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Puerto Rico Towing Receives Tug "HANDY THREE"

Jensen Maritime designed Tug Handy-Three

Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. is expanding the size of its tugboat fleet with the addition of the newly constructed Handy-Three which arrived in San Juan Thursday morning.   Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co., a subsidiary of The Great Lakes Group, is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been providing vessel assistance and towing services to commercial vessels and barges in San Juan Harbor, other Inland Ports, and ports throughout the Caribbean for over 15 years. Recently constructed at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, the Handy-Three is now the fifth tug in the Company’s fleet. The new tug is the third of a class of Handy Size tugboats designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Seattle, Washington, built specifically for harbor work and coastal barge towing using the tugs new JonRie Series 500 Towing Winch. By making this $5.7 million investment in a harbor tug, the Company improves the efficiency of the fleet’s round-the-clock towing services and demonstrates the Company’s continued commitment to the local economy by creating sustainable career jobs and putting money back into Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. will be hosting a christening ceremony for the Handy-Three sometime in the next month.  


Puerto Rico Towing Assists 'Run Out of Gas' Ship

Disabled Greek Ship on Tow: Photo credit Puerto Rico Towing

Tugs 'Triton' and 'Honcho' of the Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. recently assisted a drifting vessel off the coast of Puerto Rico. The cargo ship Global Destiny, owned and operated by Diavlos Maritime based in Athen, Greece, called for assistance the morning of Saturday, March 16. The vessel reported that it had run out of fuel and was drifting approximately five miles off the coast of Dorado, approximately nine miles north west of San Juan. Puerto Rico.


Trailer Bridge Reports 2Q Results

Trailer Bridge, Inc. reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2002 highlighted by a significantly reduced losses, profits in the months of May and June and the beginning effects from what is anticipated to be sharp and continuing improvements in market conditions in the Puerto Rico lane. When the company released its first quarter results, it disclosed a just announced transaction where a competitor with a 27 percent market share and operating under Chapter 11 of


Crowley Awards Scholarship

Crowley Maritime Corporation has presented a Thomas B. Crowley, Sr. Memorial Scholarship to InterAmerican University student Juan Xavier Berrios Guzman, from Barranquitas. Crowley has awarded 24 scholarships totaling tens of thousands of dollars to deserving students in Puerto Rico since 1984. Students are selected for the scholarship by the Puerto Rico Department of Education based on academic success and financial need.


SOCP to Meet in Puerto Rico

The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP), sponsored by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), will meet in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 22-24. Topics on the agenda include shipboard and port security plans; bridge technologies; mariner credentialing; and ballast water technology. For more information visit http://www.socp.org/main.shtml


Crowley Celebrates Puerto Rico's Best and Brightest

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Crowley's commitment to support exemplary students continued this month, as the company awarded the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial scholarship to University of Puerto Rico student Jan C. Nieves Rolón of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. He is the 26th student in Puerto Rico to be awarded a Crowley scholarship.   Nieves Rolón, who boasts a perfect 4.0 grade point average in high school, has enrolled as an accounting major at the university's Humacao, Puerto Rico campus


USCG To Revalidate Merchant Marine Licenses

The U.S. Coast Guard has mapped out a recall and verification program for merchant mariners' licenses and documents issued throughout the past several years from a branch licensing office in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Blank licenses, which were apparently sent to the San Juan office are unaccounted for and a machine that is capable of producing these documents has been reported as missing. It is now up to Coast Guard officials to find out if any licenses or documents were issued improperly


Crowley Restructures Senior Management

Rockwell Smith (Photo courtesy Crowley Maritime Corporation)

Crowley Maritime Corporation announced a restructuring involving three members of its senior leadership team. John Douglass and Rob Grune will move to new positions, with Douglass taking over as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services, and Grune taking over as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's petroleum transportation group. Both executives will remain domiciled in Jacksonville and continue to report to Tom Crowley


Horizon Lines' Jones Act Ships for Asian Drydocking

Horizon Lines reports Q! 2012 financial results with revenue container volume up, plans to dry-dock three Puerto Rico vessels in Asia The financial report includes the following summary statement: "Horizon Lines generated slightly improved revenue container volume and higher EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter relative to a year ago, despite challenges that included severe winter weather in Alaska, higher fuel prices and increased expenses," said Stephen H


Toyota Recognizes Crowley with Logistics Excellence Award

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Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner and logistics group was recently presented with its eleventh-consecutive Logistics Excellence Award for export quality – an honor given in recognition of Crowley’s ongoing efforts to safely and efficiently transport Toyota vehicles to Puerto Rico from the U.S. East Coast. Crowley’s Peter Noyer, vice president, national accounts and John Kelley, director, national accounts


Saltchuk to Acquire Tropical Shipping

A subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources, one of the nation’s leading transportation and petroleum distribution companies, has entered into a binding purchase & sale agreement to acquire Tropical Shipping and its related companies.           


