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US Fines 'Duck Boat' Manufacturer in Fatal Crash

The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday the company that built a Seattle amphibious "duck boat" involved in a deadly 2015 collision between the vehicle and a charter bus that killed five international students has agreed to pay a fine of up to $1 million.   Ride the Ducks International LLC also admitted it failed to comply with U.S. vehicle manufacturing rules because it had not registered with the government and agreed it will now follow rules governing safety related defects.   The National Transportation Safety Board in November blamed the crash on a front axle failure that resulted that from a manufacturing error. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Alan Crosby)


FUGRO Wins BHP Pyrenees Contract

Photo: FUGRO

Fugro has been awarded a contract by BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd for the Pyrenees Phase 3 Installation Project.   The Pyrenees development is located offshore Western Australia, in approximately 200 metres water depth, 45 kilometres northwest of Exmouth, and comprises six separate fields: Stickle, Crosby, Tanglehead, Moondyne, Wild Bull and Ravensworth. The project includes the tie back of the Stickle 9 well to the existing Tanglehead manifold.  


“Moratorium” is a Four Letter Word

While ten letters in all, “moratorium” might as well be the foulest four-letter word in the Gulf of Mexico oil patch right now. On May 27, the Obama Administration ordered a halt to drilling in water depths more than 500 feet, effectively cancelling 33 drilling projects and reversing a tide of industry optimism in the region. Bill Foret, president of Golden Meadow, La.-based Abdon Callais Offshore LLC, said the company could have placed 50 OSVs to work on April 19 — a day


Canada Invest in Marine Training Center

The McGuinty government is supporting Ontario’s marine transportation industry by investing in essential upgrades to the Great Lakes International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound. “Ontario and Canada need well-trained graduates to navigate and operate our ships,” said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Chris Bentley. “Today’s investment creates opportunity for students interested in marine careers while securing the future viability of Ontario’s marine industry.”


VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard in August 2014. M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. and M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, are being constructed at VT Halter Marine’s Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi


MARAD: $5 Mln Available for Marine Highway Projects

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has announced the availability of $5 million in Federal funding to expand marine highway service by creating new or expanding existing services along designated Marine Highway Routes.   A Marine Highway Project is a planned service, or expansion of an existing service, on a designated Marine Highway Route, that provides new modal choices to shippers of cargo, reduces transportation costs and provides public benefits including reduced air emissions


President Bush signs Marine Highway Legislation

On Dec. 19, 2007, President George W. Bush signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which contains provisions establishing a formal marine highway program within the federal government. Under the new law, marine highway or "short sea" transportation refers to the carriage by vessel of cargo in containers, loaded on the vessel by cranes or by means of wheeled technology. Specifically, the new law requires the establishment of a program and the designation of


Collar Appointed Vice President, Special Projects

Crowley Maritime Corporation veteran Steve Collar has joined Marine Transport Corporation as Vice President, Special Projects effective July 1. He is domiciled in Marine Transport's Weehawken, NJ, headquarters and reports to Jeff Miller, Vice President, Chartering. Crowley acquired Marine Transport, a U.S.-based supplier of chemical parcel transportation, refined petroleum transportation, crude oil lightering, and ship management, in February.


Canadian Ports: Minister Emphasizes Key Role

Honourable Lisa Raitt: Photo Transport Canada

Transport Canada informs that the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has spoken of the important role Canada's marine ports play in supporting trade and economic growth in a speech to the 56th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, hosted by the Belledune Port Authority. Building on this year's conference theme of 'Anchors Away', Minister Raitt highlighted the opportunities and challenges in global shipping for Canada's ports


US Maritime Fatalities on the Decline

Deborah Hersman

Hersman announces slight rise in 2012 transportation fatalities; aviation, pipeline and marine deaths drop According to preliminary figures released today by the National Transportation Safety Board, total transportation fatalities in the United States increased by three percent in 2012 from 2011, but deaths in the marine sector declined over the same period. The data indicate that transportation fatalities in all modes totaled 35,531 in 2012, compared to 34,551 in 2011


