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VMS Christens New ATB

Vessel Management Services, Inc., a Crowley Maritime Corporation subsidiary, on April 25 christened the first of four Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) tank vessels that the company will take delivery of this year. The vessels christened were the 9,280-hp tug Sea Reliance and 155,000-barrel barge 550-1. At ceremonies held on the Riverwalk at the New Orleans Hilton, Christine Sande Crowley, wife of Tom Crowley Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime, christened the Sea Reliance, and her mother, Linda Engle Sande, christened barge 550-1. Intrepid Ship Management, a subsidiary of Marine Transport Lines, will charter the Halter Marine-built ATB from Vessel Management Services and operate it. Marine Transport is a Crowley subsidiary and part of its contract services segment. "We are pleased to be the first company to build a petroleum barge under the ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) SafeHull program," said Crowley. "Under this program ABS puts the vessel design through an exhaustive review process, which examines in finite detail the areas of the structure subjected to stress under dynamic conditions. The design is then modified to strengthen areas found to be less than adequate. This up front engineering results in fewer out of service delays for the life of the vessel." "Not only have we built a double hulled petroleum barge, but we've also built a double sided tug for maximum safety and environmental protection," he said


Crowley takes lead with “Reliance”

The 9,280 horsepower Ocean Reliance is the first of two tugs built by Marinette Marine Corp. for Vessel Management Services, a Crowley Maritime Co. The vessel is intended to operate as a tug/barge unit in conjunction with the 155,000-barrel tank barge 550-3. Construction engineering for the barge was also accomplished by Schuller & Allan LLC. The connection device is an Intercon Coupling system. Earlier this year, Vessel Management Services, Inc


Crowley Receives Last Of Tractor Tug Series

Crowley Marine Services has accepted the final vessel in a series of six new Harbor-Class tractor tugs from the company's subsidiary, Vessel Management Services, Inc. (VMS). The vessel, known as Chief, will be deployed in Puget Sound for ship assist and escort work. Designed by Seattle-based Guido Perla and Associates and constructed by Nichols Brother Boat Builders, for VMS, each of the six Harbor Class tugs features Voith Schneider twin cycloidal propulsion.


Tug/Barge Units Establish VMS as ATB Leader

The 9,280 hp Ocean Relience is the first of two tugs built by Marinette Marine Corp. for Vessel Management Services (VMS), a Crowley Maritime Co. The vessel is intended to operate as a tug/barge unit in conjunction with the 155,000-barrel tank barge 550-3. Construction engineering for the barge was also accomplished by Schuller & Allan LLC. The connection device is an Intercon Coupling system. Earlier this year, Vessel Management Services, Inc


Crowley Builds DH Petroleum Barges for Alaska

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Preparing to take environmental protection of Western Alaska waters to a whole new level, Crowley Maritime Corporation christened two new double-hulled petroleum tank barges, the 165-1 and 165-2, May 7 during a small ceremony at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash. The vessels, which are the first double-hulled, environmentally friendly barges of their kind to operate in Western Alaska waters, will join Crowley's 180-1, a double-hull barge that has serviced Alaska since 2005.


Thomas Gunn Unveils New Digital Chart Management System

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With chart and nautical publication management highlighted as one of the most common reasons for deficiency detentions by Port State Control (PSC), ship operators are calling for new and effective navigation solutions. The features of Thomas Gunn’s new Voyager 4 digital chart management system, launched this month following successful sea trials, provide ship owners and ship managers with the tools they need to ensure that Safety of Navigation standards on board meet PSC and vetting


Crowley Takes Delivery of PRT Tug

Crowley Marine Services recently accepted the delivery of Alert - the first of a trio of new 140 ft. 10,192-hp Prevention and Rescue Response Tugs (PRT's) under contract with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for use in both Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound, Alaska. The general purpose PRT's are powered by twin Caterpillar 3612B engines generating the combined 10,192-hp driving two Kamewa Aquamaster azimuthing thrusters


The Petroleum Connection

Building of ATBs Has Become Big Business For Gulf Coast and Great Lakes Shipyards All of the growth markets in the commercial marine marketplace have something to do with petroleum. Supply and crew/supply boats directly support drilling activity and Articulated Tug Barges (ATB) distributes crude, refined or an oil byproduct to refiners or distributors. The ATB represents a big advance in transporting these oil products over a pushboat pushing a tow of petroleum barges


Crowley Christens 185,000-Barrel ATB

Crowley Maritime Corporation recently christened the third of ten new 185,000-barrel Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) tank vessels that the company will take delivery of by the end of 2010. The vessels christened were the 9,280 HP-tug Resolve and barge 650-3. During ceremonies held at the Mobile Convention Center on South Water Street, Nancy Schlueter, wife of Ed Schlueter, vice president of Crowley's Vessel Management Services (VMS) christened the Resolve, while Alison Haber-Djuve


