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Older Markey Equipment Doesn’t Fade Away ...

Gyrfalcon Windlass courtesy Nancy Everds.jpg

It Just Comes Home for New Life. The late W.C. “Bill” Markey, President of Markey Machinery for over 40 years (1948 to 1988) coined a simple phrase for the company’s design philosophy, “Built Hell For Stout”. As a result, an extraordinary number of Markey deck machines manufactured during that era (and after) are still in service today.   As a result, customers often contact Markey for service parts and/or complete overhaul of a winch that is over 50 years old. Much of the company’s older equipment is “cross-decked” (moved to a new vessel) after the vessel it was originally installed on is retired. Sometimes the original vessels find new life in a new role.   In 2012, Markey created an “Alumni” web page, featuring pictures, video, and short stories about “senior systems” that are still in service, or have returned to the factory for refurbishment. Since the company has maintained extensive records and all of the manufacturing drawings for this equipment, new owners are sometimes surprised at just how much history the company can provide on an old piece of deck gear. One such situation recently occurred when Nancy Everds and partner Peter Mann reached out to Markey regarding an anchor windlass on a wooden boat they are rebuilding as a future ocean-based home and yacht:  


Ocean Exploration Vessel Will Knock on Neptune's Door

Image courtesy of SeaOrbiter

A new ocean exploration vessel, 'SeaOrbiter' which the designer claims will provide permanent and continuous observation and research operations at the heart of the ocean is almost fully funded, ready to be built. Jacques Rougerie describes himself as a visionary architect who aims to deliver a new vision of underwater exploration with his SeaOrbiter, the culmination of over 30 years of research dedicated to bionic marine architecture and exploration of the undersea world


Marchand in Int’l Maritime Hall of Fame

The International Maritime Hall of Fame announced recently the Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Doug J. Marchand will be honored as one of its newest members on May 13, 2009, at the United Nations in New York City. The International Maritime Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 and recognizes maritime visionaries, who, through excellence in their company, organization, or services, best exemplify the qualities of futuristic thinking that will guide the maritime industry in


Scheldepoort Secures Order for Conversion of Drill Rig

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Scheldepoort Repair & Conversion Yard in Vlissingen has signed a contract for the conversion of jack up drill rig "GFS Labrador" into an accommodation rig. The project will commence when the rig arrives in Vlissingen at the end of June and will take approximately 4 months. Among other things the main scope of work is the removal of the complete drilling installation from the rig, such as the 80 meter drilling tower, the sliding piece, cement and mud tanks


Pollution Liability Underwriters WQIS, Make Appointments, Share Business Insights

WQIS has learned that even market leaders and pioneers need to stay dynamic and never get complacent. Shaking things up can break barriers for even the strongest organizations. By insuring some 35,000 vessels, across every major waterway in the US, WQIS says it has earned the backing of 16 of the largest insurance companies in the United States. For a company with these credentials, it would be easy to settle into a routine


"Disappointing Fourth Quarter" for Odfjell

Aratu (Photo: Odfjell)

Odfjell SE reported that fourth quarter shows EBITDA of $18 million, compared with $17 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Time-charter results are down 5% compared with last quarter due to lower volume shipped. Impairment of net $76 million recognized related to Odfjell Terminals (Rotterdam) (OTR). Activities slowed somewhat during the fourth quarter, Odfjell said, and combined with significant delays, scheduling constraints and ensuing cancellations


Teekay Shipping: Staying One Step Ahead

Events of the past two years -- headlined by the Asian financial crisis, supported by falling oil demand and punctuated by OPEC's production cutbacks to buoy per barrel pricing -- have conspired to throw and keep the tanker market into a historical abyss. In an industry renowned for its ups and downs, this was a "down" for the record books. Consequences of poor rates for the transport of oil products have and will be debated for years, but relying on the cliché, "if it doesn't kill you


Supplemental Defense Bill Cleared for House Action

The House Appropriations Committee moved forward with the Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 supplemental defense appropriations bill yesterday afternoon, reporting a $29.7 billion package out of committee by voice vote and sending it to the House floor for a possible vote next week. Although the committee worked its way through controversial amendments to produce a bill that would be acceptable to the president, conservatives in the House remain upset that that the supplemental appropriates more funding


M/Y Islander’s Transformation

Image courtesy Kirilloff & Associates

In the early evening hours twenty years ago in a shipyard in Brisbane, Australia the sleek hull of the 192 foot motor sailing yacht The Other Woman effortlessly slid down the launch ways into the Brisbane River. The Owner, Ed Cantor, told his guests as he watched his "Other Woman" hit the water "she looks so beautiful without the masts, do we really have to put them on?”. The evening and festivities went on with the question looming


