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Possible Support for Riverboat Gaming

Illinois Gov. George Ryan signaled he may be willing to support the transfer of a dormant riverboat gaming license to Cook County, despite campaigning against the idea last year. While not explicitly endorsing a specific casino site, he acknowledged without the crucial support of legislators who want riverboat gaming in the county, no gambling package could move forward in the Illinois General Assembly. Cook County is the only Illinois county prohibited by law from having a riverboat casino. Rosemont Mayor Donald Stephens is pushing for a riverboat there, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has endorsed Stephens' bid for a casino. Daley said he is not interested in bringing riverboat gambling to Chicago, but if Rosemont wants the dormant Silver Eagle license, he won't raise objections

Silver Cloud to Join Polar Exploration Fleet

Image: Silversea Cruises

 Silver Cloud is to move Silversea Cruises’ luxury expedition fleet in November 2017.    Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled to start in August 2017, Silversea Cruises said.   As an expedition ship, the all-suite Silver Cloud will accommodate 260 guests and also sail on itineraries to non-polar regions

Sunken Treasure Hunters Latest on 'SS Gairsoppa' Project

Seabed Worker: Photo credit Swire Seabed

Odyssey Marine Exploration inform the 'Seabed Worker', will cease salvage operations to make a scheduled port call in Cork, Ireland. After taking on fuel, supplies and changing personnel, the Seabed Worker will immediately return to the site to continue recovery operations under an extension of the charter agreement. No materials recovered from the shipwreck site will be landed during this port call in Ireland. Pursuant to Odyssey's agreement with the UK Government

Treasure Hunters Contract Bullion Processors

Odyssey selects JBR Recovery Limited for 'SS Gairsoppa' & 'SS Mantola' silver cargo processing Odyssey Marine Exploration, pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, announce their contract with JBR Recovery Limited to support the logistics, refining and monetization of the anticipated silver cargoes from SS Gairsoppa and SS Mantola when recovered. Both the Gairsoppa and Mantola projects are being conducted under contract with the UK Department for Transport

Wave Yacht Design Wins Award

Artists impression courtesy of A Award

Wave catamaran cruiser yacht design by Roberta Visintin wins the Silver A' Design Award A' Award and Competitions announce that the design Wave Catamaran by Roberta Visintin has been recognized with the Silver A' Design Award in the Yacht and Marine Vessels Design Category, after rigorous judging by the international committee of A' Design Awards & Competitions. Roberta Visintin, the creator of the project Wave Catamaran explains: “Thinking about the sea as a world in a continuous

Odyssey to Open “SHIPWRECK!” Exhibit in Times Square

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., will ring the Opening Bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Odyssey's “SHIPWRECK!” exhibit at Discovery Times Square on Friday, May 24. A live video stream of the Opening Bell Ceremony will be viewable at starting at 9:15 a.m. EDT. "The exhibit features more than 500 authentic artifacts and treasures

Thern Launches New Line of Products


Thern, Inc. is expanding their catalog with the introduction of the new Thern Silver Line of products. The Thern Silver Line is launching with the new imported stainless steel TSSBW Series hand winch. Available in three models offering lifting load capacities of 600, 900 and 1300 lbs, the new TSSBW Series hand winch is fabricated of 304 grade stainless steel and features solid steel machine cut gears, gear covers and automatic brakes

Silversea Poised For Growth

With the construction of new sister ships progressing as scheduled and the recently signed contract to manage the world's first ocean-going luxury residence, Silversea Cruises is well poised for growth in the next millennium. The line was founded in 1992 with the concept of offering all-inclusive, ultra-luxury cruises to all parts of the world. The first ship, Silver Cloud, debuted in 1994, followed by Silver Wind in 1995

Treasure Hunters, Odyssey, Came Up Silver in 2012

Odyssey Marine Exploration reports financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial and Operational Highlights Total revenue in the fourth quarter was $7.9 million as compared to $0.9 million in the same year-ago quarter. The majority of the silver recovered in 2012 from the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck was sold in the quarter with fourth quarter proceeds of $30.1 million to Odyssey ($17

RWE Dea's 'The Breagh Story' Wins Film Awards In Houston, Hamburg


At the WorldFest 2014 International Film Festival in Houston, RWE Dea won the platinum award in the documentary category with “The Breagh Story”. The film also won the silver award in the energy category at this year’s WorldMedia Festival held in Hamburg.   The documentary tells the story of one of RWE Dea’s largest projects – from the exploration of the Breagh gas discovery and the installation of the production platform

Nippon Foundation’s Sasakawa receives International Maritime Prize

Photo by International Maritime Organization

 Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has received the 2014 International Maritime Prize for his contribution to the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over many years and, in particular, his personal commitment to supporting the development of future maritime

South Africa Ports Gear Up for Cruise Season

South Africa’s ports are ramping up for a bumper cruise season with at least eight luxury cruise lines and over ten passenger vessels of varying sizes set to ferry international and domestic tourists across the country’s port cities.  

