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Mid America Delivers Three Tugs to MNO

Photos courtesy Mid America Shipyards

Mid America Shipyards LLC, out of Ft. Smith, Ark., has just delivered three tug boats to MNO operating out of Suriname in South America. Two of the vessels are 31.5 ft long by 14 ft wide with a hull depth of 5.5 ft and an eye level of 1.8 ft.  Each vessel is equipped with two Cummins engines QSL9 at 330 hp each continuous duty, provided by Mid South Cummins.  These 660 hp tugs came complete with living quarters featuring a set of bunk beds, toilet, sink, shower, refrigerator, hotplate, air conditioning, 9 KW gen set, two 10 ton winches, 3-inch shafts and 38-inch props.  These tug boats will be used to push 195-ft hopper barges up and down the rivers in Suriname. The third boat was a single engine 135 hp (John Deere) helper tug.  It is 25.5 ft long by 8 ft wide with a 3.5 ft deep hull.  Its engine was provided by C K Power.  

NSA And SCA Merge

Donald T. 'Boysie' Bollinger, chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., and chairman of the National Shipyard Association (NSA) and Daniel L. Gulling, president of Marinette Marine Corp., and chairman of the Shipbuilders Council of America have announced the merger of the two associations. The new association, also called Shipbuilders Council of America, represents more than 50 shipyard companies that own and operate more than 100 shipyards in 20 states

Cruise Companies Slump On EPA Report

Cruise shipping lines, which were already weathering a slump to start 2000, were smacked with more bad news on Wednesday when it was revealed that six cruise ship companies -- Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines - were cited for emitting illegal amounts of smoke in scenic areas of Alaska, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. Princess Cruises reportedly plans to review the allegations and to request a conference

Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, and NYK Announce Joint Operations

Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line, and NYK announced that they have reached agreement to operate jointly in the trade between Asia, South Africa, and South America. From mid April, the linew will replace the current three strings (one operated by Maersk Line and two operated by Hamburg Süd and NYK) by two strings with modern and fast vessels. The overall capacity produced by the new two string system is roughly the same as the capacity presently provided by the three Lines

Simplex Expands Service Team

Simplex Americas LLC, the representative office for Blohm & Voss Industries GmbH in the Americas, has expanded its Factory Trained & Authorized service team with the hiring of Jay M. Lewis as Service Engineer. Lewis’ 15 years of propulsion and shaft experience includes progressive positions as Outside Machinist for various Marine Contractors, Outside Machinist Foreman at Bender Shipbuilding, and ultimately Outside Machinist Leaderman at Atlantic Marine Inc., in Mobile, Alabama

US Shipyard to Produce GTT's LNG Membrane Tanks

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), via its U.S. subsidiary GTT North America, announced the signing of an agreement with Conrad Shipyard for the future production of LNG membrane tanks using GTT's technology. The signing of an agreement initiates the process of training and preparing Conrad Shipyard, a major U.S

Cunard Narrows Field To Five

Cunard Line says it has five bids from European shipyards to build the Queen Mary 2, a rare new transatlantic liner that will rank with the world's largest passenger ships upon its completion in 2003. Cunard’s president Larry Pimentel was quoted as saying the a letter of intent should be forthcoming in the next few weeks, or month. All of the shipyards bidding are reportedly based in Europe. The original Queen Mary, built in a British shipyard, is now a floating hotel in southern California

Lloyd’s Center of Excellence, North America

Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. held an open house for its newly expanded offices in Fort Lauderdale on February 25, unveiling a modern training facility that will host an array of marine training courses and topical seminars for clients and industry associates. The new training facility in Fort Lauderdale is the latest addition to a global training strategy and highlights plans to broaden learning opportunities for the maritime industry in North America.

‘Green’ Hybrid-powered Research Vessel Christened

The $2.7 million environmentally friendly research vessel, Spirit of the Sound (Photo courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk)

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk christened a larger, “greener” new research vessel on Friday, September 26 in preparation for launching a new era in examining, monitoring and teaching about Long Island Sound. The $2.7 million environmentally friendly research vessel, Spirit of the Sound, was christened and officially named during a ceremony at the Aquarium dock. Breaking a bottle on her hull was godmother of the boat, Astrid Heidenreich of Greenwich.

