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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.


Saab Bags $1 bln Order for Swedish Submarines

Kockums Class Submarine. Photo: Saab AB

 The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded contracts worth Skr8.6bn ($1.03bn) to Saab AB for the construction of two new Type A26 submarines and a mid-life upgrade for two Gotland-class submarines.   Work on the two A26s is to be completed by 2024. Type A26 submarines are nearly 207 feet in length, 21 feet in the beam and have an endurance of 45 days or 18 days underwater. They have a test depth of about 658 feet.    


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


MR Tanker Stena Immaculate Named in China

Guests at the Stena Immaculate’s naming ceremony (Photo: Stena Bulk)

The Stena Immaculate, the ninth vessel in a series of 13 new IMOIIMAX MR tankers, was named January 10, 2017 at a ceremony at China’s Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI).   A large number of guests, from both corporate management and partners as well as representatives of the


Seacat Set for Offshore Wind Rush

Courtesy Seacat Services

Class-leading OESV operator invests in personnel and moves into new Isle of Wight HQ as it prepares for ramp-up in offshore wind construction   9th January 2017, Isle of Wight – Class-leading offshore energy service vessel (OESV) operator, Seacat Services


New Zealand Ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New Zealand is the latest country to accede to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.    The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and


Top 10 Ship Owning Nations

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Kicking off the New Year, VesselsValue has put together a list of the top 10 ship owning nations by fleet value in 2017.     Greece - $84.079 billion Japan - $80.169 billion China - $68.333 billion Singapore - $38.052 billion


Gulf Navigation forms JV with Polimar Turkish

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding

 Dubai-listed Gulf Navigation Holding has announced a partnership with Polimar Turkish Holding to grow its fleet and increase its global reach. Under the agreement, Gulf Navigation said it would be able to serve customers in major trading ports worldwide.  


Dryships to Expand into VLGC sector

The Table

DryShips Inc. announced today that, it has agreed to enter into a “zero cost” Option Agreement (“LPG Option Agreement”) with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas


Fresh Hopes in Container Shipping: Alphaliner

Table: Alphaliner

 The new year brings with it fresh hopes for a recovery in container shipping although the market remains fundamentally imbalanced, says an Alphaliner report.   A slew of new records were set in 2016 but most of them marked new lows for a container shipping market that continues to


Tug Huron Goes to Work in Duluth

Photo: Kenneth Newhams / Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company said it has repositioned its Tug Huron to Duluth, Minn. on Monday, January 2, 2017 to enhance capabilities for icebreaking, harbor assist and other services essential to commercial shipping in the Duluth-Superior region.  


Proposed Sanctuaries Aim to Protect Historic Shipwrecks

(Photo: NOAA)

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released draft plans for proposed national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland that would aim to protect nationally significant shipwrecks, including those from the 1800s, World War I and other maritime battlegrounds.


Vallianz Shuts Singapore Yard

Photo: Vallianz Holdings Limited

 Singapore’s offshore-support vessel provider  Vallianz Holdings has ceased operations at its shipyard in Singapore as part of efforts to streamline business operations amidst the severe industry downturn.   At the end of 2016


DryShips Expands to Gas Carrier Market with Four New VLGCs

Image: DryShips Inc.

 DryShips Inc. has agreed to enter into a "zero cost" LPG Option Agreement with companies controlled by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,  George Economou, to purchase up to four high specifications Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) capable of carrying liquefied petroleum


DOF Bags Contracts from Asco and Eni

Photo: DOF ASA

 Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF has been awarded charter contracts for a platform supply vessel (PSV) and an anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS).   DOF said on Wednesday that the company won a two-year firm contract plus options with Asco Marine for the Skandi Aukra PSV.


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates to Improve by End 2017

Graph:  Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Newcastlemax Duo Joins Diana Shipping’s Fleet

M/v San Francisco. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping has taken delivery of the m/v San Francisco (formerly Hull No. H2548)  and the m/v Newport News (formerly Hull No. H2549), two new building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels that were contracted in May 2013.   The m/v San Francisco has been time chartered to Koch


Cortland Australia Bags Singapore Contract

Photo: Cortland Australia

Engineered rope specialist Cortland Australia said it has secured a contract to supply Singapore’s ASL Shipyards with high performance Plasma 12x12 towlines for BHP Billiton Towage Services’s new fleet of six RAstar85 ASD escort tugs.  






 
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