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News: Barge/Refinery Explosion Shakes Staten Island, NY

The maritime industry makes local headlines when something goes wrong, but the headlines on February 21 went national. In a spectucular eruption of flame and smoke, the like of which New York had not seen since 9/11, an estimated million gallons of gasoline erupted from a barge near the southwestern tip of Staten Island. The barge captain and mate were killed in the 10 A.M. explosion, and a nearby worker at the ExxonMobil facility suffered third-degree burns. The New York Times the next day showed a plume of dense black smoke over the city, but reported that the calamaty had been quickly controlled. Almost certaiinly it was not the work of terrorists and, being a gasoline fire, The Times reassured, it could burn itself out without leaving a slick to endanger the birds. "Empire State is involved in a harbor response team," said the tug's skipper, Rich Jermak, "made up of vessels with fire-fighting capability. We were in Penn's yard that morning, and on 13 we heard a broadcast for firefighting tugs." With its 1290 gallon-per-minute monitor, its 150-pound dry chemical system and its 2000-gal AFFF fire fighting foam tank, the 1967-built, 1750-hp emergency-response tug headed for the Arthur Kill destination about 10 miles away. In a city sensitized to emergencies, the response to the fire by the uniformed services was equally swift


Empire WaterLink Offers Alternative Airport Transportation

In order to ease the inconvenience of the New York-Metro area's congested roadways due to an increased passenger base, Empire WaterLink (Empire) has leased a building located in downtown South Amboy, N.J. to handle the expansion of its planned fleet of high-speed intermodal ferry operations for airport passengers and parcel airfreight throughout the tri-state area. The new high-speed low-wake ferries, each with a five-member crew, are capable of carrying 300 passengers plus luggage


First Self-Sufficient Zero Carbon Life Support Vessel (LSV)

Image courtesy SauterCarbonOffsetDesign.com

The Ocean Empire LSV (life support vessel) is a 144.3-ftSolar Hybrid Superyacht with two Hydroponic farms and fishing facilities to harvest the sea. Her solar powered propulsion systems and all the hotel amenities of a luxury global voyager are supplied by harnessing 3 major sources of sustainable of energy. The first and foremost source of energy is from the Sun which powers Solar Cells (covering the entire surface of the vessel) while at the same time illuminating 2 Hydroponic farms


Juneau Moves Ahead with $50m Dock Plan

According to reports, Juneau leaders on continued to move forward with plans for a $50m cruise ship dock improvement plan that would allow two modern ships to dock at the same time by 2010. To do that, Port Director John Stone said some fees will increase dramatically. The city's Docks and Harbors Board is proposing construction of a floating berth in front of the current cruise ship dock that would accommodate two big ships.


NASSCO Delivers Fourth Product Carrier

On July 13, General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered the fourth ship of its State-class product carriers to American Petroleum Tankers, LLC, a joint venture of the Blackstone Financial Group.  The ship is named Empire State, the state nickname of New York. NASSCO began constructing the Empire State in January 2009.  At a length of 600.4 ft, the double-hulled ship has a cargo capacity of approximately 331,000 barrels


MSC Reconfigures Tanker Fleet

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The fleet of tankers operated by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is being reconfigured to meet fuel requirements in support of U.S. forces worldwide. This seagoing force of government-owned and U.S.-flagged chartered ships is acquiring a new chartered ship, MT Empire State, as two government-owned ships complete their service to the command.  The newly built, U.S.-flagged Empire State came under charter to MSC for up to five years today and will operate worldwide carrying


PFI Marine Electric in Dutch Harbor Year Round

Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and Electric, LLC (PFI Marine Electric) announced that it will now be providing year round marine electrical services in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, as well as the Puget Sound area, maintaining marine electricians on site 24/7. Seattle’s PFI Marine Electric shares facilities with Dutch Harbor’s Lunde Marine Electronics to provide marine electrical services in Alaska along with Lunde Marine’s electronic services


Baldwin Named Director of Business Development, Harbor Services

Barry Baldwin has been named the new Director of Business Development, Harbor Services for Foss Maritime Company. Baldwin, previously Regional Director, Southern California and an 18 year veteran of Foss will be based in Long Beach and report to Steve Scalzo, President and CEO of Foss Maritime Company. “Baldwin’s in-depth experience and knowledge of the Harbor Services market will significantly augment the development and expansion of current and new Harbor Services opportunities


Harley Marine Eco-Tug

Harley Marine Services, Inc. is reducing greenhouse gases, NOx, particulates, and diesel borne air toxics by converting existing harbor tugs to eco-tugs using ultra low emissions technology. Working together with the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach to secure funding through their Technology Advancement Program, the M/V Maverick, a Millennium Maritime, Inc. harbor tug, will be the first tug of the Harley Marine fleet to undertake this “green” clean air retrofit