Solstad Wins Contract with CUEL Thailand

Photo: Solstad Offshore ASA

 Norway’s Solstad Offshore ASA has been been awarded a contract with CUEL Limited, Thailand for the derrick lay barge DLB Norce Endeavour in the Gulf of Thailand.   According to the contract the 2011-built unit will be used for the provision of transportation and installation for


EPA Awards Nearly $2 Mln for Clean Repowers

Three New England projects have been awarded nearly two million dollars under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) competitive national grant competition to reduce diesel emissions.   The grants, totaling $1,975,000, were made under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)


Global Container Fleet Market to Grow 3% in 2017-21

Photo by CMA CGM

 A report forecasts the global container fleet market to grow at a CAGR of 3.19% during the period 2017-2021. The report says key vendors in the market are Maersk, CMA CGM & MSC.   To calculate the market size, the report by Research and Markets  considers volume based on


Neste to Deliver Low-Sulfur Marine Fuel to Eckerö Line

Image: Eckerö Line

 Neste will begin deliveries of low-sulfur marine fuel to Eckerö Line at the beginning of next year. The agreement covers m/s Finlandia on the Helsinki-Tallinn route throughout 2017.   "I am happy that Eckerö Line selected Neste as its partner


TFI Acquires National Fast Freight

Image: National Fast Freight

 TFI International Inc., formerly known as TransForce Inc., a North American leader in the transportation and logistics industry, has announced that a wholly-owned subsidiary of TFI International has acquired Brampton, Ontario based National Fast Freight (NFF) from Calyx Transportation Group


Port Infrastructure and the Role of Government

The new South Harbor of America’s Central Port, located just north of downtown St. Louis in southwestern Madison County, Illinois. Significant TIGER grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation helped make this possible. (Photo: America’s Central Port)

We are in the midst of a revolution over port infrastructure. This revolution is not about the role of ports as silent engines for our economy and the need for better intermodal infrastructure. Rather, it is about why governments – local, state and federal – believe ports exist


Final Marquette Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

Photo: Master Marine

In December, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78'x 34’x11' St. Matthias was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.  


Sino-Global Shipping Enters Agreement With COSCO

Image: Sino Global

 Sino-Global Shipping America, a non-asset based global shipping and freight logistic integrated solution provider,  has announced the signing of an Inland Transportation Agreement  with COSCO Beijing International Freight Co in which COSFRE Beijing will utilize the Company's


Innovative Boats: Marine News' Best of 2016

Image: Vard Marine

Marine News looks back at the past 12 months and showcases the best of North America’s workboat design shop and shipyard output.   In a year where some stakeholders might not rank 2016 as the best of years in the shipyard or on the waterfront, we might disagree


Iran, Kazakhstan Deal for Shipping JV

Photo: IRISL GROUP

 The chief executive officers of Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) and Kazakhstan’s KTZ Express – a subsidiary of the country’s national railways company- signed an agreement for establishing a joint company.  


Great Ships of 2016: Lindanger

(Photo: Hyundai Mipo)

Since it started publishing in 1939, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News has recognized excellence in ship construction. This year 18 ships in total were honored, including many “world firsts.”   Lindanger - World’s First Methanol Fueled Tanker


Rolls-Royce to Propel New Danish Ferry

Photo: Mols-Linien

Danish ferry operator Mols-Linien has ordered a new passenger ferry from the Rauma Marine Constructions yard in Rauma, Finland. Rolls-Royce will provide the main propellers and propulsion control system to the new ship, which is planned to operate between mainland Denmark and the island of Bornholm


VT Halter Wins VDOT Ferry Contract

The passenger vessel construction market remains one of the few maritime bright spots, as The Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Transportation (VDOT) has awarded a contract to VT Halter Marine to design and build a 499-passenger/70-vehicle Jamestown Ferry to replace the current ferry


ST Marine, VT Halter Bags $138m in Orders

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd announced that its Singapore shipyard, Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) and its US shipyard, VT Halter Marine Inc (VT Halter Marine) have secured new contracts worth $138m in 4Q2016. In Singapore


Tax Sops for Indian Shipping Industry

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pic: PIB, Govt of India

 In order to support the Indian shipping industry, the Government of India has exempted Customs and Excise Duty leviable on bunker fuels used in Indian flag vessels for transportation of mix of EXIM, domestic and empty containers between two or more ports in India.   






 
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