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Mitsubishi Makes Smith Maritime Tug Move

For over 20 years, the Elsbeth II, a 110-ft. Smith Maritime tugboat, has done extensive deep sea towing and delivered military vessels around the world. When it came time for Smith Maritime owner Captain Latham Smith to replace one of Elsbeth II's three engines, he relied on a Gulf Coast distributor for help. Laborde provided the perfect fit for Elsbeth II - a Mitsubishi heavy-duty marine engine. "My new Mitsubishi engine performance far exceeds my expectations," said Capt. Smith. "The maneuverability and horsepower it provides are outstanding." A 6,000 hp ocean tug with a shallow draft and triple screws, the Elsbeth II needed the Mitsubishi S16R-Y1MPTA engine from Laborde to complement its heavy-duty design and operations. At 1,600 rpm, the engine provides 1,568 hp. "I love Mitsubishi's simple design and power," said Smith. "The engine was easy to install and the crew has no problem servicing it while underway." Complete with a double drum towing winch, two 7,000 lb. anchors, a two ton hydraulic crane and an extensive assortment of automatic controls, alarms, electronics, searchlights and spare parts, the Elsbeth II is well- equipped for any situation. She carries a crew of up to 7 and has berthing for 11. Smith Maritime was founded in 1968 when Capt. Smith built his first oceangoing boat, the tug Elsbeth, with a little help from his friends


Repowered Tug Tows 7 Weeks Nonstop

Photo courtesy Laborde

When business depends on commercial vessels, it's essential for these boats to stay in good condition. Unreliable engines and equipment can lead to days or weeks off the water for repairs, resulting in lost customers. To ensure its fleet is always prepared for the job, Smith Maritime depends on Laborde Products. For its third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea.


Lawrence Graham Appoints New Partner

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has appointed Charles Baker, an experienced maritime and trade lawyer, as a new partner. Baker, who has more than 25 years experience in maritime law, had previously been with Herbert Smith where he set up the Paris office of Holman Fenwick & Willan.


Elliott Bay Design Group Announces Staff Additions

Elliott Bay Design Group announced that David Smith has joined the firm as Project Manager. Smith brings over 25 years of shipyard design and construction experience to the team and has worked in shipyards across the country. Smith is currently leading the design effort for a new Ship Docking Module. John Farmer joins the team as a Designer II. Farmer has a BS in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and over 10 years of 3-D design and surface modeling experience


Global Diving & Salvage Welcomes Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. Welcomes Ryan Smith as new Gulf Coast Region General Manager. Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., based in Seattle, WA, announces the hiring of Ryan Smith as general manager for its Gulf Coast Regional office, based in Houston, TX. In this position, Mr. Smith will be responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the development of business opportunities. “Smith understands our unique diving personality and company philosophy


Collective Effort Keeps Piracy at Bay, Risks Remain

Major General Martin Smith addresses senior shipping industry representatives earlier this week (Photo: Port2Port Maritime)

Though the maritime sector has seen a decline in Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, there is no room for complacency regarding the ongoing threat, says EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE.   Addressing senior shipping industry representatives at breakfast meeting earlier this week, Smith credited the ‘collective effort’ of shipping companies and dedicated naval forces for the reduction in pirate attacks since 2012.  


Graham Appoints New Partner

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has appointed Charles Baker, an experienced maritime and trade lawyer, as a new partner. Baker, who has more than 25 years experience in maritime law, had previously been with Herbert Smith where he set up the Paris office of Holman Fenwick & Willan.


New North American Maritime Personnel Recruitment Agency

Flagship Maritime Recruiting focuses on servicing the needs of maritime companies in the USA and Canada. Flagship Maritime Recruiting is founded by shipping professionals and augmented by specialists in the recruitment, human resources (HR), and organizational development (OD) fields giving it the ability to not only identify qualified job candidates, but to match the best candidates to open positions.


ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore Sign Collaborative Agreement

Right: Mr.Yasushi Nakamura (ClassNK), Left: Mr.Warwick Smith (Rio Tinto Iron Ore)

Classification society ClassNK and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (part of the Rio Tinto Group, one of the world’s largest metal and mining companies), announced that they have signed a collaborative agreement focused on the safe carriage of iron ore. The agreement was signed at a ceremony held after a meeting of executives from both companies at the Rio Tinto Japan office on 3 December 2013. ClassNK Executive Vice President Yasushi Nakamura and Warwick Smith, Managing Director


Shell Presents Crewmember Safety Awards

Pictured left to right are Captain Tim Downs, GM Shipping and Maritime, Americas; DeAnn Lewis, Regional Marine Manager, Shell Chemicals Company; Captain Greg Wilkinson, Master, M/V GREGORY, Enterprise Marine Services; Mr. Eric Ricker, Manager, Marine Operations, Enterprise Marine Services; and Tankerman Von Smith, Enterprise Marine Services (Photo: Shell)

