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Chinese Govt. to Take Over Private Firms

The Chinese government will take over from private companies the pilot ships on certain waterways, Xihua reported. New pilot stations will be set up under local port authorities. On some waterways, a local pilot will board a ship to guide it to its berth. Piloting a foreign vessel represents also an act of state sovereignty and most governments in the world take it very seriously. In China, there are 35 pilot stations, 15 of which belong to large port companies. (Source: Xinhua)


Pilot Boats: Long Beach Pilots Go Far Out With New Boat

Jacobsen Pilot Service Inc., Long Beach Calif. Received a new 54-ft. (16.4-m) welded aluminum pilot boat from Hike Metal Products Ltd. in Wheatley, Ontario, Canada this past July. Hike Metal was approached in the early summer of 2002 after Jacobsen Pilots services owner Tom Jacobsen had conducted a thorough review of the market and read an article about a new Pilot Boat Hike had just built and delivered to Atlantic Canada


New Gladding-Hearn Order from Maryland Pilots

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, has received a new pilot boat order from the Maryland pilots.  Delivery of the new 53-ft in 2010, will mark the shipyard’s eleventh Chesapeake Class pilot boat since it was introduced in 2002. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt & Associates, the new all-aluminum pilot boat measures 52.5-ft overall, with a 16.6-ft beam and 4.7-ft draft, and will have a top speed of 25 knots


Wave Piercing Pilot Boats Built with DIAB Material Delivered

Photo courtesy of Hart Marine

Imagine having to bring a 100,000 tons ship into port in rough weather and heavy seas, navigating through a narrow, rocky passage bordered by dangerous reefs. Port Phillip Bay, which forms the entrance to the Port of Melbourne, is a place that one can love one day and really hate the next. Its treacherous waters are amongst the most dangerous in the world, and more than 700 vessels have met their end at the entry and within the bay.


New NPK Pilot Plant Up & Running

NPK pilot plant

  A new NPK pilot plant at the Innovation and R&D Center in Porsgrunn has been successfully in operation since this spring. Yara’s Innovation and R&D department has been quite busy lately. In an effort to continuously improve Yara’s operations and processes, Yara’s research center in Porsgrunn, Norway, has successfully initiated a new NPK pilot plant. It’s designed to improve operations significantly while providing more flexibility.


Texas Pilots Order Vessel from Gladding-Hearn

Sabine  Pilots in Port Arthur, Texas has ordered a new pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. The pilots’ first launch, built by the Mass.-based shipyard, is scheduled for delivery in late 2015. With a deep-V hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the all-aluminum Chesapeake class pilot boat measures 53.6 feet overall, with a 17.8-foot beam and a 4.8-foot draft. The launch will be powered by twin Caterpillar C-18s diesels


Ingram Lines Completes Standardization

Ingram Barge Lines operates one of the largest towboat fleets on the U.S. inland waters, with 70 towboats ranging from 600 to 9,200 hp and over 1,800 barges. The company operates on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, Kanawha, Illinois and the Monongahela Rivers as well as the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Under the direction of David O'Neill, Assistant Vice-President of operations based in Paducah Kentucky


Marco Shipyard: Rolling With The Changes

Over their lifetime, fishing vessels are arguably the most robustly constructed maritime structures around, due to their continuous operation in the most arduous of conditions. Marco Shipyard in Seattle — founded in 1953 — built its business and reputation in the fishing industry, producing boats for operation around the globe. In fact, Peter G. Schmidt, company founder and president, was an innovator in the use of steel construction for the fishing vessel market


Mariner’s Claim Dismissed

In an unpublished decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a claim filed by a mariner against various pilot boards based on the statute of limitations and failure to meet the age restriction. In the instant case, plaintiff mariner, who is an African-American, tried for a number of years to be accepted by the Crescent River Port Pilots Association and the Board of River Port Pilots Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans as an apprentice pilot


