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MARCO Signs Contract with S.F. Bar Pilots

MARCO Shipyard Seattle is scheduled to design and build a duo of 104 ft. pilot station boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots. With construction to commence soon, the design portion of the project is near completion. The first vessel is set for delivery before year-end, with the second to follow in early 2001. Comprised of steel, the twin-screw vessels will replace the two existing station boats in the Bar Pilots' five-vessel fleet. Powered by twin Caterpillar 3508B diesels, providing a total of 2,200-hp and a design speed of 14 knots, the vessels will boast an overall beam of 30 ft. and a depth of 13 ft. Designed to safely transport pilots to and from ships entering, departing or transiting the San Francisco Bay waterways, the vessels will feature accommodations for eight pilots.

MARCO Signs Contract With S.F. Bar Pilots

MARCO Shipyard Seattle is scheduled to design and build a duo of 104 ft., (31.7 m) pilot station boats for the San Francisco Bar Pilots. With construction to commence soon, the design portion of the project is near completion. The first vessel is set for delivery before year-end, with the second to follow in early 2001. Comprised of steel, the twin-screw vessels will replace the two existing station boats in the Bar Pilots' five-vessel fleet

Regional Report: Pacific Coast

Seattle's MARCO shipyard has been completing a rush job for Great Lakes Towing affiliate TUGZ International and is expected to have three new tractor tugs ready for christening by February 13. At the same time, the yard has just started to cut steel for two slightly larger tractors being built for San Francisco-based BayDelta. The latter will measure 105 ft. and will be powered by twin Caterpillar diesels of 4,400 combined hp driving Ulstein Z-drive units fitted with high-performance Nautican

Third Tractor Tug Delivered to Harley

The newest tractor tug to come out of MARCO Shipyard Seattle is the 105-ft. Millennium Dawn, the third boat in its class designed and built for Harley Marine Services of Seattle, and the twelfth tractor tug from MARCO. It will join her sister ships operating in Long Beach, Calif., part of Harley’s West Coast and Alaska operations that in clued Olympic Tug & Barge, Millenium maritime, Pacific Coast Maritime, Public Service marine and Westoil Marine Services.

Cruise Ship 'Regal Princess' Launched in Fincantieri Shipyard

Regal Princess: Photo credit Fincantieri

The largest ship ever built by the Italian group, & the future Carnival flagship, is launched at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard. Delivery is scheduled for spring 2014, while sister ship, “Royal Princess”, launched in August 2012, will be delivered in the first half of this year. Attending the ceremony for Princess Cruises were Rai Caluori, Executive Vice President Fleet Operations, and Stuart Hawkins, Vice President Newbuilding

Marco Polo Terminates Rig Contract with Sembmarine

Pic: Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Marco Polo Marine has unilaterally terminated a rig building order worth US$214.3 million from a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.   Sembcorp Marine on early Wednesday morning said its subsidiary, PPL Shipyard, will regard the termination by Marco Polo Drilling (I) of the US$214.3 million newbuild contract as "repudiatory breach of the contract".   The response comes after Marco Polo Marine, of which Marco Polo Drilling is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary

Vessel Deliveries

Aluminum Catamaran from Kvichak Marine California Fish & Game recently took delivery of P/V Thresher, a 54 ft. all-aluminum catamaran, designed by Teknicraft of Aukland, New Zealand, and built by Kvichak Marine, of Seattle, Wash. The partially foil-supported catamaran will be stationed in Dana Point as a Fish and Game Marine Enforcement patrol vessel for Southern California. The cat's beam is 20.2 ft., and weighs nearly 28 tons fully loaded

Marco Polo Seatrade Gets Bank Backing

Marco Polo Seatrade has received court approval to obtain fresh financing from Royal Bank of Scotland, one of its senior lenders. The New York Court supervising the reorganisation of  Marco Polo approved today new financing to be provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland.  This financing is being provided on a fully consensual basis and resolves the various objections that were filed to Marco Polo’s original financing motion

First Middle East Call for Juggernaut Containership

CMA CGM Marco Polo: Photo credit CMA CGM

Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) became the first terminal operator in the Middle East to handle the world’s largest container ship, 'CMA CGM Marco Polo'. With a length of four standard football pitches (396 metres), 54 metres beam and requiring a draft of 16m, Khorfakkan is one of the few ports in the world able to accommodate Marco Polo’s massive 16,020 TEU capacity, reports 'The Gulf Today'. The ship's arrival at KCT was marked with a presentation from Gulftainer to

Sound Oil Appoints Marco Fumagalli as Non-exec Director

Marco Fumagalli is Continental Investment Partners Managing Partner and a well known Italian Businessman

  Sound Oil, the Mediterranean focused upstream oil and gas company, announced the appointment with immediate effect of Marco Fumagalli as a Non Executive Director of the Company following the institutional investment announced on 25 April 2014.   Marco Fumagalli is Continental Investment Partners' Managing Partner and a well-known Italian businessman who was previously a Group Partner at 3i.  Marco is a 25% shareholder in Continental Investment Partners.  

