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Chemical Tanker Adrift Off Irish Coast: Tugboat Despatched

Chemical Tankship Hellespont Charger: Photo courtesy of the owners

The tanker, carrying a 15,000-tonne cargo of caustic soda with 22 crew on board, lost power to its main engines 100 nautical miles off Loop Head while bound for Aughinish in the Shannon Estuary, reports 'The Irish Times'. The tanker, Hellesport Charger, registered in the Marshall Islands, was on a voyage from Corpus Christi in Texas in the western Gulf of Mexico to Aughinish in the Shannon Estuary when it lost power. Sea conditions are said to be rough with a six-metre swell and winds of up to force eight. The ship is not, however, believed to be in danger. The Irish Coast Guard is monitoring the ship. Its helicopter, based at Shannon, may be used to ferry engineers and parts to the stricken ship and a tug may also be sent to assist, reports RTE News. Sources: The Irish Times/RTE News  


New Contract for Preservation Shipyard

Preservation Shipyard in Newburyport, Mass., has been awarded a contract by Shannon Development of Naples, Fla. for construction of Keewaydin, a 40-ft. USCG-certified yacht capable of carrying up to 25 passengers. The design for Keewaydin was a collaboration between Thomas Cavanaugh, president of the shipyard, Shannon's marine manager, Nick Lile, and Karl Stambaugh of Chesapeake Marine Design. The yacht will be constructed over the next 12 months at the company's facility on the Merrimack


Shannon Tugs Signs Three-Year Extension

Shannon Tugs, a 50/50 joint venture between Cory Towage and Marine Transport Services, has signed a three-year extension to its existing contract with Foynes Port Authority. The company has upgraded its tug fleet to accommodate larger vessels, which are expected to be calling at Foynes. Currently expanding its facilities, the Port of Foynes has just finished a $16.6 million extension to its main jetty, bringing the quay length to 886 ft. (270 m). An additional $3


Drifting North Atlantic Chemical Tanker Taken in Tow

Photo courtesy of Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Aisling stood by the tanker 'Hellespont Charger' in rough weather at the request of the Irish Coast Guard until the arrival of the tugboat after the chemical tanker with 22 crew on board lost power on its main engines 400 miles west of Loop Head, reports Ireland's RTE News. The tanker with 15,000 tonnes of caustic soda on board was taken in tow by the tug Thrax towards the River Shannon where the cargo is desined for the Aughinish Alumina


Military Sealift Command Debuts New Public Website and Blog

Military Sealift Command launched its redesigned public website and blog July 16 and 17. The new website is available at www.msc.navy.mil and includes a dynamic, user-friendly interface with updated content about the command's mission, vision and support to warfighters worldwide. "These updates are designed to inform the general public and members of the media about MSC: who we are, what we do, and why our Navy needs its noncombatant fleet," said Rear Admiral T.K. Shannon.


LOC Expands to Australia's East Coast

Alex Harrison

London Offshore Consultants (LOC), a global marine and engineering consultant for the shipping and offshore energy sectors, announces plans to increase its presence in Australia. Identifying a strategic growth plan which allows the group to maintain quality and improve client response time, satellite operations, firstly in Sydney, and then the surrounding region, will be opened to support the existing operation in Perth.


Irish Ports Implement Thales Systems

Acting ahead of an International Marine Organization (IMO) -mandated Automatic Identification System (AIS), the harbormasters of Cork and Shannon, Ireland, have implemented Thales Navigation tracking systems within their STN Atlas VTS installations. By equipping key harbor craft with Thales Navigation TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) transponders, the ports have overcome the geographical limitations of radar and achieved a dramatic advance


Maritime Art Sales Hit Record at Christie’s

Sample of Montague Dawson’s work. “A clipper ship in a moonlit sea” (source: www.richard-green.com) Today's Maritime sale at Christie's New York totaled $3,361,680, achieving the highest ever total for a Maritime sale at Christie's. During the proceedings, a new world auction record was set for Montague Dawson, reconfirming Christie's as the market leader for his works - and the sale was 90% sold by value, 69% sold by lot.


Mustang adds Ward to Managament Team

Shannon Ward, Director of Recreation & Commercial Business Development.

Mustang Survival Announces New Commercial/Industrial Business Development Director.   Mustang Survival is pleased to announce that Shannon Ward has been appointed to the role of Director of Recreation & Commercial Business Development. Ward has been the Director of Recreation Business Development since 2009, leading the company’s strategic business development partnerships and long term strategy for the market


Maritime Mobile: Icelandic Firm Chooses US Delivery Platform

Iceland's On-Waves selects Delaware's IMSWorkX feature rich service delivery platform for its cruise & merchant ship mobile telephone service. Maritime mobile operator On-Waves Ehf, a subsidiary of Icelandic global telecom service provider Siminn (formerly Iceland Telecom), has selected the XpressWorkX Service Delivery Platform from IMSWorkX, Inc. as a base from which to enhance its range of rich IP-based mobile telephony services on cruise ships and merchant marine vessels


USCG Transport Orphaned Baby Sea Lion

USCG transport the Sea Lion

The Coast Guard worked with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to transport a baby orphaned Stellar Sea Lion from Seattle to Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, where it will be in the care of staff members from The Marine Mammal Center.


