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Merco Docks Help Town Celebrate Independence Day

Activity in the Wellsburg area over the 4th of July weekend. (Photo courtesy of Merco Marine)

Local dock builder donates temporary docks to support Independence Day festivities. The City of Wellsburg’s courtesy docks are missing for the 2014 boating season after being deemed unsafe for public use and completely removed from the 12th street launch ramp area this past winter. The docks are typically used by the area’s boaters for 4th of July festivities in Wellsburg, where boating is a large part of the local community. With no city docks, there would be no public water based commerce or other boating activity over the holidays. That’s where Merco Marine, a local manufacturer of boat docks and dock building components and accessories, stepped in, giving the city 140’ of loaner dock to temporarily use to facilitate the public’s need for river access this Independence Day. The docks were loaned to the city completely free of charge, and several representatives from Merco were on sight to get the temporary courtesy docks in place safely and securely. The docks were manufactured last summer for the vintage hydroplane events held in New Martinsville, where Merco is a sponsor. mercoboatdocks.com  


Liles Heads Structurmarine Timber Dock Division

David Liles

David Liles was appointed U.S. sales director for the new division, bringing more than 30 years of marina experience in the timber dock market. Structurmarine recently announced its newest product line, Timber Dock Systems, geared to marina and harbor owners and operators. Timber Dock Systems use materials and hardware specifically selected to withstand a location's unique marine conditions, including saltwater installations


Grand Bahama Shipyard Acquires Portland's Number Four Dry Dock

Grand Bahama Shipyard purchased the No. 4 Dry Dock from Portland Shipyard in Oregon. Measuring 984 x 228 ft. (300 x 69.5 m), the floating dock, which has a clear internal breadth of 185 ft. (56.5 m), was constructed in Japan in 1979 and has a lifting capacity of 82,500 metric tons. The dock, which is one of the largest floating docks in the world is fully equipped to provide services for all types of vessels, and is capable of docking cargo vessels up to 250


Dangerous Drifting Dock Tracked Down by NOAA

Beached Dock: Photo credit USCG

NOAA successfully forecasted the path of a possible Japan Tsunami Dock adrift  off Washington Coast. The dock washed up on the rocky northern coast of Washington state just before Christmas. NOAA's Amy MacFadyen describes her role in projecting the path of the partly-submerged dock, a real danger to shipping & possibly the environment: "We suspect—though we are still waiting for confirmation—that this dock began its oceanic journey in March of 2011 at the


Shea Delivers Precast Floating Docks to Marina

Precast Marina Dock: Photo courtesy of Shea Concrete

Shea Concrete Products delivers 40 precast floating docks to Lynn’s Seaport Landing Marina in Lynn, MA. Altogether, Shea Concrete Products manufactured 14 main docks and 28 dock fingers, with the largest main dock at 9ft wide by 50ft long, and weighing over 50,000lbs. Upgrades to the Seaport Landing Marina began last November, as an attempt to spur redevelopment in the area. Located just 10 miles North of Boston, the marina is capable of accommodating 65 vessels


New Corpus Christi Oil Loading Dock Sees First Tankship

Tankship: Photo courtesy David Hawgood

NuStar Energy says it has completed construction of a private marine loading dock at its North Beach Terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has its first ship at the dock to be loaded with crude oil. Originally scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of this year, NuStar expedited the project in order to meet strong customer interest in using the dock to transport shipments of Eagle Ford crude oil by water.


Irish Ferries Dock with A&P Group

A&P Group announces the successful dry dockings of three Irish Ferries vessels. Ulysses, one of the world’s largest car ferries, was the first to dry dock at A&P Southampton in January. This 50,938 grt vessel, which operates between Holyhead (North Wales) and Dublin City (Ireland), has capacity for 2000 persons and up to 260 articulated vehicles on or 1,342 cars on four decks and has the equivalent of 4km of roadway for articulated vehicles onboard


Bradford Marine Bahamas Completes New Docks

Bradford Grand Bahama, Ltd., one of the Bradford Marine family of companies, announced the completion of 1,200 lineal feet of new docks on the west side of their Freeport, Grand Bahama shipyard. These new docks accommodate yachts and commercial vessels of all sizes, including the largest mega-yachts and super-yachts, and they have full utilities, drainage and work aprons. Construction of the docks utilized almost 2,000 feet of steel pipe and 3,000 feet of 16 inch steel I-beam


First Repair Order for Damen Shiprepair Brest

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On April 11, 2012, Director André Hollander and Sales Manager Theo Kloosterman announced the first shiprepair order of Damen Shiprepair Brest (France) by sounding the bell in the traditional way. It is the first vessel is booked under the new management and comes in the second week after the acquisition of the former Sobrena Yard in Brest by the Damen Shipyards Group. The order was granted by the French offshore and subsea service provider Bourbon Offshore Surf


Port, Government Officials Visit Bayonne Dry Dock

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye and Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair Corporation President Michael Cranston.

