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Marcon Announces Sale of "Orion Pioneer"


Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington  announced the sale of the U.S. flag oilfield supply boat "Orion Pioneer" (ex-Orion Star, Acoustic Pioneer, September Morn) from WesternGeco Overseas Inc. to private buyers. The vessel was originally built in 1981 by Halter Marine, Inc. as a standard design 180' x 40' x 14' depth supply vessel for Levy-Mellon Marine of Patterson, Louisiana to use in the Gulf of Mexico market. She was later modified for specialized acoustic work for the U.S. Government Naval Sea Systems Command with conversion of port and starboard No. 2 tanks to 13' x 15' enclosed storage spaces and liquid mud and drybulk tanks converted to carry additional ballast and fuel. "Orion Pioneer" was originally classed by ABS, but later only carried an ABS loadline. Vessel currently has tankage for 79,000g fuel, 9,800g fresh water, and 160,000g ballast water providing an endurance of 30 days. She is powered by twin EMD 12-567BC main engines developing a total of 2,500BHP. New buyers plan to register the vessel in Panama and operate her in the Caribbean. Marcon acted as sole broker for the transaction. This is the 15th vessel Marcon has sold for WesternGeco. Marcon has concluded a total of seven charters and sales so far this year. Several additional transactions are pending and expected to close within the next couple of weeks.  In 2011, Marcon booked 34 sales and one charter.

Crowley Increases Its Fleet

Crowley Marine Transport (CMT), the breakbulk shipping division of Crowley Marine Services, has added two larger capacity breakbulk ships, Baltimar Orion and Spear, to meet increasing customer demand. Providing an increased cargo capacity for CMT, Orion and Spear, which sail weekly from the Gulf Coast to Venezuela, Trinidad and Mexico, will supplement the current breakbulk vessels which have been in commission since last year.

Navy Transport Dock Ship Tests Spacecraft Recovery

Spacecraft Orion recovery trial: Photo courtesy of USN

The first installment of a new and historic partnership between the Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration begins as the amphibious transport dock 'USS Arlington' (LPD 24) conducts a stationary recovery test of the Orion crew module while berthed at Pier 12, Naval Station Norfolk. During this test, a waterborne Orion crew module (a 16-foot, four-personnel upgrade of the Apollo capsule, which was half the size and carried a crew of three)

Air-Independent Propulsion: Fincantieri, Nuvera, Collaborate

Megayacht: Photo courtesy of Nuvera

US-based Nuvera Fuel Cells says it will be working with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri, on a program to power hi-end marine vessels with advanced fuel cell technology. Nuvera has been commissioned to produce and deliver eight of its Orion™ fuel cell stacks (total power 260 kW), which will be used as range extenders for use on marine vessels. Nuvera’s fuel cell auxiliary power units will provide marine vessels with air-independent propulsion (AIP)

15 Rescued from Adrift Banana Boat

Photo: Australian Defense

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft has successfully located and helped rescue 15 people who were adrift at sea when their "banana boat" lost power when travelling from Nissan Island to Buka Island in Bougainville. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Port Moresby requested assistance from Rescue Coordination Centre Australia after the boat failed to reach its destination.

Osum Oil Sands To Buy Shell's Orion Project For C$325 mln

  Osum Oil Sands Corp, a private energy company chaired by former Suncor Energy Inc Chief Executive Rick George, agreed on Tuesday to buy Shell Canada's Orion oil sands project for C$325 million ($298.11 million). The Orion project in the Cold Lake region of northern Alberta is close to a number of other oil sands developments and has been producing bitumen since 2007 using steam-assisted extraction methods.

Unicon And Poseidon Join Forces

Unicon International and Poseidon Services International have formed a joint cooperative agreement to utilize Poseidon's Orion Maintenance and Management System for Unicon's new Unirepair service. To ensure maximum flexibility for leasing companies and carrier clients, Poseidon is currently customizing its new Web-based service, while Unirepair will allow for online approval of repair services. Unirepair, which automatically links all M&R offices and repair depots with current real-time data

U.S. Navy Assists in Egyptian Ferry Search and Rescue

Infrared imagery taken from a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, assisting in search and rescue operations for survivors of the Egyptian ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea. By Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Curt Cooper, Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 Golden Swordsmen assisted search and rescue operations for survivors of the sunken Egyptian ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 in the Red Sea, Feb. 4.

