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Signet Tows Aircraft Carrier on Final Voyage

SOLAS Certified, ABS A1, 10,000 BHP, Signet Warhorse III en route to Newport Naval Shipyard to tow USS Saratoga to Brownsville, Texas.

The final voyage of aircraft carrier USS Saratoga begins today. From the Eastern Hemisphere to the Western Hemisphere, the USS Saratoga has made her mark around the globe, and served more than 38 years in the United States Navy. The carrier’s aircraft flew sorties in the Vietnam War, in Operation Desert Shield and over the states of the former Yugoslavia in 1992. Throughout its four decades of service, more than 60,000 sailors served on its decks, with roughly 5,000 at any given time. Setting sail August 21, USS Saratoga will be towed to ESCO Marine where her 59,000 tons of steel will be recycled. The Navy awarded ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas the disassembling and recycling of the carrier and during this time, the aircraft carrier is still owned by the Navy with ESCO taking ownership of the scrap metal during the dismantling. Signet Maritime Corporation has the distinct honor to tow the USS Saratoga on her final journey. The Offshore Towing Vessel, Signet Warhorse III, is a 143’5” x 50’ x 18’ ABS Fully Classed tug with 10,000 brake horsepower and 135.44 Metric Tonnes bollard pull. The tow will originate in Newport, Rhode Island and end in Brownsville, Texas. Signet is applying its “Bundling” project management to incorporate seagoing and harbor assist all under one umbrella. The estimated voyage will take 15 days maintaining a speed of 6 knots and traveling a total of 2,120 nautical miles.


Five More to Leave MarAd Reserve Fleet

Five ships moored in Virginia, California, and Texas will be headed to recycling yards under contracts announced today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. Two of the ships are from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, Calif.; two are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas; and one is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Va. Maritime Administrator Sean T


82nd Vessel Departs James River Reserve Fleet

The Resolute is scheduled to depart the James River Reserve Fleet Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in transit to Esco Marine, Inc., in Brownsville, Texas for recycling.  Resolute, a partial container/ break-bulk ship built in 1980, brought a purchase price of $90,726. The vessel is expected to pass under the James River Bridge approximately two hours after the departure.  However, be advised that tow times and passage times vary widely depending on weather and other conditions


MarAd Disposes of More Ships

Three ships will leave the James River Reserve Fleet this summer, thanks to domestic ship dismantling contracts announced today by U.S. Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert. Marine Metals of Brownsville, TX, has been awarded three contracts valued at $3.1 million to dismantle the American Banker, the Mormacmoon, and the Santa Cruz. All three ships are considered high-priority vessels for dismantling and recycling.


Resolve Marine Assists in Sinking USS Oriskany

With a blast that echoed across the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the USS Oriskany began her 36-minute-long descent into the depths of the blue waters some 25 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., May 17. An estimated 250 vessels filled with spectators encircled the near 900 foot-long decommissioned Navy aircraft carrier to witness its historic plunge into 212 feet of water to begin her new life as an artificial reef as part of the Navy’s new initiative to dispose of several such vessels


Wood Jr. Appointed Chairman at American Superconductor

American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC), a global power technologies company, announced the appointment of John W. Wood Jr. as chairman of the Board, effective August 16. He replaces former chairman and company founder, Gregory J. Yurek, who retired as chief executive officer earlier this year. Wood, 67, has been an independent director of AMSC since 2006. Prior to joining AMSC’s Board, Wood was chief executive officer of Analogic Corporation


Eniram One Of The European Cleantech Companies Of The Decade

Henrik Dahl

Eniram Limited, the fast-growinginnish provider of energy management technology and data analytic services to the shipping industry, today announced that it had been named by Cleantech Group (CTG), developer of the i3 market intelligence platform, as one of CTG’s five picks as a European Cleantech Company of the Decade. This one-off award was made in connection with the 10th anniversary Cleantech Forum Europe, held in Stockholm this year


News: Buzzards Bay Spill Much Larger than Initially Reported

The Coast Guard was notified by Bouchard Transportation that the amount of oil spilled into Buzzard's Bay on April 27 was approximately 98,000 gallons, not the 14,700 gallons Bouchard had originally reported. "Obviously, the difference is significant, and like everybody else, we want to know why," said Captain Mary Landry, the coast Guard federal on scene coordinator for the spill response. "It will definitely be part of our investigation into what happened that night."


