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Freedom Joins the U.S. Flag Fleet

Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert welcomed a new ship to the U.S-flag commercial fleet at a shipboard ceremony in Baltimore, Md. American Roll-On Roll-Off Carriers (ARC) today introduced its reflagged ship, FREEDOM, which will bring important additional sealift capacity to the Maritime Administration’s Maritime Security Program (MSP). Freedom will replace the Tanabata in the MSP fleet and the TANABATA will remain in the U.S.-flag fleet as a non-MSP participating ship under a new name, RESOLVE. RESOLVE will continue to operate in the company’s service between the U.S. and Northern Europe. FREEDOM will also operate in the service between the U.S. and Northern Europe. Schubert praised ARC for adding capacity to the U.S.-flag commercial fleet. "The additional Roll-on Roll-off capacity the Freedom brings to the U.S.-flag fleet is important in increasing our commercial presence in the international trades and the military utility of Roll-On Roll-Off vessels was certainly proven during Operation Iraqi Freedom. " Combined, more than 100 U.S. government-owned and commercially owned/operated Roll-on Roll-off ships provided sealift in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Approximately 84 percent of all cargo moved in Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried aboard U.S.-flag vessels. Freedom has a crew size of 18 U.S. citizen mariners. This is the third new U.S.-flag vessel that Captain Schubert has welcomed into the U.S.-flag commercial fleet since 2001.


China Launch Passenger RoRo Ship with Military Capability

China's largest RoRo 'Bohai Emerald Bead' with the longest reach leaves Yantai Port in East China. Different from ordinary ships, the 36,000 displacement civilian passenger and roll-on/roll-off ship was constructed in accordance with national defense requirements in mind in its design and construction so that it can carry organic troop units and heavy equipment.
 The 178-meter-long and 28-meter-breadth ship can carry 2


VIBS ATB Completes Sea Trials

Cut VIBSATB Van Isle Barge Services, Ltd. (VIBS) said that its Van Isle Link and Sealink Pusher articulated tug-barge combination (ATB) recently completed sea trials off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia. This commercial drop trailer ATB is powered by two fuel efficient, V228 medium-speed diesel engines provided by GE Marine, Erie, Pa. Similar to others in VIBS’ fleet, the Van Isle Link/Sealink Pusher ATB will provide cargo services between Vancouver and Vancouver


MLL Adds Two Vessels to MSP and VISA

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) announces the addition of two U.S. flag roll-on/roll-off vessels in the Maritime Security Program (MSP) and Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA). The two vessels will carry U.S. government, preference and commercial cargo. Both vessels will operate in a round-the-world service and have completed the reflagging process. "MLL is pleased to conclude arrangements with Höegh Autoliners and Alliance Navigation, its U.S


MLL Welcomes Aboard 50 Cadets This Summer

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) and Farrell Lines, a subsidiary of MLL, will provide sailing opportunities this summer to 50 Cadets of U.S. maritime academies. The Cadets will be able to apply classroom lessons at sea while aboard U.S. flag commercial container and roll-on/roll-off vessels. For more than a decade, MLL has contributed to the training of future U.S. Merchant Mariners through its summer sailing program. This program is similar to a traditional internship for college students who


63 Rescued After RoRo Grounds in Cebu

A total of 63 passengers were rescued and placed to safety after a roll-on-roll-off vessel ran aground along the vicinity off Polombato Port Terminal in Bogo, Cebu on Tuesday, August 20. Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central Visayas chief Commodore William Melad said that M/V Super Shuttle Ferry 10 ran aground around 5:30 p.m. after hitting a shallow portion in the said area while maneuvering for its departure. The vessel, owned by Trans-Asia Shipping Lines


T&T Looks for Fast Cargo Ferries

New tenders are being invited for one or two roll on/roll off passenger/cargo fast ferries to service the seabridge between Trinidad and Tobago, according to a Trinidad News report. Tenders close on November 30 at noon and would be opened the same day at 2 p.m. Additionally, the authority is inviting tenders for the wet lease of a similar ferry for a period from April next year, the time when the current six-month lease on The Cat expires


Slow Discharge Strands Tankers

Seven tankers carrying some 210,000 tons of petroleum products have been stranded outside the Dar es Salaam Port due to its slow discharging process, according to local press reports on Monday. These seven oil tankers arrived in Dar es Salaam in the third week of last month. Flow meters, installed at the port to curb tax evasion, are discharging oil from tankers at a rate of 500 tons per hour instead of 750 tons per hour.


