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Tug Refurbishment Program Launched at Crowley

Crowley Liner Services has launched a major refurbishment of 25 seagoing tugs to extend their lives at least another 15 years. These U.S.-flagged, Invader-Class vessels, each of which is crewed by six seamen, are widely used throughout the Crowley system for a variety of jobs, including the ocean towing of the company’s triple-deck RoRo barges between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico and specialized contract services. Crowley’s multi-million-dollar investment includes the rebuilding of the tugs’ main engines, effectively returning each to zero hours. This provides a marked improvement in the overall operational performance and reliability of the tugs, each of which is capable of generating a powerful 150,000 pounds of bollard pull ahead and 7,200 maximum continuous bhp. “The long-term investment made in the refurbishment of these tugs is of great benefit to our customers because it helps us to maintain the service reliability and schedule integrity they have come to expect,” said Tom Crowley, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation. To date, five tugs have been refurbished with five scheduled to undergo the process over the next 12 months. The work is being done at North Florida Shipyard in Jacksonville. In addition to the engine refurbishments, a host of other improvements are also being made, including the complete remodeling of interior living spaces and newly designed modular control consoles designed by Crowley’s electronics specialists

Engineering Development Program Launched


  As part of Crowley's overall commitment to recruiting, training and retaining a talented workforce, the company last year began a port engineer's development program to provide additional career growth to individuals choosing to make their career in the maritime industry.   Crowley is confident that the program will address the shortage and need for specialized skills in port engineering and shoreside management and that it will provide additional talent to aid the company in

Keel-Laying of Third T-AKE Ship

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Carol M. Pottenger, Commander, Military Sealift Fleet Support Command, was the honoree for the keel-laying event, welding her initials into the keel of the T-AKE 3, the USNS Alan Shepard. With her are Dave Morton, Program Manager, Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force Program (L) and Art Diaz, MSC Ship Construction Senior Owners Representative. General Dynamics NASSCO on February 14, 2006, held the keel-laying ceremony for USNS Alan Shepard, the third ship in the U.S

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Launches UAE Navy Corvette

‘Mezyad’ is the fourth vessel of Baynunah Corvette Class Program for UAE Navy.

Abu Dhabi Ship Building launches ‘Mezyad’ as fourth vessel of Baynunah Corvette Class Program for the UAE Navy. Abu Dhabi Ship Building completes expansion of facility to accommodate more vessels for fit outs, tests and trials.   Abu Dhabi Ship Building, the leading shipbuilder and naval support services provider in the Gulf region and a strategic affiliate of Mubadala, has today (Wednesday, February 15, 2012) launched “Mezyad”

Austal Launches Montgomery (LCS 8)

On August 6, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch of the future USS Montgomery (LCS 8). The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. This vessel is the second of ten 127-meter Independence-variant LCS class ships Austal has been contracted to build for the U.S. Navy as prime contractor subsequent to a $3.5 billion block buy in 2010.

Austal Launches 5th CCP Boat

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Jervis in foreground, Cape Sorell & Cape Nelson in background

  Austal launched yesterday its fifth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the Company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. Cape Jervis is the fifth of eight 58-metre patrol boats that are being delivered to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) by Austal as Prime Contractor under a design, build and in-service sustainment contract, valued at approximately $330 million

G.A.P Adventures Signs SpecTec Contract

The M/S Expedition was purchased in June 2008 by G.A.P Adventures to be re-launched with a polar expedition program. The vessel was built in Denmark in 1972, and has been operating in coastal waters around Scandinavia for 15 years. She is planned to be re-launched by the end of January 2009. Installations of SpecTec’s AMOS Maintenance & Purchase program will begin as soon as the vessel has been rebuilt in the beginning of 2009.

Dubai Maritime City Training Program


Dubai Maritime City (DMC) has announced the launch of an internal training program for its employees. “Ta’aleem Mutabadal,” which translates into “shared learning,” is the first of its kind and aims at enhancing employees’ skills and knowledge by utilizing the company’s different internal experts. The program features a variety of topics related to both the employees’ professional and personal knowledge.

