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U.S. Shipyards Competing – and Succeeding – Overseas

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Foreign Demand For U.S. Military And Commercial Vessels Is Brisk; For Now. In the heavy shadow of possible sequestration-induced federal budget cuts, some U.S. companies are busy supplying vessels to overseas customers under the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales program and through private contracts to foreign government and firms. Demand for offshore oil vessels is strong. A big chunk of overseas business now is under the U.S. FMS, transferring defense equipment, services and training to other nations. Countries approved for the FMS pay for vessels themselves and/or with U.S. government help. U.S. defense budget cuts will affect the FMS program ahead, however, boat builders said last month. Nevertheless, the reality for U.S. boat builders – especially in the mid-tier and smaller yards – is that they are successfully competing for foreign business, especially in the less than 300-foot vessel arena. This month, we asked industry leaders what they plan to deliver this year, where, how and why. The answers may surprise you. Brunswick Sends Boston Whalers To Multiple Foreign Destinations In Edgewater, Fla., Brunswick Commercial and Government Products sales director Jeremy Davis said, “In 2013, we plan to deliver thirty Boston Whalers to Colombia, eight Impact Rigid Inflatable Boats to Mexico, four Boston Whalers to Singapore and seven Boston Whalers to various Central and South American countries


USACE Wilmington Christen New Survey Boat

USACEs Swart: Photo credit USACE Wilmington

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District name new survey boat 'Swart' at the engineer repair yard. The boat is named after Dirk Swart III (1935-2011) who served as captain and operator of District survey vessel Gillette from 1971 to his retirement in 2002 at the age of 76.  Swart was not only the senior survey boat skipper, but he was also the last veteran of World War II to retire from the Wilmington District.


Treasure Hunters Contract Bullion Processors

Odyssey selects JBR Recovery Limited for 'SS Gairsoppa' & 'SS Mantola' silver cargo processing Odyssey Marine Exploration, pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, announce their contract with JBR Recovery Limited to support the logistics, refining and monetization of the anticipated silver cargoes from SS Gairsoppa and SS Mantola when recovered. Both the Gairsoppa and Mantola projects are being conducted under contract with the UK Department for Transport


Great Ship - Silver River

Designed for the economical, international and ecological transport of oil and chemicals, Silver River, constructed by German-based Lindenau was delivered to one of the largest Chinese shipowners - China Changjiang Shipping Group on June 26, 1999. Classed by Germanischer Lloyd as a Chemical/Oil Tanker, the vessel is the third out of a four-part series built within 1.5 years by Lindenau. This newbuilding, which joined its sister vessel Gold River delivered on March 1, 1999


Silversea Appoints VP Corporate Communications

Silversea Cruises' CEO Albert Peter announced the appointment of Barbara Muckermann to the newly created position of vice president, corporate communications. The communications division will now encompass public relations, guest relations and the line's past guest program, the Venetian Society. "Barbara's expertise with European and international media will complement our already strong presence in the critically important North American market


Coast Guard Ancient Mariner

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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the 13th Gold Ancient Mariner of the Coast Guard, presides over a change of watch ceremony as Master Chief Petty Officer Vobornik at prepares to relinquish the title of Silver Ancient Mariner to Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Hearn at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Aug. 26, 2010. The Gold and Silver Ancient Mariner titles are honorary positions held by an officer, gold, and an enlisted member, silver


Cruise Ship Owner Takes Steps Following CDC Inspection Failure

Silver Shadow: Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises

A CDC team found trolleys and food hidden from them in crew cabins when they inspected the cruise liner 'Silver Shadow'. The incident resulted in the ship receiving an unsatisfactory score from the CDC Vessel Sanitation Program inspectors. The government report states that CDC inspectors boarded the Silver Shadow during an unannounced inspection last month and found a number of violations, including an organized effort to hide more than 15 full trolleys of cooked foods, milk, raw meats


RIB Report

World Record Atlantic Crossing Succeeds in RIB The first ever unassisted crossing of the North Atlantic just south of the arctic circle in a small, open, Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) has been completed by a team of dedicated adventurers led by Bear Grylls. Traveling from Nova Scotia to John O'Groats via a route which passed just south of the Arctic Circle, the expedition, which has raised around $80,000 for the UK young persons' charity, The Prince's Trust


Holland America Line Wins 8 Magellan Awards

HAL wins 8 Magellan Awards

  Travel Weekly magazine announced the recipients of its 2014 Magellan Awards, and Holland America Line received eight of the prestigious honors. The line won five gold awards in the categories Restaurant Design for Canaletto Small Plates, Television Commercial for “Breathtaking Meet Impeccable,” Blog for the Holland America Blog, Direct Mail for the 2014 Winter Mariner Magazine and Advertising/Marketing Campaign for Discover HAL’s Alaska.  


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - February 18

1842- The House of Representatives passed a resolution requesting the Committee on Commerce to make an inquiry into the expenditures of the Lighthouse Establishment since 1816. This was to explore the possibility of cutting down on expenses, to examine the question of reorganizing the establishment and administration, and also to ascertain whether the establishment should be placed under the Topographical Bureau of the War Department.  