TNPA South Africa Orders From Damen Shipyards

Pilot Cutter 2706

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in South Africa has ordered a Pilot Cutter 2706 and its fifth Stan Tug 2006 with Damen Shipyards Cape Town for operations in the expanding Port of Saldanha (South Africa).   Both vessels have been specifically designed for the South African market. The Pilot Cutter 2706 will be delivered in May 2013 and the tug in March 2013. TNPA already operates four Damen Stan Tugs in South Africa


DOF Subsea to Launch AUV Service

Sean Halpin (Photo: DOF Subsea)

Integrated subsea services provider DOF Subsea will stage the European launch of a new addition to its suite of services next week.   During the Ocean Business event at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, U.K. from April 14-16, the company will showcase its newest service


MCPON Launches eSailor Initiative at RTC

Master Chief Petty Officer, Mike Stevens hands recruits the first issuance of mobile devices during the launch of eSailor at Recruit Training Command. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin L. Carey

  The Navy's top enlisted Sailor, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike D. Stevens, was on hand to distribute the first electronic tablets (e-tablets) to the Navy's newest recruits at Recruit Training Command (RTC), April 7.


Thunderbolt: Eastern Delivers Innovative Towboat

Twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology combined. Image courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. introduced its new 120-ft., 4,200-hp Inland Towboat design, Thunderbolt, combining twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology for what the builder calls its “vision of the future for the U.S. inland waterways.”


B&G Debuts Wireless Pilot Control

Courtesy BG

  B&G, a leader in the manufacture of instruments and marine electronics for sailing, announced today the release of the compact Wireless Pilot Controller. Providing complete control to sailors, no matter where they are on the boat


Chinese Captain Fined for Entering Great Barrier Reef

The senior captain of a Chinese coal carrier was fined $8000 AUD ($6,252 USD) for sailing into a restricted section of Australia's Great Barrier Reef without a pilot, the Brisbane times reported today. Local magistrate Ian Cheetham said Chih-Ming Lu, captain of the 288-meter China Steel Developer


The Quest to Fund Inland Waterways

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Infrastructure Projects: Perhaps Not So Quixotic After All? Over the course of 2014, significant steps forward were taken in the quest to find additional sources of funding for inland waterways infrastructure projects. First came the long awaited and much-celebrated Water Resources


Containership Becomes Largest to Sail the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Photo: DP World)

The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the U.K.’s newest deep-sea port hub. The 399-meter-long, 60-meter-wide, 195,000-ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches and


Munkebo Maersk, Biggest Ship Ever to Sail on the Thames

Munkebo Maersk (Pic: London Gateway)

 The 18,300 TEU Triple E container ship Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway.   The 399 metre long Munkebo Maersk, which weighs in at 195,000 tonnes and is 60 metre wide is one of the largest container vessels


LTE Deployment Launched in the Gulf of Mexico

Industrial LTE wireless broadband services provider Infrastructure Networks, Inc. (INET) is deploying a pilot LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico.   INET said its pilot deployment will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of industrial LTE wireless broadband service and coverage when


JonRie’s New Assist Winch for Bisso Towboat

Photo: JonRie

JonRie informs its new Series 230 Assist Winch has been commissioned on the new Bisso Towboat ASD Becky S.   The new JonRie Series 230 Ship Assist Winch is a new version of the Series 230 winches line. The winch features JonRie’s independent drive level wind


Kongsberg Maritime Launches DP Training Course

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime has reported an increase in the number of delegates partaking in its training courses. From 2013 to 2014, delegates rose by 26%; there was also a 36% increase in courses delivered from its training center in Westhill, Aberdeen.


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.  


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


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


Mustang Marine Receives $5.3m Pilot Boat Order

Photo courtesy of Mustang Marine

Workboat and marine energy device builder Mustang Marine has won a $5.34m contract to construct three new pilot boats for the Port of Milford Haven.   The Pembroke Dock-based company is now looking to recruit new workers locally in a number of skilled positions to meet an increased demand






 
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