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Houston Pilots Accept 45 ft. Fresh Water Draft

Effective immediately, the Houston Pilots will accept vessels with drafts up to 45 ft. (13.7 m) in fresh water. In the wake of the crisis along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Houston Pilots are foregoing a previously scheduled phased-in approach to larger vessels, as the maritime industry needs to divert many deep draft loaded vessels from ports affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Houston Pilots are comprised of 81 pilots; including two deputy pilots still in training.


Houston Pilots Association To Christen M/V Bayou City

The Houston Pilots Association will christen the pilot boat M/V Bayou City at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Port of Houston Authority's Sam Houston Pavilion located at 7300 Clinton Drive. Annette Edmonds will officially christen the vessel during a ceremony that will be attended by more than 200 invited guests, including PHA Chairman Jim Edmonds, Vice Chairman Kase Lawal, Commissioner Steve Phelps, Commissioner Jim Fonteno, Commissioner Jimmy Burke, Commissioner Cheryl Thompson-Draper,


Fog Closes Ship Channel

Fog closed the Houston Ship Channel on Monday morning, the Houston Pilots association said. Pilots stopped boarding ships at 8 a.m. CST (9 a.m. EST/ 1400 GMT), bringing traffic to a halt, and the fog had not dispersed some four hours later at midday, an official said. The closure of the channel had not yet resulted in a big backlog of ships waiting to enter or leave the channel, he said. The Houston Ship Channel is a busy 54-mile (90 km) waterway lined with oil refineries and petrochemical


Special Pilotage in Port of Brownsville

It was no ordinary arrival for the Brazos-Santiago Pilots of Brownsville, Texas    The Brazos-Santiago Pilots handle some 600 ship and vessel transits through the Port of Brownsville each year, but it's not every day that they get the opportunity to guide a venerable and storied U.S. Navy carrier to its final destination.    "It's an especially proud honor to be a part of history and to pilot the USS Ranger on the final 15-mile leg of its 16


Oil Tankers Queueing in US Gulf Seen as New Symbol of Glut

A traffic jam of oil tankers has emerged along the U.S. Texas coast this month, a snarl that some traders see as the latest sign of an unyielding global supply glut.   More than 50 commercial vessels were anchored outside ports in the Houston area at the end of last week, of which 41 were tankers, according to the Houston Pilots, an organization that assists in the navigation of larger vessels in and around port areas


San Jacinto Maritime Technology and Training Center Now Open

Photo courtesy of The San Jacinto College

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus is now open for maritime training along the Port of Houston.   Located at 3700 Old State Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas, the 45,000-square-foot Maritime Technology and Training Center sits 14 feet above ground and is home to more than 40 maritime courses.   The ground level of the Maritime Technology and Training Center showcases a training dock with lifeboats, davits, and fast rescue craft


Houston Ship Channel Project Complete

HOUSTON -- The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) last Thursday welcomed congressional leaders, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and more than 300 other invited guests to celebrate the completion of the widening and deepening project expected to further fuel the port's remarkable growth. "This project has benefited from a great home-team," said PHA Chairman Jim Edmonds. "The support of our partners in Congress and the


New Members of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco recently appointed nine new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving ocean and coastal navigation products, information, data and services.   “Optimizing the benefits of navigation services and products is a priority for the agency,” said Margaret Spring, chief of staff for NOAA and the agency’s representative to the Committee on the Marine


Houston Ship Channel Celebrates 100 years

Great Day for Centennial Rededication of Houston Ship Channel

  Blue skies and a cool breeze set the stage for a once-in-a-century event today: the 100th anniversary rededication of the opening of Houston's deep-water port. International Longshoremen's Association, Houston Pilots, U.S. Coast Guard, current and former Port Commissioners, industry stakeholders and others, attended the Houston Ship Channel Rededication at Brady's Landing overlooking the Houston Ship Channel.


