St. Johns Ship Building, Inc was awarded contract to construct a 190-ft Landing Craft for G & G Shipping out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This will be the fifth vessel of its fleet which joins others built by St. Johns. The vessel designed by Frank Basile of Entech and Associates, Inc. Houma, La. The Landing Craft will be equipped with twin CAT 3412 Engines approx 720 hp each and have an open deck space of 6,600 sq ft with capacity to carry 600 Tons roll on roll off cargo. Its’ shallow draft and ramped bow allows for easy access to unimproved beaches and shores. The Landing Craft is scheduled to deliver November 2010. St. Johns Ship Building is a new construction and marine repair facility that specializes in steel and aluminum vessel construction, repair and refit. The yard has a history of constructing steel workboats including: double hulled fuel barges, offshore service vessels, utility vessels and commercial landing crafts. St. John Ship Building’s 98 acre facility is located along the St. Johns River, 68 miles southwest of Jacksonville in Palatka, Fla. The yard is equipped with an 800-ton dry dock, 900-ft of bulkhead waterfront, a 400-ft launch basin, complete fabrication shop, electrical and carpentry shops. St Johns Ship Building has established a reputation for quality workmanship and is committed to developing life long customer relationships.
St. Johns Ship Building Launches 157’ OSV for Caribbean Market. St. Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Fla. launched the Sea Strength, a 157’ offshore service vessel (OSV) for A. R. Singh Contractors Ltd. The vessel will be the largest in the A. R. Singh Contractors Ltd. fleet and will expand the company’s reach into the Caribbean offshore market. The Sea Strength is expected to be delivered February 2012.
Halter Marine, Inc. has begun construction of three second generation Ship Docking Modules (SDM) at its Lockport, La. shipyard for Hvide Marine, Inc. The new tugs, designated SDM Mark II, follow the three original Halter-built SDMs, New River, St. Johns and Escambia. Two of the new vessels, Suwanee River and Peace River, are scheduled for delivery in 1999, and Kissimmee River, the third Mark II, will be delivered in 2000.
The U.S. Coast Guard announced its intention to explore increased use of space as a tool to enhance awareness of activities in ports, coastal waters and their approaches. The Coast Guard has been studying the feasibility of receiving maritime automatic identification system (AIS) signals from space since 2001. In May 2004 the Coast Guard contracted with ORBCOMM, a satellite data communications company, to develop and build the capability to receive process and forward AIS signals from
Global Rescue’s advisory, evacuation and emergency response capabilities now offer mariners the means to get the best medical advice, transport and treatment regardless of location. Through its ability to provide real-time medical consulting anywhere in the world from its specialists at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Global Rescue is able to relay critical medical support to sick or injured mariners while they are thousands of miles from a hospital or out of the range of a medivac aircraft
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter located the debris and a male body about 22 east of the entrance to the St. Johns River. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aircrew reported the debris, including two large pieces of a vessel; 10 life jackets; flares; and an oil sheen. It is unknown if additional people are in the water or otherwise in distress, but the Coast Guard is responding as though there are. Continuing to search the area surrounding the debris field are a boatcrew
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has "made good progress" in broadening a study of possible navigation improvements on the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway system to give greater consideration to ecological restoration, says a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council. However, because of flaws in the models used in the study to predict demand for barge transportation, the economic justification for expanding locks on the rivers has not yet been demonstrated
U.S. public ports applauded passage on of H.R. 1480 by the U.S. House of Representatives to enact Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation. WRDA legislation, among other things, authorizes deepening and modification of federal navigation projects at the nation's ports. Improving navigation infrastructure generates significant economic returns at the local, regional and national levels. The Senate also passed its version of WRDA, S. 507
