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American Superconductor Completes Propulsion Motor Tests

American Superconductor Corporation has completed a no-load factory testing for the world's first high temperature superconductor (HTS) electric ship propulsion motor. The company's ultra-compact HTS motors are as much as half the weight, one-third the size, operate with higher fuel efficiency and have lower maintenance costs than equivalently priced copper- based motors at the same power and torque rating. The patented 5 megawatt (MW), 230 rpm HTS propulsion motor was designed by AMSC's SuperMachines(TM) business unit under contract to the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR). Its power and speed rating are typical for copper-based electric propulsion motors that are currently used in ferries and small cargo ships around the world. This class of superconductor motors also is expected to become a standard for certain military ships.

American Superconductor Provides Update

American Superconductor Corporation issued an update on recent advances in the utilization of high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires in electric power applications, including power generation, transmission and distribution, and ship propulsion electric motors. Power Generation: On October 28, GE announced its plans for the development of high efficiency electric generators based on high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires (see

American Superconductor Reports 2Q Results

American Superconductor Corporation reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2003, ended September 30, 2002. Net revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2003 were $4.48 million compared with $3.26 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2002. The operating loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2003 was $10.50 million compared with an operating loss of $10.47 million for the year-ago quarter.

New Counter-Mine Technology for Ships


Using a high-temperature technology developed by the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Navy has successfully launched a new counter-mine tool to protect its fleet at sea. In a time of increasing irregular warfare threats, the Navy has devised and successfully demonstrated a revolutionary technology to help reduce the risk of naval mine strikes to U.S. Navy ships. Installed aboard the USS Higgins (DDG 76) in July 2008

New Puget Sound Cruises

American Spirit: Photo courtesy of ACL

American Cruise Lines announce new 8-day roundtrip Puget Sound cruises from Seattle aboard 'American Spirit' American Cruise Lines announce the addition of a new itinerary for 2013 – Puget Sound and San Juan Islands . Offered aboard the 100-passenger American Spirit, roundtrip cruises from Seattle will showcase the most beautiful inland waterways on the West Coast. Puget Sound, which will include the San Juan Islands

AMP, AWO & Jones Act Operators Weigh In


A letter to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (U.S. Department of Energy) from American Maritime Partnership disputes EIA domestic tank vessel estimates. Text of letter is shown below:   March 14, 2012 Ms. Shirley Neff U.S. Energy Information Administration U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20585   Dear Ms. Neff: Thank you for meeting with me, leaders of the American Waterways Operators

Riverboat to be Christened in New Orleans

First Lady of New Orleans, Cheryl Landrieu, to Christen American Cruise Lines’ American Eagle riverboat   American Cruise Lines announced the christening of its second Mississippi River paddlewheeler, the American Eagle, on April 25, 2015 in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be the guest of honor and his wife, Cheryl Landrieu will christen the new riverboat.   “The city of New Orleans has played an integral part in the growth of American Cruise Lines

Maritime Cabotage Task Force Statement, Oil Spill

On June 11, the Maritime Cabotage Task Force issued this statement regarding the Gulf oil spill and the Jones Act: The American maritime industry supports immediate action to address the unfolding environmental disaster in the Gulf.  Federal law called the Jones Act requires that American vessels be used for domestic transportation activities in the U.S., and countless American vessels are already responding in the Gulf

Aker and OSG Announce Agreement for up to Six More Tankers

Aker American Shipping ASA and Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. announced that they have signed an agreement in principle pursuant to which Aker American Shipping subsidiary, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, will construct up to six additional Veteran Class MT-46 Jones Act Product Tankers (three fixed plus three options) and transfer them to another subsidiary, American Shipping Corporation, which will bareboat charter them to subsidiaries of OSG for initial terms of 10-15 years.

