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Bouchard Transportation Christens New ATB Unit

Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co.

Oceangoing petroleum barge company Bouchard Transportation Co. celebrated the christening of two new vessels, M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270, on Tuesday July 14, 2015 in New Orleans.   The ceremony was honored by the Monsignor James Vlaun who blessed the vessels, and Marie Romais, wife of Dimitri Romais, Chartering Manager of SeaRiver Maritime and was attended by executives from Bouchard, VT Halter Marine and several of Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. customers, business partners, and regulatory agencies   The B. No. 270 was launched at VT Halter Shipyard Operations in Pascagoula, Miss., on Friday, May 1, 2015. The tug Kim M. Bouchard was launched at the Moss Point Marine facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi, on February 26, 2015, and is named after the older sister of Morton S. Bouchard III, President/Ceo of Bouchard Transportation Co Inc. Constructed independently of each other, and now paired, the M/V Kim M. Bouchard and B. No. 270 are the largest vessels to date in Bouchard's ongoing fleet expansion program. These are the first of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units being constructed by VT Halter Marine, Inc., the second sister ship is the M/V Donna J. Bouchard and B.No.272, which is on schedule for a January 2016 delivery.   The B. No. 270 measures 628 feet by 91 feet by 47 feet, has a 260,000-barrel capacity, and is ABS and USCG certified for Jones Act service. The B.No


Second LCS Christened CORONADO (LCS 4)

Littoral Combat Ship CORONADO christened on January 14, 2012 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.

Coronado, the second Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), was christened on January 14, 2012 during a ceremony at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama.   The Independence-variant LCS, with its trimaran hull–design, offers maneuverability, stability, endurance, shallow draft, three weapon zones, and a flight deck larger than any other U.S. Navy surface combatant, Susan Ring Keith is the ship’s sponsor


Maersk Containership Is Largest To Call U.S.

History was made by Maersk Lines last June when the Line's containership, Susan Maersk sailed into the Port of Long Beach, Calif. on its maiden voyage - establishing a new record as the largest ever to call a U.S. port. Measuring twice the length of the Washington Monument, wider than the Panama Canal and equal in length to about four football fields, the 6,600 TEU vessel was deployed into Maersk's Asia/U.S. West Coast TP6 Service.


New President of STX Finland

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Juha Heikinheimo has resigned from the position as President of STX Finland Oy. He will be replaced by Su-Jou Kim, who currently holds the position as Chairman of STX Finland. Su-Jou Kim will be temporary acting President of STX Finland. Despite significant improvements during the last few months, STX Finland is going through very challenging times - in particular at the Turku shipyard - following the delivery of the "Allure of the Seas" in October 2010.


Hill Dickinson Announces Promotions

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Hill Dickinson’s market-leading marine, trade and energy group announced its latest series of promotions. A total of eight promotions have been made across the group’s yacht, shipping and energy and commodities teams. Pawel Wysocki, Stuart Kempson and Ian MacLean have been promoted to Partner. Susan Leonard and Mary Prentice have taken on the role as Legal Director and Thomas Frei, Fergal Quinn and Edward Hicks have been promoted to Associate. Team information


US Needs to Strengthen its Navy -Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan (Photo: Office of Paul Ryan)

Tension over the South China Sea highlights the need for the United States to maintain a strong navy to serve as a deterrent, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday, criticizing the Obama administration for proposals he said would reduce the U.S. naval fleet.   "This just shows that we need to have a strong navy," Ryan said at a news briefing. "We should not have a president proposing to lower our ship count to pre World War One levels


Briefing on DPW acquisition of P&O

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs received a Briefing from Administration personnel on the Dubai Ports World (DPW) acquisition of the Peninsular & Oriental (P&O) company. Committee Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) issued a Press Release stating that she introduced a resolution calling for a thorough review and Congressional consultation before the transaction could proceed. Source: HK Law


Susan Schrempf Receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

Susan Schrempf, President and CEO of the Owen Sound Transportation Company was honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.   Throughout Ms. Schrempf’s tenure with the Owen Sound Transportation Company and Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, she has played a key role in Canada’s transportation industry.  She is the past-president and 2nd vice-chair of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA).


Inmarsat Government Appoint Susan Miller President & CEO

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Inmarsat Government, a leading provider of secure, global, mission-critical telecommunication solutions to the U.S. public sector, announce the appointment of Susan Miller as president and chief executive officer. In this role, Miller will be responsible for the overall business strategy and direction for Inmarsat Government, a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Inmarsat plc, responsible for all direct U.S. government business.