Delta Wave Communications have teamed up with Global Rescue to combine their service with Delta Wave’s line of satellite based global personal tracking and emergency alert products. Global Rescue is an emergency services company that provides best-in-class medical, aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue and security services to individuals, corporations, travelers and expeditions worldwide. Global Rescue is the only company that transports patients from the site of illness or injury
Stevens alum Robert G. Keane Jr. (M. Eng. ’67) will receive the Gibbs Brothers Medal from the National Academy of Sciences, a nonprofit institution that recognizes achievement in science and provides science, technology and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations. The Gibbs Brothers Medal is awarded every three years for outstanding contributions in the field of naval architecture and marine engineering
ITF carried out 67 ship inspections in one week in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia & Philippines. Uncover a 'ghost ship'. The inspections led notices of warning being issued to errant companies and concerning unpaid wage claims. Described by ITF as a 'ghost ship'
China Shipping Development Co. to order six liquefied natural gas (LNG) to tap the nation’s rising demand for cleaner fuel. The addition of the tankers comes as the world’s largest energy consumer plans to more than double natural gas consumption to cut its dependence on coal and oil
Ports of Stockholm claims first in the world to provide infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for large passenger ferries. A successful collaboration involving AGA, Viking Line, Ports of Stockholm and the appropriate government agencies has made an infrastructure for bunkering
Diana Shipping Inc. signs up to buy the 'M/V Tamou', a 2005 built Capesize dry bulk carrier of 177,243 dwt. The purchase price is US$27,020,202, less one percent address commission to the buyers. The vessel, to be renamed "Baltimore
Miami Man Convicted for Obstruction of Justice and False Statements for Certifying Ships Safe for Sea. A federal jury in Miami yesterday convicted a Miami-based ship surveyor for lying to the Coast Guard and for falsely certifying the safety of ships at sea, announced Ignacia S
Milaha (Qatar Navigation QSC), has secured a ten year $110m (equivalent to QAR400m) ship financing facility with QNB Group Proceeds from the facility will be utilized by Qatar Shipping to fund the ongoing construction of 19 harbor assistance vessels
As part of a three day Royal tour of Gibraltar in June, HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex set time aside to inspect work under way at Gibdock, the territory’s strategically located repair and conversion yard. Accompanied by Gibraltar Governor
The ITF expresses deep concern over plight of crew of abandoned cruise ship 'Lyubov Orlova' marooned off St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada Eight crew remain on board after the ship was arrested in October by the ITF, with an outstanding wage claim of more than $300,000 (now $375,000).
Box Ships Inc. announces delivery of Its ninth vessel & its entry into $25-million credit facility Box Ships Inc. a shipping company specializing in the transportation of containers, announced today that it took delivery of its ninth vessel, the OOCL China, a 5
The U.S. Treasury Department yesterday said the United States is imposing additional sanctions on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation networks, and is also taking additional steps to prevent the evasion of sanctions by publicly identifying a group of Iranian front companies
Rederi AB TransAtlantic announces cost-cutting plan to turn around last quarter's financial loss As part of this and in agreement with the Maritime Officers' Association, TransAtlantic is to lay off 25 Swedish seafarers and also reflags four ships to Gibraltar and the Netherlands.
Daiichi Chuo K.K. may cancel ship orders, pare its fleet & sell new stock after getting emergency financing from shareholder Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. To help weather a slump in dry-bulk rates the company is in talks about canceling or delaying 10 of 60 on-order dry-bulk vessels as it heads
Experts discuss potential solutions at the 9th ShortSea, Feeder and Inland Waterway Shipping Dialogue. Volatile freight and charter rates, high fuel prices, unemployed vessels and the problems of ship financing are leading to structural change in coastal and inland waterway shipping
The 64-foot yacht 'Rays the Bar' driven ashore on Vilano Beach, Florida, center of attention for responders & spectators. A response operation for a 64-foot yacht on the shoreline at Vilano Beach, Fla., involving the Coast Guard, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, St
IMO inform that regulations to improve the energy efficiency of international shipping entered into force 1, January 2013. The EEDI is a non-prescriptive, performance-based mechanism that leaves the choice of technologies to use in a specific ship design to the industry