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Niger Could Sign Deal With Areva soon

  The government of Niger, the world's fourth largest uranium producer, is on the verge of renewing an agreement with French state-controlled nuclear group Areva, the West African nation's mines minister said on Sunday. Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, is pushing to boost revenues from its uranium, but Areva, which dominates the sector in the country, has claimed that increasing royalties would make its operations there unprofitable. "We are very, very close to a deal. All that remains is to finalise it. We will sign in the weeks, or even the days to come," Mines Minister Omar Hamidou Tchiana said in an interview with private television stations Labari and Dounia. Despite opening negotiations two years ago, Areva and Niger failed to reach a new agreement before the 10-year contracts expired on Dec. 31. Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou has previously characterised the expired contracts as a throwback to the post-colonial era, when France played a dominant role in the economies of its former African territories. However, Areva Chief Executive Officer Luc Oursel said last month that the two sides had made a breakthrough in talks and that it was only a matter of time before a definitive solution was reached. France obtains 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear energy, and Niger accounts for more than a third of Areva's uranium production.


Sea Tow Awards New U.S. Franchises

Sea Tow Services International Inc., announced the opening of four new franchises: Sea Tow Buzzards Bay (Mass.), Sea Tow Montauk (N.Y.), Sea Tow Lake Eufaula (Ala.) and Sea Tow Lake Lewisville (Tx.). The company also announced the sale and transfer of ownership of three existing franchise areas. Captain Walter Garschagen is the new owner of Sea Tow Central Hudson (N.Y.), Jim and Jan Pulley are the new owners of Sea Tow Table Rock Lake (Mo.), and Capt


Rogers Appointed President of Seabulk Towing

Seabulk International, Inc. announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Rogers as President of its Seabulk Towing subsidiary. He was also elected a corporate Senior Vice President, reporting directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Gerhard E. Kurz. Rogers, 46, joined Seabulk Towing in 2001 as Senior Vice President for Marketing. He will be based in Fort Lauderdale and succeeds William R. Ludt, who is retiring after 23 years with the Company.


UTV Training Prepares Towing Industry

Quality Management International, Inc. has developed a two-day training program for professionals in the towing vessel industry.  This course for Uninspected Towing Vessels (UTV) focuses on all the current regulations including clauses of the ISM Code relevant for tugs, towboats and barges.  By attending this class, towing professionals can get ahead of the curve and be well-prepared for the impending inspections.


Laker Assisted to Repair Yard After Tow, Ice-breaking

CSL Assiniboine: Photo credit Great Lakes Towing Co.

The Great Lakes Towing Company and McKeil Marine recently performed a joint assist on the 'CSL Assinboine', a 739-foot laker in Canadian Steamship Company’s fleet. The Great Lakes Towing Company tug North Carolina departed Duluth and met McKeil Marine’s tug Leonard M with the CSL Assiniboine in tow.  The North Carolina assisted the laker on the stern while the Leonard M towed the vessel on the bow.


Sea Tow Provides Activity/Response Reports

Sea Tow Reports Increased Boating Activity and Calls for Assistance Midway Through July 4th Holiday Week. Incidents Underscore the Need to Follow Commonsense Boating Safety Guidelines.   The extended July 4th holiday has been one of the busiest in recent years for Sea Tow Services International Inc., the nation’s leading on-water assistance provider, and its network of Sea Tow locations across the U.S. This increased activity reflects a growing desire among boaters to enjoy the


Companies Sign Joint Contract with ConocoPhillips

Bay-Houston Towing Co., Suderman & Young Towing Co. LP, and Moran Towing Corporation are pleased to announce they have jointly contracted with the ConocoPhillips Company to provide harbor tug services for LNG vessels calling at the Freeport LNG terminal, currently under construction in the Port of Freeport, Texas. Bay-Houston and Suderman & Young will each provide one 6300 hp Z-Tech tractor tug while Moran Towing Corp. will provide a 5100 hp ASD tractor tug. All three tugs will be classed by


Crowley Vessels Tow Lucius Spar to U.S. Deepwater

Photo: Crowley

On the heels of the recent delivery of Olympus, the largest tension-leg platform ever to be developed for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Crowley has once again shown support for the domestic petroleum industry by providing ocean towing and positioning support services for the Lucius spar in the Gulf of Mexico for Anadarko Petroleum. Three of Crowley’s ocean class tugs, Ocean Wind, Ocean Wave and Ocean Sun, towed the 605-foot long, 110-foot wide spar from Corpus Christi, Texas


Houston Barge Company Pleads Guilty

Western Towing Co. of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty on May 16 to violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). Western Towing formerly operated a barge cleaning operation in Houston. Western Towing used river water to pressure-wash the cargo compartments of barges used to transport steel products, grain, gravel, sand, fertilizer and gypsum. The company had a CWA discharge permit which allowed it to discharge treated wastewater into the river, however the defendant did not treat the wastewater first


OMB: Inspection of Towing Vessels

The proposed rule for Inspection of Towing Vessels has (finally) been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.  This rulemaking would implement a program of inspection for certification of US towing vessels, which were previously uninspected. It would prescribe standards for safety management systems and third-party auditors and surveyors, along with standards for construction, operation, vessel systems, safety equipment, and 


