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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.


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


USCG Ups River Security for MLB All Star Game

Great American Ball Park (Photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds)

The U.S. Coast Guard, in cooperation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, will provide additional maritime safety and security operations on the Ohio River in support of events surrounding the 86th Major League Baseball (MLB) All Star Game at Great American Ball Park in


Israeli Drone Crashes near Lebanon's Port of Tripoli

Image: Lebanese Army

 Lebanese Army officials say an Israeli drone crashed in the waters off Tripoli on Saturday, reports Reuters.   “At around 8:30 am (0530 GMT), a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures


Star Bulk Adds Three Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that on July 15, 2015 it took delivery of M/V Goliath and M/V Maharaj, two 209,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulk carriers built by Nantong COSCO KHI-Ship Engineering Co.   In addition, on July 22, 2015 Star Bulk took delivery of M/V Star Aquarius, a 61


WGMA Urges Participation in Menhaden Survey

Photo courtesy Department of Marine Sciences

  The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) is urging its members with ships arriving at any port in the western US Gulf to participate in the Menhaden survey. The annual Menhaden spawn (typically April through October) has created challenges for ships transiting local waterways


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

Fishing boat

  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


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

Image: Global Ship Lease (GSL)

 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


New Rescue Vessel Marks Milestone for Craig Group

L to R: Grampian Devotion Master, Malcolm Trott, with Craig Group chairman and managing director, Douglas Craig, and North Star Shipping managing director, Callum Bruce.

North Star Shipping has reinforced its fleet of next generation vessels after taking delivery of its new ERRV, the Grampian Devotion, in Aberdeen.   The latest vessel represents the eighth and final D-class IMT-950 Emergency Response and Rescue vessels (ERRVs) that the company has had






 
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