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Hope Services Shipyard Delivers New Vessel

M/V Orange

The M/V Orange was delivered to Higman Barge Lines, of Houston, Texas.   The 78’x34’ vessel left Hope Services Shipyard’s facility yesterday en route to Channelview, Texas, where it will pick up its first tow. The 78’x34’ vessel is the fourth vessel in this class size that Hope Services has built for Higman. It marks the 77th vessel Hope Services has built in its twenty‐five year history.

Towboats Still in Demand

Paducah Kentucky-based photographer Jeff L. Yates took this photo on January 7, 2011 as M/V Baffin Bay was holding against the right descending bank at mile 6.5 on the Tennessee River, probably waiting for improved weather conditions on the Ohio River. Jeff reports that she was en-route from Decatur, Alabama to Houston Texas and pushing two barges at the time. Jeff L. Yates photo courtesy of Cummins Marine.

by Alan Haig-Brown In spite of the economic gloom of 2010, the demand for solid reliable towboats for the U.S. inland waterways has continued. An example of this is Higman Marine Services’ latest addition. The final month of 2010 saw yet another towboat added to the fleet of their subsidiary Higman Barge Lines. As with many earlier boats The M/V Baffin Bay was built by Hope Services of Dulac Louisiana. But this boat is one of the newly designed and larger 78 by 34-ft vessels

Hope Services Delivers Miss Sarah


Hope Services Inc. (Hope) delivered the M/V Miss Sarah to Higman Marine Services, of Houston, Texas.  The 2000 horsepower boat measures 72 ft by 30 ft with a draft of 10 feet.  This delivery marks the 32nd vessel Hope has produced for Higman.

Hope Services Delivers M/V Lisa Marie

Photo courtesy Hope Services, Inc.

On December 17, 2009, the M/V Lisa Marie departed Hope Services Shipyard to join La Crosse, Wisconsin, based Brennan Marine’s tug fleet. The new towboat was delivered on schedule a common practice for Hope Service’s shipyard that has a five month turnaround on this type of tug classification. The 72 ft by 30 ft push tug has a 10 ft depth and 29 ft eye height. The three deck vessel is outfitted with two new Tier II type engines carrying a vessel rating of 2000 hp

'Logos Hope' Sails Following Long Refit

Final Engine Checks: Photo credit OMSI

After 8 months  maintenance and improvements to prepare the vessel for future service, charitable ship 'Logos Hope' sets sail from Subic Bay, Philippines. OM Ships International’s vessel Logos Hope has set sail from the Philippines for Hong Kong, SAR China following eight months of maintenance and technical upgrades to engine room systems. “We rejoice in another milestone moment for OM Ships as Logos Hope sails out of Subic Bay,” said Peter Nicoll, CEO of OM Ships

KMTC Feeder Service Comes to Busan’s New Port


With the calling of JSS2, BNCT in Busan’s New Port adds its 12th KMTC service and hopes for more to come.   This recently launched service connects Busan, South Korea with Sendai, Japan.   BNCT will continue supporting Busan’s feeder network in the future with 700,000TEU additional capacity available in March 2015 linked to completion of its Phase II expansion plan.  

Rio Negro Christened in Korea

The sponsor of the Rio Negro is Daniela Oetker, wife of Alexander Oetker, Managing Director of the shipping company A.O. Schiffahrt GmbH & Co. KG. The Rio Negro is named after a tributary of the Amazon which rises in and then flows into the Amazon in (). Following delivery on November 4, 2008, the Rio Negro will initially be deployed in Hamburg Süd's New Good Hope Express Service, which connects Asia and with South America East Coast

Wavespec Promotes Senior Engineers

Wavespec hopes to expand its capability to deliver a range of products for the offshore industry – particularly dynamic positioning (DP) vessels – through a managerial restructure and expansion of its global office network. The company  has recently promoted two of its senior engineers: Andy Bright has become Manager, Marine Projects, and Ted Brooking has been appointed as Manager, Offshore and DP. Wavespec, a member of the Braemar Shipping Services Plc group of companies

Aid to Navigation above Arctic Circle

Photo courtesy USCG

Four Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak personnel completed a build of the 15-ft Coast Guard aid to navigation tower four miles south of Point Hope August 2, which is the only permanent Coast Guard aid to navigation tower north of the Arctic Circle. In January 2009, a waterways analysis and management review was conducted on the North Slope.  The WAMS identified local interest to enhance safety for the subsistence users and value to maritime traffic in the area

Barges Hits Ferry in Holyhead Harbor

A Stena Line ferry, Stena Nordica, has been taken out of service after suffering damage when a barge collided with its hull Sunday while berthed in Holyhead harbor on Anglesey, BBC reported.   Crew and passengers were reportedly on the ferry at the time of the collision, though no injuries were reported.   Stena hopes the ferry, which sails between Holyhead and Dublin, will return to service Thursday after undergoing repair.  