Marad Visits TX Maritime Technology & Training Center

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center will open in January 2016 to become one of the regions only campuses built specifically for mariner training and as a home to the states first maritime transportation associate degree program. All San Jacinto College maritime training is currently operating out of a facility in Pasadena, Texas. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao

United States Maritime Administration tours Maritime Technology and Training Center site.   Administrators from the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD), along with staff from United States Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, recently visited the construction site of the Maritime Technology and Training Center, where they received a glimpse of one of the region's only waterfront campuses being built specifically for mariner training and as a home to the state's first maritime


First of 3 New Pilot Boats Launched for Milford Haven

St Brides (Photo: Mainstay Marine)

St Brides, the first of three 19-meter pilot boats built by Mainstay Marine for the Port of Milford Haven, has recently been launched.   Shipbuilder Mainstay Marine Solutions called the £3.6 million contract a flagship project, with delivery for the second and third vessels due in


New Autonomous Control System Launched

Image: Sea Machines Robotics

Sea Machines Robotics of Cambridge, Mass. announced the release of its Autonomous Control System (ACS), an advanced vessel control system which converts manually piloted hulls to self-piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It is designed to be integrated into company-developed Sea Machine USVs


CSCL Indian Ocean Refloated

On Tuesday, February 9 at around 3am, local time, the containership CSCL Indian Ocean has been able continue her voyage to the Port of Hamburg. In a joint operation, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, the Federal Water and Shipping Administration, salvage companies


Tampa Bay Pilots Suspend Operations

Gale force winds and high sea conditions offshore making it unsafe for pilots to board have led the Tampa Bay Pilots to suspend all inbound and outbound vessel traffic as of about 5:20 a.m. local time today.   Current wind conditions are approximately 13-17 knots NNW in the Middle Bay


Gladding-Hearn Delivers Pilot Boat to Delaware Pilots

Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

The Delaware pilots association has taken delivery of its third pilot boat of the popular Chesapeake Class from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation.   The delivery marks the fifteenth pilot boat of this class built by the Somerset, Mass., shipyard, since its introduction in 2002


ESG Delivers Escort Tug Triton

(Image: ESG)

In early December 2015 Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered the Escort Tug TRITON for Suderman & Young Towing Company. These series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs are currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility


US Awards $3.7 Mln for Wind Project off Maine

Photo: Maine Aqua Ventus

The Maine Aqua Ventus project, an experimental floating deep-water offshore wind project off the coast of Castine, Maine, has received $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.   The project was originally competing for a $47 million grant but was passed over for projects in New


Benjamin Franklin Sails Home

Photo by Port of Oakland

 The largest container ship to ever visit the U.S., the1,300-foot-long CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, left the Port of Oakland Monday afternoon around 1:15 p.m. after docking at the port on New Year’s Eve, port officials said.   


EU-funded R&D Produces New Ship Bridge Designs

Image: CASCADe

A three-year EU-funded project, CASCADe, has developed new methodologies in which information is shared and displayed on a ship’s bridge, helping to improve efficiency on board and contribute toward the prevention of accidents at sea.  


Pilot Transfer Arrangements - AMSA

Pilot Transfer Arrangements Photo IMPA

  The IMO Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 23) sets out the principal requirements for the rigging of pilot ladders.  There is further detailed technical specification for pilot ladder in IMO Resolution A.1045 (27).  


Subsea Global Solutions Opens Texas Office

 Subsea Global Solutions (SGS), an underwater repair, maintenance and marine solutions provider for the global marine industry, today announced that the company has opened a new office in Texas to address growing demand for service in the U.S


Magellan Midstream Eyes Crude Exports out of Houston

Magellan Midstream and LBC Tank Terminals are actively looking to develop crude export capacity at their joint venture in Houston, Texas, Magellan chief executive Mike Mears said on Friday at the Argus America Crude Summit in Houston.  


Maritime Training: Keeping it Close to Home

San Jac Training.jpg

On the U.S. Gulf Coast, two well-regarded maritime education providers are expanding to meet growing local demand, while satisfying local employers with quality graduates. The sense of ‘community’ that they project is both real, and intentional.


Slashed Charter Rate for Diana's m/v Houston

Courtesy Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels


SwissMarine Hires Diana's Capesize Bulker

m/v Houston: By Diana Shipping

 Greek dry bulk shipping company Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter agreement with Geneva-based SwissMarine Services S.A. for its Capesize dry bulker the m/v Houston.   The gross charter rate is US$5,150 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties






 
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