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Port Huron Welcomes New Cutter

The City of Port Huron will welcome the newest ship in the Coast Guard’s fleet of buoy tenders at 3 p.m. Saturday November 8. The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock (WLB 214) is the fourteenth Juniper Class Seagoing Buoy Tender and is the first of its kind to be stationed on the Great Lakes. Hollyhock replaces the Coast Guard Cutter Bramble, now a museum ship in Port Huron. The newest 225-foot cutter was launched January 25, 2003 in Marinette, Wis., and turned over for Coast Guard operation Oct. 15. Hollyhock’s primary missions on the Great Lakes will be services the thousand of navigational beacons on the lower Great Lakes and domestic ice breaking.

Donjon Marine Participates in FiFi Exercise

Donjon Marine Co., Inc. was invited by the State Fire Marshall and the Director of the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety to participate in an exercise conducted by members of the Union and Morris County Fire Services to test and showcase the capabilities of a portable marine firefighting system known as Neptune/Iron Man. On May 26, at Donjon’s Berth 22 Port Newark Facility, Donjon loaded the Neptune/Iron Man firefighting system onto Donjon’s newly built 225 x 54 x 14-ft

Salvage Tug Completes Frigate Tows

Donjon Marine's 7,200 hp salvage tug Powhatan deliverd the fourth and final ex-U.S. Navy frigate to the Turkish Governement. Donjon Marine had been contracted last year to tow the frigates ? three in Philadelphia and one in Charleston, S.C. - and deliver them to the Turks in the Sea of Marmara. Each frigate (414 x 44 x 24 ft.) was towed by the company's 225 ft. U.S. flag salvage tug, the largest such salvage tug operating under the U.S. flag.

Ferry Mishap Claims Eight Lives

Eight people were killed when a ferry sank in the northern Philippines. Colonel Delfin Bravo, police operations officer in Tuguegarao, said 50 passengers survived by swimming to shore or were saved by rescuers after last Wednesday's accident. Rescuers were still searching for survivors along the Chico river, 360 km (225 miles) north of Manila. Officials said the ferry might have been buffeted by big waves and strong winds due to incessant rains in the northern Philippines over the past few

Global Acquires Marine Construction Business

Global Industries, Ltd. has attained the offshore marine construction business of its Mexican joint venture CCC Fabricaciones y Construcciones, S.A. de C.V. and sold its interest in CCC to the other principal shareholder of CCC, Grupo Consorcio de Fabricaciones y Construcciones. Under these terms, Global is acquiring four marine vessels and the marine support base at Cuidad de Carmen, Mexico, in addition to the existing offshore marine construction contracts totaling more than $72 million.

Manitowoc Launches Coast Guard Cutter

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. recently launched the U.S.Coast Guard Cutter Oak, the eleventh ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc's Marinette Marine subsidiary. This 225-ft. Juniper-class vessel is part of a series of contracts, which were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and 1998. The launch ceremony, which took place on January 26, featured U.S. Representative Henry E. Brown Jr. (D-SC) as the keynote speaker; his wife, Billye Brown, the sponsor of the ship

Transas to Supply Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy With Simulator

Transas USA announced the supply of a Full Mission Ship Handling simulator to the Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy (formerly Tidewater School of Navigation ) based in Virginia Beach, VA. The simulator, based on the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 4000 simulation software, will consist of a 225 degree horizontal field of view forward combined with three rear viewing channels. The bridge equipment is convertible to enable ship handling training on large vessels as well as tugs and

Austal teams with GL

Australian fast-vessel builder Austal Ships Pty Ltd. has prolonged its long-standing technical and commercial partnership with the classification society Germanischer Lloyd. The agreement was extended for the fourth time in the last eleven years. Germanischer Lloyd will continue to provide classificatory handling, technical advisory services and accompanying analyses of strength, dynamics and hydrodynamics for various projects of the Austal yard

Financial IUpdate on Asia and China

According to, Asian stocks rose for the first time in four days, led by financial shares, after China Merchants Bank Co. doubled its profit and Citic Securities Co. said net income jumped more than fivefold. China Construction Bank Corp. climbed the most in two weeks in Hong Kong. Fubon Financial Holding Co. led Taiwanese financial companies higher after the Economic Daily News reported they may be allowed to buy stakes in China's banks. Reliance Industries Ltd

Coast Guard Cutter Completed at Marinette

The Manitowoc Company's Marinette Marine subsidiary launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple on December 16, 2000. Maple is the seventh ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built by Marinette. The launch ceremony, which was attended by a number of dignitaries, included Fran Ulmer, the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, who gave the keynote speech and formally christened Maple, as well as Rear Admiral Thomas J. Barrett, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District.

