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Qualifications for License as Mate on U.S. Towing Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC) has issued Policy Letter 07-02 entitled Qualifications for a License as Mate (Pilot) on Towing Vessels. The letter provides guidance regarding persons seeking such license who began service or training before May 21, 2001 and who will complete all requirements before May 21, 2003. Source: HK Law


BC Ferry to Set Sail for Canada

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On Friday January 30, 2009 a new cruise ferry from ’s Flensburger Shipyard built for British Columbia Ferry Service is scheduled to leave the yard for its journey to , . The ship, Northern Expedition, is 150 m long, capable of carrying 600 passengers and 130 vehicles. It offer 55 modern cabins for customers and an expanded range of food services and other amenities. The transfer voyage will take about 45 days, and the vessel most likely will stop for refueling in , Canary Islands


New Rescue Boat to Begin Service in Bay Area

The Bay Area USCG's newest heavy surf rescue boat are the workhorses of search and rescue stations. The 47-ft. motor lifeboats' primary missions include search and rescue and law enforcement. The new MLB's are self-bailing and will return to an upright position in eight seconds or less if overturned. The boats are built to pass through heavy surf as high as 20 ft., and attempt rescues at sea in the most severe weather conditions.


Silversea Buys Ship; Refurb Next

Silversea Cruises Group Ltd. bought the expedition ship World Discoverer. The company took delivery of the vessel in Singapore on September 17. The ship will undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment before it begins service in spring 2008. After the planned refurbishment, World Discoverer will accommodate approximately 140 guests (reduced from current 175) and a crew complement of 106 in a state-of-the-art vessel sporting the latest communications systems, audio-visual equipment


TUI AG and RCL to Launch JV

TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced today they will launch a new joint venture serving the German cruise market. The new company, TUI Cruises, will begin service with one ship, in early 2009, and grow quickly with two newbuilds planned for 2011 and 2012. Sales and marketing will commence earlier in Spring 2008. Both partners will hold a 50 percent interest in the joint venture, which is subject to regulatory and board approvals before completion.


Harrington Hoists Launches Kito Americas in S America

Harrington Hoists, Inc. has expanded into South America under the Kito brand.  In doing so, Harrington has launched the newly created Kito Americas; a Kito brand to support these markets.       “This is an exciting time for Harrington” commented Carlo Lonardi, VP Sales & Marketing, “for the first time Kito Corporation has sanctioned our expansion into the South American marketplace


Aker Philly Delivers Containership to Matson

Matson Navigation Company, Inc. announced that its newest containership, MV Maunalei, has been delivered to the company by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The delivery of the Maunalei represents the completion of a historic four ship modernization and replacement strategy, following the delivery of the Manukai in 2003, the Maunawili in 2004, and the Manulani in 2005. "Having added only one new ship to the Matson fleet between 1983 and 2002


WSDOT Ferries Supplements Bremerton Route

WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) is adding two 149-passenger foot ferries to the one auto ferry service between Seattle and Bremerton for the Monday afternoon commute and until further notice. WSF is contracting with private operator Victoria Express to provide this service. Pending fog delays, passenger-only service will begin Monday, Aug. 31, with one 149-passenger ferry leaving Bremerton at 3 p.m. and leaving Seattle at 4 p.m


Blount Boats Delivers Sister Ship to Wendella

Photo courtesy Blount Boats, Inc.

The 89-ft steel excursion boat, Linnea built by Blount Boats for Wendella Sightseeing Company was completed and accepted on July 20, 2010. The vessel was delivered to Chicago via Erie Canal and began service on July 30th. The delivery for the Linnea is especially timely on account of the fact that Wendella Sightseeing, Chicago’s original tour boat company is celebrating its 75th season as one of the city’s premier sightseeing and tourism venues.  


Two Cruise Lines Sign Up to Sail Out of Port of Houston

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The Port of Houston Authority partners with two cruise lines, PrincessCruises & Norwegian Cruise Lines, to use Bayport Cruise Terminal. Princess Cruises will make passenger cruise calls during the 2013-2014 cruise season, while Norwegian Cruise Lines has committed to begin service in 2014. The Port Commission authorized entering into agreements with both lines after meeting in executive session. The Port Authority's agreement with the lines is significant


NJ Governor Christie: $11M Ferry Building Deal for Tuckahoe Shipyard

NJ Governor Christopher Christie. (Source: http://www.state.nj.us)

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie, State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, NY Waterway President & Founder Arthur E. Imperatore and Yank Marine President & Founder John C. Yank Jr. of Tuckahoe today announced an $11 million contract to build two


Teras Sunrise Passes Jacking Trials

Teras Sunrise jacking trials (Photo: Mr. Ian Tan Kwang Hoii, ASL Shipyard)

Teras Offshore, along with Global Maritime and ASL Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia announced the completion of full height jacking trials of the Teras Sunrise. The trials were completed on February 7 and mark another successful milestone in the Teras Sunrise reactivation project.


