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Alaskan Stabicraft Fleet Covers 18,000 Nautical Miles

659 Wheelhouse Fleet

The fleet of nine Stabicraft 659 Wheelhouse vessels delivered to Alaska at the beginning of the year have just completed their first 6 months of service. The vessel orders came at a special request from Saltwater Inc, a private organization that gathers data on wild life and fish stocks for the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game and by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The boats were sent to the US in semi assembled form from Stabicraft Marine’s Invercargill factory in New Zealand, where once in the US, went through final assembly and fit out before being launched in May. Saltwater Inc have been using the vessels this past northern hemisphere summer as observation boats to monitor the gill net fishery and the fishery’s interaction with sea mammals and sea birds. Saltwater Inc Vessel Manager, Chris Denker says that since launch the boats and their two man crews have been running consistently at least 4 days a week and have covered around 2000 nautical miles each. “In the Alaskan fishery, fishing begins at 12:00pm on Sundays. On a perfect weather day, crews can depart around 09:30 for the roughly 2-hour transit to the fishing grounds. At around 20 knots, the vessels are covering a lot of ground on a daily basis,” says Denker. Daily operational duties include transiting 40 to 45 nautical miles to active fishing grounds, working in close proximity to fishing vessels

Burger Boat Delivers R/V Arcticus

R/V Arcticus (Photo courtesy of Burger Boat Company)

Burger Boat Company delivered the R/V Arcticus, a 78-foot research vessel for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), on Friday, October 17, 2014. The Arcticus replaces the 38-year-old R/V Grayling and brings the USGS Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) large vessel fleet up-to-date. The Arcticus will be stationed at the USGS base in Cheboygan, Michigan and incorporates modern marine standards and state-of-the-art technology to more safely and effectively conduct fisheries research.

Earnings Down for Most Oil Companies

Many oil companies reported a decrease in net income for the second quarter, compared to the previous year's results, although - in most cases - the second quarter still outperformed the first. While the decreases ranged in percentage, only a few companies' results were virtually unchanged from the previous year's performance. However, higher crude oil prices resulted in many companies' exploration and production net income actually increasing over the previous year.

Sunken B.C. Ferry Report to be Released September

The Transportation Safety Board hopes to have its final report on the sinking of the B.C. Ferries vessel Queen of the North ready by September, the National Union of Public and General Employees reported. Officials with the board are apparently anxious to establish a faster standard for issuing major reports by getting this one out within six months rather than waiting a year or longer to complete its work, as has often happened in the past

Transocean 4Q Revenue Up

Henry Goodrich Courtesy Transocean

Transocean Ltd. Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2015 Results:- Revenues were $1.85 billion, up from $1.61 billion in the third quarter of 2015; Operating and maintenance expenses were $794 million, down from $880 million in the prior period; Adjusted net income was $615 million, $1.68 per diluted share, excluding $4 million of net unfavorable items. This compares with $316 million, $0.87 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015, excluding $5 million of net favorable items

Moore Stephens: UK 2016 Budget to Impact Shipping, Offshore Sectors

Moore Stephens tax partner Gill Smith.

UK Budget 2016 provides surprises for shipping and radical measures for offshore maritime sector. Leading accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says the UK Budget 2016 contains a number of surprise developments which are likely to be of interest to the shipping sector, as well as a radical set of measures which it is hoped will assist the offshore maritime oil and gas sector.    The Government announced a further reduction in the rate of corporation tax

Transocean Sedco Forex Reports Third Quarter 2001 Earnings

Transocean Sedco Forex Inc. announced that net income for the three months ended September 30, 2001 was $97.6 millionon revenues of $770.2 million. Net income for the quarter included a net after-tax gain totaling $7.5 million, resulting primarily from the sale of two Nigerian-based land rigs and the disposal of an inland drilling barge. Excluding the net after-tax gain, net income for the three months ended September 30, 2001 was $90.1 million

Stealthgas Reports 2Q Results

Stealthgas Inc., a ship-owning company serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced its unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2007. For the quarter ended June 30, 2007, net revenues amounted to $19.9m and net income was $5.7m an increase of $2.7m or 15.7% and an increase of $1.1m or 23.9 percent respectively from net revenues of $17.2m and net income of $4

Lakes Limestone Trade Down

Cleveland—Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million net tons in November, a decrease of six percent compared to both a year ago and the month’s five-year average. Demand is waning in light of the deteriorating economy. However, lack of adequate dredging impacted those stone cargos that did move in November. A large U.S.-Flag tug/barge unit that has carried nearly 35,000 net tons of stone in a single trip averaged only 31

