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Final Interlake Steamship Vessel in for Repower

hoto: Dave Brendorfer

The Interlake Steamship Company’s last steamship arrives at Fraser Shipyards for repowering   The S.S. Herbert C. Jackson made its final journey as a steamship this month when it sailed into Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., where it will undergo a six-month conversion to a highly automated diesel propulsion system.   As the last steam-powered ship in Interlake Steamship Company’s fleet, the Jackson is the fifth ship to undergo a major overhaul and its fourth steam-to-diesel conversion since 2006. This conversion represents the final phase of the company’s 10-year, $100 million modernization effort.   Regularly carrying almost 25,000 tons of iron ore between Marquette and Detroit, Mich., the 690-foot Jackson was powered by an aging steam turbine and two boilers, which have operated since the ship was built in 1959. Maintenance burdens and new emission requirements fueled Interlake’s decision to repower the ship.   “We have a long-term vision for this industry and made the decision 10 years ago to invest in new technology that will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint and environmental impact while increasing our reliability for our customers,” said Interlake President Mark W. Barker.   Following a significant capital investment at its Superior, Wis., shipyard, Fraser was selected by Interlake to carry out the re-engineering – a large-scale, multifaceted project.  

MARAD $14.7M in Grants for Small Shipyards

On April 15, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced $14.7m in grant awards to help improve 17 small shipyards in 16 states.  The funds will help these shipyards become more competitive by purchasing modern equipment and training workers. “These grants will help modernize small shipyards and strengthen our economy by making sure we maintain the ability to build and repair ships in the United States,” said U.S

Canada Maritime’s Pacific Gateway Service Makes Strong Start

Canada Maritime's new weekly transpacific service has started off with the first Canada Maritime Asian export containers being shipped on TMM Guadalajara from Shanghai. On arrival at the Fraser Surrey Dock within the Fraser River Port south of Vancouver later today, she will complete Canada Maritime's first ever eastbound transpacific voyage. Whilst in Fraser Surrey Dock, the 2,100 teu capacity vessel will be renamed Canmar Dynasty.

BHP Billiton Congratulates Women in Resources

  More diverse workforces are helping resource companies achieve superior performance, safety and stable production, says BHP Billiton’s Human Resource President, Mike Fraser. Mr Fraser delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Women in Resources Awards (WIRNA) in Brisbane today, with the national awards program building on the state-based Resources Council awards, celebrating the achievements of women, men and companies who make outstanding contributions to the industry

Interlake Steamship Begins 2016 Sailing Season

Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder (Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

River-Class Tug/Barge Begins Shuttling Iron Ore on Cuyahoga River   The Interlake Steamship Company’s Dorothy Ann-Pathfinder, an articulated tug-barge unit (ATB), departs winter layup today to begin early-season shuttles of iron ore for ArcelorMittal, an integrated steel and mining company with blast furnaces at the head of the Cuyahoga River.    A workhorse of Interlake’s nine-vessel fleet

Lake Assault Boats Available Through GSA

Photo: Lake Assault

Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Shipyards and a  manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats,has announced that the company’s boats are now listed on the U.S. government’s General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule.   Government agencies, including most municipal fire departments and law enforcement organizations can use GSA Schedule contracts – which contain pre-negotiated prices, delivery terms, warranties

Marinetalk.Com Re-Launches And Updates

Known as the "Internet Portal for Marine Professionals," launched the latest version of its Web site. Maintaining all of the existing features that MarineTalk users have experienced, the site has a variety of new features presenting more information, thus making the site easier to navigate. MarineTalk can now check the industry pulse with a new polling capability, as well as providing an interesting new Internet marketing section with information to keep users up-to-date on

New Samson ASD Harbour Tugboat

Kootenay Under Construction: Photo credit Samson Tug Boats

Samson Tug Boats Inc. launch the 'Kootenay', a BC-locally built tugboat for operations on the Fraser Fiver. Not only is she a local design – she is locally built. The 5,000hp tug, designed by AG McIlwain, was launched from the North Vancouver shores at ABD Shipyards. While it is not uncommon to find 5,000hp tugs in harbours across the globe, the Kootenay is remarkable in that she is less than 20 metres long

Big Canadian Terminal Joins Green Marine

Aerial View Fraser Surrey Docks: Photo credit FSD

Fraser Surrey Docks (FSD) the multi-purpose marine terminal on the West Coast of North America, joined Green Marine. The Green Marine Environmental Program is an action plan that addresses nine major environmental issues identified by the Canadian and American marine industry. The program requirements are developed with the participation of industry stakeholders and representatives from environmental groups, governments and the academic sector.

