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Malta Drydocks Gets New Leader

Malta appointed the head of Malta Shipbuilding as chairman of Malta Drydocks, pointing to closer cooperation between the two loss-making firms. The Department of Information said former banker John Cassar White, chairman of Malta Shipbuilding for almost two years, would also head Malta Drydocks from February. He will take over from Noel Zarb Adami.

Westpac Express Gets New Charter

Austal Hull 130 Chartering, LLC, Mobile, Ala., is being awarded a $13,395,944 firm-fixed-priced, reimbursables contract for the charter of high speed vessel MV Westpac Express. This charter is a passenger/cargo vessel that will be operated to transport Okinawa-based Marine Corps’ Third Marine Expeditionary Force and their equipment. This contract includes four one-year options, which if exercised, would bring the total award amounts to $55,285,500 plus an estimated $33,364

New President of STX Finland

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Juha Heikinheimo has resigned from the position as President of STX Finland Oy. He will be replaced by Su-Jou Kim, who currently holds the position as Chairman of STX Finland. Su-Jou Kim will be temporary acting President of STX Finland. Despite significant improvements during the last few months, STX Finland is going through very challenging times - in particular at the Turku shipyard - following the delivery of the "Allure of the Seas" in October 2010.

MENAS Gets New Multipurpose Light Tender

Middle East Navigation Aids Service (MENAS) introduced its new multipurpose light tender vessel Relume in a special naming ceremony at Damen Shipyards’ Royal Schelde facility in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. The vessel, the third MENAS ship to bear the name Relume, was christened by Mrs Chantal E Mitropoulos, wife of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos. Although the paramount responsibility of the new Relume will be

Historic Dredge Gets New Lease on Life

By Ed Voigt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oldest dredge is now also one of its youngest. The dustpan dredge Potter, the Corps last and longest-serving steam-powered dredge, helped keep the Mississippi River open to navigation for almost 70 years. Now she is back home at the St. Louis District Service Base after a $20 million repowering project by the district and the Corps' Marine Design Center (MDC). Halter Marine, Inc

Seattle-Based Coast Guard Cutter Gets New Commanding Officer

Capt. Laura Dickey (left) and Capt. Brendon McPherson (right) shake hands after McPherson relieved Dickey as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle

Capt. Brendon McPherson  relieved Capt. Laura Dickey as commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, during a change-of-command ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Charles Ray, commander of Coast Guard Pacific Area, held at Coast Guard Base Seattle, July 16, 2014. Dickey is transferring to Washington, D.C., to serve as the special advisor for homeland security to the vice president of the United States.

Iran's Navy Gets New Submarines

According to an August 8 report for Associated Press, Iran's state media said the country's navy has taken charge of four new Iranian-built submarines as part of Tehran's efforts to upgrade its defense capabilities. (Source: Associated Press)

Oldest Steamship Gets New Home on Thames

According to a Sept. 13 report from BBC News, a ship thought to be the last steamcoaster in the world is preparing to head to her new home after a $2.9m restoration in Suffolk. The steamcoaster, built in 1890 and listed on the National Historic Fleet register, has been converted into a floating museum. She will stay at the Port of Tilbury for up to a year while a decision is made on her London base. The SS Robin was taken to Lowestoft in 2008 to undergo conservation work and repairs to her

Intereuropa Relaunches Merger Bid

Slovenia's largest shipping firm Intereuropa is relaunching a bid to merge with the country's only port operator Luka Koper following last October's change of government. The two companies first planned to merge last year but called off the deal in April because the-then government was demanding the right to veto management decisions in the new firm. The Slovenian government owns 51 percent of Luka. "Slovenia is getting closer to membership of the European Union and we believe the present

Nuclear-powered Savannah to get Makeover

(Photo Credit: MarAd) Savannah, an old nuclear-powered ship that spent time in Charleston Harbor as a tourist attraction, is getting a face lift for a possible new tour of duty, according to a report on Savannah was the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger vessel. It is set to be restored, possibly for its second stint as a floating museum, according to the U.S. Maritime Administration.

