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New Dry Docking Course from Lloyd’s

The marine industry’s first ever course designed to provide the essential information needed to prepare, plan and execute a successful dry-docking is to be launched by Lloyd’s Register’s Marine Training Services in Piraeus on June 29, 2009.   The three-day Essential Dry-Docking Course, is aimed at existing marine superintendents, technical managers, fleet managers, senior sea staff and anyone involved in planning a docking. Lloyd’s Register decided to develop the course after market research revealed a shortage of qualified superintendents capable of carrying out dry dockings efficiently.   Steve Robson, Lloyd’s Register’s Senior Technical Training Specialist, said, “A dry docking has huge financial implications for owners, and requires a set of skills, and a need for awareness from those responsible, that cuts across several job specifications. From financial, to repair work, to coatings.”   To address those requirements, the modular course will cover: • introduction to dry-docks • specification preparation and tender evaluation • the importance of planning • repairs • preparation for departure   It will also introduce a new word, and a new concept, into Lloyd's Register’s lexicon of learning – heutagogy – or ‘self-determined learning.’  

Senesco, Caddell Sign Contract for a Dry Dock

Senesco Marine, North Kingstown Rhode Island has signed a contract for the construction of a 120 x 420-ft., 7300 long ton hauling capacity Dry Dock, with Caddell Dry Dock and Repair Company, Inc., of Staten Island, NY. The announcement was made by Senesco Marine, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Tom Johnson, Vice President Business Development, “We are pleased to announce the contract award by Caddell Dry Docks & Repair Co’s. new dry dock

New Dry Dock Code

The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) Defense Equipment and Services has commissioned Gifford, BMT Marine Projects Ltd, and Fleet Support Limited to produce a new Dry Dock Code of Practice. Clearly focused on the goal of safe dry-docking, the Code is aimed at the MoD, shipyards and other military and civil organizations involved in the dry docking of mono-hulled surface ships of over 500 tons. The Code provides a comprehensive and methodical framework for ship and dock owners and operators to

Coast Guard Update: Sunken Drydock in Guam

According to a report from Pacific Daily News, Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team members assisted with salvage operations for the sunken dry dock, Big Blue, in Apra Harbor by helping with a fuel transfer Jan. 6. Rough seas and high surfs caused the dry dock to take on too much water in its tanks, according to Pacific Daily News reports. Approximately 13,000 gallons of diesel oil and 2,000 gallons of waste oil will be transferred from the dry dock. (Source: Pacific Daily News)

City, Owners Argue over Drifting Drydocks

High winds set a portion of the dry docks in Chemainus Bay dangerously adrift last week, prompting some finger pointing between the owners and North Cowichan. Three massive dry dock sections, still lashed together, became separated and were blown sideways relative to the remaining two sections at about 6:30 p.m. May 1. The sections didn't cause any damage and tugboats had the dry docks re-secured together within a few hours

A&P Group Opens Recently Acquired Facilities

The A&P Group has announced the opening of recently acquired facilities. In addition to their existing dry docks in Tyne, Falmouth and Southampton, the Group has purchased and opened facilities in Aberdeen, Birkenhead and Hebburn (Tyne), increasing the total number of dry docks from eight to fourteen. The ship repair, conversion and marine services company whose head office is in Southampton, believe that this expansion in the UK will offer their customers a greater choice when dry

Big Navy Refit Job Begins in San Diego

USS Essex: Photo source USN

The Navy's amphibious assault ship 'USS Essex' is dry docked at General Dynamics NASSCO for at least $150 million in repairs and upgrades. USS Essex, which displaces more than 40,000 tons when loaded for combat, is the biggest Navy ship that can fit into dry dock at NASSCO, the last major shipbuilder on the West Coast, reports U-T San Diego. The money for the ship's overhaul was appropriated before sequestration kicked in, so the work is expected to go forth without interruption

Hendry Corporation Announces Receipt of $1 Million Marad Grant

Hendry Corporation is proud to announce that it received a $1 Million grant under the Maritime Administration Assistance to Small Shipyards Grant Program.  Hendry Corporation appreciates the efforts of Congresswoman Castor, Congressman Nelson, Congressman Bilirakis, and Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The MARAD funds, along with Hendry’s capital contribution of $1.6 Million, will be used to construct a 1200-ton floating dry-dock

A&P Birkenhead Welcomes First Vessel

A&P Birkenhead has drydocked its first vessel since A&P Group acquired the facility in 2001. The vessel involved is a 1,537dwt general cargo vessel Kay L, which is owned by German shipping company Reederei M. Lauterjung KG, Emden. The vessel was trading in the Irish Sea area when it suffered rudder problems and had to enter dry dock for repairs. The vessel will undergo some additional general repairs whilst in dry dock.