Bayonne Dry Dock and Repair Corporation President Michael Cranston held a press conference on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, on the top side of Bayonne Dry Dock, to highlight the economic and environmental punch of the dry docking business on the Port of New York and New Jersey and its positive impacts on homeland security.   Following the press conference, Cranston led a tour of the facility where the U.S.N.S. Watson, a military ship that carries supplies to troops overseas


ABP Invests £5 mln in Centre at Grimsby Port

The new Marine Control Centre will be located between Royal Dock and Fish Dock at the north end of the port estate in Grimsby (image courtesy of ABP Photo ABP

ABP has confirmed £5 million investment in a purpose-built Marine Control Centre at the Port of Grimsby.   The new facility, which will be arranged over four floors, will replace the existing Vessel Traffic Services centre at Spurn Point


Cruise Repair to Keep GBSL Busy in 2016

Allure of the Seas docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard for repair work in 2014 (Photo: GBSL)

Repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) is in store for a busy year, with 20 cruise vessels booked for repair, maintenance and overhaul work in 2016. The scope of projects includes propulsion and technical systems overhaul, accommodations and public space upgrades and the addition of


BAE Systems Supports Thai Navy Patrol Boat Build

Danela McFadyen, Head of Commercial, International with Captain Pichayane Tanprasert, Managing Director of Bangkok Dock (Photo: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems announced it has signed a contract with Bangkok Dock to assist in the licensed construction of a second 90-meter Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Royal Thai Navy. Under the agreement, BAE Systems will provide engineering support and advice during construction of the vessel in Thailand.


Crowley Celebrates Seven Million Man Hours Without LTI

Photo courtesy of Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s tanker escort and docking services group in Valdez is celebrating over seven million man hours and more than six years since logging its last Lost Time Injury (LTI).    In addition to this remarkable number


Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Drydocked at Kooiman

The Reimerswaal in the propeller repair dry dock of Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman BV (Photo: Kooiman)

The 6,000-cubic-meter trailing suction hopper dredger Reimerswaal was moored for regular maintenance at the end of December 2015, alongside the jetty of Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman BV in Zwijndrecht.   The Reimerswaal, having an overall length over of 130


Ports America to Operate Intermodal Transfer Service

Seagirt Marine Terminal Photo Maryland.gov

  Ports America Chesapeake and CSX Intermodal Terminals today announced a new agreement designed to immediately enhance the competitiveness of the Port of Baltimore and position it to capture additional freight business through more efficient service


This Day In US Navy History - January 7

USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Eshleman/Released)

1822 - The schooner Porpoise captures six pirate vessels off Cuba and destroys their base, while USS Spark recaptures a Dutch sloop that had been taken as a prize by pirates. A landing party destroys the pirate's base in the West Indies.  


US Nuclear Submarine Visits Japanese Port

USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) Photo by  US Navy

 Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705)  has docked at Yokosuka port in Japan as part of its Asia-Pacific region itinerary, the US Navy announced in a news release.   City of Corpus Christi has conducted a multitude of missions and maintains


TUI Cruises Launches Mein Schiff 5

Courtesy  MEYER WERFT

  Six months to the day ahead of the naming ceremony, Mein Schiff 5 was launched today at the Meyer Turku Oy shipyard. Following a construction period of 14 months, Ferdinand Strohmeier, Vice-President Operations TUI Cruises, was on hand for the so-called “floating” celebrations


Emco Wheaton Plays Key Role in First US Crude Oil Shipment

Photo: Emco Wheaton

Marine Loading Arms (MLA) form vital part of process when transferring crude oil to oceangoing tanker   Emco Wheaton has played a pivotal role in the transfer of the first shipment of U.S. crude oil for export in 40 years, after the Theo T tanker set sail from the Port of Corpus Christi


Brazil Orders Vale to Close Tubarão Iron Ore Port

Photo: Vale

A Brazilian federal court on Thursday ordered the suspension of activities at Vale SA's Port of Tubarão because of pollution concerns, halting the world's largest iron ore exporter's ability to ship more than a third of its output.  


Good Year for Damen Shipyards Sharjah

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  Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) was officially opened in January 2014. Now, two years later, the yard celebrates its anniversary with a total of 13 vessels being dry-docked simultaneously. The vessels include pilot boats, landing craft, OSVs, as well as a cable-laying vessel


Super Yacht Bursts into Flames

Image from Youtube video

 The GBP4million super yacht Princess 95 Queen Anna has been destroyed after it went up in flames in Turkey.   The 90-foot superyacht yatch was completely gutted by the blaze in Ege Saray marina in Fethiye on Thursday.   Smoke then completely engulfed the vessel and there were


Damen Takes on Six Viking River Cruises Vessel Jobs

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Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) reports that it is currently working on a modification and maintenance contract for six inland cruise vessels owned by Viking River Cruises. With this winter service complete, all six vessels – known as longships – will be ready for the coming river


San Jacinto Maritime Technology and Training Center Now Open

Photo courtesy of The San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus is now open for maritime training along the Port of Houston.   Located at 3700 Old State Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas, the 45,000-square-foot Maritime Technology and Training Center sits 14 feet above






 
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