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Boaters Get Safety Compliance Advice

Fremont Insurance points way for boaters to avoid most common small passenger-safety deficiencies With the long-awaited arrival of boating season in Michigan, Fremont Insurance wants to make sure that boaters have properly ensured the seaworthiness of their vessel before making their maiden voyage to avoid costly run-ins with authorities and guarantee the safety of the vessels passengers. "With an abundance of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes that the state has to offer, it should come as no surprise that boating is one of Michigan's most popular summertime activities," said Kurt Dettmer, vice president and chief marketing officer for Fremont Insurance.  "Unfortunately, in all the excitement to get back out on the water it can be easy to miss some common vessel deficiencies which may result in fines or in some cases may even compromise the safety of the vessel." The United States Coast Guard has identified the top 10 small passenger vessel deficiencies that owners should check for, and correct if necessary, before their next Coast Guard examination.


Statoil Employs Natural Gas Tugs

Statoil to Use Vessels Running on Natural Gas for Eco-Friendly Operations.   Statoil has awarded Buksér og Berging a contract for two escort tugboats to service the Kårstø processing plant on behalf of operator Gassco. The deal secures Kårstø new tugboat capacity with innovative technology for more environment-friendly operations. The two escort tugboats will assist the ships calling at Kårstø


Obituary: Shirley J. Brown

Nov. 10, 1913 - Aug. 9, 2005. Remembered as one of the most influential businessmen in Pensacola's modern maritime industry, Mr. Brown was owner of Brown Marine Service. At its peak, his company operated 16 tugboat and fuel-oil barges, which transported nearly three-quarters of all diesel and gasoline products to Pensacola and other Panhandle marine terminals. Mr. Brown was the son of a tugboat captain and grandson of a ship's captain. (Source: Pensacola News Journal)


New Tugboats Serve Petroleos de Venezuela

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The first high-specification tugboats featuring ComAp InteliGen NT Marine equipment are now in full operation providing South American oil company Petroleos de Venezula (PDVSA) with fully owned assets capable of quick response to firefighting operations and maneuvering tankers at Venezuelan oil terminals. Previous to the Venezuelan general strike of 2002-2003, PDVSA had a fully leased fleet, leaving it vulnerable in the crude oil loading and unloading operations


Latest on MSC Flaminia Salvage

Photo credit Reederi NSB

The stricken container ship remains on fire, but is now on tow towards Europe from its mid-Atlantic position The owners inform that  firefighting tugboat Fairmount Expedition owned by Fairmount Marine has begun to tow MSC Flaminia towards Europe. Simultaneously, firefighting tugboat Anglian Sovereign (L.P. Knight) continues to cool the fire. The tugboat Carlo Magno (Augustea S.A.) accompanies the group on standby.


Port Hedland Tugboat Strike Averted

Photo courtesy of the Port Hedland Port Authority

The threat of a strike by tugboat workers at Port Hedland has been averted after the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said no industrial action would be taken until late June at the earliest, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News alert. Tugboat workers aligned to the union had been threatening to bring Port Hedland to a halt over a dispute over wages and annual leave entitlements. The MUA yesterday, May 22, agreed to suspend taking industrial action for a 30-day period.


Sequim Eyes Tugboat for Oil Spills

According to a Jan. 27 report from the Peninsula Daily News, oil, cargo and cruise industries would pay for a tugboat at Neah Bay under a proposed bill in the Washington state Legislature. House Bill 1409 -- which was introduced on Tuesday by 24th District Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim -- also would extend the tugboat's mission beyond rescue to also include responding to oil spills and save the state about $3.65 million a year, the Representative said.


MOL Starts Vietnam Tugboat Business

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that the company has established a joint venture with two local companies in Vietnam and started a tugboat business. The joint company will allocate high-powered, high-performance tugboats in Vietnam's Cai Mep/Thi Vai area, where deepwater container terminals are now under developing. It will offer safe, high-quality support services for vessels calling at ports in the region, helping meet the needs of Vietnam's shipping industry and international shipping


Sanmar Starts Construction at New Shipyard

Photo: Sanmar

Sanmar AS, a tugboat operator and builder in Turkey, has invested in another shipyard.   The new shipyard is located in Altinova, where construction has already begun on several vessels. When totally completed, the new shipyard will be approximately 50,000m2 in total, of which 26,000m2 will comprise a covered and closed production area.   Sanmar informs that the infrastructure is being designed to ensure maximum standards of health and safety


