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WW II Liberty Ship Leak-free after 70 Years

The John W. Brown

Seventy years later and still leak-free: World War II Liberty Ship tests longevity of grooved piping systems To address the sudden need for supplies overseas during World War II, the United States government launched the Emergency Shipbuilding Program in 1941 that resulted in the construction of more than 5,700 cargo ships for the U.S. Maritime Commission. 2,710 of these vessels were of a design that became known as Liberty ships. These vessels were designed as economically and quickly built cargo steamers that formed the backbone of a massive sealift of troops, arms, materiel and ordnance to every theater of the war. Two-thirds of all cargo that left the U.S. during the war was shipped on Liberty ships. From beans to bullets and, in some cases, troops, each ship carried almost 9,000 tons of cargo. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the S.S. John W. Brown is one of two surviving fully operational Liberty ships preserved in the U.S. Launched at the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in Baltimore on September 7, 1942—Labor Day—the Brown was crewed by about 45 civilian merchant seamen, and its guns were manned by 41 Navy Armed Guard personnel assigned to the ship. The Brown was fitted out to carry troops as well as cargo. Around 500 soldiers at a time could be transported aboard the ship. The John W. Brown saw duty in many Mediterranean ports during invasions and steamed in convoys that were attacked by enemy aircraft and submarines, but it was never seriously damaged


This Day in Naval History – Dec. 2

1775 - Congress orders first officers commissions printed. 1908 - Rear Admiral William S. Cowles submits report, prepared by LT George C. Sweet, recommending purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation mission to Secretary of the Navy. 1941 - First Naval Armed Guard detachment (7 men under a coxswain) of World War II reports to Liberty ship, SS Dunboyne, 1944 - Two-day destroyer Battle of Ormoc Bay begins.


Hornblower Gets Statue of Liberty Contract

Hornblower Yachts will soon begin shuttling tourists to the Statue of Liberty, reports said. The National Park Service has chosen Hornblower Yachts, Inc. to run the ferry concession from lower Manhattan and New Jersey to Liberty and Ellis Island. For more than twenty years, the Statue of Liberty ferries have been run by Circle Line. Hornblower has won a ten-year ferry service concession, expected to begin in October


Oil Recovery from Submerged Ship Wreck

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur is continuing to coordinate response operations to recover oil from a submerged ship wreck 6 miles off Texas Point in the Gulf of Mexico, Friday, Sept. 25. The Coast Guard federal on scene coordinator authorized the opening of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund in order to determine and secure the source of an oil sheen.  Resolve Marine was contracted, and conducted a preliminary survey that identified a sunken vessel buried in 36 feet of


Liberty Maritime Changes Union Affiliation

MEBA accuses operator of creating labor dispute and delaying important cargoes. AMO enters into new collective bargaining agreement with Liberty.   On Monday, Liberty Maritime Corporation announced that it had entered into a new collective bargaining agreement with the American Maritime Officers (AMO) union under which the AMO will provide U.S. citizen licensed deck officers and engineers to Liberty Maritime for the operation of five U.S.-flag dry bulk carriers effective October 1, 2011


Fourth Series of Offshore Vessels Joins Bourbon Fleet

Bourbon 150 Series. Photo Credit: Bourbon

A year after taking delivery of its last Bourbon 200 vessel and first Bourbon Liberty 300 vessel, Bourbon has extended its range of services with the Bourbon Liberty 151, the first vessel in a series of 15 PSVs. The first Bourbon Liberty 150 series vessel will operate for Maersk Oil and Qatar. Bourbon has been investing in a range of next generation built-in-series vessels since 2008. By the end of 2014, the group will be able to provide clients with an unprecedented series of 111


Pirates Attack Second US Vessel

U.S. Naval Destroyer, USS Bainbridge

According to a BBC World News report, pirates used rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons to attack another US merchant ship off the coast of Somalia on April 15. The pirates damaged the Liberty Sun, which was carrying a cargo of food aid. The USS Bainbridge arrived some hours later, by which time the pirates had gone. (Source: BBC World News)


GAC USA Expansion continues

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GAC USA expansion continues with ground breaking of new Houston warehouse; Construction to start on LEED registered building in Central Green Business Park.   GAC, a provider of integrated services to the shipping, logistics and marine industry, has announced the official start of construction of its new office and warehouse building in Houston's Central Green Business Park.   GAC will consolidate its existing warehouses with the new LEED (Leader in Energy and Environment


The World's Most Expensive Jones Act Tanker

courtesy of VesselsValue.com

The series highlighting the world's most expensive active vessels from online ship intelligence and information service VesselsValue.com focuses this week on the most expensive tanker vessel, which is not a VLCC but a Jones Act aframax. The first-in-class double hull tanker Liberty Bay is an 820-foot, 115,000 dwt aframax tanker built this year by Aker Philadelphia and owned by Seariver Maritime. The tanker, which has an 800


CMA CGM Launches New TransAtlantic Service

Photo coutesy of CMA CGM

The CMA CGM Group announced that it will launch a new container shipping offering between North America and North Europe at the end of May 2015. The group will expand its existing transatlantic services with the launch of the NEW VESPUCCI service and the addition of a new port of call in Baltimore to its LIBERTY SOLO service. With these additions, the group’s combined North America and North Europe services will cover 15 ports of call.


