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New Navy Contracts

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp., Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $373,511,932 cost plus fixed fee contract for the construction preparation efforts for the second aircraft carrier of the Gerald R. Ford class (CVN 79). Efforts under contract will include engineering, detail design, test and evaluation, logistics support and the procurement of long lead time material. Special performance incentives are also included under the contract. Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be completed by October 2010. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-09-C-2116). WTAK-1 Inc., Mobile, Ala., is being awarded $49,650,000 to exercise an option under a previously awarded firm fixed price contract (N00033-82-C-1019) for the purchase of Maritime Prepositioning Ship Sgt Matej Kocak. WTAK-1 Inc., which held Military Sealift Command's (MSC's) previous long-term contract for Kocak, is executing the sale on behalf of Wilmington Trust Co., as shipowner and UPB Leasing Ventures as beneficiary.  The ship has been under long-term charter to MSC since 1984.  The ship will remain crewed by about 30 civilian mariners employed by Waterman Steamship Corp., Mobile, Ala. Kocak is one of 15 Maritime Prepositioning ships that strategically preposition U.S

Hansen of FV Northwestern Comes to CBMM

Edgar Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern—as featured on Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch,” photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Edgar Hansen of the fishing vessel Northwestern—as featured on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," is coming to St. Michaels, MD and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Sunday, August 14 for the 2nd annual Watermen’s Appreciation Day. Hansen agreed to attend the event after learning of some of the parallels both Alaskan fisherman and the Chesapeake’s watermen are facing. "With fishing being my livelihood for over 25 years,” said Hansen

Ship Fix: Radio Holland Wins Ahrenkiel Steamship Deal

Ahrenkiel Steamship GmbH & Co. KG and Radio Holland Germany GmbH, part of Imtech Marine, have agreed a long-term maintenance agreement for the entire Ahrenkiel Steamship fleet, which comprises nearly 60 vessels. Based in Hamburg, Ahrenkiel Steamship Group is a leading, independent ship owner and provider of ship management services, with its roots dating back more than 150 years. In April 2014, the Christian F. Ahrenkiel Group merged with a joint venture established by the MPC Group

Software Upgrade for Ahrenkiel Steamship Fleet

Ahrenkiel’s entire fleet will be equipped with DNV GL’s ShipManager software

Ahrenkiel Steamship has chosen to implement DNV GL’s ShipManager software on its entire fleet of 60 vessels. The implementation of ShipManager on the entire fleet of 60 vessels, including containerships and bulk carriers, is scheduled to start this year. The implementation will be carried out by a project team consisting of experts from both DNV GL and Ahrenkiel Steamship. The shipping group Ahrenkiel Steamship was formed this year after the merger of the Christian F

Port of Baltimore Fully Open: Latest Update on Dispute

Photo courtesy of Port of Baltimore

Workers have agreed to a 90-day extension on local contracts following talks between Local 333 of the International Longshoremen’s Association and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore Inc., reports Bloomberg, citing a statement by Richard Scher, a spokesman for the Maryland Port Administration. Earlier, the Maryland Port Administration was notified by the Steamship Trade Association that Master Contract cargo could be worked

New COO At Canada Steamship Lines

Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has appointed Gerry Carter to the position of executive vice president and COO, effective immediately. Carter, who previously served as vice president, Finance and Administration for the CSL Group, brings a variety of experience to his new post in the fields of computer systems, labor and finance.

American Steamship Charters ATB

American Steamship Compnay charter New Articulated Tug Barge American Steamship Company (“ASC”), a subsidiary of GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT), announced its charter of a newly constructed Articulated Tug Barge (“ATB”). David W. Foster, president of ASC, said, “We are very pleased to add this new ATB, designed to transport dry-bulk commodities, to our fleet and look forward to commencing its operation on the Great Lakes during the upcoming sailing season

Five Shipping Lines Agree to Form Alliance

Through its U.S. General Agent, Solar International Shipping, Yang Ming Line announced that five major Asian steamship lines have agreed to form one of the largest cooperative international sea container transport efforts among steamship lines. The new alliance for a cooperative worldwide network will consist of: COSCO Container Lines Ltd., Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K-Line), Yang Ming Marine Transport, Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd., and Senator Lines GmbH.

ATB Dorthy Ann and Pathfinder at Great Lake Shipyard

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Great Lakes Shipyard has been contracted by Interlake Steamship Company to perform winter work services on their ATB Dorthy Ann and Pathfinder which arrived in Cleveland and is docked on site at the Shipyard’s facility. The Shipyard will be performing a variety of work, such as:  miscellaneous steel work, generator maintenance, main drive unit maintenance, and other miscellaneous tug and barge repairs and maintenance.

