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MARAD Recycles 3 More Ships

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has signed fee-for-service contracts to recycle three more of its obsolete ships. Two ships, the Hattiesburg Victory and the Pioneer Contractor, are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and one, the oiler Savannah, is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. The Maritime Administration has moved 118 ships out of its National Defense Reserve Fleet sites since 2001. With the contracts announced today, there are only 24 ships left in the James River waiting to be disposed of and without disposal contracts, and 10 such ships in the Beaumont site. The Hattiesburg Victory is one of the few remaining Victory ships built during World War II to carry cargo needed by U.S. forces all over the world. Hattiesburg Victory was built during the last months of the war, served in a commercial fleet in the Hawaiian Islands immediately after World War II, and later served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Hattiesburg Victory will be recycled at ESCO Marine Inc., of Brownsville, Texas, at a cost to the federal government of $1,016,000. The Savannah is 1970-vintage ex-Navy oil replenishment (AOR4) ship, not to be confused with the nuclear-powered ship Savannah currently moored in Baltimore. The oiler Savannah, currently moored at the James River Reserve Fleet site, also will be recycled at ESCO Marine Inc., of Brownsville, for $515,726


Analytic Systems Certifying Products to ABS Standard

Intelligent AC Battery Charger

Analytic Systems has announced that it has responded to its commercial marine reseller network in North America and started the process of certifying their marine specific power conversion products.   The first models to be certified to ABS standards are the new BCA1505 (1500W AC charger); the BCA310 (300W AC charger); the IPS300 (300W DC/AC Puresine inverter) and the VTC315 (Isolated DC/DC voltage converter)


MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian


FRP Pumps Offer Lasting Results

There's hardly a marine application — onboard or ashore — where seawater pumps are not considered critical to a vessel's operation or purpose. The ability to pump seawater aboard most vessels represents only a part of their liquid pumping requirements; in many cases other liquids such as caustics, corrosives, and alkalis need to be transferred, either from ship to shore or vice versa. Corrosion, Erosion, and Pitting


Johnston Metal Shark Boats Comms Director

Photo courtesy Metal Shark Boats

Metal Shark Boats announced that it has named Brian Johnston as the company's Director of Communications.  Johnston assumes responsibility for Metal Shark's advertising and public relations activities, as well as associate and industry communications.  In addition to his role with Metal Shark, Johnston will continue to serve in his capacity as Principal at Bonefish Communications.   A marine industry veteran


ABS Pleased with Innovative Metals & Materials Award

Class society a member of institute awarded funds for next-generation materials research In response to today's announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama regarding the awarding of funding under the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (LM3I) initiative to the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki issued the following statement:


Future Naval Force May Use the Strength of Titanium

ARLINGTON, Va. - Steel may have met its match: An Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded project will produce a full-size ship hull section made entirely with marine-grade titanium, using a welding innovation which could help bring titanium into future Navy ship construction, officials announced. The contractor team building this section recently completed the industry's longest friction-stir titanium alloy welds and aims to complete the ship hull section this summer


Jet Edge Awarded U.S. Patent

Michael Wheeler with Patent

Metal-on-Metal Waterjet Seal Eliminates Conventional Plastic Seals, Cuts Number of Consumable Seals in Half Jet Edge, Inc. has announced  that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the waterjet manufacturer a patent for a high pressure fluid sealing mechanism designed by Jet Edge R&D Engineer Michael Wheeler.   Jet Edge’s proprietary high pressure fluid sealing mechanism (U.S


Metal Shark to Construct 350, Yes 350, Hi-speed Navy Boats

Photo courtesy of Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Louisiana-based aluminum boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats LLC has been awarded a contract to produce up to 350 specialized vessels for the United States Navy. The fixed-price contract is for the construction of the Navy’s High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target (HSMST) vessels. Based on Metal Shark’s high performance 26-foot Relentless center console model, the twin engine, welded aluminum HSMSTs will be utilized by the Navy primarily for advanced weapons system testing


Metal Shark Builds Custom Vessel for Canaveral Pilots

Custom Bill Preston-designed 45 aluminum pilot boat built by Metal Shark for the Canaveral Pilots. (Photo: Metal Shark)

Metal Shark has delivered a custom 45-foot aluminum pilot boat to the Canaveral Pilots Association at Port Canaveral, Florida. The vessel was built at Metal Shark’s newly-opened shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana.   For the project, the Canaveral Pilots specified a purpose-built pilot boat design by naval architect Bill Preston. The design utilizes the weight of a single bow-mounted diesel engine and a sharp forward entry to slice levelly through waves as opposed to riding over the


BHP to Spend $240 mln on Iron Ore Tug-Boat

Port Hedland. Photo: BHP Billiton

 BHP Billiton plans to construct a new eight pen tug harbour at Hunt Point in Port Hedland, as well as purchase six additional tugs, for $US240 million ($A326 million).   The investment will also include an upgrade of workshop facilities


BHP Will Beef Up Hedland Port, Acquire Tugs

BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it will spend $240 million upgrading its marine iron ore facilities in Western Australia. The funds will be used to purchase six tug boats and build a new tug harbor in the Port Hedland Port, with construction due to be completed in the September 2016 quarter.


