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Austal Wins Big Hawaii Contract

Hawaii Superferry signed a historic agreement with Austal USA that proposes bringing the world’s newest passenger-vehicle catamarans to Hawaiian waters for the development of a commercial high-speed interisland ferry service in Hawaii. Hawaii Superferry plans to use Austal USA-built, high-speed, roll-on/roll-off vessels to create “Hawaii’s Interisland Highway,” with state-of-the-art Austal USA catamarans carrying passengers, vehicles and freight between Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island, beginning in 2006. Under the agreement, Hawaii Superferry plans to purchase two 340-foot catamaran ferry vessels from Mobile, AL-based Austal USA for delivery during 2006-2008 under an exclusive, strategic relationship. The four-story, football-field-sized catamarans, specifically designed for Hawaiian waters, can comfortably transport 900 passengers and up to 280 vehicles, including large trucks and buses, from Honolulu to Maui and Kauai in 3 hours and from Honolulu to the Big Island in 4 hours, traveling at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. “For many years, I have envisioned ‘a marine highway’ for our islands, so I am pleased with the progress that Hawaii Superferry has made in creating an interisland ferry system that will serve Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island,” said Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who has secured more than $25 million in federal funds for the development of ferry infrastructure


Annand Named Chairman of PVA Subcommittee

Hornblower Marine Services (HMS) is pleased to announce that William Bill Annand, its Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, has been appointed Chairman of the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) High-Speed Subcommittee. Members of the PVA’s High-Speed Subcommittee include operators, designers, builders, equipment suppliers and regulators of high-speed craft. As Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry, Annand presides over the Alakai


Hawaii Superferry Operations Debated

With less than a year until its first trip between islands, Hawaii Superferry has moved operations into high gear. According to the Honolulu Advertisers, while ferry officials were making preparations to move into their new 10,000-sq. ft. office space at Restaurant Row and start hiring what will eventually be about 300 employees, critics were equally busy making plans to delay the July 1, 2007, startup date of ferry operations


Annand Named Director of Marine Operations for Superferry

Hornblower Marine Services announced the appointment of Bill Annand as Director of Marine Operations for Hawaii Superferry. Hornblower Marine Services, based in New Albany, Ind., is contracted to operate the long-awaited passenger ferry between Honolulu and the islands of Maui and Kauai. Passenger service is scheduled to begin in August 2007. Annand will initially manage approximately 100 crew members, including unlimited officers, and non-rated union and non0union shipboard staff


Coast Guard Aids Dispatches Cutter to Aid with Protesters

According to reports, the U.S. Coast Guard said today that it has dispatched one of its cutters to Nawiliwili Harbor, where protesters have blocked the arrival of the Hawaii Superferry at Kaua'i. A Coast Guard spokesman said the Coast Guard also has sent a 25-ft. inflatable boat to respond to protesters. The Hawaii Superferry's 350-ft. vessel the Alakai was approaching the harbor when it was turned away by the Coast Guard due to hundreds of protesters at the site.


Austal -US JHSV Contract

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Austal has won the contract to design and build the US Department of Defense’s next generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a program potentially worth over US$1.6 billion. As Prime contractor, Austal will design and construct the first 103-metre JHSV, with options for 9 additional vessels expected to be exercised between FY09 and FY13. Similar to the Austal-built “WestPac Express” operated by the US Marines for the past seven years


Austal Occupies New Panel Line Shop

Austal received its Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Mobile for the newest addition to the shipbuilder’s Mobile, Alabama facility. The Panel Line Shop is located on the north side of Assembly Bay 1 and opens up directly into the assembly bay to allow for ease of transporting the panels from the shop onto the production floor. The ground floor of the building, where the panels are assembled, is 200-ft. by 45 ft. wide totaling over 9,000 sf


Judge Approves Security Zone in Hawaii Harbor

Opponents of the Hawaii Superferry lost a round in court, according to an Associated Press report, when U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor refused to block the U.S. Coast Guard from enforcing a security zone in Kauai’s Nawiliwili Harbor when the vessel resumes service to the port. The Coast Guard established the zone and set aside a designated protest area off Kalapaki Beach after a flotilla of protesters prevented the ferry from landing Aug. 27


Five Minutes with Dave Growden, JHSV Program Manager, Austal USA

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Please provide a brief professional history of yourself? I have more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the planning and production of a wide variety of aluminum high speed vessels ranging in length from 26m to 107m. I have been employed by Austal since age 16 and completed a four year apprenticeship as a Shipwright before progressing into supervision and management of production staff and then program management


