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AMS Safety Awards Recipients for 2013

American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) announced that the Houston Pilots Association, Maersk Line, Limited, Un-Cruise Adventures and The Vane Brothers Company would be the recipients of the 2013 AMS Safety Awards. AMS is a nonprofit maritime trade association, which facilitates the maritime industry's compliance with international shipping protocols and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations. The AMS consortium is comprised of more than 400 vessel owners and operators. It is the leading maritime industry association specializing in regulatory compliance in the United States. Every year, the AMS Safety Advisory Committee presents member companies with Safety Awards in recognition of their dedication to preserving the marine environment and promoting safe vessel navigation, operations and maritime work practices. These Safety Awards are designed to recognize vessel operators for their proactive efforts toward achieving safe and responsible vessel practices. The Houston Pilots Association will receive the Safe Navigation and Operation Award, which recognizes the implementation of safe working practices for vessel personnel that serve to promote the safe navigation and operation of vessels calling at U.S. ports. "The Houston Pilots are honored to have been selected as the recipient of the AMS 2013 Safe Navigation and Operations Award," said Captain John J. Plunkett, Port Agent for the Houston Pilots Association


Jeffboat Wins Barge Contract

Jeffboat has been awarded a contract to build two 52,000 net barrel ocean service tank barges for Vane Line Bunkering of Baltimore, Maryland. These barges are the fifth and sixth built to the same design at Jeffboat since 2001. Work on the new barges is expected to begin in June 2004 and extend through September 2005. The barges are to be built for coastwise manned and ocean unmanned light oil service. The new contract contains options for Vane to purchase up to two additional barges of the


Phillips Orders Catamaran for Glacier Tour

Phillips Cruises & Tours will put a new 131.2 ft., 400 passenger, 35 knot catamaran excursion vessel into service on Prince William Sound in June. The vessel is being built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., for use on Phillips Cruises' "26 Glacier Cruise." It will be the 25th high-speed passenger catamaran to be built by the Whidbey Island, Wash. boatbuilder. The cruise visits 26 glaciers in Prince William Sound on a daily schedule


Nichols Brothers Launch Sternwheeler Cruise Ship

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island and Seattle-based American West Steamboat Company, owned by Henry Hillman, Jr., CEO of Oregon Rail Corp., have launched the newly constructed overnight sternwheeler cruise ship Empress of the North. Beginning at 5:00am on Monday, June 16, 2003, the 360-foot sternwheeler was transferred on a specially designed rail system into Holmes Harbor, where it launched at high tide at approximately 8:45pm


Young Brothers Promote Gregory Patch

Young Brothers, Ltd., and Hawaiian Tug & Barge (YB/HTB) have promoted Gregory R. Patch from Barge Maintenance Superintendent to Marine Maintenance Manager. In his new position, Patch will be responsible for overseeing the daily and long-term maintenance operations for the companies’ 12 tugboats and nine cargo barges, as well as generators and barge ramps. Patch has served as Barge Maintenance Superintendent since May of last year when he joined the company


CORY BROTHERS BEGINS AGENCY OPERATIONS IN GIBRALTAR

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Cory Brothers Shipping Agency is pleased to announce it is now able to offer Shipping Agency services in Gibraltar in conjunction with its partner, the Gibunco Ship Agency, part of the Gibunco Group.   Cory Brothers, together with Gibunco Ship Agency, brings a wealth of experience to Gibraltar in Port Agency, Bunker Agency, STS Operations and Logistical solutions. Operating in the Port of Gibraltar adds strategically to Cory Brothers continuing global expansion


Nichols Brothers Delivers 39-Knot Cat

The transit between Long Beach and Catalina Island will be reduced to "well under" one hour when the "Jet Cat Express" joins the Catalina Express fleet. "This will take place before Memorial Day," according to Greg Bombard, president of the California company. The 381-passenger, 145-foot, 39-knot catamaran ferry was delivered to Catalina Express in ceremonies on Whidbey Island, Washington, on April 28. The vessel, designed by International Catamarans Designs, Ltd


Young Brothers to Invest $186m

Young Brothers Ltd. announced it will spend $186 million over 10 years on a new fleet of barges, tugboats, shipping containers, lifts and other equipment. The 106-year-old company is Hawaii’s largest interisland cargo line. The company's first new barge, a car-carrying roll-on/roll-off barge that can transport 500 vehicles, is scheduled for delivery late this year, sources said. The vessel, which is enclosed to protect cars from sea spray and salt air


Bisso Marine Buries Pipeline in Gulf

 Photo courtesy T&T Bisso

Bisso Marine, a provider of energy and maritime support services, successfully buried a pipeline 16 feet below the hardened seabed of the Gulf of Mexico. Working in 54 feet of water, the crew of the DLB Big Chief installed a hot tap and used one of the company’s three 2,700 gpm@1,150 psi Super Jet Pump Systems to bury 13,893 feet of pipeline 10 miles off Galveston Island. The pipeline burial was especially challenging because of the hard shear strength of the soil on the seafloor


