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New Conference, New Clients for DockMaster

DockMaster, a suite of marine business software, will stage its latest user conference this week as its client roster continues to grow under new ownership. More than 100 DockMaster customers will gather in West Palm Beach, Fla., for the free DockMaster User Conference: OnBoard 2014, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11. Experts and users will exchange information, hear more about DockMaster 8.0, the latest version due out in beta form this March, and get an update on the ongoing integration with The Boat Village, the industry’s leading mobile platform to simplify boat ownership and service coordination. “The industry response to our DockMaster product strategy has been phenomenal, and it is great to see so many new customers come on board,” said Kevin Hutchinson, founder and CEO of My-Villages. “Our goal is to put today’s technology—the best there is—in the hands of marine businesses. It’s vital to our customers, it’s vital to the industry—and that makes it vital to us. It’s our Number One priority, the principle that guides us.” Acquired by My-Villages late last year, DockMaster is now in use at more than 600 facilities in North America, the Caribbean, Central America and Western Europe, and the numbers continue to increase.

Pier Construction Project to Help Djiboutian Village

A pier construction project sponsored by the United States will help bring income to this impoverished village and make access to the area easier for U.S. Navy ships fighting the war on terrorism. The first thing you notice about this village on the north coast of Djibouti is the goats. They're everywhere -- on the porches of the houses, in the streets, blocking the roads. It is a sign of the poverty of this area

Brazilian Village Destroyed in Dam Deluge

Courtesy BHP Billiton, Vale Mina GermanoSamarco

  From when the first warnings were heard, the Brazilian village of Bento Rodrigues had about 25 minutes to escape. The water from a broken dam holding waste water from the nearby Samarco mine in Minas Gerais state moved fast down the valley. A flood believed to be some 20 meters (65 feet) high swept through the village of 600, destroying homes and livelihoods within minutes. Apart from a few houses spared by being on higher ground, homes are little more than bare walls now

DockMaster 8.0 Beta Program Launched

My-Villages, owner of the DockMaster suite of marine business software, launched DockMaster 8.0 for beta testing, which it calls the most powerful version yet with new navigation, scheduling and dashboard features to help companies simplify operations and work more efficiently. Incorporating years of feedback from its loyal customers, DockMaster 8.0 unifies the user experience across all modules, improves overall navigation and provides superior flexibility and control over critical data

USCG Extends Comment Period

The USCG has extended the public comment period for its NPRM on response plans for tank vessels carrying hazardous materials. Additionally, a two-day public meeting will be held on August 12-13, in Houston, at the Hilton-University of Houston Hotel and Conference Center. The deadline for written comments on the NPRM has been exteneded until August 30.

Young Brothers Promote Gregory Patch

Young Brothers, Ltd., and Hawaiian Tug & Barge (YB/HTB) have promoted Gregory R. Patch from Barge Maintenance Superintendent to Marine Maintenance Manager. In his new position, Patch will be responsible for overseeing the daily and long-term maintenance operations for the companies’ 12 tugboats and nine cargo barges, as well as generators and barge ramps. Patch has served as Barge Maintenance Superintendent since May of last year when he joined the company

Lt. Gov. to Keynote Oil and Gas Infrastructure and Development Summit


Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell will give a keynote presentation at the Alaska Oil and Gas Infrastructure and Development Summit in Anchorage tomorrow.   The lieutenant governor will describe the global picture of the natural gas market, and Alaska’s place in that world market. Who: Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell What: Keynote at Oil and Gas Infrastructure and Development Summit When: Tuesday, June 4, 9 a.m. Where: Hilton Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

Dog Adrift: Day 22

It seems the fate of the little dog Forgea, adrift in the Pacific has now garnered the close attention of the U.S. Coast Guard, as the ship has meandered into U.S. waters near Johnston Island and the USCG is reportedly taken over the recovery of the abandoned tanker. The Coast Guard was sending a salvage tug on a three-day trip to assess the potential environmental danger to the island. The burned-out tanker is said to be carrying in excess of 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oil.

