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ISU Names Hoddinott General Manager

TITAN Salvages Mark Hoddinott, general manager, International Salvage Union (ISU).

TITAN Salvage’s Mark Hoddinott Accepts Position as General Manager at ISU.   TITAN Salvage's Mark Hoddinott has accepted the position of general manager for the International Salvage Union (ISU). The position will combine the role of secretary general with that of general manager. In this new role, Hoddinott will be responsible to the president of the ISU and its executive committee for the day-to-day running of the ISU and its work on relevant issues. He will start with ISU in April 2012 and will work closely with Secretary General Mike Lacey, who will be retiring at the end of the year, to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities between them before Hoddinott takes up the position formally in October.   Hoddinott is well-known in the shipping sector and has extensive experience of the salvage industry, most recently as TITAN Salvage’s global director, marketing and strategy. In this position, he was responsible for developing, delivering and managing TITAN’s strategic marketing and business development plans. “All of us at TITAN wish Mark all the best in his new position as GM of the ISU,” said TITAN’s Rich Habib, vice president. “We look forward to his administration of this important organization. The skills and deep knowledge of the salvage industry that were exhibited when he ran TITAN U.K. – the largest salvage depot in the U.K. – will stand him in good stead


Marine Towing of Tampa to Debut Tractor Tug

Marine Towing of Tampa, LLC will host a private dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 12 to debut its new tugboat, Patriot, at Port Tampa Bay. The Patriot is one of the few tugboats in the United States with open ocean firefighting capabilities spraying nearly 12,000 gallons per minute at a distance of 400 feet. Built in East Boothbay, Maine, the 93’ long, 5,000 horsepower tugboat equipped with two Tier 3 sixteen cylinder Caterpillar engines and two Rolls-Royce Z-drives will add to


DRD Towing Sentenced for Mississippi River Spill

DRD Towing Company, LLC., a marine company located in Harvey, Louisiana, was sentenced in federal court by U. S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to two years probation for violation of Ports and Waterways Safety Act and a misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act and a $200,000 fine, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, Randall Dantin, age 46, a resident of Marrero, Louisiana and co-owner of DRD Towing


Sea Tow Services International Celebrates Thirty Years

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Your Road Service at Sea (R) Reaches Milestone Worth Celebrating. For three decades Captain Joe Frohnhoefer and his wife Georgia of Sea Tow Services International have leveraged their greatest strengths-- Captain Joe's in-depth knowledge of the sea and Georgia's meticulous attention to detail-- and built an impressive worldwide network of everyday heroes, their Sea Tow Captains. Throughout 2013, Sea Tow International will celebrate these efforts and reflect on the ground-breaking


The Bisso Doctrine

A tug pushes a dredging platform on Lake Erie near Pointe Mouillee, Mich. (Photo courtesy USACE)

By Jim Shirley, from the December 2010 edition of MarineNews The Bisso Doctrine takes its name from the 1955 U.S. Supreme Court case, Bisso v. Inland Waterways Corp., in which it was established in a majority opinion of the Court that exculpatory clauses in towing contracts are invalid as a matter of public policy. That decision has had serious impact on the United States towing industry, and has affected decisions on whether to make U.S


Marcon Sells 3,900BHP Tug Overseas

Photo: Marcon

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington announced the sale of the 3,900BHP, U.S. flag twin screw tug Maria Brusco (ex-Ocean Service) from a U.S. owner to private overseas buyers for transfer to registry under foreign flag. The 127’ x 32’ x 14’ depth tug was originally built in 1967 by Burton Shipyard Inc. in Port Arthur, Texas as Hull 404 for International Bulk Transport of Wilmington


NS Savannah to Depart Shipyard

The National Historic Landmark vessel, the NS Savannah, which was the United States' first nuclear-powered commercial ship, will be towed from Colonna’s shipyard in Norfolk, VA, to a Maritime Administration facility at Pier 23, Newport News, VA. The Savannah will remain there, undergoing routine maintenance, until a contract for drydocking is awarded. MarAD has begun preparations for decommissioning the ship’s nuclear reactor. All fuel was removed more than 30 years ago.


Crowley and PB Towage Form Alliance

Cooperation Broadens Project Management, Marine Cargo and Logistics Capabilities in Southeast Asia and Oceania.   Crowley Maritime Corporation's solutions group and PB Towage Ltd., part of the Pacific Basin Shipping group, have formed a business alliance that combines their respective services and regional positioning to collectively broaden their project management, marine project cargo and logistics capabilities in Southeast Asia and Oceania.  


M/V Ever Deluxe Assists In Rescue Of F/V LUCKY I

The EVER DELUXE, a container vessel of the Evergreen Line fleet and captained by Captain Wen-Yau Hwang, assisted the U.S. Coast Guard in the rescue of the fishing vessel LUCKY I. The fishing vessel has been off the coast of San Francisco, CA without engine power for a week. The incident took place September 25. The USCGC STEADFAST, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, arrived on-scene and made attempts to repair the engine and generator with no success.


