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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.


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


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


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


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


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.  


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

Captain Carl Fismer with his Pulse 8X detector and Plythe Gibbons

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.


MHI Employee Wins Gold at National Skills Competition

[gold medalist , Yuhei Hiyamizu]

  An employee of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) won the gold medal in the Mechanical Device Control category at the 52nd National Skills Competition held in Aichi Prefecture from November 28 to December 1. Company employees also won silver and bronze medals in the Welding category


Bollinger Delivers 11th FRC to the US Coast Guard

USCGC William Trump during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the William Trump, the 11th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.   The announcement was made by Bollinger Chief Operating Officer, Ben Bordelon: “We are extremely happy to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by


US Warship Departs for Final Deployment

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Bath Iron Works

To begin the ship's final deployment, USS Simpson (FFG 56) departed her homeport Nov. 14, for regularly scheduled theater security missions in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Commanded by Cmdr. Ken Anderson, the crew concluded a highly-successful maintenance availability and intense


Endurance Appointed Custodian of 1860s Shipwreck

S.S. Connaught

Exploration Group, Inc., a company which performs shipwreck research, survey and recovery, was appointed, by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, as substitute custodian of the recovered hull fragment artifacts and any future artifacts recovered from the


Recent Vessel Sales: September 2014

Vessel sales for September 2014 (as of October 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York. Date Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built (Age) – Price in Millions USD Bulk Carriers 9/3/14 - CELAL AMCA - 12,274 - 01 (13) - $4.9


Golden Magnolia Award for Antwerp Port Rep.

Golden Magnolia Award ceremony

  Jan Van der Borght, the representative of the port of Antwerp in Shanghai, has been presented with the Golden Magnolia Award. Two years ago he won the Silver Magnolia Award, so that now he is only the second Belgian and the first representative of a foreign port to receive both the


Update: SS Central America Salvage

Coins recovered from the shipwreck of SS Central America (Photo: Odyssey Marine Exploration)

Odyssey Marine Exploration completes current phase of SS Central America recovery; 15,500+ gold and silver coins, 45 gold bars recovered to date; 161,000-square meter, high-resolution visual site survey complete Deep-ocean exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc


BWVI Makes 1715 Shipwreck Discovery

Treasures found by BWVI from 1715 Shipwreck

Blue Water Ventures International, Inc.(BWVI) revealed that its salvage vessel, the M/V Endeavor, recovered a gold coin, numerous silver coins and other shipwreck related artifacts while working off the coast of Ft. Pierce, FL last week.  


Recent Vessel Sales: July 2014

Vessel sales for June 2014 (as of July 1) as prepared by Shipping Intelligence, Inc., New York. Date Reported – Vessel Name – DWT – Built (Age) – Price in Millions USD Bulk Carriers 7/28/14 - STHENO - 6,238 - 81(33) - $.4 7/28/14 - GAN SHUN - 6,844 - 99(15) - $1.1


Canaveral Shipwreck Search Permit Granted to Seafarer's Quest

Anchor found at Juno: Photo Seafarer

Research and recovery of historic shipwrecks experts Seafarer Exploration Corporation says that Seafarer's Quest, LLC has successfully been granted a three year research permit for the shipwreck site south of Cape Canaveral from the Florida Bureau of Archaeology Research.


Cruise Lines Spend Big, Get Quirky to Lure Chinese Travellers

Looking to convince Chinese tourists that a ship can be a holiday destination and not just a way to get there, the world's leading cruise lines are spending billions of dollars on flashy new vessels and quirky on-board services. Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd are trying to pique






 
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