Historic Vessel Laser Scanned for Hull Refit

Image: API Services

New York’s Lake George Steamboat Company recently commissioned API Services to laser scan the hull the oldest boat in its fleet, the 107-year-old Mohican.   The original Mohican, in service from 1894 to 1907, was a 93-foot wooden hull vessel

Oman Shipping Names Two New Tankers

The recently named tanker Muscat Silver (image: Oman Shipping)

Oman Shipping Company (OSC) has performed the naming ceremony for two new product and chemical tankers – the Muscat Silver and Rustaq Silver.   The ceremony took place at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea. OSC will now take delivery of the Muscat Silver as part of a deal

American Salvage Association Names New Officers

Immediate Past-President Paul Hankins congratulates new ASA President Todd Schauer (Photo: ASA)

The American Salvage Association (ASA) has elected a new slate of officers at its fall meeting on September 21 in Stamford, Conn.   Todd Schauer, Resolve Marine Group was elected President, succeeding Paul Hankins, Donjon Marine Co., Inc., who served as President from 2013-2015

World Wide Metric Celebrates 45 Years

World Wide Metric President, Theo Contos; Vice-President, Anthee Contos; and CEO George Contos celebrate 45 years in business. (Photo: World Wide Metric)

World Wide Metric, a global supplier specializing in the distribution of valves, flanges, piping systems and hydraulic components in JIS and DIN, and ANSI standards, is celebrating its 45th anniversary.    In 1970, former ship captain Constantinos Contos

Six Infants Drown as Migrant Boat Capsizes off Greek Island

Migrants make their short but dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greeces eastern islands

  Eleven migrants including six infants drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos, trapping most of them in the cabin, the coast guard said on Sunday. Fifteen others were rescued when the six-metre boat sank in the early hours near the coast of the Aegean island.

DryShips Buys Nautilus Stake, Adds Six OSVs

Photo by DryShips Inc

 Greek ship owner DryShips plans to add six support vessels to its fleet by acquiring a large stake in Nautilus Offshore Services.    Dry bulk shipowner DryShips has entered into an agreement to acquire approximately 98% of Nautilus OffShore Services Inc

Silver Ships Delivers Patrol Boat to the Hamptons

Photo: Silver Ships

A 21-foot all-aluminum patrol/rescue boat was recently delivered to the Southampton, N.Y. Bay Constables for its law enforcement mission, the builder Silver Ships, Inc. announced.   The Freedom 21 center console boat was designed and engineered for one-man operation, which

Northern Fleet to Conduct Anti-terrorist Exercises

Sailors of the Northern Fleet

  The sailors of the Northern Fleet will conduct anti-terrorism exercises at Novaya Zemlya. During the exercise, the coast will be a landing. The landing will take place on the west coast of the South Island in the Gulf of Rogachev, the press service of the Northern Fleet

APM Terminals Liberia Sees Economic Recovery

George Adjei at New York Investment Conference

  Addressing the US - Liberia Trade & Investment Forum in New York City, APM Terminals Liberia Managing Director George Adjei points to a 30% increase in import container traffic at Liberia’s largest port as a reason for great confidence in Liberian investment.  

Silver Ships Delivers Survey Vessel to USACE

Photo: Silver Ships

Silver Ships delivered a 48-ft. Endeavor Survey boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. The vessel will be tasked with surveying the waters in both the Gulf of Mexico and rivers of the New Orleans District. The all-welded aluminum vessel is designed and engineered by

Greek Privatization Agency Sets Deadlines on Port, Railway Tenders

Greece's privatizations agency on Thursday announced deadlines for bids on tenders for the country's two largest ports and state railways TRAINOSE, assets Athens has agreed to sell as part of a new three-year bailout by its international lenders.

Indonesian Navy Busts Thai Cargo Ship

Silver Sea 2. Photo by The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

 The Indonesian fisheries minister says a massive refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught fish has been seized by the navy and brought to shore after an Associated Press report alerted authorities about its presence in the country's waters.  

Will COSCO-CSCL Marriage Happen Soon?

Image: China Shipping Group

 The ocean carrier merger - between China’s two state-owned megacarriers, COSCO and CSCL - rumours are back in the news!   The beleaguered state behemoths struggling in a protracted industry slump  - China Ocean Shipping Group  (Cosco) and China Shipping Group -

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