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This Day in Naval History – Sept. 25

1941 - In first successful U.S. Navy escort of convoys during World War II, Navy escort turn over HX-150 to British escorts at the Mid-Ocean Meeting Point. All ships reach port safely. 1957 - In project Stratoscope, Office of Naval Research obtains sharp photographs of sun's corona from first balloon-borne telescope camera. (Source: Navy News Service)

SSNPRM on Alaska Passenger Vessels Security Zones

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Second Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SSNPRM) regarding security zones around escorted high capacity passenger vessels and escorted Alaska Marine Highway System vessels in navigable waters of Alaska. Under this proposal, all commercial fishing vessels while actively engaged in fishing would be exempt from the security restrictions. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by March 30.

Voith Unit Helps To Propel Innovative Robert Allan Tug

Østensjø Rederi AS of Haugesund, Norway has received Ajax, one of the most powerful dedicated tanker escort tugs in the world, and the most powerful in Europe, for service on the west coast of Norway. Constructed by Astilleros Zamakona S.A. of Vizcaya/Bilbao, Spain, beginning in early 1999, the tug was built in accordance with DNV Regulations as an Escort Tug, with Fire-Fighter I and Oil Recovery certification, and also in full compliance with the National Regulations of the Norwegian

Crowley Returns to Oakland Market

Crowley Marine Services tugs, once a fixture in San Francisco Bay from the early 1900s to 1996, have returned home. Earlier this week Crowley re-launched its ship assist and escort service in the Port of Oakland with two high horsepower tugs - the Tioga (Z drive - 4400 horsepower) and the Sea Robin (twin screw - 5000 horsepower). Earlier this week Crowley re-launched its ship assist and escort service in the Port of Oakland with two high horsepower tugs - the Tioga (Z drive - 4400

This Day in Naval History

1812 - USS United States (CAPT Stephen Decatur) captures HMS Macedonian. 1924 - Airship, USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), completes round trip transcontinental cruise that began on 7 October. 1944 - During Battle of Leyte Gulf in Battle of Surigao Straits, U.S. battleships execute the maneuver of "crossing the tee" of the Japanese forces. In Battle Off Samar, escort carriers, destroyers and destroyer escorts heroically resist attacks of Japanese Center Force

Famous Pacific Ships Six Scrubbers to Australia

Photo courtesy Impress Communications Ltd

Famous Pacific Shipping recently shipped six scrubber modules from the U.S. to Australia, working with its U.S. agent, Oakland-based Sea Shipping Lines (SSL) Lines.  The units, moved for a major client that specializes in providing crushing equipment for the mining industry, were around 4.8 m in diameter and the heaviest piece weighed approximately 70 tonnes.  FPS says that the specialized trailers that carried the scrubber modules required traffic escorts and power lines had to be

This Day in Naval History – Oct. 20

1824 - U.S. Schooner Porpoise captures four pirate ships off Cuba. 1944 - Seventh Fleet lands over 60,000 Army troops on Leyte, Philippines while Japanese aircraft attack. 1952 - Task Force 77 establishes ECM Hunter/Killer Teams of 2 ECM equipped aircraft and an armed escort of 4 Skyraiders and 4 Corsairs. 1967 - Operation Coronado VII began in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. 1983 - Due to political strife, USS Independence (CV-59 ) ordered to Grenada.

Espada Expands its Fleet in Gulf of Aden

Espada Logistics and Security-MENA has acquired five additional armed, fast-patrol vessels for use in the Gulf of Aden due to increased piracy and the growing demand for protection services. “Our customers have demanded a higher level of predictability when it comes to costs and scheduling, and it became clear that the only way to meet those demands was to acquire additional vessels,” Jim Jorrie, president of Espada Logistics and Security-MENA, said

This Day in Naval History – July 21

1823 - After pirate attack, LT David G. Farragut leads landing party to destroy pirate stronghold in Cuba. 1944 - Invasion and recapture of Guam begins. 1946 - In first U.S. test of adaptability of jet aircraft to shipboard operations, XFD-1 Phantom makes landings and takeoffs without catapults from Franklin D. Roosevelt. 1987 - Navy escorts first Earnest Will Convoy in the Persian Gulf. (Source: Navy News

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - April 18

1820-Landing parties from the cutters Louisiana and Alabama destroyed a pirate base on Breton Island.   1908- Congress authorized the creation of the Office of Captain-Commandant and Engineer in Chief.  Additionally, commanding officers of vessels were authorized to administer oaths of allegiance and other oaths for service requirements in Alaska.   1944-The Coast Guard-manned destroyer escort USS Joyce

