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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

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

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

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

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

CSL Tacoma Calls at Port of Redwood City

CSL Tacoma

The final in a series of five Canada Steamship Lines' (CSL) state-of-the-art, new Trillium Class self-unloading Panamax vessels, the 228-meter long CSL Tacoma, embarked on her maiden voyage from the Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China on Oct. 12, and is making her maiden cargo voyage to San Francisco Bay. She is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Redwood City at noon on Wednesday, November 6, with sand and gravel construction materials from an Eagle Rock Aggregates quarry in British Columbia

Chemical Weapons Destruction Ship Arrives Spain

MV Cape Ray: Photo CCL

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

Course Analyzes Ship Structure Fatigue and Fracture

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A three-day course hosted by ABS in partnership with BMT Fleet Technology will help participants learn how design, maintenance and operational issues affect fatigue and fracture of steel and aluminum ship structures. Geared to the needs of naval architects, ship superintendents and engineers responsible for design, material specification, welding, operational safety and maintenance, the course includes practical design and analysis theory applications using direct calculations and sample

CMA CGM in Talks to Buy NOL

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  CMA CGM confirms that it has entered into exclusive discussions with Neptune Orient Lines Limited (NOL) and Lentor Investments Pte. Ltd. (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited), its controlling shareholder, with respect to a potential combination with NOL

Fincantieri Launches Nuclear Waste Vessel for Russia

Photo: Fincantieri

New semisubmersible floating platform will be used to transport special material decommissioned by the Russian Navy    Itarus, the new semisubmersible floating platform built to transport Russia’s nuclear materials, was launched at a ceremony on November 19 at Fincantieri’s

When Conducting Investigations Consider 'Privileges'

Jeffrey S. Moller

Whether voluntarily or as required by the International Safety Management Code, the American Waterways Operators’ (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program, or some other rule or regulation, investigations of accidents and near-miss situations are routinely conducted by companies in the maritime

SSAB, Aspo ESL Shipping Pact On Sea Transport

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 The global steel company SSAB and Aspo Group’s ESL Shipping Ltd have signed a long-term frame agreement covering sea freight for SSAB’s inbound raw material sea transport within the Baltic Sea and from the North Sea.  

AVEVA Upgrades Structural Steel Software

Photo courtesy of AVEVA

AVEVA has released new enhancements to its AVEVA Bocad product range for structural steel detailing software.   AVEVA Bocad features a plate and bar nesting capability for more efficient planning and use of materials, the developer said

3D Printing Enables Quick Turbocharger Repair

Image: Tru-Marine

The first 3D-printed nozzle ring for marine turbochargers has been developed using exotic super metal alloy, enables the reconstruction of worn out components for shorter repair times.   According to the technology’s developer, Tru-Marine

The Triumph of the Container

A 40-foot-container. This invention opened up totally new markets to producers. (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Globalization is the driving force of container shipping, as ever more goods are transported across the world’s oceans in steel boxes on ever-larger container ships. But container shipping is also what made globalization possible in the first place.  

Fincantieri to Optimize Large-Scale Shipbuilding Projects

Intergraph Smart Yard leverages the engineering design basis to provide an extensive portfolio of integrated, preconfigured solutions addressing yards’ key work processes across the project life cycle.

  Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and the world's leading builder of cruise ships, has selected Intergraph Smart Yard to improve the execution of international large-scale cruise, military and merchant ship building projects.

Austal Wins $53.4 mln USN Procurement Contract

USNS Spearhead with helicopter during sea trials

  Austal USA was awarded a $53.4 million contract to procure long-lead materials for the 11th Expeditionary Fast Transport for the U.S. Navy. The award covers materials including main propulsion engines, generators, water jets, main reduction gears, and other long-lead time items.

DNV GL Issues RP on Offshore Fiber Ropes

Høvik laboratories-syrobe testing machine-fullscale testing (Photo: DNV GL)

The results of two DNV GL led joint industry projects (JIPs) and a JIP pre-study commissioned by Statoil are now captured in a new Recommended Practice (RP) on offshore fiber ropes. With a system perspective on mooring performance, DNVGL-RP-E305 provides new industry guidance for achieving cost

Presentations by Caterpillar at Baird Conference

Group President of Energy & Transportation Jim Umpleby

  Caterpillar Inc. Group President of Energy & Transportation Jim Umpleby and Director of Investor Relations Rich Moore will speak at the Baird 2015 Industrial Conference on Wednesday, November 11. They are scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. Central Time

Investment in Vard Tulcea SA

Photo Vard Tulcea SA

  The Board of Directors of Vard Holdings Limited would like to announce that the Company has invested a total of NOK 0.027 million in its indirectly held subsidiary, Vard Tulcea SA (“Tulcea”), thereby increasing the shareholding in Tulcea to 100%.

Operations Continue for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

A responder labels a sample of product for analysis extracted from the Lake Erie Barge Argo Nov. 9, 2015. Photo USCG

Salvage operations for the sunken tanker barge Argo in Lake Erie continue as the Unified Command proceeds with plans for product recovery. Crews will start prepping the first tank this week for “hot tapping” operations. Actual lightering operations will not occur until later in the

NOL Acquisition Soon?

Pic: Neptune Orient Lines

 Neptune Orient Lines(NOL) confirmed that it is continuing in discussions with respect to a potential acquisition of the group as previously announced on Nov 7 on the local bourse, reports Business Times.   This comes after the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST)

Hapag-Lloyd - New Brazil's Imports Regulations

Courtesy Hapag-Lloyd

  In order to attend to the content of Normative Instruction No. 32/2015 of Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil (based on International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures - ISPM No.15), please note that Brazilian Customs and Port Authorities will update their system

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