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BC Ferries Gets $68m for Sinking

BC Ferries reportedly received $67.9 million in insurance compensation for the sinking of the Queen of the North earlier this year, reported. The settlement was noted in the company's year-end financial details, in which net earnings increased $14.7 million, or 2.6 per cent, over last year to $49.9 million. The company said $6.6 million of the proceeds from the insurance settlement offset insurable losses, and the balance will be recognized in the first quarter of its 2007 fiscal year. The Queen of the North was traveling from Prince Rupert, B.C., to Port Hardy, B.C., when it rammed at full speed into Gil Island on March 22 and sank 400 m to the ocean's floor. (Source:

GE Power Conversion Comes Up Trumps in 'MSC Preziosa' Trials

MSC Preziosa: Photo credit GE

'MSC Preziosa' successfully completes sea trials with its GE Power Conversion electrical power & propulsion system. Built from the STX yard in Saint-Nazaire, France, MSC Preziosa is the latest ship in MSC’s Fantasia-class and the 12th in the MSC fleet. The vessel has recently completed a series of sea trials including propulsion and maneuverability (speed ranges, full speed, crash stop, power plant and propulsion interactions

Janet M. McAllister Welcomed To NY

It’s ironic that New York City’s most powerful tugboat is named after two year old Janet M. McAllister, who, dressed smartly in a sailor suit, christened her namesake in a ritual at New York City’s South Street Seaport in late July. She is the daughter of Buckley McAllister, vice president and general counsel of the family-owned company. The event, to welcome the 96-ft. (29.2 m), 5,000-hp, Eastern Shipbuilding-built tugboat home

Moose Boats Delivers Patrol Boat to LA County

Moose Boats delivered a M2-35’ for law enforcement, search and rescue efforts and fire fighting capabilities to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. This vessel is the second purchase by the Department following a M2-33 vessel delivered in 2005 and will be deployed for rescue, patrol and fire fighting operations out of their Marina del Rey Station. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit serves as a first responder rescue unit for the entire shoreline of Los

New Tug Named

Adsteam Marine Limited has named the first of three new tugs that are an integral part of a phased capital program to upgrade the company’s fleet in its United Kingdom ports. The state-of-the-art Adsteam Ferriby – a 24/11 class tug that takes its name from two towns that straddle its new workplace, the River Humber on the UK’s east coast – underwent rigorous checking and sea trials in the Netherlands before delivery.

Maritime Services Plays Role in Robin Hood Film

Photo courtesy The MPI Group

For the Ridley Scott movie, Robin Hood, which opened at the Cannes Film Festival, the Dover beaches were recreated at Freshwater West, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The last 15 minutes of the film is set on the beach with 130 horses doing a full speed gallop charge into 600 actors.  Maritime Services International (MSI) was called in to source a suitable vessel that could be converted into a 12th century landing craft for the French invasion fleet

NTSB: Crew Mistakes Caused Heeling of Cruise Ship

The National Transportation Safety Board today determined that the probable cause of an accident involving the cruise ship Crown Princess was the second officer's incorrect wheel commands, executed first to counter an unanticipated high rate of turn and then to counter the vessel's heeling. Contributing to the cause of the accident were the captain's and staff captain's inappropriate inputs to the vessel's integrated navigation system while it was traveling at high speed in relatively

MARAD Awards $3.1M Contract to New Bay Area Ship Recycler

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced that it has awarded two contracts for a total of $3.1m to Allied Defense Recycling of Petaluma, Calif., to clean and recycle two Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet ships, the SS Solon Turman and the SS President. The two ships are scheduled to be towed from Suisun Bay to the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard facility in for recycling in December.

PrimeServ Las Palmas Opens For Business

PrimeServ Las Palmas held its official opening at the beginning of October 2010 in front of an audience from the Canary Islands, the Spanish mainland, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s power-plant and marine sectors, and which included colleagues from around Europe. PrimeServ Las Palmas has de facto been open for business since the beginning of 2010, and transported guests to its new facilities aboard a catamaran powered by MAN engines to demonstrate how customers can conveniently berth

BMP3 Continues to Defeat Pirates

Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR

On 6 January, the MV Front Warrior and the MV BW Austria defeated pirate attacks through the use of Best Management Practices. The MV Front Warrior, a Bahaman flagged Oil tanker was attacked at 0232Z approximately 300 nautical miles South East of Muscat. Rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) were fired at the vessel from 1 skiff in order to attempt a boarding. The ship’s crew used fire hoses to deter the pirates as well as razor wire on the perimeter

