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Attorney’s Fees not Recoverable in action in rem

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that attorney’s fees may not be recovered in an action in rem. In the instant case, plaintiff salvor successfully removed defendant yacht from a grounding after the owner signed a Standard Form Marine Salvage Contract. When the owner did not pay the salvage claim, the salvor brought suit in rem against the yacht. The action was then referred to arbitration, as provided for in the contract. In addition to awarding salvage, the arbitrator also assessed attorney’s fees against the yacht. On review, the court held that attorney’s fees are not part of a salvage lien. Offshore Marine Towing v. MR23, No. 04-15126 (11th Cir.) (HK Law)


Hvide Marine Certified For Safety

Hvide Marine's subsidiary, Hvide Marine Towing, has been granted certification in the American Waterways' Operators' (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program. RCP is a voluntary program outlining strict standard of conduct and compliance for the towing and barge industry, addressing quality and safety systems for operations and management. Certified since 1997, Hvide Marine Towing's certification verifies the harbor and offshore towing company's continued compliance with the safety standards outlined


Francois Named CEO of Delta Towing

Hercules Offshore, Inc. has appointed Larry Francois as Chief Executive Officer and President of Delta Towing effective August 20. Delta Towing, a subsidiary of Hercules Offshore, operates a fleet of 96 marine vessels, including 42 inland tugs, 18 offshore tugs and 36 crew boats, as well as 60 barges, including 30 deck barges, 17 shale barges, four spud barges and one offshore barge in the Gulf of Mexico. Larry has over 30 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Sr


Fairmount Tugs Deliver FPSO Pazflor

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A specialized team lead by Fairmount Marine has completed successfully the tow, mooring and positioning hook-up of the floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) Pazflor offshore Angola. Earlier Fairmount’s powerful tugs Fairmount Expedition, Fairmount Glacier and Fairmount Alpine have towed FPSO Pazflor from Korea to Angola. After arrival offshore Angola the 30 man team of Fairmount Marine connected the FPSO Pazflor to its moorings


Titan Leads Fire Call for MRA

At just after 0100hrs EDT July 22nd, 2002 the M/V Patriot, a 710-ft., 35,000-ton tanker was in the Florida Straits off West Palm Beach, having sailed from New York bound for Texas, when alarms on the bridge informed the crew that they had a fire in the engine room. The general alarm was sounded as the crew dressed and made their way through smoke and heat to muster forward of the vessel's accommodation structure.


Fairmount Sherpa Delivers Rig in Egypt

Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Sherpa has towed the semi-submersible drilling rig Noble Paul Romano from the Gulf of Mexico to Egypt. The tow was over a distance of close to 8,000 miles. When contracted by Noble Drilling the Fairmount Sherpa just has completed the installation of FPSO Skarv, offshore Norway. Fairmount Sherpa was mobilized first to Rotterdam for supplies and bunkers before it sailed to Jamaica for a rendez-vous with Noble Paul Romano


Crowley Reorganizes its Marine Services Subsidiary

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced that has reorganized its Crowley Marine Services subsidiary into three distinct operating groups – ship assist and escort services, petroleum services, and energy and marine services. Steve Peterson, senior vice president and general manager, is now managing energy and marine services and will relocate from Jacksonville to Seattle. Rob Grune, vice president and general manager, is managing ship assist and escort services and Bruce Barto


Fairmount Alpine delivers rig Ocean Yorktown in Gulf

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Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Alpine has delivered the semi submergible drilling rig Ocean Yorktown safely in Brownsville, US, after a 5,400 miles tow from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fairmount Marine was contracted in July by Diamond Offshore, a leading deepwater drilling contractor headquartered in Houston, to tow the semi submersible drilling rig Ocean Yorktown to the Mexican Gulf region. At that moment Fairmount Alpine just finished a special survey in Durban,


Crowley and PB Towage Form Alliance

Cooperation Broadens Project Management, Marine Cargo and Logistics Capabilities in Southeast Asia and Oceania.   Crowley Maritime Corporation's solutions group and PB Towage Ltd., part of the Pacific Basin Shipping group, have formed a business alliance that combines their respective services and regional positioning to collectively broaden their project management, marine project cargo and logistics capabilities in Southeast Asia and Oceania.  


