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Another Ship to Leave Ghost Fleet

The Daily Press has reported that MarAd is scheduled to tow away another obsolete ship from the James River Reserve Fleet, which sits off the coast of Newport News, Va. The Saugatuck is a former Navy oil refueling vessel built in 1942. It's the 52nd ship to leave the fleet since 2001. Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake will dismantle the ship. Source: Daily Press


More Ships to Leave Ghost Fleet

Two more ships are leaving the James River, headed for disposal facilities in Virginia and Maryland, in what has become a regular occurrence since the Bush Administration took over management of the nation’s ship disposal program five years ago, the U.S. Maritime Administration announced. The Howard W. Gilmore is scheduled to leave the James River Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis on Thursday, making it the 50th ship to leave the river since January 1, 2001


More Ghost Fleet Vessels to be Removed

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced a contract award for the disposal of obsolete ships in the James River Reserve Fleet. Post-Service Remediation Partners (PRP) of New York will be awarded a payment of $14.8 million to remove a total of 15 ships from the James River Reserve Fleet. This is the largest removal of obsolete ships in a single year from the National Defense Reserve Fleet since 1993. "As stewards of the environment


MarAd: Calif. Ghost Ships are Safe

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) says World War II-era ships are safe to move from Suisun Bay, Calif., to Texas scrap yards, a report said. The U.S. Department of Transportation six years ago found the 77 ghost ship at Walnut Creek, Calif., 'an immediate environmental threat.' However, acting Maritime Administration Director Julie Nelson last week insisted the ships are safe enough to move. Nelson`s visit was in response to a request by Knight Ridder reporters who were refused


Government May Recall Ghost Ships

The government may bring an end to the Ghost Ships by recalling them, reports the Northern Echo. Reclamation company Able UK has been battling for more than three years to carry out an 11m deal to scrap 13 former US Navy ships at its site on Teesside. Now MarAd has temporarily halted its ship-scrapping program and ordered a review of the Able UK contract. Source: Northern Echo


Able U.K. Wins Ghost Ship Battle

The scrapping of so-called ghost ships on Teesside looks likely to go ahead, reported the BBC. Able U.K. won a contract with the U.S. government to dismantle up to 13 vessels at its Hartlepool yard, and four ships arrived in late 2003. But delays caused by environmental and planning concerns prevented any work. Hartlepool Council has now removed the final hurdle, by admitting it can no longer block planning permission.


Coast Guard Reports No Sign of “Ghost Ship”

Kike Calvo via AP Images

Global newswires are flooded with reports that an abandoned cruise vessel, Russian-registered Lyubov Orlova, dubbed the “rat-infested ghost ship,” is nearing the western shores of Europe after being set adrift early last year. The vessel has reportedly been drifting in the Atlantic Ocean since it was cut free while in tow from Canada to the Dominican Republic almost a year ago among problems with scrapping arrangements.


Greek Fleet (Still) Rules

Maran Gas Asclepius

Since ancient times, maritime trade has been a backbone of Greece’s economy with shipping playing the dominant role. Today, it is the second largest contributor to the national economy after tourism. It is the country’s geography with a coastline almost that of the U.S. (including Alaska) in length together with the mountainous nature of the landmass with 85% of Greek population living within 30 miles of the sea


Danger on the High Seas

A tale of survival could best describe John S. Burnett's experience onboard his sloop Unicorn in January 1992. Sailing solo across the South China Sea to Singapore - one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world - Burnett was attacked by pirates. However, with luck on his side, Burnett, who is a journalist and professional seaman, survived. Following this harrowing experience, Burnett was prompted to investigate further the world of modern-day piracy - world that is as shocking as it is


SeaKits Releases V3.0 for Fleet Maintenance Support

SeaKits, the developer and provider of the Marine Maintenance System (MMS), has released Version 3.0 of MMS Fleet Solutions providing expanded functionality for workboat fleets, including passenger, tow and service vessels. MMS Fleet Solutions V3.0 provides Port Engineers, Maintenance Managers, and company executives with fleet-level visibility of all planned and corrective maintenance activities including maintenance schedules/forecasts, work orders, and inventory levels


FVF Chenega Completes Sea Trials with MTU Engines

FVF Chenega

Over the past several months, FVF Chenega, a high-speed car ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet, was repowered with four new MTU Series 4000 engines. In April, the project was completed with two days of successful sea trials in Seattle.