Statoil Aims for at Least 10% of Coming Brazil Gas Market

Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA hopes to have 10 to 15 percent of Brazil's natural gas market in coming years, Pal Eitrheim, the company's most senior executive in the country, told journalists on Wednesday.   Eitrheim added that major gas production in Brazil is likely to start after 2020

LR Joins Collision Avoidance Research for Autonomous Ships

Project Maxcmas

LR is participating in the MAXCMAS project, a £1.27million collaborative research project that aims to investigate, develop and implement real-time collision avoidance algorithms for autonomous maritime vessels. The MAXCMAS (Machine executable collision regulations for Marine Autonomous

Iran Shipping Lines Head Sees Business Rebound by Mid-17

(Photo: IRISL)

Container shipper Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) Chairman Mohammad Saeidi expects the firm to have recuperated by the middle of next year the business lost while Iran was subject to international sanctions.   "Step by step the problems have been resolved

Capesize Rates Fall to Eight-week Low

Capesize dry bulk vessel Nord Power (File photo: Dennis Schnell, Bulldog and Partners / Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S	)

Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes, which fell to an eight-week low on Wednesday, are likely to continue to slide next week as charterers drip-feed cargoes in an over-tonnaged market, brokers said on Thursday.  

New Book Targets Better Ship Design

Improving Ship Operational Design, second edition (Image: The Nautical Institute)

Bad ship design can make life onboard difficult and uncomfortable, cause accidents and even kill. Naval architects have a huge responsibility, but few of them have direct experience of how their designs affect those who use them. Improving Ship Operational Design

Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly as heads for Jamaica and Cuba

Image U.S. National Hurricane Cente

Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly on Saturday as it moved towards Jamaica and Cuba, although with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph) it is powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. The strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007 was forecast to make

South Korean Ports to Invest $13.3bn in Infrastructure

Photo: Busan Port Authority

 The South Korean government, in collaboration with the private sector, will provide Won14.7trn ($13.3bn) for port upgrades and infrastructure investment by 2020 , according to data released by South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF).  

IRClass Opens Office in Alang to Support Recycling Initiatives

Arun Sharma - Chairman ISSPL. Photo IRClass

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading international classification society, opens an office in Alang, India, today. The new office will serve to support its ship recycling initiative in Alang, following on its recent initiative of certifying ship recycling yards according to EU

Roundtable Discusses Nigeria’s Maritime Future

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) together with the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) have co-hosted an event on “The Future of the Maritime Industry in Nigeria” at Marlborough House in London on September 28.  

Deviation Of MSC Services in Freeport Following Hurricane Matthew

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company

 Following the severity of Hurricane Matthew last week, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Freeport terminal operator in the Bahamas has temporarily halted operations, in order to repair cranes and ensure full safety and security within container yards.  

Sea Trucks Awarded Contract Offshore Ghana

Jascon 28 (Photo: Sea Trucks)

Sea Trucks Group said it has secured a contract award from Tullow Ghana Limited for the provision of a Construction Support Vessel (CSV) providing Accommodation and Heavy Lift services to the turret moored FPSO Kwame Nkrumahe, located in the Jubilee Unit Area, 60 km offshore Ghana.   

Hanjin Dumps Half of Workers

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 The bankrupting container operator Hanjin Shipping Co. is shedding half of its ground workforce and may ax equally that many of the crew on deck as the bankruptcy court is out to sell most of ground and sea assets, according to the Pulse.  

Droning on About Innovation

Defence personnel watch on as a drone flies with a tethered underwater camera during a technology demonstration from Fibre-Tech Solutions held at Garden Island, Sydney. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 The launch of drones from the air and from the sea heralded the start of an innovative series of demonstrations at Fleet Base East in Sydney.    The lunchtime displays are the brainchild of the naval engineering community.   

Team Navy Sailors Impress at Bathurst

Royal Australian Navy Officers met with Team Navy Mechanic Seaman Dale Tyce-Nelson on the starting Grid at Bathurst on Race Day. Photo:  Royal Australian Navy

 Australian Navy made its mark in the sky and on the ground at this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 supercars race.   Building on the year-round Team Navy technical sailor out-placement program with Prodrive Racing Australia

Gulf Navigation Orders 6 Tankers from Wuchang

Dubai's Gulf Navigation Holding has signed a deal with China's Wuchang Group to expand its company's fleet, it said on Wednesday.   Dubai's only listed crude shipper said in a statement the agreement would help meet "increasing demand for transferring chemicals from the UAE and other

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