Russia Launches a Laser-Powered Ship Repair Facility

Dalzavod ship-repairing center. Photo: JSC Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center

 Pilot project pioneering laser repair works for the metal parts of ships and vessels has been launched in Russia's Primorsky Territory, reports Sputnik.   The technology of laser reordering of metallic parts in Russia's Primorye Territory was developed by the Far Eastern branch of the


NSF Certification for PPG's Products, Coating Systems

Diane M. Kappas Vice President, Protective and Marine Coatings, Americas

  PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business announced that four individual coatings and primers and two combined coating-and-primer systems have been certified by NSF International for water-tank applications. The new NSF certifications for PPG PMC products include


Blyth Workcats to showcase Catamaran Designs at Seawork

Design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27

  The design evolution of Blyth Workcats will be on display at Seawork on Stand B27 where the company will be showing examples from its versatile range. Well known for their robust seaworthiness and economical performance, workboats from this well-established Essex yard are able to perform


Pneumatic Band Saw Certified for Hazardous Environments

Image: CS Unitec

CS Unitec's Pneumatic Band Saw Model 5 6062 0010 Wide Mouth AirBand with planetary gearbox, is engineered to quickly and cleanly cut a wide variety of metals. It is suited for cutting pipe, conduit, bolts, cable, angle iron, I-beams and structural steel


Baltic Mercur II makes maiden voyage to Antwerp

Courtesy port of Antwerp

  This week Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers (ARRC) celebrates the maiden voyage of the Baltic Mercur II via the port of Antwerp as part of their regular transatlantic service to the US Gulf. After long deliberation and extensive analysis, the company has chosen to anchor the European extension of


Mercury Diesel Engines for 16 New USCG Boats

Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engine (Photo: Mercury Marine)

Mercury Marine has entered an agreement with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats to power 16 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boats with Mercury diesel engines.   “Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engines are ideal for smaller vessels such as the Coast Guard Cutter Boat ATON Medium


Ocean Mineral Singapore Contract for Seabed Exploration

Major Pacific trenches (1–10) and fracture zones (11–20). The Clipperton Fracture Zone is the nearly horizontal line No. 15 below the Clarion Fracture Zone (14), and the Middle America Trench is the deep-blue line No. 9. Photo Wikipedia

  Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) has entered into a 15-year exploration contract for polymetallic nodules at a site within the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone of the Pacific Ocean with the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Sponsored by the Singapore Government


Keppel Unit Inks Seabed Exploration Contract

A subsidiary of Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp Ltd said it signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority to search the ocean for scarce minerals.   The push to explore the ocean is gaining momentum as ore grades on land decline and demand grows for metals in


Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Project Progressing

Photo: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

An experimental offshore floating wind farm project sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been underway since March 2012. Participating in the project is a consortium comprised of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi


Gasoil Availability Expands on Gulf Coast

MGO and ECA products are available in volume throughout the Gulf Coast.   Atlantic Gulf Bunkering LLC, a division of Bunkers International LLC, announced today that the company has expanded availability of both MGO and ECA product that meets the 2015 ECA specification of 0


Marine Construction: Equipment Drives Efficiency

When the crew at O’Quinn Marine Construction put its new JCB telehandler to use, they were amazed at its ability to maneuver around small areas while easily lifting up to 14,000 lbs. (Photo: JCB North America)

Driving over a bridge, walking on a pier or even docking a boat are activities most people take for granted. Have you ever given any thought to how those structures are constructed over water with the ability to last for generations?  


Platts acquires Petromedia

Matt Cape, CEO, Petromedia

  Platts, a leading global energy, metals, petrochemicals and agriculture information provider, announced today that it has acquired Petromedia, a specialist provider of news and analysis for the shipping and oil industries. The purchase helps extend Platts coverage beyond traditional marine


Cargo Volumes Rise at St Petersburg

Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg

  In the first half of 2015 the turnover of OJSC “Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg” (SP SPb) amounted to 4.3 mln tons, which is by 5% more than the indicator of the same period during the last year. Positive dynamics was caused by growth of handling volumes of main cargoes






 
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