Suezmax Tanker Market on the Rise Yet Again

Graphs: Charles R. Weber Research

 Suezmax tankers are looking good for a strong 2015 year, before posting a mild downside during 2016, but are poised to accelerate yet again in 2017 on rising deliveries, said shipbroker Charles R. Weber in its latest weekly report (Ref. Weekly 18)   


BP Shipping Marks its 100th Year

The 32,000 ton British Victory leaving the fitting wharf.  HMS Hermes on the left and HMS Majestic in the distance.

  BP Shipping today celebrates its 100-year anniversary, making it the longest continually operating company in the BP group. Formed on April 30, 1915 as the British Tanker Company, the business has adapted to significant world events including two world wars, the Great Depression


Diana Shipping Signs Loan Facility with Danish Ship Finance

  Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$30 million, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, under a term loan facility it signed with Danish Ship Finance A/S


ABS Reports ‘Stellar Growth’ in 2014

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) hosted its Annual Meeting in New York on April 28, 2015.   “2014 was a year of firsts and excellence in performance for ABS,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and CEO


US Navy Ships Arrive in Busan

U.S. Navy sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) along with the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) arrived in Busan, South Korea, May 1, to strengthen partnerships with the Republic of Korea (ROK)


TNPA’s Tug Project Going Full Steam Ahead

The first of TNPA’s nine tugs is about 35% complete and its hull and superstructure are 70% complete. The first tug is expected to be handed over in January 2016 (Photo: TNPA)

Transnet National Port’s Authority’s R1.4 billion contract to produce nine powerful tugboats is progressing on time and within budget at the Southern African Shipyards premises in Durban. “This is a milestone project that reinforces the capacity and skill of South Africa and


US Awards $2.6m in Maritime Heritage Grants

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and U.S. Maritime Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen will host a media conference call to highlight projects receiving grants through the Maritime Heritage Program.  


Rederij Groen Takes Delivery of 7-Stars OSV

Photo: Damen

35-meter offshore chaser is last in series of three identical vessels   Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam delivered the offshore support vessel (OSV) 7-Stars to offshore support service provider Rederij Groen in Scheveningen, the Netherlands.  


UASC Names Ultra-large LNG-ready Containership

M.V Barzan (Image courtesy of USAC)

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) named container vessel M.V. Barzan at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI), Mokpo South Korea today. The ship, the largest in UASC’s fleet to date, is part of the industry’s first LNG-ready ultra-large container vessel fleet.  


Fugro Cut Costs on Market Downturn

Sales down 2.1 percent, order backlog falls 11 percent. Dutch marine services company Fugro said on Wednesday it would further cut costs and reduce the number of ships in its fleet in light of the continuing downturn in the oil market affecting its customers.


SeaHow Skimmer System

SeaHow

New SeaHow skimmer systems – designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently – can be implemented in almost any work boat, starting with vessels only six meters long. SeaHow operates one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of oil spill response vessels


BMT Reports Strong Performance for 2014

Image: BMT

BMT Group Ltd. announced a strong performance for the year to September 30, 2014, a period which saw BMT secure revenues of £165.1 million with underlying operating profits of £10 million, a proportion of which has been distributed to the staff through the company’s profit share


Diana Shipping Acquires Two More Bulkers

Diana Shipping Inc. announces the acquisition of a Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel as well as a newbuild Capesize dry bulk vessel   Diana Shipping Inc. signed, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, a Memorandum of Agreement on to acquire a 2010-built 82


SFL Acquires Eight Bulk Carriers from Golden Ocean

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has entered an agreement to acquire eight Capesize dry-bulk carriers from subsidiaries of Golden Ocean Group Limited, the company announced today.   The vessels are named Golden Beijing, Golden Zhoushan, Golden Magnum, Battersea, Belgravia






 
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