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Ocean Services Completes DP2 Conversion

Photo courtesy Stabbert Maritime

Ocean Services, a member of the Stabbert Maritime Group of Companies has recently completed the 278.8 ft by 59 ft DPII deep-sea construction vessel, Ocean Carrier.  Built as a multi functional platform, the Ocean Carrier is a valuable asset to the offshore construction industry and went directly on contract upon completion of the refit.   The shipyard division of Stabbert Maritime, Stabbert Yacht & Ship, was contracted to assist in the refit and DP upgrades with Ocean Services managing the project oversight. Vice President of Commercial Operations, Neal Forde, said, “the Ocean Carrier is a landmark for Ocean Services as well as for the men and women of the Pacific Northwest and Stabbert Yacht & Ship.   To my knowledge no other Seattle facility has undertaken a DPII installation and retrofit of a vessel of this scope”.  Time for conversion was 12 months and involved a 100 person crew working around the clock.   The Ocean Carrier’s DP conversion and refit process was an all-encompassing, technically intensive project where every system onboard was rebuilt or replaced. Primary characteristics of the Ocean Carrier include open deck space of 2,788.7 sq ft, a 12 by 12 moon pool, total horsepower in excess of 12,000 for running propulsion, dynamic positioning system and deep-sea construction equipment, and accommodations for over 50 personnel


Raytheon Wins NOAA Contract

Raytheon Company's Intelligence and Information Systems business has been awarded a six-month, competitive contract by the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Ocean Service to develop a conceptual design, life-cycle cost estimate and viability narrative for the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is a significant component of the emerging Global Earth Observation


Matson Decreases Fuel Surcharge by One Percentage Point

As a result of recent declines in bunker fuel prices, Matson Navigation Company will lower its fuel surcharge in its Hawaii, Guam/CNMI and Micronesia services by one percentage point, from 19.75 percent to 18.75 percent, effective November 5, 2006. "Bunker fuel prices continue to decrease, allowing us to make this second consecutive reduction to our fuel surcharge," said Dave Hoppes, senior vice president, ocean services


ABF Expands Supply Chain Service to Europe & Turkey

Continuing its strategic expansion abroad, ABF Global Supply Chain Services is now serving Europe and Turkey with ocean transport. The company provides a single contact for full-container-load (FCL) and expedited less-than-container-load (LCL) supply chain solutions. Previously, ABF introduced ocean service for countries throughout Asia, including India. ABF GSCS now operates with offices in Turkey, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium


Advanced Subsea

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At the Cutting Edge of Deepwater Studies for the O&G industry in Brazil   For more than 35 years, Advanced Subsea (AS) has been deeply involved in marine technological innovation. Through steady research and partnerships with research institutes in France and Brazil, Advanced Subsea has been developing new tools, procedures and methods for monitoring oceanographic and meteorological parameters. AS is an independent French company specialized in deep water subsea construction support


U.S. National Ocean Service 2014 Budget Request

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The FY 2014 President's Budget Request for the National Ocean Service (NOS) amounts to $529.2M. The National Ocean Service (NOS) observes, measures, assesses and manages coastal, ocean and Great Lakes areas and provides science-based services to inform decision making, thereby positioning America's coastal communities, economies and ecosystems for the future. This budget request represents a critical step toward reestablishing balance across investments in NOAA's missions


Petrobras Shuts Down 13 Rigs For Leak Check

Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras halted output at 13 offshore rigs on Thursday in the Campos basin to check for leaks after an oil slick appeared on the ocean surface in the area. The stoppage results in output losses of 135,000 barrels of oil and 830,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day, or nearly 10 percent of Petrobras' daily output. "There is no production there now. When it will be resumed depends on when we find the leak," said a Petrobras spokesman


MacAndrews Upgrades Indian Ocean Service

MacAndrews has upgraded the existing tonnage on its Swahili Express Service, which provides a regular container service between the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East/Gulf and East Africa, with a new vessel. The new ship, MacAndrews SWALA, is 1100 teu capacity and is one of two vessels in the service which has a nine-day sailing frequency and calls at Khor Fakkan, Karachi, Nhava Sheva, Jebel Ali, Dar es Salaam and Mombasa with a 28-day round voyage time


Matson Raises Fuel Surcharge

Last week, due to dramatic increases in fuel prices, Matson Navigation Company, Inc. (Matson) announced that it is raising its fuel surcharge from 6.5 to 7.5 percent in its Hawaii and Guam services effective September 15, 2003. "As anyone who drives a car is well aware, fuel prices have been rising steadily in recent months," said Dave Hoppes, vice president, ocean services. "For transportation companies, the costs are especially significant. Matson burns approximately 1


Horizon Lines 15-Day Transit Time for Cargo

Horizon Lines (NYSE:HRZ) announced it has instituted a 15-day transit schedule for containerized cargo shipped from Shanghai to Kansas City with its new International service.  The company launched the Five-Star Express (FSX) trans-Pacific ocean service between China and the United States in December, and selected Kansas City as a key hub for its express ocean-rail intermodal package. "Our goal is to offer the fastest weekly deliveries by using scheduled intermodal rail service