Marines Thwart Biggest Bunker Robbery in Singapore

MT Almi Spirit. Photo by Taurus Tankers

 Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in Johor Baru thwarted the biggest robbery attempt so far this year on marine fuel oil (MFO).   MMEA director-general Admiral (Maritime) Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said in a Twitter message that the robbers went on board the MT Almi Spirit at 7am

Triyards Extends Product Range to Escort Tugs

Courtesy Triyards

  TRIYARDS Holdings Limited has extended its product range to escort tugs for new client Greenbay Marine Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based international specialist marine craft group, demonstrating the Group’s established versatile engineering capabilities which have driven its continued

BTӦ Orders Damen ASD Tug

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards

Sweden-based BogserTeam Ӧresund (BTӦ), part of MarCon gruppen, recently signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for the delivery of a Damen ASD Tug 2810. MarCon gruppen is currently experiencing growth and is undertaking a program of renewal and expansion to its fleets.

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

H. Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s

BHP Billiton Injects $240m into Port Hedland

  BHP Billiton has approved $240 million (BHP Billiton share) to purchase six additional tugs and construct a new eight pen Tug Harbour at Hunt Point in the Port Hedland Port. The investment will also include the upgrade of workshop facilities

Fratelli Neri Orders Damen Tug

Damens ASD 3212 Tug

One of the largest Italian tug owners, Fratelli Neri S.p.A, ordered its first Damen tug, an ASD 3212, on 21 July 2015.   The vessel will be the first ASD tug in the Mediterranean region with a Damen Render Recovery Escort winch. The family-owned

Transit Cancellation Charges at Suez Canal

Suez Canal

  The Suez Canal Authority has announced that following the completion of the latest development phase, the rules of navigation edition August 2015 are in effect since 13 August. Booked transits may be cancelled or altered by notice to the Suez Canal Authority offices at least 12 hours

USCG Medevacs Sailor from Navy Destroyer

U.S. Navy file photo of guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95)

U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 23-year-old male Tuesday at approximately 10:40 p.m from U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), 220 miles off the coast of Chatham, N.J.   Coast Guard 1st District Watchstanders received notification from Navy

Two Injured in Pipeline Blaze off Louisiana

 A natural gas pipeline has caught fire approximately 25 miles south of Marsh Island, La., Wednesday, injuring two vessel crew members working on the pipeline, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   Coast Guard watchstanders in New Orleans were notified at 8:30 p.m

Greek Coast Guard Seizes Weapons Ship Bound for Libya

Greek authorities have seized a freighter carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya, coast guard officials said on Wednesday. A coast guard patrol boat raided the vessel on Tuesday, 20 nautical miles northeast of Crete

Svitzer Orders Six ASD Tugs from Sanmar

Photo courtesy of Svitzer

Press release - Svitzer has awarded a contract for six Robert Allan Ltd. designed RAstar 2800 Class ASD tugs to the Turkish Shipbuilder Sanmar, operators of two custom-built, modern shipyards located in Tuzla and Altinova, Turkey. Robert Allan Ltd

Sanmar Built Vessel Join Svitzer’s Fleet

Tugboat Shipyard at Tuzla Bay. Photo: Sanmar Tugboat

 Sanmar Shipyard Tuzla has built M/T Svitzer Amstel (Boğaçay XII) will join Svitzer’s fleet at the Port of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.    The vessel measures 24.4m x 11.25m with a 60 tonne bollard pull derived from a pair of 3512 C Caterpillar engines

Vehicle Aboard Charleviox Ferry Catches Fire

A vehicle burns aboard the passenger vessel Charlevoix, a 50-foot, four-car cable ferry, while the vessel is moored in Ironton, Michigan, on Lake Charlevoix Oct. 2, 2015.

  The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Charlevoix and Boyne City, Michigan, Fire Department responded to a fire aboard a Charlevoix ferry Friday afternoon on Lake Charlevoix. All passengers and crew were safely escorted off the vessel with no reported injuries.

Eastern Launches Tug for Suderman & Young

Triton (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced it has launched escort tug Triton for Suderman & Young Towing Company on September 11, 2015.   The launch ceremony was held at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility and hosted by Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern

Sanmar to Build 6 Terminal Tugs for Svitzer

Svitzer has signed a contract with Turkish shipbuilder Sanmar Shipyard for the construction of six newbuild terminal tug vessels, the first of which is scheduled for delivery in Q4 2016.   The new fleet will be 70-metric-ton bollard pull RAstar 2800-E Class ASD tugs with escort capability

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