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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

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”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


Kvichak to Build Catamaran Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a contract for construction of a 60’ aluminum catamaran research vessel for the California Department of Water Resources designed by Incat Crowther, Australia with design guidance and customer representation by Jensen Maritime Consultants


Studies Show U.S. Offshore’s Untapped Potential

It is estimated that oil & gas development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico could create 230,000 new jobs, spurring nearly $115 billion in private sector spending and nearly $70 billion in revenue for the government.

  While short-term news emanating from the global energy sector was universally negative in the waning months of 2014 as the price per barrel continued to plummet below $60, the inevitable truth of oil & gas is that prices will rise again


Expanded Panama Canal to be Operational by April 2016

Panama Canal Expansion (Photo credit: Canal de Panamá)

The widened Panama Canal is expected to finally be up and running in April 2016, after months of delays and cost overruns, AFP reports. The expansion project area will allow bigger ships to transit, with two new sets of locks, one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side.  


Swire Pacific Offshore Acquires 2 Newbuildings

Joint Naming ceremony of Pacific Centurion & Pacific Goldfinch

  Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming of two new vessels, Pacific Centurion, an Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel, and Pacific Goldfinch, a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) at the dual vessel naming ceremony held on Tuesday


Inside The New US Maritime Strategy

Photo: United States Navy

  The US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.    "This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any


WSS Serving Growing Asian Cruise Business

Photo: WSS

With Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas home-ported in Shanghai for 2015 and TUI Cruises launching its inaugural Asian season, eyes are on Asia’s expanding cruise market.    However, while Asia may be unexplored territory for many cruise owners and ships service suppliers


Vice Adm. Brown Confirmed as NOAA Deputy Administrator

 Retired Vice Admiral Manson Brown (photo courtesy of the DoD)

  Retired Coast Guard Vice Adm. Manson Brown was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by a voice vote of the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction and deputy administrator for NOAA


Japanese Tsunami Debris Still Washing on US Shore

Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday.  


Nicaragua Canal: Connects Ocean, Disconnects People

Nicaragua canal (HKND Group)

 The $50 billion Nicaragua Canal scheme promises to bring huge economic benefits to Central America's poorest country. But environmentalists and peasant farmers strongly oppose the project. And many are wary of the Chinese company that is to construct the canal.  


Multinational Maritime Security Exercise in In Langkawi

Image: Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace

 Ten countries jointed together with its naval forces in Langkawi, Malaysia, to begin a two-day Multinational Maritime Security Exercise, says a report in Bernama.   A total of 19 naval vessels of various classes are being used by the forces of Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia


Maersk Predicts Container Traffic Demand Growth

Pic: Maersk Line

 As freight rates are expected to continue to decline due to oversupply, the container shipping demand is expected to grow 3-5% this year, according to Lars Mikael Jensen, chief executive of Asia Pacific region at Maersk Line.   He said supply growth as ships ordered several years ago


Volvo Ocean Race Detours to Dodge Giant Iceberg

Picture credit: Volvo Ocean Race

 A massive one kilometre-wide iceberg has forced the Volvo Ocean Race to change the positioning of their ice gates to keep the fleet clear of trouble in the Southern Ocean on Leg 5 from New Zealand to Brazil, says a Reuters report.  


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


Legally China Can't Claim South China Sea: Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Photo:  The national association for Amateur Radio)

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo said China'a claims to the majority of the South China Sea have "no legal foundation in international law," he told Japan's Yomiuri newspaper.   "We need peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region


EU: Cosco, Piraeus Port to Pay Back State Aid

European Union state aid regulators have ordered Greece to recover certain illegal fiscal benefits granted to Piraeus Container Terminal (PCT) and its parent company Cosco Pacific Ltd. The European Commission said the measures, which breached EU rules






 
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