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Maritime Professional Q4 Edition Available

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The Q4 edition of Maritime Professional -- with Buckley McAllister, fifth generation leader of McAllister Towing profiled -- is now available for download at: In addition to the McAllister profile, you will also find inside: Wind Assist Technology: Pipe Dream or Reality? Barry Parker examines wind assisted propulsion in commercial ships. LNG Impacts Ship Design: The use of LNG as a marine fuel is changing ship and boat design. Maritime Recruitment: The Shipyard Roundtable: Leading shipyard recruiters weigh in on trends in U.S. shipyard recruitment.      

Parker Reports Loss For Quarter

Parker Drilling Company reported unaudited revenue of $105 million and a net loss of $7.7 million or a $.10 loss per diluted share for the three months ended November 30, 1998. The prior year's results for the same quarter reflect total revenue of $109.9 million and net income of $10.7 million or $.14 per diluted share. "The industry continues to experience the effects of the most dramatic drop in energy prices since the 1980s," said Robert L. Parker Jr., president and CEO

Frink Retires From Parker Drilling

Shelby Frink, vice-president of operations support, retired from Parker Drilling Company after 43 years of service with the company. He began his career with Parker in 1956 as a roughneck working in Texas and New Mexico. He worked his way through the ranks of the company by holding several international field and management positions. In 1975, Frink assumed the role of Western Hemisphere operations manager and in 1978 moved to Easstern Hemisphere operations manager

Guilty Plea for Price-Fixing Conspiracy

An Italian subsidiary of a U.S.-based company has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $2.29m criminal fine for participating in a conspiracy to rig bids, fix prices and allocate market shares of marine hose sold in the United States and elsewhere, the Department of Justice announced. A one-count felony charge was filed on Feb. 16 in U.S. District Court in Houston, against Parker ITR S.r.l., a manufacturer of marine hose, headquartered in Veniano, Italy

Spill Control Association Names New Directors

From left to right: John Allen, SCAA Executive Director; Mike Gallagher, Harry Bedrossian, Devon Grennan and Andrew Altendorf, SCAA President (Photo: SCAA).

The Spill Control Association of America (SCAA), a professional association representing oil spill removal organizations (OSRO), spill managers, qualified individuals, consultants, equipment and material manufacturers, distributors, insurers, and educational and governmental organizations, announced the appointment of three new SCAA Directors and the renewal of a fourth Director for another two-year term.  The appointments were announced at the Annual Meeting on March 8 in Alexandria

US Flies Italian Exec to Florida in Extradition

The United States has extradited a former executive of an Italian marine hose manufacturer to face price-fixing charges in what the Justice Department said was its first extradition on antitrust charges. Romano Pisciotti, a former executive with Italy's Parker ITR SRL, was extradited from Germany and arrived in Miami on Thursday to face a single count of rigging bids and allocating market share in the marine hose industry, the department said.

Osprey Chooses White Water Marine

White Water Marine, of Sayville, N.Y., has been named the nation's newest dealer for Osprey Boat Company. The Silvana, Wash. builder selected White Water to represent them exclusively in New York. That decision was based on White Water's outstanding reputation and extensive experience with pilothouse-style boats, including Albin and Parker. Osprey builds boats from 21 to 29 ft. The Fisherman series, available in 22, 24 and 26 ft. lengths all share the same 8.5 ft

Metropolitan Stevedore Restructures

Metropolitan Stevedore, west coast stevedore and terminal operating company, has restructured with several promotions. Albert J. Garnier was appointed vice president in charge of the company's operations; Timothy J. Parker was elected vice president overseeing business development; and Albert B. Roach was named vice president overseeing equipment, labor relations and special projects. Promoted to the position of assistant vice president are Leonard W

Collapsed Mississippi Gulf Rig Leaves 8 Injured

A Coast Guardsman and a Gulfport Fire Department paramedic aboard a Coast Guard helicopter tend to an injured worker from the jack-up rig Parker 14 J that collapsed off the Mississippi-Louisiana coast yesterday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo). The 41 people aboard an offshore drilling rig that collapsed off the Mississippi-Louisiana coast yesterday afternoon have been rescued. Eight people were injured in the accident and were taken by New Orleans-based Coast Guard helicopters to

Mercy Ships in National Volunteer Week

Dr. Gary Parker (right) & Daughter, Susan: Photo credit Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships pauses during National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013) to salute its volunteer crew on behalf of the more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries. These beneficiearies have received curative surgical interventions, health care training, dental procedures and community development projects in more than 70 countries. As Scott Pelley of CBS 60 Minutes recently said, “Spend a few days as we did aboard the Africa Mercy