Molasses Spill Kills Fish in Honolulu Harbor

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that the brown substance that is contaminating much of Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon and is the apparent cause of death for many marine animals, is molasses that spilled into the harbor from a pipeline under Pier 52.   The public is advised not to enter the ocean if they notice a brown color in the water. The plume of dark water is moving with the tides and currents from Honolulu Harbor into the Keehi Lagoon


NRL Researchers Demo Ship-to-Shore Data Link

The TREC test assembly shown on the charter vessel as it enters the Port of Miami. Researchers established communications links with a similar terminal located on the roof of one of the buildings in the distance. (Photo: U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) along with Mercury Continuity (MC) have demonstrated the Tactical Reachback Extended Communications (TREC) system in the port of Miami.    The NRL-developed communications technology


Container Volumes on the Rise in South Carolina

Photo: South Carolina Ports Authority

Container volume up 13 percent at South Carolina Ports Authority; Charleston benefiting from federal appropriations    The SC Ports Authority announced another month of double-digit container growth, with fiscal year-to-date volumes up 13 percent year over year.  


Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Chosen for Pieter Schelte

Allseas Group, owners of the world’s largest construction vessel Pieter Schelte have commissioned Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 acoustic positioning technology (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system has been selected by the Swiss-based Allseas Group for the world’s largest pipelay and platform installation/decommissioning vessel, Pieter Schelte.  


ABB Tromsø Service Point a Boon

Tromsø Service Point

  Launching its most northerly Service Point in Tromsø, Norway, ABB Turbocharging reduces customer overhaul turn-around time from as much as one week down to a day. The launch of this Service Point on December 11, 2014 has allowed ABB Turbocharging to further meet customer


Fishermen Convicted of Improperly Harvesting Seals

Duncan Sharpe of Gander, Kevin Blackler of St. John’s, and Richard Worthman of Heart’s Delight were convicted for improperly harvesting seals in accordance with humane harvesting requirements under the Canadian federal Fisheries Act.    


Cowes Breakwater Catalyzes Harbor Investment

Photo courtesy of CHC

The main aim of Cowes Harbor Commission’s (CHC) investment into the new Cowes Breakwater was to provide a true sheltered harbor, thereby unlocking its full potential and creating a catalyst for major inward investment and employment generation.


Boskalis, KOTUG Merge Harbor Towage Operations

Photo: KOTUG

Boskalis, KOTUG agree to merge European harbor towage operations   Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and KOTUG International B.V. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to merge the companies’ European harbor towage operations


Rep. Crowley Calls for New Training Vessel at SUNY Maritime

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, announced that he, along with 25 bipartisan members of Congress, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget urging the agencies to develop and support a plan to


Canada Invests $1.8m in Tignish Harbor

Canada’s Shea announces a $1.8 million contract for Tignish Harbor; contract awarded to Gaudette's Transit Mix Ltd.   The Government of Canada has awarded a $1.8 million contract through a public tendering process to Gaudette’s Transit Mix Ltd


Pacific Basin Sells Harbor Towage Business to Smit Lamnalco

Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has sold to Smit Lamnalco its entire shareholding in PB Towage Australia (PBTA), including all its harbor towage operations and 16 harbor tugs and two additional assests (one harbor tug and one barge) currently owned by other PB companies.


Winter Storm to Hit San Francisco Bay

California braces for fiercest storm

  A major winter storm is forecast for the San Francisco Bay this week. The storm is forecast to impact the entire Bay Area region, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. Patchy fog, heavy rain, gale force winds (in excess of 34 knots) and increased wave action are expected Wednesday night


Willard Marine to Develop Crystaliner

Crystaliner

Willard Marine, Inc., has acquired the rights to design and manufacture Crystaliner boats, a line of surf and rescue vessels that have been an icon on the West Coast for nearly six decades. Crystaliner was founded in Southern California in 1956 by John Norek and specialized in fiberglass


AAPA: FY’15 ‘Cromnibus’ Bill Supports Ports

Kurt Nagle, AAPA President & CEO

Significant increases seen for Corps’ seaport programs & EPA’s DERA grants. In reviewing the proposed $1.01 trillion Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 hammered out in Congress late yesterday, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) noted


TPG Marine Acquires Chicago Dry Dock

Chicago Dry Dock (Credit:TPG Marine)

Indiana-based TPG Mt. Vernon Marine, LLC purchased Chicago Dry Dock, a Chicago area shipyard founded in 1979. Chicago Dry Dock operates on the Calumet River and offers unencumbered access to both the Great Lakes (via Lake Michigan) and the Inland River System (via the Calumet/Des


Noble Pleads Guilty to Enviro Charges Surrounding Kulluk

Noble Drilling (U.S.) LLC was charged with environmental and maritime crimes for operating the drill ship Noble Discoverer and the drilling unit Kulluk in violation of federal law in Alaska in 2012, the Department of Justice announced. Under the terms of a plea agreement filed in federal court






 
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