Bollinger Receives Two SCA Awards

Bollinger’s President and CEO, Ben Bordelon accepting SCA awards from Matthew Paxton (Left), SCA President and Ian Bennitt (Right), SCA Manager Government Affairs. (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Shipyards was presented the 2014 Award for Excellence in Safety for the 10th consecutive year, and was also presented the 2014 Award for Improvement in Safety by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on April 23, 2015, during the association’s Spring General Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C.   The Award for Excellence in Safety is given to member companies with the lowest total recordable incident rates (TRIR) based on a quarterly injury and illness survey

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

Navy Kicks Off Tours with Industry Program


  The Navy kicked off a new program Oct. 5, designed to give high performing officers and Sailors experience at large corporations for approximately one year. Three participants began work today with Amazon in Seattle, Washington, and two with FedEx, in Memphis, Tennessee

Abu Dhabi Ports Welcomes New Cruise Season

Image: Abu Dhabi Ports

 As Abu Dhabi's new Zayed Port cruise terminal opens by the end of this year, the number of cruise ships docking in Abu Dhabi is set to increase by a fifth this season, reports the National.    Zayed Port,  a premier cruise hub in the region

Swiss Re Establishes North America Marine Team

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has expanded its marine business by opening a North America marine office. Beginning October 1, 2015, the New York-based team will provide ocean cargo insurance, with additional products to follow, the company said.  

Dry bulk Trend is Weak


 Even though the trend is negative, by about 10% in the last two weeks, the supramax average 6 TC routes still seems to be overpriced compared to what is being fixed on the spot market for short period and rounds, says Fearnley's weekly report.  

Hamburg Süd Christens Cap San Vincent

Left to right: Sung-Geun Lee, DSME executive vice president, shipyard general manager; Fawad Neiro, sponsor Susanne Neiro, K+S Transport; and Dr. Arnt Vespermann, member of the Hamburg Süd executive board. (Photo: Hamburg Süd)

Hamburg Süd christened its new containership, Cap San Vincent, at a ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, Wednesday.   The final vessel in a series of three identical new builds

OPEC Sees Oil Prices Returning to $80/Barrel by 2020

OPEC forecasters expect oil prices will rise by no more than $5 a barrel a year to reach $80 by 2020, with a slowing in rival non-OPEC production growth not enough to absorb the current oil glut, according to OPEC sources.   The sources said the figures came from an updated mid-term

Flexibility Key to MES’ New FPSO Hull Platform

Japanese shipbuilder Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) announced it has developed a next generation hull platform for floating production, storage and offloading system (FPSO) that aims to offer improved flexibility between projects.  

Genting HK to Buy Lloyd Werft Shipyard

Photo: Lloyd Werft

Genting Hong Kong has agreed to acquire the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany, in a deal that will see the company invest €17.5 million for a 50 percent ownership of the land and 70 percent of the new build business. The acquisition remains subject to final purchase conditions.

Norden to Exit Capesize Bulker Markets

Danish shipping company D/S Norden plans to cut the number of vessel types it operates to help it through a long-depressed shipping market that could be about to get worse due to a slowdown in China, the company's chief executive told Reuters.

New President, CEO at Rickmers-Linie America

© Rickmers

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist for liner services in breakbulk, heavy lift and project shipping, has appointed Wouter Huybrechts as the new President and CEO of Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc.    Huybrechts took over for CEO and President Waldemar Poulsen

Panama Canal's Cruise Season from October 3

Cruise season Photo Courtesy Panama Canal Authorities

The Panama Canal cruise ship season 2015-2016 will officially begin on October 3 with the transit of Costa Luminosa, on a voyage from Italy around the world. “Approximately 220 cruise ships are expected to transit through the Panama Canal during this season that spans from October 2015 to

Kooiman BV Contracts for Survey, Life-Extension of SWATH

Photo: Kooiman

The Dutch Pilotage Service contracted with Kooiman BV for a major maintenance survey and life-extension of its SWATH vessel Cetus en Persues. The SWATH, a catamaran vessel measuring 25.7 x 14.3 x 2.7m was built in 2005.   Combined with regular special survey

USCG Icebreaking Tug Returns from Midlife Overhaul

Morro Bay passes the Cleveland West Pierhead Light in June 2013. (USCG photo by Christopher M. Yaw)

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returned to homeport in Cleveland Tuesday following a 14-month service life extension project (SLEP) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.   SLEP is a major midlife overhaul which is expected to extend the cutter's service life 15

G6 Announces Asia-North America Winter Program

Berlin Express-HL

  Members of the G6 Alliance today announced the Winter Program for Asia – North America services in response to traditional seasonal changes in market demand. The following are the temporary service suspensions: Asia – North America East Coast Service

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