Viking to Upgrade, Service Topaz Life Rafts

Caspian Protector

Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel (OSV) company, and marine and fire safety equipment company VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has jointly announced the signing of a multimillion dollar, 10-year life-raft servicing agreement. Under the terms of the contract, Viking will upgrade all of Topaz’s current life rafts and manage the ongoing servicing and certification of Topaz’s life raft fleet. “This agreement significantly enhances our ability to operate safely


Fleet Week Kicks off in New York

A USNA Yard Patrol Craft passes the Statue of Liberty as part of the parade of ships, kicking off Fleet Week New York 2015. (Photo courtesy nyonair.com)

Three U.S. Navy ships, two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters, and four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats have arrived in the New York Harbor to participate in the 2015 Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships.   Participating ships include the amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio


Damen to Refit RNLN Torpedo Ship

Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has won the contract for the life-prolonging maintenance and refit project of the Royal Netherlands Navy torpedo ship Zr Ms Mercuur. The ship, originally built at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in 1987, will be refit to make her suitable for a range of new


2 Americans Rescued North of Cuba

Two Americans rescued

  A Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter crew rescued two American sailors whose vessel ran aground approximately 25 miles north of Gibara, Cuba, Friday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center were first notified of the emergency Friday morning when a distress signal from


Rising from the Ashes

Dennis Bryant

The federal government is now taking steps to reverse its 2010 decision to terminate the nation’s LORAN program. The LORAN program was initiated during World War II, when US and Allied forces fighting in the Pacific Theater needed a good means of navigation in that vast ocean


Seafarers Content with Life at Sea - BIMCO/ICS Report

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  A new survey being carried out as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 is directly engaging seafarers in order to understand their views on life at sea and outlook for the industry’s manpower in the years ahead. Preliminary results of the new survey indicate that the majority


Most Seafarers are Content at Sea -Survey

Photo: Alex Sergienko

BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015: preliminary results of new seafarer survey shows majority are content with life at sea   A new survey being carried out as part of the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report 2015 is directly engaging seafarers in order to understand their views on life at sea and outlook


Patrol Boat Rio Belelle Launched

Photo courtesy of Gondan Shipyard

The first of the two Patrol Boats built for the Spanish Guardia Civil was launched at Gondan Shipyard’s facilities in Ribadeo. The contract was signed last summer. With an overall length of 20.5 m and a beam of 5.0 m, these boats have been built in Aluminum and Fiber (GRP) in


UN Cautiously Optimistic with EU Migrant Plan

The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday the European Union's plan to triple its naval search mission in the Mediterranean for migrants was an "important first step towards collective European action." In a statement issued in Geneva


Salt, Potash Terminal at Barcelona Port

The Barcelona Port terminal, involving a total investment of € 69 million, will enable worldwide exports of potash

The ICL Group's Phoenix Plan is breathing new life into the centuries-old salt and potash mines located in the Bages district of central Catalonia. The project covers various fields, such as building a potash and a vacuum salt plant, new rail accesses and a specialised terminal at the Port of


Canada Announces Funding for Commercial Fishing Safety

Canada launches new Commercial Fishing Safety component of Boating Safety Contribution Program   Canada’s Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt, joined by Members of Parliament from Atlantic Canada, announced a new Commercial Fishing Safety component of the Government of Canada's Boating


ABS’ Wiernicki Addresses Maine Maritime Academy Graduates

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS chairman, president and CEO delivers commencement address at Maine Maritime Academy, receives honorary Doctor of Science degree, speaks at dedication ceremony for ABS campus building   Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of ABS, addressed graduating students


At Greek port, Migrants Try for Italy

Rapper Mahdi Babika Mohamed's journey to a better life in Europe started in his native Sudan and passed through Libya and Turkey before abruptly ending in a squalid abandoned factory at Greece's western port of Patras. There, the 37-year-old is one of hundreds of migrants making desperate


Universal LNG, Sembcorp Marine Pact for West Africa LNG Development

Image: Offshore Engineering by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd

 Universal LNG Holdings has launched West Africa LNG Development, a ground-breaking solution partnership between Universal LNG Holdings and Sembcorp Marine Group Company.   With Sembcorp Marine's wholly owned subsidiary Jurong Shipyard participation


Marlink VSAT to Connect MV Brazen

MV Brazen (Photo: UASC)

The world’s first 18,800 TEU LNG-ready ultra-large containership, M.V. Barzan, was recently named at a ceremony in South Korea. MV Barzan is one of 17 (11 x 15,000 TEU and 6 x 18,800 TEU) advanced new containerships built by Hyundai Heavy Industries for United Arab Shipping Company (UASC)


Five Fishermen Rescued After Vessel Sinks

Five fishermen men were rescued from a life raft overnight after their fishing vessel Kairos sank 75 miles west of the Isles of Scilly.   UK Coastguard received two distress calls just after 23:45 yesterday, including an EPRIB from the Kairos that gave a GPS location for the vessel.






 
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