China Marine Services: New Research & Markets Report

This new offering  'Marine Services in China' from Research and Markets covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. The Marine Services industry in China comprises establishments that provide a wide range of specialized marine and offshore services, including marine management, marine evaluation, marine and polar expeditions, marine weather forecasting, marine pollution control and other marine services


NG Celebrates 60 Years in Marine Radar

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit is marking a major milestone in the history of the company’s leadership in radar technology with the celebration this year of the 60th anniversary of the launch of its first marine radar.  Sperry Marine’s heritage in marine radar dates back to August 1949, when the U.K.-based Decca Marine Group introduced its first commercial marine radar product, the Type 159


Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship Ahead of Schedule

The VT Halter Marine and Crowley teams at Taíno’s steel cutting ceremony May 27 in Pascagoula, Miss. (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced construction has started early for the second liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ConRo ship, Taíno, for Crowley Holdings, Inc.   Taíno’s steel cutting ceremony was held May 27 at VT Halter’s Pascagoula, MIss


Germany Looking to Dock Submarine Deal with India

Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: German Military

 The German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen is visiting India lobbying for the purchase of German Stealth Submarines and European military hardware, say local media.   Sources said that Ursula  talked of Eurofighter and [HDW] submarines in her discussions with Indian Defence


Hyde Marine to Present on BWTS at Nor-Shipping

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Company to Share Seamless Integration of Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS); Experience in Retrofits for Small Footprint Installations at Nor-Shipping Maritime Environmental & Efficiency Management Seminar   Hyde Marine, Inc., announced it will attend Nor-Shipping 2015, June 2-5


Lamprell to Implement Software for Automated Manufacturing

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U.A.E based offshore jackup rig builder Lamprell Energy Ltd., will implement SSI's EnterprisePlatform software solution to allow its engineering team to automate manufacturing processes.   Acording to SSI (developer of ShipConstructor software)


New Ferry Safety Initiative from RINA

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Italy-based classification society RINA informs it has launched a ferry safety initiative.    The Asset Integrity Management scheme for ro-pax ferries covers fire risk mitigation, single-failure risk assessment, enhanced planned maintenance and condition-based monitoring and also food


Korean Register Opens Green-ship Certification Center

The Korean Register informs it has formally opened the Green-ship Equipment Test Certification Center in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea.   This large-scale facility will be operated by KR and has been built with the full support of Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the governments


Alewijnse Success at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque

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Electrical system integrator Alewijnse Marine Systems is celebrating the first anniversary of delivering electrical services and maintenance to vessels at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. Twelve months after it began work there, the results are well above expectations with 19 contracts fulfilled for 10


GE Gas Turbine to Power USCG Cutter

USCG Cutter James (Photo: GE Marine)

GE LM2500 gas turbine to power United States Coast Guard‘s eighth National Security Cutter   GE Marine reports that its LM2500 gas turbine will power the United States Coast Guard’s eighth National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757)


VIKING’s Top Safety Offerings at Nor-Shipping

VIKING offers complete service support - including lifeboat and marine fire service – to shipowners

Marine safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment will appear in force at Nor-Shipping 2015, displaying both innovative products and services that are proving popular with shipowners around the world. Shipowner Agreements Few innovations in the safety equipment servicing arena


Aegean Marine Profit Beats Estimates

Image: Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc

 Greece-based Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (ANW) reported first-quarter earnings of $12.2 million or $0.25 per share compared with $5.1 million or $0.11 per share last year.   The results surpassed Wall Street expectations


CMA-CGM to Call Port of Baltimore

International container shipping company CMA-CGM of France announced that it will begin service within the next couple of weeks to the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.   The Port of Baltimore has been added to CMA-CGM’s Liberty Solo service which also includes visits to ports


Shell Offers Smooth Transition to ECAs

(Photo: Shell Marine Products)

Shipowners switching to low sulphur content fuels in line with their obligations in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) have demanded confidence in the cylinder oils specified to lubricate their engines   The shipping world has been settling down to new restrictions on sulphur content in fuel


Construction Starts on Crowley’s 2nd LNG ConRo Ship

Image: Crowley

Construction begins on Crowley’s second Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ship for use in the Puerto Rico trade   Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. has officially started the construction of Taíno, the second of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered


Mercury Marine Begins HQ Expansion

EDP groundbreaking (Photo courtesy of Mercury Marine)

Mercury Marine announces 45,000 square foot EDP parts expansion to Fond du Lac global headquarters   Mercury Marine will add a 45,000 square foot expansion to its electro-deposition paint (EDP) system that will double its current processing capabilities


New Launches, Demonstrations Set for Seawork

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Europe’s commercial marine and workboat exhibition held in a working port, Seawork International, has released its plans for demonstrations, launches and conferences.   Organizers say Voith will announce a new marine propulsion system that produces more thrust






 
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