Saltchuk Acquires Tropical Shipping

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A subsidiary of Saltchuk Resources, a transportation and petroleum distribution company, has entered into a binding purchase and sale agreement to acquire Tropical Shipping and its related companies. The acquisition includes the premier shipping and logistics company for the Bahamas and


gplink Approved in More than 30 Countries

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Remote monitoring and diagnostic services provided by gplink operate through either GSM service or through various satellite technologies. On a global scale, most countries have their own rules and regulations to follow for communications and radio frequency use


Coast Guard establishes Safety Zone for WW II explosive detonation

Coast Guard establishes a Safety Zone Regulation from 9a.m. to 12p.m. April 13, 2014 in Flamenco Bay, during the underwater detonation of a World War II explosive in Culebra, Puerto Rico.   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Coast Guard has established a Safety Zone Regulation


Crowley Adds 537 Refrigerated Containers

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Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group has added 537 new refrigerated (reefer) cargo containers to its fleet of equipment in an accentuated effort to serve the growing needs of its produce customers in Central America, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean


Sea Star Line, TOTE Leadership Changes

Peter Keller (left) and Tim Nolan

Effective January 1, 2014, Sea Star Line (SSL) President Peter Keller will become Executive Vice President of Sea Star Line’s parent company, TOTE, Inc.  In this new capacity he will assist in the oversight of both TOTE Shipholdings and the TOTE Maritime Division


DGX Adds Ocean Services to Latin America

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Dependable Global Express, Inc. (DGX), a global ocean freight forwarder and NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier), and the only neutral freight consolidator serving Central and South America from the U.S. West Coast, has announced the following service enhancements:


Distressed British Royal Air Force Rowers Landed

Final day of row: Photo credit USCG

Four members of the British Royal Air Force were rescued by the crew of the bulk carrier 'Hedvig Bulker' and are now back on dry land after a treacherous 51 day, trans-Atlantic attempt from Spain to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, informs the US Coast Guard.


NSA, Rickmers-Linie Partner for Puerto Rico Service

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National Shipping of America (NSA), which operates a fortnightly service between Houston, Port Everglades and Puerto Rico, has partnered with Rickmers-Linie (America) to provide more global connections to Puerto Rico shippers and greatly expand break bulk service opportunities to the island.


Coast Guard Crews Rescue Tanker Crewman

USCG still of Champion Cornelia

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew evacuated an ailing mariner from a tanker vessel approximately 50 nautical miles north of San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, early Tuesday morning. The helicopter crew safely transported the man to emergency medical


Sea Star Assists Vessel Rescue

El Morro (Photo courtesy Sea Star Line)

While in transit from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the crew of Sea Star Line’s El Morro vessel received distress calls from a small fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing vessel was attempting to hail the U.S


Construction Begins on First LNG Containership

From left: Peter Keller, EVP of TOTE; Congressman Duncan Hunter, Walter Tschernkowitsch, Manager, General Dynamics NASSCO Steel Dept. and Duncan Hunter, Congressman Hunters son who did the honors of making the first cut of steel on TOTEs new Marlin Class hull #495.

Fireworks marked the first cut of steel in a ceremony last night as construction of TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered containership in the world, began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, Calif.


Crowley Maritime Promote Scott Hoggarth V-P

Scott Hoggarth: Photo courtesy of Crowley Maritime

Crowley inform that Scott Hoggarth has been promoted to vice president, West Coast harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. He has assumed new overall responsibilities for marine operations and engineering functions, as well as commercial results for Crowley’s tug services offered in


Crowley to Ship LNG to Coco Cola Puerto Rico Plant Long Term

LNG mobile tank: Photo courtesy of Crowley

Crowley’s Carib Energy has been awarded a multi-year contract to supply containerized, U.S.-sourced Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to its first industrial customer, Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers in Cayey and Club Caribe in Cidra, both wholly owned subsidiaries of CC1 Companies, LLC.


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 13

Rough sketch of USS Holland (SS-1) which became the U.S. Navys first modern commissioned submarine (U.S. Navy image)

Today in U.S. Naval History - March 13 1895 - Award of first submarine building contract to John P. Holland Torpedo Boat Co. 1917 - Armed merchant ships authorized to take action against U-boats. 1959 - Naval Research Laboratory takes first ultraviolet pictures of sun.


 
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