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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


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


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.


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


San Jacinto College to Build Maritime Training Center

Capt. John Kessler, maritime instructor, demonstrates how mariners train using the bridge simulators at the San Jacinto College maritime program. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College

Region’s newest maritime center to showcase room-sized simulators, and training and industry docks As San Jacinto College prepares to break ground to build the region's newest maritime training facility, some of the industry's most sought after training technology has arrived and is awaiting its new home. The college recently received three interactive, full-mission, ship bridge simulators, thanks to a collaborative agreement with the Houston Pilots


Coast Guard Medevacs Diver 120 Miles off Texas Coast

A 33-year-old female diver was medevaced Thursday evening after she experienced decompression issues following her fourth dive, approximately 120 miles off Galveston. The doctor aboard the 96-foot passenger vessel Fling called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 7:50 p.m., to report the divers condition and ask for assistance. The watchstanders launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston


Sea Floor Surveys Support Texas Maritime Trade

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This winter, NOAA will begin a year-long survey of the sea floor in the Port of Houston and Galveston Bay navigational areas, to aid efforts to bring more trade, more cargo, more jobs, and more economic benefits to the Houston area. The navigation survey team arrived in Galveston this week, to begin pre-survey preparations with mariners and federal partners. "With bigger ships, crowded sea lanes, and more uses of ocean areas


Panama Canal Administrator Presents Expansion Program

Jorge L. Quijano at Conference

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano presented the Panama Canal Expansion Program during his recent visit to Lamar University, in Beaumont, Texas. During the conference, Quijano highlighted the impact of the Panama Canal Expansion on the U.S. Gulf ports, focusing on those located in Texas. “An important number of the vessels of various segments that transit the Canal today have as port of origin or destination the U.S. Gulf ports


Gulf Bridge Express Service to End

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  The Gulf Bridge Express Service will shortly be terminated with the last roundtrip voyage being MV Saint Nikolaos voyage 00008S, ETA New Orleans on April 22, 2015. Alternative services from/to Gulf ports of United States and Mexico will be covered by the GCS and the GS1 as illustrated


Australian Reef Pilots Under New Ownership

Photo: ARP

Australian marine pilotage company Australian Reef Pilots (ARP) has been bought by a consortium of its employees.   ARP, which services shipping through the Great Barrier Reef, has been sold by the private Brisbane-based company Torres Industries to a group of ARP executives and reef pilots


Kvichak to Build Catamaran Research Vessel

Photo courtesy of Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a contract for construction of a 60’ aluminum catamaran research vessel for the California Department of Water Resources designed by Incat Crowther, Australia with design guidance and customer representation by Jensen Maritime Consultants


Houston Port Throughput Up 22%

Courtesy Port  of Houston Authority

Activity across Port of Houston Authority docks continues to show strength as February 2015 tonnage figures reflected a 22-percent increase compared to February 2014. Executive Director Roger Guenther released the information today during the monthly meeting of the Port Commission of the Port


SCI Inks Scandinavian Distributor Agreement

Jos Lems, SCI’s Rotterdam-based head of global sales (Photo: SCI)

Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), a global provider of emergency marine evacuation systems, has selected a Swedish company to drive further growth in Scandinavia.   Scanunit has agreed to a partnership with SCI for sales and installation rights of Safelaunch lifeboat release and retrieval


USS Normandy Retrieves Abandoned Narcotics

The guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) breaks from formation during a maneuvering exercise with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Anthony N. Hilkows

  The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) recovered more than 1,000 pounds of illegal narcotics while transiting the Mediterranean Sea, March 21, 2015. While conducting routine flight operations, the pilots of an MH-60 Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter


Passenger Medevaced from Cruise Ship off Galveston

A 53-year-old passenger was medevaced from the cruise ship Emerald Princess nine miles off Galveston Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   At approximately 8:30 p.m., the Captain of the Emerald Princess contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders stating that a passenger smashed his


Zamakona Inks Agency Deal with Stewart Group

Zamakona Yards has signed an agency agreement with the Stewart Group, owned by RS Platou&Clarksons, the shipyard announced.   The agreement will see the Stewart Group will offer its customers Zamakona Yards repair and maintenance services both afloat and in our shipyards.  


New Pilot/Tugboat for Tianjin Port

Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.

Early in 2015, Tianjin Port in the north part of China took delivery of a new ASD 38/60 Class pilot/tugboat, Jin Gang Lun 35, from the builder Shanghai Harbor Fuxing Shipping Service Company, after the delivery of two ASD 35/80 class tugs from the same shipyard in 2013


Houston Ship Channel Reopened – Again

Houston Ship Channel reopened Friday after shutdown due to fog   The Houston Ship Channel reopened to all inbound and outbound vessel traffic on Friday after shutting on Thursday afternoon due to heavy fog, according to the Houston Pilots.  


Derecktor Shipyard Named Licensed Damen Builder

Photo courtesy of Robert E Derecktor Inc.

Damen licenses another U.S. shipbuilder   Robert E. Derecktor Inc. and Damen Shipyard Group have entered into a license agreement authorizing Derecktor to act as an official builder of Damen designs.   The agreement will see Derecktor offer its customers pilot boats and wind farm


Houston Ship Channel Fully Reopened

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Dustin R. Williams)

The Houston Ship Channel has been fully reopened today following Monday’s ship collision and subsequent salvage operations.   The Houston Ship Channel was reopened Thursday morning after responders completed initial salvage plans on damaged chemical tanker Carla Maersk and moved the


Tanker Salvage Underway in Houston

Responders have begun to execute salvage plans for the damaged tanker Carla Maersk, Wednesday, following a collision that occurred Monday in the Houston Ship Channel, the Central Texas Coastal Area Committee (CTCAC) reported.   The plans include utilizing high-density foam to suppress any


LOC Relocates Florida Office

Global marine engineering consultant company London Offshore Group Ltd (LOC) opened an office in Houston in 1985, signaling the start of 30 years of involvement in U.S. marine warranty surveying and maritime consulting.   In 2002, the group established a Miami office to serve clients in


Houston Ship Channel Remains Partially Shut

Marine traffic in the Houston Ship Channel will remain partially halted until salvage ships retrieve an anchor that broke off a bulk carrier that collided with a tanker on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Tuesday.   The bulk ship hauling steel and the tanker that was carrying 216






 
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