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Three More Ships Head for Shipbreakers

The Maritime Administration's Captain William G. Schubert announced disposal contracts for three more ships in the James River Reserve Fleet. With the announcement, 37 ship disposal contracts have been awarded since the beginning of 2001, and 24 ships have left the James River Reserve Fleet. "Today marks another day of real progress as we work to address the inherited challenges of the James River Reserve fleet," said Captain William Schubert. "Let me be very clear that we will continue to make progress on this issue and work to get this job done." The three ships, the Santa Isabel, the Mormacwave, and the American Ranger, are all designated "high priority" for disposal by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Esco Marine, of Brownsville, TX, was awarded the contract to dismantle all three ships. Joining Captain Schubert for the announcement, which was made at the fleet site at Ft. Eustis in Newport News, were Senator John W. Warner and Representative Jo Ann S. Davis. "Following today’s announcement we will only have two ships left in the fleet with hulls in ‘extremely poor’ condition," said Captain Schubert. "I am very optimistic that those ships will be departing in the near future and we will be another step closer to removing these high priority ships from the James River." The following list details contract awards made this year: Marine Metals 3 ships$ 3.1 million ESCO Marine 3 ships$ 3.2 million


Senator Collins to Receive Bateman Award

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) announced that Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is the 2007 recipient of the Herbert H. Bateman Award. This award will be presented on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:00 pm during ASA’s Salute to the 110th Congress reception. Senator Collins was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and reelected in 2002, and is Ranking Member and former Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Armed Services Committee.


Navy League President Supports Legislation

In a letter to Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, Navy League National President Timothy O. Fanning, expressed his strong support and appreciation for the legislation that she introduced to increase shipbuilding construction. The legislation entitled National Naval Force Structure Policy Act (H.R. 5196) states that it should be the "policy of the United States to rebuild, as soon as possible, the size of the fleet of the U.S. Navy to no fewer than 375 vessels in active service


Parcel Tanker Company Agrees to Plead Guilty, Pay $19.5M Fine

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a Press Release stating that Jo Tankers B.V. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $19.5 million criminal fine for participating in an international cartel to allocate customers, rig bids, and fix prices on parcel tanker affreightment contracts for shipment of specialty liquids to and from the United States and elsewhere. The plea agreement and recommended sentence are subject to court approval. (HK Law)


Jo-Kell Earns LEAN Enterprise Certification

Jo-Kell Inc., an electrical distributor and engineering company, completed their LEAN Enterprise Certification on  April 11, 2008. Jo-Kell has been implementing LEAN principles since 2007 through their partnership with Northrup Grumman Newport News.  LEAN incorporates principles of identifying value, eliminating waste   and improving processes. In addition, one of the LEAN tenets is an  organized, clean waste free work place


Jo-Kell Appoints Marchi COO

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Jo-Kell Inc., an electrical distribution and engineering company has named Adrian Marchi as their Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Marchi, who had been Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Agilquest, will be responsible for overall company performance and ensuring the future growth of Jo-Kell Inc. Mr. Marchi is a senior business executive with a background in operations and strategic planning, while developing and executing market penetration initiatives. He has a Ph.D


Long Island Ferry Accident Leaves One Dead

In a freak accident that occurred in the Long Island Sound off the coast off Orient Point, L.I., a 65-ft. tractor-trailer rolled off Cross Sound Ferry's 250-ft. vessel, Susan Ann. The first signs of trouble began this morning at approximately 10:30 a.m., when, according to the Police Department, Town of Southold, L.I., the vehicle, a 1989 Western Star Tractor Trailer with the driver inside, broke free -- falling off the rear of the above vessel while in the Plum Gut area of the Long Island


This Day in Naval History – April 7

1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - First two Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): ENS Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and LTJG Ann Purvis, USN 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle of East China Sea); Yamato, world's largest battleship, and five other ships sunk


Donjon’s Tug Fleet Continues to Grow

Photo courtesy Donjon Marine Co., Inc.

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a global marine services provider based in N.J., announced that Donjon has added the 2,700 hp twin screw tug Sarah Ann (ex-June K) to its expanding tug fleet.  The 78 by 26 by 10.5-ft tug, with twin CAT 3512B diesels and a nine-ft draft, was built in 2003 by A&B Shipyard, Amelia, La.  Designed principally for ship handling and assist work, barge towing and dredge assist, the tug’s draft is shallow enough to navigate the many creeks and estuaries


Winter Work Kicks Off at Great Lakes Shipyard

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The start of the winter layup season at Great Lakes Shipyard is marked by the arrival of Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder. The ATB will remain berthed in the yard for planned repairs and routine maintenance, as well as various inspections and miscellaneous renewals.   Other winter layup and repair work scheduled for this winter will include Inland Lakes Management’s S/S Alpena, American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud


Oil Spill Closes 65 miles of Mississippi River

By Mary Wisniewski, Reuters A 65-mile (105-km) stretch of the lower Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, remained closed on Sunday night while crews cleaned up oil that spilled when a barge was hit by another vessel, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.


