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New WSDOT Ferry Salish in Sea Trials

Photo courtesy WSDOT

The new Washington State ferry Salish is completing builder’s sea trials in Puget Sound. The vessel is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007. Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to demonstrate the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard and WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of the vessel. Later this spring, WSF crews will begin operational training and familiarization with the Salish on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route to get the vessel ready to sail this summer. “We’re pleased to be getting this vessel on the water for its initial sea trials on schedule and on budget,” said Steve Welch, President.   “These sea trials bring the state one step closer to getting a second new ferry into service,” said David Moseley, assistant secretary for WSF. “Much like our friends in Port Townsend and Whidbey Island, we look forward to the Salish restoring full service on the route.”   The Salish’s sister ship, the Chetzemoka, began service on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route in November 2010. 


First 2-Stroke Gas Engine Taking Quantum 1-Stroke

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London: By introducing a new solution for LNG-fuelled ships, DNV and MAN Diesel & Turbo are taking the Quantum concept ship one stroke further. Both the machinery and the hull design and arrangement have been improved. A year ago, DNV launched its container ship concept – Quantum. This concept ship was designed to stir up a debate about shipping innovation. MAN Diesel & Turbo responded very positively, and over the past few months the engine manufacturer and the class society


USCG OKs McMoRan License Application

Freeport-McMoRan Exploration Co. is one step closer to obtaining a deep port license to regasify one billion cu. ft. of natural gas per day at one of its former offshore sulfur mines. The U.S. Coast Guard all but approved the request, citing “sufficient information” to continue processing the application. Once approved, McMoRan’s former $1b offshore sulfur mines will receive a $450m facelift to convert the platforms to regasify liquefied natural gas and then ship it to onshore pipelines


AWO Hails New Deadlines for Towing Vessel Inspection Regs

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hails the enactment of provisions in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281) that bring the industry one step closer to a historic towing vessel inspection regulation to improve safety in the towing industry.  Section 701 of the Act requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding inspection


American Company to Modernize Historic Iraq Port

North America Western Asia Holdings (NAWAH) agrees to modernize Maqal Port, located in Basra’s urban center on the Shatt al Arab waterway. The formal agreement is between Iraq’s Ministry of Transportation, the General Company for the Ports of Iraq, and NAWAH. As part of the agreement, the American company will invest more than $14 million to bring both heavy-lift crane and container handling capabilities to the 93-year-old port


Enhancing Lifeboat Saftey

DNV is taking lifeboat safety one step further. The company claims that maritime lifeboat safety will be enhanced by transferring offshore lifeboat design practices to ships. The shortcomings of existing free fall lifeboat designs were revealed in a number of incidents related to structural safety, human loads and headway back in 2005. A joint industry project was initiated by OLF (the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association) to find the reasons for these incidents.


Northrop’s ASDS Launched from Host Submarine

The U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Advanced SEAL Delivery System (ASDS) and the U.S. Navy's USS Greeneville (SSN 772) have accomplished the last significant test of the ASDS system prior to its Operational Evaluation the successful launching and recovery of the system from a host submarine. For this most recent system test, ASDS Boat 1 successfully completed multiple launch and recovery docking scenarios with the USS Greeneville


CrewInspector.com Wins Saga Agency Contract

Online crew management system provider CrewInspector.com signed an agreement with Saga Agency (Saga UAB) Lithuanian crewing agency to provide its proprietary crew management system.   Following the agreement, Saga Agency will use software as a service for their offices in Klaipeda and Kaliningrad, receiving ongoing crew manager support and also further software development to ensure internal process requirements are met within the crewing software itself


New US Aircraft Carrier Hull Structure Complete

Last CVN 78 Hull Superlift: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division hoisted the last piece of primary structure onto the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier 'Gerald R. Ford'. The lift was the last of 162 superlifts and brings more than three years of structural erection work to a close. Susan Ford Bales, the ship's sponsor and daughter of the late President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford, was unable to participate in the construction milestone but wrote a letter of appreciation to


Aker, Fjords Join Forces

Courtesy of Aker Solutions

  Aker Solutions and Fjords Processing have formed an alliance to develop technology and capabilities for advanced, cost-effective wellstream separation and treatment solutions for the subsea and topside oil and gas industry. The WellSep alliance will apply Aker Solutions' subsea processing experience and testing facilities and Fjords' topside and onshore separation technologies to provide complete solutions.  


