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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.


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


Fleet Week Brings 1.5 Million Visitors to San Francisco

Under clear skies and with calm seas, they came by the hundreds of thousands to San Francisco Fleet Week 2010, the largest such gathering in more than twenty years to take place in the City. The USS Makin Island -- known as the Navy's "Green Ship" for its revolutionary hybrid technology came to San Francisco early to showcase its disaster relief capabilities. In addition, five more 3rd Fleet United States Navy ships, plus two from the Canadian Navy


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


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.


Multraship Buys Three More Tugboats from Damen

(Photo: Multraship/Damen)

Multraship and Damen Shipyards Group agreed on three new ASD (Azimuth Stern Drive) Tugs, all for delivery to Multraship in 2015. After delivery in Vietnam, scheduled for the end of first-quarter 2015, two state-of-the-art ASD Tugs 3212 will operate for Multraship as sister vessels to the 83-ton


Fincantieri Wins Carnival Cruise Ship Order

 Fincantieri SpA

 Fincantieri SpA has been awarded an order by Carnival Corporation & plc for the construction of two new cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line. Both will be sisters ships respectively to Carnival Vista and Koningsdam


Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

 Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines. Size, technology and stealth are proving too great a draw for Canberra.  


Teekay Tankers to Acquire 5 Tankers

Kevin Mackay, Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Tankers

   Teekay Tankers Ltd. announced that it will acquire four coated Aframax tankers and one uncoated Aframax tanker for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $230 million. The five vessels, which are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, were constructed in 2008


US Navy Tests Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

The GhostSwimmer vehicle, developed by the Chief of Naval Operations Rapid Innovation Cell project Silent NEMO, undergoes testing at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story. Project Silent NEMO is an experiment which explores the possible uses for a biomimetic device developed by the Office of Naval Research. (U.S. Navy photo by Edward Guttierrez III)

The U.S. Navy completed tests on the GhostSwimmer unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS), Dec. 11.   GhostSwimmer is the latest in a series of science-fiction-turned-reality projects developed by the chief of naval operations' Rapid


Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

  The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R


KTK Orders Two Damen Tugboats

Image: Damen

Kompania di Tou Korsou places an order for two tug vessels from Damen   On December 9, five years after the delivery of two ASD Tugs 2810 KTK Tribon and KTK Barakuda, Damen Shipyards Group and Kompania di Tou Korsou (KTK) signed an agreement for the delivery of two Stan Tugs 1205. 


Scana Industrier Receives Turret Equipment Order

Scana Industrier ASA has through its subsidiary Scana Offshore Vestby, signed a letter of intent (LOI) for delivery of a FSO turret pull-in and locking system to Knutsen OAS Shipping AS / KNOT FSO1 AS. The FSO is a converted Shuttle Tanker in the Knutsen Fleet


Crowley Wins Military Sealift Command Contract

Todd Busch (Photo: Crowley Maritime)

Military Sealift Command operation and maintenance contracted awarded to Crowley Maritime   Crowley Maritime Corp.’s global ship management group has been has been awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of the T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet for the Military Sealift Command


Rolls-Royce Unveils Gas Turbine Service and Test Facility

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Vice Admiral Simon Lister, Chief of Materiel (Fleet), Defense Equipment and Support, opened a new gas turbine testing center last week at the Rolls-Royce facility at Filton, Bristol, U.K.   The Rolls-Royce Test Facility now includes a new WR-21 Test Cell


Austal Delivers Fourth Cape Class Patrol Boat

Photo: Austal

Austal Limited has delivered Cape Sorell, the fourth of eight Cape Class Patrol Boats being supplied to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service under a $330 million design, build and in-service support contract.   Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said it


Breakthrough Capability Keeps Subs, Ships Safe

Lt. j.g. Colcord Moore, from Boston, Mass., and Quartermaster 1st Class Howell Trinidad, from Long Beach, Calif., discuss navigation charts in the pilot house of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem

  Interactive software that can dramatically cut the time it takes to plan safe submarine missions is crossing over to the surface fleet and is being installed this month on the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), officials announced Dec. 16.


Vard Wins Farstad's OSCV Contract

VARD 3 17 design, with a total length of 98 metres and a beam of 21.5 metres, and features a 150 tone active heave compensated offshore crane

  Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”) has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (“OSCV”) for Farstad Shipping (“Farstad”). The vessel will be of VARD 3 17 design


Damen Responds to Evolving Fishing Practices

Photo: Damen

Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam meets fishing sector’s growing needs by performing electric pulse fishing conversions   As European fishing policies evolve, so fishing techniques advance. One of the latest technologies available is electric pulse fishing


Even 'Small' Vessels are Getting Bigger

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The Shipowners’ Club is a mutual provider of P&I insurance that has throughout its 160 year history been dedicated to serving owners of small and specialist ships.  These vessels, active in a range of different operations, are at the lower end of the size spectrum and






 
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