USS Somerset Commissioned in Philadelphia Ceremony

USS Somerset commissioning: Photo credit USN

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps supporters attend the commissioning ceremony of the San Antonio class, amphibious transport dock 'USS Somerset', named to honour those who sacrificed their lives when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 was brought to the ground on Sept


Rolls-Royce congratulates US Navy on christening of USS Zumwalt

Rolls-Royce congratulated the US Navy on the christening of the USS Zumwalt, the first of its new and highly sophisticated DDG 1000 multi-mission destroyer class of ship. The 600 foot long all-electric ship was christened by sponsors Ann Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers at Bath Iron Works in


Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

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Great Lakes Shipyard announced winter layup season is wrapping up at the yard after completing repair work on the following vessels: American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud Grand River Navigation’s Manitowoc Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge


JO Tankers Order 8 MR Product Tankers from China Shipyard

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JO Tankers has placed an order for eight 33.000 dwt stainless-steel chemical tankers at China’s New Times Shipbuilding, with deliveries scheduled for 2016 and 2017. The deal consists of firm and optional contracts. The new buildings will join Milestone Chemical Tankers – the jointly


Former CFO Appointed Long Beach Harbor Commissioner

Ann Farrell: Photo credit Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to confirm Mayor Bob Foster’s appointment of the City’s former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Lori Ann Farrell to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which oversees the Port of Long Beach and the staff of the City’s Harbor Department.


All American Marine to Build Two Seattle Catamaran Ferries

Water Taxi rendering courtesy of King County Ferry District

The King County Ferry District, whose ferries link the communities that ring Lake Washington and Puget Sound, has contracted with Bellingham-based All American Marine to design and build two new 'water taxis' to replace its pair of 25 year-old leased vessels.


Winter Grips But Great Lakes Group Keeps Busy

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The Great Lakes Towing Company says it has been extremely busy providing icebreaking assistance, and Great Lakes Shipyard has started repairs and maintenance on Interlake Steamship vessels, with more vessels contracted to follow. Recently


NTSB: Ineffective Shiphandling Probable Cause of Casualty

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The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the June 2012 allision between bulk carriers Mary Ann Hudson and Star Grip was the pilot’s ineffective handling of the Mary Ann Hudson and his ineffective use of the two tug boats to maneuver the vessel around the


OSV Severed Foot Victim's Life Saved by Coast Guard Medevac

The medevac: Photo courtesy of USCG

The captain of the offshore supply vessel 'Miss Aubrey Ann', 5 miles off Louisiana, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, reporting that a 27-year-old  crew-member severed his foot after getting it caught in a line.


Offshore Crewman Medevaced after Severing Foot

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A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 27-year-old man from an offshore supply vessel five miles off Louisiana, Thursday. The captain of the offshore supply vessel Miss Aubrey Ann contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at approximately 4 p.m


Fishing Vessel Hits Jetty, Crew Saved

A U.S. Coast Guardreported that its boatcrew from Station Chetco River, in Brookings, Ore., rescued four people after a 62-foot fishing vessel allided with the Chetco River South Jetty, Monday evening. The crew of the fishing vessel Jo Marie contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM radio at 8:16 p.m


Senators Seek Funding for Great Lakes Maintenance

Photo: Chad Scott

A bipartisan group of Great Lakes senators, led by Great Lakes Task Force co-chairs Sen. Carl Levin and Sen. Mark Kirk, wrote today to Army Corps of Engineers leaders, urging them to direct additional funding for harbor maintenance projects to reduce the backlog of projects in the Great Lakes.


Today in U.S. Naval History: February 14

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Today in U.S. Naval History - February 14 1778 - John Paul Jones in Ranger receives first official salute to U.S. Stars and Strips flag by European country, at Quiberon, France. 1813 - Essex becomes first U.S. warship to round Cape Horn and enter the Pacific Ocean


Class Direct App Launched by Lloyd’s Register

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Lloyd’s Register Marine has created an easy-to-use app for smartphones and tablets, enabling its clients to access ship and fleet data from anywhere in the world This new app, using the functionality of LR’s award-winning web service Class Direct


 
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