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Eastern Delivers Towboat Newbuild

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the delivery of the M/V Capt. Troy J. Hotard (Hull 186) to Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 the 56th Inland Towboat constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding was delivered to Florida Marine. Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced on January 23, 2013, that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. had exercised more options for up to five additional 90’x32’x10’ Inland Towboats. In December of 2012, the M/V Blake Boyd, the 55th Towboat built by Eastern, was delivered to Florida Marine. This ongoing series of towboats originally began with a 25-vessel contract with on-time deliveries starting in 2006. It has expanded to become the largest single towboat build contract in history. The additional five vessel contract is being constructed from the design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Boston, Mass. These five vessels will be the first in the series with EPA Tier 3 main propulsion engines and generators delivered to Florida Marine. The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3512C Tier 3 diesel engines rated at 1,500 HP at 1,600 RPM provided by Louisiana Power Systems. The reduction gears are direct coupled Twin-Disc Model MG-5600 with a 6.04:1 reduction supplied by Stewart Supply, Inc. of Harvey, Louisiana


Trinity Industries Announces Litigation Settlement

Trinity Marine Products has reached a settlement agreement with Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. related to 28 tank barges owned and/or operated by Florida Marine. Trinity Industries, Trinity Marine Products, and Florida Marine will each dismiss their claims filed against one another. The settlement involves a joint monitoring of the barge coatings and void compartment maintenance procedures, and a mutual release of all claims against one another according to the parties’ representatives


Traffic Continues Transits in Calcasieu Channel

In the Calcasieu Ship Channel, six vessels transited safely into the port and three are expected to transit outbound. The temporary Vessel Traffic Service staffed by Coast Guard personnel and industry stakeholders will control these movements. Contingency operational plans have been devised, as well as equipment and temporary dams placed in at risks areas, in the event of heavy rainfall in the area to counter any problems that may arise from such an event.


Campbell Shipping, Heavy Industry Agreement

Bahamian shipowners Campbell Shipping Ltd. signed an order with Zhong Chuan Heavy Industry Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. of Zhoushan for two 32,000 dwt double-hull bulk carriers, with an option for two more. These ships, which will be classed by ABS and fly the Bahamas flag, are to have 600 ft length overall, with a 92 ft beam, a scantling draft of 33 ft and a service speed of 14 knots. Their prime movers will be MAN B&W 6S46MC-C8 diesels


FreeSeas Appoints Kalogeropoulos to Board

FreeSeas Inc. (Nasdaq:FREE) a transporter of drybulk cargoes through the ownership and operation of a fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels, announced today that George Kalogeropoulos has joined its Board of Directors as a Board member, replacing Kostas Koutsoubelis, who resigned for personal reasons. Kalogeropoulos brings to FreeSeas over 30 years of marine transportation experience, holding managerial positions in brokering, chartering, ship management


Horizon Delivers M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis

Photo courtesy Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., has delivered the M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis to Florida Marine Transporters of Mandeville, La.  She joins her sister ship, the M/V Capt. W. D. Nunley in pushing cargoes throughout the inland waterways of the United States.   The M/V Capt. Kirby Dupuis, designed by John Gilbert, is a 120 ft long by 35 ft wide, 10 ft draft, towboat vessel that is four-decked and is outfitted for service in areas restricted to overhead clearances and draft


U.S. Shipping Partners Takes Delivery of First ATB

U.S. Shipping Partners L.P. announced the delivery of its new articulated tug barge unit (ATB) the pusher tug Freeport and the parcel barge Chemical Transporter. The Partnership believes the ATB Freeport is the first IMO I ATB to be constructed in the United States. The ATB Freeport has successfully completed sea trials and has received necessary certification by the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping.


MEO Readies Rig

MEO'S long-standing plans to commercialize stranded gas in the Timor Sea are about to move forward with the arrival off Darwin of the West Atlas jack-up drilling rig. The newly constructed rig, owned by Seadrill, has been shipped from Singapore on the semi-submersible open-deck heavy-lift transport carrier Blue Marlin. The transporter is able to sink its load deck below sea-level to allow equipment to be floated off without using cranes.


ASA Member Completes WA Recovery Operation

Salvage of a 485-ton, 140-foot long stainless steel reactor vessel that rolled off a barge.