OSV Power

The Ulstein Verft subsea newbuild Island Performer was built for Island Offshore (Courtesy of Ulstein Group/Marius Beck Dahle)

The continued maturation of Offshore Service Vessel design is embodied in recent contracts and deliveries.  Ulstein Verft subsea newbuild Island Performer was built for Island Offshore to be a flexible, RLWI/IMR vessel, destined to serve its first five years for FTO in the Gulf of Mexico


Storm Surge Halts Vessel Operations at Long Beach

Photo courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

Two cargo terminals at the Port of Long Beach announced Wednesday, Aug. 27, that they were suspending vessel operations for the day because 10- to 15-foot high wave surges powered by Pacific Hurricane Marie endangered longshore workers. Total Terminals International on Pier T


Pine Galaxy to Arrive SF Bay Wednesday

The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy is expected to arrive in San Francisco Wednesday morning. The ship is being towed by commercial tug to San Francisco Bay. It will be met by additional tugs to ensure increased control of the ship is maintained during the transit inside the Port of


Pine Galaxy Expected to Arrive in San Francisco Today

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  The disabled mixed-products tanker Pine Galaxy is expected to arrive in San Francisco Wednesday morning. The ship is being towed by commercial tug to San Francisco Bay. It will be met by additional tugs to ensure increased control of the ship is maintained during the transit inside the


Crowley Tug Participates in Rig Blackout Test

Ocean Sky tending to Noble drill rig John Day during blackout trials (photo by Captain Ward Davis)

Once again displaying their diversity for use in the domestic petroleum industry, one of Crowley’s four ocean class tugs, Ocean Sky, recently provided back-up station-keeping and holdback services during a routine blackout test of ultra-deepwater, semisubmersible oil rig Noble Jim Day in U.S


Coast Guard, Stakeholders to Meet Disabled Tanker in San Francisco Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with several federal, state and local partner agencies, have formed a safety and assessment team with the owners of the disabled tanker Pine Galaxy to ensure the safety of the ship's crew and finalize plans for the ship to be brought into the port of San Francisco for


San Francisco Port Prepares for Disabled Tankship Arrival

Tanker Pine Galaxy: Photo in public domain

The U.S. Coast Guard informs that along with several federal, state and local partner agencies, it has formed a safety and assessment team with the owners of the disabled tanker 'Pine Galaxy' to ensure the safety of the ship’s crew and finalize plans for the ship to be brought into the Port


Signet Tows Aircraft Carrier on Final Voyage

SOLAS Certified, ABS A1, 10,000 BHP, Signet Warhorse III en route to Newport Naval Shipyard to tow USS Saratoga to Brownsville, Texas.

The final voyage of aircraft carrier USS Saratoga begins today. From the Eastern Hemisphere to the Western Hemisphere, the USS Saratoga has made her mark around the globe, and served more than 38 years in the United States Navy. The carrier’s aircraft flew sorties in the Vietnam War


Markey Equips Research Vessel Sally Ride

Research Vessel Sally Ride (Photo courtesy of Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Named for the first American woman launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, the Research Vessel Sally Ride was commissioned August 9 at Dakota Creek Industries (Anacortes, Washington). Sally Ride is a U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research sponsored Auxiliary General Oceanographic


USCG Crew Tows Disabled Vessel Near Ketchikan, Alaska

A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Ketchikan tows a 15-foot disabled vessel near Ketchikan, Aug. 17, 2014.

  A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Ketchikan assisted two boaters after their 15-foot vessel became disabled near Ketchikan, Sunday. The boatcrew safely transferred the boaters to the Coast Guard vessel and took the disabled vessel in tow before transporting them to Knuduson Cove.


MacGregor's AHTs Equipment Package for Wuhu Xinlian

MacGregor have been able to make a breakthrough into the mid-size anchor handling vessel market with low pressure anchor handling/towing winches

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has got an order from Wuhu Xinlian shipyard in China to supply a full package of MacGregor anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) equipment to two 150-tonne bollard pull AHTS/oil recovery vessels. The equipment is scheduled for delivery by May 2015 and an option


New Power for Alaskan Tug

Norman O (Photo courtesy of Olson Marine)

It has been said that, “There is no reason to design or build an ugly boat.” This is clearly a dictum that those who designed and built the Noman O adhered to. Built in 1970 as the Duncan Foss by the Albina Shipyard under hull number 419, at Portland, Oregon


Main Engine Change for Veteran Alaska Tugboat

Tug Norman O at work: Photo courtesy of Olson Marine

The tug's owner, 'Norman O', Rick Olson, worked with local Cummins dealer Mike Painer at South East Diesel & Electric in Ketchikan, Alaska, to  set up a deal to change the tug's existing Cat D348s rated at 703 HP each for a pair of modern EPA Tier 3 compliant Cummins QSK19 MCRS engines


ESG to Build Four RA Tugboats

Contract announcement: Image courtesy of ESG

Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) said that Suderman & Young Towing Company & Bay Houston Towing Company have placed orders for a total of four new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs at Eastern’s Panama City, Florida facilities.


Ice Class Salvage Ship Launched

The multifunctional ice class salvage ship Spasatel Demidov – the fourth vessel of the MPSV07 project series – has been launched at Nevsky Shipyard. The vessel is being built to the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) class






 
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