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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.


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


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


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


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.


BC Carbon Tax Act Proposed

Legislation has been proposed in the British Columbia Legislature that would, if adopted, imposes taxes on fuel based on its carbon content.  Ships would be subject to the tax, but would be eligible for rebates if it is shown that the fuel was consumed outside of British Columbia.  Carbon Tax Act, Bill 37 – 2008 (HK Law).


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Third Vessel

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V Star Kappa (ex E Duckling), a Supramax vessel of 52,055 dwt built in 2001 in Japan. Star Kappa is an addition to the initial fleet, was acquired for USD 72 million and is the third vessel to be delivered to the Company following the completion of the Redomiciliation Merger. Star Kappa has a Time Charter employment contract at a gross daily rate of USD 47,800 with earliest expiration date of September 23, 2010.


New USACE Contracts

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC, Oak Brook, Ill., was awarded on April 30 a $10,248,000 firm-fixed-price contract for 2010 north coast dredging, including the mouth of the Columbia River.  Work is to be performed along the Columbia River in Washington State and Oregon, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 1, 2010.  Two bids were solicited with two bids received.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, Ore


Swiftships Shipbuilding Awarded Iraqi Navy Support Contract

Contract document: File photo

The US Department of Defense informs that Swiftships Shipbuilding, L.L.C., Morgan City, Louisiana, is being awarded an $18,000,000 not-to-exceed contract for the accomplishment of continuous lifecycle support for the Iraqi navy. DoD explains that this contract involves foreign military


Phoenix International Awarded US$75-M Subsea Navy Contract

Subsea salvage work: Photo USN SUPSALV

US Department of Defense inform that Phoenix International Holdings Inc., Largo, Maryland, is being awarded a $75,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-award fee contract for worldwide undersea deep ocean search and recovery operations and associated services to support


Vroon’s VOS Famous Launched

VOSFamous

  Vroon’s newbuilding ERRV, VOS Famous, was launched in China yesterday. This 50-m ERRV (emergency response and rescue vessel) is under construction at Nanjing East Star Shipyard.   VOS Famous is the fourth in a ten-vessel newbuilding programme


Seaspovill Orders Second Damen Fast Ferry

Photo courtesy of Damen

South Korean operator Seaspovill signed its second contract for a Fast Ferry with the Netherlands-based shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group. The Fast Ferry 4212 - to be named SEA STAR 5 - will operate between Mookho and Ulleung-Do at the East-coast of South Korea.


The Switch to Deliver Full-Power Converter for Floating Power Plant

Rendering of WWTs self-floating power plant

Vancouver-based Water Wall Turbine Inc. (WWT) has selected The Switch to provide a 500 kW full-power converter for its self-floating power plant. This new system extracts potential and kinetic energy from large, fast moving water currents for conversion into electric energy.


Breakthrough for Very Large Ethane Carriers

ECO Star 85k Very Large Ethane Carrier (Image: DNV GL)

Hartmann Schiffahrts Gmbh & Co. KG, Jaccar Holdings, HB Hunte Engineering and DNV GL, signed a letter of intent for the classification of five ECO STAR 85k very large ethane carriers. Jean Labescat from Jaccar Holdings, Ulrich Adami, Technical Director of Hartmann Schiffahrts GmbH & Co


DOT Awards Grant for Rehabilitation of Wando Welch Terminal

Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Demand Demonstrates Need for Greater Transportation Investment through GROW AMERICA Act U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a $10.8 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant for the rehabilitation of the Wando Welch Terminal project


Rickmers Shipmanagement Get DNV GL '5-Star' Recognition

Certificate presentation: Photo DNV GL

DNV GL inform that Torsten Schramm, COO Division Germany, Middle East & Asia at DNV GL presented the certificate to Björn Sprotte, Global Head of Maritime Services, Rickmers Shipmanagement, at the at the DNV GL booth during the current SMM 2014.


Eco Marine Power Short-Listed for Ship Efficiency Awards

Impression of Aquarius MRE System on Eco Ship

  Eco Marine Power is pleased to announce that it has been named as a finalist in two categories of the inaugural Ship Efficiency Awards 2014. The Ship Efficiency Awards 2014, hosted by Lloyd's Register and organised by Fathom, will recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals


Holland America Line Promotes Christine Thurlow

Christine Thurlow is now director of national accounts sales, North America

  Holland America Line has promoted Christine Thurlow to director of national accounts sales, North America, on the company’s National Accounts Sales team.   Thurlow will report to Charles J. Dunwoody, CTC, senior director, national accounts, North America


Recent Vessel Sales: August 2014

Vessel sales for June 2014 (as of September 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York. Date Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built (Age) – Price in Millions USD Bulk Carriers 8/18/14 - LINGUE - 26,973 - 90(24) - $4


USCG Rescues 2 Boaters Near Willapa Bay, Wash.

  A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay, Wash., Saturday.   The 67-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were safely transported to an airfield in Raymond, Wash


Holland America Line’s Hosts Luncheon for Children’s Hospice

Luncheon onboard ms Volendam

  Holland America Line hosted a luncheon for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice aboard ms Volendam Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the port of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.   The event was attended by Victor De Bonis, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks


Vancouver Shipyards Begins Building New Cable Ferry

(left to right) Vancouver Shipyard’s Chester Saret - Burning Area Chargehand, Brian Carter – President, Seaspan Shipyards, and Mike Corrigan – President & CEO, BC Ferries, oversee the first cut of steel on the new BCFS Cable Ferry.

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) announced today it has officially started construction on a new Cable Ferry for BC Ferries. The 78.5 meter ferry, slated for delivery in Spring 2015, will accommodate up to 50 vehicles and 150 passengers


Shell CEO: US Should Export Oil, Embrace Global Markets

The head of energy company Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that U.S. policymakers should lift the crude oil export ban because allowing the shipments would make global energy system more stable. "Policy makers here in the U.S. should embrace a truly liberalized diverse and global energy






 
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