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MacDonald VP, Procurement at Crowley

Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that Wendy MacDonald has been promoted to vice president of procurement, replacing Matt Jackson who has been named vice president, Caribbean island services. MacDonald will remain domiciled in Jacksonville and report to Susan Rodgers, Crowley's senior vice president of corporate services.  MacDonald is responsible for all materials management and purchasing for the corporation.  She also oversees facilities development and travel.  MacDonald joined Crowley in 1992 as a management trainee and has held various positions within the company's container shipping organization, including manager of freight services for the Puerto Rico/Caribbean services group, manager of pricing for the Latin America services group, and most recently director of inland operations. MacDonald has a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus on marine transportation and intermodalism from California Maritime Academy.  (

Kauai, U.S. Coast Guard Prepare for Superferry's Return

The Hawaii Superferry's fate in Hawaii is uncertain. All eyes are on the legal courts on the island of Maui, who are still in the midst of deciding the legality of the Hawaii Superferry's inter-island services. The Hawaii State Legislature, meanwhile, is preparing to call a special session to vote on the same topic should the local court ban the Hawaii Superferry. And environmentalists throughout the island state are pushing for the public to voice their disapproval of the ferry.

Trinidad and Tobago Order Ferry Fleet

Photo courtesy Austal

In its third significant commercial order for the year, Austal will design and construct four 134.5 ft high speed passenger catamaran ferries for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Designed to carry 405 passengers at a speed of approximately 37 knots, the aluminium vessels are intended to help reduce road congestion in Trinidad and Tobago by establishing a water taxi service between San Fernando and Port of Spain in southwest Trinidad.

Maersk Closes South Sea Island Service

Maersk Line announce that the ‘Tahiti Express’ service to/from French Polynesia will close down at end of April 2013. The last vessel sailing on the Tahiti service is the BC San Francisco, 1317, expected to depart (ETD) from Auckland (New Zealand) on 23 April 2013 and expected to arrive (ETA) at Papeete (French Polynesia) on 29 April 2013. Maersk add that they regret the inconvenience this may cause, will make every effort to assist regarding the service change.

iSURVEY Awarded Two-year Contract with Island Offshore

Island Valiant

iSURVEY has been awarded a two-year contract with offshore vessel owner, Island Offshore Management, which will see iSURVEY AS provide positioning services to Island Offshore as part of a call off arrangement. Operations have already commenced on the first vessel, Island’s DP2 Light construction vessel, the Island Valiant. Following current well head cutting work in the Danish sector, iSURVEY will be supporting Island Offshore for further subsea work in the North Sea.

Blount Boats Awarded Contract for Casco Bay Ferry

Blount Boats, Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Maine Department of Transportation to build a 110-ft passenger ferry for the Casco Bay Island Transit District. The design specifications are similar to the Aucocisco III, which were developed by Seaworthy Systems. The proposed 399 passenger, Sub-Chapter K vessel will operate year round ferry service to islands in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine. The vessel will be equipped with electronically controlled diesel engines that meet the latest

Sea-Level-Rise Forecasts Major Climate Impact to Pacific Islands

Photo: USGS

Dynamic modeling of sea-level rise, which takes storm wind and wave action into account, paints a much graver picture for some low-lying Pacific islands under climate-change scenarios than the passive computer modeling used in earlier research, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. A team led by research oceanographer Curt Storlazzi of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center compared passive "bathtub" inundation models with dynamic models for two of the

IPS Supplies Electrical Power Control Systems for New Ferries

Industrial Power Systems, Inc. (IPS) of Jacksonville, Florida, recently completed new construction projects for two major shipyards, VT Halter Marine, and Gladding-Hearn. IPS supplied the electrical power control systems for the M/V Island Home and the M/V Iyanough, both recently commissioned into service by the notable Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority (the Steamship Authority). Founded as a public service ferry company

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – December 28

1835-The "Dade Battle" occurred when Seminole Indians ambushed and killed Major Francis Langhorne Dade and his Army command while they were on the march on Fort King Road from Fort Brooke to reinforce the troops at Fort King (Ocala).  This battle was the immediate cause of the Second Seminole War, a war in which the Revenue Cutter Service played an important role. 1857-The light was first illuminated in the Cape Flattery Lighthouse

New Ferry Service to Long Island

Sea Jitney connecting NYC to Long Island (Photo: Sea Jitney)

A new intermodal service for the Tri-State area offers a transportation alternative linking New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut with Long Island.   The new service, launched in partnership between Seastreak, the Bridgeport–Port Jefferson Ferry and Hampton Jitney, uses a combination of ferries and busses to transport passengers from New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut to Long Island.   Beginning May 22, 2015

U.S. Will Dispatch Warships to South China Sea

The United States is expected to sail warships close to China's artificial islands in the South China Sea within the next two weeks to signal it does not recognize Chinese territorial claims over the area, the Financial Times reported, citing a senior U.S. official.

