Coast Guard to conduct Operation Make Way on Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The Coast Guard is stressing the importance of the law requiring smaller vessels to stay out of the path of larger oncoming vessels by conducting Operation Make Way this fall fishing season. Operation Make Way is a joint recreational boater education and enforcement campaign designed to help boaters understand the need to give way and stay clear of commercial deep draft vessels on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.Rule 9 in the Navigational Rules of the Road requires recreational boaters to give way to larger vessels restricted in their ability to maneuver. Recreational fishermen, often caught up in the excitement of a day on the water, frequently neglect to give way to larger vessels in a timely manner. Waiting until the last second to move from the path of these larger vessels is illegal and highly dangerous. “Large congregations of boaters recklessly put themselves and their passengers at risk this time of year, waiting until deep draft vessels sound their warnings the second time before moving,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River commander and Captain of the Port. “These boaters are essentially playing chicken and pilots of larger vessels have expressed deep concern.”Commercial vessels such as tug and tows, deep draft vessels and passenger cruise vessels cannot maneuver quickly and must stay on course to remain in deep water
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) released its Mid-Season Cruise Ship and Ferry Report for 2002. The report covers 25 large vessels, 14 small vessels, and 5 ferries. Compliance with air quality standards by these vessels was very encouraging. ADEC remains concerned, though, that some large passenger vessels are discharging wastewater outside state waters so as to avoid state requirements. Wastewater problems were also noted with small passenger vessels.
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.
Construction work on the $20m Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard Co. (Asry) slipway project started yesterday. The contract for the project, to be completed by February 2008, was awarded to Ahmed Mansoor Al A'ali Company. The project, comprising two slipways, each with a dry berth length of 255 m, is designed to handle vessels of up to 15,000 dead weight (dwt). A company spokesman said this would enable Asry to free about 30 per cent capacity in its existing larger docks
The first of 10 Rigdon Marine vessels being launched at Bender Shipbuilding and Repair, Mobile, ALa. The Orleans is 210- by 54 ft. wide and features DP-2 navigation and has liquid mud holding capacities of much larger vessels. The Orleans in now in service and will be followed by Bourbon in May. All 10 yessels will be delivered by Summer 2005.
Suezmax tanker 'Stena Supreme' delivered to Sweden's Concordia Shipping by Samsung Heavy Industries of Geoje, South Korea The Stena Supreme is a crude oil tanker and with a length of 274 m, largest vessel in Concordia Maritime’s fleet. The vessel, represents an investment of around SEK 500 million, will be employed in the open market via the Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool. With the delivery, Concordia Maritime’s fleet consists of one crude oil tanker
The William E. Munson Company delivered its 150th Packman High Performance Landing Craft to Mike Hansen, of Kodiak, Alaska. Powered by a single Yamaha 225 hp outboard, the 24 ft. Packman has a top speed of 45 knots and a maximum load capacity of 3,000 lbs. Outfitting includes a standard 52 in. bow door with winch, console T-top , 100 gallon fuel system and Caulkins galvanized bunk trailer. Hansen purchased an 18 ft. Packman in 1995
Shannon Tugs, a 50/50 joint venture between Cory Towage and Marine Transport Services, has signed a three-year extension to its existing contract with Foynes Port Authority. The company has upgraded its tug fleet to accommodate larger vessels, which are expected to be calling at Foynes. Currently expanding its facilities, the Port of Foynes has just finished a $16.6 million extension to its main jetty, bringing the quay length to 886 ft. (270 m). An additional $3
Hydro Air, a South African company, is mulling the possibility of launching a sea-air service between Europe and Africa in the longer term. Hydro Air, will launch its first-ever cargo service and first Africa-European air service in the first week of November with a Boeing 747-200 freighter. Hydro Air cargo's commercial director Louis van Deventer said the company was considering the possibility of a sea-air service in the future
Austal USA is making progress with their latest project, the 192-ft. vehicle passenger ferry for Lake Express. The tunnel has been stood and all of the piping and electrical wiring within the tunnel has been installed. Ninety percent of the hull frames have been stood in preparation for fitting to the main deck. The wheelhouse module is 90 percent complete and plating has started. Prefabrication work on the ferry is also in its early stages.