WESMAR to Introduce New Trawl Systems

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WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) announced today they will introduce two new trawl systems and five new sled options at Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle November 20-22 at Century Link Field Event Center. The TCS785 and TCS 385 trawl systems, with sled options, will be on display in Booth 933 along with WESMAR’s line of hull mounted sonar and commercial bow thrusters.  Rolling out its largest group of trawl sonar options in its 50-year history

Nakilat Delivers Steady Performance in Q3

Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti Photo Nakilat

 Nakilat has announced its financial results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2016, where the Company’s net profit reached QR 749 million compared to QR 757 million for the same period last year. The Board of Directors stated that the company’s strategic long-term

Saudi Shipper Bahri Q3 Net Profit Falls

National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), the exclusive oil-shipper for Saudi Aramco, reported a 37.6 percent drop in third-quarter net profit on Monday. The company's net profit for the three months to Sept. 30 was 318.4 million riyals ($84.92 million), down from 510

Teekay LNG May Issue Bonds to Fund Newbuilds

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 Teekay LNG Partners intends to issue new five-year senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market.    Net proceeds from the bonds are expected to be used to fund newbuilding installments, as well as to refinance NOK bonds maturing in May 2017 and general partnership purposes

Teekay Completes Norwegian Bond Issuance

Courtesy Teekay

Teekay LNG Partners L.P. announced that it has issued NOK 900 million in new senior unsecured bonds that mature in October 2021 in the Norwegian bond market. The new bond issuance, which was significantly oversubscribed, has an aggregate principal amount equivalent to approximately USD 110 million

MN100: Viking Systems International, Inc.

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The Company: Viking Systems International is a worldwide leader in the advanced design, analysis and 3rd party verification of structures, focusing on the offshore oil and gas industry, commercial ship business, and the military and defense community

MN100: Jagco Industries

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The Company: Jagco Industries is a manufacturer of Flexible metal hose assemblies for automotive, Inland Marine, industrial, trucking & Rail. It also manufactures “UNI-FLEX” exhaust couplers for cars & trucks. More familiar to workboat clients


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The Company: From the design of barge accessories and deck fittings to the day-to-day commitment to customer service, NABRICO is one of the most highly respected names in the water transportation industry. NABRICO started building bridges in 1902 and built its first piece of floating equipment

Star Bulk Announces $51.5M Offering Common Stock

Courtesy Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (the “Company” or “Star Bulk”) (Nasdaq: SBLK) today announced it plans to make an underwritten public offering for $51.5 million gross proceeds of its common stock. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate

U.S. meeting on ocean conservation nets $5.3 billion in pledges

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,

International participants at a high-level conference on the world's oceans pledged more than $5.3 billion for conservation and designated vast areas as protected waters, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. More than 90 countries took part in the two-day conference

Little Rock Port Authority Reports August Shipping

Total barge tonnage through the Port of Little Rock in August was 57,000 net tons.  Dock activities continue to compare favorably to calendar year 2015 as Logistic Services, Inc. has handled 347 barges during the first half of 2016 year and 560

Carnival Corp Reports Strongest Earnings

Seabourn Quest -- Antarctica Photo Carnival Corporation

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) announced U.S. GAAP net income of $1.4 billion, or $1.93 diluted EPS, for the third quarter of 2016 compared to U.S. GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2015 of $1.2 billion, or $1.56 diluted EPS

Vessel Spotlight: RV Meen Shandhani

PHOTO: Department of Fisheries in Bangladesh / International Maritime Consultants (IMC) / Sumber Samudra Sdn Bhd.

RV Meen Shandhani: International FRV for Bangladesh     IMC’s latest fisheries research and survey vessel design was built in Malaysia for the Bangladesh Department of Fisheries. RV Meen Shandhani arrived in Bangladesh in June after completing extensive sea and fishing trials

Euronav Inks Two Charter Deals

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Euronav NV announces that it has signed two long-term time charter contracts of seven years each with Valero Energy Inc. for Suezmax vessels with specialised Ice Class 1C capability starting in 2018. In order to fulfil this contract, Euronav has ordered two high specification Ice Class Suezmax

Japan's NYK Line Warns of $1.9 bln hit to Earnings

NYK Line may book losses as shipping slump slashes asset values. Nippon Yusen, Japan's biggest shipper by sales, warned it would book a $1.9 billion hit to first-half income, after the industry's deepening slump forced it to write down the value of container ships and other assets.

Trawler Almost Capsized by British Submarine

The trawler Karen. Photo Credit: MAIB

 Royal Navy incompetence put an Irish trawler crew at risk after one of its submarines became snagged in a net and nearly capsized the ship.   The nuclear-powered sub was sailing out of Faslane on the Clyde in April 2015 when it snagged the Karen's fishing gear between Ardglass and the

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