Car-Carrier Saves South Pacific Lone Yachtsman

Car carrier Fidelio: Photo Wiki CCL

A solo Canadian sailor has been rescued from his sinking yacht in rough conditions 1,250 nautical miles (2,300km) north-east of Auckland - about 600nm (1,100km) south of Rarotonga - after a mercy dash by the car-carrier 'Fidelio', reports Maritime NZ. The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) was alerted by the signal from a US-coded EPIRB distress beacon and despatched an RNZAF P3 Orion to the scene. The air found the 11m sloop (single-masted yacht) L’Antillaise

Honghua Group Wins Rig Contract from Orion

Zhang Mi, Chairman & President of Honghua Group

  Chinese rig builder Honghua Group has been awarded a contract by Orion Engineering and Management Ltd  to build a semi-submersible drilling rig, with options to build three more. According to a statement released by Honghua, the rig deal worth US$320 million was signed by its offshore outfit Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Jiangsu Company Ltd. According to the Agreement the order is expected to be executed within 60 days

Pole Star Launches Cloud-based Platform

Image: Pole Star

Pole Star, a U.K.-headquartered technology company delivering maritime application solutions, has launched its new cloud application platform, designed to facilitate the company’s vision to enable a universal maritime ecosystem.   

NTSB Issues Update on El Faro Investigation

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The National Transportation Safety Board has contracted with the U.S. Navy to locate the El Faro, document the wreckage and debris field and recover the voyage data recorder (VDR). Below is an update of recent activities.   The Curve 21 remote operated vehicle (ROV) was used to confirm that

Sembcorp Upgrades of Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria for P&O Cruises

Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden - Concurrent repair and upgrading of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in November 2015. Photo:  Sembcorp Marine Ltd

 Sembcorp Marine, a global leader in cruise ship repair, refurbishment and conversion work, has successfully upgraded the Pacific Eden (formerly Statendam) and the Pacific Aria (formerly Ryndam) at its Admiralty Yard.    The concurrent drydocking of these two cruise vessels at the

Saipem CEO Sees No Volkswagen Risk over Fleet Standards

The fleet Italian oil contractor Saipem uses to carry out its offshore construction and drilling business has been properly certified and there is no risk of any Volkswagen-like scandal, the CEO said on Tuesday.   Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, the country's second-biggest party

S. Korea Readies Viking Anti-submarine Planes


 South Korea is moving ahead to introduce refurbished S-3 Viking anti-submarine warfare (ASW) planes to counter threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported quoting a military source.   The proposal to incorporate 12 former U.S. Navy Vikings into service was approved late last month by a

Donegal Fishing Boat Nearly Hit by Submarine

Astute-class submarine. Photo: Royal Navy

 Donegal fishermen are counting their lucky stars after a near-miss with a submarine last week.    A shocked fisherman has described his close encounter with a submarine, which emerged from the water 200 yards away from his boat.  

TOTE Shifts Maritime Companies under Unified Brand

Photo: TOTE Maritime

U.S. Jones Act carrier TOTE announced it has shifted operating companies Totem Ocean Trailer Express and Sea Star Line, respectively serving the Alaskan and Puerto Rican/Caribbean markets. Going forward, the companies will be known collectively as TOTE Maritime.

Star Bulk Sells Supramax Ship

Dry bulk shipper Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced the sale of a 58,722 dwt Supramax vessel, M/V Maiden Voyage, built in 2012 (tbr Astakos).   Star Bulk said the vessel was delivered to its buyers, an unaffiliated third party, on September 15, 2015.   

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

Heavy-lift Ship Transporting 22 Vessels from Asia to Rotterdam

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Press release - The Damen Shipyards Group is shipping a total of 22 vessels from several Damen shipyards aboard the heavy-lift vessel Happy Star. This is Damen’s largest transportation of stock vessels to date. Upon arrival in Europe later this month

Steel Processing for largest Sail Boat Begins

  Processing of steel for Hull 483 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 22 September 2015. It is the largest square-rigged ship contracted for a Monaco buyer, the company Star Clippers Ltd. It will be 162 meters long and 18

Recent Vessel Sales - September 2015

Vessel sales for September 2015 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 9/16 - VAN ORCHID - 28,341 - 09 - (6) - $10

Industry Award for APM Terminal Pipavav

Mr. Mukesh Oza- CEO & Chairman, Samsara Group_ Mr. Saurabh Sharma- Container Commercials, APM Terminals Pipavav _Capt. Deepak Tiwari- CEO, MSC Agency India

  APM Terminals Pipavav (Gujarat Pipavav Port), one of western India’s fastest growing gateway ports has been awarded the Inland Container Depot (ICD) Preferred Terminal of the year at the 4th edition of the Gujarat Star Awards held in Ahmedabad.  

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens First ECO Tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego.   San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs

CMIT Welcomes First 14,000 TEU Box Ship

Photo: APM Terminals

On October 29, 2015 Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT) received the maiden call of the 14,000 TEU m/v CSCL Star, the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) of 157,000 DWT, deployed in the Ocean 3 Alliance, marking the first Vietnam/Northern Europe direct service.  

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