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Donjon to Build Hopper Barges for Sterling

Photo: Donjon Shipbuilding

Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, located in Erie, Pennsylvania, was recently awarded a contract by Sterling Equipment of Quincy, Massachusetts to construct two hopper barges, with an option for a third. The principal dimensions of these barges are 225’ long x 42’ wide x 12’ deep. Delivery of the barges is to be made by the middle to end of August 2013. Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair's facility, equipped with 1,250 ft. by 120 ft. by 22 ft. dry dock, is one of the largest shipyards of its kind on the Great Lakes. The facility includes 4,000 ft. of pier space and more than 200,000 square ft. of production area, with fully enclosed fabrication and assembly buildings housing fully automated cutting, fabrication, and coating equipment sufficient to build and maintain everything from deck barges to ocean-going ships. www.donjonshipbuilding.com  


UK Urged to Change Capital Gain Calculation Methods

Moore Stephens tax partner Sue Bill.

Moore Stephens calls for rethink on capital gains exchange rate distortions on ships.   International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens has urged the UK government to remove exchange rate distortions when calculating capital gains on ships.   Moore Stephens tax partner Sue Bill explains, “Currently, all capital gains and losses subject to UK corporation tax are calculated by reference to sterling


Carnival Increases Quarterly Divident by 25 Percent

Carnival Corporation & plc announced that it has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.25 cents per share -- an increase of 25 percent. The dividend is payable on December 9, 2005, to shareholders of record on November 18, 2005. With today’s announcement – combined with previously announced dividend increases in April 2005 and October 2004 – Carnival’s quarterly dividend has doubled in just over 12 months.


Moore Stephens: UK Budget "encouraging" for Shipping

Moore Stephens tax partner Sue Bill

INTERNATIONAL accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says the UK Budget 2012 contains some encouraging signs for the shipping industry.   The government has stated that it will consult later this year on whether to introduce a rule allowing companies with a non-sterling functional currency to compute their capital gains and losses in such functional currency, rather than in sterling, as is currently the case


Indian FPSO Finance Secured by Malaysian Operator

Bhumi Armardi FPSO: Photo courtesy of Bumi Armada

Bumi Armada Berhad secures syndicated Indian banks term loan facilities of up to US$276.4-million for FPSO 'Armada Sterling'. Malaysia-based international offshore oil and gas services provider, company Bumi Armada Berhad announced today that its jointly controlled entity, Armada D1 Pte. Ltd. (Armada D1) has secured syndicated term loan facilities of up to USD276.4 million (facility) from Allahabad Bank, Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, Indian Bank, Indian Overseas Bank


UK Budget is Good News for Shipping Sector

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International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says the UK Budget 2013 contains generally good news for the shipping sector. Measures which will have an impact on the shipping industry include a reduction in the main rate of UK corporation tax.  This is 23 per cent for the year ended 31 March 2014, reducing to 21 per cent from April 2014. A further reduction to 20 per cent from April 2015 has now been announced.  


P&O Profits Flying High

Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. posted full-year profits ahead of expectations last week, and said the recently announced demerger of its cruises division would be completed in October. The results, which included an attempt to reassure investors that the company was not facing pricing pressures in its Princess cruise unit, initially pleased investors, perking up the shares six percent. But lingering concerns over possible discounting and worries that P&O is not hedged against


EC Clearance for Ferry Consolidation

P&O welcomes the announcement by the European Commission that it has cleared the Group's proposed purchase of Stena Line's 40 percent shareholding in P&O Stena Line. The transaction is expected to complete during the next week. P&O Chairman Lord Sterling said: "We are delighted to have received clearance from the EC. We can now proceed on schedule with the planned consolidation of our ferry businesses. By managing the businesses together we will be able to maximise synergies and growth


Seismic Survey Offshore NW Australia by TGS

Geoscience providers TGS announce a fourth 3D multi-client seismic survey, 'Honeycombs'. Honeycombs, covers 2,500 km2 over the Exmouth Plateau in the Northern Carnarvon Basin, offshore NW Australia. This survey is located over acreage with 50% relinquishment due in February 2013 and is adjacent to the previously announced NW Australia survey (Mary Rose) in October 2011. Upon completion of this survey, the TGS portfolio of 3D multi-client coverage in this highly prospective area offshore