Austal Launches USNS Fall River

JHSV 4 rolls out of Austal final assembly on Berard Transportation transporters onto a launch barge (photo: Austal)

On January 16, 2014, Austal USA successfully completed the launch process of the USNS Fall River (JHSV 4). Recently christened, this 103-meter high-speed catamaran represents the U.S. Department of Defense’s next generation multiuse platform. It is part of a 10-ship program, the funds for all of which have been appropriated, worth over $1.6 billion. The launch of USNS Fall River was conducted in a multistep process that involved having Berard Transportation transfer the ship from

Ingalls Launches National Security Cutter Munro

The National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) sits in the floating dry dock at Ingalls Shipbuilding prior to its launch on Saturday. (Photo by Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division launched the U.S. Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter (NSC), Munro (WMSL 755), on Saturday, the shipbuilder announced. Munro is the company’s sixth NSC and is expected to deliver by the end of next year.   “The National Security Cutter program is in a very mature state,” said Derek Murphy, Ingalls’ NSC program manager

DNV GL Issues Guidance on Inspection Planning

Photo: DNV GL

The low oil price and a reduction in newbuilds have driven the integrity of existing assets up the agenda for the oil & gas industry. However, the cost of inspection programs can be significant, adding to the operational costs.   DNV GL has now launched a recommended practice

ZIM Integrated Shipping Remains Profitable

Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

 Despite challenging market environment with freight rates reaching historic lows in several key trades,  ZIM Integrated Shipping Services continues to outperform the average adjusted EBIT margins in the Industry.   ZIM Integrated Shipping

North Korea Submarine-Launch Missile a Flop Show

Photo: Korean Central News Agency

 North Korea apparently failed to launch a ballistic missile from a submarine in a sign that Pyongyang has yet to master the technology, Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying.   According to a source from the South Korean government

VT Halter Launches Barge for Bouchard

Photo: VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) and Bouchard Transportation Co. announced that Barge B. No. 272 was launched on November 20, 2015. This is the second barge of two Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units constructed for Bouchard

Norsafe to Debut New Lifeboats at KORMARINE

Maxima-120 (Image: Norsafe)

Norsafe, a developer of marine lifesaving equipment, will bring crew safety into focus at KORMARINE in Busan, Korea, on October 20-23, launching two new lifeboats for the shipping and offshore markets.   The company, which specializes in the design, manufacture and servicing of lifeboats

Man Rescued from Sailboat near Ocracoke Inlet, NC

The Coast Guard hoists a man Friday, Oct. 17, 2015, from a grounded sailboat near Ocracoke Inlet, N.C

  The Coast Guard rescued a man Friday from a grounded sailboat near Ocracoke Inlet. Sector North Carolina watchstanders were notified at 7:21 p.m. Friday that the 30-foot sailing vessel Lydamay was aground and taking on water near Ocracoke Inlet.

Bollinger Delivers 15th FRC to U.S. Coast Guard

Sister Ship of the JOSEPH NAPIER, MARGARET NORVELL operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the JOSEPH NAPIER, the 15th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The announcement was made by Bollinger’s President & C.E.O., Ben Bordelon. “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC built by

Austal launches HSSV for Oman Navy

Hull 390 High Speed Support Vessel

Austal has launched the first of two 72m High Speed Support Vessels (HSSV’s) being built for the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO), yesterday. Hull 390 - the future RNOV Al Mubshir - was successfully launched after 13 months of construction and fitout at the company’s Henderson

Damen Builds RoPax Ferry for Canada

MV Veteran (Photo: Damen)

Damen RoPax ferry MV Veteran for Canadian lifeline vessel replacement   The Damen 80-meter ice class RoPax ferry MV Veteran handover to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL) took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on October 23, 2015

Australia’s New Icebreaker Unveiled

A graphic of the new icebreaker (Image: Damen/DMS Maritime/Knud E Hansen A/S)

The Australian Government has provided the first look at Australia’s new icebreaker, a ship it says will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.   Upon its commissioning, planned for October 2019

New Automation Software from WAGO

Image: WAGO

e!COCKPIT: driving rapid development of automation projects   WAGO’s new software development environment e!COCKPIT supports automation tasks, from hardware configuration, programming, networking and simulation to visualization – in one easy-to-use, intuitive package.  

VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard

First Vessel Launched for BigRoll Shipping

BigRoll Barentsz (Photo: BigRoll Shipping)

 The heavy marine transportation provider BigRoll Shipping announced its first of four MC Class vessels under construction, BigRoll Barentsz, was launched on October 27, 2015 at Cosco Dalian Shipyard. The vessel construction and commissioning remains on schedule for delivery in March 2016.

NYK, YLK Hold Joint Training Program

Participants at the Jointly Held Training Program for Staff from around the World

  From October 19 to 23, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. jointly conducted their 2015 Global NYK/YLK Week, a training program targeting NYK and YLK staff from offices around the world. Twenty-five overseas staff members — 12 from NYK and 13 from YLK —

Bath Iron Works Lays Keel of Navy’s Next Destroyer

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works held a keel-laying ceremony on November 16 for the Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.   The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is a multi-mission combatant that offers defense against a

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