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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

NOAA Hiialakai: Photo courtesy of NOAA

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


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


MER, Meridian Announce Strategic Partnership

Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC (MER) and Meridian Ocean Services, LLC (Meridian) have entered into a strategic partnership agreement, the companies announced Monday.   The agreement will see the companies cooperatively focus on the delivery of underwater inspection and imaging services, in an enhanced and integrated format, to a targeted base of infrastructure, marine, industrial and environmental clients throughout the U.S.   


Eastern Delivers MPFSV to Harvey Gulf

Harvey Stone (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has delivered the M/V Harvey Stone on August 29, 2016 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans.   The Harvey Stone, Eastern Hull 234, is a Rampage 6400 Multi-Purpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV), designed by Robert Allan, LTD (RAL) of Vancouver, B.C.   Eastern is also completing the Harvey Sub-Sea and the Harvey Blue-Sea, two MPSVs under construction at Eastern, from a design provided by VARD Marine


NOAA Releases Final Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 NOAA has released its final Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap, which will guide the agency in more effectively and comprehensively managing ocean noise effects on marine life during the next decade.   Sound is critical for the survival of many marine animals


FMC Collects $338,000 In Penalty Payments

Photo: FMC

Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $338,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with one vessel-operating common carrier and six ocean transportation intermediaries (both


Boom at Port Everglades Continues

Port Everglades Exceeds One Million TEU Mark for Third Consecutive Year Photo Everglades  Port

Broward County's Port Everglades exceeded one-million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units, the industry's standard container measurement), for the third consecutive year, reporting a total of almost 1.04 million TEUs and maintaining its status as Florida's number one container port


MPFSV Harvey Stone Delivered to Harvey Gulf

Image: Robert Allan Ltd.

The Harvey Stone is a Multi-Purpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) that will serve as a dedicated field support vessel for the Shell Stones FPSO offshore terminal. Her primary duties will be to operate as the dedicated pull-back tug, in support of, and assisting the berthing


Panama Canal Expansion Could Shift US Container Traffic

Photo: SCPA

Following the Panama Canal expansion in 2016, up to 10 percent of container traffic to the U.S. from East Asia could shift from West Coast ports to East Coast ports by 2020, according to new research conducted by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and C.H. Robinson


Port Lafito Officially Opens

Image by GB Group

 GB Group, a diversified group of industrial and trading companies, has announced that Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti, is open and operational.   Port Lafito in Haiti officially opened on 2 July in a ceremony attended by the country’s president among


Haiti’s Port Lafito Officially Opens

Haiti’s first Panamax Port Positioned to Benefit National Economy

  GB Group inaugurated their Port Lafito, a world-class modern container port in Haiti. They informed that the port is now open and operational. Port Lafito is Haiti’s first Panamax Port with state of the art equipment and technology


Québec, Indiana Partner for Great Lakes Shipping

Photo: Ports of Indiana

Québec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie Christine St-Pierre and Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced that the Province of Québec and the State of Indiana will launch a new partnership to intensify their collaboration in Great Lakes/St


New ATB Tug Built for Kirby

M/V Nancy Peterkin (Photo: Nichols Boats)

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (Nichols Boats), located in Freeland, Wash., recently completed the M/V Nancy Peterkin, a 136’ x 44’ x 23’, 10,000 HP ATB Tug for Kirby Offshore Marine (Kirby), located in Houston, Texas.   


Living Shorelines Blunt Effects of Climate Change, Says NOAA

Aerial view of Pivers Island Living Shoreline, constructed from salt marsh plants and submerged oyster reef. The marsh was planted in 2000, and has successfully prevented erosion of the lawn behind the marsh. The NOAA Beaufort Lab buildings are behind the Living Shoreline. (Credit: NOAA)

 A recent NOAA study, published in the journal PLOS One, shows “living shorelines” — protected and stabilized shorelines using natural materials such as plants, sand, and rock — can help to keep carbon out of the atmosphere


Eastern, Harvey Gulf Launch MV Harvey Stone

MV Harvey Stone (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

 Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the M/V Harvey Stone (Hull 234) on December 18, 2015 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC of New Orleans. The Harvey Stone is a Rampage 6400 multipurpose field support vessel (MPFSV), designed by Robert Allan, LTD of Vancouver, B.C


FleetWeather Renamed Accuritas Global Solutions

Jess Hurwitz Accuritas Photo FleetWeather

FleetWeather Ocean Services, experts in business intelligence and analytics for the commercial shipping industry, today opened its doors under a new name and new brand: Accuritas Global Solutions…A business intelligence and analytics company.  


Cuba, US Sign Memorandum on Maritime Navigation

Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 Representatives of Cuba and the United States signed in Havana a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in areas of hydrography and geodesy to improve the safety of maritime navigation.   Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the Chief of Mission at the U.S


Eastern Launches MPSV for Harvey Gulf

Harvey Blue-Sea (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched M/V Harvey Blue-Sea (Hull 250) on April 29, 2016 for Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. of New Orleans, La. The Harvey Blue-Sea is the second of two 340’ Class Multi-Purpose Service Vessels (MPSV), designed by VARD Marine.  


Harvey Gulf ATB Earns ABS, USCG Approvals

(Image: HGIM)

Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM) announced it has received both ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) class functional approval and USCG (United States Coast Guard) design bases approval on a 4,000 cubic meter LNG articulating tug barge (ATB) construction drawing package; the design accounts






 
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