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New BC Ferries Vessels to Set Sail Next Month

BC Ferries is pleased said that preparations for the arrival of its new Super C-class ferries is proceeding according to plan. All three new vessels are on schedule and under budget. The first of the new vessels, the Coastal Renaissance, will depart the shipyard in Flensburg, Germany amid international fanfare on September 21. BC Ferries will be hosting a special British Columbia barbecue at the shipyard to mark this major milestone of the first new Super C-class being completed and ready for delivery to British Columbia. The program for these ships has received broader focus following the announcement in June that each of the three Super Cs will be outfitted with customized graphics promoting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Upon leaving the shipyard, the ships will make stops in London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, where major promotional events will take place. Coastal Renaissance arrives in British Columbia in mid-November and is scheduled to be in service in early 2008. The second vessel, Coastal Inspiration, arrives three months later and is expected to be in service in the spring. The third, Coastal Celebration, arrives in summer 2008 and is expected to be to be in service by summer 2008 as well. BC Ferries has also finalized deployment plans for the new vessels. Coastal Renaissance will reside at Departure Bay in Nanaimo and will serve the Departure Bay – Horseshoe Bay route


Judge Recognizes MARAD Authority

As a result of the Maritime Administrator’s designation of New Jersey as an adjacent coastal state, pursuant to 33 USC 1508(a)(2), Atlantic Sea Island Group, LLC, (ASIG) a deepwater port applicant, filed suit against the Maritime Administrator and Secretary of Transportation on February 15, 2008.  In addition to filing the suit, the plaintiff also sought a preliminary injunction.  ASIG alleged that the Maritime Administrator's designation of New Jersey as an "adjacent


NOAA Presents Excellence Awards

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced this year's recipients of the Walter B. Jones Memorial and NOAA Excellence Awards for Coastal and Ocean Resource Management. The awards honor excellence in unique coastal and ocean resource management programs, as well as in public and private endeavors to conserve America's coasts. Winners of these prestigious awards will be recognized on Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C.


AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia


Canada To Study Ban On Pacific Ocean Drilling

An environmental group has criticized a move by British Columbia to study the idea of having Ottawa lift a 28-year-old ban on offshore drilling along Canada's pristine Pacific coast. An area near the Queen Charlotte Islands is believed to hold one of Canada's largest natural gas deposits, and business leaders in coastal region have said a drilling ban should be lifted to help the area's beleaguered economy. A report for the provincial government said there was enough public interest in the


1923 Schooner Replica Completes Sailing Trials

Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced that the Columbia (ESG Hull 981) a steel hull exact replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner, has completed her sailing trials. The sailing trials were held on September 18, 2014 directly offshore of the beaches of Panama City, Florida. Ninety-one years earlier, the original Columbia was officially measured on October 27, 1923 just before her race with the Bluenose by Raymond J. Milgate, a marine surveyor of Halifax, N.S.


Oregonian Raises New Questions

An independent review conducted and reported today by the Oregonian concludes that the government’s economic justifications for a controversial proposal to dredge the Columbia River are deeply flawed. The Corps of Engineers wants to spend $196 million to dredge more than 100 miles of the Columbia River. In a three-part series beginning today, the Oregonian will report that deficiencies in the analysis have significantly inflated the benefits to the region and an underestimated the costs to


BC Carbon Tax Act Proposed

Legislation has been proposed in the British Columbia Legislature that would, if adopted, imposes taxes on fuel based on its carbon content.  Ships would be subject to the tax, but would be eligible for rebates if it is shown that the fuel was consumed outside of British Columbia.  Carbon Tax Act, Bill 37 – 2008 (HK Law).


New USACE Contracts

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co., LLC, Oak Brook, Ill., was awarded on April 30 a $10,248,000 firm-fixed-price contract for 2010 north coast dredging, including the mouth of the Columbia River.  Work is to be performed along the Columbia River in Washington State and Oregon, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 1, 2010.  Two bids were solicited with two bids received.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, Portland, Ore


Kvichak Pilot Boat Delivered to CRBP

Photo: Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered Astoria, a self-righting 74’ all-aluminum pilot boat, to the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) of Astoria, Oregon. Astoria is the third CRBP pilot boat designed by Camarc, Ltd., of the UK and built by Kvichak. The pilots christened Astoria at a ceremony last week where the vessel has joined Columbia, built in 2008. Chinook, built in 2000 is retiring this spring. The pilots operate the vessels over the bar at the mouth of the Columbia River


Greenland Builds New Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Greenland Institute of Natural Resources

Greenland has an intense interest in maritime research and survey for the near coastal waters, thanks in part to a growing seafood sector, an extensive coastline and some 250 different species of fish. To meet the nation’s emerging need, Greenland had a fine 32


Tropical Cyclone Warning for East Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Marcia to reach Category 4 system at landfall

Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia is predicted to intensify to a Category 4 system as it crosses the Queensland coast between Mackay and Gladstone early on Friday morning with destructive winds with gusts of up to 270 km/h expected near the core of the system.