Halter Marine Wins NOAA Research Vessel Contract

Friede Goldman Halter, Inc., (FGH) vessel construction business unit, Halter Marine, has been informed by the offices of Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) that it has been awarded a contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce for the detailed design and construction of the first of four Fisheries Research Vessels- designated the FRV-40 class


Murray Fenton India Scales Another Height

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Murray Fenton India, the Technical Services division of Bibby Ship Management (India) Pvt. Ltd, has been appointed by a consortium of banks as “Lenders Independent Engineers” for the ABG Shipyard Project. This project will require the Murray Fenton India team to monitor the


Beier Radio, Sentinel, Expand, Move to New Offices

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Beier Radio, LLC says that with Sentinel Controls it has relocated operations to a new facility in Gray, Louisiana, along the bustling Central Gulf coast near Houma.  In addition, Beier Radio’s corporate office for administration and sales has moved from Belle Chasse to Mandeville


Andrew Weir to Support UK Navy in Antarctica

HMS Protector A173

Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd. announced that it has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year


Thome Is the First to Sign up to IMPA Act

(Left-Right) Stephen Alexander, COO and Secretary General of IMPA with Ryan Dalgado, Procurement and Supply Chain Manager of Thome Ship Management.

Leading integrated ship management service provider Thome Ship Management has become the first ship management company to join IMPA ACT, the responsible supply chain management initiative, launched by IMPA, International Marine Purchasing Association.


Höegh, Wallem Sign Ship Management Deal

Hoegh Autoliners senior management team with Captain Deepak Honawar, Wallem Singapore Managing Director, Jude Dias, Wallem Europe Safety Manager, and Simon Frank, Wallem Ship Management Commercial Director.

Höegh Autoliners signed a nine vessel ship management deal with Wallem Ship Management yesterday at the Höegh headquarters in Oslo, Norway.   The ship management agreement cements a deal between the companies, with Wallem delivering technical and crew management to nine PCTCs


BMT SMART at Posidonia 2014

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BMT SMART Ltd., a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., a international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, will showcase its performance monitoring portfolio at Posidonia 2014 next week in Athens, Greece. The SMART suite of services works by collecting vessel performance data


Huntington Ingalls Industries Acquires UPI

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Huntington Ingalls Industries informs that it has acquired UniversalPegasus International Holdings (UPI), a leading provider of engineering and project management services to the domestic and international energy markets. The value of the transaction is not being disclosed.


75 Crowley Vessels Earn Safety Awards

Crowleys Dale Wilson, manager, marine operations; Marian Mobley, contracting officer; Dennis O’Leary, chief mate; Stephen Foster, captain; Mike Golonka, VP, ship management

Seventy-five Crowley Maritime Corporation vessels have received the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA)’s annual Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of their outstanding safety records in 2013, honors given during a luncheon held last week in New Orleans, La


Bibby Ship Management Grows in the Offshore Sector

Mark Robertshaw, Managing Director, Bibby Ship Management – Isle of Man

Bibby Ship Management has secured a contract to supply crew management services for Chevron’s floating storage unit, the Alba-FSU. The crew will provide operating, loading and equipment handling services on the Alba Floating Storage vessel.


Wood Group Forms Joint Venture With ABT Oil & Gas

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  Wood Group PSN (WGPSN) announced that it has entered into a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with ABT Oil and Gas Ltd (“ABTOG”) to create a 50/50 jointly controlled entity. It is proposed that the new entity will deliver services dedicated to the


Rolls-Royce Power Systems Is A Top Employer

Rolls The Top Employers Institute honored Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG with its `Top-Employer, Germany 2014´ award. Kerstin Geßler, team leader, HR Recruiting at Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, accepted the award

Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG has been confirmed as one of Germany´s most attractive employers. The company has received awards for its exemplary HR management policies and for the outstanding benefits it offers employees. Over recent years


VSM Expands Post Fixture Vessel Services

Capt Ranjan Mookherjee Vega Ships Management

Established in 2008 in Dubai, Vega Ships Management announces the global expansion of their all-encompassing vessel post fixture services into the world wide shipping market.   Vega Ships Management offers Vessel Post Fixture Commercial Operation services, headquartered in Dubai


Rolls-Royce Merges 2 Subsidiaries for Better Engine Life Management

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  Rolls-Royce today announced the merger of two wholly owned subsidiaries, Aero Engine Controls (AEC) and Optimized Systems and Solutions (OSyS), to form a new business, Controls and Data Services (CDS), which will continue to operate as part of the Rolls-Royce Group.


New Online Tool Aids Communications Management

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Airbus Defence and Space launches SkyFile Mail Manager to improve email account and traffic management capabilities for maritime Airbus Defence and Space has launched SkyFile Mail Manager, the latest addition to its SkyFile messaging portfolio


ClassNK Issues Another Approval for ECDIS Training

ClassNK approves Fleet Managements ECDIS Training

  ClassNK issued its Type Specific Training Course approval for “FURUNO MODEL FEA ECDIS & FURUNO MODEL FMD ECDIS” (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) Training Courses offered by Fleet Management Training Institute (Nerul, India)






 
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