USCG: Body Found in Search for Ship Sunk in Hurricane

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said its crews had found a body and an empty, heavily damaged lifeboat in their search for the cargo ship El Faro, believed to have sunk after going missing off the Bahamas in Hurricane Joaquin. Rescuers are no longer looking for the ship

Get Started! Benefits, Advice Abound for SMS Laggards

When industry players say “the handwriting is on the wall,” they aren’t just talking about the pending Subchapter M regulations, but also about the already existing demand for safety management systems (SMS) in general for the domestic towing industry. While the U.S

HII’s Petters Receives Lone Sailor Award

HII President and CEO Mike Petters (center) receives the United States Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor Award, presented by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson (left) and Navy Memorial Foundation President and CEO John Totushek (Photo by Jeff Malet

Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), was presented with the United States Navy Memorial's Lone Sailor Award on Thursday during the annual Lone Sailor Awards dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.  

Containership Aids Distressed Cuban Rafters

Philadelphia Express (Photo: Crowley)

The Crowley-managed, Philadelphia Express – a 3,237 TEU containership – recently provided assistance to nine Cubans on a makeshift raft adrift near Key West, Fla. As the vessel was steaming from Houston, Texas to Savannah, Ga., crewmembers spotted the floating object with people aboard

Philadelphia Express Assist Distressed Cuban Rafters

Crowley-Managed Philadelphia Express Provides Assistance to Distressed Cuban Rafters near Key West

  The Crowley-managed, Philadelphia Express – a 3,237 TEU container ship ­– recently provided assistance to nine Cubans on a makeshift raft adrift near Key West, Fla.   As the vessel was steaming from Houston, Texas to Savannah, Ga

2 Rescued from Sailboat Near Hobucken, NC

Courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard rescued two people on Wednesday from the Neuse River near Hobucken. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a mayday call on VHF-FM Channel 16 at 6:39 p.m. from a man and woman aboard the 23-foot sailboat, Sentimental Journey

Man Rescued from Willamette River in Portland


  The Coast Guard rescued a man from the Willamette River after his sail boat capsized near the St. Johns Bridge, in Portland, Sunday night . The man was delivered to awaiting emergency medical services at the Cathedral Park boat launch were he was checked for injuries and released.

South Korea Takes Stab at Slaying Zombie Company Menace

Okpo Shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (Photo: Visit Korea)

South Korea is getting serious about tackling its "zombie company" problem and will set up its first restructuring firm backed by the government and banks in November, spooked by some huge corporate losses and a darkening economic outlook.  

Tough Times Loom for Offshore Energy Insurance -IUMI

Speaking at this year’s IUMI conference in Berlin, Simon Williams, Chairman of IUMI’s offshore energy committee reported continuous growth in the sector with 2015 capacity reaching around $7 billion, though he cautioned that $5.5 billion was more realistic.  

Sanctioned Shipyard Hopes for Icebreaker Deals

On a sunny day on the Helsinki seafront, sparks fly from steel welding at the bustling Arctech shipyard, which seems insulated from Finland's economic recession as it strives to meet an order book that stretches into 2017. The world's biggest manufacturer of icebreakers

Obama Pushes for US Icebreakers

File Image: Polar Star - one of the U.S. Coast Guards dwindling fleet of icebreakers.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.  

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

New London Cruise Terminal Gets Green Signal

Photo: London City Cruise Port

 London Mayor Boris Johnson gave final approval to build a new cruise terminal on the Thames River at Greenwich.   The terminal, to be located at Enderby Wharf, is expected to play host to 55 ship calls a year when it becomes operational in 2017.  

Mariners Dread Port Calls

Photo: Crewtoo

Seafarer social media site Crewtoo, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has published the results of its second Crewtoo Seafarers Happiness Index report detailing job satisfaction at sea. Designed to monitor and benchmark seafarer satisfaction levels via 10 key questions

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

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