal Cruiser 300 ferry from CoCo Yachts, a Dutch design company specializing in the design of aluminum catamarans.


Training Coastguards is Key to Tackling Piracy

Photo: EU Naval Force

Training and mentoring of coastguards in Africa, Middle East and South East Asia is essential if coastal nations are to have effective control over their Territorial Waters and Economic Zones, says maritime security company Maritime Asset Security & Training Ltd (MAST).  


DB Schenker, Maersk Line to Cut CO2 Emissions

Pic by Maersk Line

DB Schenker Logistics and Maersk Line have signed a six-year strategic agreement on reducing CO2 emissions from ocean freight. The partnership emphasizes the companies' shared commitment to sustainable growth, says a press release by DB Schenker.


Northeast Winter Storm Disrupts Shipping

Winter Storm Juno, which has brought snow and gale force winds to the North East Coast of the United States, is causing severe disruption to shipping across the entire coastline. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advises that with snow accumulation likely to exceed two feet


US Proposes Allowing Oil, Gas Drilling off Atlantic Coast

The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed allowing for the first time oil and gas exploration in a wide swath of U.S. waters off the Atlantic Coast.   The 2017 to 2022 drilling plan begins a process that could take many years before waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina


AsiaBio Buys Two Shipping Firms

Image by Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd

Asia Bioenergy Technologies Bhd's (AsiaBio) has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Hoe Leong Corp Ltd (HCL), Sumatec and Reachmont Logistics Sdn Bhd (RLSB) to facilitate the acquisition of Semua Shipping Sdn Bhd (SSSB) and Semado Maritime Sdn Bhd (SMSB) by the group. 


AAL Launches New Operation in Japan

Wolfgang Harms (right), Managing Director, AAL Japan, receiving AAL’s award at the 2014 AFSCAs:  ‘Best Shipping Line – Project Cargo 2014’

AAL has announced the launch of a new operation in Japan AAL said the move aims to provide services and on-ground operational support directly to customers in the country, building on AAL’s presence in Asia and driving its continued international development as a global carrier.


Ecochlor BWTS Chosen for 8 New Bulkers

Image: Ecochlor

Times Navigation, Inc. has selected Ecochlor, Inc. to provide ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for installation on a fleet of eight new CROWN63 (63,500 DWT) ultra-max bulk carriers that will be constructed at SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group.  


Pacifica Rolls Out New Container Vessel

Picture by Pacifica Shipping

Pacifica Shipping, New Zealand's coastal shipping company, is launching a new container vessel from March replacing a smaller vessel whose charter has ended, reports The Stuff.  The Spirit of Canterbury would provide greater capacity for customers including reefer cargo and replace the






 
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