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54th Ship to Depart James River Reserve Fleet

The Vulcan is scheduled to be towed from the James River Reserve Fleet on Tuesday, December 19th. It will be the 54th ship to leave the James River site for recycling since January 1, 2001. The Vulcan, a former Navy repair ship built in 1941, which will leave the James River site to be dismantled at Bay Bridge Enterprises, LLC, of Chesapeake, Va., under the terms of a contract worth $494,000. The Vulcan has a small niche in Naval history. Until 1978, the only Navy ships to carry women on duty were hospital ships. That year, the Vulcan became the first non-hospital Navy ship to carry women on active duty. The Vulcan is expected to pass under the James River Bridge approximately two hours after the departure. However, be advised that such times vary widely depending on weather and other conditions.

Five More to Leave MarAd Reserve Fleet

Five ships moored in Virginia, California, and Texas will be headed to recycling yards under contracts announced today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration. Two of the ships are from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, Calif.; two are from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Texas; and one is from the James River Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Va. Maritime Administrator Sean T

Germanischer Lloyd Opens Lab in Hamburg

The examination of metallic materials and failure analysis for the sectors of ship operation systems, civil engineering, plant technology and machinery will now also be offered in Hamburg by GLP, the testing laboratory of Germanischer Lloyd. To complement the branches in Mülheim, Herne and Stuttgart, the operating area of materials testing and failure analysis is being expanded into the North German region. The service spectrum of routine materials testing includes destructive and

Konecranes to Collaborate with KION Group

Konecranes to buy certain assets of the container handling truck business of KION Group-owned Linde Material Handling.     •    Konecranes to acquire certain assets of the container handling truck business of KION Group’s Linde brand     •    Long-term supply agreement between Konecranes and Linde Material Handling     •    Both Konecranes and Linde Material Handling will

New Requirement MSDS on Tankers

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it has submitted a Federal Register notice to the marine community containing guidance on new International Maritime Organization measures. These new measures require that all tank ships subject to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention carrying Annex I cargoes and all ships using Annex I marine fuels have Material Safety Data Sheets aboard. This Safety of Life at Sea Convention requirement will become effective January 1, 2011

DOT HazMat Registration Underway

The Hazardous Materials Registration Program administered by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Special Programs (RSPA) began its 1999-2000 registration year on July 1, 1999. Under the program, transporters and offerors of hazardous materials regulated under Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations must register annually with DOT and pay a fee. RSPA regulations apply to barge operators engaged in the carriage of packaged hazardous materials; however

Becker: New Composite Rudder Flap and Stock

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  Becker is continuously developing propulsion components with new or better properties. One of Becker's approaches - along with Bureau Veritas - is the use of new materials such as carbon composites. Carbon fiber provides two main advantages: On the one hand, weight savings of more than 50 percent enable easier handling during transport and assembly, making this suitable for advanced naval applications focusing on light-weight structures

Chemical Weapons Destruction Ship Arrives Spain

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The 'MV Cape Ray' has arrived at Rota, Spain, for a port visit while en route to aid in removal of Syrian chemical materials, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren informs the American Forces Press Service. The vessel -- part of the Transportation Department Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force program -- left Portsmouth, Va., Jan. 27, 2014. Hundreds of government and contract personnel worked for several months to prepare the vessel to neutralize Syrian chemical materials and

Harvey Gulf Outsources IHM to Metizoft

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Harvey Gulf has signed a framework agreement with Metizoft on maintenance and quality assurance of the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM).   Vessels with IHM documentation must be maintained at all times and reflect the actual ship sailing, according to the requirements of IMO Guidelines - Ship Recycling; MEPC 197 (62). More and more, shipping companies see the need to comply with the more stringent requirements, said Metizoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Øyvind Sundgot

Dutch Police Investigate Illegal Bunker Fuel Blending

Dutch Marine Police investigate alleged bunker fuel oil blending with hazardous substances in Port of Rotterdam "During three days, we checked whether 30 vessels had the correct documentation. In 12 cases, documents were forged, or the environmental law was violated," Hans Tuinder, head of the Criminal Investigation department for the Marine Police, told Xinhua. Over 22,000 vessels are bunkered in the Netherlands annually, taking in around 13 million tonnes of fuel in total

USCG Urge Caution Ahead of Hurricane Joaquin


  The Coast Guard urges the public Thursday to use extreme caution and to prepare for the onset of heavy weather, extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the Mid Atlantic region as Hurricane Joaquin approaches the coast.

