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North Florida Shipyards Awarded MarAd Contract

American Overseas Marine Corporation (AMSEA), on behalf of MarAd, has granted North Florida Shipyards (Jacksonville), a contract to modify deck spaces of M/V Cape Wrath. With work encompassing the removal of six movable decks, and one fixed deck, three new fixed decks will be fabricated by the yard's affiliate - North Florida Shipbuilding - and installed in the cargo spaces. Additional modifications will be performed on fire stations, vent systems, lighting and hydraulic systems to serve the new deck areas.

Awarded: $17.1m in U.S. Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration today announced $17.1 million in grants to 14 small shipyards in 10 states.  The grants are part of the Assistance to Small Shipyards program. “Small shipyards are vitally important for the health of the maritime industry, and for the nation’s economy,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The purpose of the grants is to make capital and infrastructure improvements that facilitate the

Tobin to Head Security Business Development at Thales

Thales North America has announced that Frank T. Tobin Jr., formerly Senior Vice President of Spectrum Solutions Group, has joined the company’s Business Development team in the newly created position of Vice President, Homeland Security. “Frank’s extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the homeland security and defense marketplaces make him an obvious choice for Thales as we step up our efforts to promote our extensive catalog of homeland security, IT, aerospace and defense products

New Service - Port Everglades to Amazon


Bringer Lines, a Miami-based air and ocean shipping company, is beginning a new service from Port Everglades to the Amazon region of Brazil with Japanese cargo shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd , better known as “K” Line. “The Broward County Commission has long recognized the trade opportunities created by having an oceangoing shipping service to Brazil as Florida’s leading trade partner

Portsmouth-Based Cutter Returns from Patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returns home Saturday, June 7 at 1 p.m. from a 61-day patrol in support of maritime homeland security, counter-drug operations and alien migrant interdiction in the Florida Straits and Caribbean Sea. At the opening of Operation Iraqi Freedom and with the national threat level at orange, Harriet Lane was ordered to patrol the Florida Straits and positively identify shipping traffic approaching the southern U.S. through the well-traveled old Bahama channel

Cigar Boat Ablaze in Florida Keys

Six people were rescued by a good Samaritan following a boat fire aboard a boat southwest of Islamorada, Florida Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. No injuries have been recorded. A good Samaritan notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Islamorada of a fire aboard an approximately 40-foot cigar boat roughly five miles north of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida at approximately 2 p.m. The good Samaritan then rescued the six individuals from the burning vessel.

Calypso LNG Deepwater Port Application Deemed Complete By Coast Guard

Suez Energy North America's subsidiary, Calypso LNG, LLC has received a letter from the United States Coast Guard deeming complete Calypso's application for a Deepwater Port License. A Notice of Application will be published in the Federal Register which will start a statutory review period for approval of a license to build and operate Calypso's proposed offshore liquefied natural gas facility. On March 1, 2006, Calypso filed a Deepwater Port License Application with the U.S

Royal Caribbean Is Granted Extension on Two Ship Option

Royal Caribbean is pushing back to late June final decisions on building two new 2,100-passenger ships costing about $500 million each. The move by Royal Caribbean, which is based in Miami and has a 19-ship fleet, comes amid a dramatic expansion of cruise ship fleets. The industry last year added 11 percent to passenger capacity and is scheduled to add 55 ships over the next four years. Royal Caribbean announced on Tuesday that the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany

Calypso Withdraws Deepwater Application

On February 25, 2009, Calypso LNG, LLC informed the Maritime Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard it will cease all license processing work on the Calypso Deepwater Port LNG project, fully withdrawing its application from consideration at this time.  As such, Calypso will not pursue the necessary approvals from the Maritime Administration or the state to license their proposed energy receiving facility off the coast of Florida.

CaroTrans Adds New Asia-US Service


CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announced a new all-water LCL (less than container-load) import service from Shanghai to Atlanta via the Port of Savannah.  It is a 32-day transit.  Freight is deconsolidation at CaroTrans’ Atlanta CFS (container freight station) for timely cargo availability.  Expedited distribution services are available to Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.

