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Reducing Emissions in Southern California

Photo courtesy of Cummins Cal-Pacific Inc.

The classic Four Preps song says that it is 26 miles or 40 kilometers to Santa Catalina from the California mainland. Others say it is only 20 or 22 miles but regardless of the distance the tugs of the Connolly-Pacific Company, a Subsidiary of Knife River Corp., make regular crossings of the channel with barge loads of aggregate from a quarry on the island to construction firms on the mainland. They supply their own marine construction requirements as well as marketing rock products in the Los Angeles to San Diego area.  In addition to barges, a water taxi and a survey boat, the firm operates three tugs.   Recently, in keeping with US and California emission regulations, they repowered their 65 by 24-ft tug Durango with a pair of Cummins engines. Built at Main Iron Works in Louisiana the boat is a typical Gulf-style model-bow tug with a modified wheelhouse for improved visibility. With the addition of push knees and a pair of Nabrisco winches for the face wires, it mostly pushes the big aggregate barge in the more sheltered inside waters while a pair of larger boats tow the barges across the channel, but if the weather dictates the Durango can also tow.   The new 6-cylinder Cummins QSK19 M engines replace a pair of 360-HP two-stroke diesels and deliver 500 hp each into Twin Disc MG516 gears with 6:1 ratios. They swing 62 by 50-inch propellers on five-inch shafts.

Barge Business Is Booming At Bollinger

Well-known in the shipbuilding industry as a quality builder of various vessels and as a specialist in ship and barge repair, conversions and barge flaring, Lockport, La.-based Bollinger Shipyards has made a name for itself as a major builder of barges used on inland waterways and ocean-going uses. Stemming from the shipyard's growth are five contracts for 17 specialized large barges ranging in sizes from 240 to 365 ft. (73.1 x 111

Royal Caribbean Anchors In Asia

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced the opening in Singapore of its Asia-Pacific headquarters - Royal Caribbean Cruises (Asia) Pte. Ltd. The regional headquarters, which is located in Singapore's central business district, will support the marketing efforts in the Asia-Pacific region for three of the company's cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises. Headed by Rama Rebbapragada, managing director for Asia Pacific

Key Australia Appointment for Wilhelmsen Ships Service


”We have a great opportunity for developing and growing the Wilhelmsen Ships Service business in Western Australia,” commented Michael Connolly as he took up the post of General Manager for Western Australia this month. He added, ”Business in the State continues to expand rapidly based on the ever growing resource industries, especially those within the energy and minerals sectors.” Wilhelmsen Ships Service made the new appointment at one of its key strategic

Pacific Drilling Charters Out 'Pacific Khamsin'

Pacific Drilling's ultra-deepwater drillship the 'Pacific Khamsin' contracted by a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation for operations in West Africa. The minimum duration of the contract is for an initial two-year term, with contract commencement expected by end of the third quarter of 2013. The contract provides for an option, to be exercised at the client’s discretion prior to shipyard delivery of the drillship, which could result in an additional year of contract term.

WSS Expands in Australia

Michael Connolly, GM Western Australia

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has opened a new office in Western Australia to meet increased business opportunities as the port of Geraldton continues to grow. Michael Connolly, General Manager for Western Australia said, “As a business, we have been widening our net throughout Western Australia over the past year and have seen a number of notable successes across the north western ports.”  “By concentrating on the growing port of Geraldton

SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index Unchanged

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index was unchanged at 3,287 in the week ending Oct. 4. "The Pacific is not matching the rapid progress seen in the Atlantic and was even showing signs of weakening," SS&Y reported. "Fresh firm inquiry will be needed if the Pacific sector is going to move up another level," SS&Y added.

About Australia's ETV in Rescue of Disabled Bulker 'ID Integrity'

The Tow: Photo credit AMSA

Australian Maritime Safety Authority' Emergency Towing Vessel, 'ETV Pacific Responder' rescued the disabled 'ID Integrity' AMSA’s Thursday Island officer Adrian Davidson was on board ETV Pacific Responder when it was tasked to assist in the stabilisation and subsequent tow of the ID Integrity after it suffered engine failure in the Coral Sea on Friday 18 May. The Pacific Responder is the only designated emergency towage vessel is Australia and is located in the Great Barrier Reef

Pacific Basin Adopts DNV GL’s ShipManager

Photo Credit: Pacific Basin

Pacific Basin will implement the DNV GL’s ShipManager fleet management system on its owned fleet within the next two years.    Shipping companies often have various IT systems that cover different aspects of their operations, and therefore have challenges in aligning data input and output for efficient decision-making, reporting and ship-shore communication.   The implementation of the ShipManager system in Pacific Basin will simplify and optimize their ship management