Silver Coins Worth $50 mln Recovered from WW2 Wreck

Marine salvage experts have recovered $50 million in silver coins from a ship sunk by a German submarine in 1942 as it was transporting the cash from India to London to help finance Britain's efforts in World War Two. Mauritius-based Deep Ocean Search


Rolls-Royce to Supply Engines for First Seabed Mining Vessel

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Rolls-Royce has secured a landmark agreement to supply six of its new B33:45 medium-speed diesel generator sets to China’s Fuijan Mawei shipyard for configuration aboard the world’s first ever seabed mining vessel. The pioneering vessel


USCG Responds to Grounded Ferry near Ocracoke Inlet, NC

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The Coast Guard responded to a ferry that ran aground Saturday approximately one mile south of Ocracoke, North Carolina. The captain of the Silver Lake, a 220-foot passenger and vehicle ferry, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via mobile phone at approximately 5 p.m


Brunswick GA's IAP Moves 5 Millionth Vehicle

 Vehicle #5,000,000 (Photo courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority)

International Auto Processing at the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, handled it's five millionth vehicle, Georgia Ports Authority announced yesterday. The five millionth vehicle was a silver Hyundai Genesis that arrived on the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel Isolde.


New Terminal in Greenwich for Huge Cruise Ships

Image: Thames River Authority

Large cruise ships could become a familiar sight on the Thames if plans for a new passenger terminal in Greenwich move forward.   London could soon become a popular destination for large cruise ships in two years as new passenger terminal planned for Greenwich


Young to Head New Zealand Shipping Federation

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The New Zealand Shipping Federation (NZSF) said it has appointed Annabel Young as its new executive director.  It said Ms Young was a National Party list MP from 1997 to 2002 and since then she has been the chief executive at Federated Farmers, as well as the Pharmacy Guild.  


Coast Guard Cutter William Trump Commissioned

Collette Eddy, daughter of William Trump, presents Lt. Jared Harlow a plaque during the commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Jan. 24, 2015. Coast Guard hero,

  The Coast Guard Cutter William Trump was commissioned during a ceremony at Coast Guard Sector Key West Saturday Jan. 24, 2015. The Trump is the 11th fast response cutter in the Coast Guard fleet. Rear Adm. Jake Korn served as the presiding official at the Cutter William Trump


Great Lakes: Less Ice Sees Ore Ships Thrive

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A relatively mild December on the Great Lakes allowed iron ore shipments to increase dramatically compared to a year ago when an early arriving winter blanketed the system with thick ice, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.


Recent Vessel Sales: December 2014

Vessel sales for December 2014 (as of January 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York.   Date Reported - Vessel Name - DWT - Built - (Age) - Price in Millions USD   Bulk Carriers 12/15 - BRILLIANT MOIRA - 28,384 - 14 - (0) - $18.3


Chinese Submarine Dives into Indian Ocean

Chinas submersible Jiaolong

A Chinese submarine has started to search an area of the Indian Ocean for seabed deposits of gold, silver, copper and zinc, in a four-month-long mission.   A Chinese submersible vessel has been conducting its first deep dive in the Indian Ocean in search of rare metals


Indonesian maritime industry looks bullish

With Indonesian President Joko Widodo declaring his intention to develop the long-neglected maritime sector, the shipping industry expect greater opportunities. Indonesia’s shipyards may see a silver lining to what has been a cloudy past as the government’s focus on the maritime


Port of Amsterdam to Reward Green Barges

The cleaner the vessels, the larger the discount on Inland Harbour Dues. Port of Amsterdam will be joining the Green Award program for inland barges on January 1, 2015, making it the first port to reward vessels based on their Green Award level


Images of Historic San Francisco Wreck Revealed

Coda Octopus 3-D Echoscope sonar, downward view of the shipwreck SS City of Chester with sternpost, (left side of sonar image) compound steam engine and boilers (in blue middle of sonar image), and bow (right side of sonar image). Credit: Coda Octopus/NOAA

NOAA, partners reveal first images of historic San Francisco shipwreck, SS City of Rio de Janeiro NOAA and partners released three-dimensional sonar maps and images of an immigrant steamship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history.


First Images of Historic San Francisco Shipwreck

SS City of Rio de Janeiro built by John Roach & Son in 1878 at Chester, Pennsylvania, regularly transported passengers and cargo between Asia and San Francisco. Photo taken at Nagasaki, Japan, 1894. (Credit: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park_ safr_21374_h06-04135_n)

NOAA and its partners released 3D sonar maps and images of an immigrant steamship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history. On Feb. 22, 1901, in a dense morning fog, the SS City of Rio de Janeiro struck jagged rocks near the present


300th Anniversary of Historic Fleet Sinking

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2015 will mark the 300th anniversary of the sinking of a dozen Spanish ships known as the 1715 Plate Fleet; plata being the Spanish world for silver. On the 30th of July 1715 twelve galleons, overloaded with Mexican gold and silver, left Cuba and sailed north carried by the Gulf Stream.






 
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