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.
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 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
”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'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.
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
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.
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 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, 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
Italian luxury yacht builder Ferretti, owned by Chinese industrial conglomerate Weichai Group, has created a new unit to build boats for the patrol and defence of international waters, lands and coastlines, it said on Wednesday. Ferretti Security and Defence (FSD) will design
China's Ministry of Commerce has approved the merger of China Ocean Shipping (Group) and China Shipping (Group) so that the combined company can begin full operations. The company sources said, the newly merged entity will officially be launched and commence operations in Shanghai on
Offshore marine and engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, has been contracted by Gas Entec Co. Ltd to provide an engineering study of a new-build LNG barge that will operate offshore the U.S. The contract value is undisclosed.
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced that sill reinforcements in the new locks have been completed this week, bringing the Panama Canal Expansion closer to inauguration. The filling of the Pacific-facing Cocoli Locks has already begun
Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) has docked at Yokosuka port in Japan as part of its Asia-Pacific region itinerary, the US Navy announced in a news release. City of Corpus Christi has conducted a multitude of missions and maintains
Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd (Keppel T&T) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Wong Wai Meng as its Chief Executive Officer, Keppel Data Centres with effect from 18 January 2016. As CEO of Keppel T&T's data centre division
Inmarsat, has opened its new Singapore office, which is the company’s largest facility in Asia Pacific region. Inmarsat’s investment in the 1,700 suareq meter office in Toa Payoh, Central Region Singapore, sees the company’s regional hub providing a new solutions lab
A Coast Guard Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued a surfer in distress 150 yards offshore near Cape Kiwanda, Saturday. The surfer was safely transferred to local emergency medical services at the Pacific City Airport for further medical care.
MOL (America) Inc. welcomed Ronnie Armstrong to the position of vice president, area operations. He leads MOL (America) Inc.’s vessel and equipment management, intermodal services, contract management, and cost control and planning groups for the United States and Canada and has functional
Norfolk Southern Railway has announced disappointing financial results, and a cost-cutting plan that could eliminate two thousand jobs over the next four years. Norfolk has assured shareholders that despite weak carload volume and tumbling intermodal traffic producing a double-digit
The Board of Directors of Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, has declared a first quarter dividend of $0.18 per common share. The dividend will be paid on March 3, 2016 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2016.
Mexican construction company ICA said on Friday it was seeking to resolve a conflict over a canceled port terminal contract with APM Terminals, part of Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk. The contract covered the first phase of construction at a container terminal at the Pacific coast post of Lazaro
Microsoft swims to ocean’s depth to test underwater data center as environmentally friendly cloud computing alternative. The software giant has dropped a data center into the Pacific Ocean off California. Microsoft gave details of its rationale for going underwater
As part of the organisational changes announced last year, Maersk Line has shifted its Asia head office to Hong Kong from Singapore, reducing the number of regional offices to seven from eight. Maersk's two Asia regions, Asia Pacific and North Asia (China, Korea and Japan)
Israel’s shipping firm ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has launched an extensive program aimed at changing its organizational structure. The change is based on the company's business plan to focus on profitable trade areas in which ZIM enjoys competitive advantage.