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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.


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.


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

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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)


Norway To Rule On Star Bid

Norway's Industry Ministry is likely to make a ruling before Feb. 4 regarding a bid by NCL's board to deny votes to Malaysia's Star Cruises. NCL, the target of a bid war between Star and U.S. giant Carnival Corp., is accusing Star of skirting the law by failing to update Norwegian authorities of its NCL share buying. Star owns 47 percent of NCL. Under Norwegian law, any firm seeking to acquire parts of a business has to notify the ministry when its stake exceeds one-third


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Third Vessel

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced that it has taken delivery of the M/V Star Kappa (ex E Duckling), a Supramax vessel of 52,055 dwt built in 2001 in Japan. Star Kappa is an addition to the initial fleet, was acquired for USD 72 million and is the third vessel to be delivered to the Company following the completion of the Redomiciliation Merger. Star Kappa has a Time Charter employment contract at a gross daily rate of USD 47,800 with earliest expiration date of September 23, 2010.


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


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


Objects Spotted in New Flight 370 Search Area

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According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), five aircraft have spotted “multiple objects of various colors” during Friday’s search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Authorities will assess the photographic imagery of the objects overnight.


AMSA Calls Off Search for Missing Vessel

AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) said it has suspended the search for a 75-meter fishing support vessel after consulting expert medical advice indicating that in the current weather conditions there is no prospect of survival.


Tanker Rescues Three following Yacht Fire

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Sunday, March 30, during the night, M/T Glenda Meryl (jointly owned by d'Amico and Glencore and managed by Ishima ship management) rescued all the American crew of the stricken sailing yacht Even Star. The crew had taken to the ship's liferaft


Sea Star Line Vessel Used in Training Exercise

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On April 2, 2014, Sea Star Line’s vessel El Faro and its employees participated in a joint training exercise at North Florida shipyards. The training exercise focused on evaluating agency procedures, communication plans and training programs to assure all agencies can respond in the most


No sign of missing Malaysia Airlines plane

Ships from six navies, dozens of military aircraft, sweeps with radar technology that can spot a soccer ball from hundreds of feet in the air - all have failed to find a single confirmed trace of a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished three days ago.


Two Ocean Shipping Companies to Pay $3.4M

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Sea Star Line LLC and Horizon Lines LLC have agreed to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by fixing the price of government cargo transportation contracts between the continental United States and Puerto Rico, the Department of Justice announced today


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 10

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 10 1783 - USS Alliance (Capt. John Barry) defeats HMS Sybil in final naval action of Revolution in West Indies waters 1933 - Pacific Fleet provides assistance after earthquake at Long Beach, Calif.


Missing Malaysian Airliner: USS Kidd Joins Search

USS Kidd: Photo credit USN

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) has joined USS Pinckney (DDG 91) in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which remains anaccounted for, three days after it lost contact with air traffic control.


Houston Ship Channel Collision: Tank Barge & Cargo Ship

Hull damage: Photo credit USCG

The cause of a collision between the cargo ship 'Genius Star VII' and a barge loaded with 840,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil in the Houston Ship Channel is being investigated by the US Coast Guard. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report at approximately 8:30 p.m


US Navy Ship Pulls out of MH370 Search

U.S. Navy file photo of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100).

The U.S. Navy announced that its ship USS Kidd and MH-60R helicopters will detach from the MH370 search and rescue (SAR) effort as of March 18 after searching a combined 15,000 square miles of the Andaman Sea since March 10. The decision was made in consultation with Malaysia’s government


Coast Guard Icebreaker returns from Operation Deep Freeze

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is scheduled to return to their homeport of Coast Guard Base Seattle at 10 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2014, following a 108-day deployment of Operation Deep Freeze 2014.  Polar Star departed Seattle Dec


Dredging Permits for Bayport & Barbours Cut Expected Soon

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Following the recent meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, the following news items  of note were released. Dredging The Port Commission approved a $68 million construction contract with Orion Construction L.P. for Bayport and Barbours Cut channel improvements


Search Resumes for Missing Flight 370

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) reported that the search for signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 aircraft in the Australian search and rescue region has resumed following a day of suspension due to poor weather.


Nordic American Offshore Appoints CEO

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) announced that Tor-Øyvind Bjørkli will join the company as chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2014. Tor-Øyvind will be working from out of the Oslo office on the same premises as Orion Tankers; the chartering department of


Missing Skiff Found Adrift: One Missing, One Rescued

An overdue skiff reported missing since March 13 with two people aboard was located off the island of Satawal Monday 347 miles west of their departure point at Chuuk Atoll. Locals from Satawal spotted a vessel with one person aboard drifting approximately one mile from shore and launched a


 
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