Silver Ships Delivers Survey Vessel to USACE

Photo: Silver Ships

Silver Ships delivered a 48-ft. Endeavor Survey boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. The vessel will be tasked with surveying the waters in both the Gulf of Mexico and rivers of the New Orleans District. The all-welded aluminum vessel is designed and engineered by

Yenisei River Helps Saves 4 Sailors

Courtesy Dynagas

  Dynagas infomred that their 155,000-cbm newbuilding Yenisei River, which was delivered in July, braved moderate to rough seas to go to the aid of the yacht Caprea which was taking in water. They picked up the four sailors after their yacht began flooding off western France.

A Maneuverable Oil Spill Response Vessel

G.M. Penman (Photo: Twin Disc)

The maritime industry has seen an increased need for high speed spill response in step with expanding offshore oil exploration and production.   Meeting this need is the newest skimmer boat from Washington-based shipbuilder Rozema Boat Works: a 65-foot oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV), G.M

Collision Course with a Hurricane: How Doomed US Ship Met its End

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data. The data on Thomson Reuters Eikon raises questions about the

Mayor Garcetti on Ratification of Port Labor Contract

Courtesy Port of Los Angeles

  International Longshore and Warehouse Union members have ratified a five-year contract governing pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports, including those of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mayor Eric Garcetti made the following statement regarding the ratification of the port labor

USS George Washington Completes Carrier Qualifications

An FA-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)

  Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed its carrier qualifications (CQ), May 23. CQ allows CVW 5 pilots and George Washington's flight deck crew to prove accuracy and proficiency in successfully landing and recovering

High-tech Car Ferry Debuts: It’s Electric

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Norwegian Car Ferry Debuts World’s First All-Electric Propulsion System Norled Ampere, the world’s first all-electric car ferry, began service this year carrying up to 120 cars and 360 passengers across the 4.2-mile (6.8 km) Sognefjord channel that separates Norway’s villages of

The Rise of Permanent Magnet Motors and Generators

Mika Koli

Since the boom of the NdFeB magnets industry, the usage and potential applications for permanent magnet machines have grown exponentially to the detriment of traditional induction systems. In special applications like elevators, cranes, hybrid vehicles or renewable energy

8th Incat Crowther Vessel Delivered to Tanzania

Kilimanjaro V Delivered to Tanzanian Co

  Incat Crowther delivered Kilimanjaro V, the eighth Incat Crowther designed vessel for the Tanzania-based operator Azam Marine. Built by Richardson Devine Marine of Tasmania, Australia, the 39m Catamaran Passenger Ferry is a rugged and efficient catamaran

Marine News: June Editor's Note

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The month of June brings many things; among them sunshine, the beginning of summer and ultimately, a clearer picture of where industry is headed next. The June edition of MarineNews is also our Combat & Patrol Craft Annual, as well as being chock full of inland news

Poor Communication behind Houston Ship Collision

USCG photo

A lack of timely communication and a vessel separation policy in precautionary waterways led to Houston Ship Channel accident, NTSB says in report; reiterates recommendation for a vessel separation policy   The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the Miss Susan

Full Speed Ahead with Volvo Penta Quad IPS

Njord Odin (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Volvo Penta’s IPS drive system celebrated a decade in production this year — coinciding with the inaugural launch of the Volvo Penta IPS quad commercial installation in four Njord Offshore crew transfer catamarans.   Njord Odin is the newest vessel to join Njord

Kvichak to Build 48 ft. Foil Research Cat

Photo: Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Company, was recently awarded a contract to design and build a 48’ all-aluminum foil assisted research catamaran for the King County Environmental Laboratory.  The vessel will operate in Puget Sound

Tug-Barge Design Optimized for South America

Some veteran Mississippi pushboats and barges have been transported to South America for second careers. However, conditions on a great river like the Paraguay-Paraná are different. It has sharp bends, shallow stretches, and includesremote reachestotally lacking in infrastructure

Volvo Penta Debuts Marine Gas Sterndrive Engines

5.3L V8 gasoline engines for the marine sterndrive

  Volvo Penta today unveiled its new family of next-generation 5.3L V8 gasoline engines for the marine sterndrive market in a press preview at the company’s Test Center in Suffolk, Va.   “Volvo Penta has a rich history of innovation in marine propulsion

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