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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

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

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

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

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.

TOTE Wins $7.5M Contract

Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. (TOTE), Federal Way, Wash., is being awarded a $7,500,000 six-month, firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursables for the time charter of one U.S.-flagged roll-on/roll-off cargo ship to support operations in the Persian Gulf. The contract includes one six-month option, which if exercised, would bring the total fixed-price value of the contract to $15,100,000. Work will be performed in and around the Persian Gulf, and work is

PortVision Appoints Perduto

PortVision has appointed James Perduto as Director of Transportation and Government Business Development.  Based in N.Y., James assumes responsibility for business development for the company's enterprise software solutions and PortVision, a web-based platform that provides visibility and reporting for global commercial AIS vessel tracking activities. A veteran mariner and maritime transportation executive, James has had extensive business development experience in the maritime

Navy Issues RoRo Operation & Shipyard Repair Contracts

Watson-class RoRo: Photo courtesy of USN

Among the latest Department of Defense, Navy, contracts, Ocean Ships Inc. of Houston is awarded a contract modification for operation & maintenance of 8 RoRo ships, and Colonna's Shipyard for drydocking and major refit of 'USS Shamal' (PC13). Ocean Ships, Inc., Houston, Texas, is being awarded a $32,383,461 modification under a previously awarded contract (N00033-09-C-3200) for the operation and maintenance of eight Watson-class large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships

Crowley Hits Milestones in Puerto Rico Investment

A view of the starboard side of  El Coquí under construction.  (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

Highlighting the economic impact under the Jones Act of its $500 million investment in the trade between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico, Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached new milestones in its construction of two new

GPA adds 100 acres Auto Processing Space

The Port of Brunswick is the nations fastest growing autoport.  With 652 acres of auto processing space available for development, Brunswick is poised for continued expansion. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports

At the annual State of the Port address hosted by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced a 100-acre expansion of the Colonel's Island auto terminal, and welcomed Logistec's announcement of the completion of 221

Volkswagen Opts for LNG-powered Shipping

Image: Volkswagen Group

 The Volkswagen Group said it will use two vessels powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) on routes between Europe and North America from 2019, in a move that aims to improve the environmental balance of its marine transport fleet.  

Cochin Port Begins Coastal Shipping of Cars

M V Dresden. Photo:  Wilhelmsen Marine Personnel (Ukraine)

 Cochin Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has begun coastal transportation of cars, with carrier ship M V Dresden carrying 500 vehicles reached with first consignment.   The first call of a Car Carrier ship, M. V

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics: No Change in Long Term Ownership Structure

* The Norwegian Wilhelmsen family sees no change in the planned ownership structure in Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA in the foreseeable future after the merger with Wallenius   * Wilhelmsen and Wallenius aim to merge its ownership in the jointly owned entities Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (jointly

Wilhelmsen and Wallenius to Merge

Courtesy Wilhelmsen

Wilhelmsen and Wallenius have signed a letter of intent to establish a new ownership structure for their jointly owned investments. The new entity, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA, will form a more efficient management structure and enable further synergies between the joint ventures.

Matson Orders Two ConRo Ships from NASSCO

Artist rendering of Matson Kanaloa Class vessel. Courtesy General Dynamics NASSCO (Image: Matson, Inc.)

Matson Navigation Company, Inc., a subsidiary of container shipper Matson, Inc., has signed a contract with U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO to build two new combination container and roll-on/roll-off (Con-Ro) vessels for its Hawaii fleet at a contract price of $511 million for both

Navy to Christen Expeditionary Fast Transport Yuma

Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF 7) Photo AUSTAL USA

The Navy will christen its newest Expeditionary Fast Transport, USNS Yuma (EPF 8), Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony, in Mobile, Alabama. Yuma, designated EPF 8, honors the city of Yuma, Ariz., and its historically strong ties to the military.

This Day In Naval History: August 11

USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) underway (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1861 - USS Penguin, commanded by Cmdr. John L. Livingston, engages blockade-runner Louisa during the Civil War. The blockade-runner hits a sandbar near Cape Fear, N.C., and sinks. 1877 - Prof. Asaph Hall of the U.S. Naval Observatory discovers the first of two satellites of Mars

Hueneme Welcomes Its First Post-Panamax Ship

(Photo: Port of Hueneme)

Port of Hueneme’s first Post-Panamax ship was greeted by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (WWL) company leaders and Port officials during an occasion marking a paradigm shift in how the widened Panama Canal will bring a new class of vessels to the Port of Hueneme.  

U.S. Awards $61.8 Mln for Port Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox today announced 40 awards totaling nearly $500 million in funding for the  FY 2016 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants. Of the 585 applications submitted totaling $9.3 billion in requests, six awards totaling $61

This Day In Naval History: July 28

USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315) (Photo: U.S. Navy)

1861 - During the Civil War, the frigate, USS St. Lawrence, spots a schooner flying English colors and gave chase. Some four hours later, as she is overhauling the schooner, the fleeing vessel runs up the Confederate flag and fires three shots. Firing with her forecastle battery, St

Shipping Exec Indicted for Price Fixing

Another ocean freight executive has been indicted for participation in a long-running conspiracy to restrain trade in international ocean shipments of roll-on, roll-off cargo to and from the Port of Baltimore and elsewhere in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.  

Two New Tugs Built for TNPA

TNPA’s new tugs, Qunu and Cormorant, were launched and named at the Southern African Shipyards in Durban Linda Mabaso, Chair of Transnet SOC Limited, named the vessels, flanked by Trishna Misra, Chief Financial Officer of Southern African Shipyards. (Photo by Philip Wilson – Logico Creative Solutions)

 The South African government’s Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy initiative has yielded more results with the ceremonial launch of two more tugboats built for Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).   The two tugs – named Qunu and Cormorant – form part of

Abu Dhabi Ports Reports Q1 Volume Surge

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi’s RoRo volumes up 31 percent; general and bulk cargo increases 13 percent; container cargo edges up 5 percent   Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad) in the Emirate

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