Pier Demolition Makes Way for Ferry Terminal

Photo: Washington State Department of Transportation

Pier removal to eliminate 4 percent of toxic creosote left in Puget Sound   Demolition of the Mukilteo tank farm pier has begun. The work makes way for a new terminal to replace Washington State Ferries’ existing, 60-year-old facility in Mukilteo


UDS Strikes Deal to Build Dive Support Ship in China

Ultra Deep Group (UDS) signed another contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry to build a Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel.

Ultra Deep Group (UDS) signed another contract with China Merchants Heavy Industry to build a Ultra Deep Installer – Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel. Even though the oil market remains in the doldrums, Singapore-based UDS is powering ahead with tis strategic plan to


USCG Offloads 650 lbs Marijuana

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable guards 25 bales of marijuana that was interdicted off the coast of Jamaica Aug. 3, 2015.

  The Coast Guard offloaded nearly $600,000 estimated wholesale value of marijuana at Coast Guard Sector Miami, Friday. On Aug. 3, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable detected a go-fast vessel with suspicious packages off the coast of Jamaica


General Ship Repair: A Family Affair

A Lynch Legacy  From L to R: Michael Lynch, Ryan Lynch, Charles “Chaz” Lynch, Charles F. “Derick” Lynch & Cary B. Lynch.

The General Ship Repair Corporation, a fixture on the Baltimore water front for nearly a century, continues to build a strong business while preparing for fourth generation ownership.  General Ship Repair Corporation is as ubiquitous of a presence on the Baltimore waterfront as Under


Fifth National Security Cutter Passes Builder’s Trials

The fifth Ingalls-built U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754), sailed the Gulf of Mexico last week for her successful builder’s sea trials. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

The fifth National Security Cutter, James, completed builder’s trials in Pascagoula, Mississippi, marking the next step in preparing the cutter for delivery to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).   "James’ successful completion of builder's trials means it’s one step closer


First SCR IMO Tier III Approval in Principle Awarded

Photo: Man Diesel & Turbo

MAN Diesel & Turbo reaches IMO Tier III milestone for entire four-stroke engine portfolio. At an awards ceremony held on April 15, 2015 at the PrimeServ Academy in Shanghai, MAN Diesel & Turbo SE was awarded approval in principle for its SCR system for the entire medium-speed engine


New Water Maker

ACO Marine launched a new water recovery system that is designed to give vessel owners greater capacity to reuse the treated effluent from wastewater treatment plants. The ACO Water Maker WM3 converts treated wastewater into pure distilled technical water for such applications as general


Talleys Sentenced for Death of Crewman

Talleys Group Ltd. has been fined $48,000 and ordered to pay $35,000 in reparation to the family of a crewman killed after falling nearly seven meters on the fishing vessel Capt MJ Souza in Nelson in May 2012.    The company was sentenced in Nelson District Court April 29


ICTSI Subic unit shop Reduces Port Users Time

SBITC one stop shop

  International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) Subic Bay Freeport unit, Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC), in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), recently opened a one stop shop (OSS) to fast track


New Dry Bulk Facility at Khalifa Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

New AED 20 million facility will pack and transport dry bulk products for petrochemical and mineral manufacturers    Abu Dhabi Ports celebrated the groundbreaking of Schmidt ME Logistics’ new facility in Khalifa Port’s industrial, trade and logistics zone, Kizad


New DPO Training from Kongsberg

Image: Kongsberg Maritime

New Kongsberg Maritime and DNV-GL DP Operator Training Scheme Enhances Competence and Reduces Time to Certification   Kongsberg Maritime has become the first global maritime training provider to offer a new DNV-GL approved Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) training scheme at its training


Shell Steps Closer to Arctic Drilling

Arctic Challenger Photo Greenpeace

  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the nonlethal, incidental, and unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus that result from Shell’s exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea. The agency gave authorization despite finding information


San Leon Signs Moroccan Rig Deal

Deal signed for Rig for its El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya licence

  San Leon Energy signed a rig contract for the drilling of the El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya conventional licence, onshore Morocco. The rig contract has been signed with Entrepose Drilling for the Cabot 750 rig. The well is expected to spud in the second half of August 2015


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


Commandant Discusses Coast Guard’s Role in the Arctic

Coast Guard Cutter Healy patrols the Arctic Ocean during a Coast Guard Research and Development Center joint civil and federal search and rescue exercise near Oliktok Point, Alaska, July 13, 2015. The Healy is a 420-foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle. (USCG photo by Grant DeVuyst)

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft presented at last week’s 6th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations in Washington, DC. Summarizing Adm. Zukunft’s speech, Maritime Commons has provided highlights of the






 
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