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SUNY Maritime Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner

On Tuesday, May 5th, at 6:00 pm, the State University of New York Maritime College will salute the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Kirby Inland Marine and Professor Emeritus William Sembler, ’52 at the College’s annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner.  The event will be held on the college’s waterfront campus in Throgs Neck, New York.   ESPN Sailing Analyst and former America’s Cup sailor Gary Jobson will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. ABS is an international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.  ABS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  Robert D. Somerville will accept Maritime College’s award at the May 5 dinner.  ABS is headquartered in Houston, TX, with New York area offices in Paramus, New Jersey. Somerville has devoted his professional life to the marine industry and has spent more than 35 years with ABS in senior positions.   He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and completed Harvard Business School’s program for Management Development.


Kirby Expects Strong 3Q Earnings

Expected result compares with $.57 per share for the 2010 third quarter, fueled by continued strong inland marine transportation and land-based diesel engine services markets. Kirby to announce 2011 third quarter results on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, with conference call on Thursday, October 27, 2011. Kirby Corporation announced today that it expects its 2011 third quarter net earnings to exceed $.90 per share, above the top end of Kirby's earnings guidance of $.82 to $


Kirby Signs Agreement With Coastal Towing

Kirby Corporation announced the signing of an asset purchase agreement with Coastal Towing, Inc. ("Coastal") to purchase from Coastal seven black oil tank barges and 13 inland towboats. The transaction, estimated at $17.1 million in cash, is being financed through Kirby's operating cash flow and available credit under Kirby's bank revolving credit agreement. Kirby and Coastal have also entered into a Barge Management Agreement whereby Kirby will serve as manager of the combined black


Kirby Corporation Purchases Tank Barges

Kirby Corporation announced the purchase of the stock of Coastal Towing, Inc., the owner of 37 inland black oil tank barges, for approximately $19.3m. Kirby has been operating the Coastal tank barges since October 2002 under a barge management agreement. Kirby also announced the purchase of 21 tank barges from Cypress Barge Leasing, LLC for $15m in cash. Kirby has been leasing the barges since 1994 when the leases were assigned to Kirby as part of Kirby's purchase of the tank barge fleet


News: Poor Weather, Repairs Forces Kirby to Lower Expectations

"Very poor weather, major repairs to a lock on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and rapidly escalating fuel prices, not lower business levels, are the factors causing Kirby to revise its first quarter forecast," were a few reasons that Joe Pyne, Kirby Corporation's President CEO, cited for the company's lowering of its earnings guidance for the 2003 first quarter to $.26 to $.30 per share from previous guidance of $.36 to $.40 per share


Kirby Corp. Announces Record Results

Kirby Corporation reported that for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2000, net earnings were a record $9,088,000, compared with $3,974,000 for the 1999 fourth quarter. For the 2000 year, net earnings were $34,113,000, up from $21,441,000 in 1999. Joe Pyne, Kirby's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The 2000 fourth quarter net earnings of $.38 per share and 2000 year net earnings of $1.39 per share are record results for Kirby. Our EBITDA results of $33,615,000, or $1


Vocational Training Options Grow

The full-mission, full-bridge towboat wheelhouse simulator at Kirby’s training center (Photo courtesy Kirby Corp.)

From MarineNews, March 2010 Vocational training options continue to expand since the STCW 1995 rules put a crimp in the hawsepipe. The Pacific Maritime Institute’s (PMI) Workboat Academy has graduated its third class of mates. The State University New York (SUNY) Maritime College has opened a new two-year engineers program. Finally, Kirby’s training school continues to provide company employees with an in-house route to the wheelhouse.


Kirby Corp. Records Solid Results

Kirby Corp. has apparently had success incorporating Hollywood Marine, a move which effectively created the largest inland barge operator in the country. In February, the company reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.38, versus $0.31 a year ago. While the company appears strong, poised for further growth, there are some concerns as noted in a research report from Lazard Freres & Co. LLC. Management expects the slowing U.S


Johnson Joins Senesco Marine

Senesco Marine located in North Kingstown, R.I., a part of the Reinauer family of marine companies, principally engaged in the design and construction of state of the art OPA-90 compliant double hull ATB ocean tank barges and the new generation of “Facet” tugs announces that it is bringing on board Tom Johnson who will be responsible for new business development expanding the ship builders services to the commercial market.


