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MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian. “We have cleared out the ships in the worst condition, most of which were in the James River. Now we can work ahead and dispose of ships before the situation becomes so critical.” The Santa Lucia, a 1966-vintage cargo ship, currently in the James River site, will be towed to the Marine Metal facility in Brownsville, under the terms of a contract worth $565,827; the Pawcatuck, a tanker built in 1946, also in the James River, will go to Bay Bridge Enterprises of Chesapeake, under a contract worth $569,373. A contract for $1,299,327 to dismantle the 1958-vintage tanker Connecticut, now at Suisun Bay, was awarded to International Shipbreaking, Ltd., of Brownsville; and ESCO Marine, also of Brownsville, was awarded a contract to tow and dismantle the Nemasket, a tanker built in 1942, for $1,224,100. “The removal of the Santa Lucia and the Pawcatuck is another positive step in the proper management of the James River Reserve Fleet,” Senator George Allen said


MARAD Recycles 3 More Ships

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration has signed fee-for-service contracts to recycle three more of its obsolete ships. Two ships, the Hattiesburg Victory and the Pioneer Contractor, are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas, and one, the oiler Savannah, is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia. The Maritime Administration has moved 118 ships out of its National Defense Reserve Fleet sites since 2001


BP Marine and Houston Marine Team Up On Bunkering Venture

BP Marine and Houston Marine Services (HMS) are joining forces to begin a new chapter in ship bunkering in the western U.S. Gulf. Effective, April 2, HMS became BP's dedicated logistics provider in an area from Brownsville, Texas to Lake Charles, La. BP Marine will serve as the marketing arm for bunker sales on behalf of the joint venture and will supply bunker fuel across a broad geographic area of the Gulf.


81st Vessel Departs James River Reserve Fleet

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The Gage departed the James River Reserve Fleet in transit to Esco Marine, Inc., in Brownsville, Texas for recycling.  The approximate travel time to Texas is 14 days.


This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 14

1942- A Coast Guard aircraft, Hall PH-3 No. V-177, dropped food to a raft with 6 survivors of a torpedoed tanker. 1985-Vice President George Bush made an official visit to Base Miami Beach to extend the thanks of the nation to those involved in Operation Hat Trick,  an "all-out" effort to stop smugglers soon after they had left ports in Central and South America.  The vice president decorated 15 Coast Guardsmen.


Texas, Virginia Companies Win Dismantling Contracts

According to a report from the Contra Costa Times, Ship recycling facilities in Texas and Virginia have been awarded dismantling contracts for three more Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet mothball vessels. Esco Marine, of Brownsville, Texas, was given the award to recycle the SS Dawn for about $551,000 and the USNS H.H. Hess for about $452,000. The SS Bay's $397,000 dismantling contract, has been awarded to the Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake, Va.


Scorpion Offshore Orders Two Rigs

Scorpion Drilling Ltd (Scorpion) has exercised its option to order two additional LeTourneau Super 116 jackups to be built at Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas. The contract price for the two rigs, excluding Owner Furnished Equipment, is approximately $180 million. The new units represent the third and fourth jackup rigs in Scorpion’s fleet. The first two rigs, which were secured in July 2005, are currently being constructed by Keppel AmFELS


Coast Guard Captain Retires After 30 Years of Service

Capt. Kevin L. Marshall is presented with the Legion of Merit by Rear Adm. Robert F. Duncan during Marshall's retirement ceremony held at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans on March 31. Marshall has served as the Eighth Coast Guard District chief of staff since November 2004. His area of responsibility included all or parts of 26 states, from St. Marks., Fla., to the U.S./Mexico border at Brownsville, Texas, and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes.


PetroCom Introduces New Technology for Offshore Industry

PetroCom LLC has begun construction and testing of the first digital cellular network in the Gulf of Mexico. Working with partners Siemens and Ericsson, PetroCom is introducing GSM technology to provide secure and high-speed communications for companies in the multi-billion dollar offshore industry. With offices in Houston, New Orleans and Lafayette, La., PetroCom is a cellular provider in the Gulf, with a coverage area stretching from Brownsville, Texas to Mobile, Ala


