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New Artifacts Revealed at Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport will unlock its vaults to examine artifacts not usually exhibited for the general public in “Maritime Surprises from the Museum’s Collections,” a new series held at the Museum’s Collections Research Center beginning Friday, January 8, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The series continues Friday evenings February 12, March 12 and April 9. Attendees will be able to view significant items in the Museum’s collections that relate to the nation’s maritime heritage. A cash bar and light snacks will be available. Curatorial staff will give the following presentations and answer any questions: •    January 8 – “Photographic Treasures from the Mystic Seaport Photo Collection” •    February 12 – “Fishing in the Footsteps of Dr. Charles K. Stillman: A Look into One of Our Founder's Favorite Hobbies” •    March 12 – “A Return to the Cabinet of Curiosities: A Behind the Scenes Tour” •    April 9 – “Gideon Denison, Southern Land Deals and the Slave Trade” Tickets are $12 per program (members: $10) and can be purchased online (www.mysticseaport.org/tickets) or by calling 860.572.5322. Free parking will be available adjacent to the Collections Research Center in the Museum’s north parking lot.


Crowley Awards Scholarship to Williams-Mystic Student

Mariah Pepper, from Bryn Mawr, Penn., a student in the maritime studies program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, has been named as a recipient of a Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, which is presented annually at the institution by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Pepper was selected based on academic success, financial need, and her interest in maritime trades and studies. In addition to participating in the Williams-Mystic program


Knight & Carver Re-Launches Classic 1914 Boat

San Diego's Knight & Carver YachtCenter recently hosted the re-launch party for Pilot, a vintage 1914 Pilot-boat. More than 200 members of the San Diego Maritime Museum, plus supporters, friends and civic leaders attended the invitation-only ceremony. The event was held on the docks of Knight & Carver, located along San Diego Bay, several miles south of the Coronado Bridge. "We're extremely proud to have been selected to host this historic event," said Sampson A


Schubert To Be Sworn In As Maritime Administrator

William Grant Schubert, confirmed by the Senate last week as U.S. Maritime Administrator, will be sworn into office today on board the S.S. CAPE KENNEDY, berthed at the Erato Street wharf in New Orleans, LA. Administration officers at Schubert’s level are customarily sworn into office in Washington. Schubert said, “I can think of no more appropriate place to be sworn in than on board a working ship in a busy American port.”


Historical Ship Restorations, Alameda Shipyard

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A $1m plus contract was recently awarded by the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park to Bay Ship & Yacht Co. of Alameda for the restoration of the historic three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged sailing ship, Balclutha.  Known locally as the National Maritime Museum, the park is operated by the National Park Service.  Fred Shepherd, facility coordinator for the park, which is located adjacent to San Francisco's Fishermen's Wharf


Vietnam War-era Swift-class Patrol Boat to be Restored

Swift-class Patrol Boat for Restoration Project: Photo credit Maritime Museum of San Diego

Maritime Museum of San Diego acquires Vietnam war-era vessel for restoratation, appeals for donations. The Maritime Museum of San Diego announces the acquisition of a Vietnam War-era Swift Boat from the Republic of Malta for renovation and permanent display in San Diego. Formally called Patrol Craft Fast (PCF), the United States Navy’s PCFs were first put into service in 1965 when American sailors used them to patrol the coastline of South Vietnam to prevent sea infiltration of


BTS Releases 2001 Statistics

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics released National Transportation Statistics 2001. The report notes that there are 8,379 U.S. self-propelled vessels (of which 454 are oceangoing vessels of 1,000 gross tons or more). There are 33, 387 U.S. non-self-propelled vessels and 12,738,271 recreational vessels. U.S. vessels comprise approximately 2 percent of the world's international fleet. While a large number of U.S


M/V SeaStreak Liberty Offers New Route

SeaStreak America will begin offering Central Jersey commuters who travel into Manhattan a new and efficient mode of transportation. The "M/V SeaStreak Liberty" will operate from the new South Amboy Ferry Landing, 135 Lower Main Street, on the city's redeveloped waterfront. Beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2002, the SeaStreak Liberty will provide five weekday departures from South Amboy. The 82-ft. high-speed catamaran carries 300 passengers to Pier 11 (Wall Street) and East


Coast Guard Responds to Drifting Barges

The Coast Guard responded to an incident on the Mississippi River that resulted in approximately 45 barges breaking free of their moorings in the vicinity of the Osage fleeting area approximately 1 mile south of the Popular Street Bridge. The Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River Command Center received a call from the manager at Osage Marine informing the Coast Guard of the multiple barge break away. The Coast Guard immediately broadcasted a notice to mariners of the situation and


"Coast Guard Goes to the Movies"

USCG photo

The United States Coast Guard Museum in New London, Conn. is currently hosting an exhibit of vintage movie posters pertaining to the Coast Guard in films from the 1920s-1980s. The title of the exhibit is "Coast Guard goes to the Movies: The CDR Ralph W. Judd Collection." The show will run from Nov. 8, 2013 to May 26, 2014. A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 1954, Ralph W. Judd served on Coast Guard Cutter Northwind


Panamaxes the Filling in Another Depressing Dry Bulk Sandwich

Image: International Association of Marine and Shipping Professionals

 A report from the Freight Investor Services (FIS): “When there’s blood on the streets, it’s time to buy, even if the blood is your own,” shipowner Leon Patitsas rather enigmatically told this week’s Marine Money conference.   