British Maritime Industry Eyes China’s One Belt, One Road Plan


 China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt development vision has takers in UK maritime sector, reports Xinhua News Agency.   Both countries expected to improve bilateral maritime cooperation in the "Belt and Road" initiative

Neelsen to Succeed Ahlers as Buss Port Logistics CEO

Marco Neelsen (Copyright: Buss Port Logistics)

Press release - On October 1, Marco Neelsen will assume Heinrich Ahlers' position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Buss Port Logistics (BPL). Ahlers will stay with Buss Group until at least the end of 2016. Neelsen is a trained navigational officer

Bechtel Joins World Ocean Council

WOC Logo

  The global engineering, project management and construction company, Bechtel has become a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC), the international business alliance for Corporate Ocean Responsibility. Bechtel brings considerable experience and expertise in the design

Peru to Cut O&G Royalties to Counter Price Slump

Peru is reducing royalties on oil and gas production to about 5 percent on average from the current 20 percent in order to encourage exploration amid slumping prices, the government said Wednesday.   The smaller take should help Peru boost interest in new oil contracts that will come up for

U.S. Navy Contracts 12 Rapid Response Skimmers

Navy Wide Skimmer

Kvichak Marine won a US Navy contract for 12 30-ft.Rapid Response Skimmers (RRS) for delivery over the next 18 months, with options for up to 30 additional skimmers to be delivered through 2019.  The Kvichak RRS is Navy’s tier one response asset

Fincantieri & Technip JV for Offshore Market

  Fincantieri and Technip in Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to increase their joint competitiveness by starting to address Italian and Mediterranean Sea offshore markets. The agreement was signed by Marco Villa, CEO of Technip Italy S.p.A

MSC Magnifica Completes Drydocking at Damen Shiprepair

MSC Magnifica

  After a very fast and successful 17-day drydocking the cruise ship MSC Magnifica left Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam (part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion) for Hamburg on schedule to start her next cruise. Next week (December 2) another cruise vessel will arrive at Damen Shiprepair

Damen Performs Cruise Ship Maintenance

Photo: Damen

Astor and Marco Polo receive refurbishment and class survey work   Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has recently carried out a number of cruise ship repair and refurbishment projects in the Netherlands, including Astor and Marco Polo, both operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Coalition Calls for Action on Vessel Discharge Legislation

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and a broad-based coalition of organizations that rely on marine vessels to transport essential cargoes said a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges is urgently needed. The coalition called upon the Senate Commerce Committee to

Senate Committee Approves Vessel Discharge Reform Legislation

John Thune (R-SD), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation  (Official Senate portrait)

  The effort to establish a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges took another step forward as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved S. 373, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, with strong bipartisan support.    

Britannia sails into Southampton

New cruise ship Britannia Credit: P&O

 Britain's newest ever superliner Britannia has arrived in its home port Southampton ahead of its official naming ceremony. It’s the largest cruise ship built for the British market.   It will bear the same name as the Queen's former Royal Yacht Britannia

D'Amico Orders Two 'Eco' LR1 Product Tankers

Image:  d’Amico Società di Navigazione SpA

 D'Amico International Shipping has ordered two new long range one product tankers, to be built by Vietnam’s Vinashin Shipyard Co for about $44m each.   The tankers are expected to be delivered mid-2017.   The 75,000-dwt eco-LR1 product tankers will be built in Vietnam by

D’Amico Sees Q1 Net Profit of $11.4Mln

Image: DAmico International Shipping

 Italy-listed D'Amico International Shipping (DIS) made a net profit of $11.4m in the first quarter, reversing its net loss of $6.8m last year, as the product tanker freight market improved.   The board of the product tanker owner on Wednesday approved first quarter 2015 results of

Contship Italia Signs Iran MoU

MOU between Contship and the largest Iranian port operato

  Contship Italia Spa, also on behalf of Eurogate GmbH & Co. KGaA, KG, recently signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.) with Sina Port & Marine Company (SPMCO), part of SINA Group which is one of the largest Iranian companies

Brazil to Hold New Subsalt Oil Auction by 2017

The Brazilian government plans to hold a new oil bidding round for areas in the subsalt polygon by 2017, the secretary of oil and gas at the Mines and Energy Ministry, Marco Antonio Almeida, said on Monday.   Almeida denied during a presentation in Rio that the current corruption scandal

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