Pacific Basin Adopts DNV GL’s ShipManager

World-leading maritime software from DNV GL

  Pacific Basin, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of Handysize bulk carriers, will implement the DNV GL’s ShipManager fleet management system on its owned fleet within the next two years. Shipping companies often have various IT systems that cover different aspects of their operations, and therefore have challenges in aligning data input and output for efficient decision-making, reporting and ship-shore communication

Philippines Warns China: World is Watching You

President Benigno S. Aquino III joins fellow world leaders for the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic APEC Leaders Meeting. Photo by Philippines Govt

 China came under renewed criticism over its rising profile in the South China Sea at Asia-Pacific summit when Philippines  President Benigno Aquino III  warned China that “the world is watching” you, reports Reuters.  

Five P&O Cruise Ships Meet in Sydney

Photo: P&O

 Sydney is the stage for the biggest get-together of a fleet of cruise ships ever seen in the harbor city.    Five P&O cruise ships have created a V-formation at sea then sailed toward Sydney abreast in a single line, to celebrate the fleet's newest additions

Sandra Weakens to Tropical Storm off Mexico's Coast

Sandra Image credit NASAGSFC.

  Hurricane Sandra weakened to a tropical storm on Friday and was expected to continue losing strength as it approached Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Sandra, about 215 miles (346 km) southwest of the Pacific port of Mazatlan on Friday evening

Bunker Fuel Market Poised 460 million tons by 2020

Image: GAC Bunker Fuel

 Transparency Market Research launched its latest study on the global bunker fuel market, in terms of revenue and volume. The report predicts that the global bunker fuel market is likely to reach an estimated volume of 460 million tons by 2020.   

Peru to Cut O&G Royalties to Counter Price Slump

Peru is reducing royalties on oil and gas production to about 5 percent on average from the current 20 percent in order to encourage exploration amid slumping prices, the government said Wednesday.   The smaller take should help Peru boost interest in new oil contracts that will come up for

Essex Amphibious Ready Group in S. China Sea

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts maneuvers during normal operations Courtesy USN

  The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) transited the Straits of Malacca and conducted routine operations in the South China Sea as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific Nov. 7-10. The ARG's flagship, the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

New GM at Perkins Marine Facility in Wimborne

Andrew Goldspink (Photo: Perkins)

Engine manufacturer Perkins hires Andrew Goldspink to succeed retiring general manager Steve Phillips. After 30 years at engine manufacturer Perkins, Steve Phillips has elected to retire from his role as General Manager of the company’s marine facility in Wimborne

Sembcorp Upgrades of Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria for P&O Cruises

Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden - Concurrent repair and upgrading of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in November 2015. Photo:  Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Sembcorp Marine, a global leader in cruise ship repair, refurbishment and conversion work, has successfully upgraded the Pacific Eden (formerly Statendam) and the Pacific Aria (formerly Ryndam) at its Admiralty Yard.    The concurrent drydocking of these two cruise vessels at the

China: "Great Restraint" in South China Sea

China has shown "great restraint" in the South China Sea by not seizing islands occupied by other countries even though it could have, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Tuesday ahead of two regional summits where the disputed waterway is likely to be a hot topic.

Obama Says China Must Stop Land Reclamation in South China Sea

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday China must stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and reaffirmed Washington's commitment to the defense and security of the Philippines, one of the parties to the dispute.  

US to Give Two Ships to Philippine Navy

President Barack Obama talks with Captain Vince Sibala on the bridge of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), during a tour of the ship in Manila Harbor, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a visit aboard Philippine naval ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said the American government plans to transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy, bolstering what Obama called an “ironclad commitment” to the defense of treaty ally the

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slip Again

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier (file image: Vale)

Capesize market could worsen in short-term; 3.5 mln tonnes could be cut from Brazil ore exports. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could drift lower next week as Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine disaster and uncertain ore demand from China weigh on cargo volumes, brokers said.

China: Navy 'restrained' Facing US Provocations

China's top admiral said his forces have shown "enormous restraint" in the face of U.S. provocations in the South China Sea, while warning they stand ready to respond to repeated breaches of Chinese sovereignty. Beijing, which claims almost the entire energy-rich South China Sea

U.S. loses WTO Appeal in Mexican Tuna Dispute

Courtesy WTO

  The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against the United States on Friday in a dispute with Mexico over tuna labelling, upholding an earlier ruling issued in April that found U.S. rules discriminated against Mexico. "The Appellate Body concludes that the United States

Obama Urges Halt to Artificial Islands in S.China Sea

Maritime claims in the South China Sea Image by Wikipedia

  U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that countries should stop building artificial islands and militarising their claims in the disputed South China Sea. "For the sake of regional stability the claimants should halt reclamation

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