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Welland Canal Opens for Business

Captain Brett Walker of the Algoma Central Corporation vessel Captain Henry Jackman was presented with the ceremonial top hat at Lock 3 this morning, when the Welland Canal officially opened for its 175th consecutive year of service. Dick Corfe, President and CEO of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, declared the Welland Canal officially open. He also unveiled the first billboard in a striking educational campaign to promote the many benefits to be derived from the increased use of the marine mode - reduced congestion, reduced air pollution and reduced highway maintenance costs. Starting this week, anyone who travels the Toronto - Windsor corridor by road will start to see these billboards along the 400-series of highways. He also announced a new operating draft of 26’6”, (an increase of three inches over last year) for all inland vessels and for ocean vessels equipped with bow thrusters. This will allow full size seaway vessels to carry an additional 300 T on each voyage, improving the efficiency and productivity of both the system and vessel fleets. At the ceremony, Mr. Corfe was joined by his U.S. counterpart Albert Jacquez, Ernie Parsons, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Transportation and MPP for Prince Edward-Hastings, Bruce Timms representing Regional Chair Peter Partington, Tim Rigby, Mayor of St. Catherines, and other elected officials


Siemens Opens Third Service Location

Siemens Industry, Inc. has announced that it has opened a third marine service location in Houma, La., devoted to servicing offshore supply vessels, ferries, cargo carriers and other ocean vessels. Similar to its sister marine service locations in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Seattle, Wash., the new Gulf Coast location will serve both on-call and service contract customers. The new Houma-based office will offer a myriad of repair and spare parts services for automation, drives, motors


Seaway Tonnage Rebounds in 2010

The St. Lawrence Seaway experienced a rebound in activity over the course of the 2010 navigation season, with a 15% increase in cargo volume yielding an estimated total of 35.5 million tonnes.  Shipments of iron ore posted a strong 35% gain over the level witnessed in 2009.  Grain likewise showed improvement, posting a 10% increase year over year.  Coupled with a 63% surge in general cargo, which consists principally of iron and steel break-bulk shipments and project cargo such


Viking Goes Blue Water

Chairman Torstein Hagen & Viking Star: Image credit Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Cruises launch Viking Ocean Cruises, the first new cruise line in nearly a decade. Developed from the ground up to return the focus of cruising to the destination, Viking Ocean Cruises will begin sailing in May 2015 with its first vessel—Viking Star—embarking on maiden voyages in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. The company says it  has aggressive expansion plans in both the ocean and river cruise categories


Schlumberger Offers New Satellite Teleports

Schlumberger, a global technology services company, announced today it has launched three new fully licensed and operational satellite Teleport facilities. These facilities in Houston, Macae (Brazil) and Singapore supplement the established Aberdeen Earth Station to provide complete global satellite coverage for the Schlumberger DeXa.Net global, secure connectivity offering. These facilities are strategically located to link VSAT (very small aperture terminal) services to offshore rigs


STP Coast Guard Utilizes Latest Technology

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Jason Morris, Africa Partnership Station Public Affairs The Sao Tome and Principe (STP) Coast Guard has installed and have received training to use the latest surface surveillance program, the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) here, Jan. 28. RMAC, a U.S. Navy inspired coastal surveillance program, utilizes Automatic Identification System and ground-based radars and sensors to provide the user situational


Advisory System to Automate Fuel Efficiency

ABB launches complete marine advisory and automation system to improve fuel efficiency. Integrated advanced software, electrical systems and Azipod® propulsion can help ship owners slash fuel consumption by up to 20%. Zurich, Switzerland, September 18, 2012 -- ABB, the leading power and automation technology group announced that it has introduced several new software applications for the marine market that will help all types of ocean vessels dramatically reduce their fuel consumption


St. Lawrence Seaway Closes

The St. Lawrence Seaway officially closed for the season on December 30, 2004, with the passage of the McKeil Marine integrated tug and barge, McCleary’s Spirit, through the St. Lambert Lock at 5:51 a.m. in the Montreal/Lake Ontario section. The Seaway opened its 46th shipping season on March 25 and remained open for 281 days in 2004. The Welland Canal section closed at 5:19 p.m. on December 31, with the transit of the Canada Steamship Lines vessel CSL Niagara.


