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New Barge Fleeting and Switching Operation in Cairo Harbor

 American River Transportation Company (ARTCO), a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), today announced plans to launch new barge fleeting and switching operations in the Cairo, Illinois, harbor starting January 1, 2016.    The Cairo harbor is a vital hub in the inland waterway supply chain. The new operation will be based in Wickliffe, Kentucky, and will provide fleeting and switching operations from mile 948 on the Lower Mississippi River to mile 29 on the Upper Mississippi and mile 974 on the Ohio River.   “ARTCO is the only company in the inland waterway system that can provide a self-contained supply chain to our customers, which allows us to provide better, more efficient and cost-effective service,” said Jason Porter, vice president, ARTCO operations. “This new location provides strategic access to the Lower Mississippi, Upper Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and will allow ARTCO to directly provide a complete range of services in the Cairo market without relying on any third-party support, giving our customers a truly one-stop solution to meet their worldwide transportation demands.” 

WRSystems Wins Navy Contract up to $140M

W R Systems, Ltd. (WRSystems) has been awarded a $26,946,956 contract from the U.S. Navy to provide engineering technical support services for navigation systems in the U.S. and abroad. Seventy-five percent of the contract work will be performed in Hampton Roads, Va. through WRSystems’ Engineering Services Division in Norfolk, Va. The value of the contract could reach an estimated $140,601,392 if all options are exercised. The company is based in Fairfax, Va

CMA CGM: Significant Recovery in Operations

Operating profit for the CMA CGM Group is expected to return to the breakeven point in December 2009, ahead of the company’s cautious forecasts in September 2009.   The savings plan applied throughout all segments of the group, combined with increasingly firm volumes and rates, is already producing its initial effects. The recovery of operating profit illustrates the shipping expertise of the CMA CGM teams, which have been entirely focused on achieving this objective.  

Transocean Provides Fleet Update Summary


Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) (SIX: RIGN) today issued a monthly fleet update summary covering only newly signed contracts, significant changes to existing contracts and changes to estimated out of service time of 60 days or more since our quarterly fleet status report dated April 14, 2011. Drilling rig status and contract information on the company's offshore drilling fleet has been condensed into a report titled "Transocean Fleet Status Report

General Dynamics Bags $ 50 mi Submarine Contracts

Submarine Modernization Program for U.S. and Australian Navies

  General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics was awarded two contract modifications totaling $50 million to continue supporting the AN/BYG-1 combat control system aboard U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines, as part of the AN/BYG-1 modernization program for the tactical control systems (TCS) and weapons control systems (WCS). General Dynamics is delivering enhanced capabilities across multiple submarine platforms

Mastering Fleet Management

The Proving Ground.  Maritime innovation is in the Norwegian DNA, and its rugged coasts and waters have made, and broken, a long list of maritime technologies.

Fleet management software developer Tero Marine has served the shipping industry for nearly three decades with a product range led by its software suite TM Master, now a leading fleet management brand with more than 2,000 licenses worldwide. The Bergen, Norway-based company and its fully integrated marine information system TM Master have managed to stay competitive amidst an explosion of companies providing fleet management and software solutions to the maritime market

SeaKits Releases V3.0 for Fleet Maintenance Support

SeaKits, the developer and provider of the Marine Maintenance System (MMS), has released Version 3.0 of MMS Fleet Solutions providing expanded functionality for workboat fleets, including passenger, tow and service vessels. MMS Fleet Solutions V3.0 provides Port Engineers, Maintenance Managers, and company executives with fleet-level visibility of all planned and corrective maintenance activities including maintenance schedules/forecasts, work orders, and inventory levels

AWT Wins Safety at Sea Award

Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) announced that an expert judging panel has selected AWT, with its innovative fleet management system GlobalView, as the winner of the Systems category for the fifth annual Safety at Sea International Awards. AWT was also recognized as a finalist in the category of Security.   Introduced in 2010 as the first fleet management system to provide critical maritime data within the visual presentation of Google Earth technology

U.S. Navy Renews PPG PMC Contract

Contract includes AMERCOAT, PSX coatings for 110-ship global fleet PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business was awarded a five-year contract by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) to continue providing coatings, solvents and technical services to its global fleet of 110 ships. Tim Knavish, PPG vice president, protective and marine coatings, said the contract extends PPG’s commitment to serving the U.S. Navy and other military services