Cruise Repair to Keep GBSL Busy in 2016

Allure of the Seas docked at the Grand Bahama Shipyard for repair work in 2014 (Photo: GBSL)

Repair yard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) is in store for a busy year, with 20 cruise vessels booked for repair, maintenance and overhaul work in 2016. The scope of projects includes propulsion and technical systems overhaul, accommodations and public space upgrades and the addition of


Anthem of the Seas to Port after Rough Night

Photograph: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

Multiple media outlets including CBS News report that Royal Caribbean's new cruise ship Anthem of the Seas was hit by a strong strom, reportedly resulting in no serious injuries but causing some damage to public areas and guest staterooms. The ship is reported enroute to port in Florida.  


Royal Caribbean Ship Thrashed by Storm Returns on Wednesday

Anthem of the Seas (File photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.)

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship forced to turn back early after being battered by an Atlantic storm was expected to return to its New Jersey port at 9 p.m. on Wednesday (0200 GMT Thursday), bringing with it 4,500 rattled guests and 1,600 crew, cruise line officials said.  


USCG to Inspect Storm-damaged Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas (File photo: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.)

The storm-damaged Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to return to New York Harbor Wednesday evening where it will be met by a team of inspectors from U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York. Once the vessel’s docked in New Jersey


Anthem of the Seas Officially Delivered to RCL

 Royal Caribbean’s 2nd Quantum Class cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, was officially delivered to the cruise line by Meyer Werft in a signing ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany.   Royal Caribbean Cruises chairman and CEO Richard Fain officially received the 16-deck-high vessel from


Austal Christens USNS Brunswick

USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) Christening - Lee Booterbaugh breaking bottle

  Austal celebrated the christening of USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) with a ceremony this morning at its shipyard in Mobile, Ala. USNS Brunswick is the sixth of 10 Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) that Austal has under contract with the U.S. Navy as part of an overall 10-ship block-buy contract


CMA-CGM to Call Port of Baltimore

International container shipping company CMA-CGM of France announced that it will begin service within the next couple of weeks to the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.   The Port of Baltimore has been added to CMA-CGM’s Liberty Solo service which also includes visits to ports


Crowley Vessels Receive AMVER Awards

Crowley Maritime Corp. announced that 65 of its vessels were recently recognized for participation in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) program, a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to


Carisbrooke Fleet Adds 8 General Cargo Ships

TIP Oslo (Photo: Carisbrooke Shipping)

Carisbrooke Shipping has added eight 8,000 dwt general cargo vessels to its commercially-managed fleet.   The vessels, TIP Oslo, TIP Copenhagen, TIP Helsinki, TIP Bremen, TIP Stockholm, TIP Leer, TIP Emden and Cremona, vessels were built between 2003 and 2005


Russians Explore Sunken USN Ship

Weapons and equipment from the American ship “Thomas Donaldson”

  Northern Fleet divers salvage weapons and equipment from the American ship “Thomas Donaldson”, which sank after a German submarine attack outside Murmansk in 1945. Divers from the Northern Fleet’s search and rescue department in 2014 started an operation to bring


MN 100: Blount Boats, Inc.

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The Company: Over time, the Blount shipyard has built 363 vessels, including such iconic designs as the 130-foot, 600-passenger Miss Liberty. Built in 1952, the vessel is believed to have carried more total passengers than any other vessel in the world


Thomas Miller Awards Robin Travis Scholarship

Tobias Rennekamp

  The UK P&I Club one of the leading shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers,  has awarded Tobias Rennekamp the  Robin Travis Scholar for 2015. Tobias will spend three months in the Thomas Miller London office and the offices of selected lawyers, surveyors


Engine Fire Leaves Cruise Passengers Stranded in the Caribbean

Carnival Liberty (Photo: Carnival Corp.)

About 4,500 passengers and crew were stranded in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a second day after an engine fire on board a cruise ship operated by Carnival Corp.   The company said on Tuesday that a team of experts, including representatives of the U.S


Liberty Chooses Ecochlor BWTS

Image: Ecochlor

The Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) has been selected for installation on board Liberty Maritime Corporation’s fleet of nine U.S. and foreign flagged ro/ro and bulk carrier vessels.   According to Ecochlor, Liberty’s quality management programs recognize the need


Navy's First T-AO 205 to be Named 'USNS John Lewis'

Courtesy DoD

  Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced today that the first ship of the next generation of fleet replenishment oilers (T-AO 205) will be named USNS John Lewis after the civil rights movement hero and current U.S. representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District.






 
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