U.S. Jobs Retained On Reflagged Tankers

U.S officer and seamen jobs on six liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers will be retained after the tankers are reflagged from the U.S. The merchant marine jobs will be guaranteed to American officers and seamen through 2004, according to two agreements announced last week. The agreements were signed by the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union, the Seafarers International Union (SIU) and PRONAV Ship Management, which manages the ships for BLNG Inc

White House Backs El Faro Investigation

President Barack Obama (White House photo)

President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered condolences to the families of the 33 sailors presumed to have lost their lives aboard cargo ship El Faro which is believed to have sunk amid Hurricane Joaquin last week.    The investigation into the incident will receive the

Kalmar Forklift Trucks for US Market

Kalmar DCG180-330 heavy forklift truck

  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has announced the North American launch of its highly acclaimed heavy forklift at the Breakbulk Exhibition in Houston on 7 October 2015. The Kalmar DCG180-330, which competes in the 18-33 tonne capacity sector

Swiss Re Establishes North America Marine Team

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has expanded its marine business by opening a North America marine office. Beginning October 1, 2015, the New York-based team will provide ocean cargo insurance, with additional products to follow, the company said.  

AEP to Sell AEP River Ops To ACL

An AEP river tow (File image)

American Electric Power (AEP) has signed an agreement to sell its commercial barge transportation subsidiary, AEP River Operations LLC, to American Commercial Lines (ACL), owned by Platinum Equity, for approximately $550 million. AEP River Operations is a commercial inland barge company

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.  

HII’s Petters Receives Lone Sailor Award

HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) receives the United States Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor Award, presented by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson (left) and Navy Memorial Foundation President and CEO John Totushek (Photo by Jeff Malet

Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), was presented with the United States Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award on Thursday during the annual Lone Sailor Awards dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  

Suezmax Tanker Delivered to NAT

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has today taken delivery of the first of two recently purchased secondhand Suezmax tanker vessels.   NAT announced in July that it had agreed to acquire two 2010-built ships for delivery in September and October 2015

Struggle Continues at Vietnam Port

Photo credit: VietnamPlus

 The deep-river port complex in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau is still struggling to reach its designed capacity, says local media reports.   The seven deep-water seaports have been built by the Cai Mep – Thi Vai Port Group in the southern province of Ba Ria –

US Preparing to Weaken Cuba Embargo

The White House is drafting sweeping regulations to further weaken the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba that would ease restrictions on U.S. companies and make it safer for Americans to travel there, U.S. government sources said on Thursday.  

Blount Delivers USCG Subchapter “D” Tank Vessel

Chandra B (Image: Blount Boats)

Shipbuilder Blount Boats delivered a 79-foot bunkering tanker, Chandra B, to American Petroleum and Transport, Inc. in New York on September 6.   Designed by Farrell & Norton Architects and built to USCG Subchapter D specifications

SCHOTTEL Appoints Two in Houma

Svante Fielding (Photo: SCHOTTEL)

SCHOTTEL, a manufacturer of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications, announced the appointment of Svante Fielding and Randall Freeman at its North American organization, SCHOTTEL Inc., in Houma, La.   Fielding, the new Vice President Operations

‘Double Skin’ Oil Barge Delivered to Vane Brothers

Double Skin 509A (Photo: BHGI)

The Vane Brothers Company has taken delivery of a 55,000 BBL double hull oil barge, Double Skin 509A. Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) was contracted by the builder Conrad Industries to develop the design of the 361’ x 62’ x 24.5’, 55,000 BBL double skin tank barge

Hapag-Lloyd Adds 6,000 Reefer Containers

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

In order to profit from the growing reefer markets in South America and Asia, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 6,000 cutting-edge reefer containers – more than ever before in the company’s history.   Hapag-Lloyd is gearing up for the temperature-sensitive cargo business in the important

LNG-fueled Box Ship a 'Momentous Step Forward'

Perla del Caribe, the second of two LNG-fueled Marlin Class ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO for Tote, was launched at NASSCO’s yard in San Diego. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the world’s first series of energy efficient containerships welcomed its second LNG-powered vessel in San Diego, fueling the U.S. maritime industry with cutting edge economic and environmental efficiencies powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Historic WW I Shipwreck Survey Underway

Side scan sonar image of LV-71 (Credit: NOAA)

Partnering U.S. agencies have commenced surveying the historic shipwreck of an American lightship shelled and sunk by a German U-boat during World War I nearly 100 years ago.   Teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

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