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A First Time for Everything: Transit Company Meets Challenge with Natural Gas Ferry

Tidewater Regional Transit (TRT), Norfolk, Va., operates mass transit in the Hampton Roads area. It includes three passenger ferries that transport nearly 500,000 people per year across the Elizabeth River between downtown Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va. Like other mass transit providers, TRT receives federal, state and local funds and is encouraged to use alternative fuels to reduce dependence on foreign oil and help improve the environment. But unlike any other transit authority, TRT is successfully operating the world's first passenger ferry powered exclusively by natural gas. The idea to convert one of TRT's diesel-powered ferries to natural gas resulted from a 1989 meeting with representatives of Virginia Natural Gas to discuss bus fuel conversion. A feasibility study identified potential investors and possible funding sources. As part of the study, TRT's local Cat dealer, Carter Machinery Co., conducted Performance Analysis Review tests and additional analyses on the vessel's two six-cylinder, two-cycle, 180 bhp (135 bkW) diesels. Information collected on fuel consumption and other operating parameters helped establish the attainable benefits of switching to natural gas power. Carter also collected data on Caterpillar's experience with other marine natural gas applications, including a dual-fuel (diesel and natural gas) Canadian car ferry


Mobilarm Launches Crewsafe

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Australian marine safety specialist Mobilarm launched Crewsafe, a unique onboard wireless network with Man Overboard functionality at the 2008 International Workboat Show, Dec. 3-5. Mobilarm Crewsafe is a wireless safety network that provides marine employee safety and security through crew location monitoring and by automatically initiating a network-wide alert to all personnel within seconds of an incident occurring.


Hawaii State Legislature Commends Pearl Harbor Shipyard Centennial

By Marshall Fukuki, Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs The Hawaii State Legislature honored Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) for the first time March 18 with a House resolution and a Senate commendation lauding the Shipyard's 100 years of service to the Navy. PHNSY will hold its official 100-year anniversary celebration on May 13. PHNSY finds its roots in the 1800s, as the world's navies explored and established ports throughout the


HHI Gunsan Shipyard Fully Booked for its First Year

 Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Gunsan shipyard is already fully booked for its first year of operation. The shipyard has taken orders for 12 vessels, one year worth of work.HHI signed a contract to build two VLCCs at the Gusan shipyard. With this order, the shipyard has 12 vessels worth a combined $1.3 billion in its orderbook. The other ten ships are Large Bulk Carriers. HHI also confirmed an additional contract for two Large Bulk Carriers to be delivered in 2011


Equipment Manufacturers to Meet Shipbuilders in Nanjing, China

Nanjing, China, hosts shipbuilders, customers at annual CIMPS-Europort show in Nanjing City The maritime exhibition CIMPS-Europort 2012 will be held from 23 – 25 May in Nanjing, the capital of the province of Jiangsu. This province is the top shipbuilding region of China. With more than 80 large shipyards, shipbuilding in Jiangsu comprises 35% of the total shipbuilding output in China. No less than 39% of all new shipbuilding orders in China are realised in Jiangsu


New Tampa Bay Cargo Shipment Service

Port Manatee: Photo credit Port Manatee

Naviera Master Line selects Port Manatee for new container & breakbulk service to Caribbean, Central & South American destinations. Expected to commence with a sailing from Port Manatee Mar. 8, 2013, Naviera Master Line, a division of Miami-based Master Line Shipping Company, will transport a variety of breakbulk and containerized cargo from Port Manatee to destinations in Colombia, Panama, Venezuela and Trinidad.


Jurong Shares Firm Amid Stock-Split Rumors

Shares of Jurong Shipyard Ltd. firmed by more than six percent in early Friday trading on rumors that the shipyard might announce a stock-split exercise to improve its liquidity, dealers and analysts said. Fueling the market's excitement over Jurong was SembCorp's impending news conference, possibly next week, where Jurong was expected to announce further merger details and restructuring of its shipyard operations. SembCorp, with a yard capacity of 1


Grace Retires from NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO announced the retirement of Janice S. Grace, its senior vice president of operations, on June 30. Grace, 55, had served as the shipyard’s second-ranking executive since February 2004. "This shipyard is indebted to the significant contributions and outstanding leadership of Janice Grace," said Frederick J. Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. "She is a pioneer in our industry and for this shipyard


STX Targets $3b Sales from New Yard

STX Shipbuilding Co., the world's seventh-largest shipbuilder, said its shipyard to be built here will post $3 billion in sales in 2012, similar to that of its shipyard in Jinhae, South Korea. During a ground-breaking ceremony for the shipyard, Kang Duck-soo, chairman of the STX Group, said its $500 million project to build the first South Korean-owned shipyard in China by the end of 2008 would help the company emerge as a global shipbuilder. Source: Business in Asia Today


NAVSEA Garners Awards

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) emerged as a major force in environmental stewardship judging by its impressive showing during a recent series of environmental awards. NAVSEA and its various activities were very well represented on April 30 and May 1 at a series of environmental awards presentation ceremonies on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and the Department of Defense (OSD).


