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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

Sweden to Launch MSW for Ship reporting

New routine for ship reporting from 1st October 2015

  On 1 October 2015 the Maritime Single Window (MSW) portal will be launched for reporting of information regarding entry at port. From that date reports that were previously made in SafeSeaNet Sweden (SSNS) will be made in the portal, and simultaneously the reporting system of Port of

Maersk to Install Inmarsat's Entertainment Service


  The leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that Maersk Tankers, the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest fleets of product tankers, has chosen to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its

Abu Dhabi Ports Achieve Pilot Certification

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

Khalifa Port and Zayed Port become first commercial ports in Middle East to achieve certification for marine pilots; Abu Dhabi Ports Marine Services gets I.S.P.O – International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations – certification for pilots at two ports   

Boskalis’ Fleet May Switch to Marine Biofuels

Bio-fuels today are not part of the marine fuel mix that operators and owners can choose from

  Boskalis today announced their collaboration with GoodFuels and Wärtsilä in a two-year pilot program to accelerate the development of truly sustainable, scalable and affordable marine bio-fuels. Bio-fuels today are not part of the marine fuel mix that operators and owners can

Hougen Debuts Redesigned Magnetic Drill

HMD904 Magnetic Drill (Photo: Hougen Manufacturing)

Hougen Manufacturing, Inc. has redesigned its HMD904 portable magnetic drill to include new improvements and features.   The newest innovation is the mag drill pilot light. The LED light is built into the base of the magnet and allows the operator to more efficiently and quickly line up the

Two Injured from Fire On Board USS Harry S Truman

Official U.S. Navy file photo of an FA-18E Hornet assigned to the Flying Eagles of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

  An F/A-18C "Hornet" from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, the "Gladiators," caught fire on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) last night while parked forward of the island during refueling

Kvichak Building 4th Response Boat for NYPD

Photo: John Fleck Photography

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Company, is currently constructing the fourth 44.5-foot Response Boat Medium – C (RB-M C) for the New York Police Department (NYPD) Harbor Unit.   The first three vessels were delivered in April 2010, August 2012 and April 2013

Emergency Response Guidebook Features DOT/PHMSA Updates

Image: Labelmaster

Essential Resource for Transportation or Handling Incidents Involving Hazardous Materials   Labelmaster offers the 2016 edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) – a must have for anyone who handles or transports dangerous goods (hazardous materials)

Coast Guard Responds to Delaware River Grounding

The Coast Guard is overseeing salvage efforts Tuesday for a motor vessel aground on the Delaware River. The 328-foot Netherlands-flagged motor vessel, Bermuda Islander, lost power and propulsion Monday at approximately 9 p.m. before running aground near Salem, New Jersey.

Three More Workboats for Jordan

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Sanmar Shipyards delivered three more vessels to the Aqaba Port Marine Services Company (APMSCO) for the Sheikh Subah Al Ahmad Al Subah LNG terminal at Aqaba, Jordan.  The overall contract comprises four 80-tonne bollard pull specially modified Terminal RAstar 2800 ASD tugs

Marad Celebrates Deployment of Maritime Fuel Cell Project

PEMFC unit replaces diesel generators, saving fuel cost and emissions.

  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today celebrated the launch of field trials for the first prototype hydrogen fuel cell unit to power onboard refrigerated containers.  MARAD, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S

Pilot Projects Chosen for Norway’s Green Shipping Program

The first pilot project, CargoFerry Plug-in Hybrid, aims to develop a cost-effective and profitable short-sea container ship that is powered by a plug-in hybrid LNG/battery propulsion system. (Image: DNV GL)

Five pilot projects have been cohsen to be pursued as part of Norway’s Green Coastal Shipping Program aiming to encourage research and implementation of green technology concepts in the country’s shipping sector.   The pilot projects

UKHO Plans Hundreds of Port Approach Guides

Photo: UKHO

China set to lead further growth of UKHO’s Port Approach Guide portfolio   The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) announced it continues to expand its Port Approach Guide portfolio, with coverage in Asia set to increase through the inclusion of ports in China.  

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Dennis Bryant

On June 23, 1995, the cruise ship Star Princess, carrying 1,568 passengers and 639 crew, grounded on charted and marked Poundstone Rock in the Lynn Canal of Alaska. Although there were no deaths or injuries, the ship’s bottom was ripped open. Repairs cost $21.16 million

IMO Launches Low-carbon Project: GloMEEP

Representatives from IMO, the lead pilot countries and Singapore at the GloMEEP launch (Photo: IMO)

The Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project (GloMEEP), which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping, was formally launched on Monday, September 28, in Singapore, at the IMO-Singapore Future-Ready Shipping 2015 conference

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