Tanker To Move To Dry Dock

According to reports, Neptune Associated Shipping, expects to move a damaged tanker into dry dock later today after completing a ship-to- ship transfer of around 3,000 metric tons of marine fuel from the stricken vessel. A Thailand -registered freighter, MV Hermion, collided with Neptune's Neptank VII, a Singapore -registered marine fuel, or bunker, supply tanker in the early hours of Wednesday rupturing one of its cargo tanks, spilling 300 tons of 380 cst fuel oil.

Radio Holland Revamps Cruise Ship Bridge

Photo courtesy of Radio Holland

Holland America Line’s cruise ship MS Noordam recently underwent a 10-day dry-dock period, during which it was fit with a customized bridge from Radio Holland. The work on Netherlands-flagged MS Noordam included refitting the navigation and bridge systems to improve working conditions in

Barcelona Yacht Repairer Adds New Pearlson Shiplift

Barcelona Yacht Repairer

Yacht service, refit, repair and maintenance yard Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92) has awarded a contract to Pearlson Shiplift Corporation (PSC) for the design and supply of a new ship lift and transfer system as part of an expansion project underway at its Barcelona shipyard.

Intermarine Acquires Heavy Lift Ship

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Project, breakbulk and heavy lift cargo transporter Intermarine, LLC added a heavy lift ship, Industrial Grace, to its fleet. Industrial Grace is a P2 type vessel  - 19,450 dwt super heavylifter with two 700-ton cranes for a combined 1,400 ton lifting capacity.  

US Navy Awards $22mln Waterfront Inspection Deal

The U.S. Navy has awarded a five-year, $22 million contract to Appledore Marine Engineering, a specialist focusing exclusively on the inspection and design of marine infrastructure, for waterfront inspection services.   The contract covers Region 4, which includes the Northwest, Alaska

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

Private Ship Repair Moves Dry Dock Timelines

Due to a delay on a private ship repair at the Durban Dry Dock, TNPA has adjusted the project schedule for repairs on the facility’s 35 metre long, 900 ton outer caisson by 18 days.

A delay in private repairs to the hospital ship Africa Mercy has caused a two-and-a-half week adjustment of timelines for Transnet National Ports Authority’s R30 million repair project at the Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock in Durban.  

Sunken Towboat Lifted from Neches River

USCG photo

A towboat that sank in Texas' Neches River August 21, and caused a temporary closure of the waterway, was lifted out of the water Wednesday Evening. T&T Marine, a contractor hired by the towboat company, refloated and towed the vessel Louise to Bolivar Barge Cleaning Service

HSL in Pact with Hyundai to Build Fleet Support Ships?

Image: Hindustan Shipyard Limited

 Hindustan Shipyard Ltd., the largest shipbuilding enterprise under Indian Ministry of Defence, and world’s premier shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) are likely to undertake joint construction of self-propelled fleet support ships (FSS) for the Indian Navy

Marshall Islands Updates Rescue Boat Requirements

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator has introduced a new requirement that all on-load release mechanisms used to launch dedicated rescue boats must comply with paragraph of the Life-Saving Appliances (LSA) Code and evaluated in accordance with IMO circular MSC

USCG Prepares Ports of Saipan, Tinian for Heavy Weather

Coast Guards prepare PORTS OF SAIPAN, TINIAN

  In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Depression 16W the Coast Guard captain of the port for Guam has established port heavy weather condition x-ray for the ports of Saipan and Tinian effective at 9 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time Saturday.

Alaska's Biggest Crane Arrives in Kodiak

Photo courtesy of Matson

Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, took delivery of a new 65-ton gantry crane to replace one half its size at the company's Kodiak Terminal.    Standing more than 340 feet tall at its peak with a boom spanning 164 feet, Matson's new crane is the largest in Alaska

MSC Awards Crowley Technical Management Contract

USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (Photo: MSC)

 Crowley Maritime Corp. informs that its global ship management group will continue the support work it is providing the U.S. Government with a new technical management contract for six Military Sealift Command (MSC) Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS).  

Fire Aboard USS Mount Whitney

Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20

A fire broke out Saturday aboard U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC20) while the ship was dry docked for maintenance in Rijeka, Croatia, the U.S. Navy reported. The incident did not cause any personnel injuries, the Navy said

Matson Pumps $30 Million into Alaska Operations

Photo: Matson

Ocean cargo shipper Matson, Inc. said it is moving quickly to fund improvements in its new Alaska operations following its May 29 acquisition of Horizon Lines' Alaska services. The company expects to invest more than $30 million in new equipment planned by Horizon prior to its acquisition.

Miko Magnetic Patches Pioneer New Repair Technique


  BW Offshore has successfully used Miko magnetic patches in a pioneering new repair technique that creates significant time and cost savings. When some cracks appeared in hull plating in the engine room of the FPSO Abo operating off the Nigerian coast

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