Pitbull Named Godfather of Norwegian’s New Cruise Ship

Pitbull (Photo: NCL)

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that musician Pitbull will serve as godfather for its newest ship, Norwegian Escape, slated to be christened next month in Miami.   On Monday, November 9, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, will be the honorary godfather and headline performer at a

Refugees Give Greek Tour Operators an Extended Season

Placards in hand, travel agent Iakovos Bouchoris and his team scout for customers at Greece's busy Piraeus port, near Athens, where some 5,000 people arrived on Tuesday in a single day on ships from outlying islands close to Turkey.  

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

Man Medevacs from Boxship Off Santa Rosa Island

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to rescue the man

  The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 46-year-old man from a 738-foot container ship approximately 6 miles south of Santa Rosa Island, Sunday. At 10:01 a.m., Sunday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach command center received a report from the crew of the

Demands for Icebreaker Tours Spiral

Last year plans to terminate the cruises to the North Pole has led to an agitated demand

  Plans to terminate commercial tours to the North Pole on the nuclear-powered icebreakers of the Atomflot company in 2016 have surged the demand for these tours. Sergey Shirokiy, the chief of the tourist department of the Russian Arctic national park summed up the results of the tourist

Cargo Ship Missing in Hurricane Joaquin

Image: NOAA

The fate of more than 30 crew aboard a cargo ship that ran afoul of Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas was unknown on Friday as the powerful storm battered the island chain for a second day. News of the missing vessel came as forecasters shifted the likely track of the powerful storm further

Damen's Third Ferry for South Korea

Damen Fast Ferry Daezer Shipping - Sunrise

  All good things come in threes as Damen delivers the third vessel of the year, from the Damen Fast Ferry (DFFe) series to South Korean operators. Having already delivered the SeaStar 5 to existing customer Seaspovill earlier this year

Construction Begins on Matson’s Aloha Class

Image: Matson

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced that production has begun on its two new Aloha Class containerships following a steel cutting ceremony at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) in Pennsylvania.   Matson subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, Inc

U.S. East Coast Threatened by Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin was gaining strength on Thursday as it moved toward the Bahamas, with forecasts still inconclusive on whether the storm would slam into the U.S. East Coast or head out to sea without making landfall, the Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Regulations for Singapore's Kusu Pilgrimage Season

Kusu Island - A Pilgrimage Visit Courtesy Singapore Tourism

  The 2015 Kusu Pilgrimage season will commence on 13 October 2015 and end on 11 November 2015. During this period, many ferries and harbour craft carrying passengers would cross the East Keppel Fairway when plying between the MSPand Kusu Island (Pulau Tembakul)

China Hooked to South China Sea

Map by Transatlantic Academy

 Despite US President Barack Obama’s warning  thatthe land reclamation work in the strategically important South China Sea would affect peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the area, China might press on, reports SCMP.  

U.S. Culls Over 1,200 Oregon Cormorants

Oregon Cormorants Courtesy Wikipedia

  The U.S. federal government has killed more than 1,000 seabirds on an Oregon island since May to protect endangered salmon as part of a plan that environmentalists say is flawed and are seeking to stop with a lawsuit. So far, 1,221 adult cormorants have been killed and more than 5

Aruba, Citgo sign MOU to Explore Refinery Restart

Aruba's Energy Ministry said on Friday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with PDVSA's U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum to explore reopening and operating the island's refinery, idled since 2012. The 235,000-barrel-per-day refinery was operated buy U.S

SC Line Begins Service to Cuba from Port Everglades

Image: SC Line

 Shipping company SC Line has started up service between Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Cuba, reports Sun Sentinel.   The cargo and cruise vessels no longer require a special license to ply between US and Cuba.   SC Line can serve the Cuban seaports of Mariel and Santiago

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