American Salvage Association member salvages Hydrogen Reactor outside of Seattle. A member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) responded to a call on December 9 to salvage a 485-ton, 140-foot long stainless steel reactor vessel that rolled off a barge, landing into approximately 60 feet of water near Cherry Point, WA. The reactor is an integral piece in the manufacture of low sulfur diesel fuel. The reactor was filled with nitrogen to prevent corrosion during transportation from Korea


Managing Non-compliant Hazmat

If you ship and receive hazardous materials, chances are that you will eventually receive a shipment that does not meet the DOT's standards for hazmat packages, whether it's undeclared, misdeclared or damaged. Hazmat shipping mistakes are especially common in the reverse logistics supply chain, since your customers may not have the training needed to identify their hazmat shipping responsibilities before returning a product by mail


Meteo Consult and Amarcon Deliver Routing Software to Maersk Line

Photo: Maersk

The Dutch weather routing software supplier Meteo Consult and Amarcon, have received an order from Maersk Line to equip a minimum of 110 Maersk Line container vessels with SPOS Seakeeping. The Seakeeping plug-in is a feature within Meteo Consults weather routing software SPOS


Hijacked Vessel Nears Return to Service

Free Goddess (Photo: Reuters)

FreeSeas Inc., a transporter of dry-bulk cargos through the ownership and operation of a fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels, announced that it has entered into terms with the insurers of M/V Free Goddess pursuant to which the sum of $1.1 million will be paid by the insurers to the company


Austal Launches JACKSON (LCS 6)

LCS hulss 4 and 6, dockside at Austal.

First of Austal’s ten-ship Littoral Combat Ship contract. On December 14, 2013, Austal USA successfully completed the launch of the future USS Jackson (LCS 6). The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet


No sign of missing Malaysia Airlines plane

Ships from six navies, dozens of military aircraft, sweeps with radar technology that can spot a soccer ball from hundreds of feet in the air - all have failed to find a single confirmed trace of a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished three days ago.


Amarcon Receives Orders for Eleven OCTOPUS-Onboard Systems

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Amarcon, a member of the ABB group, announced that it has received an order for in total eleven OCTOPUS-Onboard installations for Heavy Lift vessels from Cosco Heavy Transport and BigLift Shipping.   The Cosco deal was closed after the heavy cargo transporter leased the portable


Austal Deliver Joint High Speed Vessel, Launch the Next One

JHSV 3 Launch: Photo credit Austal

The second Austal-built Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV 2), USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) delivered to the Navy, & USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) was smoothly launched. USNS Choctaw County Austal USA President, Craig Perciavalle, had this to say regarding the delivery of Austal’s


Florida Transporters Orders Four Additional Eastern Towboats

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is announced that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, La. exercised an additional four 90’x32’x10’ Canal Class Inland Towboats. On January 23, 2013, Florida Marine Transporters, Inc


Panama Canal Expansion Lock Gates Arrive

Lock gates arrive: Photo courtesy of ACP

In a major milestone for the Panama Canal Expansion Program, the first four gates for the new locks have arrived from the port of Trieste, Italy to the waterway's Atlantic side on board the semi-submersible vessel 'STX Sun Rise'. "This is an exciting moment for the Panama Canal - the arrival


German Federal Minister Names DFDS Ro/Ro Vessel

(left to right) Henrik Hessellund, Captain of the Ark Germania; Berthold Brinkmann, Administrator of P+S Werften; Dr. Alexander Badrow, Lord Mayor of Stralsund; German Federal Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka; Peder Gellert Pedersen, Executive Vice President Shipping Division DFDS and Axel Schulz, Representative of the Administrator at the Volkswerft Stralsund

The Danish shipping company DFDS and Volkswerft Stralsund held a ceremony for newbuild no. 500: On the fitting-out quay at the shipyard the special-purpose Ro/Ro vessel was named Ark Germania by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Education and Research


TNG: Talleres Navales Del Golfo

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Talleres Navales del Golfo (TNG) shipyard at Veracruz, Mexico was originally developed as a new construction facility, but the shipyard has successfully transferred to ship repair facility with an emphasis on steelwork repair contracts.  As a result of recent success in repair operations


Conrad Shipyard: Strength in Diversity

Conrad’s specialty is building barges.

Conrad Shipyard has been a fixture in the inland and offshore new construction and repair marine market for more than six decades. This year the Morgan City, La., company celebrates its 65th anniversary, and while much has changed since the company’s inception in 1948


HeavyLift@Sea Presents the MPV 500 Heavy Lifter

MVP 500

Expanded design family of extremely versatile heavy goods transporters. HeavyLift@Sea presents the MPV 500 Heavy Lifter for intermediate market segment.   With the development and creation of the MPV 500, the maritime engineering specialist HeavyLift@Sea


Horizon to Build 80-foot Tug for FMT

Travis Short, Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., and Jeff Brumfield, FMT

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Ala. said it signed of a contract with long-time customer Florida Marine Transporters to build one 80’ towboat, with two option vessels. Horizon said that FMT has been a customer for nearly seven years


Maersk Orders Routing Software for 110+ Vessels

Emma Maersk

The Dutch weather routing software supplier Meteo Consult and Amarcon, have received an order from Maersk Line to equip a minimum of 110 Maersk Line container vessels with SPOS Seakeeping. The Seakeeping plug-in is a feature within Meteo Consults weather routing software SPOS


FreeSeas Announces Reverse Split of Common Stock

FreeSeas Inc., a transporter of dry-bulk cargos through the ownership and operation of a fleet of Handysize and Handymax vessels, has announced  that the company's amended and restated articles of incorporation were amended to effect a reverse stock split of the company's issued and


 
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