Cory Brothers New Route from Dublin

Cory Brothers Shipping Agency is delighted to announce the operation of a new route between Dublin, Ireland and Tin Can, Lagos, Nigeria. The new monthly route commences on Monday September 28th 2009 and is provided by RMR Shipping BV. RMR Shipping has many years' experience in exporting used vehicles, machinery and plant equipment to West Africa.    Headquartered in The Netherlands, with a worldwide presence


HPI Project Award for USNS Roy M Wheat

HPI, LLC, a supplier of turbine control solutions and turnkey power plants, announced a project award to install a Propulsion Control System (PCS) aboard the USNS Roy Wheat. HPI was contracted by Keystone Shipping a ship management company for the US Navy. The USNS Roy Wheat is one of the Military Sealift Command's thirteen Container & Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 32 ships in Military Sealift Command's Prepositioning Program.


OMSA Opposes McCain Amendment

Ben Billings (Photo: OMSA)

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) issued a statement regarding Senator John McCain’s proposal allowing foreign-built vessels to take over marine transportation in the United States, stating the amendment would gut U.S. shipbuilding while outsourcing jobs and security.  


Crowley to Boost US Mainland-Puerto Rico Trade

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group will add a 400 FEU capacity, flat deck barge to its South Atlantic Puerto Rico service in the first quarter, increasing the rotation between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan to four sailings each week


VT Halter Lays Keel for Crowley LNG ConRo Ship

Photo courtesy of VT Halter Marine

The keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group was laid during a ceremony at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula, Miss.


South Carolina Container Volumes Climb in 2014

Photo: SCPA

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported that container business rose 12 percent in 2014, a year highlighted by strong volume growth and substantial forward progress on the harbor deepening project.   In December the port handled 141,956 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs)


USNS Choctaw County in 'Exercise Bold Alligator'

Sailors and Marines return home from Southern Partnership Station 2014 onboard joint high-speed vessel USNS Choctaw County (JHSV-2) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach.

  Spearhead-class joint high speed vessel USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) is conducting proof-of-concept testing during Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 as an afloat forward staging base style platform. Bold Alligator 2014 is underway in multiple states and along the Eastern Seaboard


Take a Virtual Tour of GTS Admiral W.M. Callaghan

GTS Admiral W.M. Callaghan (Photo: MARAD)

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has launched a virtual tour of the GTS Admiral W.M. Callaghan (T-AKR-1001), a MARAD Ready Reserve Force vessel currently berthed in Alameda, California. The online 360-degree photographic tour, available of the MARAD website


Record Growth Continues at Georgia's Ports

GPA photo/Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority reported that its terminals in Brunswick and Savannah moved a combined 2.79 million tons of freight in October, a record for the authority. "Strong growth across all key sectors of our business is an indication that our ports are reaching a larger and more


Unlocking UK's Economic Potential with Port Investments

Tim Waggott

The Port of Dover is delighted that its scheme to enhance junctions on the A20 in Dover has been highlighted as one of the key investment schemes by the Government in unlocking Britain’s economic potential.   Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover


China Eximbank Loans $875m for Container Terminal

China Eximbank has loaned Ivory Coast $875 million (approx.) for the construction of a second container terminal at Abidjan port, noted the port's  General Director. Ivory Coast plans to increase capacity at the port in its economic capital Abidjan, one of the busiest in Africa


Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

  The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R


Panama Canal Polls Industry on Proposed Fees

ACP Administrator/CEO Jorge Luis Quijano (Image: Courtesy ACP)

ACP touts new Toll Structure as reflecting value of route and better customer service. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced a proposal for a new toll structure, following more than a year of informal consultations with representatives from various industry segments.


First RoRo Ship Calls at Khalifa Port

Capt. Guillermo Endozo (left) accepting a commemorative plaque from Gary Lemke, EVP Ports, Abu Dhabi Ports

The first scheduled Roll-On/Roll-Off (RoRo) vessel, MV Dream Angel, berthed at the Khalifa Port RoRo terminal on Monday, January 5, heralding the transition of Abu Dhabi Ports’ RoRo cargo, from Zayed Port to Khalifa Port.   Operated by Nissan Motor Car Carrier (NMCC)


SCPA Handles Its Heaviest Energy Project Ever

A 1.5 million pound steam generator offloaded at SCPAs Columbus Street Terminal on December 20, 2014. (Photo: SCPA)

A 1.5-million-pound steam generator was recently offloaded at the Port of Charleston’s Columbus Street Terminal, making for what the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) called one of its heaviest energy project moves to date.  


SC Ports Handle Heaviest Project Move

A 1.5 million pound steam generator offloaded at SCPA’s Columbus Street Terminal

  SC Ports Authority recently handled one of its heaviest energy project moves to date, a 1.5 million pound Westinghouse Electric Company steam generator for the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company nuclear power plant expansion near Columbia, SC.


Largest Cargo Year Ever for Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Photo: Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor records 2014 as highest shipment year in its 44-year history   The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor handled more shipments in 2014 than any year since the port opened in 1970. Total tonnage was up 30 percent over 2013 driven by strong shipments of steel






 
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