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Seabulk Intl. Finalizes Sale of Inland Barge and Towboat Fleet

Seabulk International has completed the sale of the inland barge and towboat fleet of its Sun State Marine Services, Inc. subsidiary to Colonial Towing, which is a subsidiary of Colonial Group, Inc. of Savannah, Ga. The proceeds from this sale, which amount to approximately $3.8-million will be used by Seabulk to pay down debt.


Seabulk Offshore S.A. Earns ISO 9002 Certification

Seabulk International, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Seabulk Offshore S.A., (SOSA), which is already ISM-certified, has also successfully passed the Bureau Veritas annual audit for renewal of its certification as an ISO 9002-certified company. SOSA operates a fleet of 38 offshore energy support vessels in West Africa, South America and the Caribbean. The SOSA fleet of mainly large, anchor-handling tug/supply vessels is particularly well-suited to support the expanding oil and gas


M.V. Midnight Sun Embarks on Maiden Voyage

Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE), introduced the first of two new vessels, the M. V. Midnight Sun, into the Port of Tacoma, Washington to Port of Anchorage, Alaska trade route, departing Tacoma, Washington at 3:00 A. M. on Wednesday, April 23. Midnight Sun is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Anchorage at approximately 2:00 A. M. on Saturday, April 26. It is the first Orca Class roll-on/roll-off trailer ship TOTE has commissioned for service from Tacoma, Washington to Anchorage


Tidewater’s O'Malley Officially Steps Down

Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) announced on March 28 that William C. O'Malley, the company's Chairman, President and CEO for most of the past eight years, has officially stepped down as Tidewater's CEO, handing over the reins of leadership to Dean E. Taylor. Taylor, 53, has served as President of Tidewater since October 2001 when O'Malley, 65, announced his impending retirement at the end of March 2002. Taylor's career with Tidewater started in 1978 where he served as an assistant manager in the


Port Operations Halted as Baltimore Strike Continues

Photo: Maryland Port Administration

Multiple sources reported that a longshoremen labor strike at the Port of Baltimore Wednesday morning has forced the closure of the port’s major terminals. All cargos at the port's public marine terminals continue to be affected and no ships are operating. The strike was brought into effect by a vote held Tuesday night where the International Longshoremen's Association Local 333 rejected a local contract with the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore


Japan, Korea Welcome Methanol-fueled Tankers

Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo

 Starting on April 18, Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. (WFS), Marinvest/Skagerack Invest (Marinvest), Westfal-Larsen Management (WL), and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) attended the traditional ship naming ceremonies and took delivery of the first Korean and Japanese built methanol-fueled ocean tankers, the Lindanger, Mari Jone and Taranaki Sun.   Hyundai Mipo Dockyard hosted the Korean ship naming ceremony, while Minaminippon Shipbuilding Co., Ltd


Major Shallow Water Oil and Gas Find

Sperry-Sun, a Division of Dresser Industries, Inc., participated in drilling a significant crude oil and natural gas discovery in Anadarko Petroleum Corp.'s subsalt exploration program. This discovery - called Tanzanite - is located in the Gulf of Mexico at Eugene Island South Addition Block 346 in 314 feet of water about 75 miles offshore Louisiana. Anadarko believes the Tanzanite field contains at least 140 million boe.


Maersk Alabama Capt. Honored at Annual Dinner

The officers and crew of the Maersk Alabama, who fought off a pirate attack earlier this year, will be represented by Captain Richard Phillips, Chief Engineer; Michael Perry, and Bosun William Rios in accepting an Honored Seafarers plaque at the 40th annual United Seamen's Service (USS) Admiral of the Ocean Sea dinner on November 13, 2009. "We are pleased that all three unions aboard the ship will be represented by the vessel department heads at this signature maritime event


XL Appoints Regional Vice President in New York

XL Group added marine underwriting expertise with the addition of John E. Ellis as Regional Vice President in its North America Marine business in New York. In his new role at XL Group, John will be responsible for managing and building XL Group’s Marine Cargo, Primary and Excess Marine Liability, Inland Marine, and Blue Water and Brown Water Hull business throughout the Northeast. John joins XL Group from International Marine Underwriters/One Beacon where he held the position of


Bollinger Shipyards Deliver DP 2 Tugboat to Crowley Maritime

DP2 Tugboat Ocean Sky: Photo credit Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards have delivered the DP 2 classed 'Ocean Sky', the fourth of four Ocean-class tugs for Crowley Maritime Corporation. The first two Ocean Class vessels, the Ocean Wave and Ocean Wind, classed as DP1, were delivered in Q4 2012. Ocean Sky, sister vessel to the Ocean Sun, was delivered in May 2013. At 156 feet in length, the Ocean Sky and Ocean Sun are 10 feet longer than the first two vessels and are rated at 10,880 HP