New Drydock for FMT Shipyard and Repair

Photo: Gulf Island Marine Fabricators

Gulf Island Marine Fabricators has recently delivered a new drydock named the J.B. Barthelemy to FMT Shipyard and Repair.   The new drydock, which is 180 feet long and 73 feet wide with 63-foot clearance between the wingwalls, seven-foot deep pontoon with 18-foot high wing walls, has a 2

Two Fast Supply Vessels Launched in Brazil

Photo: Incat Crowther

  Two new UT4000 Monohull Fast Supply Vessels designed by Incat Crowther and built by ETP Engenharia Ltda have been launched. The new vessels, Baru Providencia and Baru Antares, are the third and fourth in a 12 vessel series, following on from Baru Gorgona and Baru Macura.  

Ferry Firm Bags Contract for MoD Port

Image: CalMac Ferries Limited

 David MacBrayne Ltd (DML) and global logistics firm GBA (Holdings) Ltd, operating as Solent Gateway Ltd, have won a contract to run one of the UK’s busiest military ports as part of a joint venture.   The Gourock-based firm has been awarded a 35-year deal to manage military

LNG Tanks Installed on Crowley’s First ConRo Ship

Photo: Crowley

Construction of the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached another milestone, with the installation of three LNG fuel tanks

USCG Search for Missing Crew of El Faro

Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles.  While searching in the vicinity of the ships last known position 35 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the Coast Guard located a deceased person in a survival suit in the water.  A heavily damaged life boat with markings consistent with those on board the El Faro was also located Sunda

  Coast Guard search and rescue crews continue searching for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro Monday night, covering a total search area of more than 160,574 square nautical miles. While searching in the vicinity of the ship's last known position 35 nautical miles northeast

Woman Medevaced from Cruise Ship off SouthWest Pass

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew  came to rescue of the woman

  The Coast Guard medevaced a 50-year-old woman from a cruise ship 225 miles southeast of Southwest Pass, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard District 8 received a call at approximately 9 a.m., requesting a medevac for a woman who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding

Wei-Li Crane Ship Departs Damen Shiprepair

Photo: Damen

The Wei-Li crane ship slipped her lines at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque on Friday, September 11, to make the short trip up to Rotterdam after 10 days of maintenance and repairs.   The 141-meter, 18,330 DWT crane ship required special dock bed arrangements, not least because of the 3

Port of Rotterdam Installing New Buoys and Dolphins

Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority

Port of Rotterdam Authority invests €32 million in buoys and dolphins   Work toward the expansion and replacement of buoy berths and dolphin configurations in the Port of Rotterdam’s Caland Canal and the Botlek is underway, with a targeted operational time of autumn 2015

Tactical Response Vessel Delivered to NYPD

Photo: Gladding-Hearn

Gladding-Hearn shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation has delivered a second 70-foot tactical response vessel to New York City’s Harbor Patrol Unit. The two sister-ships were part of a five-boat order from the New York City Police Department (NYPD).  

DHS, Postal Service to Dedicate USCG Forever Stamp

Photo: DHS

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Postal Service leaders are scheduled to dedicate the United States Coast Guard Forever stamp during a ceremony Tuesday at Coast Guard Headquarters. The stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp and honors the Coast Guard for its role in protecting

Sterndrive Boost Offshore Fishing Charter Boat

Volvo Penta Diesel Sterndrive Proves Itself on New Offshore Charter Fishing Boat

  Capt. Rick Croson has been running a successful fishing charter business from North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach for more than 10 years. When the time came to order a new boat, he made the unusual decision to request a diesel sterndrive power package

Signal International Files for Bankruptcy

Photo: Signal International

Facing a wave of lawsuits filed by workers recruited from India to work on the U.S. Gulf Coast, marine services company Signal International has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to help save its business and resolve litigation, the Wall Street Journal reported.

USCG Commandant Releases Cyber Strategy

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft (USCG photo)

The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, released the service's cyber strategy Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies to ensure the prosperity and security of the nation's Maritime Transportation System (MTS) in the face of a rapidly evolving cyber domain

Coast Guard Foundation Hosts Annual Tribute

Kyra Phillips, CNN

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 11th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital will take place on Wednesday, June 10

Sea Urchin Haven Disturbed by Oil Spill

Santa Barbara Photo Wikipedia

  Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. Now, she needs new hunting grounds. The coast, thought to be one of the world's best places for harvesting sea urchins

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