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Marcon Announces Sale of "Orion Pioneer"

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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.


Navios Announces New Time Charters

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. has secured new time charters for four vessels.Navios TBN Capesize -- Ten-Year Charter Navios TBN Capesize, a 172,000 dwt new building vessel scheduled to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2009, has been chartered-out for ten years commencing upon delivery. The ten-year, net daily charter-out rate will be $41,325 per day. Navios TBN Capesize -- Five-Year Charter Navios TBN Capesize, another 172


International Track 100 Recognizes Pole Star

Pole Star Space Applications Ltd.has been recognized as one of Britain’s best performing companies, according to the Sunday Times International Track 100. The league table ranks 100 UK-based private companies with the fastest-growing international sales in the last three years. Pole Star was the sole maritime industry representative included from a database of 2 million privately-held businesses. The company provides satellite monitoring systems to the global maritime industry


CARAT Exercise Series Kick-off in Philippines

CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. PughReleased)

Members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps along with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts kicked off the 2015 Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series during an opening ceremony in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, June 22.


Star Bulk Sells Star Christianna

  Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced the sale of M/V Star Christianna (a 74,577 dwt Panamax vessel, built in 1998) to an unaffiliated third party.


Aggressive Superyacht Investment Pan for Blohm+Voss

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 Fred van Beers, the newly appointed CEO for Blohm+Voss, unveil details of an aggressive new investment plan in the superyacht sector.    Over the next year, the company is restructuring some independent divisions under the same roof


Global Ship Lease Extends Panamax Charter with X-Press Feeders

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 Global Ship Lease, Inc. has agreed to extend the time charter for the Ville d'Orion, a 1997-built, 4,113 TEU vessel currently on charter with Sea Consortium Pte Limited, doing business as X-Press Feeders.    The extension is to between November 26, 2015 and February 26, 2016


Recent Vessel Sales: May 2015

Vessel sales for May 2015 (as of June 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 5/26 - SEA RACER - 18,320 - 00 - (15) - $3.5 5/12 - BIRCH 5 - 26,045 - 97 - (18) - $2.8


Divers Comb Capsized China Ship, Hopes Fade

Death toll more than doubles to 19, more than 400 missing. Rescuers searched a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly, but hopes of finding more survivors were fading in what could be China's worst shipping disaster in almost


China Ship Sinking Spotlights Captain's Role

Three years before the cruise ship he was steering capsized in the Yangtze River, the Chinese government honoured captain Zhang Shuwen for saving the life of an elderly man who had suffered an asthma attack. Zhang is now the focus of attention after his ship, the Eastern Star


Vassenden Wins WISTA LeaderShip Award

Eli Vassenden (Photo: WISTA)

Eli Vassenden, COO Ship Management in Grieg Star, has been awarded the WISTA LeaderShip Award 2015 by WISTA Norway as recognition of her contribution the maritime industry, her competency and leadership skills within the traditionally male dominated role of COO


Families March to China Shipwreck Site as Survivor Hopes Fade

Dozens of people broke through a police cordon on Wednesday as they marched towards the site of a sunken cruise ship in the Yangtze River to demand news of missing relatives.   Rescuers searched for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly


Capsized Chinese Ship: Chance of Survivors Slim

Rescue workers are cutting into the hull of the cruise ship Eastern Star that capsized. Photo credit: Xinhua

 Huge cranes righted the Eastern Star, the capsized Chinese cruise ship, but still submerged in water. The next step would be to lift it. Authorities said they would search every cabin, the official news agency Xinhua reported.  


Ferus Smit to Launch Nordan Star

Nordana Star (Photo: Ferus Smit)

Ferus Smit informs it will launch Nb. 418 Nordana Star for Symphony Shipping on Friday, July 3, at its shipyard in Leer, Germany. Nordana Star is the second vessel in a series of six to be delivered to Symphony Shipping. As her name reveals


Pilot of Grounded Tug Sentenced for Negligence

The pilot of a tow vessel that ran aground in June 2014 was sentenced for negligence.   Gerold Holt Bosarge was sentenced June 12 in United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama to a violation of Title 46, United States Code, Section 2302(b)


Missing Fishing Boat Found off Moa Island

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  Three stranded mariners adrift in the Torres Straight have been rescued thanks to the crew of a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft. Following a request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Orion aircraft detected three occupants in a five meter


Sale of m.v. Star Mega

M.V. Star Mega

  Star Bulk Carriers Corp.  a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced the sale of M/V Star Mega, a 170,631 dwt Capesize vessel, built in 1994, to an unaffiliated third party.


US,Japan, Philippines to Hold South China Sea Naval Drill

US Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Photo: US Navy

 The U.S. and Japan are conducting separate military drills with the Philippines near disputed islands in the South China Sea, says a report in Reuters.   The naval exercises is not far from the disputed Spratly archipelago, where China's rapid creation of seven island outposts is






 
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