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Special Pilotage in Port of Brownsville

It was no ordinary arrival for the Brazos-Santiago Pilots of Brownsville, Texas    The Brazos-Santiago Pilots handle some 600 ship and vessel transits through the Port of Brownsville each year, but it's not every day that they get the opportunity to guide a venerable and storied U.S. Navy carrier to its final destination.    "It's an especially proud honor to be a part of history and to pilot the USS Ranger on the final 15-mile leg of its 16,000 nautical mile voyage to International Shipbreaking of Brownsville," said Captain Grant Wilson, the pilots' presiding officer, who along with Captain Jonathan Willett boarded the carrier. The two pilots, along with Pilot Captain Gene Tuttle, have guided three other warships -- USS Constellation, USS Saratoga and USS Forrestal -- into drydock where all four vessels are being dismantled in a recycling project that is unprecedented in US history.   The pilots boarded the USS Ranger on Sunday after sailing from their South Padre Island dock aboard their 52-foot Gladding Hearn aluminum pilot boat, PILOT VII. "The sail aboard the USS Ranger will take about 6 hours making 4-5 knots under tow," explained Captain Wilson. "Our job is to make sure that the carrier's final pilotage is smooth and otherwise uneventful. As Brazos-Santiago Pilots, we are the only mariners with the knowledge and experience on the waterway and the ability to perform the assignment without incident."  


New Escort Vessel for the U.S. Navy

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After 54 years of building only commercial vessels, Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has delivered its first high-speed patrol boat for the federal government.  The 64-foot screening escort vessel, with the mission of securing high-value Naval assets, will be operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.  The all-aluminum boat features a C. Raymond-Hunt-designed deep-V hull, with a CPI Marine fender system, and is powered by twin MTU diesel engines and connected to water-jets


ACB Awarded $9.8m Coast Guard Contract

Aluminum Chambered Boats (ACB) has been awarded a $9.88m contract to provide the United States Coast Guard (USCG) with 47 rigid hull inflatable boats for their Cutter Boat-Large (CB-L) fleet. This is a five year contract with the first boat deliverable in 90 days. The ACB CB-L will replace the USCG’s aging fleet. The 24-foot CB-L is a center console vessel capable of conducting multiple missions in all weather conditions such as search and rescue (SAR), maritime law enforcement (MLE)


HII Promotes Patrol Frigate at Middle East Expo

Huntington Ingalls Industries promote proven patrol frigate design at Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition & Conference Huntington Ingalls Industries is to participate in Doha's International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) highlighting the new patrol frigate derivative of the company's proven U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter. The patrol frigate could be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


Coast Guard Receive New Response Boat in N.C.

45-foot Response Boat - Medium is shown transiting the Pamlico River toward Coast Guard Station Hobucken, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, where it was delivered to replace their 41-foot Utility Boat. The boat is the services 144th of 170 RB-Ms being delivered to Coast Guard units. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert)

The crew of Coast Guard Station Hobucken, N.C., received a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium Thursday, the 144th of 170 RB-Ms being delivered to the service. The RB-M replaces the 41-foot Utility Boat, which has been the Coast Guard's workhorse of the fleet for more than 25 years. The RB-M's top speed of 49 miles per hour gets the boat’s crew to the scene faster and reduces crew fatigue. The new design includes a full cabin to protect the crew from the elements


L-3 Receives Award for U.S. Navy EOSSs

L-3 KEO announced  it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract option from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for nine MK 20 Electro-Optical Sensor Systems (EOSSs). L-3 KEO will build and test the systems, as well as perform engineering services activities, over the course of the next two years in its Northampton, Mass. facility. This is the final contract option from a sole-source NAVSEA contract that was awarded to L-3 KEO in 2011 and raises the total number of MK 20 EOSSs


HHI Launches Korean Destroyer

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has constructed the first 4000-ton class Korean destroyer ordered by the Republic of Korea Navy. The launching ceremony for the warship was held on April 11, 2004 at HHI’s Special and Naval Shipbuilding Yard in Ulsan. . During the launching ceremony, First Lady Kwon Yang-sook named the warship Munmudaewang-ham. The warship takes its name after "Munmudaewang (The Great King Munmu)", the king of the Silla Dynasty who unified the Korean peninsular and strived to


USS America’s Capstan Cover Passed Along to USS John C. Stennis

The Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers along with the In-service Carriers Program Office (PMS 312) and Future Carriers Program Office (PMS 378) have contributed to a tradition that could last decades and span future ships named for America. They have presented a capstan cover from ex-America (CV 66) to the USS John C Stennis (CVN 74). The capstan is a rotating machine used onboard ship and dock walls for heaving in ropes, cables and hawsers


Kvichak Gets Coast Guard TPSB Contract

Photo courtesy Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, Wash., was recently awarded a five year contract by the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction of up to 80 each Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB).   The all-aluminum vessels are operated by a crew of four and include shock mitigating seats to minimize crew fatigue on extended missions.   Ballistic Armor Protection and up to four mounted weapons provide increased mission capability and crew safety during tactical operations