MSC Ships Get Bigger

MSC Divina. Photo courtesy of MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises, the 4th largest cruise line, confirmed the existing STX France options to build an additional two ships in the Meraviglia class.    The ships, valued by MSC at $1.7 billion, will be longer and bigger versions of the Meraviglia-class ship


Oil Tanker Allision near New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to an oil tanker vessel allision on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.   The incident involved one vessel, Cyprus-flagged tanker Nordbay, which struck the Jefferson Parish water intake at mile marker 104


N.Korean Navy Incursion Draws Warning Shots

A North Korean patrol boat crossed into South Korean waters early on Monday and retreated after the South Korean navy fired warning shots, a South Korean military official said. The incursion came amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula


China, South Korea Maritime Talks

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei announcing about the talk. (Photo: China News Service)

 China’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed that China and South Korea will hold their first round of talks on maritime delimitation over the Yellow Sea in the South Korean capital of Seoul on December 22.   The talks, led by South Korean Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and


New Incentive for Ships that Bunker LNG in Rotterdam

Photo: The port of Rotterdam

 Rotterdam is introducing an additional incentive to bunker LNG, liquefied natural gas. The Port of Rotterdam Authority has reserved a total of EUR 1.5 million for this incentive. The scheme will apply until 2020.    Up until this time


"Nature poles" to Open at North Sea Museum

Northern Maritime Museum invites to the poles of the Earth Photo Arctic Info

  The exhibition "Nature poles" will be opened in the North Sea Museum in Arkhangelsk on December 22. The exhibition presents unique photographs from the museum's collection of biological, stuffed inhabitants of cold seas, predators, unique Arctic flora.


Benjamin Franklin Sails Home

Photo by Port of Oakland

 The largest container ship to ever visit the U.S., the1,300-foot-long CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, left the Port of Oakland Monday afternoon around 1:15 p.m. after docking at the port on New Year’s Eve, port officials said.   


Port Execs to Discuss Shifting Trade Patterns

Photo: Port of Tampa Bay

Shifting international trade patterns at America’s seaports – with mega-size vessels requiring higher capacity road and rail connections serving ports, along with deeper harbors, bigger cranes and sturdier berths – can bolster a region’s economy while straining its


Search Uncovers a 200 Year Old Shipwreck in Indian Ocean

Image by Australian Transport Safety Bureau

 A shipwreck thought to date to the nineteenth century has been discovered in the Indian Ocean by the team searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.   The search for the plane, over an area of 46,000 square miles, is being directed by Australia’s Joint Agency


SC Ports Box Volumes Rise 10% in 2015

The Baltic Mecur II arrived at the Columbus Street Terminal on January 8, 2016 as the first vessel call by Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, a new regular shipping service. (Photo: SCPA)

South Carolina Ports Authority posts container volumes growth in 2015; Charleston welcomes new multipurpose carrier service   South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) posted 10 percent container growth in 2015, a year highlighted by strong volumes and significant progress on the harbor


Dutch "Disappointed" with EU Port Tax Edict

The Dutch Finance Ministry said on Thursday it was "disappointed" with an EU Commission order to do away with corporate tax exemptions for six ports, including Rotterdam, Europe's largest. The measure puts the Netherlands at a disadvantage, the government said in a statement


Puget Sound Box Volumes Rebound in 2015

Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance

 International container volumes through the Puget Sound rebounded strongly in 2015 with The Northwest Seaport Alliance handling more than 3.5 million 25-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 4 percent.   Container volumes grew despite the slowing Chinese economy and volume


January 25: This Day in U.S. Navy History

1941 - The keel to USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is laid. Commissioned in April 1944, she serves during the later stages of World War II in the Pacific. She is now a museum battleship stationed in Norfolk, Va.   1943 - USS Shad (SS 235) encounters German blockade runners transporting ore in the Bay


U.S. Seaports: Cargo Volumes Rise 3.1%

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Seaports are seeing a steady rise in waterborne cargo volumes according to new numbers from U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s report. Overall, 2014 freight tonnages increased 3.1 percent over 2013 totals. The Corps of Engineers’ Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center tracks the commercial






 
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