Osprey Line Makes Record Container Tow

M/V Bill Watson, with a 15 barge tow traveling through Baton Rouge. Osprey Line, LLC, recently completed the largest single unit tow container movement in the history of the U.S. Inland Waterway System. The 15 barge tow was loaded with 375 containers (750 TEU) of agricultural products from Memphis to New Orleans and Houston. Osprey Line worked closely with six major steamship lines to move the cargo to Gulf of Mexico ports for export on container vessels


Silver Coins Worth $50 mln Recovered from WW2 Wreck

Marine salvage experts have recovered $50 million in silver coins from a ship sunk by a German submarine in 1942 as it was transporting the cash from India to London to help finance Britain's efforts in World War Two. Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search


Six Greenpeace Activists Leave Arctic-bound Oil Rig

AFP PhotoJay Directo

  Six Greenpeace activists rappelled down from an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after spending six days living on the structure to protest against drilling in the Arctic, the environmental organization said. The multinational team climbed aboard Polar Pioneer


North Korea-Mexico Faceoff over Cargo Ship

Mu Du Bong. Photo by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA)

 North Korea has accused Mexico of illegally holding one of its ships and warned it would take “necessary measures” to release the vessel.   The 6,700-tonne freighter "Mu Du Bong," which had come from Cuba, ran aground on a reef


Murray & Associates Hosts 4th Fishing Challenge

Photo courtesy of Murray & Associates

A group of industry professionals from the commercial maritime sector gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on March 28 to participate in Murray & Associates LLC’s 2015 Fishing Challenge.   The naval architect and marine engineering group hosted the tournament for the fourth


Greenpeace Boards Arctic Offshore Rig

Image: Royal Dutch Shell plc

 Six Greenpeace activists boarded a Shell oil drilling ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and vowed to stay there to protest the company's plans to drill above the Arctic Circle, the environmental organization said.   They boarded as the drill rig was transported across the


Arctic Melt Messing with Gulf Stream

The blue cooling spot south of Greenland: NASA GISS warming map 1901-2013

 As glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic's most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and harder on the brake pedal, resulting in the weakest Gulf Stream in the last 1,000 years.   The slowing Gulf Stream water currents is threatening


Boskalis Wins Panama Artificial Island Contract

Image: Royal Boskalis Westminster

 Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract by Compañía Insular Americana SA to construct a second artificial island off the coast near the residential area of Punta Pacifica in Panama City.  


Another Artificial Island in Panama by Boskalis

Punta Pacifica Island 1

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract from Compañía Insular Americana, S.A. to construct a second artificial island off the coast near the residential area of Punta Pacifica in Panama City


India, Seychelles Ink Pacts on Maritime Security

Indian PM Narendra Modi with President James Michel of Seychelles (Pic: FB Modi Page)

 India on Wednesday signed four agreements with the Indian Ocean island nation Seychelles to boost security and maritime partnership.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Seychelles President James Alix Michel and said Seychelles "is a vital partner in our Indian Ocean


Ocean Installer Awarded Statoil North Sea Work

  Ocean Installers Normand Vision (Photo courtesy of Ocean Installer)

Ocean Installer has been awarded North Sea umbilical installation and riser replacement contracts from Statoil, the company announced yesterday.   The Norwegian subsea contractor signed amendments with Statoil for umbilical marine installation at the North Sea's Visund field and for


USCG Rescues 2 Off Ocean Isle Beach, NC

COAST GUARD RESCUE Courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard rescued two people Sunday from a sinking boat approximately 35 miles southeast of Ocean Isle Beach. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received an alert at approximately 1 p.m


Africa Should Tap its Maritime Resources: IMO

Koji Sekimizu - Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The huge potential of the oceans and the maritime industry to assist in the development of the African continent has already been noted, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General Koji Shemizu, has said.   African should emulate Japan in exploiting their vast maritime


Indian Maritime Sector Seeks Govt Sops

Photo: Indian National Ship-owners Association

 The maritime sector, including, ports, shipping industry and merchant navy in India is expecting the government would allocate a substantial amount of provisions and sops in the forthcoming union budget.   Indian Shipping Industry has the potential to ignite growth


Hamburg Süd Receives Panalpina Award

Photo courtesy of Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd has been recognized for the first time with the “Carrier of the Year” Award by the internationally operating transport and logistics group, Panalpina, based in Basle/Switzerland. Peter Frederiksen, Member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd


German Seaports Seek Federal Backing

Barge traffic at the Port of Hamburg

The Port of Hamburg, along with the other German seaports, is calling for appropriate recognition in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan. “When the new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan is agreed this year, the forecast growth in freight traffic makes it essential that






 
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