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Oglebay Norton Sells Six Vessels

Oglebay Norton Company announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Oglebay Norton Marine Services Company, LLC, has completed the sale of six of its nine remaining self-unloading freighters for $120 million to American Steamship Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GATX Corporation. Acquired were: M/V Oglebay Norton, M/V Columbia Star, S/S Armco, S/S Middletown, S/S Courtney Burton, and M/V Fred R. White. The Company is also progressing with its negotiations for the sale of the M/V David Z. Norton and M/V Wolverine and the transfer of the its leasehold interest in the M/V Earl W. Oglebay to an unidentified purchaser. The cash proceeds from this transaction will be used to pay down debt Although the details of the transaction were not disclosed, the Company confirmed that as part of the transaction it has secured carriage for limestone from its quarries to its own and third party docks around the Great Lakes through a favorable, long-term contract of affreightment.


Sinking of Five Star Highlights Fishing Vessel Safety

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)  released its investigation report (M14P0121) into the June 12, 2014, capsizing and sinking of the fishing vessel Five Star in Johnstone Strait, British Columbia.   The Five Star was on its way back to Kelsey Bay, British Columbia, after a three-day crab-fishing voyage, with the master and one crew member aboard. The vessel was carrying approximately 1,250 kg of crabs in 22 holding cages stowed on the deck


NASSCO Delivers M.V. North Star

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has delivered the M. V. North Star to Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE). The North Star is the second of two new Orca-class trailerships built by NASSCO for TOTE’s service from Tacoma, Wash., to Anchorage, Alaska. Her sister ship, the M. V. Midnight Sun, was delivered to TOTE in April. Both ships are 840-ft.-long, 118-ft.-wide RoRo cargo ships capable of carrying


MARCO Shipyard To Construct Third Millennium Class Tractor Tug

MARCO Shipyard Seattle has signed a contract to construct a third Millennium Class tractor tug for Harley Marine Services. Measuring 105 ft. (32 m), the multipurpose tug will be identical to its sisterships, Millennium Falcon and Millennium Star, delivered in February and August 2000, respectively. Construction of the tug is ongoing, with delivery planned for March 2002. Similar to its predecessors, the MARCO-designed tug will have an overall beam of 37 ft. (11


AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia


1923 Schooner Replica Completes Sailing Trials

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced that the Columbia (ESG Hull 981) a steel hull exact replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner, has completed her sailing trials. The sailing trials were held on September 18, 2014 directly offshore of the beaches of Panama City, Florida. Ninety-one years earlier, the original Columbia was officially measured on October 27, 1923 just before her race with the Bluenose by Raymond J. Milgate, a marine surveyor of Halifax, N.S.


Oregonian Raises New Questions

An independent review conducted and reported today by the Oregonian concludes that the government’s economic justifications for a controversial proposal to dredge the Columbia River are deeply flawed. The Corps of Engineers wants to spend $196 million to dredge more than 100 miles of the Columbia River. In a three-part series beginning today, the Oregonian will report that deficiencies in the analysis have significantly inflated the benefits to the region and an underestimated the costs to


Closure of Dalles Navigation Lock, Columbia River

On Sept. 30, Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore. reported that it is monitoring and managing vessel traffic on the Columbia River east of Portland/Vancouver, Wash., due to the closure of the Dalles Dam lock in Dalles, Ore. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has temporarily closed the lock due to structural irregularities detected in the downstream gate.  An assessment is being made to determine if repairs are needed.


Kvichak Pilot Boat Delivered to CRBP

Photo: Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered Astoria, a self-righting 74’ all-aluminum pilot boat, to the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) of Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is the third CRBP pilot boat designed by Camarc, Ltd., of the UK and built by Kvichak. The pilots christened Astoria at a ceremony last week where the vessel has joined Columbia, built in 2008. Chinook, built in 2000 is retiring this spring. The pilots operate the vessels over the bar at the mouth of the Columbia River


USCG Cutter Bluebell Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell sits at full dress for its 70th anniversary celebration at its homeport at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore., April 3, 2015

  Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell Celebrated its 70th Anniversary in Portland Ore. A crowd gathers together to celebrate the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell’s anniversary at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portlandon April 3, 2015. The Bluebell has been continuously serving on the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers since 1945. The vessel was commissioned on April 4, 1945, in Tacoma, Wash., it was then transferred to the Vancouver


Hansa Heavy Lift Earns DNV GL Award

Matthias Ritters, Regional Manager Maritime Region Germany at DNV GL, Roger Iliffe, CEO and Managing Director; Alex Karakassis, CFO, James Cook, Head of QHSE; Max Harmstorf, Head of EMEA,  Nadine Dreier, QHSE Auditor, all HANSA HEAVY LIFT, Dirk Lange, Key Account Manager at DNV GL; Steve Dawson, Director of Ship Management, Claus Tantzen, Deputy Director of Ship Management,  Ayjaz Sheikh, Quality Assurance Manager, Asia, all HANSA HEAVY LIFT.

