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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

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  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


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


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


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


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

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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


Austal Celebrates Christening Of Future USS Tulsa

Ship’s sponsor, Mrs Kathy Taylor, former Mayor and current Chief of Economic Development for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was joined by Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle and officers from the US Navy for the christening of the future USS Tulsa at Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama shipyard on 11 February 2017. (Photo: Austal)

Austal Limited has announced that Austal USA has hosted the christening of the future USS Tulsa, the 8th Independence variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) designed and constructed for the United States Navy (USN). Former Mayor of Tulsa and current Chief of Economic Development for the Oklahoma


Odfjell Returns to Profit

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Odfjell SE today reported preliminary full year and Q4 2016 results, showing improvement in financial performance in 2016 in spite of challenging markets. Efficiency programs continue to increase competitiveness, and the balance sheet is substantially strengthened.


New Pilot Boat for the Thames and Medway

Photo: Port of London Authority

Estuary Services Limited (ESL), a joint venture between the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Peel Ports London Medway, is continuing its fleet replacement plan and buying another new pilot boat for its pilot transfer operations serving the ports of London and Medway.   


USCG Awards Polar Icebreaker Contracts

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a heavy icebreaker homeported in Seattle, Washington, rests in the ice as the motor vessel Ocean Giant departs from the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Feb. 1, 2017. One of the primary responsibilities of the Polar Star’s crew is to provide an escort for the Ocean Giant through the frozen Ross Sea off of Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley)

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded five firm fixed-price contracts for heavy polar icebreaker design studies and analysis Wednesday. The contracts were awarded to the following recipients: Bollinger Shipyards, LLC, Lockport, Louisiana; Fincantieri Marine Group, LLC, Washington


Gas Turbine Passes FAT for Italian Navy Ship

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce said it has achieved a milestone for the Italian Navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) multi-purpose amphibious vessel, to be built by Fincantieri one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, by successfully completing the factory acceptance test for the


Vancouver Port Selects “PBCF” as Equipment Designated

PBCF (circled in yellow) is being installed. Photo MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) was selected as a vessel quieting technology by the EcoAction Program implemented by Port of Vancouver, Canada. PBCF was jointly developed by MOL, West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory Co., Ltd


Jamaica Seeking election to IMO Council

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Jamaica launched its bid to be elected to Category ‘C’ of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council last Thursday (2 February) - in a move to position Jamaica as a ‘viable maritime hub’.    Addressing specially invited guests


70th Anniversary of First Type-approved Maritime Radar

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes is celebrating 70 years of radar in 2017. In 1947 the first Type 1 radar was produced and installed on a new fishing trawler, the Type 1 then went on to be the first type approved radar, gaining its type approval certificate on August 11, 1948, the first radar to do so.  


SAFE Boats Names Willis VP of Program Management

Janice Willis (Photo: SAFE Boats International)

SAFE Boats International has promoted Janice Willis to the position of Vice President Program Management.   Willis joined SAFE Boats in December 2010 as a member of the Business Development team, and in 2014 became the Director of Program Management


Evergreen Recognized for Protecting Blue Whales

On behalf of Evergreen Line, Captain CT Chen (first left) attended the recognition ceremony of 2016 vessel speed reduction incentive program in Santa Barbara Channel Region. Photo courtesy of www.OurAir.org

Evergreen Line has received recognition for its excellent performance in a voluntary environmental and ecological protection program, which started on July 1 last year and ended on November 15.  The initiative was aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions of vessels and avoiding whale


Drewry Launches Credit Research Services for Maritime Sector

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Drewry Financial Research Services Ltd., the investment research arm of global shipping consultancy Drewry, is pleased to announce the launch of a new credit research service on the global maritime sector.   Through this extension to its established maritime equity research offering


Global Eagle delivers foreign Language TV programmes for ship crew

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Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ:ENT) has expanded its portfolio of live programming delivered by satellite to cruise ships with the addition of new channels for crew members from India and the Philippines.   Global Eagle is now delivering TV programs from Viacom 18 Colors and the


FRC Bailey Barco Delivered to the USCG

USCGC Bailey Barco during builders trials in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

The U.S. Coast Guard has taken delivery of USCGC Bailey Barco on February 7, 2017 in Key West, Fla. The vessel is scheduled to be commissioned in Ketchikan, Alaska in June, 2017.   USCGC Bailey Barco is the 22nd vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC)


U.S. Navy College Program App for Mobile Devices

The official Navy College Program logo. Courtesy U.S.Navy

A new application for mobile devices which allows Sailors on-the-go access to many features of the Navy College Program (NCP) is available as of Feb. 8. "The Navy College Program app offers Sailors mobile access to voluntary education planning tools, a counseling scheduler


Iridium Sets Target Date for Second Iridium NEXT Launch

Iridium Communications has announced it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for the second mission of ten Iridium NEXT satellites.   Originally anticipated for mid-April of 2017, the date has shifted due to a backlog in SpaceX’s launch manifest as a result of last






 
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