Rolls-Royce Contract for Chinese Research Vessel

Rolls-Royce won a $32.2m order from Chinese conglomerate Sinopec to design and equip a specialist seismic research vessel.  When operational it will carry out detailed surveys of the seabed to identify oil and gas reserves.  The contract includes efficient power and propulsion systems and a range of advanced automated handling systems for seismic equipment. Rolls-Royce has a growing presence in the subsea and seismic technology markets, and during the last three months


Korean Shipyard Names Five New Containerships

Container ships, sunrise: Photo courtesy of HHI

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), which claims to be the world’s biggest shipbuilder says that it set a new daily naming ceremony record by naming 5 containerships (ordered from Enesel) on a single day. In a simultaneous naming ceremony attended by Mr. Andonis Lemos; Mr Filippos Lemos; Mr


US Navy Helps Guam FD to Extinguish Blaze

U.S. Navy Sailors and civilian firefighters partnered with the Guam Fire Department (GFD) to extinguish a blaze along Route 17, Cross Island Road, in Santa Rita March 25. A MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 and Engine 2 from U.S


Heavy Cargo Barge 'Prometheus' Launched at Gunderson Yard

Scots Pipers at Launch: Image credit Marcon

Brokers Marcon International were in attendance and inform of the launch of the 300’ x 100’ x 20’ heavy deck cargo barge “Prometheus” (Hull No. 104) built and designed by Gunderson Marine, Portland, Oregon, for Ulysses LLC.


Houlder Attracting Houston’s Offshore Engineering Talent

Garry Kennie

U.K.-based engineering group Houlder has launched a new venture to support clients headquartered in the United States following an increasing number of successful global projects for oil majors, operators and service providers. Houlder Americas Inc


Nicholas Brothers Contracted for New Ferry

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Nicholas Brothers Boat Builders has been awarded a new vessel contract to build a 115’x47.5’ 23-Car, 100 passenger ferry for Wahkiakum County. The ferry will operate between existing ferry terminals to Puget Island in Cathlamet, Washington and Westport, Oregon.


Nichols Brothers to Build Arctic Landing Craft

Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Bowhead Transport, LLC has recently awarded Nichols Brothers Boat Builders a contract to construct a new 150 by 50’ Landing Craft. The landing craft will operate in Arctic coastal villages of the North Slope Borough of Alaska and between the Pacific and Arctic oceans.


Today in U.S. Naval History: November 13

USS Juneau (CL-52) firing on attacking Japanese aircraft during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph)

Today in U.S. Naval History - November 13 1776 - Capt. John Paul Jones in Alfred with brig Providence captures British transport Mellish, carrying winter uniforms later used by Washington's troops. 1942 - Loss of USS Juneau (CL-52) during Battle of Guadalcanal results in loss of Five


GE to Retrofit Gas Turbines on Eight U.S. Navy Vessels

LM2500 (Photo: GE)

GE Marine reported that the United States Navy has ordered eight Digital Fuel Control (DFC) kits for LM2500 marine aeroderivative gas turbines. The DFC kits provide for improved gas turbine reliability and maintainability, yielding lower maintenance and reduced long term costs.


Aloha Foss Maritime

Paul Stevens

Hawaiian Tug & Barge, which provides harbor support services in all major ports of Hawaii, has adopted new colors and a new name: Foss Maritime Company. Founded by Young Brothers Ltd., Hawaiian Tug & Barge (HTB) was formed as a sister company to separate harbor operations and charter


New Cardinal Division Offers 24/7 Offshore Vessel Services

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Cardinal Companies International, headquartered in Alvin, Texas, has launched Cardinal Marine to provide ship repair and dockside services, offering 24/7 marine services for topside repairs with the capability to deliver support and services world-wide.


Two Bunker Suppliers' Licenses Revoked

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) cancelled the bunker supplier licenses of Excel Petroleum Enterprise Pte. Ltd. and Lian Hoe Leong & Brothers Pte. Ltd. with effect from January 15, 2014 for contravening the terms and conditions of the bunkering licenses.


Singapore Cancels Two Bunker Supplier Licences

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) states it has cancelled the bunker supplier licences of Excel Petroleum Enterprise Pte Ltd and Lian Hoe Leong & Brothers Pte Ltd with effect from 15 January 2014 for contravening the terms and conditions of the bunkering licences.


Latest Global Ocean-Going Shipbuilding Round-Up

Zhoushan Shipyard:Photo credit COSCO

A relatively active past week in the dry bulk newbuilding market is noted by Clarkson Hellas in their S&P Weekly Bulletin. Dry bulk carriers Oldendorff Carriers have contracted two firm plus two option 208,000 DWT Newcastlemax at Hantong Shipyard, with delivery of all four vessels in 2016


Man Medevaced from Charter in GoM

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer is lowered to the Osprey II and a man suffering from chest pains is hoisted back up Saturday near Port Mansfield, Texas. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Corpus Christi.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported that it rescued a 55-year-old man Saturday, who was suffering from chest pains while out on a charter boat approximately 22 miles northeast of Port Mansfield, Texas. According to the USCG report, at approximately 11:20 a.m


Foss Assists Lab in Hydrogen Fuel Research

Photo courtesy Foss Maritime

Foss Maritime and one of America's most prestigious national research laboratories are joining in a project aimed at producing cleaner air, less costly fuel and a healthier environment. Seattle-based Foss and its Hawaiian subsidiary, Young Brothers Ltd


 
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