Kirby Orders 2 More Workboats from NBBB

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) informs it has received orders for the construction of two new 120’ x 35’ x 19’-3” Twin Screw Tugboats for Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC.    Keels will be laid for both vessels this fall

Get Started! Benefits, Advice Abound for SMS Laggards

When industry players say “the handwriting is on the wall,” they aren’t just talking about the pending Subchapter M regulations, but also about the already existing demand for safety management systems (SMS) in general for the domestic towing industry. While the U.S

MacGregor's Deck Machinery for Sentinel Marine ERRV

MacGregor Safety and service quality

  MacGregor, part of Cargotec, will supply deck machinery for a new 65m emergency rescue & response vessel (ERRV) for Sentinel Marine. The ship has been designed by Focal Marine & Offshore Pte Ltd and will have a bollard pull of 100 tonnes of FOCAL 552

Two RAscal 1500 Tugs Delivered

RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners

  Sanmar Shipyard of Turkey has recently completed two RAscal 1500 tugs for Jordanian owners. The tugs are now delivering marine services to the FSRU berthing facility at the Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah LNG terminal in Aqaba, Jordan

MoU Ensures Dialog Between US Rivers Leaders

Photo: U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers

Leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the inland towing industry signed a memorandum of understanding today, designed to ensure consistent communications and support efficient and safe movement of commerce on the western rivers of the United States. 

AWO Working Hard for the Domestic Workboat Market

Higman Barges by Capt. Darren Istre

The year 2015 has been a busy year for The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, and for the industry AWO is privileged to represent. It’s a dynamic time for a vital industry that constitutes the largest segment of the U.S

Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Guatemalan Harbor Tug

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

U.S. shipbuilding and repair yard Great Lakes Shipyard informs it has signed a contract to build another of its HandySize Class, 3,400 HP twin-screw tugboat for harbor towing operations in Puerto Quetzal, a commercial cargo, container and cruise port located on the Pacific coast of Guatemala in

Sailboat Catches Fire off Honolulu

Picture of the sailboat. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Quichocho.

A sailboat with five people aboard caught fire off Honolulu, Thursday, promting responsefrom the U.S. Coast Guard who sent a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu to tow the vessel to Pier 38 in Honolulu.

The Maritime Person of the Year

Brian, Buckley and Eric McAllister - the Massachusetts Maritime Academys Persons of the Year

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s annual salute to ‘the person of the year’ this year spotlights McAllister Towing and Transportation Co. and its leadership team. Set for September 10, 2015, MMA’s Salute to the Maritime Person of the Year – benefiting the MMA

Cargo Ship Collides with Fueling Vessel at Sea

A 24-meter fuelling vessel, Erin Wood, was towed to Peterhead Saturday after a collision with a Cyprus registered cargo vessel, Daroja, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.    At 5:10 p.m. Aberdeen Coastguard received a Mayday call from the Erin Wood with two crew on

New Cutter Suction Dredge: Modern and Efficient

Image: Ellicott Dredges

Ellicott Dredges, LLC has debuted a new design 20” (500 mm) cutter suction dredge, the Series 2070 Dragon dredge.    Aiming to take advantage of modern, up-to-date technology and advanced design techniques, the new dredger unit will eventually replace the Series 1870 Dragon as

Historic Steamship Towed to Buffalo for Restoration

Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company

A 113-year-old “Boblo Boat” SS Columbia is being towed from Toledo, Ohio to Buffalo, N.Y., where the historic vessel will be docked for the next year for restoration.   A towing contract was awarded to The Great Lakes Towing Company from nonprofit organization The SS Columbia

British Maritime Industry Eyes China’s One Belt, One Road Plan


 China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Economic Belt development vision has takers in UK maritime sector, reports Xinhua News Agency.   Both countries expected to improve bilateral maritime cooperation in the "Belt and Road" initiative

NBBB Uses New System to Launch Tug for Kirby

(Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders)

A newly built articulated tug barge (ATB) unit tugboat, was launched for Kirby Offshore Marine on Wednesday, September 2.   The new vessel, the 136’ x 44’ x 19’ Nancy Peterkin, is the first of two sister vessels built for Kirby by Ice Floe

Deck Cargo Barge on Delivery Voyage to Canada

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

A 16,000 DWT deck cargo barge, Seaspan 252, was handed over to its owner, Seaspan Marine, in August, 2015.   The barge, 114 meters long by 27.5 meters wide with a depth of 8.4 meters and classed ABS +A1 Barge, was designed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C

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