At-Berth Regulation Advisory Forms Available

Forms for the At-Berth Regulation Advisory have been posted to the Shore Power website. As specified in the December 2013 Regulatory Advisory, fleets need to notify ARB of their intention to qualify for temporary relief under each scenario they intend to use. Fleets also need to provide evidence that they have made a good faith effort to comply with the At-Berth Regulation. To do this, fleets must complete the "December 2013 Regulatory Advisory Notification" form and return it by

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

H. Douglas M Courtesy Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s

ESL Shipping to Enter the Renewable Energy Market

Photo: ESL Shipping Ltd

 ESL Shipping and AB Fortum Värme have signed an agreement for biofuel transport. The agreement provides ESL Shipping with access to the renewable fuels transport market. The company's transport operations to the new Värtan Energy Port in Stockholm will commence at the end of this

Norwegian Escape with Biggest Scrubbers sets Sail

Norwegian Escape  Photo Norwegian Cruise Line

  On a sunny October day in the German harbor-town of Hamburg, M/V Norwegian Escape, a brand new cruise ship, sets sail for the first time. On board are five Yara SOx scrubbers – one for each engine. The scrubbers ensure that the cruise is not just pleasurable

Seaspan Implements ECO Insight solution

ECO Insight

  Seaspan Ship Management Ltd. will implement the DNV GL fleet performance management solution ECO Insight to improve their fleet monitoring. ECO Insight will also enable Seaspan to increase their vessel’s performance and energy efficiency.

Hard Problems Demand Soft(ware) Solutions


Make no mistake, the commercial maritime industry will always revolve around heavy duty machinery and mega-machines designed to weather some of the toughest operating conditions on earth. But in recent years a proliferation of Software Solutions has evolved to help the machines operate more

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

  P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry.   P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage

Latest Deliveries Complete Ardmore Newbuild Program

Ardmore Chippewa (Photo: Ardmore Shipping Corporation)

Tanker shipper Ardmore takes delivery of 23rd and 24th vessels, completing its initial newbuilding program Ardmore Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of two product and chemical tanker newbuildings, the Ardmore Chippewa and Ardmore Seahawk

Halul Brings OSV Ship Handling Simulator to Qatar

Halul staff getting familiarized with the new simulator (Photo: Halul Offshore Services Company)

Halul Offshore Services Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Milaha, has recently procured an offshore support vessel (OSV) ship handling simulator, which is reportedly the first of its kind in Qatar. Halul said it is now one of the few companies in the Gulf region to own the Netherlands-built

EASTMED to Add VSAT on 20 Tankers and Bulkers

Image: Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED)

 Greece-based Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited (EASTMED), a shipping operator servicing the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors, has chosen to install Marlink’s global VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) communication solution with L-band back-up on 20 tankers and bulkers

Los Angeles to Host Annual 'Fleet Week'

Credit Fleet Week

  Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016. LA Fleet Week will run through Labor Day, with active military ships beginning to arrive in the days preceding the

Two New Crewboats for ISS

Photo: ISS

Maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has expanded its launch fleet with two more fast crewboats, bringing its total fleet size to 18 vessels. The two newbuild 42-meter vessels have been added in response to a growing demand in the oil and gas sector for

Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S

Royston Appoints New US Distributor

Photo: Royston

Diesel power engineering specialist Royston has appoint a new U.S.-based distributor, citing growing interest in its advanced Enginei marine fuel management and monitoring systems.   The Houma, La.-based Bow 2 Stern Technologies LLC will provide sales and technical service support for the

Idling Fleet Continues to Surge

Stats by Drewy

 Owners are rapidly laying up containerships as the market slows. The size of the idle fleet will get bigger while rates and profits slide, says Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited.   The number of idle container vessels has gained momentum in November and hasjumped 52 percent from

CMA CGM Slashes Fleet CO2 Emissions by 50%

Graphics: CMA CGM

 CMA CGM, a leading worldwide shipping Group, is pleased to announce a 50% improvement in its CO2 performance for its owned fleet. Thanks to an efficient environmental policy sustained by deploying innovative solutions, this success was accomplished in 10 years.  

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