Fraser Yachts' 5th Sale in 10 days

Columbus Classic 65M

Fraser Yachts announced this morning its fifth yacht sale in just ten days. Whilst the summer period is traditionally a quieter time for yacht sales 2014 seems determined to continue the positive path it set out on at the beginning of the year. Last week the 26m ELENA B from Cantieri di Pisa was sold by Oscar Romano, quickly followed by the 35m Benetti PARADIGM sold by Michael Selter in San Diego, the 44m CRESCENT 144 currently under construction at Crescent Yachts in Canada which was sold

'We Will Not Stand by and Wait for Global Regulation' -Maersk Line

Photos: Maersk Line A/S

 Shipbreaking has become commercial due to the recycling of steel becoming a global commodity in demand. This means that the dismantling and recycling of a ship are recognized as part of the value of the ship, which has evolved into a massive challenge for the shipping industry.

Launching of HOS Warhorse at Gulf Island Shipyards

The HOS Warhorse is the first of the 400 ES Class MPSVs in Hornbeck’s fleet Photo Gulf Island Shipyards

Gulf Island Shipyards will launch the HOS Warhorse the newest vessel of Hornbeck Offshore services. The HOS Warhorse is the first of the 400 ES Class MPSVs in Hornbeck’s fleet. The Launching ceremony will commence on Tuesday, November 1st

Steel Cut for CIMC ORIC's First FORAN Project

Photo: SENER

The steel cutting ceremony of the first project designed with the FORAN system by CIMC Ocean Engineering Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd. (CIM ORIC) was held in the Chinese shipyard Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard Co., Ltd. on September 23.

Vessel Aids Fire Emergency While in Final Testing

Photo: Lake Assault Boats

Lake Assault Boats, manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific fire and rescue boats, recently assisted the Superior, Wis. Fire Department in its response to a fire on an ore boat at Fraser Shipyards. At the time, a team from Lake Assault was in the final stages of testing the 28-foot

Vard Electro Bags Contract in India

Vard Electro AS, a subsidiary of Vard Holdings Limited, has secured a new contract for the delivery of an equipment and electrical installation package to Cochin Shipyard Ltd. for a vessel under construction for the Government of India.  

Conrad Wins Army Corps Crane Barge Contract

 Profile of USACOE Crane Barge to be built by Conrad at its Morgan City Shipyard. (Image: Conrad)

Conrad Shipyard won a contract to build a Crane Barge for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The 300 x 68-ft welded steel barge is to be used in floating crane service by the Corps’ Rock Island District in support of its maintenance mission on the inland navigation system

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary.   

Lenders Hire Rothschild to Sell ABG Shipyard

Photo: ABG Shipyard

 Largest Private Sector Shipbuilding Yard in India ABG Shipyard is for sale. The Lenders led by State Bank of India has hired investment bank Rothschild to find a buyer for a majority stake in the company as they struggle to save Rs 16,000 crore ($2

Interlake Steamship Bulk Carrier Repowered

The newly repowered M/V Herbert C. Jackson departed Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wis., yesterday giving a farewell salute to the Twin Ports where it has been undergoing its steam-to-diesel conversion since December 21.   As the last steam-powered ship in Interlake Steamship Company’s

Shipbuilding Consolidation: Luerssen Acquires Blohm+Voss GmbH

PHOTO: Betriebsteil Lemwerder©Wolfgang Kundel (terra-air service)

Family owned and Bremen based shipyard, Luerssen acquired storied shipyard Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, the company announced on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.   With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss, Luerssen said it is entering into a long-term relationship to strengthen its portfolio in the

German Shipbuilders Strong in a Weak World Market

High-tech rescue vessel BERINGOV PROLIV built by Nordic Yards intended for use in the arctic. (Photo: Nordic Yards)

VSM: Collapse in demand dampens expectations for the current year   The global shipbuilding industry continued its downturn in 2015 with the number of new orders halved compared to 2013 level. The year 2016 is shaping up to be even worse.   

Western India Shipyard for Sale

Photo: Western India Shipyard

 ABG Shipyard Ltd, which was one of the largest shipbuilding company in the country operating in the private domain, has decided to divest its entire stake in its subsidiary Western India Shipyard Ltd (WIS).     The company’s board has agreed to invite suitable bid from the

DCNS Mulls Buying Stake in STX France

Photo: STX France

The head of the French state-controlled naval defence group DCNS said on Wednesday it was "closely studying" a possible stake purchase in STX France, a shipyard subsidiary of the struggling South Korean conglomerate STX Corp.  

UK’s Wight Shipyard to Build Two Fast Ferries

Photo: Wight Shipyard Co

The largest fast passenger ferry order for a U.K. shipyard in over 25 years has been confirmed by MBNA Thames Clippers. Two new 170 capacity passenger boats will be built at the Wight Shipyard Co on the Isle of Wight, and will join London’s growing river transport network in summer 2017.

Damen Hosts 'Workboat Festival' for Clients and Partners

Damen Workboat Festival (Photo: Damen Shipyards)

Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, which is also the headquarters of the Damen Shipyards Group, opened its doors to customers and industry partners alike for the first Damen Workboat Festival. More than 200 guests arrived for the one-day event, taking the opportunity to inspect a wide range of Damen

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