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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


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

Smith Berger Tow Pins Lead the Way

Smith Berger Marine, Inc. said it has been selected by Edison Chouest Offshore to design and manufacture the Tow Pin Stern Roller units required on its nine new vessels, including five escort tugs and four docking tugs.   Edison Chouest is building the new tugs in order to execute a 10-year

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

Lind Marine Acquires Moose Boats

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Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif. dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services throughout the San Francisco Bay area, has acquired Moose Boats, an aluminum commercial boat building company.   Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430ft dry-dock and 1

Clyde Launches Training Facility

CTS Staff Photo Clyde Training Solutions

Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) opened central Scotland’s first dedicated marine and offshore international training centre.   CTS – a newly established Clyde Group company -  is now offering an extensive range of onsite accredited maritime safety courses to an international

MTS Expands Fleet With Multipurpose Landing Craft

MTS Terramare (Photo: MTS)

Marine services provider Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) said it has purchased MTS Terramare, a multipurpose landing craft. The vessel enables the delivery of cargo, construction equipment and other materials directly onto land, without the need for dedicated dockside facilities

ABS Recognized in Singapore for R&D Collaboration

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a classification and technical services provider to the offshore and marine industries, has been recognized by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) as this year’s recipient of the Honorary SMI Collaboration Award.   Guest of honor Lucien Wong

Master Marine Delivers Z-Drive Tug to Marquette

St. Simon (Photo: Master Marine)

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

Horizon Flips First Hull for McAllister

Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Ala. said it has reached milestone in its contract with McAllister Towing.    The Capt. Brian A. McAllister, the first of up to four hulls, has been flipped and set on the shipbuilding ways

Marine Biogeographic Assessment of Hawaiian Islands

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) have released a new report and interactive map and data sets that highlight what is known about the marine environment of the main

Sea Trucks Secures Contract in Nigeria

Jascon 30 (Photo: Sea Trucks Group)

Sea Trucks Group said its principle Nigerian business, West African Ventures, has been awarded a contract for the provision of an accommodation vessel to a deepwater field, offshore Nigeria.  | The scope of work covers accommodation support services for 250 pax

Palfinger Wins Deck Equipment Package

Illustration of Havyard 832 MPV, where Palfinger Marine will deliver and extensive deck equipment package of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. (Copyright: Palfinger Marine GmbH, Havyard Group)

Palfinger Marine signed a contract with Turkish shipyard Cemre to supply a deck equipment package to a Havyard 832 MPV vessel being built for Esvagt. The package from Palfinger consists of cranes, winches and offshore equipment. The MPV will measure 81.9 x 17.16 m, with a  deck area of 620 sq

US Offshore Wind Comes to Life

(Photo: Robert Kunkel)

Marine News contributor Robert Kunkel asks: Are we ready to support the farms?   On August 19, 2016, we watched as the fifth tower and associated nacelle was raised on the Deepwater Offshore Wind Farm approximately 3 miles offshore of Block Island, Rhode Island

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter.   Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been

PBES Lithium Energy Storage for HH Ferries

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Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) said it has secured the energy storage supply contract for the two largest battery-powered ferries in the world. Each of the two Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör ferries will have 4.16 MWh batteries to provide power for primary propulsion.   

The Advent of Subchapter M

Ian McVicker

A primer: the new rule and guidance for operators as they search for the right mix of compliance options to meet their specific and unique needs.      For several years, the towing vessel industry has been waiting for final publication of the U.S

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