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Sea Tow Expands SeaSmart

Sea Tow Services International Inc., announced the expansion of its Sea Smart VHF service offering. Sea Smart VHF will be available throughout Florida’s Southeast coast, from Jupiter Inlet to Islamorada. The service is already available throughout the West Coast of Florida and in the Northeast from Cape Cod, Mass., to Cape May, N.J. Thecommunications service, launched at the 2006 Miami International Boat Show, utilizes boaters’ existing equipment to provide an application for their DSC-enabled VHF: a reliable communications connection on the water. Sea Smart’s marine voice and data network is comprised of coastal high site radio towers that connect, via RoIP, to a national operations center manned by professional marine dispatchers and licensed captains 24-hours a day. The subscription-based service includes Automatic Vessel Location (AVL), trip tracking, position plotting, unlimited direct-to-shore local and long distance calls and 24-hour marine operator assistance.


ExxonMobil Launches Series of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

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ExxonMobil Marine Limited, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, introduced Mobil SHC Aware, a new comprehensive series of synthetic, environmentally acceptable lubricants. Mobil SHC Aware synthetic lubricants are formulated to help marine operators enhance vessel reliability, minimize maintenance costs and reduce potential environmental impact. Developed through extensive laboratory and in-service testing, theMobil SHC Awarerange includes Mobil SHC Aware H hydraulic fluids


Engine Oil Analysis Kit Launched

Jet-Care International and its parent company Spectro Oil Analysis Co. Ltd. introduced a new engine oil analysis kit and service for the marine market that can save long delays and expensive repairs. "With proper monitoring of oil and fluid systems, marine operators can significantly reduce wear caused by contamination from sea water, fresh water, fuel dilution or the use of incorrect lubricants and save long delays and expensive repairs," says Spectro chief chemist Colin Stevens-Hoare


DHS Awards $200K Grant to Cal Maritime

The California Maritime Academy Department of Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning (SPEL) has received a federal Homeland Security grant of $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) administered through the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA). The funds will support curriculum development and delivery of DHS-approved training courses to California emergency responders and maritime industry professionals


Catamaran Ferry Delivered to Coastal Fast Ferries

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Incat Crowther launched Kilimanjaro IV, a 45-meter passenger ferry for the African Operator Coastal Fast Ferries. The vessel capitalizes on the rapid growth in the operator’s passenger numbers, bringing the Coastal Fast Ferries’ fleet to seven Incat Crowther-designed vessels. A process of close cooperation between the builder, Richardson Devine Marine, operator and designer resulted in a vessel offering high speed, high passenger capacity and rugged efficiency.


ExxonMobil Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

ExxonMobil Marine Limited, an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, introduced Mobil SHC Aware, a new comprehensive series of synthetic, environmentally acceptable lubricants.  Mobil SHC Aware synthetic lubricants are formulated to help marine operators enhance vessel reliability, minimize maintenance costs and reduce potential environmental impact. Developed through extensive laboratory and in-service testing, theMobil SHC Awarerange includes Mobil SHC Aware H hydraulic fluids


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers Spirit River

TRICO Marine Operators, Inc., recently took delivery of 232 ft. Spirit River, constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, of Panama City, Fla. Measuring 232 x 48 x 16 ft., Spirit River is equipped to offer a variety of services, and is distinguished by its shallow draft, which allows the vessel to operate out of all the Gulf of Mexico ports. Spirit River and soon-to-be-delivered sister ship, Hondo River were both built to the highest standards of USCG


Shipping Lines Estimate Costs to Rise

Bloomberg reported that Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. and 11 of the largest shipping companies plying the Pacific Ocean said costs of moving cargo to the U.S. in 2006 will rise 7 percent on higher fuel prices, which may spur them to raise freight rates. The cost of transporting containers by trucks and railways will increase as much as 25 percent, the 12-line Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, whose members ship about 70 percent of trans-Pacific trade, said in a statement today.


MTU Displays Latest Iron Men Engine

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MTU Detroit Diesel will feature three of its most popular marine engines – the Series 4000, Series 2000 and Series 60 – at the International WorkBoat Show, booth #621, in New Orleans, December 1–3, 2010. As part of the WorkBoat Professional Series, a representative from MTU will be participating in a panel discussion about predictive and preventive maintenance. MTU will also be highlighting its control systems, genuine parts and service products at the show.