Dredging Contract Awarded for Corpus Christi LNG Terminal

U.S. dredging services provider Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced it was awarded a contract for work on an export terminal under the development of Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC (CCL).   CCL, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc

RINA Launches New Services for Yacht

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Press release - Italy-based classification society RINA has launched a series of new services and standards aimed at helping the growing global yacht industry to grow efficiencies and reduce its environmental footprint. The five new services being rolled out in the last quarter of 2015 are a

General Dynamics Wins USN Submarine Deal


  The U.S. Navy has awarded a $321.7 million contract option to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.

LGH Expands Equipment Rental Fleet

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Lifting Gear Hire (LGH), a company providing lifting and moving equipment for rent and sale, announced the addition of several new products to its equipment rental fleet.   Joining the company’s rental portfolio is a 4x4x2 Gated Material Basket, as well as several new rigging rollers

Belships Signs Deal with Imabari

 Belships has entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with a Japanese counterpart for the ship M / S Belforest.   Belforest, 61,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier is currently under construction at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan and will be delivered around 25 September 2015. 

ClassNK, TÜV Rheinland Sign Partnership Agreement

Press release - ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland Group have concluded a worldwide partnership agreement to expand their testing and certification services portfolio and better serve their clients.   ClassNK is a nonprofit classification society with experience in certifying materials and

Internet Option Added to ECDIS Type Training

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PC Maritime added internet delivery to Navmaster ECDIS type-specific training which now covers all bases:  onboard ship, ashore in training centers and via internet. V. Ships had identified situations where a crew member joins ship at short notice and urgently requires ECDIS training

Georgia Hooks Trident Seafoods

Trident Seafoods new production and distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., includes an 88,000 square-foot manufacturing floor overlooked by 18,000 square feet of office space and another 20,000 square feet of support area. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority)

Trident Seafoods has opened a $40 million production and distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., providing 175 full-time jobs and the capacity to produce 50,000 tons of finished products annually for the U.S. market.   "We are excited to add Trident to our family of customers

Eniram Expands Training Services, Onboard and Onshore

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Eniram Ltd, a provider of energy management technology and analytic services to the shipping industry, today announced the addition of in-depth training services for its Eniram platform and associated products.  According to Eniram , the training portfolio is aimed at ship officers as well

ASL Shipyard Secures S$140mln Build Contracts

 ASL Shipyard Pte Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of ASL Marine Holdings Ltd., has secured new shipbuilding contracts worth approximately S$140 million for the construction of a series of tugs and barges, the company’s board of directors announced Thursday.  

ClassNK to Issue Guidance on Composite Propellers

Classification society ClassNK announced it will release the world’s first Guidelines on Composite Propellers (Part on Manufacturing/Product Inspection) on August 31.   The strength and corrosion resistance of composite materials makes them widely used in fields such as aerospace

Builder KHI Contracts ALMACO for Drillships Work

ALMACO Group informs it has been awarded the design, material supply and supervision contract from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) in Japan for the first (DRU#1 - Ondina) and second (DRU#2 - Pituba) drillships for the Enseada Industria Naval project  

Bal Seal Adds Low-friction Seals Test Service

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Test service enhances Bal Seal offering for low-friction seals, verifies friction and leak rate for seals up to 22 in. diameter   A new test service introduced by Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. offers verified performance results for Bal Seal low-friction spring-energized seals used in

Passage to the High North – When Spray Matters

Albert Aalbers

Why bother about a bit of spray? In mild climate latitudes rain and spray water is hardly a concern; it will run off and the ship happily carries on. But going to the High North it’s different. With the economic development of the High North and Arctic areas

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