Willard Delivers New Hawaiian Tour Boat

Willard Marine Inc. delivered the Makaha Explorer, a Sea Force 730 capable of speeds over 40 mph, to Capt. John Charleston for his Hawaiian Tour Boat Company. The boat is a version of the standard U.S. Navy 7m/24-ft. RIB which has over 350 references. It was customized for Capt. Charleston and includes an extended canvas T-Top, centerline back-to-back seating for passengers as well as an enclosed self-contained head underneath the console

Houghton Joins Hawaiian Tug & Barge/Young Brothers

Hawaiian Tug & Barge and Young Brothers, Ltd. announced the appointment of Mark Houghton as Vice President of Maritime Operations. He succeeds Mark Cohen who moved to the mainland. Houghton is responsible for overseeing the maritime operations of both companies. Houghton was formerly Director of Marine Transportation Sales for Foss Maritime Company in Seattle, Washington, a sister company to HTB/YB. During his 11-year stint with Foss

APM Terminals Opens Aqaba Logistics Village Expansion

Aqaba Logistics Village Expansion Courtesy APM Terminals

  APM Terminals, with local Jordanian partner Kawar Group, officially opened the expanded Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV) on November 12th, with a formal ceremony attended by Jordanian Prime Minister His Excellency Abdullah Ensour, the Minister of Transport His Excellency Ayman Hatahet and

Heavy Rain Hampers Kenya Port Trade

A washed-out road in Kenya has blocked the flow of goods from Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa for a second straight day, officials said on Wednesday, choking the main trade route into East Africa.   Mombasa handles imports such as fuel and other vital goods for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda

South African Boatbuilding: Tugboat Honors Mandela Birthplace

(Photos courtesy of Southern African Shipyards)

Transnet National Ports Authority announced a milestone in its $98 million tug building contract when the first of its nine new tugboats was launched at the Durban premises of contractor, Southern African Shipyards.     “This is the largest single contract TNPA has ever

NOAA Orders Research RHIB from Willard

Willards SEA FORCE RHIB model. (Image: Willard)

Willard Marine, Inc.was awarded a contract by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to produce a 20’08” rigid hull inflatable boat for the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) to facilitate their fisheries and marine mammal research in the Pacific region

Mercury Marine Donates Engines for Hydro-Ambulance

Ambulatory services in Congo, Africa are now improved thanks to a donation by Mercury Marine.  The global marine propulsion company recently donated two 60hp outboard engines that have been installed on a boat that will act as a hydro-ambulance

Storm Weakens after Ravaging Philippines

A typhoon swept across the northern Philippines killing at least nine people as trees, power lines and walls were toppled and flood waters spread far from riverbeds, but tens of thousands of people were evacuated in time. Officials fear the death toll may rise after Typhoon Koppu tore through

DP World Nhava Sheva Helps Enhance Efficiency

Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal is part of DP World’s Subcontinent Region

  DP World Nhava Sheva, well-known for its operational efficiency; once again orchestrated a win-win situation for the trade and maintained normal import and export activities when the port confronted both, natural and manmade crisis.

Hurricane Ignacio Will not Affect Hawaiian Port Operations

Ignacio not expected to psoe danger to ports

  The Coast Guard Captain of the Port continues to closely monitor the movement of Hurricane Ignacio and based on the storms current trajectory to the northwest it does not appear that the closure of commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands will be necessary.

Researchers Prepare Oceanic Trash Clean-Up Plan

Researchers returned on Sunday from mapping and sampling a massive swirling cluster of trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as the Dutch-borne crew works to refine a clean-up strategy it will roll out globally. The crew of the Ocean Cleanup, backed by volunteers in sailboats

Clipper Round the World Race Begins

As anticipation builds for the start of the tenth edition race, the long awaited opening of the Race Village at St Katharine Docks, London. Photo: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

 The 12 Clipper Race yachts left the Gosport Marina and will perform a parade of sails alongside the Spinnaker Tower before heading off to London.   As the boats left the marina, other crews waved goodbye and wished them luck for their quick journey to the capitol where they will have

BOEM Issues a Notice of Intent to Prepare EIS

As part of its five-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012-2017, BOEM informs it intends to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for this Program's last proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas lease sale in the Central Planning Area (CPA)

Obama to Visit Arctic

Photo: Official Facebook Page of Obama

 President Barack Obama is traveling to Alaska in late August to visit the front lines of climate change, which he called "one of the greatest challenges we face this century".   He'll speak to a global Arctic leadership summit in Anchorage and also travel north to the Arctic

Israeli Drone Crashes near Lebanon's Port of Tripoli

Image: Lebanese Army

 Lebanese Army officials say an Israeli drone crashed in the waters off Tripoli on Saturday, reports Reuters.   “At around 8:30 am (0530 GMT), a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures

Shell Steps Closer to Arctic Drilling

Arctic Challenger Photo Greenpeace

  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the nonlethal, incidental, and unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus that result from Shell’s exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea. The agency gave authorization despite finding information

High-tech Car Ferry Debuts: It’s Electric

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Norwegian Car Ferry Debuts World’s First All-Electric Propulsion System Norled Ampere, the world’s first all-electric car ferry, began service this year carrying up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Sognefjord channel that separates Norway’s villages of

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