Moran Iron Works Awarded Barge Building Contract

Moran Iron Works (MIW) was recently awarded a contract to build two ocean going deck barges for Durocher Marine, a division of Kokosing Construction Co., based in Cheboygan, Michigan. The two deck barges will be 180’ X 54’ X 12’ with 2,500 lb/ft2 deck strength and 2


Cobbett Hill Earth Station Boosts Maritime Broadband Services

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  VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that UK-based independent teleport operator Cobbett Hill Earth Station is upgrading the network of its maritime services unit, ION (International Ocean Services) to the iDirect


Eastern Launches Another Hornbeck Vessel

Eastern Shipbuilding launched HOS Black Watch for Hornbeck Offshore Services (Photo courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the HOS Black Watch (Hull 208) on Friday June 6, 2014 for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The HOS Black Watch is Eastern’s fourth vessel in Hornbeck Offshore’s HOSMAX 310 class series.


US Hearing to Review Arctic Policy

Photo: Kitty Mecklenburg, RUSALCA

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, chaired by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), will hold a hearing next week to review U.S. policy in the Arctic and how the agencies with the largest presence in the Arctic intend to implement such policy.


XPRIZE Opens Registration for $2M Ocean Health Competition

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XPRIZE announced that team registration is open for the $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a competition to incentivize breakthroughs in ocean pH sensor technology that will radically transform our understanding of ocean acidification


WWL Extends Service to South Africa & Australia

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has started the year by introducing a new service departing Santander, Spain twice a month for South Africa and on to Australia. The enhanced product which includes additional capacity and extended port coverage reflects WWL’s ongoing work to extend its


NOAA Nautical Charts Now Permanently Free

NOAA’s newest addition to the nautical charting portfolio is the new Portable Document Format (PDF) nautical chart, which provides up-to-date navigation information in this universally available file type. The image above is of the Gulf Coast - Key West to Mississippi River. (Credit: NOAA)

After a three-month trial period, PDF versions of NOAA nautical charts will become a permanent product, free to the public. The free PDFs, which are digital images of traditional nautical charts, are especially valued by recreational boaters who use them to plan sailing routes and fishing trips


Eastern Delivers PSV to Bravante

Photo courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V BRAVANTE VI (Hull 156) on Friday February 28, 2014 to Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE GROUP of Brazil. The BRAVANTE V (Hull 155), the first in the series, was delivered three months earlier and is currently on charter in Brazil.


AAPA Upcoming Spring Conference: Ex-Im Bank Chairman to Speak

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The American Association of Port Authoritiesred (AAPA) informs that Fred. P. Hochberg, chairman and president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, has agreed to serve as the luncheon presenter on Tuesday 25, March at its 2014 Spring Conference in Washington, D.C.


Crane Barge Delivered to Stevens Towing

Photo: The Shearer Group

Bos Smith, Vice President, Operations, with Stevens Towing Co., Inc., Yonges Island, S.C., announces the delivery of Ocean Ranger, a 200’ X 72’ X 14’ ABS-classed floating crane barge. Stevens Towing, operating Ocean Ranger under Charleston Heavy Lift


Eastern Launches another Hornbeck Offshore Vessel

Photo: Eastern Shipbuillding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launching of the HOS BLACK ROCK (Hull 207) on Friday March 28, 2014 for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. The HOS BLACK ROCK is Eastern’s third vessel in Hornbeck Offshore’s HOSMAX 310 class series


NOAA Offers a New Way to See Currents

HFRadar like this one shown off the entrance to San Francisco provides the data for NOAAs news ocean surface current product. (Image credit: With permission from San Francisco State University.)

A new NOAA National Ocean Service website will provide mariners near real-time coastal ocean surface current observations and tidal current predictions in coastal waters using high frequency (HF) radar, making marine navigation safer for mariners and commercial shippers.


Second Berth Opens at DP World London Gateway

Berth 2 now fully operational as five new services start up at DP World London Gateway

G6 Shipping Alliance, Hamburg Sud and Hapag Lloyd, X-Press Feeders, Freightliner, DB Schenker, Maritime, Pentalver, & Prologis all announce new services at DP World London Gateway New shipping services are being announced as the second berth at DP World London Gateway opens for business


Chiquita Shipping Operations Return to New Orleans

Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange hands out Chiquita Bananas following the brands announcement to return its shipping operations to the Port of New Orleans . Pictured from left are Joe Accardo, Executive Director of the Ports Association of Louisiana, Port Commissioners Robert Barkerding, Jr. and Michael Kearney, and LaGrange.

Chiquita Brands represents Port of New Orleans’ biggest container shipping win with a project that will increase container volume by roughly 15 percent and create 270 to 350 new jobs in New Orleans Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Chiquita Brands International Inc


Eastern Shipbuilding Delivers BRAVANTE VII to GROUP

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  Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the on-time delivery of the M/V BRAVANTE VII (Hull 157) on Wednesday May 21, 2014 to Boldini S.A., BRAVANTE Group of Brazil three months after the delivery of BRAVANTE VI (Hull 156), the second in the series and which is  is






 
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