Indonesia Shipyard Offshore Rig: Jacking Trial Successful

Teras Sunrise: Photo courtesy of Global Marine

Teras Offshore, along with Global Maritime & ASL Shipyard in Batam, Indonesia announce the completion of full height jacking trials of the 'Teras Sunrise'. The Teras Sunrise is the second 'Service Jack' design developed by Global Maritime


EBDG to Design New Class of Staten Island Ferries

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), a naval architecture and marine engineering firm with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, Ala., has been selected by the New York Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to design a new class of ferries that will operate between the boroughs of Staten


Higman Marine Grows:

Higman Captain in the Wheelhouse / photo: courtesy of Higman.

Innovation and New Building are Key Movers for this Gulf Coast Bulk Transportation Provider.   Fleet And Staff Have Doubled In Ten Years Gordie Keenan, Higman's vice president of training told MarineNews in January, “We have 54 inland towboats, the majority of which are rated at 2


New Pilot Boat Soon to Launch in Oregon

The pilot boat Connor Foss under construction.

Seattle - The pilot boat Connor Foss is currently under construction at the Foss Maritime Company's Shipyard in Rainier, Oregon, and will replace the Arrow 2 in June, 2012. The Arrow 2 will be taken out of service after fifty years transporting River and Bar pilots on the Columbia River at


WA 144-car Ferries Named ’Olympic’

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SEATTLE – The new class of 144-car Washington state ferries currently under construction will be named after a beloved Washington landmark, the Olympics.    The winning name, Olympic, was selected by Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond after a contest among Washington State


Island Offshore Renews Veripos GNSS Positioning Contract

Island Offshore Vessel: Photo credit Island Offshore

Island Offshore, renews Veripos's 3-year contract for precision GNSS positioning services for DP vessels. Island Offshore awards Veripos a further three-year contract for continuing provision of precision GNSS positioning services for 16 DP vessels in addition to another 6 due to begin service in


Vietnam-era US Navy Patrol Boat Welcomed Back

Swift Patrol Boat:Photo credit Maritime Museum of San Diego

Maritime Museum of San Diego to ceremonially welcome Vietnam War-era Swift Boat P24, September 18, 2012, restoration work to follow. The event, to be attended by 35 Swift Boat Veterans and Mayor Jerry Sanders, among other dignitaries, takes place at the Museum located at 1492 Harbor Drive in


Crystal Cruises Condé Nast Traveler Best Cruise Line 2012

Crystal Symphony: Photo credit NYK Line

Condé Nast Traveler magazine (U.S.) readers have named Crystal Cruises the “Best Cruise Line” (mid-size) for 2012. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards honor the best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies


Princess and Norwegian Cruising Into Port of Houston

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The Port of Houston Authority is partnering with two separate cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines, to offer new service from the Bayport Cruise Terminal. Princess Cruises will make passenger cruise calls during the 2013-2014 cruise season


PoH: Upward Trend Continues in Financial Results

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And More Good News: Partnership With Two Cruise Lines Announced The Port of Houston Authority will partner with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines to offer new services from the Bayport Cruise Terminal, it was announced at the Nov. 15 Port Commission meeting


SAM Electronics Equips Viking Grace

SAM Electronics, an L-3 company, has equipped Viking Line’s new 57,000-gt passenger ferry, Viking Grace, with a NACOS Platinum integrated navigation control system together with a Valmatic Platinum integrated automation system from its associate company, L-3 Valmarine.   


New Foss Ferry Begins Work on the Columbia River

Photo: Foss Maritime

A new ferry, the product of a unique partnership between Foss Maritime, a confederation of Native American tribes and state government, began service on the Columbia River after a christening ceremony on August 14, 2013. The new Sanpoil ferry


Korean Coast Guard Chooses MTU Propulsion

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MTU has been chosen by the Korean Coast Guard (KCG) to provide propulsion and onboard power for a new class of patrol vessels in its ever expanding and modernizing fleet. The new 5,000-ton displacement patrol vessel will be powered by four MTU 20V1163M94 engines in a Combined Diesel and Diesel






 
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