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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 www.history.navy.mil


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


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


This Day in Naval History – October 21

1797 - Launching of USS Constitution at the Hartts Boston shipyard, Boston, Massachusetts. The ship is now the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy. 1942 - British submarine lands CAPT Jerauld Wright, USN and four Army officers at Cherchel, French North Africa, to meet with a French military delegation to learn the French attitude toward future Allied landings. 1944 - Leyte Landings continue. (Source: Navy News Service)


G-7 Speaks Out On Chinese Maritime

Meeting of G7 Foreign Ministers in Luebeck, Germany. Picture Courtesy: TACC, Government of Russia

 Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven major nations have warned against “any attempt to assert territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion or force” — a message apparently aimed at China.  


China Constructing Sea Outposts, US Warns

South China Sea claims. Map by Murphy on Piracy

 The U.S. military commander for Asia warned that, China could eventually deploy radar and missile systems on outposts it is building in the South China Sea that could be used to enforce an exclusion zone over the disputed territory, according to a report in Reuters.  


Obama: China Bullying in South China Sea

Obama: China forcing countries into subordinate positions; China hits back, accuses U.S. of throwing its weight around. U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington is concerned China is using its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea


China Mounts Defence of South China Sea Reclamation

China on Thursday sketched out plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defence as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries.   Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news


Imabari Invests in Shipbuilding

Japanese Yard to Build World’s Largest (20,000 TEU) Containerships Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. secured newbuild orders with the cooperation of Marubeni Corporation for eleven 20,000TEU Ultra-Large Container Carriers, when delivered the largest containerships in the world.


China Defends South China Sea Reclamation

China on Thursday sketched out plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defence as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing


Cement Terminal likely at Mumbai Port

Ravi Parmar

  The Mumbai Port Trust has resolved to create a cement terminal that will cater for the needs of the city of Mumbai. The city of Mumbai consumes approximately 1.25 MMT cement per annum to meet its developmental needs.  Currently, this cement is moved by road/rail through neighboring


US Navy's New Drone Named WANDA

Image: Naval Research Laboratory

 The US Navy is developing a duck-like drone, the Flimmer (Flying Swimmer), that can both fly and swim. The drone, it says, can reach operational areas more quickly by flying over the surface of the water.   In addition to both a rear-facing propeller and wings


China's Artificial Islands in South China Sea Raises U.S. Concerns

Spratly Islands that have undergone significant construction or land reclamation work in the past year. Map by the Center for Strategic and International Studies

 China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the many disputed areas around the South China Sea. The unprecedented land reclamation currently being conducted by China is increasing tensions with the U.S. and its allies, according to Pacific Fleet Commander Harry Harris.  


Entertainment on the High Seas

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President

  Those on commercial shipping vessels will no longer have to wait until they reach dry land to catch-up on the latest films, sports and news as Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has today launched its latest service, Fleet Media


Sri Lanka Okays Construction on Stalled Chinese Port Project

Port City Layout: Sri Lanka Port Authority

 Sri Lankan government has approved the construction of a breakwater for a Chinese funded Colombo port city project which had been suspended by the government earlier this month.    The decision was taken, following a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe


Nicaragua Canal: Connects Ocean, Disconnects People

Nicaragua canal (HKND Group)

 The $50 billion Nicaragua Canal scheme promises to bring huge economic benefits to Central America's poorest country. But environmentalists and peasant farmers strongly oppose the project. And many are wary of the Chinese company that is to construct the canal.  


US Urges Asia for a Joint Move in South China Sea

South China Sea Tensions:  Council on Foreign Relations

 The commander of the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet Vice Admiral Robert Thomas urged Southeast Asian nations to form a combined maritime force to patrol areas of the South China Sea where territorial tensions flare with China, reports Bloomberg.  


EU Supports Somali Coast Guard

As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa, on 15 March EUCAP Nestor gave six Nissan 4x4 veh (Photo: EU)

European Union (EU) missions work together to support Somali Coast Guard and to strengthen its maritime security capabilities   As part of the European Union’s efforts to enhance regional states’ maritime security capabilities in the Horn of Africa


ABB Shore Power for Johan Sverdrup

Johan Sverdrup field illustration, courtesy Statoil

  Statoil has, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership, awarded a contract to ABB for land-based power supply to phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup field. The contract value is around NOK 1.1 billion, and covers delivery of electrical equipment for a converter station by the






 
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