HANSA HEAVY LIFT has been recognized with a DNV GL Excellence - Five Stars Award for the high quality of its management systems. The heavy lift and project shipping company, which is one of only nine lines to be recognized in this way, was presented with the certificate by DNV GL at a ceremony


Cutter Eagle Sails Into Portsmouth, VA

U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle

  The U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle sailed into Portsmouth Wednesday on its yearly tour of ports. The Eagle will be available for free public tours Thursday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m, moored across from Portsmouth City Hall. Representatives from the U.S


First Vessel of New Rescue Class Launched

Photo courtesy of Craig Group

Global shipping and energy services firm, Craig Group, has launched its first F-Class vessel, the Grampian Fortress. The IMT 958 multi-role emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) was christened in the Balenciaga Shipyard in Northern Spain this week.  


Ross is Fleet Manager, Heidmar

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  Heidmar announced the promotion of Duncan Ross to Fleet Manager. Duncan joined Heidmar’s London office in 2012 as vessel manager.  Prior to joining Heidmar, he sailed on a number of vessels over a six-year period. Duncan will be responsible for overseeing the consolidated


Substantial Demand Underscores Need for TIGER Grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation for its seventh round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants totaled $9.8 billion, almost 20 times the $500 million set aside for the program


WGMA Urges Participation in Menhaden Survey

Photo courtesy Department of Marine Sciences

  The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) is urging its members with ships arriving at any port in the western US Gulf to participate in the Menhaden survey. The annual Menhaden spawn (typically April through October) has created challenges for ships transiting local waterways


Two Rescued Near Hug Point, ORE.

Coast-Guard-MH-60-Jayhawk. Courtesy USCG

  A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria aircrew assisted Clatsop County Sheriff Department personnel with the rescue of two hikers stranded by incoming tide near Hug Point, Monday. The two hikers, both 20-year-old females from Canby, were safely hoisted at 2:45 a.m


Petronas-led Consortium to Start Construction of B.C. LNG terminal Soon

Gas and Power Regas Terminal. Photo: Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

 British Columbia's finance minister Michael de Jong said that the construction of Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) $36 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal project in Canada is expected to start in September.  


Star Bulk Adds Three Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that on July 15, 2015 it took delivery of M/V Goliath and M/V Maharaj, two 209,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers built by Nantong COSCO KHI-Ship Engineering Co.   In addition, on July 22, 2015 Star Bulk took delivery of M/V Star Aquarius, a 61


Redwood City Reports Strong Cargo Volumes

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Port of Redwood City reports fiscal year cargo movement fourth highest in modern history   After three years of annual double digit growth in Port of Redwood City tonnage from 2012-2014, the fiscal year 2015 Port tonnage declined slightly by 3.8 percent.  


Israeli Drone Crashes near Lebanon's Port of Tripoli

Image: Lebanese Army

 Lebanese Army officials say an Israeli drone crashed in the waters off Tripoli on Saturday, reports Reuters.   “At around 8:30 am (0530 GMT), a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures


Best Bunkering Practices

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Vessel operators have an additional tool in their arsenal for preventing oil spills during bunkering operations.   “Bunkering Best Practices: Protecting People and the Environment” is a free, 14-minute training video that demonstrates bunkering best practices applicable to


USCG Ups River Security for MLB All Star Game

Great American Ball Park (Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds)

The U.S. Coast Guard, in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, will provide additional maritime safety and security operations on the Ohio River in support of events surrounding the 86th Major League Baseball (MLB) All Star Game at Great American Ball Park in


New Rescue Vessel Marks Milestone for Craig Group

L to R: Grampian Devotion Master, Malcolm Trott, with Craig Group chairman and managing director, Douglas Craig, and North Star Shipping managing director, Callum Bruce.

North Star Shipping has reinforced its fleet of next generation vessels after taking delivery of its new ERRV, the Grampian Devotion, in Aberdeen.   The latest vessel represents the eighth and final D-class IMT-950 Emergency Response and Rescue vessels (ERRVs) that the company has had


Aggressive Superyacht Investment Pan for Blohm+Voss

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 Fred van Beers, the newly appointed CEO for Blohm+Voss, unveil details of an aggressive new investment plan in the superyacht sector.    Over the next year, the company is restructuring some independent divisions under the same roof






 
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