TT Club Calls for Increased Port Safety

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In a speech given to the Trans Middle East Conference in Qatar in May, Andrew Kemp, Regional Director EMEA of the freight transport insurance specialist TT Club, called for operators to do more to minimize the causes of incidents resulting in bodily injury, cargo and property damage. Analysis of extensive TT Club data has shown that over 80% of insurance claims related to cargo handling at ports and terminals are the result of operational shortcomings or poor equipment maintenance


General Dynamics to Continue ACV Testing

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  General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics is continuing work on an Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) solution for the U.S. Marine Corps. The recently awarded five-month contract extension, valued at $7 million


Kalmar SmartLane Automated Gate System for Liverpool Port

Kalmar SmartLane automated gate system for Liverpool Port

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver Kalmar SmartLane automated gate system to Port of Liverpool, operated by Peel Ports Group. The new system will reduce waiting times and administration for hauliers, resulting in faster turnaround


Green-ship Certification Center Opens in Korea

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Announced in 2012 as the world’s first green-ship equipment certification center, The Korean Register – an IACS member class society, and founding partner in the project –announced that the center has opened for business earlier this month in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea.


McDermott to Auction Fabrication Yard Assets

A joint venture of five industrial auction companies will sell the physical assets of the 300-acre McDermott fabrication facility in Amelia, La. McDermott continues to operate its other fabrication facilities at multiple locations worldwide.


Slew of New SOLAS Amendments Come into Force

Ships lifeboat: Photo IMO

IMO informs that new requirements under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) to require all ships to have plans and procedures to recover persons from the water are among a set of SOLAS amendments that came into force on 1 July 2014


Market Improving for German Equipment Suppliers

The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) reported a good order situation for German marine and offshore oil and gas equipment suppliers, but the upsurge in incoming orders is not making the sector euphoric. “The boom in world ship newbuilding orders in 2013 gave us strong order growth


USCG Finalizes Inland Navigation Rule Changes

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced Wednesday the publication of the final rule finalizing changes to the inland navigation rules and their annexes in 33 Code of Federal Regulations parts 83 through 88. This action aligns the Inland Navigation Rules in the Code of Federal Regulations with the


UK Divers Fined for Undeclared Shipwreck Raids

Artifacts that were taken from the wrecks (MCA photo)

In a landmark case, two divers today have been made to pay a total of £63,500 in fines and costs for not declaring valuable items from shipwrecks off the U.K. coast. David Knight and Edward Huzzey, both from Sandgate, had previously pleaded guilty to 19 offences between them


Hawboldt Industries Wins Seaspan Contract

Hawboldt Industries Ltd. announce that it has been chosen by Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards to supply the deck machinery for the new offshore fisheries and science vessels (OFSV) as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) for noncombat vessels


Kongsberg Lift Simulator Chosen in Montreal

Kongsberg to supply several K-Sim Lift Training Simulators for heavy lift port equipment.

Kongsberg GlobalSim has been awarded a contract with the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) of Montreal, Canada to supply several K-Sim Lift Training Simulators for heavy lift port equipment. The simulator system will include training modules for seven different types of heavy lift equipment


GAC to support Total E&P’s drilling project in S. Africa

  Leading gas & oil company, Total E&P, has appointed GAC South Africa to provide shipping and logistics support for its drilling project off the coast of South Africa, which started in June this year. Total E&P is one of the first companies to drill for oil & gas in the


Lakes Legislators Help Boost Corps Funding

photo by Rod Burdick

Great Lakes legislators played a key role in yesterday’s vote in the House of Representatives to increase the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ national budget by nearly $58 million. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), along with Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 10

USS Houston (CA-30) with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board. She is flying an admirals four-star flag at her foremast peak, and the Presidential flag at her mainmast peak. (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 10 1934 - USS Houston takes Franklin Delano Roosevelt on first visit of U.S. President to South America. 1943 - Naval gunfire help Allied troops land on Sicily. It was first extensive use of LST's and smaller landing craft to deliver heavy equipment over


Container Census & Container Equipment Insight Publication

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Described by publishers Drewry Maritime Research as the definitive Annual enhanced with quarterly updates released in July, October, January and April. Key areas of analysis in the Annual include:     •    Development of the global container fleet


Cargotec to Supply Equipment for OSVs

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MacGregor, a part of Finnish cargo-handling equipment maker Cargotec, has won an order to supply equipment for vessels to be built for Bumi Armada Berhad, a Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider, Cargotec said on Friday.






 
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