Ireland to Reform Nation's Port Sector

Leo Varadkar: Official photo

The Government of Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar,  informs that the Cabinet has approved the draft General Scheme of a new Bill with important implications for Ireland’s vital port sector. The Harbours (Amendment) Bill 2014 will allow the five


McRoberts Maritime Security Contracts Access Cruise

McRoberts Maritime Security announced that it has contracted Access Cruise, Inc., for strategic sales support to the cruise industry. "As the cruise industry moves to another phase in its evolution, Access Cruise Inc.'s principal, Shannon McKee, a cruise industry veteran with wide contacts


Navy's Newest Vessel on Maiden Deployment

U.S. Navy photo

The Navy's first joint high-speed vessel departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft. Story today on its maiden deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility. USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) is expected to remain in U.S. 6th Fleet until May 2014 and sail to the U.S


Irish Coast Guard Upgrades Entire Helicopter Fleet

Photo: Irish COast Guard

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar officially launched the Coast Guard’s new state-of-the-art S92 search and rescue helicopter for the Dublin region in Weston Airport. This is the fourth Sikorsky S92 helicopter base to come into operation for the Coast Guard and means


Damen Delivers Second Oil Tanker to James Fisher Everard

Kestrel Fisher, delivered at the end of 2013 (Photo: Damen)

The Damen Double Hull Oil Tanker 8000 Kestrel Fisher was delivered end 2013 to Dutch managers De OpfeartBeheer. In a two-tanker deal, the Kestrel Fisher’s sister vessel King Fisher was delivered in June 2013. Both have been built by Damen Shipyards Bergum


USCG Establishes Security Zone at Kailua Bay for Presidential Visit

Pictured is the Kailua Security Zone OUTREACH Illustration.

Coast Guard law enforcement officers will enforce a temporary security zone in the waters of Kailua Bay, Oahu. To ensure the safety of the President Obama, the temporary security zone will be in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Jan. 5, 2014


Back to School

Student Josh Lanser displaying his recent welding project.

Vigor Industrial invests in Training & Education             For Vigor Industrial, a privately-held shipbuilding and repair company headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the future looked bright and a bit ominous at the same time


USCG Responds to Honolulu Harbor Molasses Spill

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received an official request from the Hawaii Department of Health to assist with the response to the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor Friday.   “The Coast Guard is prepared to bring all the requested resources to this incident to support our state and


Tall Ship Wrecked on Rocks off Cork, Ireland

Rescue Scene: Photo courtesy of RNLI

Four RNLI lifeboats were launched to aid the sinking 42 metre Dutch training vessel 'Astrid', wrecked on rocks inside the Sovereign Islands at Ballymacus Point near Kinsale in Cork. All 30 people on board were brought to safety when Kinsale lifeboat transferred all the casualties from the sinking


Contamination Controlled

Rear Adm. T. K. Shannon (left) and Rear Adm. Mark Buzby congratulate each other during a change of command ceremony aboard the USNS Spearhead (JSHV 1). Shannon relieved Buzby as commander, Military Sealift Command.  (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jesse A. Hyatt)

Rear Admiral Mark “Buz” Buzby, commander of the Military Sealift Command, sat with Maritime Reporter contributing editor Edward Lundquist talked with a week before his retirement aboard USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) at Little Creek, Virginia, on May 10, 2013


Crowley Shipmaster Receives 'Sandy' Relief Award

Spirit Awards: Photo credit Crowley

The master of Crowley’s 'S.S. Wright, Capt Fred Walley, receives the 'Spirit Award' in recognition of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
. Capt Walley of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship, was presented with the Spirit Award at the Nationals Park during a televised Major League Baseball game


Halyard Chairman Takes the Plunge for Swanage RNLI

Abseil  JG top.jpg

Halyard Marine’s Chairman, James Grazebrook has completed a 170-meter abseil down Portsmouth’s 550-foot Spinnaker Tower. James Grazebrook, founder of South Coast based marine exhaust specialists, Halyard, and four other brave RNLI committee members, Richard Acland, Alistair Groom


Joe Biden Impressed by Huge Petrobas R&D Center

U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden: Official photograph CCL

Petrobras CEO welcomed U.S. Vice-President and diplomats to the company's Research Center (Cenpes) in Rio de Janeiro. The company's CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, welcomed the U.S. vice-president, Joe Biden, along with the US ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon


Crew Systems Integration 2013 Program Announced

Finnish Lifeboat - Image by Jaakko Pitkäjärvi

FRC International will host CSI 2013 - Crew Systems Integration conference from July 2-4, 2013 at RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole, U.K. The international conference includes over 20 presentations focusing on nine integrated topics for the RIB and high speed craft sector






 
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