Ultra-deepwater Drillship 'Maersk Valiant' Delivered

Maersk Valiant: Photo Maersk Drilling

Maersk Drilling advises that its second new drillship, 'Maersk Valiant', has been delivered from the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje-Si, South-Korea. Maersk Valiant has begun its voyage towards the US Gulf of Mexico via Singapore to commence a two year contract with


Otto Marine's Financial Health on the Mend

Michael See Kian Heng: Photo Otto Marine

Michael See Kian Heng, Group Executive Director of Singapore-based offshore vessel owners & shipbuilders Otto Marine, says that his company reported revenue of US$512.0 million in year 2013, an increase of 36.8% over US$374.4 million in 2012


Damen Lays Keel for Indonesian Naval Frigate

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In accordance with the agreed planning in the contract for the construction of a Damen SIGMA Frigate for the Indonesian Navy, the keel laying ceremony has taken place on April 16, 2014 at the PT PAL (Persero) Shipyard in Surabaya, Indonesia. The construction of the four modules that are going to


Homeland Security Secretary Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

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Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division apprises it has hosted a visit by Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.). In the course of their visit the guests toured the shipyard and the Ingalls-built National Security Cutter


Gondán Lays Keel for MS-SC Training Vessel

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Gondán Shipyard celebrated the keel laying ceremony of the sail training vessel that the yard is building for the British Marine Society & Sea Cadets (MS-SC). In the ceremony, which took place this morning in Figueras Shipyard (Castropol) participated representatives from the British


ThyssenKrupp in Talks to Sell Swedish Shipyard to Saab

A-26 Submarine: Rendering courtesy of Kockums

ThyssenKrupp is in talks to sell its Swedish marine defence unit to Saab after failing to reach a deal with Sweden for a new generation of submarines as the country tries to protect its defence manufacturing sector. The companies said on Monday that negotiations over the sale of ThyssenKrupp's


Foss Meets Growing Modular Business with New Barge

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Foss Maritime is building a new ocean-going barge that will give the company an additional asset to transport large modules both domestically and internationally. The new vessel will be Jones Act qualified. Its anticipated maiden voyage from South Korea to Alaska's rugged North Slope will take


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


China Shipyard Delivers Handymax Size Bulk Carrier

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COSCO Corporation (Singapore) inform that its Dalian Shipyard in China has delivered a bulk carrier of 57000 dwt, named "GUOTOU 108", to its Asian buyer. The Handymax bulker measures 189.99 meters in LOA, 32.26 meters in breadth and 18 meters in depth. About COSCO Shipyard


Damen Launches Kuwait Oil Company’s New Tug

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First of 14 ASD Tugs launched at Damen Shipyards Galati The Kuwait Oil Company’s (KOC) new ASD Tug 3212 was launched end of March at Damen Shipyards Galati, Romania. The ceremony marks the first in a 14-terminal tug contract between the two companies whose working relationship spans more


US Sens. Kaine and Reed Visit Newport News Shipbuilding

Pictured with U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Jack Reed  in front of USS Abraham Lincoln are (left to right) Capt. Karl Thomas, the ship’s commanding officer; Todd West, director, Newport News’ RCOH program; and Chris Miner, Newport News’ vice president of in-service aircraft carrier programs. Photo by Chris Oxley, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) Tuesday for a tour of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. The visit provided the senators an opportunity to meet shipbuilders and see construction progress being made on all programs across


Q-Max Floating Dock Launched

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On March 21, 2014, senior management from N-KOM and Nakilat attended the launching and naming ceremony of N-KOM’s Q-Max sized floating dock at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea. 42,000T of fabrication work has been completed for the floating dock named Laffan


Shipbuilding: Vigor Industrial Grows Stronger

 Frank Foti, Vigor Industrial CEO

Vigor Industrial has ballooned from a modest shipyard in Portland, Oregon, to the largest shipbuilder in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Vigor increasingly thinks big and builds big. The company’s new floating dry dock will be the largest in the United States


Tsuneishi to build shipyard in Indonesia -

Philippine shipbuilder Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Inc plans to expand into Indonesia this year, said CEO Hitoshi Kono, adding that the firm plans to build a shipyard here. (Investor Daily) Note: Reuters has not verified this story and does not vouch for its accuracy.


Latest Shipbuilding Contracts Include VLCC Order for Philippine Yard

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In the latest Clarkson Hellas S&P Weekly Bulletin newbuilding orders are reported in Far East shipyards for a range of vessels as follows: Bulk carriers Clarkson Hellas understand that Golden Union have declared options for three further 81


 
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