AAM Wins Hybrid Passenger Vessel Contract

Photo: AAM

All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), inked a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric passenger vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, California.  The contract for the new 600 passenger aluminum monohull was signed during the recent annual Maritrends


Laborde wins Bukh Distribution Deal

Enclosed lifeboat Photo Laborde Products

Laborde Products has been selected as BUKH Diesel Marine Distributor for the United States marine market. "Our companies have tremendous synergies," stated Soren Pederson, BUKH sales manager. "We are excited about this new partnership with Laborde Products."


VT Halter Marine Names Socha Senior VP

Robert A. Socha (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

U.S. shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has appointed Robert A. Socha as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating, effective January 30, 2017.   In his role


IBIA in Attack Mode

Bunker fuel company staff supervising supply operations at port [Photo: ©2016 Patrick King Photo for GAC]

IBIA Attacks IMO Low-Sulfur Fuel Proposals; Association says 2020 decision may be based on overly optimistic fuel availability forecast   The IMO’s MEPC 70 proposals for a marine fuels sulfur cap of 0.5% to be in place by 2020 have attracted severe criticism from several major


US FMC approves Miami Marine Terminal conference agreement

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero Photo FMC

An agreement between two marine terminal companies located at the Port of Miami went into force yesterday, permitting those parties to seek cooperation and commonality in both business and operating matters. The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted today not to prevent the "Miami Marine


The American Club Celebrates Its Centenary

	Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of the American Club’s managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (Photo:  American Club)

The American P&I Club was founded in New York nearly a century ago. To celebrate its first 100 years, a book entitled The American Club: A Centennial History has just been published.   The book tells the story of the Club across ten decades of maritime and marine insurance history both


Eastern Delivers Two Towboats to Florida Marine Transporters

MV CAPT. RICKY TORRES Photo Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. delivered the M/V CAPT. RICKY TORRES (Hull 194) on October 11, 2016, and the M/V CULLEN PASENTINE (Hull 195) on December 28, 2016; the 64th and the 65th 90’ Inland Towboat to Florida Marine Transporters, LLC of Mandeville, LA


New Zealand Ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New Zealand is the latest country to accede to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.    The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and


GE Offers Electric Start Systems for Marine Gas Turbines

Photo: GE

GE’s Marine Solutions now offers electric start systems for its line of aeroderivative marine gas turbines.  Along with lower life cycle costs and improved reliability, military and commercial marine customers will enjoy 60% less in acquisition costs with GE’s electric start


Maritime Piracy Agreement broadened to cover Illicit Activity

​IMO has organized and funded exercises dealing with transnational organized crimes at sea, for maritime law enforcement officials from Djibouti Code of Conduct signatory States Photo IMO

An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden has seen its scope significantly broadened to cover other illicit maritime activities, including human trafficking and illegal


PDVSA Operations Impacted by Crude Spill

Shipping operations at one of three docks of Venezuela's main crude exporting port were halted after an oil spill occurred while loading a vessel bound for India, union and marine sources told Reuters on Tuesday.   The spill, which happened over the weekend and whose size has not yet been


TGS Hires Polarcus for Europe

Polarcus Alima. Photo: Polarcus DMCC

 Polarcus has received a letter of award from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, a marine seismic data acquisition specialist, for acquisition of 30,000 square kilometers of 3D multi-client data in Europe.   Approximately 20,000 sq.km


Mattis Takes Oath as 26th Defense Secretary

The Honorable James Mattis took office as the 26th secretary of defense shortly after his Senate confirmation. (Dept. of Defense photoReleased)

By a 98-1 vote, the Senate confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be the 26th secretary of defense Jan. 20, and Vice President Michael R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward.R. Pence administered his oath of office shortly afterward.


VTS system for Port Hedland

Photo Port Hedland

Pilbara Ports Authority has awarded a contract to Australian Maritime Systems Pty Ltd to design and install a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system in a new state-of-the-art shipping control tower in Port Hedland. The VTS system is a critical component of the new Integrated Marine Operations


Glosten Promotes FitzGerald to Principal

Ken FitzGerald (Photo: Glosten)

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has promoted Ken FitzGerald to Principal.   FitzGerald is a graduate of Louisiana State University (BS, Petroleum Engineering, 1992), and joined Glosten in 2003 after 13 years working in commercial oceanography






 
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