CA Emissions Testing Guidelines for Ocean Vessels

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff has developed Recommended Emissions Testing Guidelines for Ocean-going Vessels (guidelines) to provide testing guidance in support of control equipment manufacturers, Port programs and regulatory requirements.   The guidelines are available on the Reports and Publications page at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/ogv/ogvreports.htm   Other information for marine vessel programs is available on their website: http://www.arb


Crowley Christens New Ocean Class Tugboat

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Crowley christens new ocean class, DP2 tugboat, Ocean Sun, in Louisiana As part of the company's new vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the latest of its four tugboats in the ocean class series, Ocean Sun, today in Lake Charles. The ceremony served to formally welcome the fourth dynamic positioning 2 (DP2) tugboat to the company’s expanded ocean towing fleet, which has been involved in most of the major offshore oil production installations in the U.S


Ocean Installer Enters Australian O&G Market

Normand Vision & Normand Mermaid.

Ocean Installer’s said that it has established office in Perth, Australia to meet demand for subsea construction services.  “This is the beginning of our presence in another promising region in line with Ocean Installer’s growth strategy


Virtual AIS Beacons Employed in MH370 Search

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Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products and virtual Aids to Navigation (ATON), announced that its Virtual AIS Beacons are employed in the search for lost Malaysian airliner MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The international search team is a closely coordinated effort between


WWII Wrecks Found 30 Miles off US Coast

The wreck of a World War Two German U-boat and a freighter that sank 72 years ago have been discovered off the North Carolina coast by U.S. researchers, officials said. The submarine, the U-576, and the Nicaraguan-flagged freighter Bluefields were found about 30 miles (48 km) off Cape Hatteras


Ocean Power Technologies to Deploy PB40 PowerBuoy Off New Jersey

The PB40 protoype powerbuoy undergoihng a final inspection

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., announced today that the PB40 PowerBuoy(R) fabricated for the WavePort Project has shipped from Santander, Spain to Bayonne, NJ with the intent to deploy off the coast of New Jersey in the first quarter of 2015


Ocean Rig, Petrobras Agree to $1.1b Drill Ships Lease

Cyprus-based Ocean Rig UDW Inc said on Monday that it signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, to extend a lease on two ultra-deepwater drilling ships. Petrobras, as the Brazilian oil company is known, will get the ships


NMRA Awards Scholarship to Yacht Design Students

Left to right: David Luff, Cindy Luff, 2014 NMRA scholarship recipient Noah Luff and Keith LaMarr of Macaroni Marketing

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) awarded two scholarships to students pursuing careers in the field. Noah Luff of Ventura, California is one of the recipients of the association's $500 scholarship. Keith LaMarr and Chris Martorana of Macaroni Marketing made the presentation


Ocean Training Launches Blended Learning Course

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Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (The STCW Convention) came into force in 2012. The “Manila Amendments - 2010” were adopted at a diplomatic conference at Manila, in the Philippines in 2010.


Autonomous Technology for Offshore Wind Farm

ASV Ltds C-Worker

  ASV Ltd in association with Planet Ocean Ltd, have received funding from the GROW:OffshoreWind initiative to investigate how the use of Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) could reduce the costs of offshore wind farm support. The project will look at using ASVs to reduce the cost of


Simushir Under Tow by Barbara Foss

Simushir Under Tow By Barbara Foss

  Foss Maritime's ocean-going tug, the Barbara Foss, is towing the Russian cargo vessel, Simushir, which lost power late Thursday night off the west coast of Haida Gwaii. The Barbara Foss is currently traveling at 5.5 knots and is expected to arrive at the Port of Prince Rupert


COWI NA Merges its Marine Companies

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Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. and Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Inc. merger creates new player in the North American marine engineering market COWI North America, Inc. (COWI NA) announced that its two marine companies, Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. and Ocean and Coastal Consultants, Inc


The Hydroptere Flies with Finesse

Photo courtesy of Finesse Solutions

The hydrofoil trimaran Hydroptere will try for another nautical record with support from biotechnology leader Finesse Solutions After a year resting in Long Beach, the Hydroptere returns to sailing. French and American sponsors are joined by a new partner: Finesse Solutions of Santa Clara


Ocean Rig Partners Files for IPO

  DryShips Inc. through its majority owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig UDW Inc. of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced that Ocean Rig’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ocean Rig Partners LP  filed a Registration Statement on Form F-1 with the Securities and Exchange


FMC Recovers $503,000 in Penalties

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Chairman Mario Cordero announced that the Federal Maritime Commission has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $503,000 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with five non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs)


Marcon Sells 3,900BHP Tug Overseas

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Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington announced the sale of the 3,900BHP, U.S. flag twin screw tug Maria Brusco (ex-Ocean Service) from a U.S. owner to private overseas buyers for transfer to registry under foreign flag. The 127’ x 32’ x 14’ depth tug was


Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 1 Preview

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B&G, official supplier to The Volvo Ocean Race, has teamed up with journalist and author Mark Chisnell to create a series of weekly blogs providing behind the scenes insights into the race’s tactics and results. Starting with a preview of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15






 
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