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. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Small shipyards are an important part of our nation’s shipbuilding industry,” said David Matsuda, Acting Maritime Administrator. “Shipyards on both coasts, the Great Lakes and our inland waterways will be able to increase productivity and be more competitive as a result of these grants.” The grants, which are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program, will go to shipyards around the country that provide essential services to commercial and government ships. MARAD received over 160 grant applications requesting $180 million in assistance. The grants support a vital segment of the America’s maritime economy and promote long-term job creation and retention opportunities. The following shipyards will receive grants for equipments: • Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, LLC (Boothbay Harbor, ME) - $360,900 for new wider cradle for 750 ton marine railway
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.
Known as the "Internet Portal for Marine Professionals," MarineTalk.com 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
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.
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
Catherwood Towing operates a fleet of tugs on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. Owner Ernie Catherwood has built the fleet over the years and has recently been repowering with Cummins engines. In the spring of 2009 Ernie Catherwood took delivery of his first new-build with Cummins KTA19 main engines from Sylte Shipyard Ltd. The Sea Imp IX is 53.6 ft overall with a hefty 22 ft beam and a 9.75 ft draft. As were several of the boats already in the fleet
1844-Captain Alexander Fraser of Revenue Marine Bureau reported to Congress on the failure of the service's first steam cutters Spencer and Legare. 1944-Office of Air-Sea Rescue set up in the Coast Guard. The Secretary of the Navy at the request of the Joint Chiefs of Staff early in 1944 established the Air-Sea Rescue Agency, an inter-department and inter-agency body, for study and improvement of rescue work with the Commandant of Coast Guard as head.
Catherwood Towing's owner, Ernie Catherwood, adds another tugboat to his 14-boat fleet that operates in and around Canada's Fraser River. The 39-year old boat was at a shipyard undergoing a scheduled Canadian Steamship Inspection. Ernie had marine surveyor Mark McAllister and his port engineer Trevor Sexton check the boat out, and they reported the boat sound with excellent 1/2-inch hull plating. But the old 12V149 Jimmies were tired
McAsphalt Industries Ltd. and Upper Lakes Group Inc. have recently announced a joint venture for the formation of McAsphalt Marine Transportation Limited. The company will construct and operate a new ATB unit for the carriage of heavy oils and asphalt products serving the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and East Coast. A synergy between the two parent companies combine the long experience of an asphalt producer, supplier and marketing team
City of Boston is purchasing a new state of the art fireboat with Chemical, Biological, Radiological emergency response capability for the Boston Fire Department. This new vessel will replace the current fireboat “FIREFIGHTER” which has been in service since 1972 and does not have the capabilities need for a modern emergency response fireboat. “Purchasing a new fireboat will greatly enhance public safety in the City and in Boston Harbor and I commend Commissioner
COSCO (Guangdong) and COSCO (Dalian) Shipyards have each recently delivered bulk carriers to European owners. COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard Co., Ltd has delivered a bulk carrier of 35000 dwt, “CHIOS LUCK”, to its European buyer. The bulk carrier measures 179
Jiangsu Province’s Economic and Information Technology Commission reviews Q1 2013 province-wide shipyard finances. The review of the shipbuilding industry’s performance showed that 44 privately-owned shipbuilders out of 66 failed to win new orders and none of major seven
Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C. has received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Safety as well as the Award for improvement in Safety by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA). Conrad was one of only five member organizations to receive both awards
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) today announced that Gen. William M. Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), has been chosen as this year's commencement speaker to be held at USMMA on Monday, June 17, 2013.
The landing has been cushioned by a shift in orders from mainstream-type merchant ships towards specialised offshore segment support vessels. According to the BIMCO analysis the shipyard industry seemed to head straight for the output-abyss just 15 months ago
Austal announce new strategic partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance its support to the US Navy & others in the region. Following on from the strategic partnership with Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd announced in January 2013
Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the United States Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay (WTGB-105) using its 770-ton capacity Travelift. The repair contract, awarded to the Shipyard in early March, includes routine drydocking and underwater hull maintenance such as inspection and testing of propulsion
CIC Boluomiao Shipyard completed repairs of the ships Sinoker Pioneer and Novitas H. The U.S.-owned Sinoker Pioneer repair work included renewal of cargo hold plates and painting, hatch cover repair and regular docking repair and some machinery equipment repairs, etc
The latest batch of orders for Deltamarin's B.Delta design bulk carriers comes from international shipowners, all to be built in China. The B.Delta43 order by the German ship owner HBC Hamburg Bulk Carriers at CSC Qingshan Shipyard and the B
President & CEO Mathews Pothen of Guam Shipyard advises its 280 workers they will not benefit by joining a union. Guam Shipyard employees are shortly to make an important decision for their future – either to remain status quo or to be represented by the International Brotherhood
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Chengxi Shipyard (Xinrong) Co., Ltd. in China have agreed to collaborate in the ship repair business through installation of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS). The two companies signed the agreement on April 26.
The Finland PM is hopeful that a strong new owner can turn around the prospects of the cash-strapped Finnish shipyards. This past week, the South Korean parent company STX announced it plans to sell off the Rauma and Turku shipyards as well as its half-share in the Helsinki shipyard
The Group achieved $9.7 million net profit on turnover of $733.0 million in Q1 2013, but shipyard & drybulk operations contributions down. In Q1 2013, turnover from shipyard operations decreased by 25.5% to $719.2 million from $965.9 million in Q1 2012
CIC Lixin Shipyard has named and delivered the 'MV Yangtze Oasis' to New Yangtze Navigation (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. The new type of 34,000 dwt bulk carrier is the first to be built for these owners by CIC Lixin Shipyard. MV Yangtze Oasis is of 179.9 m LOA and a breadth of 29
The Peene shipyard in Germany successfully completed a new series that was part of an order obtained during insolvency. The coast guard vessel (Kustbevakningen Vessel) KBV 034 was handed over to the Swedish Coast Guard, with a reflagging ceremony at dock 2 of the Peene shipyard in Wolgast