E.N. Bisso Selects MarineCFO Software

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MarineCFO, a provider of software solutions to the marine transportation industry and a division of Verticalive Inc., announced that E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc., has chosen to implement the full MarineCFO Enterprise software suite, including personnel, pperations, maintenance, and vessel live. For over 100 years, E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc. has been a leading provider of harbor tug, offshore towing and heavy lift derrick services


NOIA Slams BOEM’s Denial of Offshore Seismic Permits

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National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi today issued the following statement on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s denial of seismic survey permits for the Atlantic OCS. “In yet another ‘black Friday’ announcement targeting the offshore oil


Tug Huron Goes to Work in Duluth

Photo: Kenneth Newhams / Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company said it has repositioned its Tug Huron to Duluth, Minn. on Monday, January 2, 2017 to enhance capabilities for icebreaking, harbor assist and other services essential to commercial shipping in the Duluth-Superior region.  


Solstad Wins Contract with CUEL Thailand

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 Norway’s Solstad Offshore ASA has been been awarded a contract with CUEL Limited, Thailand for the derrick lay barge DLB Norce Endeavour in the Gulf of Thailand.   According to the contract the 2011-built unit will be used for the provision of transportation and installation for


Vallianz Shuts Singapore Yard

Photo: Vallianz Holdings Limited

 Singapore’s offshore-support vessel provider  Vallianz Holdings has ceased operations at its shipyard in Singapore as part of efforts to streamline business operations amidst the severe industry downturn.   At the end of 2016


Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau Acquires Marine Auditing Firm

Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB) has acquired Quality Auditing, LC, effective December 31, 2016.    According to TVIB, the purchase strengthens its three-fold mission to provide training and continuing education for marine auditors and surveyors, develop audit and survey tools


VRC System Ordered for SSCV Sleipnir

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Heerema Marine Contractors has chosen Emerson Automation Solutions to provide a valve remote control (VRC) system for the world’s largest semi-submersible offshore crane vessel, SSCV Sleipnir, currently under construction at Sembcorp Marine’s shipyard in Singapore.  


DOF Bags Contracts from Asco and Eni

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 Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF has been awarded charter contracts for a platform supply vessel (PSV) and an anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS).   DOF said on Wednesday that the company won a two-year firm contract plus options with Asco Marine for the Skandi Aukra PSV.


OPC: Making Naval History

Winning Design: an early drawing of the USCG-select Vard 7 110 from Vard Marine and an updated version from the U.S. Coast Guard. (Image: Vard Holdings)

In September, 2016, an U.S. shipyard and the Canadian design business of an Italian-owned Norwegian shipyard won the largest vessel procurement contract in U.S. Coast Guard history. Now, Eastern Shipbuilding will build nine — and possibly many more — Vard Marine designs in its Panama


New Workboat for Oil Spill Response

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An all new workboat, produced by the Portuguese company SWB, Seismic Workboats, Lda headquartered in Peniche, has been designed and developed by engineering teams from Portugal, England, the U.S. and Norway and built at Peniche Shipyard.  


Final Marquette Z-drive Towboat from Master Marine

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In December, Marquette Transportation Co. took delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78'x 34’x11' St. Matthias was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.  


Eastern Launches Towboat for IWL River

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched Impala Cantagallo, the final vessel in a series of four triple screw inland river towboats for IWL River, Inc.   Launched on December 14, 2016 Impala Cantagallo is part of a series of 134-foot inland river service towboats designed by CT Marine


Innovative Boats: Marine News' Best of 2016

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Marine News looks back at the past 12 months and showcases the best of North America’s workboat design shop and shipyard output.   In a year where some stakeholders might not rank 2016 as the best of years in the shipyard or on the waterfront, we might disagree


BSEE Director Brian Salerno Weighs in on Offshore Ops

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Brian Salerno was sworn in as the Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on August 26, 2013. He is responsible for promoting safety, protecting the environment and conserving resources through the vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement of offshore operations


Two Maersk OSVs Sink off of France

A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Thursday two of its offshore oil industry supply vessels sank off the coast of France earlier in the day as they were being towed for scrapping in Turkey.   It said the two vessels, Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper


BV Helps to ‘de-risk’ Marine Renewable Energy Tech

Matthieu de Tugny, Senior Vice President, Offshore (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas has published a set of guidelines, NI 631 “Certification Scheme for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies”, addressing a broad spectrum of the needs of marine renewable energy (MRE) businesses and projects.   The certification scheme covers:






 
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