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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)

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

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

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

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

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

BCGP Delivers Two RHIBs to Jordan

Photo courtesy BCGP

Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP), a division of Brunswick Corporation, recently delivered two 750 Impact rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) to the country of Jordan. The boats will be used for dive and rescue operations at popular dive spots in the area. The two RHIBs are each powered by a Cummins 5.9L 355 hp inboard diesel engine, and propelled by Ultra Jet 305 water jets. The boats feature a hydraulically-actuated dive door designed to easily bring injured divers on

NYK Again in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index

NYK Included in Climate Disclosure Leadership Index for a Fourth Consecutive Year Image from NYK

NYK has been included in the CDP*’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for a fourth consecutive year.   The company received a perfect score in the CDP's 2015 Climate Change Information Request, ranking in the top 10 percent of the CDP’s Japan 500 target companies

Barnett Promoted to Director, Holland America Line

Amy Barnett Director Division Sales

Holland America Line has promoted Amy Barnett to the position of division sales director for the East.   In her new role, she will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing sales programs, as well as analyzing and implementing strategic and tactical initiatives to increase sales

SAFE Boats' Riverine Interceptor for Colombia

Courtesy SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International has been selected by the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard to build its new Type-F Riverine Interceptor Vessel.   The contract will provide the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard with a state-of-the-art, shallow draft, aluminum high speed intercept vessel designed to provide

Djibouti Maritime Contingency Planning Exercise

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national table top exercise on maritime contingency planning was conducted in Djibouti (9-10 November), as part of a series of events leading up to the official opening of the Djibouti Regional Training Centre on Thursday (12 November).   

SSN 798 Submarine Named USS Massachusetts

Attack Submarines - SSN

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 798, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Massachusetts during a taped video message at Gillette Stadium. The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy

Pacesetter Award for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor plays a critical role in the Great Lakes Seaway System

  The top federal official presiding over the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway presented Indiana Governor Mike Pence with its flagship award today in recognition of an increase in international shipping at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.

Ukraine Grain Exports at 14 Mln T So Far in 2015/16

Ukraine has exported 14 million tonnes of grain so far in the 2015/16 season, including 7.5 million tonnes of wheat, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday.   Ukraine, among the world's top grain producers and exporters, is able to export 36

Holland America Line Plans Stateroom Facelift

ms Eurodam Neptune Suite rendering (Image: Carnival Corporation)

Cruise ship suites to get cosmetic enhancements, refreshed décor and new amenities   As part of a $300-million brand enhancement initiative, Carnival Corporation’s Holland America Line is planning enhancements to its top staterooms with new furnishings, décor

Indian Miner Vedanta Seeks Cut in Iron Ore Export Duty, Levies

Press release - Indian miner Vedanta's iron ore chief on Friday called for a cut in federal and state levies on exports of low-grade ore mined in Goa, as the company struggles to remain competitive amid a global commodities slump. The country's biggest private miner resumed mining in Goa

Peaker Energy Building Texas Condensate-export Terminal

The first company to get U.S. government approval to ship minimally processed super-light oil to international markets is building its own export terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast aimed at topping off massive tankers to keep them full.  

Iran in Major Fleet Expansion Plan

Image: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 In a bid to prepare for the lift of economic sanctions placed on the country, Iran has unveiled a $120 billion fleet expansion campaign.   Mohammad Saeidi, Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), said that the company seeks to purchase 579

Thyssen Manager to Focus on Australian Sub Deal

German industrial group ThyssenKrupp is moving one of its top managers to focus on a hotly contested $35 billion bid to build stealth submarines for Australia, it said on Thursday.   Hans Christoph Atzpodien, 60, will leave his post as head of the German group's Industrial Solutions

Paris MOU's Vessel Inspection Data Now Available Online

Photo: Paris MOU

A newly introduced statistical feature on the Paris MoU website,, grants access to the region’s vessel inspection results.   “It is important we communicate about the results of our efforts to prevent sub standard shipping,” said Richard W.J

Silver Ships Delivers Patrol Boat to the Hamptons

Photo: Silver Ships

A 21-foot all-aluminum patrol/rescue boat was recently delivered to the Southampton, N.Y. Bay Constables for its law enforcement mission, the builder Silver Ships, Inc. announced.   The Freedom 21 center console boat was designed and engineered for one-man operation, which

China: Asian Box Shipping Lines Cut Fees

File Image: P.Plisson (CMA CGM)

Asian shipping lines including Japan's Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and China Shipping Container Lines have voluntarily lowered shipping surcharges, the country's top economic planner said on Monday. The statement by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) comes after China's cabinet

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