Kvichak Nets Five-Year Coast Guard Contract

Transportable Port Security Boat (TPSB)

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, WA, was awarded a five year contract by the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction of up to 80 each Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB) in 2011.   Kvichak recently delivered the 30th hull of this contract to the USCG.  The all-aluminum vessels are operated by a crew of 4 and include shock mitigating seats to minimize crew fatigue on extended missions.   Ballistic Armor Protection and up to 4 mounted weapons provide


Sea Hawk Debuts VMG Hard & Fast Racing Finish

Fresh Water Boaters Hard, Fast Racing Finish Sea Hawk

Sea Hawk today  announced the introduction of VMG Hard & Fast Racing Finish, a revolutionary new bottom coating geared specifically for fresh water sail boaters and power boaters looking to enhance the performance of their vessels. VMG


SUNY Maritime Among Top Schools for Career Placement

Rear Adm. Michael J. Alfultis (Image: SUNY  Maritime)

The Princeton Review’s annual college rankings place State University of New York Maritime College among the top 10 in the nation for career placement after graduation. This year, SUNY Maritime came in seventh place. The college for years has had nearly 100 percent of its graduates


World's Richest Travellers Prefer Panama

Photo: Virtuoso

 According to AFP Relaxnews, Panama saw the most growth in interest among the world’s richest jetsetters for travel this winter and spring.   Panama saw the most significant growth in bookings —107 per cent — compared to the previous year for the travel period between


First Women's Expedition to the Arctic

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Company "MyArctic-expeditions" organize the first women's expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The expedition will start on March 5 in the capital of the Nenets Autonomous Okrug - Naryan-Mar - and will last until 9 March. Participants will travel by snowmobile


Scaling The Heights And Plumbing The Depths

Table: Clarksons Research

 With tanker owners “on top of the world” and their dry bulk counterparts often feeling like they are “staring into the abyss”, 2015 was a year of contrasting fortunes across bulk shipping, says Clarksons Research.  


Shanghai Port Profit Falls; First Drop in Four Years

Shanghai International Port Group Co Ltd, the operator of the world's busiest container port, posted a 4 percent fall in its 2015 preliminary net profit, marking the first decline since 2011 as China's economy slows. Shanghai Port, whose container throughput totalled 36


China Navy Patrols Heighten Tensions with Japan

Japan said on Tuesday it has told China that any foreign naval vessel that enters Japanese waters for reasons other than "innocent passage" will be told to leave by a Japanese naval patrol, signalling a potential escalation in a long-running dispute.


MPC Brings in Peter Ganz for Shipping

Peter Ganz, Foto: Hapag-Lloyd

 Former Hapag-Lloyd CFO Peter Ganz has joined the top management team of the Hamburg asset and investment manager MPC Capital AG's  shipping business with effect from 1 January 2016.    As a member of the extended Management Board the 48-year old Business Administration


Singapore: New Bunker Sales Record, Container Throughput Falls

Photo: Ministry of Transport, Government of Singapore

 Singapore’s maritime industry had a mixed performance in 2015. While the Republic remained the world’s top bunkering port, with the volume of bunkers sold last year increasing by 6.5 per cent, container and cargo throughput contracted by 8.7 per cent and 1.1 per cent respectively


Rolls-Royce to Power Oman Police Vessels

Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce informs it has signed a contract with Finnish company Marine Alutech Oy Ab to provide 28 Waterjets for 14 Watercat K13 Fast Intercept Craft (FIC) ordered by the Royal Oman Police. The boats will be built at the Marine Alutech Yard in Finland and are due to be delivered by the end


DP World Tops Middle Eastern Index

DP World Chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem

  For the third year running, DP World is the top stock in the S&P/Hawkamah Pan Arab ESG Index. The index is the first ever of its kind in the Arab world and ranks the transparency and disclosure of regional listed companies based on Environmental


Royal IHC Launches Seven Cruzeiro, Names Seven Sun

Seven Cruzeiro (Photo: IHC)

Royal IHC has named and launched the 550t top tension capacity pipelay vessel, Seven Cruzeiro, at its shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel. This is the final pipelaying vessel in a series of three ordered by Subsea 7, and the naming ceremony was performed by Sally Rosa, wife of Ricardo Rosa


Two Cargoes of Argentine Wheat Due to Arrive in U.S.

Two cargoes of Argentine wheat were scheduled to arrive at port in Wilmington, North Carolina, shipping data showed on Friday, indicating a rare situation where U.S. buyers actually find it cheaper to purchase imported grain than abundant domestic supplies.


Lloyd's Register to Resume Iran Business

Lloyd's Register (LR) is working on resuming services to verify safety and environmental standards for Iranian shipping companies, the ship classification society said on Monday. Without verification from such bodies, ships are unable to call at international ports or secure insurance.  


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