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Massive Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Docks in Norfolk

Brilliance of the Seas. Pic by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

 Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, one of the biggest ships on the seven seas, docked in port at Nauticus, Norfolk for a short time and fueled big business across Hampton Roads.   Nearly 3,000 people on-board flooded on the streets of Norfolk. More than 500 tourists took advantage of shore excursions and day trips to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.   The cruise ship, which has 860 crew members, is scheduled to dock at the downtown Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center at 11 a.m. with a departure scheduled for 6:30 p.m., according to a news release.   “We’re thrilled to welcome Royal Caribbean back to Norfolk,” said Nauticus executive director Stephen E. Kirkland. “No doubt, a ship with 2,000 passengers and 860 crew will have a major impact on our community.”   “In terms of a walk-able downtown, in terms of a world-class art museum and a World War II battleship, and proximity to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, you can’t beat Norfolk with a stick,” said Stephen.    Kirkland said the estimated impact of having the ship waterside for seven hours was $500,000.   The ship comes from Tampa on its way to Ireland. Downtown Norfolk expects to have had 20,000 cruise ship passengers come through in May total.

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

USCG Training Center Holds Heritage Event

Lenape Indian artifacts are put on display during a Native American Heritage event held at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center,

  Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J., were treated to a speech on the history of the Lenape Indian tribe during a Native American Heritage event held on base, Nov. 5. Wesley Dunn, vice president of the Museum of Indian Culture, presented interesting facts about the tribe that inhabited the area more than 500 years ago. Additionally, Dunn brought many Lenape artifacts which he displayed for members to examine.

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.

Singapore Shipping Line NOL a Takeover Target?

Image: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

 Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) may be shaping up as a takeover candidate, a report in Bloomberg said.   The appeal of the shipping company that helped cement Singapore's status as a global trade hub has increased after it agreed to sell its logistics unit last month for US$1.2 billion to cut debt.    Possibility of a sale may help Temasek Holdings Pte, the Singapore state's Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) that controls Neptune Orient, bolster returns. The $1

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.

Shipping Season Opens on the Mississippi

M/V New Dawn broke through Lake Pepin ice overnight and locked through Lock and Dam 2 around 7:45 a.m. on March 25 (Photo by Pamela Niebur)

First tow marks unofficial opening to Mississippi River navigation season   M/V New Dawn arrived at Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings, Minn. Wednesday morning, marking the unofficial opening of the 2015 shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).   The USACE St. Paul District recognizes the first tow to arrive at Lock and Dam 2 as the unofficial start of the navigation season because it means all of its locks are accessible to

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

Rocket Debris Found Near Isles of Scilly

Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A piece of metal thought to be debris from an American space rocket was recovered from the sea off the Isles of Scilly.   The metal – a large section of alloy about 10 meters by 4 meters, was spotted on the surface between Bryher and Tresco and reported to the UK Coastguard November 26

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

H. Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s

Royston Appoints New US Distributor

Photo: Royston

Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has appoint a new U.S.-based distributor, citing growing interest in its advanced Enginei marine fuel management and monitoring systems.   The Houma, La.-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies LLC will provide sales and technical service support for the

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business

McAllister Towing – 150 Years of Family Business (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

“Early in 1864, a young man names James McAllister stood on board a sailing vessel where he served as a mate. The boat was about to set sail from the Red Bay of Cushendall … (James) did not know that this would never be home again.”  

Adrift Cargo Ship Taken in Tow

The Barbados-registered cargo vessel Skog, which was adrift off Orkney after encountering engine problems, is now under tow, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.   The 99-meter cargo vessel, laden with a cargo of paper

Man Rescued with Pets near Raccoon Island

Man resuced from sailboat

  The Coast Guard rescued a 68-year-old man and his two pets Thursday from a grounded sailboat near Raccoon Island. Coast Guard watch standers were notified Thursday the 36-foot sailboat Scampo with a man, his dog and his cat aboard ran aground.

New RIB Delivered to Vermont State Police


The Vermont State Police Department Marine Division has taken delivery of a specialized RIBCRAFT 7.8 RIB built by RIBCRAFT, a U.S. manufacturer of professional grade rigid inflatable boats for safety professionals, law enforcement and military agencies.  

Car Carrier Runs Aground off Washington

Viking Emerald. Photo: Gram Car Carriers

The car carrier Viking Emerald got steering gear failure and ran aground off Woodland, Washington.    The vessel, owned by Norway’s Gram Car Carriers and managed by OSM Ship Management in Singapore, was refloated several hours later with the help of tugs, and resumed voyage

PGS : Building Further Success in Newfoundland, Labrador

PGS 2D and 3D surveys in Eastern Canada

  PGS has recently completed the fifth consecutive acquisition season offshore Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the ongoing joint venture (JV) with TGS. The successful 2015 season was the biggest yet with PGS operating four vessels, two 3D and two 2D vessels

Rescue Ship Idar Ulstein Named in Norway

Gunvor Ulstein (Photo: ULSTEIN)

The search and rescue boat Idar Ulstein was named in Ulsteinvik today, becoming the latest newbuild to join the fleet of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue.   RS Idar Ulstein is also the first vessel in the new Ulstein class, named after ULSTEIN’s long-time CEO

'Brodosplit' Delivery for Fincantieri Group

Courtesy Brodosplit  Shipyard

  By loading fitted sections (grand blocks), with more than 1450 tons of steel equipped with piping, ironmongery components and electric routing on a special cargo barge delivery was executed in Shipbuilding Industry Split Inc. on 5 November 2015.

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard

Multraship Orders Damen Tugs at Europort

Left to right: Mijndert Wiesenekker, Sales Director Benelux Damen; Pepijn Nuijten, Multraship; Kees Muller, Multraship; Arnout Damen, CCO Damen; and Leendert Muller, Multraship. (Photo: Multraship)

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship, through its 100-percent-owned subsidiary Novatug BV, has commissioned the construction of two Carrousel Rave Tugs (CRTs) as well as a new ASD 3212 tug from Damen Shipyards Group.    Officially ordered today at a signing ceremony at

Svitzer Bags 30-year Towing Deal in Costa Rica

Svitzer has entered a 30-year terminal towage contract to provide marine services for the new APMT Moin Container Terminal in Costa Rica, starting from the third quarter of 2017.   In addition to supplying marine service, Svitzer will provide three 70TBP ASD tugs (two with FiFi 1)

Colonial Pipeline Revising Tariff After Shipper Complaints

Colonial Pipeline has crafted a revised tariff intended to soothe shipper concerns about access to the critical gasoline and diesel artery that links the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Northeast.   Last March Colonial withdrew a previous revision after some shippers complained to the Federal Energy

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