SMSLLC to help leading tug and barge operator to prepare for new Towing Safety Management Regulation. Safety Management Systems LLC announced on April 18, 2013 that it has won a contract from American River Transportation Company (ARTCO) to assist the company to establish a Towing Safety
Bechtel launched a new research initiative to improve the safety of mooring large cargo ships off the coast of West Africa. The combination of heavy ocean swell, squalls and shallow coastlines can create unpredictable conditions which limit the number of dry bulkers that can be moored safely in
CWind wins contract for 6 CTruk 20T multi-purpose cats to provide crew & load transfer services at Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm. Cwind say that this is their largest vessel contract win, and the six workboats will arrive on site over the next two months as construction activity picks
Warsash Maritime Academy will welcome the eighth scaled ship model to its fleet in May 2013. It will be the first container ship to join the existing fleet at Southampton Solent University’s Ship Handling Center when it is officially launched at a special ceremony.
The European Union will co-finance with over €2.5 million from the TEN-T Program a project to improve the maritime infrastructure in Lake Mälaren in Sweden to increase the role of maritime transport in the area and foster intermodality and relieve congestion on road and rail.
Hercules Offshore executes a definitive agreement to acquire the liftboat 'Titan 2' from a subsidiary of KS Energy Ltd. The purchase price is $42 million in cash. The Titan 2 is a 280 foot class vessel, constructed in 2008, registered and flagged in Panama, and currently located in Limbe
The 2013 Great Lakes shipping season began on March 2 with the sailing of the tug/barge unit Prentiss Brown/St. Mary’s Conquest. The vessel, operated by Port City Marine Services, departed its winter lay-up berth in Milwaukee and sailed for Charlevoix, Michigan, where it loaded 9
Horizon Lines, Inc announce it will move its northeast terminal operations to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Elizabeth, New Jersey, effective April 11, 2013. After an extensive review of options and a detailed evaluation of other ports connecting the northeast to Puerto Rico
President of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, visits the construction site of the new locks in Colon province. The new locks, situated on the Atlantic side, were visited by Moreno, accompanied by IDB delegates, who are in Panama to participate in the Fifty-Fourth Annual
$1.52 million investment will create 88 direct jobs and result in 134 indirect jobs Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Metal Shark Boats President Chris Allard announced the company will make a $1.52 million capital investment to expand its Jeanerette shipyard in support of military
The market continues to struggle, and Drewry's latest Tanker Insight report saw the Drewry Tanker Earnings Index suffer a further decline in February. Weak demand hammered freight rates on major routes, especially for the larger vessel segments
West Coast Shipyard banks on the old adage, “if we build it, they will come.” In a climate of both seemingly fat backlogs and at the same time uncertainty for domestic shipyards, Vigor Industrial is one company that continues to make news in the shipbuilding and repair merger and
The U.S. Geological Survey awarded a contract for the construction of a large research vessel for Lakes Huron, Michigan, and Superior to Burger Boat Company of Manitowoc, Wis. The vessel will replace the 38-year-old Grayling, bringing the USGS Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) large vessel
San Francisco Bay area-based Moose Boats recently delivered a new M1-46 Catamaran Dive Boat to Los Angeles Police Department. At 46 feet in length, the M1-46 is the largest vessel of the Moose Boats fleet to date. The M1-46 all aluminum catamaran, with a maximum speed of 38 knots
The Wilson Sons Group is set to inaugurate the second Wilson Sons Shipyards unit in Guarujá (Brazil) next Thursday, April 18th. As a result of a $60 million (USD) investment, the shipyard, which builds tugboats and offshore support vessels