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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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


Financial IUpdate on Asia and China

According to Bloomberg.com, 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


Bouchard Transportation Wins Jones F. Devlin Award

Courtesy Chamber of Shipping of America

The Chamber of Shipping of America awarded thirty- nine (39) Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. operating vessels the Jones F. Devlin Award, at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon in New Orleans, LA.   This award further symbolizes Bouchard’s dedicated commitment to safety


USCGC Sequoia Visits Saipan, Open for Tours

U.S. Coast Guard photo

USCGC Sequoia (WLB-215), homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, is scheduled to arrive in Saipan today, for a port visit before continuing aids to navigation operations in Western Oceania. The Sequoia will be open to the public for tours Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m


Gas Plant Fire Halts US Gulf Coast Platforms

At least two offshore oil platforms halted operations on Tuesday in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after a fire at a natural gas processing plant in Mississippi shut a crucial pipeline that brings output onshore, several companies said.   The fire at Enterprise Products Partners plant in


This Day In Naval History: August 5

1832 - USS Potomac, becomes the first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands.   1858 - The last bit of cable is laid by USS Niagara and British ship Agamemnon to complete the first trans-Atlantic cable


Baltic Index Slides Further as Demand Woes Continue

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, touched a record low for the eighth straight session on Thursday, hurt by a persistent vessel glut and weaker global demand.  


Schlumberger to Buy Stake in Fortuna LNG

Image by Royal Dutch Shell Plc

 Oilfield services giant Schlumberger is entering Ophir Energy’s Fortune floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project off Equatorial Guinea after agreeing a preliminary deal with the UK player for a stake in the development.  


Wartsila Projects 2016 Profit Growth

Finnish industrial engine maker Wartsila reported higher quarterly earnings on Wednesday and forecast improved margins this year, hoping growth in services would offset sluggish demand for ship technology. The company said it expected 2016 sales to be at worst unchanged to five percent higher


UK P&I Club Sees Positive Renewal Season

The UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurer, has announced its renewal results for 2016 following the closure of the renewal season on February 20, 2016. At this renewal the Club experienced a net gain of 4 million entered tonnes.


Turkish Power Ship to Supply Electricity to Zambia

Turkey's Karadeniz will in the next two weeks begin supplying Zambia with electricity from a power-generating ship as it looks to take advantage of chronic shortages in Africa, the company said on Wednesday.   Karadeniz builds what are effectively floating power stations which plug into


Shipwreck off N.Carolina Believed to Be Civil War-era Steamer

  A shipwreck discovered off the coast of North Carolina is likely one of three Confederate blockade runners known to have been lost in the area, archaeologists said on Monday.   The remains of the iron-hulled steamer were located on Feb. 27 near Oak Island


Giant Cranes Arrive at Port of Gulfport

Image: Mississippi State Port Authority

 Three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes for the Port of Gulfport are arrivined by ship and the port took delivery.   Manufactured in China at a cost of $30 million, the equipment is designed to meet the port's needs for the next 40 years.  


CMA CGM Announces Emergency Operational Surcharge for Zanzibar

Photo: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM has announced to its customers that there is increasing deterioration of the port congestion up to 15 days in Zanzibar, Tanzania, which is beyond their control.   CMA CGM will implement an Emergency Operational surcharge in Zanzibar applicable to all shipments until further


New Norsafe Boat with Diesel Outboards Debuts

(Photo: Norsafe)

Norsafe launched a new boat, the Marathon 900 RIB, the company's first RIB complementing an already wide range of boats for professional and military customers.   The Marathon 900 RIB was demonstrated with two newly developed Mercury outboard engines that can run on diesel fuel


China Launches New 98,000-ton Heavy-lift Mega Ship

Guang Hua Kou. Photo: COSCO Heavy Transport

 The Guang Hua Kou, one of the world's largest heavy lift semi-submersible ships, was launched last month at Guangdong Shipyard International. At 98,000 tons, it's one of the largest vessels of its size, anywhere in the world.   


DONG Energy Narrows IPO Pricing Range

Photo: DONG Energy

Danish utility and offshore wind farm developer DONG Energy has narrowed the price target for the company's share sale in Copenhagen, cutting off the top end of range, one source with direct knowledge to the matter said.   The price range has been narrowed to 225 Danish crowns and 235






 
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