Shell Shipping and Maritime, Americas recently held its third annual Goal Zero Hero Awards dinner in Houston, recognizing the crewmembers of 21 contracted/chartered vessels, who had the courage to intervene and clearly demonstrate their commitment to zero incidents and safe operations in service to Shell.  The Goal Zero Hero award program is a regional initiative modeled after Shell Shipping and Maritime’s global “Partners in Maritime Safety” initiative


Iran's Crude Oil Exports Show Rise in April

Iran has boosted its crude oil exports so far in April to around 1.75 million barrels per day, according to an industry source and shipping data, as OPEC's No. 3 producer works to recover market share following the lifting of sanctions.  


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

(Photo: Stevens Towing Co., Inc.

March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring


This Day In Naval History: May 19

1813 - During the War of 1812, the frigate Congress, commanded by John Smith, captures and burns the British merchant brig, Jean, in the Atlantic.   1855 - The screw ship Powhatan lands her Marine guard at Shanghai, China, to protect the lives and property of Americans during a period of


FedEx Completes Takeover of TNT Express

Photo: TNT Express

 US-based FedEx Corp. completed its €4.4 billion ($4.9 billion) acquisition of Dutch TNT Express, , with integration of the companies to start immediately.   The companies say customers will interact with each company as they always have and once the integration is complete


New Offshore Vessel to be Fitted with Cathelco BWTS

Photo: Cathelco Group

Cathelco is supplying a ballast water treatment (BWT) system for a new offshore vessel built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc., for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC. The Harvey Stone (Hull 234), a Rampage 6400 multipurpose field support vessel (MPFSV), with a length of 64


US Coast Guard Approves Official Electronic Charts

 The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications.   Issued February 5, the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16 establishes uniform guidance on what is now considered


Navy Forum Connects Large and Small Business

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, chief of naval research, discusses game changing technology for the warfighter during a keynote address at the 28th annual Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

For the past 15 years, the Department of the Navy’s “Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition” (FST) – the nation’s premier small business technology venue – takes a major step forward in allying with the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition (S-A-S) on 16-18 May


Carbon War Room Launches Shipping Efficiency Advisory Board

Six leaders and influencers from across the shipping industry will join global NGO Carbon War Room’s (CWR’s) Shipping Operation Advisory Board. Their backgrounds span the shipowning, chartering, technical analysis, finance, and academic worlds.  


Boaterz N’ Bikerz Hull of a Tour 3 is West Bound

John Giglio, President and CEO Photo Freedom Boat Club

After two previous successful motorcycling and boating events in 2013 and 2015, organizers of the Boaterz N’ Bikerz of America Hull of a Tour are back this summer for “Pacific Coast Rush,” a nine-day escorted motorcycle ride from Seattle to San Francisco


Texas Ranks Third for U.S. Maritime Jobs, Houston No. 2

Photo courtesy of AMP

Texas ranks third among all states for domestic maritime jobs with Houston ranked second among all U.S. cities for its contribution to the U.S. maritime industry, according to a new study PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for the Transportation Institute and released by the American Maritime


Moore Stephens: UK 2016 Budget to Impact Shipping, Offshore Sectors

Moore Stephens tax partner Gill Smith.

UK Budget 2016 provides surprises for shipping and radical measures for offshore maritime sector. Leading accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says the UK Budget 2016 contains a number of surprise developments which are likely to be of interest to the shipping sector


Flag of Convenience Hearings Raise ‘Shocking Concerns’

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith today described the Australian senate hearings into flag of convenience (FOC) shipping taking place in Canberra as raising “shocking concerns”.  


Port Industry Expects Growth in 2016

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Annual forecasts focus on upcoming peak shipping season   At the 12th annual “Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast,” panelists told the audience of about 550 people that cargo growth should continue through 2016 even though uncertainty remains as the economy and industry


Ukraine Grain Exports Up for 2015/16

Ukraine has exported about 31.9 million tonnes of grain so far in the 2015/16 season, Ukrainian agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.   The exports included 13.3 million tonnes of wheat, 4.08 million tonnes of barley and 14.3 million tonnes of maize, the ministry said in a statement.


Qatar Gas Transport Q1 Net Profit Rises 7.9%

Photo: Nakilat

Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat), one of the world's largest shippers of liquefied natural gas, posted a 7.9 percent rise in first-quarter net profit on Tuesday.   The company made a net profit of 240 million riyals ($65.91 million) in the three months ending March 31, it said in a statement






 
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