USNS Carson City Christened

Susan Asbury Crowell christens USNS Carson City Photo Austal

  Austal celebrated the christening of Expeditionary Fast Transport USNS Carson City (EPF 7) with a ceremony this morning at its state-of-the-art shipyard here. USNS Carson City is the seventh of 10 Expeditionary Fast Transport vessels (EPF), formerly joint high speed vessels (JHSV), that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of a $1.6 billion 10-ship block-buy contract. EPF 7, a 338-foot shallow draft aluminum catamaran, is a multi-mission


Concordia Maritime Signs Time Charter Contract for P-MAX Tanker

Concordia Maritime signed a contract to charter out another P-MAX tanker. The contract, which comes into effect at the beginning of February 2016, is for one year with an option for a further year. The contract partner is a UK shipping company.


Stena Bulk’s IMOIIMAX Tanker Named in Hong Kong

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The chemical and product tanker Stena Imperative was yesterday named at China Merchants Wharf in Hong Kong.   The vessel, an IMOIIMAX MR tanker, is wholly owned by Stena Bulk and was delivered a few days ago from the Chinese shipyard CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (CSSC OME*) in


GEODIS joins Maersk Line’s Carbon Pact challenge

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 Global Forwarder GEODIS and Maersk Line deliver their share and partner on a 5-year strategic commitment to reduce their environmental footprint.    This agreement integrates both companies’ sustainable commitments to reduce GEODIS’ CO2 emissions per container moved


HHI to Localise Main Equipment for Offshore Plants

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Hyundai Heavy Industries and Doosan Heavy Industries Collaborate in Localizing Main Equipment for Offshore Plants   Seoul, South Korea – February 4 – Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding


Hempel Appoints Boyer-Søgaard as CFO

Hempel appoints Anders Boyer-Søgaard as CFO and member of the Executive Board

  Hempel A/S announces that Anders Boyer-Søgaard, CFO and member of Executive Management of GN Store Nord A/S, will succeed CFO Kim Junge Andersen who will join Rockwool as CFO as per January 1, 2016. In 2007, Anders Boyer-Søgaard joined GN Store Nord where he is the CFO


HHI Inks Local Equipment MOU

Hyundai Heavy Industries signs MOU for localizing marine equipment with domestic counterparts     Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced today it has signed a “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Establishment of Industrial Cluster for Localizing


Wärtsilä' Inert Gas Solution for LNG Carriers

The first ever combined inert gas generator (IGG) and gas combustion units (GCU) having a capacity of up to 3800 kgh.

  Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea has contracted Wärtsilä to supply combined inert gas generators and gas combustion units for 17 new LNG Carrier vessels under construction at the company's yards


Drewry: Breakbulk Market Weak Until 2017

Development of MPV Market Share (million tonnes) (Source: Drewry Maritime Research)

Although demand growth is expected to recover next year after a very poor 2015, and supply growth is likely to be minimal, competition from other sectors will maintain pressure on the breakbulk shipping market, according to the latest edition of the Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and


Drewry: Breakbulk Market Weak Until 2017

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 Global shipping consultancy Drewry Maritime Research said the breakbulk shipping market is expected to remain weak until 2017, citing low freight rates and high competition.     Although demand growth is expected to recover next year after a very poor 2015


Concordia Maritime Charters Out P-MAX Tanker

Concordia Maritime announced it has chartered out a P-MAX tanker to a Chinese shipping company for two years, effective in late January or early February 2016.   Kim Ullman, CEO of Concordia Maritime, said, “We are now taking advantage of the strong market and chartering out one of


Korea to Create $1.2bln Shipping Fund

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 The South Korean government will create a US$1.2 billion ship investment fund to aid the shipping industry which has been struggling due to decreasing global trade.    A report by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said the fund will help shippers buy and sell vessels with less


White House Pleased Iran Released Sailors, Still Has Concerns

The White House is pleased that Iran released 10 U.S. sailors it had detained but continues to have concerns about Tehran's sponsorship of terrorism and threats to Israel, a spokesman said on Wednesday.   White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he was not aware of any discussions between


Lloyd's Register to Resume Iran Business

Lloyd's Register (LR) is working on resuming services to verify safety and environmental standards for Iranian shipping companies, the ship classification society said on Monday. Without verification from such bodies, ships are unable to call at international ports or secure insurance.  


Tourists rescued from blazing boat off NZ

The Pee Jay V. Photo: White Island Tours

 A passenger ferry, Pee Jay V,  carrying 60 people caught fire off the coast of New Zealand on Monday, officials say, but all those on board were rescued safely.   The incident began at about 3:45 p.m. local time on Monday when a call came in from a White Island tour boat in the


APMT Takes Stake in Cartagena Terminal

Pictured left to right are Mr. Gabriel Echavarría, President of Compas Board of Directors who signed the deal on behalf of Compas and Mr. Joe Nicklaus Nielsen, Vice President, Port Investments for APM Terminals. Photo APMT

 APM Terminals and Colombian-based port and terminal operating company, Compañia de Puertos Asociados S.A. (Compas S.A.) have finalized the incorporation of Cartagena Container Terminal Operator (CCTO), a new joint venture which will manage and operate Compas S.A






 
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