Chesapeake Inks Deal: 3 Tugs for Vane Brothers

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. signed another contract with Vane Brothers of Baltimore to build three more ocean going tugs. This new contract marks the 15, 16 and 17th tugboats built for Vane Brothers by Chesapeake Shipbuilding since 2008. Construction on the first new tug has already begun in one of Chesapeake Shipbuilding’s hull fabrication buildings. The design of these three new tugboats will be nearly identical to previous tugboats built for Vane Brothers


Philippines: Coordinated Patrols Needed to Protect Shipping

The Philippines has been discussing coordinated naval patrols on its southern maritime borders with Indonesia and Malaysia to protect shipping after attacks and kidnappings by Islamist militants, its foreign minister said on Thursday. Indonesia is trying to free about 14 of its citizens seized


Englishman: 11th Humber Tug Bears the Name

Photo: SMS Towage

Humber tugboat operator SMS Towage has drawn on an old name for the latest addition to its fleet. The new Englishman is the 11th Humber tug to bear the title, in a tradition stretching back to the 19th century.   Built at the Sanmar yard on the edge of Istanbul to a Canadian design


Panama Canal Dismisses ITF Claims

Image:  Brazil’s Fundação Homem de Mar (FHM)

 The Panama Canal has dismisses claims by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) that questions industry standards and the operation of the Expanded Panama Canal’s new locks.   Claims made by ITF that new locks built for the Panama Canal expansion will be


Islamic Militants Free Indonesian Sailors

President Joko Widodo. Photo by Indonesia government

 Ten Indonesian tugboat crewmen held by the Abu Sayyaf terror gang in the southern Philippines were freed unharmed Sunday.   The sailors arrived in Jakarta late on Sunday night, hours after they were released from captivity.  They arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport


ACK Marine & General Contracting Launched

Photo: ACK Marine & General Contracting

Marine construction industry veteran Kim Shaughnessy launches ACK Marine & General Contracting, a nationally certified woman-owned business to provide diverse marine construction and general contracting services    Kim Shaughnessy


KOTUG, Boskalis Begin Harbor Towage Joint Venture

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG International B.V. and Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. have formalized a joint venture for the companies’ European harbor towage operations.   The joint operations are transferred to a 50/50 joint venture, combining the European harbor towage activities of KOTUG and


SAAM to Invest $140 mln

SAAM, multinational company that provides port, towage and logistics services in 15 countries in Latin America, held a Shareholders’ Meeting, Photo credit Saam

 SAAM, multinational company that provides port, towage and logistics services in 15 countries in Latin America, held this morning a Shareholders’ Meeting, where it reported on the positive results of the 2015 exercise and the perspectives for 2016


Maersk's Svitzer Establishes Montreal Harbour Towage

File image: A pair of Svitzer Tug (Damen)

Denmark's Svitzer, the world's biggest tugboat operator, said on Monday it has established a harbour towage service in the Port of Montreal providing shipdocking, escort and ice-breaking services. Svitzer, a unit in shipping and oil group A.P


Pirates Take 4 Hostages Near Malaysia

Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

 Four Indonesian sailors have been kidnapped by a group of armed men when their vessels was hijacked between the Malaysian and Philippine waterways on Friday evening (Apr 15).   According to a statement from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry  four of the 10 crew members who were


Ship Owner to Pay Ransom for Indonesian Hostages

Luhut Pandjaitan. Photo: Indonesian Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs

 Indonesian government said that the company that owns the hijacked tugboat Brahma 12 has agreed to pay the 50-million-peso ($1 million) ransom demanded by the Philippine rebel group Abu Sayyaf for the release of 10 Indonesian crewmembers who have been held hostage since March 26.  


Two Indonesian Coal Ports Halt Shipping to Philippines on Hijack Fears

Authorities from at least two Indonesian coal ports have stopped allowing vessels to leave for the Philippines due to security concerns following a spate of ship hijackings in the southern Philippines, a government official said on Wednesday.  


Postal Stamp Celebrates Maritime History

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The U.S. Postal Service has previewed a new stamp highlighting California’s San Francisco Maritime Historical Park with a photograph of an iconic three-masted sailing ship. The stamp is the 14th of 16 new Forever Stamps to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National


Piracy: Indonesia Could be the New Somalia

Image: Indonesian Navy

 Commercial ships have been told to avoid shipping routes around Indonesia and Philippines amid fears that piracy could be reaching Somalian levels, according to Reuters.    Luhut Pandjaitan, Chief Security Minister for Indonesia


AWO, Stakeholders 'Barge In' at Capitol Hill

American Waterways Operators discuss U.S. jobs, vessel discharges and national security with members of Congress during annual Barge-In. (PRNewsFoto/American Waterways Operators)

American Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry Urged Support for American Jobs, Vessel Discharge Reform, and Waterways Infrastructure.   Members of the American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple






 
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