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Philadelphia Belle Interior by Directions In Design, Inc.

Photo courtesy Directions In Design, Inc.

The marine interior planning team at Directions In Design, Inc. (DID) has completed the interior design for the total renovation of Philadelphia’s newest dining/entertainment venue, the Philadelphia Belle. DID provided theme development; space planning; and selections and specifications for floors, walls, lighting and furniture for all decks, including dining rooms bars, and live entertainment area. Window treatments, accessories and signage were also part of the comprehensive design package. All interior planning and selections meet U.S. Coastguard regulations. The renovated 292-ft Philadelphia Belle’s classic riverboat lines and paddlewheel are reminiscent of the riverboats of the late 1800’s. She will accommodate groups of 20 to 1,000 for events and sightseeing. Moored at Penn’s Landing downtown Philadelphia, the vessel offers three enclosed decks of dining inspired by local chefs and local entertainment from the city’s schools of Performing Arts.  

Bollinger Converts Barge to ATB

Bollinger Gulf Repair L.L.C., (BGR), a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., facility, has completed the retrofit and modifications of a Penn Maritime Inc. oceans tank barge to an OPA ‘90 compliant articulated unit. The 360-foot, 66,500 barrel black oil Barge POTOMAC arrived at Bollinger's New Orleans east facility and began the transformation from a single sided hull to double hull vessel with a new outer skin to meet the requirements of OPA '90

TransCoastal Signs Contracts Totaling $22M

TransCoastal Marine Services Inc. has signed contracts with a subsidiary of Penn Maritime Inc. for the modification and double-hull conversion of two barges. The work on the two barges will be carried out by TransCoastal's Fabrication and Offshore Group for more than $22 million. The project will begin in July and will extend into the fourth quarter of 2000.

This Day in Navy History

1843 - USS Michigan is launched at Erie, Penn. Michigan is America's first iron-hulled warship, as well as the first prefabricated ship. 1941 - USS Lexington (CV 2) sails with Task Force 12 to transport Marine aircraft to Midway, leaving no carriers at Pearl Harbor only days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more information about Naval history, visit the Naval Historical Center Web site at

Navy Announces Decision on Mayport Homebasing

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Environment, B.J. Penn, signed a record of decision for the Mayport Homeporting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Jan. 14.   The Navy's decision is to implement the preferred alternative, which is to homeport a single nuclear powered aircraft carrier (CVN) at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport, Fla., and to complete associated infrastructure modifications

MarAd Approves Four Applications

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has approved four applications under Section 9 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended. They include: Ø U.S. Bank National Association, Owner Trustee, Hartford, CT, has received approval to transfer the 57,075-gross-ton container vessel SEA-LAND INTEGRITY to Marshall Islands registry and flag without change in the ownership of said Vessel. The vessel was built in 1984 in Koje, Korea.

Horizon Names Senior VP and General Manager, Puerto Rico Division

Horizon Lines, Inc., named Jacob M. Wegrzyn Senior Vice President and General Manager of its services division. The position reports to John V. Keenan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Horizon Lines, LLC.  Wegrzyn will join the company effective June 23, 2008. Wegrzyn will have primary responsibility for operational, sales and strategic activities related to the market. He joins Horizon Lines with over 18 years experience in the transportation and distribution industry in

HRH Princess Royal to Patronize LISW 2015


  London International Shipping Week (LISW) is delighted to confirm that HRH Princess Royal has agreed to be Patron for LISW in 2015.   Jeremy Penn, Chairman of the LISW Steering Group, said: “We’re all absolutely thrilled that HRH Princess Royal has agreed to be Patron for London International Shipping Week this year. It’s a huge honour for us and we couldn’t be more pleased. HRH Princess Royal’s involvement now also helps to signify the importance

RBC Bearings Sells Nice Bearings Facility

RBC Bearings Incorporated, an international manufacturer of highly-engineered precision plain, roller and ball bearings for the industrial, defense and aerospace industries, announced that it has completed the sale of its Nice Bearings facility located in Kulpsville, Penn. The asset was sold to Corvest Realty Group, Inc. The company will realize approximately $3.5m in net proceeds from the sale and a gain of approximately $800,000 before taxes.