HMS Global Maritime Extends Westpac Express Contract

HMS Global Maritime (HMSGM) announce the extension of the HSV WestPac Express’ charter with the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the Third Marine Expeditionary Force, beginning in February 2012. The contract can last up to an additional two years. The HSV WestPac Express has been operated by HMSGM for the past nine years as a high-speed transport vessel for military personnel and equipment over a 1,200 mile range in Asia


Hawaii Conducts Port Disaster Exercise

Personnel from the Coast Guard, Navy, state of Hawaii and key industries partners observe crane operations during the Hawaii Alternate Port Concept Full Scale Exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Tara Molle)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and partner agencies participated in the Alternate Port Concept Full Scale Exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Friday.   The purpose of the exercise was to prepare the State, Navy, Coast Guard and industry response partners for their roles during a major


Top US Shipping Execs to Receive USS Awards

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Anthony Chiarello, Matthew J. Cox and James C. McKenna named 2015 USS Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award recipients   The United Seamen's Service (USS) 2015 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Awards (AOTOS) will be presented to Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE; Matthew J


Keppel Unit Inks Seabed Exploration Contract

A subsidiary of Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Corp Ltd said it signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority to search the ocean for scarce minerals.   The push to explore the ocean is gaining momentum as ore grades on land decline and demand grows for metals in


U.S. West Coast Refiners Snap up Russian Crude

Move comes amid worries of seasonal dent in Alaskan supply; gap between U.S., international crude prices narrows. Refiners on the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii have stepped up purchases of Russian crude, taking advantage of a narrow gap between U.S


Light-Off for Pasha’s New ConRo

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ConRo vessel M/V Marjorie has attained main engine light off while under final construction at VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss., signaling that the ship’s complex network of systems is complete and functional prior to delivery to Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii


Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort

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U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin, Dockwise’s 674-foot semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was escorted into its anchorage location in Port Angeles while


USCG Searching for Mariner off Hawaii

U.S. Coast Guard rescues one, searching for another mariner off Lanai   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued one man and is still searching for another after the 34-foot fishing vessel Munchkin ran aground on the rocks about one half a miles west of Lanai, Hawaii 12:12 a.m. today.  


Navy Awards Contract for Passenger Terminal Renovation in Hawaii

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii awarded a $20.5 million firm-fixed-price task order under a multiple award construction contract April 27 to Insight Pacific LLC, a small business in Anaheim, Calif.    The work to be performed is for repairs of the existing


Matson Q1 Results Show Improved Performance

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Matson, Inc. today reported net income of $25 million, or $0.57 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2015. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $3.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share. Consolidated revenue for the first quarter 2015 was $398.2 million compared with $392


VT Halter Delivers ConRo Ship to Pasha Hawaii

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VT Halter Marine, Inc., a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced it has delivered a combination container and roll-on/roll-off car truck carrier (ConRo), MV Marjorie C, to Pasha Hawaii.   The MV Marjorie C is the second U.S


Adm. Swift Takes Command of Pacific Fleet

Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., left, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Ashton Carter, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, and Adm. Scott H. Swift, render honors during the joint U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and U.S. Pacific Fleet (PACFLT) change of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

  Adm. Scott H. Swift returned to his home state and relieved Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, May 27. "The magnitude of this moment is not lost on me


Matson Completes Horizon Lines Acquisition

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Matson, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Horizon Lines, Inc. which includes Horizon's Alaska operations and the assumption of all non-Hawaii business liabilities. Separately and immediately preceding the completion of the transaction, Horizon completed the sale of its Hawaii trade lane assets


Crowley to Manage 4 Jones Act Ships for Pasha

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 Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship management group has been awarded a new contract with Sunrise Operations LLC, a subsidiary of The Pasha Group, of San Rafael, Calif., for the operation, crewing and maintenance of four Jones Act ships operating between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii.


SFL Sells its Holding in Horizon Lines

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Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) has sold its holding of notes and warrants in Horizon Lines, Inc. for net cash proceeds of approximately $72 million.   In April 2012, Ship Finance received $40 million of Horizon Lines second-lien notes and 9


Navatek, NEB Launch Sea Blade 35

The Sea Blade 35 is put through its paces on Narragansett Bay, May 29, 2015 (NavatekNEB photo).

  Navatek, the naval research and design company based in Hawaii and Rhode Island, and NEB, a leading builder of high-tech composite and aluminum boats based in Portsmouth, R.I., announce the launching of the Sea Blade 35, a 35-foot rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) with a top speed of 60






 
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