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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.

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.

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

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

Demands for Icebreaker Tours Spiral

Last year plans to terminate the cruises to the North Pole has led to an agitated demand

  Plans to terminate commercial tours to the North Pole on the nuclear-powered icebreakers of the Atomflot company in 2016 have surged the demand for these tours. Sergey Shirokiy, the chief of the tourist department of the Russian Arctic national park summed up the results of the tourist

China Hooked to South China Sea

Map by Transatlantic Academy

 Despite US President Barack Obama’s warning  thatthe land reclamation work in the strategically important South China Sea would affect peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the area, China might press on, reports SCMP.  

Baltic Exchange CEO Stepping Down

Jeremy Penn, chief executive of London's centuries old Baltic Exchange will step down next year, the exchange said on Friday. Penn, who took the helm as CEO in 2003 after previous top positions with international news agency Reuters, will leave next summer.

NHMS Officials Visit MOL’s SOSC

Touring the SOSC

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. welcomed five visitors from The National Hydro-Meteorological Service of Vietnam (NHMS), and hosted a tour of the company’s innovative Safety Operation Supporting Center (SOSC).   The NHMS is a national institute responsible for weather forecasting and

Silver Cloud to Join Polar Exploration Fleet

Image: Silversea Cruises

 Silver Cloud is to move Silversea Cruises’ luxury expedition fleet in November 2017.    Destined mostly for polar waters, the elite 296-guest ship that launched the ultra-luxury cruise line will be converted into an ice-class ship during an extensive refurbishment scheduled

Sea Breeze 2015 Concludes in Odesa

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), front, transits the Black Sea with Romanian Navy ship ROS Marasesti (F 111), rear, during exercise Sea Breeze 2015, Sept. 8. Sea Breeze is an air, land and maritime exercises

  The annual U.S.-Ukraine co-hosted multinational training exercise Sea Breeze 2015 concluded in Odesa, Ukraine and the Black Sea Sept. 12, 2015. Maritime forces from 11 allied and partnering nations participated in the 14th iteration of Sea Breeze

London Tops Xinhua/Baltic Exchange Index for Maritime Services

Image: Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA)

 London has come top of a listing of maritime service centres published by the Baltic Exchange and Xinhua, China’s news agency, whilst Singapore heads the overall list for its combined port and maritime services offering.  

Turkey’s Global Ports Acquires 31% Stake in Valletta Cruise Port

Image: Global Ports Holding

 Global Ports Holding has signed a binding deal to acquire a 30.79 percent stake in Valetta Cruise Port Plc (VCP), which has operational rights of the Malta cruise port and its retail areas.   The stakes transfer's completion will depend on the finalization of required legal and

Canadian Frigates Get a Radar Upgrade

Canadian Navy Halifax-Class Frigate (Copyright: US Navy,

German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz has completed factory acceptance tests and delivery of 12 sets of navigation radars for the Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigates.    The scope of onboard systems covers X-/ and S-Band radars with high-performance

Occurrence of Humpback Whales at Franz Josef Land Recorded

Humpback Whales at Franz Josef Land

  Scientists first documented occurrence of humpback whales near the archipelago of Franz Josef Land. Experts attribute this to the successful development of their populations. The usual habitat in the Red Book of Russia humpback whales is far south and west of Franz Josef Land

Boat with 40 African Migrants Arrives on Spanish Island

A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday. The Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast were a key route around 10 years ago for migrants from Africa trying to reach

HHI Orders Regasification Systems from Wärtsilä

The Wärtsilä regasification module seen here with storage tank and filter/heater module (Photo: Wärtsilä)

South Korean shipyard Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has ordered two seawater/propane based regasification modules from Wärtsilä. The systems are to be installed on floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) vessels owned by Höegh LNG

New Satcom Global Website in Oceania

Our team of industry experts across Australia have local knowledge and deliver forward thinking pproaches to present day communications problems Chris Leydon, General Manager, Oceania

  Today, Satcom Global launched its Australian website,, which will offer a platform to better support our valued channel partners and customers in the region. The new website will provide local points of contact

Russian-Chinese Naval Drills End

Chinese amphibious warship Changbaishan deploys several ZBD-05 infantry fighting vehicles as part of Joint Sea 2015 on Aug. 25, 2015. Chinese MoD Photo

 The second phase of the Russian-Chinese Joint Sea-2015 naval maneuvers has officially ended outside the port of Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East, says spokesman for the Eastern Military District Roman Martov.   "Today

USCG Medevacs Sailor from Navy Destroyer

U.S. Navy file photo of guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95)

U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 23-year-old male Tuesday at approximately 10:40 p.m from U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), 220 miles off the coast of Chatham, N.J.   Coast Guard 1st District Watchstanders received notification from Navy

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