Steel Cut on First of Three ISVs for KT Maritime

Image courtesy of KT Maritime Australia

A steel cutting ceremony held last week at the Singapore shipyard of partner company, ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd. marked the start of construction for the first of three infield support vessels (ISVs) being constructed by Perth-based KT Maritime Services Australia Pty Ltd to support Shell’s Prelude FLNG project near Broome. KT Maritime Services Australia Director, Mark Thomas, said this major contract for the design, construction and operation of the three 42-meter


ZF Gearboxes for MPI Workboats

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MPI Workboats, an operator of purpose-built aluminum wind farm support catamarans, has received ZF gearboxes installed in six of its latest vessels. Designed and constructed to work in challenging environments to transport passengers in comfort and safety


Making a Conscious Change: Seaspan Marine’s Conversion to EALs

Seaspan Marine has converted Royal’s stern tubes to RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic EAL. Photo credit: Seaspan Marine

Vessel fleets face an increasing number of environmentally focused regulations, adding complexity to their operations and creating urgency around compliance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Vessel General Permit (VGP)


Fort Ripley: Multi-Missioned & Fully Capable

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On a beautiful Autumn afternoon in Charleston, SC last month, MarineNews Editor Joseph Keefe had the good fortune to attend the christening on the nation’s first dual purpose, rapid response vessel and pilot launch. As the first vessel to be designed for offshore salvage and firefighting


Higgins Named CEO of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

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Gavin Higgins has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ice Floe LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB), the company announced today.   Effective immediately, Higgins replaces Matt Nichols, one of the company’s founders who has served as CEO of NBBB since February 2012


Monitored Confined-Space Entry

Preparation and vigilance are everything when it comes to confined space entry.

Protecting Workers, and Ensuring Safe Sailing for the Maritime Industry. The cable-laying vessel GS Global Sentinel was undergoing repair work. Shipyard workers and members of the ship’s crew found a mysteriously high hydrogen sulfide reading in a confined space on board that created a


Barging Right into LNG

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A raft of new and innovative concepts for LNG barge missions hits the market, in North America and across the pond, as well. Industry gears up for the soon-to-come need for bunkering, infrastructure and LNG-related logistics.   In 2014


Interferry Applauds IMO Consideration of BWTS Exemption

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Interferry has praised a decision made at last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) that could exempt certain ferry operators from fitting equipment required by the impending Ballast Water Management Convention to reduce the spread of invasive species.


Port Industry Held Back by Unscheduled Downtime

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The latest Barometer Report from Trelleborg, which discusses the issues impacting ports and terminals around the globe, has revealed that 74% of port owners and operators are still suffering unscheduled downtime. Fender damage was the most frequently cited cause


Bureau Veritas Launches New Notation for Underwater Noise

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Bureau Veritas has developed a voluntary notation intended to assist shipbuilders and operators reduce underwater noise radiating from ships. The comprehensive set of standards and measuring services is grouped as NR614 Underwater Radiated Noise (URN)


ExxonMobil Offers New Zinc-Free Marine Engine Oil

ExxonMobil introduced Mobilgard 410 NC, touted by the oil company as a zinc-free high-performance oil that offers marine operators an improvement in piston cleanliness (up to 20%), a reduction in liner wear (up to 50%), and a significant enhancement in bearing protection.

Marine fuel and lubricant providers increasingly are playing a pivotal role in helping ship and boat owners to reduce emissions and improve performance. To this end, ExxonMobil introduced Mobilgard 410 NC, touted by the oil company as a zinc-free high-performance oil that offers marine operators


Rolls-Royce Wins US Marine Corps Contract

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  Rolls-Royce has been awarded a new, two-year contract to provide aftermarket engine support for the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 fleets, which provides a more than 30 percent reduction in support costs. The contract, through the company's innovative MissionCare™ model


New Players in Singapore Markets in OW's Absence

The downfall of a leading marine fuel supplier that prompted sellers to tighten credit terms in Singapore is skewing the post-OW Bunker jostle for market share towards cash-rich trading companies and barge operators, traders said. Marine fuel premiums over cargo prices in Singapore


Fuel Tank Thermal Insulation Introduced

SPS Overlay has been used on three tankers to provide thermal insulation boundaries between two Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) tanks to successfully convert one of them into a Marine Gas Oil (MGO) tank.   This was the first time that SPS Overlay has been used in this application; and was approved by


Marine Engine Emissions: GE Changes the Conversation

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As operators ponder the thorny question of dual fuel, LNG or SCR Treatment, GE Transportation’s new medium speed marine diesel engine seemingly simplifies the playing field.    Current Events, Futuristic Propulsion The October 2014 news that global oilfield giant Oceaneering


Fugitive Emissions: The New Regulatory Elephant in the Room

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W&O Supply and Chesterton team up to reduce harmful emissions out in front to the EPA’s monitoring program. It’s less expensive than you might think. From the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency comes the September 2014 news of a barge operator fined for releasing dangerous






 
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