Cargo Ship Missing in Hurricane Joaquin

Image: NOAA

The fate of more than 30 crew aboard a cargo ship that ran afoul of Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas was unknown on Friday as the powerful storm battered the island chain for a second day. News of the missing vessel came as forecasters shifted the likely track of the powerful storm further

SC Line Begins Service to Cuba from Port Everglades

Image: SC Line

 Shipping company SC Line has started up service between Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Cuba, reports Sun Sentinel.   The cargo and cruise vessels no longer require a special license to ply between US and Cuba.   SC Line can serve the Cuban seaports of Mariel and Santiago

PortMiami Dredging Clears Way for Mega Ships

Dredger in PortMiami (Photo: Port Miami)

PortMiami Deep Dredge gives businesses the infrastructure necessary for growth The completion of the PortMiami deep dredge project, which deepens the port’s main harbor channel from 42 feet to a depth of 52 feet to accommodate Post-Panamax ships

Spotlight: Cyber Risk Management


An increasing number of systems on ships and at marine facilities depend on cyber technologies for routine operations. While cyber technology has improved efficiencies in the marine industry and around the world, it has also created potential vulnerabilities.

USCG Offload Drugs worth $ 11 mln

USCG Offloading Drug consignment

Crewmembers of Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Florida, offloaded 254 kilograms of cocaine and 3,662 pounds of marijuana interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation  Martillo worth an estimated wholesale value of $11.8 million, at Base Miami Beach, Friday.

NYK to Launch Car Carrier Service from Canaveral

NYK will begin car carrier transport service from Port Canaveral to Central and South Americas, starting October 10, 2015. The first vessel will be the MV Neptune Leader V 65.   “With the relatively short trucking distance between Port Canaveral and the numerous auto and heavy

LNG-fueled Box Ship a 'Momentous Step Forward'

Perla del Caribe, the second of two LNG-fueled Marlin Class ships built by General Dynamics NASSCO for Tote, was launched at NASSCO’s yard in San Diego. (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the world’s first series of energy efficient containerships welcomed its second LNG-powered vessel in San Diego, fueling the U.S. maritime industry with cutting edge economic and environmental efficiencies powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

USCG Reopens Key West Ports After Erika Dissipates

This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch, tropical storm warning and tropical storm watch

  Effective 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, Coast Guard Captain of the Port, reopened Key West, Florida, ports, terminals and facilities due to Tropical Storm Erika dissipating. All port facilities in South Florida may resume normal operations

Tropical Storm Erika Heads for Florida

Image: U.S. National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.  

USCG Plans to Up Passenger Boat Enforcement

U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard to step up enforcement of passenger boats along Florida’s coast, reminds passengers to “Ask the Captain”   The U.S. Coast Guard and partner agencies are stepping up enforcement of illegally operated passenger boats in the waters along Florida’s coast

US Coast Guard Repatriates 65 Cuban Migrants

Sixty-five Cuban migrants aboard the Coast Guard Cutters William Trump and Raymond Evans were repatriated to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba over the last five days.   The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Trump repatriated seven Cuban migrants Tuesday

Treasure Hunters Find $4.5 mln in Rare Spanish Coins

Photo: 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC

Florida treasure hunters found a trove of $4.5 million worth of Spanish gold coins 300 years to the day after a fleet of ships sunk in a hurricane while en route from Havana to Spain, the salvage owner said Wednesday.   The 350 coins found on July 30 include nine rare pieces

EMS Hires National Sales Manager

Ron Monnell (Photo: EMS)

Electronic Marine Systems Inc. (EMS) has appointed Ron Monnell as National Sales Manager.   Monnell joins EMS with more than 35 years of marine sales experience in the commercial and military sectors of the U.S. marine industry.  

Russian Arctic Scientists to be Evacuated

The icebreaker “Kapitan Dranitsyn” left Murmansk on August 4th to pick up equipment and personnel from the floating research station “North Pole-2015”

  An icebreaker sailed from Murmansk yesterday to pick up 17 scientists after four months on an ice floe near the North Pole. The icebreaker “Kapitan Dranitsyn” left Murmansk on August 4th to pick up equipment and personnel from the floating research station “North

Pearl Seas Cruises Adds Voyages to Cuba

Pearl Mist (Photo: Pearl Seas Cruises)

Pearl Seas Cruises plans to launch a series of “cultural voyages” from the United States to Cuba beginning in the spring of 2016, the cruise line announced today.   Offering 7- to 10-night voyages aboard the line’s newest vessel, the 210-passenger luxury ship Pearl Mist

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