Containership Agency Founder and Chairman Dies at 68

Former chairman and founder of Containership Agency, Inc., Rolf D. Hartmann, died on Sunday, March 17, 2002, at his home in Manesota Key, Fla. He was 68 years old. Originally from Bremen, Germany, Hartmann descends from long line of family ship owners and operators. His father was founder and director of F.W. Hartmann & Co., Inc., which provided steamship agency and related services, and his grandfather was Managing Director of Hansa Line of Germany.

MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions. The first is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion demonstration project

World Carbon Debate Must Consider Great Lakes Shipping

CSL Groups Trillium Class vessel Thunder Bay, pictured here in Port Colborne, Ontario, regularly travels through the St. Lawrence Seaway to Great Lakes ports. (Photo: Thies Bognor; Supplied by CSL Group)

As the debate continues both at home and abroad on carbon offsetting measures, the Chamber of Marine Commerce is urging stakeholders and governments to consider the environmental advantages and the competitive challenges faced by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping industry.  

Newbuild Containerships Delivered to Rickmers

The Rickmers Group informs it has taken delivery of the first two in a series of three 9,300 TEU newbuilds acquired by the group in April while already under construction. The containerships were built at the South Korean STX shipyard and are on long-term charter to CMA CGM.

Extensive Ship History Source on Tap for Researchers

Photo: Steamship Historical Society of America

In celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) is offering access to its archives with the opening of its Ship History Center in Warwick, R.I., where the organization’s entire collection is now housed under one roof and is accessible to

Historic Steamship Towed to Buffalo for Restoration

Photo: Great Lakes Towing Company

A 113-year-old “Boblo Boat” SS Columbia is being towed from Toledo, Ohio to Buffalo, N.Y., where the historic vessel will be docked for the next year for restoration.   A towing contract was awarded to The Great Lakes Towing Company from nonprofit organization The SS Columbia

Search Suspended for Overboard Freighter Crewman

M/V Stewart J. Cort (Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

The search for a man who reportedly jumped overboard from a freighter near Big Sable Point in Lake Michigan early Sunday morning has been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan received a report just before 2 a.m

Cutting Emissions: Interlake Installs Marine Scrubbers

DuPont marine scrubber during Interlake loading. (Photo courtesy of  DuPont Marine)

As shipping companies struggle to find their preferred solutions for meeting strict new emission mandates, Ohio-based Interlake Steamship has found a good partner in DuPont Marine Scrubbers. Interlake awarded DuPont Sustainable Solutions, through its subsidiary Belco Technologies Corporation

Interlake Steamship to Install Scrubbers on 2 More Ships

M/V Lee A. Tregurtha (Photo: Interlake Steamship Company)

The Interlake Steamship Company proves phase one of emissions-reduction technology on Great Lakes; two additional ships to be outfitted with exhaust gas scrubber technology in 2016    Following the implementation of exhaust gas scrubbers on its self-unloading bulk carrier M/V Hon

Redwood City Reports Strong Cargo Volumes

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Port of Redwood City reports fiscal year cargo movement fourth highest in modern history   After three years of annual double digit growth in Port of Redwood City tonnage from 2012-2014, the fiscal year 2015 Port tonnage declined slightly by 3.8 percent.  

Responders Conduct Spill Exercise

A boat crew deploys boom during a prep exercise in Cleveland. Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland to participate in a preparedness response exercise. (Coast Guard Photo Petty Officer 3rd Jim Connor

Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland this week to participate in a preparedness response exercise. Exercises such as this one are designed to improve communication, planning and emergency response proficiency across local

JRC Reports ECDIS Success in Greece

Photo: JRC

Greeks, perhaps more than any other people in the world, have been mariners without interruption throughout history. At 100 years old, JRC has a long maritime history in the field of marine electronics, something that the shipping nation of Greece recognizes now more than ever

ADM Joint Venture Acquires Brazilian Shipping Agency

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Norton Lilly International announced that their steamship agency joint venture, Agri Port Services LLC, has acquired Brazilian port and shipping agency Blue Ocean Agencia Maritima Ltda. ADM was previously a part owner in Blue Ocean.  

Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership Launched

The American Great Lakes Ports Association in partnership with the Lake Carriers’ Association, Fednav Limited, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, have jointly sponsored a new bi-national public affairs program called The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership.  

Interlake Steamship Nears Final Stage of $100m Fleet Upgrade

S.S. Herbert C. Jackson (Photo: The Interlake Steamship Company)

The Interlake Steamship Company announced that it will repower its last steamship, the S.S. Herbert C. Jackson, with a highly automated diesel propulsion system in the final phase of a 10-year, $100 million modernization effort to create the most efficient

Peel Ports Welcomes 3 Queens

Three of the world’s largest and grandest ocean liners - the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria  - paid a historic visit to salute the city of Liverpool, the original home of their owners, cruise-line

  Three of the world’s largest and grandest ocean liners - the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria  - paid a historic visit to salute the city of Liverpool, the original home of their owners, cruise-line company Cunard

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