Labor Leader Clyde Fitzgerald Appointed Port of Houston Commissioner

Clyde Fitzgerald: Photo credit Port of Houston Commissioners

Harris County Commissioners Court has appointed longtime labor leader Clyde Fitzgerald to serve as a member of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Fitzgerald's appointment fills the seat of former Port Commissioner Jim Fonteno, who submitted his resignation to Commissioners Court in April, indicating his desire to spend more time with his wife and two young daughters. Clyde Fitzgerald, who started his career at age 16 working on the wharves of the Houston Ship Channel


Z. David Completes Construction of MV Z Sharon

Deloach Marine Services, LLC, and A & Z Marine, LLC, announced the completion of the “M/V Z Sharon.” Z. David Deloach is the sole owner of Deloach, which provides charter towing service along the GIWW and A & Z, his shipyard located in Port Allen, LA


Texas LNG Makes Strides on US LNG Export Project

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Texas LNG LLC says it has as filed an application to the United States Department of Energy (DOE) seeking authorization to export up to 2 MTA (million tonnes per annum) of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to FTA (Free Trade Agreement) and non-FTA markets following the execution of its exclusive lease


New Tools Help Port Management

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BMT Asia Pacific (BMT)  has launched two comprehensive tools for assessing port competition and managing commercial risk.  The Port Choice Model and Port 360° evaluate the competitive advantage of a given port within its environment


Port Hueneme Hosts Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen

Image courtesy of Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme, claimed to be one of the most productive and efficient commercial trade gateways for niche cargo on the West Coast, is to be visited by the Acting Maritime Administration (MARAD) Chief, Paul ‘Chip’ Jaenichen.


2012 Pacesetter Winners Announced

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced that eight Great Lakes Seaway System ports are receiving the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2012 navigation season


Keppel FELS Delivers Second Jackup Rig to Oro Negro

Keppel FELS delivered a second KFELS B Class jackup rig to offshore Mexican oil field services company, Integradora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro. Named Laurus at Keppel FELS today, the rig was delivered eleven days early and with a perfect safety record, Keppel noted.


Keppel FELS Delivers Another Premium Rig

Keppel FELS has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Constructora y Perforadora Latina (CP LATINA), a private Mexican company in the energy sector.   The rig was named La Santa Mariaat a ceremony in Keppel FELS. Delivered on time and with a perfect safety record


Murray, Cantwell to Unveil American Ports Legilation

On Thursday, August 15th, at 10:00 AM, U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani, and Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe will hold a press conference at the Bell Harbor Conference Center rooftop deck overlooking the Port of Seattle to announce new legislation that


Gulf Stream Marine Appoint New CEO

One of the largest privately held stevedore firms in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, announce the appointment of Kevin Bourbonnais as Chief Executive Officer. An experienced senior executive, Bourbonnais was most recently Chief Operating Officer of USA Compression Partners


Ports & Cities: New OECD Report on Complex Relationship

The main question is: are ports still drivers of urban growth, and how can this effectively be achieved? This issue is tackled in the OECD's recent report 'Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities. Brief extracts follow: Many economic benefits are associated with well-functioning ports.


USCG Overseas Damaged Vessel Transport in GoM

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The Coast Guard and state and local authorities began working to ensure the safe transport of two troubled vessels being towed to a Brownsville scrap yard after one began listing into the other Thursday. At approximately 8 a.m. Thursday, the captain of the tug with the vessels in tow called Coast


Tell NOAA If You Think the IWR Still Needs the 'Magenta Route'

NOAA Chart 11489 shows the so-called magenta line: Image courtesy of NOAA

If you are a recreational boater, fisherman, or another member of the maritime community, NOAA's Office of Coast Survey wants to pick your brain about the "magenta line," which historically depicted the recommended route for the Intracoastal Waterway Route (IWR) on NOAA nautical charts


World's Biggest Coal Port Lease for Sale

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Australia's NSW government will go ahead with the long-term lease of the Port of Newcastle, the world’s biggest coal export location by annual capacity for a reported figure of around $700m, reports the Australian Journal of Mining.


Busan, Liverpool2 Ports to Enter Partnership

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One of Asia’s largest port authorities has signed a landmark cooperation agreement with the company building a new container terminal at Liverpool in the heart of the U.K. Peel Ports Group and Busan Port Authority will now work together to hone technical


Khalifa Port Handles a Million TEU’s in First Year

Port Kalifa celebration: Photo credit ADPC

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) say that a million TEU containers have been handled at Khalifa Port since its commercial opening. Khalifa Port began commercial operations at the end of last year when all container traffic was transferred from the city centre port


 
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