India to Strengthen Naval Co-operation with Bangladesh

Image: Admiral Robin K. Dhowan at the Defence Headquarters in New Delhi (Indian Navy)

 In a move towards strengthening its defence ties with Bangladesh, India will be exploring new avenues for naval cooperation towards achieving comprehensive maritime security in the Bay of Bengal.   To this effect, Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan reached Bangladesh on a


Dredging Project to Protect Virginia Shoreline

Dam Neck Annex at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. Navy photo

Outer Continental Shelf sand will protect infrastructure, restore dunes and habitat   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Naval Air Station Oceana at Dam Neck, Virginia, expect to begin a shore protection project at the Dam Neck annex within the next month.  


Pacifica Rolls Out New Container Vessel

Picture by Pacifica Shipping

Pacifica Shipping, New Zealand's coastal shipping company, is launching a new container vessel from March replacing a smaller vessel whose charter has ended, reports The Stuff.  The Spirit of Canterbury would provide greater capacity for customers including reefer cargo and replace the


Kirby Reports Record Earnings

Kirby CEO Joe Pyne (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Kirby Corporation announced record net earnings of $68.1 million, or $1.19 per share, for the fourth quarter 2014 (ended December 31). The results bested 2013’s fourth quarter figures of $64.3 million, $1.13 per share. Consolidated revenues for the 2014 Q4 increased 18% to $668


BCG Delivers Training Upgrades

Image: BCG

Buffalo Computer Graphics delivered upgrades to Columbia Pacific Maritime in Portland and The River School in Memphis,. The River School ordered additional laptop computers preloaded with BCG’s simulation software to assist with training courses


Young to Head New Zealand Shipping Federation

Picture Courtesy: LinkedIn and NZSF

The New Zealand Shipping Federation (NZSF) said it has appointed Annabel Young as its new executive director.  It said Ms Young was a National Party list MP from 1997 to 2002 and since then she has been the chief executive at Federated Farmers, as well as the Pharmacy Guild.  


HII Acquires Engineering Solutions Division

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers.   As a previous stand-alone division within The Columbia Group


MMEA Recover Hijacked Tanker

hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker

  A hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker has been recovered by the prompt actions of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the coast of Malaysia. The owners of the Malaysian tanker lost contact with the tanker at 2200 hours on 28 January 2015


Nigerian Council Moots New Agenda for Maritime Industry

Pic: Nigerian Port Authority

Nigeria needs a new Economic Agenda for the maritime sector that would look into port reforms and local participation policies, port concession and terminal shipping elements, as well as the Cabotage Act (Coastal and Inland Shipping), says Chief Kunle Folarin, the Chairman


India to Revisit Non-functional Ports

Pic: Ministry of shipping, India

 In a move to encourage traders to use India's vast 7,500 km coastline for transporting local freight, the country's shipping ministry is formulating a plan to revive several of its 133 nonfunctional ports, reports Economic Times. 


USCG Respond to Sinking Vessel in Astoria, Ore.

Coast Guard helicopter takes off Photo: USCG

  The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a derelict vessel at the Port of Astoria Thursday. A Coast Guard incident management team is currently on scene and working with Port of Astoria personnel to minimize the impact of pollution from the sunken Cap’n Oscar to the


Maritime Security Should be Part of Indian Curriculum

Pic credit: Indian Navy

 Coastal and seaward security subjects should be incorporated in school and college curriculums, says Commodore G. Prakash, director of the Maritime Warfare Centre at the Southern Naval Command, India.  The top naval official said that the security of the seas surrounding India has


Shreyas Sails Back to Black on Shipping Growth

Photo: Shreyas Shipping and Logistics

 Shreyas Shipping and Logistics rebounded to a US $3.6 million net profit in the third fiscal quarter from a net loss of about $468,000 in the same period in 2013, driven by a significant growth in the shipping activity that has helped the company become a pan-India feeder line. 






 
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