Another ship to leave James River Reserve Fleet

Tugboats are scheduled to tow the freighter American Ranger from the James River Reserve Fleet on August 26th, at approximately 10 a.m., to the Esco Marine facility in Brownsville, TX, where it will be dismantled. The departure schedule is subject to weather and safety clearances. The American Ranger is one of the high-priority ships designated for disposal by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). The contract for the American Ranger was announced August 9th


Tug Crew Commended for Emergency Rescue Tow

Crew members of Crowleys tugboat Alert receiving USCG commendation (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley crews commended by U.S. Coast Guard for assistance during Kulluk emergency rescue tow   Captain Rodney Layton and his crew aboard Crowley’s Prevention and Response tugboat (PRT) Alert were recently recognized by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Capt


USCG Medevacs Injured Mariner Near SW Pass

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  A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew medevaced a man south of Southwest Pass, at around 12 p.m., Tuesday. The crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans was dispatched approximately four miles south of Southwest Pass to pick up a mariner who had


Keel laying Ceremony of Damen PSVs for Atlantic Towing

PSV 5000 Keel laying lowres

  In a keel laying ceremony attended by key client representatives, Damen Shipyards Galaţimarked the start of construction of two Platform Supply Vessels – PSV 5000 – for Canadian maritime services provider Atlantic Towing. The 90-metre vessels are part of a multiple vessel order


ICS Chairman Warns of Regional Regulation Chaos

Masamichi Morooka (Photo courtesy of ICS)

Addressing members of the Singapore Shipping Association, the Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Masamichi Morooka, warned about the dangers of regional maritime regulation being adopted by governments at variance to the global maritime Conventions adopted by IMO.


USCG Rescues Disabled Fishing Vessel

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester, Mass., tows the 61-foot fishing vessel Angela Michelle to port, April 19, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Robinson)

  A fishing crew is back on land today after a fouled anchor line stranded them about 115 miles east of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Saturday. Initially, the four-person crew aboard the 61-foot fishing vessel Angela Michelle contacted the Sector Boston Command Center when their line became


Khamenei Says Iran Nuclear Weapons are a U.S. "Myth"

Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

 Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week.


'Amazingly Intact' WWII-era Aircraft Carrier Surveyed

Features on a photo of USS Independence CVL 22 are captured in a 3D low-resolution sonar image of the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Coda Octopus Echoscope 3D sonar, integrated on the Boeing AUV Echo Ranger, imaged the shipwreck during the first maritime archaeological survey. The sonar image with oranges color tones (lower) shows an outline of a possible airplane in the forward aircraft elevator hatch opening. (Credit: NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus)

NOAA, working with private industry partners and the U.S. Navy, has confirmed the location and condition of the USS Independence, the lead ship of its class of light aircraft carriers that were critical during the American naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II.  


US to Become a Net Exporter of Natgas by 2017 -EIA

The United States will transition from a net importer of natural gas to a net exporter of the fuel by 2017 as the nation's shale gas production continues to grow, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday in its Annual Energy Outlook.  


Milaha and UACC Mull Tanker Fleet Merger

Image: United Arab Chemical Carriers Ltd. (UACC)

 Qatar Navigation (Milaha) is in talks with United Arab Chemical Carriers Ltd. (UACC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding a possible combination of their respective product and chemical tanker businesses.     Currently Milaha operates two chemical tankers and UACC has


Porter, Anzio in Scotland for Biggest Joint Warrior

Sailors secure an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Vipers of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 to the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78). Navy photo by Ryan U. Kledzik

  Ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 pulled into Faslane, Scotland, ready to commence Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, April 9. DESRON 26 arrived in Faslane with guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) and guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78)


Chesapeake Launches Tugboat for Vane Brothers

Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has launched another tugboat for Vane Brothers, the builder announced today.   The tugboat, named Fort Schuyler, represents the 11th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for Vane Brothers of the 14 contracted.  


Wheat Ship Barred from Entering Yemen Port

Warships from the Saudi-led coalition have blocked a vessel carrying more than 47,000 tonnes of wheat from entering a Yemeni port, demanding United Nations guarantees that the cargo would not go to military personnel, shipping sources said on Thursday.  


North Korea-Mexico Faceoff over Cargo Ship

Mu Du Bong. Photo by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA)

 North Korea has accused Mexico of illegally holding one of its ships and warned it would take “necessary measures” to release the vessel.   The 6,700-tonne freighter "Mu Du Bong," which had come from Cuba, ran aground on a reef


Zambia is Newest IMO Member State

IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu with His Excellency Paul William Lumbi, High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to the United Kingdom (Photo: IMO)

High Commissioner visit marks Zambia’s membership of IMO   His Excellency Paul William Lumbi, High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to the United Kingdom, on Wednesday, April 8 paid a courtesy visit to the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)


2015: An Action Year for Subchapter M

Jennifer Carpenter

For all of the predictions and prognostications that have been made over the last ten years, one thing is objectively true: the publication of Subchapter M – the U.S. Coast Guard’s long-awaited towing vessel inspection rule – is closer than it’s ever been.






 
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