Coast Guard Reflects on 60th Anniversary of D-Day Participation

“Going into the beach it looked like the beach was covered with driftwood—when we got close we realized the beach was covered with bodies,” noted U.S. Coast Guard Radioman 3rd Class Leroy C. Bowen, Jr., crewman aboard LCI 83 that landed Allied forces and extracted wounded from French beaches 60 years ago Sunday. Bowen’s landing craft was one of many Coast Guard-manned ships that participated in the D-Day landings June 6

Barge Master Launches Fit-for-Purpose Gangway

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Press release - Barge Master has announced the official launch of a motion compensated gangway after building a track record in motion compensated lifting. ‘The overall offshore logistics consists of safe and efficient transfer of cargo and people.

Obama Says China Must Stop Land Reclamation in South China Sea

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday China must stop land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea and reaffirmed Washington's commitment to the defense and security of the Philippines, one of the parties to the dispute.  

K-Line Rolls Out UAE Logistics Firm

 Image: K Line Europe Ltd

 Japan-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) and Sharaf Group have established a new firm, K Line Shipping & Logistics (KLSL).    Based in Dubai, UAE, KLSL will carry out businesses in the fields of marine transportation, logistics, land transportation

US Navigation Moves in S.China Sea to Continue

U.S. Navy file photo of USS Lassen (DDG 82), Courtesy USN

  The United States will conduct freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea again, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech on Saturday, although he gave no timeline for any such actions. Carter's comments, delivered at a defense forum at the Ronald Reagan

Negative Impact on Lerwick Harbor Traffic

Courtesy Lerwick Port Authority

  The downturn in offshore industry operations, a cyclical cruise season and lower fish landings have combined to reduce activity at Lerwick Harbor in the first nine months of 2015. Sandra Laurenson, Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive

Wärtsilä Debuts Mobile LNG Power Generation

Image: Wärtsilä

A new liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification barge concept introduced by Wärtsilä's Marine Solutions and Energy Solutions businesses aims to provide a flexible means of meeting small- to medium-scale requirements where pure land-based LNG options are limited.  

BCG Releases Fleet77 Emulation

Image: BCG

Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) Inc. has launched a new Fleet77 Satellite Phone and E-mail Application.   BCG said the recently created software will be incorporated into its Virtual Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (VGMDSS) simulator to better mirror existing systems that are in

London's Baltic, China's Ningbo Exchanges in Container Link

London's Baltic Exchange and Chinese state-owned Ningbo Shipping Exchange said on Friday they would collaborate on container indices, the first foray by the Baltic into this segment of the freight market. Sources told Reuters in early October that the London Metal Exchange

Hurricane Patricia Strengthens, Heads for Mexico's Pacific Coast

Photo courtesy of NOAA

Hurricane Patricia was gaining strength off Mexico's Pacific coast on Thursday and was expected to land as "an extremely dangerous major" storm near a major shipping port and the tourist resort of Puerto Vallarta, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Russian Military Muscling into the Arctic

Russian claims in Arctic. Map by United Nations

 Russia has built a giant military base in the far northern Arctic where 150 soldiers can live autonomously for up to 18 months, AFP quotes the Defence Ministry as saying.   The building erected on the large island of Alexandra Land, which is part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago

China Gets Port of Darwin

Photo: Northern Territory Government

 The Northern Territory (NT) Government in Australia announced the successful bidder for the Port of Darwin – Landbridge Group, based in the People’s Republic of China.    Chinese privately owned energy and infrastructure conglomerate Landbridge Group has won a $A506

ASRY Active in Bahrain Coast Guard Newbuilds

(Image: ASRY)

ASRY holds keel-laying ceremony as it starts landing craft construction.   ASRY marked the commencement of erection of a new Landing Craft being constructed for the Bahrain Coast Guard (BCG) with a keel-laying ceremony. The event was attended by the yard’s Chairman Shaikh Daij Bin

Hong Kong Terminals Mark 200 Million TEU

Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo by Transport and Housing Bureau

 Hutchison Port Holdings' (HPH) Hong Kong assets marked a significant milestone with cumulative throughput of 200 million teu.   Congratulating HPH Trust on this important chapter in the history of Hong Kong’s container port industry

Kearsarge Celebrates 240 Years of Navy’s Pride

 Capt. David Bossert, commanding officer of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), speaks during a celebration of the Navy’s 240th birthday aboard the amphibious assault ship.

  The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) flagship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) celebrated the Navy’s 240th birthday Oct. 13, 2015. The Kearsarge ARG team is comprised of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3)

France Orders Polar Logistics Vessel

Aker Arctic announced it has inked a basic design agreement with PIRIOU shipyard for a Frances’s new polar logistics vessel under construction in Concarneau, France.   The contract will also see Aker Arctic provide technical support in hull and ice-related matters to the shipyard

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